Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick – August 2

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent a message to the National League last night that they’re still the team to beat, especially in the NL West. Though the Padres have made their fair share of splashy moves in acquiring Josh Bell, Josh Hader, and the great Juan Soto, it is the Dodgers who currently hold a 12-game lead in the division.

On Monday night, Los Angeles easily disposed of San Francisco and Logan Webb by an 8-2 scoreline. They went 21-5 in a scorching hot July, and are looking to easily secure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a strong finish to their season. It’s also worth noting that the Dodgers were active in the early hours preceding Tuesday’s trade deadline, acquiring struggling lefty bat Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees. If Gallo can regain his form and swing, he could be mashing balls at Chavez Ravine come playoff time.

PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Tyler Anderson (11-1, 2.61 ERA, .98 WHIP, 91 strikeouts); Giants: Alex Wood (7-8, 4.11 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 99 strikeouts)

And though the Giants have been dreaming about the post-season, a really poor stretch of late has likely left them on the outside looking in. They were sellers at the trade deadline, and enter Tuesday night in a jumbled field with many other teams in slight contention for an NL Wild-Card spot. They’re currently 4.5-games back, but a tough schedule awaits. It won’t get any easier on Tuesday night as they face the Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson, who has been spectacular in 2022.

After bouncing around early in his career, Anderson has a tiny 1.11 ERA across his past five starts. Alex Wood will be opposite him, and he’s been wildly inconsistent this season. He enters with a 4.11 ERA across 100 innings pitched, and game-to-game, it remains a mystery what Alex Wood can deliver.

Though these teams are decisively at opposite ends of the standings, there is still value to be had in Tuesday night’s showdown. With the Padres flipping the baseball world upside down following their acquisition of Juan Soto, all eyes will be on how the Los Angeles Dodgers can respond. For added insight, the latest news, trends, and analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown and betting prediction for this hotly anticipated contest between these NL West rivals. Enjoy the game, folks!

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

Spread:
  • San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-140)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+120)
Moneyline:
  • San Francisco Giants (+120)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (-140)
Total:
  • Over 7.5 (-110)
  • Under 7.5 (-110)
TEAM DATA GIANTS DODGERS
Overall Record 51-52 69-33
Over/Under/Push 40-54-8 49-47-7
Home/Away Record 29-24 34-18
Runs Per Game 4.5 5.3
Runs Allowed Per Game 4.3 3.3
Team Batting Average .235 .257
Bullpen ERA 4.45 3.22

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction

Expect Dodgers’ star pitcher Tyler Anderson to continue his dominance over a Giants’ squad, keen on playing out the season. With teams around them getting better, San Francisco looked to be keen on selling Tuesday afternoon – trading Darin Ruf to the Mets, and entertaining offers on staff ace, Carlos Rodon. The Giants know their playoff push is likely over, and look for the Dodgers’ to be the hungrier side on Tuesday evening.

Anderson has induced a ton of ground balls this season, as well as light contact. That should make things tougher on a light-hitting San Francisco offense, especially when you consider just how good the Dodgers’ defense has been in 2022.

The talented Dodgers’ pitcher will be backed by one of the hottest offenses in baseball, and one which has reinforcements coming. Their lineup has generated a wRC+ of 148 over the past month, and they’re getting on base in multiple ways. The Dodgers have successfully melded speed with power, and against Alex Wood, they should be able to isolate some good hitting spots. The former Dodger has struggled vs. his old team, and this L.A. lineup possesses many quality hitters that can mash lefty throwers.

And though Alex Wood did get hot in the month of July, facing a Dodgers’ lineup this loaded will still be a tall task. One aspect to watch for the Giants on Tuesday night, is how deep they’ll force Wood to work. He has really struggled later into games, and going through lineups for the third time. With the Dodgers already so familiar with Wood, and having faced him earlier this season already, you have to wonder how capable the Giants’ bullpen will be in potentially high-leverage spots? This should play out as a big advantage to the Dodgers.

Dodgers vs. Giants Trends To Know:

  • Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • Dodgers are 8-1 in their last 9 road games.
  • Dodgers are 48-18 in their last 66 Tuesday games.
  • Giants are 1-6 in their last 7 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
  • Giants are 0-8 in their last 8 vs. National League West.
  • Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Dodgers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings vs. San Francisco.

The Dodgers need wins, and have fared well against the rival Giants in similar spots. Tyler Anderson is in a great spot right now, and look for the Dodgers to ride the momentum of big trades and continued success, to rack up some runs against old teammate, Alex Wood of San Francisco. Expect a big offensive burst from these Dodgers’ hitters on Tuesday, and feel comfortable backing them as short road favorites in San Francisco.

Our Pick
Dodgers
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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