Following another decisive win last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to do it once again in the Bay Area when they take on the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers made some small tweaks to an already impressive lineup during the trade deadline, but were undoubtedly put on notice by San Diego’s acquisition of star player, Juan Soto. Though the Dodgers are 12 games up on San Diego heading into Wednesday’s action, expect this veteran club to continue to push the pace and seek out the best record in the National League.
Sliding into August with another W. pic.twitter.com/88kW6BanT3
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2022
While the Dodgers are 22-5 over their past 27 games, their rivals in San Francisco have slid badly in the opposite directions. And while the Giants didn’t outright sell all key pieces during yesterday’s deadline, they did make some moves that likely indicate their push for a wild-card spot seems fairly unlikely. Taking the mound tonight for the Giants will be Alex Cobb, who has been much better than what his basic stat-line would indicate. Currently sitting at 5.5 games out of the final wild-card spot in the NL, they’ll need a pristine outing from him for the Giants to salvage this rivalry series.
Alex Cobb took the L tonight, despite giving up just 3 hits and 1 earned run with 11 Ks through 6 innings.
That’s baseball. pic.twitter.com/FB5QFFex9g
— KNBR (@KNBR) July 30, 2022
PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Julio Urias (10-6, 2.71 ERA, .98 WHIP, 103 strikeouts); Giants: Alex Cobb (3-5, 4.06 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 85 strikeouts)
With both squads refining their games and loading up for a key post-season push, it should make Wednesday’s series finale clash all the more exciting – especially when these two teams meet. For added insight, the latest news, trends, and analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown and betting prediction for this pivotal matchup between these in-state rivals. Enjoy the game, folks!
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Live Odds & Betting History
Betting odds provided by BOVADA
|RUN LINE||-1.5 (+115)||+1.5 (-135)|
|TOTAL||Over 7.5 (-110)||Under 7.5 (-110)|
|Runs Per Game||5.3||4.6|
|Runs Allowed Per Game||3.3||4.4|
|Team Batting Average||.259||.234|
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction:
As good as Dodgers’ starter Julio Urias has been, Alex Cobb’s peripherals and recent numbers indicate he should be better, and that positive regression likely awaits. And that’s not a moment too soon for a Giants team that needs victories now. Cobb had a 2.7 ERA in the month of July, and a sub-1.00 WHIP. He possesses great control and velocity, and has fared well against the Dodgers in limited action thus far in 2022.
Julio Urias counters for the Dodgers, and though his numbers are impressive, the lefty has also gotten an impressive amount of run support this season. Two starts ago he got hit hard vs. the Chicago Cubs, but has since bounced back nicely. And while the Giants have struggled to give Cobb run support, their offense has actually been much better than expected. They’re in the top-half of the league in hitting, and their achilles heel has actually been their bullpen. With Cobb so solid of late, don’t expect their back-inning guys to be too much of a detriment on Wednesday night.
Julio Urías started today’s game with the worst inning of his career.
He threw 45 pitches and allowed 5 earned runs in the first inning against the Cubs, both the most in any inning of his career.
The Cubs hit their 4th grand slam this season which leads the National League. pic.twitter.com/92kgfD4D3y
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2022
Expect the Giants to play with a real sense of urgency heading into Wednesday’s decisive showdown. Their power hitters should match up well against the lefty in Urias, and getting J.D. Davis yesterday from the New York Mets should help this lineup get to Urias. While Los Angeles enter as rightful favourites, the number is just far too high for a pitcher of Cobb’s quality opposing him. San Francisco hold a 21-14 record vs. LHP so far in 2022, and they’ve got a great shot at increasing that mark at home Wednesday evening.
Once a week, I love to point out how Alex Cobb is seemingly the unluckiest pitcher in MLB history.
5.48 ERA, 2.33 xERA, 3.22 FIP
His 62% GB rate is incredible. The splitter is unhittable. Somehow, he’s got .378 BABIP and 56% LOB. He’s really good, let’s hope he stays healthy.
— frank (@realfrankbrank) July 1, 2022
Giants vs. Dodgers Trends To Know:
- Giants are 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Giants are 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
- Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series.
- Under is 4-0 in Dodgers last 4 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Giants last 5 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco.
Though the Giants are struggling, look for another solid Alex Cobb to give them the best shot at righting the ship while the wild-card is still in play. Their offense has the pieces, speed, and power to get to Urias like Chicago did two starts ago, and at a huge home underdog price, San Francisco represents some excellent value to secure a much-needed victory on Wednesday night.