The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco open the most highly anticipated weekend series at Oracle Park tonight. The Dodgers are coming off back-to-back wins over the Chicago White Sox to make it two of three wins.
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They had an impressive comeback after getting behind by 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. The Dodgers responded with 6 runs in the 5th and then 4 more in the 6th frame. The Dodgers’ runline looked dead in the water, but not only did they win, covered the -1.5 for an 11-9 win.
The Dodgers remain up in the NL West at 37-20. They have a two-game advantage on the San Diego Padres for the best record in the division.
It just doesn’t feel like the Dodgers are the best team in baseball this season, though. Most years, at least in the regular season in recent memory, they look like the most complete team in the majors.
I’m not saying that in 2022, as the Dodgers look beatable so far this season. The absence of Clayton Kershaw has something to do with it, but there is still something else missing from their rotation.
Buehler hasn’t been at his best, but he’s a very talented pitcher who could flip his season around in one start. The best of pitchers are prone to going through cold spells.
The Giants are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Rockies at Oracle Park. They won the sandwich game, 2-1, but lost two of three games in the series. The offense will look to get on track against Buehler this evening.
Jakob Junis is slated to get the start for the Giants. Junis is pitching well above expectations after finding it tough to find traction in five years at Kansas City.
Check out our free Dodgers vs. Giants predictions on June 10, 2022.
LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Live Betting Odds:
|LA Dodgers||-1.5 (+110)||-150||Over 9 (-105)|
|San Francisco Giants||+1.5 (-130)||+130||Under 9 (-115)|
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|Team Data||LA Dodgers||San Francisco Giants|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.248||.247|
|Runs Per 9||5.48||5.05|
|Team ERA Away/Home||2.43||4.50|
Dodgers vs. Giants Prediction:
Walker Buehler hasn’t looked like himself over his last two starts. He’s been leaving too many pitchers hanging over the plate and paying for it in his numbers. Buehler goes into this one with an ERA of 6.91 and a 1.60 WHIP in his previous three starts.
He allowed 7 hits and 4 earned runs to the Pirates in 6 innings and then a brutal effort versus the Mets, with 5 hits and 5 earned runs yielded in 2.1 frames. This is one of the worst two-game stretches that Buehler has experienced in a while.
Buehler was on fire last season, with an ERA of 2.47 and a 0.97 WHIP. This is a career-high for Buehler, though he’s tailed off as a result of his recent struggles.
Overall, Buehler has posted an ERA of 3.84 and a 1.31 WHIP. Despite the poor effort recently, it could just be a clip for him. He looked better earlier in the season and could return to that form tonight.
He’s been much more composed on the road than at Dodger Stadium. Buehler has been pushed around for a 5.56 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in LA, but a 1.67 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the road.
LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 4-6
- 6-1 overall in their previous seven games on the road
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus a right-handed starter
- 35-16 overall in their previous 51 games on a Friday
- 4-0 overall in their previous four games versus the Giants at San Francisco
- 14-6 overall in their previous 20 games versus the Giants
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 11-4 overall in their previous 15 games on a Friday
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus a right-handed starter
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games as an underdog
- 3-9 overall in their previous 12 games after scoring 2 or fewer runs
- 0-4 overall in their previous four games versus the Dodgers
Jakob Junis is in the best shape of his career going into tonight. Junis finished with an ERA of 5.24, 6.39, and 5.26 in his previous three seasons with the Royals. He was throwing BP more often than not.
He has been slightly less dependable at home, with an ERA of 3.27 and a 0.95 WHIP, but the Giants are thrilled with his production.
I’m not too convinced that Junis can sustain this effort, though. He’s only started six games, and the best offense he played, the Padres, got to him for 7 hits and 4 earned runs.
In his first performance versus the Dodgers this year, expect the bats to have the upper hand. The Dodgers are first in the majors with 5.4 runs per 9 innings and a .758 OPS.
The San Francisco bullpen has been uncharacteristically bad, with a 4.41 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. This unit was typically a strong point for the Giants. Conversely, the Dodgers are in the top-1 with a team ERA of 3.32 and a 1.14 WHIP out of the pen.
I’m looking at Buehler getting things in order tonight. His stuff should look better than we’ve seen as of late. The Dodgers in a 5-3 or 5-4 final looks about right.