San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers – MLB July 21

Giants (59-35, 29-22 road) at Dodgers (59-37, 31-15 home)

  • Time: 7:10 PST, 9:10 CST, 10:10 EST
  • Place: Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: NBC Sports Bay, SportsNet, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

After the Dodgers won 8-6 last night, Los Angeles can now take aim on a pair of wins which would even them in the loss column with the Giants while taking a lead by percentage points because they have played two more games at this point.

  • Then Giants have lost three out of their last four games as that was preceded by a five-game winning streak that bought them some more time atop the NL West. It doesn’t matter if it’s San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego who is in the lead, the other two teams will take aim when they play which creates a more strident mentality as all three are grappling for the NL West pennant.
  • Los Angeles has won five out of it’s last seven as the bats continue to make things much easier as far as pressure on one of the major leagues’ top pitching staffs.

The Dodgers are 7-4 vs. the Giants and 4-4 at Dodger Stadium. SportsRadar notes that the Giants have spent 76 days in first place or tied for first place while the Dodgers have only had 28 days as such and not since April 28.

Last Time Out:

The Dodgers proved their offensive depth last night as Will Smith hit a three-run walk-off homer run as LA defeated San Francisco, 8-6.

Mookie Betts has been out of the lineup for three days due to a hip pointer and Justin Turner and Max Muncy left Tuesday night’s game after being hit by pitches.

After Muncy had an RBI-single in the first, San Francisco scored six times as the Giants took a 6-1 lead through the top of the fifth as Mike Yastrzemski capped the uprising with a two-run homer.

LA fought back as Chris Taylor plated three runs with home runs in the fifth and sixth innings and Austin Barnes supplied an RBI-double in the fifth.

Tyler Rogers took the loss as he gave up the three-run homer with two walks. Former Giant Jimmie Sherfy picked up the win for LA.

Trends:

Giants (59-35, ATS)  

  • San Francisco is 4-9 SU in the last 13 Dodgers-Giants games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 12 of San Francisco’s last 18 games
  • The OVER has been good to go in 5 of the last 7 Giants-Dodgers outings at Dodger Stadium

Dodgers (48-48, ATS) 

  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of Los Angeles’ last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER is 4 of the last 5 Dodgers games
  • LA is 14-6 SU int heir last 20 games

Team Stats Sketch:

The long ball is a huge part of the San Francisco attack as the Giants hit four last night in the loss. They edged back ahead of the Blue Jays for the MLB lead, posting 142 round-trippers to Jays’ 141.

When Wilmer Flores hit his 10th homer on Monday night, it marked the sixth Giants who had hit double-digits in homers. The Twins are the only other teams with 10-plus home runs as they have seven players each at the point in the season.

Buster Posey has also been “homer friendly” this season as he has 13 which is the most since his 14 in 2016. Posey had previously spent nine days on the IL with a thumb injury and he had hit .352 in the 21 games before that injury.

In 15 games this month, he is 16×56 (.285) with five homers and 13 RBI.

The Dodgers are looking to get Mookie Betts back quickly as his production is central to winning the NL West and going further. LA has won 14 in a row when he gets multiple hits in a game.

As we talked about the Dodgers’ depth earlier, think about A.J. Pollock in July. He is batting .360 as he is 18×50 with three doubles, seven homers and nine RBI.

These are two of the top six bullpens in baseball as San Francisco checks in tonight with a 3.38 ERA (4th/MLB) while the Dodgers are at a 3.45 ERA (6th/MLB).

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Francisco Giants +1½ (-145) +136 O 8½ (-105)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ (+125) -151 U 8½ (-115)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

On the Mound:

Logan Webb (3-4, 3.54 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (12-3, 3.78 ERA)

SF Giants LogoWebb is looking to find himself again on the mound as he has struggled in July in starting two games and only going three innings on July 9. He had been out with an injury for 40 days and then he lasted four innings in give up one run on five hits in four innings on July 15 where the Giants beat St. Louis, 7-2.


Los Angeles Dodgers LogoUrias has won all three of his decisions in July as he has been consistent in getting into the middle innings and the Dodgers’ bats and the pen have taken cares of the rest. In a 10-4 win in his last start on Friday in Colorado, Urias went seven innings where he gave up four runs on seven hits. He threw 89 pitches as the high 80s have been his normal load lately although he did net 101 in the start before that in Miami.

The Bets
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
+125
Los Angeles Dodgers
-151
OVER 8.5
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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