MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 2, 2013

MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The San Francisco Giants won't have to face Clayton Kershaw Tuesday night, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks, as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Giants are minus-101 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total varies between 6.5 and seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League West matchup from a betting perspective, while offering an official pick along the way.

San Francisco Giants

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    The San Francisco Giants suffered a 4-0 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday afternoon as they tallied just four hits against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

    Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) versus the Dodgers.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, San Francisco has compiled a 13-8 record after getting blanked in the previous game.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are 24-23 at home with a money line between minus-100 to minus-125 since the start of the 2011 MLB season.

    Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu enters with lofty expectations after spending seven seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization, but he may need a few outings to adjust to life in the big leagues.

    Since the 2011 campaign, the Dodgers have tallied a respectable 61-47 record against southpaw starters, with the OVER going 54-48-6 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the San Francisco Giants as one of their pro baseball picks Tuesday night, as they've won four of Madison Bumgarner's last five starts versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -101 

     

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