The Dodgers quest to reclaim what was once theirs begins in earnest tonight as they meet the NL West leading Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This evening’s series opener between the two divisional rivals is scheduled to get underway at 10:15pm ET. The latest MLB Odds have the hosting Giants listed as a -185 favorite while the Dodgers are drawing +165 odds in an underdog role. The game total is set at 6.5 runs; the Over is favored at -115 odds.
Los Angeles has been a mixed bag, all or nothing club since the All-Star break, posting a four game losing streak as well as a five game win streak. The club comes into tonight’s contest having lost three straight after its 5-3 win over St. Louis in the opener of a four game set at Busch Stadium.
Still, despite its difficult June and up and down July, L.A., at 53-47, finds itself just three games back of the division leading Giants. It will attempt to chip away at San Francisco’s advantage this evening with rookie right hander Stephen Fife. Fife made his big league debut last Tuesday and he made impressive showing, limiting the Phillies to four hits and one earned run over six innings in a 2-3 Dodger loss.
Unfortunately for Fife and the Dodgers, he will be countered by one of baseball’s best pitchers in the Giants Matt Cain. Cain has produced some shaky starts of late, though, yielding a total of 14 earned runs in last four appearances (26.5 innings pitched) and he gave up three home runs in his most recent outing. Still, Cain brings a 10-3 record (19 starts) and 2.74 ERA to the hill this evening. Cain, who owns a 3-8 record in 19 starts opposite the Dodgers, is 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA in nine appearances at AT&T Park this season; the Giants are 7-2 in those games.
San Francisco has won of the six meetings between these two rivals this season and it swept the Dodgers in a three game set at AT&T Park in late June to take the division lead from Los Angeles.
MLB Odds Betting Trend: The Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home favorite in the month of July.
MLB Odds 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants: Provided by Bovada.lv
Los Angeles Dodgers +1.5 (-145), Over 6.5 (-115), +165 (Moneyline)
San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+125), Under 6.5 (-105), -185 (Moneyline)