Every year in the MLB, we see some teams come storming out the gates to win at a ridiculous rate, while others start slow and build up the pace as the season moves along. The regular season in the MLB is more like a marathon than anything else, but with this season reduced to just 60 games, we are essentially looking at a sprint. The teams that start fast and build up a lead are at an advantage this time around, as there is not a lot of time for the slow starters to get their stuff together and catch up. We are still going to see winning and losing streaks from all teams, but those losing streaks are going to be a whole lot more damaging than they would usually be in a full 162-game season. There are several teams in the NL West on hot winning streaks at the moment, with two of them set to go head to head on Tuesday night. The Dodgers will be in San Francisco for the first of a 3-game series, which will eb the last between these two this season. the Dodgers are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 9.
When: Tuesday, August 25 at 9:45 PM EST
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Starting Pitchers: Julio Urias Vs Johnny Cueto
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Why bet on the LA Dodgers
The Dodgers came out and ran at a steady pace at the start of the season, sitting just behind the Colorado Rockies in the West. When the Rockies began to flame out, the Dodger pressed the pedal to the metal and took over the top spot. They are now on a 9-1 run over the last 10 games and come into this series on a 4-game winning streak. The Dodgers have opened up a 4-game lead at the top of the division, and while there is still a lot of baseball to be played, this team is more than good enough to hold that lead, and more than likely open up a bigger one. It has been a tough slog against the Giants this season, with LA going 4-2 SU in their 7 previous meetings. Julio Urias (2-0, 2.74 ERA) gets the start here.
Why bet on the San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants were one of the teams that dug themselves into a hole in the early, going 8-16 to start the season. Things now look a little more respectable, as they are 2 games under .500 at 14-16 after winning 6 straight games. It’s a nice run of form, to be sure, but it also means that they are still 8 games back of the Dodgers at the top of the West, as well as looking like an underdog to make the Wild Card. On a positive note, they will have this series at home, where they are 8-6 on the season. They will have Johnny Cueto (2-0, 4.35 ERA) on the mound for this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As we mentioned earlier, the Dodgers have not had an easy time of it against the Giants this season, and I expect more of the same here. I like San Francisco to cover and I also like the UNDER,
LA Dodgers 4 San Francisco Giants 3