It's early in the season, but we are already starting to see the National League West heiarchy separate already.
Take a look at Monday's series opener between the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco in which the Dodgers blew out the Giants by the score of 9-1. Max Muncy drove in seven runs, including two home runs in the victory. Now, LA's embarrassment of riches is on display as the team hands the ball to promising starter Dustin May, who has looked like an All-Star candidate so far in 2023.
Will the Dodgers dismantle the Giants again on the road? Let's check out the odds and see where the betting value is:
Dodgers vs. Giants odds, run line and total
Dodgers vs. Giants prediction and pick
May has been impressive thus far: 13 innings, five hits, one earned run and nine strikeouts with only three walks through two starts. He gets to improve his standing amongst big league elite against a Giants lineup that is striking out on more than 29% of at bats this season.
San Francisco has been a good team at getting on base, top 10 in on-base percentage, but the team strikes out far too much to take advantage of May, who has shown that he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery two years ago.
I expect the Dodgers to win with margin on Tuesday as the team face left hander Alex Wood, who has only pitched three innings this season as he struggled with his command and threw 71 pitches.
LA has been sharp at the plate against southpaws, generating a ton of walks across a small sample size, 15 out of 74 plate appearances have finished in a base on balls so far this season.
I think the Dodgers have too many dangerous bats in the lineup for Wood to hold up and the Giants poor bullpen (third worst bullpen ERA this season) is going to cause issues late in the game as well.
I'm comfortable taking the run line on the Dodgers on Tuesday night given the advantages the team has at the plate and on the mound.
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