The San Francisco Giants (14-14) and Los Angeles Dodgers (18-10) will open up a National League West series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco captured a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, as the club finished with a 4-5 record on its nine-game homestand. The Giants have been getting very little production out of their lineup, but Angel Pagan has continued to impress, entering this series with a 20-game hitting streak. “He’s found his swing,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Outfielder Melky Cabrera has also been given more responsibility, sliding into the three-hole in the batting order due to numerous injuries in the clubhouse. San Francisco is 5-1 against left-handed starters this year.
Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (1-0, 1.76 ERA) has led the club to three wins in his five starts, but has failed to earn a decision since his season debut on April 9. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three road starts, as opponents are hitting just .178 against him. In 21 career games (20 starts) versus the Dodgers, Zito has registered a 6-8 record and 3.97 ERA, including a 4-4 mark and 3.86 ERA in 11 efforts (10 starts) at this ball park.
Los Angeles is starting to come back to Earth, losing four of six games on its recent road trip, including a 4-3 defeat against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Dodgers played that contest without the services of star outfielder Matt Kemp, who was a late scratch due to tightness in his left hamstring. His production was definitely missed, hitting .392 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs on the season. The club is 10-2 at home this season, including a perfect 5-0 as a favorite of -125 to -150 in that situation. Los Angeles is 7-3 against divisional foes in the early going in 2012.
Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly (3-0, 1.38 ERA) has put together four quality starts to begin the year, as he comes off a 7-6 road win over the Colorado Rockies. The left-hander has allowed just one home run in 26 combined frames, while issuing nine walks and striking out 15. In nine career games versus the Giants, Lilly has tallied a losing 3-4 record and 5.81 ERA, which includes an 0-3 mark and 9.00 ERA in his last three efforts since Sept. 16, 2010.
Bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 5-2 record against left-handed starters on the road, while the Dodgers are 0-4 in Lilly’s last four starts versus the Giants.
Pick: San Francisco Giants +133
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