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Can The Giants Solve Kenta Maeda?

Kenta Maeda

I don’t think even the Los Angeles Dodgers expected to see their eight-year, $25 million investment in Kenta Maeda this offseason pay off so quickly. In his first two career starts in the MLB, the Japanese-import has pitched 12.0 innings while allowing zero runs. The San Francisco Giants look to be the first team to solve Maeda when they face the Dodgers Sunday night.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Dodgers’ past four games at home.
  • The Giants are 1-5 in their past six games at Dodgers Stadium.
  • The Giants start a 10-game homestand following this series with the Dodgers.

The Giants will counter with Jeff Samardzija, who will be making his third start of the season. The Shark is coming off an impressive start in Colorado in which he allowed just two earned runs across eight innings. However, Samardzija has been inconsistent in his few opportunities against the Dodgers with a lifetime 4.91 ERA in four appearances against LA (two starts).

After the first few games, it seemed that the Dodgers had to hope for their starters to go deep into games with their bullpen struggling, but those worries may be a thing of the past. LA’s bullpen has not allowed a run in 12 consecutive innings and has surrendered just two hits over the past four games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Los Angeles Dodgers as -124 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.8-3.6 win for the Dodgers on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

7-5 Los Angeles battles the Giants, currently with a 7-5 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs San Francisco injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 3 (Los Angeles Dodgers) and the No. 13 (San Francisco Giants) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Los Angeles owns the No. 7 ranking for hits at 9.5 per game. By contrast, the San Francisco Giants are rated No. 10 in the same category at 8.83 per game.

Defensively, San Francisco features the No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.13 runs per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

San Francisco looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Dodgers, a 4-3 final on Saturday in support of J Cueto at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games
  • San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Francisco's last 13 games on the road
  • San Francisco is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Francisco

Next Betting Matchups

San Francisco home to Arizona, Monday, April 18th
Los Angeles at Atlanta, Tuesday, April 19th