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Los Angeles Eyes Four-Game Winning Streak

Clayton Kershaw in the process of throwing a pitch

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-1 SU and ATS over their last six games including a current stretch of three straight wins. They are seeking a fourth straight win this Saturday night when they continue their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Date/Time: August 8, 2020, 9:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Dodger Stadium
  • TV Coverage: MLB Network
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -285 | O/U 8.5 runs (Line History)
  • Giants vs. Dodgers (Matchup Report)

Opening Odds Analysis

Early action for this game has come in on the Dodgers, who have moved from their opening line of -285 up to a -300 favorite. San Francisco will attempt to pull off the upset on Saturday as a +250 underdog. The total has also moved slightly from its opener of 8.5 runs down to eight runs.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Clayton Kershaw was sharp in his season debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Saturday as he allowed only three hits with no walks, no runs, and six strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. The veteran lefty finished the 2019 season with a 16-5 record, a 3.03 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP.

Johnny Cueto has failed to record a decision through his first three starts in 2020, compiling a 4.97 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP over that stretch. Cueto threw four innings and allowed only one run in San Francisco’s season-opening 8-1 loss to the Dodgers back in July.

San Francisco News & Notes

San Francisco split its season-opening four-game series against Los Angeles and went on to open the season with a surprising 5-4 start that included four outright upsets. But since then, the Giants have fallen back to earth with a 1-5 record in their last six games, most recently losing 7-2 to the Dodgers on Friday night.

The Giants’ offense has been a pleasant surprise in 2020, ranking eighth in runs scored with 66 and fourth in team batting average at .252. Shortstop Donovan Solano is leading the way with a .447 batting average and 14 RBI through his first 47 at bats. San Francisco’s hot start on offense has been offset by an ugly 5.12 team ERA from the pitching staff and bullpen.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Los Angeles bounced back from back-to-back losses to the Giants to go 7-2 over a nine-game road trip with series wins over the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres. The Dodgers lead the majors in runs with 77 through their first 14 games and are second only to the Cleveland Indians in team ERA with a sparkling 2.39.

The thoroughly dominant Dodgers have the best run differential in the majors at +38. Remarkably, all 10 of their wins across a 10-4 SU start have been by two runs or more, paying off bettors taking Los Angeles on the runline at -1.5 in those games.

Betting Pick: Los Angeles -300

The Dodgers are systematically dominant on offense and in pitching. After letting two games against the Giants slip away back in July, look for the Dodgers to remain focused in this series to earn wins on Saturday and Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • Brandon Belt is batting .067 with 29 strikeouts in 60 career at bats against Kershaw.
  • LA hit four home runs in this series opener.
  • The UNDER is 8-4 in LA's last 12 games.