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Giants Seek Another Road Upset Over Heavily Favored Dodgers

Mike Yastrzemski and the San Francisco Giants are sizable road underdogs in MLB betting odds Thursday night vs the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The San Francisco Giants are 5-3 in their last eight road games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including road upsets on Monday and Wednesday so far in this series. The Giants and Dodgers wrap up their four-game set Thursday night in Los Angeles.

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Date/Time: July 22, 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Dodger Stadium
  • TV Coverage: ESPN+
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -165 | O/U 8 (Line History)
  • Giants vs Dodgers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Dodgers opened as -163 favorites in this matchup and have remained steady there with the line now sitting at Los Angeles -165. San Francisco is a +145 road underdog and the total is set at 7.5 runs since opening at 8 runs. The Giants were going off as +145 underdogs in their win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Anthony DeSclafani had a quality start in his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals but was outdueled by Kwang Hyun Kim in a 3-1 Giants loss. DeSclafani is now 10-4 with a 2.78 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through 113.1 innings this season. He has been at his best on the road with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 12 starts away from home.

Walker Buehler improved to 10-1 with another gem last Saturday against the Colorado Rockies, allowing four hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Buehler owns a tidy 2.37 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP with 122 strikeouts in 121.1 innings. The right-hander has a 0.92 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in three starts against the Giants this season.

San Francisco News & Notes

Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run for the second straight game in the top of the first inning to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead over their hated rivals on Wednesday night, but by the time the ninth inning rolled around, the Giants found themselves trailing 2-1. Wilmer Flores changed that with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that propelled San Francisco to a 4-2 win.

By taking two of the first three games in this series, San Francisco has ensured that it will leave Los Angeles with its lead atop the National League West still intact. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 60-35 and enter Thursday’s action two games up on the Dodgers in the division.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Kenley Jansen suffered his second straight blown save in the loss as he allowed three hits, two walks and three earned runs in just a third of an inning. It was a rare blow-up for Jansen as the Dodgers closer has been enjoying his best season since 2017 with a 1.45 ERA before Wednesday’s loss bumped that up to 2.15.

Even with Jansen pitching well, the Dodgers will likely be looking for bullpen help at the deadline. Their bullpen ERA of 3.64 ranks ninth in the majors and is hardly a major weakness. But considering their starting staff is ranked best in the bigs with a 3.00 ERA and their offense averages a second-best 5.28 runs per game, there aren’t many holes to patch up on this 59-38 squad.

Betting Pick: UNDER 7.5 runs

DeSclafani and Buehler have been two of the best pitchers in baseball this season. Look for runs to be at a premium in what should be another low-scoring game like Wednesday night’s was.

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Shark Bites
  • San Francisco is 10-5 over its last 15 games.
  • Los Angeles is 31-16 in 47 home games this season.
  • The UNDER is 13-6 in San Francisco’s last 19 road games.