MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, July 27
MLB Betting News and Notes Sunday, July 27
Baseball Betting: Streaks, Tips, Notes
Washington at Cincinnati
Washington National pitcher Dough Fister is on an 'Under' tear. Seven of Fister's last eight starts have gone 'Under' posted totals. Fister takes the mound Sunday against Cincinnati Reds and Mat Latos who carries a 5-2 'Under' in his seven starts this season, 14-4-1 'Under' his last 19 trips to the mound. Another positive for 'Under' gamblers. The Reds have shown a penchant for 'Under' in home day games (6-13-1 O/U) and during game three of a series (9-20-1 O/U). The total for this contest opened at 7 runs.
Los Angeles at San Francisco
The eyes of most baseball fans, as well as those focused on baseball betting, will be on the finale of this pivotal three-game series between rival San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Dodgers taking the first two games moving 1/2 game up in the NL West go for the sweep handing the ball to southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu sporting a 11-5 record on the year, 3.39 ERA. He is coming off a sharp 7 innings of 2 run ball in a victory at Pittsburgh giving the hurler a sparkling 7-2 mark on the road with a 2.73 ERA. Ryu has thrived when in the position he is in tonight. In his last start at AT&T Park back in April, Ryu pitched seven shutout innings as visiting Los Angeles beat San Francisco marking a third consecutive team start win for the hurler in the Bay area. Dodgers are also 4-1 in his July road starts, on a 16-9 road stretch with the hurler. Giants trot out Yusmeiro Petit sitting at 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 27 appearances, six of which were starts. Well to note, Petit has never started vs LA as a member of Giants but brings to the mound an 0-4 team start record vs Dodgers while with D-Backs.
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Game of the Day: Dodgers at Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (-108, 7.0)
The San Francisco Giants are hoping new acquisition Jake Peavy can help them salvage Sunday’s series finale against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, who have pulled one-half game ahead of the Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers have won the first two games of the series by a combined 13-1 while holding the Giants’ offense to nine singles. Peavy, who was acquired from Boston on Saturday for two minor-league pitchers, owns a 14-2 record with a 2.21 ERA in 25 career starts against the Dodgers.
The Giants have lost 18 of their last 24 home games, and the injury bug is proving to be a growing concern. First baseman Brandon Belt (concussion), center fielder Angel Pagan (back) and starting pitcher Matt Cain (right elbow inflammation) are not expected back soon, and catcher Hector Sanchez was placed on the seven-day concussion list Saturday. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 13-for-31 in eight games since the All-Star break for the Dodgers, who have won four of their last six.
LINE HISTORY: The Giants opened as -108 home favorites and that's where they currently sit. The run total opened at 7.0.
WHAT SHARPS SAY: "The Dodgers are 30-18 vs division opponents this season. The under is 12-6 in Dodger road games where the total is seven or less. This is Peavy's first start for the Giants. Peavy's nine straight losing decisions are the most in the history of MLB by a former Cy Young winner (Elias). Peavy is 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA in his last 25 starts versus the Dodgers (primarily as a Padre)." - Covers Expert Nick Parsons
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39 ERA) vs. Giants RH Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72)
Ryu improved to 7-2 on the road this season after holding Pittsburgh to two runs over seven innings Monday. “He probably had the biggest drop in curveball we’ve seen this year as far as depth,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com. “The guy’s got weapons, and he’s a cool cat on the mound.” Ryu allowed eight runs over two innings against the Giants on April 4 before tossing seven scoreless innings against them two weeks later.
Peavy led the American League with 20 home runs allowed, but had been pitching better of late with a 3.91 ERA and eight walks and 26 strikeouts over his past four starts. Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-11 with two homers against the 33-year-old, who played for Giants manager Bruce Bochy in San Diego from 2002-06. He’s facing Los Angeles for the first time since Aug. 25, 2013, when he allowed one run in a complete-game victory while pitching for Boston.
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in San Francisco.
* Dodgers are 4-1 in Ryu's last five starts versus the Giants.
* Giants are 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite.
* Under is 7-1-1 in Ryu's last nine road starts.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Fifty-four percent of wagers are behind the Dodgers at +100.
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Dodgers, Giants square off
L.A. Dodgers (58-47) at San Francisco Giants (57-47)
Sportsbook.ag Line and Total: Dodgers -120, Giants +100, Total 7 (Over -115)
The Dodgers and Giants continue their battle for the National League West on Sunday night.
Los Angeles will be looking to sweep San Francisco after earning an 8-1 win on Friday and a 5-0 shutout performance by Clayton Kershaw last night.
Los Angeles is in the midst of a nine-game road trip in which it is playing three teams with winnings records. Over the first two series, the club was a poor 2-4, as they dropped to 1.5 games behind the Giants in the division. In the Dodgers' most recent set against the Pirates, they won the first contest, but were dominated over the final two games, as they were outscored 18-8. 1B Adrian Gonzalez has not been the problem during this recent poor stretch though, going 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a home run and 5 RBI. San Francisco has not wanted to relinquish its hold on first place in the division and has been victorious in five of seven games coming into this series. Heading into tonight, the Dodgers hold a 1/2-game lead on the division.
The Giants nearly finished up a four-game sweep in Philadelphia earlier this week, but were unable to get any offense going on Thursday night as they lost 2-1 while going just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. C Buster Posey (.284 BA) has been on fire since the All-Star Game, going 11-for-28 (.393) with three doubles, a home run and 7 RBI. The pitching matchup for this contest will pit LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39 ERA) of the Dodgers against Giants RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-3, 4.24).
Including the last two days, the Giants hold a solid 28-21 edge over the Dodgers in this matchup over the past three seasons, going 13-10 in home games and 7-5 this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been a tremendous addition to the Dodgers staff since entering the majors last season and has compiled a 25-13 record with a 3.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in his first 49 starts. While his ERA has improved this year by nearly a half a run, some of his other numbers have declined, as he has walked 2.3 batters this year compared to just 1.8 last season. He has also had a lot of trouble against lefties on the year, allowing them to hit .280 against him over 111 batters faced.
With that said, Ryu has been an extremely reliable starter and has pitched at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs in 15 of his 19 starts. If you take away his start earlier in the month against the Tigers (2.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER), Ryu is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a 23:1 K/BB ratio in his three other July outings.
He’s already faced the Giants seven times in his young MLB career, putting together a 3-3 record with a 3.24 ERA (1.44 WHIP) and has struck out just 5.0 batters per nine innings with one home run allowed in 41.2 frames. OF Hunter Pence (8-for-18, 2 doubles, 5 RBI) and 2B Marco Scutaro (5-for-12) have had no issues seeing the ball out of Ryu’s hand while SS Brandon Crawford is hitless with two strikeouts in 10 at-bats against the lefty.
Coming into this series, the Dodgers’ bullpen has gone 8-17 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.34 WHIP while successfully saving 32-of-38 (84%) games. Kenley Jansen (3.32 ERA, 29 saves) has been absolutely amazing in his past 11 games, allowing a meager five hits with no runs while striking out 14 batters in 11 inning. For the season, the closer has struck out 13.9 batters per nine innings.
Yusmerio Petit was expected to start for San Franciso but the club has now named newcomer Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) the starter. The Giants picked up Peavy from the Red Sox on Saturday after a rough 20 starts in the American League. Run support was a major issue for the right-hander, who was backed by two or fewer in each of his last eight outings, compiling an 0-6 record with a 4.71 ERA.
That problem may not change with the Giants, who are batting .158 while scoring two runs during their current three-game losing streak.
Peavy can go a long way to changing that since he's 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 25 career starts against them. He tossed a three-hitter in an 8-1 road win for Boston on Aug. 25.
Entering Friday, the Giants’ relievers had combined to go 20-9 with a solid 2.72 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, while converting 32-of-45 (71%) save opportunities. Closer Santiago Casilla (1.16 ERA, 7 saves) has already blown three saves this year while getting lucky with batters hitting .208 BABIP.
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