July 27, 2014

ESPN MLB Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have been going at it tooth and nail in the National League West this season. On Sunday night these clubs will square off once again, and the Giants will have someone brand new in uniform, who will also be the starting pitcher for the evening as baseball betting action gets underway at 8:05 PM ET at AT&T Park. It’s an ESPN game, as is the custom for the single Sunday night contest.

No sooner had the Giants acquired former National League Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from Boston (in exchange for a couple of minor leaguers) that they announced he will be making the start on Sunday against the Dodgers. Peavy has not been effective (1-9, 4.72 ERA), but hopes that a change of scenery might help. It should be noted that the horror story has slowed down for him a bit over his last four starts.

On Saturday night the Dodgers got another brilliant effort from the incomparable Clayton Kershaw, who threw a complete game two-hit shutout to vault the Dodgers into the NL West lead by a half a game.

In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at VietBet, the Giants are a slight favorite:

San Francisco Giants (Peavy – R) -108
Los Angeles Dodgers (Ryu – L) -102

Over 7 Runs -110
Under 7 Runs -110

The Giants obviously wanted to see something from Peavy right away, and they moved Yusmeiro Petit out of this spot for that purpose (Petit pitched two innings in relief on Saturday). Bruce Bochy knows how to handle him; after all, Bochy, who has won two World Series with the Giants, was the manager for Peavy’s first five seasons in San Diego.

According to San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean, he got recommendations from eight different scouts to make a deal to get Peavy, who was at a dead end with the Red Sox, who are struggling to get out of their own way as they have tried to defend their World Series title. There would appear to be a bit of good news VietBet customers should note about Peavy’s recent form; before giving up five runs in Toronto just five days ago, he had put together a string of three starts where he had allowed just six earned runs in 19 innings. Still, Boston had lost the last eight times he took the mound.

Bochy seems extremely excited to have him, saying “These guys (the new teammates) are going to love him, his approach to the game and how he plays it.” And guess what? If he can do what he has done in the past against the Dodgers, they are going to be REALLY happy. That’s because Peavy is 14-2 lifetime against the boys in blue, with a 2.21 ERA.

Peavy’s best season, as baseball bettors may recall, was in 2007, as he won the pitching version of the “Triple Crown,” leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA en route to a Cy Young Award. he was most recently an All-Star for the Chicago White Sox in 2012.

Oh yes, there is another pitcher in Sunday’s game. He is Hyun-Jin Ryu, and like the Dodgers in general, he is pretty solid on the road, with a 2.73 ERA. After getting blasted by at Detroit, though, on July 8 (seven runs in 2-2/3 innings), he has rebounded with two nice efforts – yielding two runs and seven hits in 13-1/3 innings. Remember that the Dodgers are also 31-23 as a visitor, so you really have to be tempted to go with the slight dog (-102 at VietBet), unless Peavy is able to respond to the new surroundings very quickly.

Let VietBet take you the rest of the way in baseball season, and don’t forget that with Live Betting Extra, you can wager on the games while they are happening!

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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