Game of the Day: Dodgers at Giants

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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.

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, ESPN

LINE HISTORY: The Giants opened as -108 home
favorites and that’s where they currently sit. The run total
opened at 7.0.

INJURY REPORT: N/A.

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

WAG WAR:
Dodgers starter Zack Grienke’s wife Emily and
former Giants starter Barry Zito’s wife Amber.

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.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* 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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