ESPN Baseball Betting at BetAnySports – Giants and Dodgers Duel For Top Spot in NL West

The Los Angeles Dodgers had briefly gained control of the National League West, but they have not played well enough of late to hold onto that lead. On Friday night they are going to have a chance to start changing all of that.

The Dodgers have dropped four of their last six games, and they have one of the best right-handers in the league on the mound, while the San Francisco Giants, whohas caught a bit of an uptick lately, winning six of their last eight to take a game and a half lead, goes with someone who was at one time regarded as perhaps the game’s best pitcher and who wants to get there again. These National League West rivals get things going with the opener of a three-game series which commences at 10:10 PM ET at AT&T Park.

Zack Greinke (11-6, 2.90 ERA) has won a Cy Young Award in the American League, and has overcome anxiety issues to be not only one of the better righties around, but also an excellent complement to Clayton Kershaw. Tim Lincecum (9-6, 3.67) won two Cy Youngs in his past, but was that the distant past? He is trying to demonstrate that it isn’t, as he gets the starting assignment for the Giants.

In the baseball betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Dodgers are the favorites on the road:

Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke -R) -133
San Francisco Giants (Lincecum – R) +123

Over 6.5 Runs -120
Under 6.5 Runs +100

What has been really interesting is that these teams have performed better when they are playing on the road than at home. So as we go into this one, the Giants are just three games over the .500 mark (28-25) at AT&T Park, while the Dodgers are 29-23 as the visitor.

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Lincecum hopes that he is in the midst of a full-blown comeback. The lithe righty developed some arm and shoulder issues, which is understandable with the torque he puts on things, together with his frame, but BetAnySports customers know how effective he can be, as he showed earlier in the season when he pitched a no-hitter against San Diego for the second straight season. he is coming off a series of strong outings; with a 1.77 ERA over his last three starts. During that time Lincecum allowed just eleven hits in 20-1/3 innings, with 19 K’s, and that reveals the seeds of dominance.

Greinke would certainly like to improve upon his last effort, as he gave up four runs to the Cardinals before leaving with two outs in the sixth inning, He struck out only three batters, and as baseball bettors know, it is very hard to win if you allow eleven batters to reach base during that time. Each of these pitchers has been on the winning side in the last three games the Dodgers and Giants have opposed each other.

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