Dodgers vs. Giants MLB Best Bets for August 1

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants meet for the second time in the 10 days since the All-Star Break as the two teams start a four-game series in the Bay Area on Monday night. L.A. swept San Francisco in four games at Dodger Stadium to start the second half of the season.

The four losses started a seven-game losing streak to open the Giants’ second half, although San Francisco has rebounded to win three of four since. The Dodgers have the edge in recent momentum, however, entering the series as winners of four of the last five.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Monday, August 01, 2022 – 09:45 PM EDT at Oracle Park

How Are the Dodgers Doing?

L.A. sits atop the National League West and currently has the best record in baseball, as the Dodgers lead the Yankees by percentage points.

How Are the Giants Doing?

The Giants, meanwhile, are struggling to stay above .500 and in the Wild Card race. They are currently right at the break-even mark and sit four games out of a playoff spot.

Their recent struggles have taken them out of the divisional race. San Francisco sits in third place in the West, 17.5 games behind the Dodgers.

Who Is Pitching for the Dodgers Today?

L.A. will start Andrew Heaney in the series opener. He’s 1-0 with an 0.47 ERA in four starts on the season.

Who Is Pitching for the Giants Today?

The Giants will start Logan Webb to open the series on Monday. He’s 9-4 with a 2.91 ERA.

Webb gave up just one run in 6 innings against the Dodgers last week, but the Giants bullpen took the loss in the last few innings.

Dodgers' Squad Analysis

Trade Rumours

The trade deadline will be less than a day away when the series starts on Monday night, meaning the Dodgers could look very different by the time game two rolls around.

Clayton Kershaw doesn’t think the team needs to shake much up at the deadline. “As far as our team is concerned, I don’t know if we have a lot of things that we necessarily need,” he said. “It’s not as glaring as maybe in years past where like, ‘Hey, we really need X, we really need this,’ and they went out and got it.”

Still, with prospects and budget money aplenty, Los Angeles is reportedly in on many of the big names available, including Juan Soto.

New Arrivals

The team had a couple of new arrivals over the weekend. Prospect James Outman was called up and homered on the third MLB pitch he saw, getting 3 hits and 3 RBI in his first career game in the majors.

Reliever Chris Martin also joined the team on Sunday after being acquired from the Cubs in a trade that got an early jump on the deadline.

Injured List

The Dodgers are still waiting for the return of Justin Turner, who has missed four games in a row with an abdominal strain. It’s not believed to be serious, but manager Dave Roberts said, “We don’t need to push him.” He’s not expected to play until Thursday at the earliest.

Giants' Squad Analysis

Trade Rumours

The Giants also could look very different after Tuesday’s trade deadline, although the brutal start to the second half means that San Francisco will likely be sellers, not buyers.

The team is reportedly shopping ace lefthander Carlos Rodon and outfielder Joc Pederson to contenders.

Injured List

Injury woes forced San Francisco to briefly become buyers over the weekend, however.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford is out with a knee injury, and his replacement, Thairo Estrada, was sent to the seven-day concussion injured list after being hit in the head with a pitch on Saturday.

New Arrivals

The Giants swung a trade with the Cubs, who were in town to play them over the weekend, acquiring minor league shortstop Dixon Machado, who started against his old organization on Sunday night.

Dodgers vs. Giants: Betting Pick for Today

They say you can throw out the records when rivals meet. That may not be true for the Giants and Dodgers, but it helps keep the MLB odds on the Dodgers a little more reasonable than usual.

L.A. is still the road favorite, but at a price that is worth taking for our MLB picks.

MLB Pick: Dodgers ML (-138) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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MLB Pick: Under 7 Runs (+100) at BetOnline

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