There’s no such thing as a lock in baseball, but Zack Greinke was about the closest thing to one last season against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers’ right-hander faces them for the first time this season on Wednesday night and L.A. is a -180 favorite in online sports betting lines with a total of seven runs.
Closer Look at the Expert MLB Betting Prediction on San Francisco vs LA Dodgers & TV InfoTime: Wednesday, 10:10 p.m. ET Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles National TV: none Opening line: Dodgers -180, Giants +170 (7 runs)
Watching Zack Greinke, L.A.’s Other Ace. http://t.co/Vlnvflj8sq pic.twitter.com/WgTFDo79eh — VICE Sports (@VICESports) April 28, 2015It has been a rough few days for the Dodgers in terms of losing players to injury. Over the weekend, the team put star outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a left hamstring strain. He was hitting .279 with two homers and four RBIs, fairly disappointing numbers. But he had been dealing with the injury for a few weeks so maybe that’s why. The earliest he could be activated from the disabled list will be May 10. Worse news came on Sunday when starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was lost for the season with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament. Many around baseball were puzzled why the Dodgers gave him a four-year, $48 million contract this offseason because McCarthy was so injury-prone. Now he won’t be back until probably next year’s All-Star Break following Tommy John surgery. McCarthy was 3-0 but with an ugly 5.87 ERA this season. And on Monday, the Dodgers saw outfielder Carl Crawford leave the game with a possible oblique injury. That could mean a DL stint. Crawford isn’t off to a good start, batting .245 with a homer and three RBIs. They Dodgers won’t likely need much offense on Wednesday as they start Greinke. He has been much better than teammate and three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw thus far this season with Greinke at 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA. All four starts have been quality. Last time out he shut out the Padres over seven innings on four hits with seven strikeouts. He has allowed just one homer all season in 26.2 innings. Last season, Greinke was a spectacular 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts against the Giants. They had 27 hits (three homers) and struck out 36 times in 34.0 innings. Greinke walked only four. Buster Posey is 6-for-18 with two RBIs off him. Brandon Crawford is 2-for-15 with six strikeouts. Brandon Belt is 2-for-11 with five strikeouts but a solo homer. For the Giants, it’s right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. He might not be long for the rotation with a 0-1 record and 7.71 ERA. He faced the Dodgers last time out and actually had his best outing of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs and two hits, striking out five. There’s a slight chance that the Giants skip his start here but as of now he’s listed to go. Adrian Gonzalez could be in for a big game as he’s 6-for-20 with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs in his career off Vogelsong. Juan Uribe is a .409 hitter off him in 22 at-bats.