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Giants vs. Dodgers MLB | 2021 NLDS Game 3

The National League Division Series between the bitter rival San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers it knotted 1-1 as it shifts to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Monday night. The Dodgers are heavy favorites on the MLB Odds.

How to Bet Giants at Dodgers MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Monday, 9:37 PM ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Alex Wood/Max Scherzer
  • TV: TBS
  • Stream/gameday audio: TBS app
  • Opening MLB Lines: Dodgers -200, Giants +185 (total 7)

Why Bet on San Francisco?

The Giants are 99-91-2 all-time in postseason play and 60-50 in the SF-era (since 1958). They are 19-19-2 (win-lost-split) in 40 postseason series, having gone 15-18 (4-4-0 win-lost-split) in eight trips to the NLDS, 24-15 (5-2-0) in seven trips to the NLCS and 57-57-2 in the World Series (8-12-2).

The Giants won the opener 4-0 but lost Game 2 on Saturday, 9-2, to also lose home-field advantage in this series. Shortstop Brandon Crawford had a nice Game 2 in the loss, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Crawford drove in a run with a single off of Joe Kelly in the sixth inning, trimming the Giants deficit to four runs at 6-2. That would be as close as they would get. Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a double. He became the Giants’ all-time playoff leader in hits.

Keep in mind that the Giants remain without first baseman Brandon Belt with a fractured thumb. The team is hoping he can make it back by the NLCS should San Francisco get there. The 33-year-old Belt hit .274 with a career-high 29 homers and 59 RBIs in the regular season.

It’s lefty Alex Wood on the mound here. His final regular season start was a very good one as Wood struck out six batters over six scoreless innings with three hits and no walks allowed in a no-decision against Arizona. The 30-year-old went 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 152/39 K/BB ratio over 138 2/3 innings over 26 starts during the regular season. He made three starts against the Dodgers, going 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 17 innings.

San Francisco finished the regular season with the best record in the Majors in games following a loss, going 38-17 (.691).

Why Bet on Los Angeles?

Former NL MVP Cody Bellinger had a miserable regular season but hit a two-run double in the sixth inning on Saturday to lead the Dodgers to a 9-2 victory in Game 2.  A.J. Pollock went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Chris Taylor was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Taylor smacked a one-out double off of Kevin Gausman in the second inning then came around to score the game’s first run on an RBI single by Julio Urias. He then walked and scored on Pollock’s two-run double during a four-run sixth inning. Taylor also reached on an infield single in the seventh and scored on Matt Beaty’s single into left field.

The Dodgers remain without slugger Max Muncy, but skipper Dave Roberts told reporters over the weekend that Muncy is getting more range of motion in his injured left elbow. Muncy still has his elbow immobilized in a brace and will not play in this series.

Muncy led the team with 36 regular-season homers, setting a new career-high and recording his 118th homer in Dodger Blue. The infielder’s 118 homers with the Dodgers ranked 27th all-time. With 35+ homers in three seasons (2018, 2019, 2021), he became only the third Dodger in franchise history with three 35+ homer seasons, joining Duke Snider (5 times) and Mike Piazza (3).

It’s three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer on the mound.  Scherzer posted a 7-0 record with a 1.98 ERA (15 ER/68.1 IP) and 92 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Dodgers. The Dodgers went 11-0 in his starts and on Sept. 12 vs. San Diego, he became the 19th player in Major League Baseball history to record his 3,000-strikeout with a strikeout of Eric Hosmer. He currently ranks 18th all-time with 3,020 strikeouts and is the strikeout leader amongst active players.

Scherzer pitched in the wild-card game vs. the Cardinals. Scherzer did not have his best command, and threw a wild pitch in the first inning that gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. He was able to keep St. Louis off the board from that point on, but he put runners on first-and-second in the fifth inning before leaving.

Scherzer has a 7-5 career record with a 3.33 ERA (42 ER/116.1 IP) in 23 games (19 starts) in postseason play. He previously faced the Giants once in the Postseason, starting Game 4 of the 2012 World Series with the Tigers. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings in a no-decision, an eventual 4-3 series-clinching win for the Giants.

Scherzer has gone 4-5 with a 3.84 ERA (25 ER/58.2 IP) in 11 career starts against the Giants, including a 3-2 mark with a 3.30 ERA (11 ER/30.0 IP) in five starts at Oracle Park. He exited his only 2021 start against San Francisco after 12 pitches (0.1 IP) with right triceps discomfort.

Game Trends

  • Giants are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games.
  • Giants are 21-5 in their last 26 games following an off day.
  • Giants are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games.
  • Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff home games.
  • Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite.

Expert Prediction

  • Dodgers 4, Giants 3


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