Dodgers Heavy Favorites Against the Giants in San Francisco
May 1, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18) throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Oracle Park in San Francisco will host a notable NL West division matchup when the San Francisco Giants welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers. Scheduled for a 6:45 PM PT start, this game pits the division-leading Dodgers, who currently hold a record of 27-15, against the Giants, who want to improve their 19-23 record.

The encounter promises to be a compelling event in the regular season calendar, showcasing a classic rivalry between two teams with contrasting fortunes this year. The Dodgers arrived in San Francisco on a solid footing, demonstrating consistent performance that positions them at the top of their division. On the other hand, the Giants, who have not had as strong a start to the season, will be aiming to capitalize on their home-field advantage to narrow the gap in the division standings.

Game and Series Odds

The bookmakers at Slotozilla have the Dodgers as -190 favorites, implying a strong likelihood of victory, while the Giants are positioned as the underdogs at +160. Los Angeles is set to start Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who has been impressive of late and boasts a 4-1 record and a 2.79 ERA. His counterpart from the Giants will be Jordan Hicks, who has a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.30. Los Angeles is the -225 betting favorite in the three-game series against San Francisco (+190).

The Skinny

Yesterday, the Dodgers suffered a 4-0 loss to the Padres, with Walker Buehler at the helm, who allowed three earned runs over just over three innings. Mookie Betts, who has been in a mild slump, provided a glimmer of offensive hope, going 2-for-4 with a double, but the rest of the Dodgers lineup was punchless in the loss. Conversely, the Giants eeked out a tight 6-5 victory against the Reds, propelled by LaMonte Wade Jr’s home run and two RBIs, while Luke Jackson sealed the win with a hitless, scoreless final inning.

The Dodgers currently rank second in the league with a .261 average and are leading in runs scored at 220. They have not allowed opponents to score more than four runs over the last 19 games from mid-April. The Giants, however, lag in the 23rd spot for runs scored and have a mediocre team average of .239.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Turning the spotlight on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the Dodgers’ pitcher is pivotal in their lineup. The rookie of the year hopeful, just 25 years old, Yamamoto has shown exceptional skills this season, aiming for his fifth consecutive quality start. After a terrible opening outing in Korea, Yamamoto has dropped his ERA to 2.79, averaging over ten strikeouts per nine innings. This will be Yamamoto’s first-ever appearance against the Giants.

Yamamoto’s journey to this point is marked by a notable transition from Japan’s professional leagues to the major leagues. He brings with him a refined technique and mental toughness crucial for high-stakes games. His performance thus far suggests he is adapting well to the competitive environment of MLB, continuing to refine his strategy against some of the best hitters in the world.

Each team’s strategy and player performance will be critical as the series progresses. The Giants will lean on Hicks to counter the Dodgers’ powerful lineup and hope their batters can exploit any opportunities Yamamoto gives. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will look to maintain their offensive momentum and solidify their standing at the division’s top.

Where to Watch

The Dodger’s local broadcast on Spectrum Sportsnet begins at 6:30 PT and is on the radio at AM 570. The game will be live streaming on Fubo and televised on NBC Sports Networks nationally, so fans have ample means to catch the action as these historic rivals clash on the field, each aiming to assert their dominance in this highly competitive division.