Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants – MLB, July 29th, 2021
The race for the 2021 NL West division title is officially on. Things are heating up as the San Francisco Giants hold a three-game lead as they host the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Neither team is in blistering form at the moment, but both have a real shot at first place, while the San Diego Padres (5.5 games back) are somewhat in the mix, as well.
It’s likely the division race comes down to these two teams, though, and this current series – and Thursday’s game – could have a say about it.
Wondering who wins and what bet you should target at the best baseball betting apps? Read on for my Dodgers vs. Giants betting pick and prediction for July 29th, 2021.
Dodgers vs. Giants Odds for July 29
These are some of the best Dodgers vs. Giants odds you’ll find online. BetOnline lists L.A. as a mild favorite, but you’re obviously getting a good price, either way.
San Francisco has been sensational at home this year (32-15), so getting them at dog money at home looks pretty good. It’s just awfully hard to bet against the Dodgers, who are a respectable 28-23 on the road and are perhaps the most talented team in baseball.
The game total is also interesting. The pitching in this game is plenty solid, but David Price and Johnny Cueto are bigger names than talents at this stage of their careers.
I’d imagine both can put up a fight here, while the health of both of these offenses should be called into question.
Ultimately, the best bet probably resides in picking a winner here, but a dive into the matchup is probably necessary before getting to that.
Dodgers vs. Giants Game Preview
David Price has been serviceable this year, going 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA. The sample size is small, but he’s held the Giants in check in the 3.2 innings he’s faced them for in 2021.
He gets to face a pretty banged-up Giants crew in this one. Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, and Brandon Belt are all out of the lineup, while even LaMonte Wade isn’t 100% right now.
San Francisco still has some righty power via Wilmer Flores and Buster Posey, but Price couldn’t ask for a better rendition of the Giants to be facing right now.
Price should be able to navigate his way through a solid start, and then a less than healthy Giants squad will be tasked with trying to score on a stout Dodgers bullpen.
Johnny Cueto toes the rubber on the other side. He’s just 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA on the year, but he’s pitched his best ball at AT&T Park this season.
Cueto keeps the walks in check and can manage games, but he is not missing bats at an elite rate and has had major issues with lefties.
Los Angeles isn’t at full strength right now, but Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy are specifically going to be challenging for Cueto. Throw in Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Will Smith, and A.J. Pollock, and the Dodgers just look more formidable, regardless of the splits.
The pitching is fine for both sides, but L.A. gets the edge here.
Dodgers vs. Giants Pick for July 29
I don’t hate the Giants as a home dog in theory, but against the Dodgers, that’s a pass for me. Cueto had major issues with this lineup in 2020, and even at less than full strength, this isn’t a good spot for him.
I’d imagine both teams show off their power a bit here, but the pitching isn’t terrible, and this is still a pitcher’s park when you look at the long ball.
Ultimately, the Dodgers at -128 is a steal.
They’re not facing a guy you’d confuse with an elite pitcher anymore, and they have more incentive to grind out a win as they trail for first place.
Dodgers to Win-128