Clayton Kershaw: Los Angeles Dodgers SP Takes on the San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants (38-39) and Los Angeles Dodgers (34-42) will close out a three-game National League West series Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won Clayton Kershaw's last four starts when facing San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won Clayton Kershaw’s last four starts when facing San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum

San Francisco has dropped three straight games, including a 6-5 setback to Los Angeles as +115 road underdogs Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.5.  “I didn’t even know we were under .500,” commented Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.  “I just knew we haven’t been playing well.”  Offensively, outfielder Hunter Pence will need to continue his hot hitting in this rivalry, as he’s batting .388 against the Dodgers in 2013.  San Francisco is 6-5 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-4 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.52 ERA) has watched the club drop three consecutive efforts, including a 6-3 defeat at home to the Miami Marlins in a no-decision effort last time out, as he allowed three runs and four hits over seven frames.  The right-hander is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA in seven road games, with opposing hitters batting .300 against him.  In 20 career games (19 starts) versus the Dodgers, Lincecum has compiled a 8-5 record and 2.69 ERA, including a 5-3 road victory on April 3.

Los Angeles has won four games in a row, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that span.  The Dodgers have been getting some major production out of third baseman Hanley Ramirez, who’s hitting .467 with 10 RBIs during the team’s winning streak.  “It’s all about health,” he stated after the game.  The return of outfielder Matt Kemp can only help as well—even though he’s mustered up just 12 extra-base hits in 51 games this season.  Los Angeles is 13-23 versus division opponents, with the OVER going 22-12-2 in those 36 opportunities.

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.06 ERA) dropped a 5-2 decision on the road to the San Diego Padres last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over six frames.  The left-hander is 4-3 with a 1.52 ERA in nine home games, issuing just 15 walks and striking out 67 batters in 65 combined innings.  In 19 career games (18 starts) versus the Giants, Kershaw has tallied a 9-4 record and 1.28 ERA, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 road loss on May 3.

Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 4-0 record in Kershaw’s last four meetings with Lincecum.

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