Dodgers at Giants MLB Odds & Picks – July 31 2010: The San Francisco Giants, in a virtual tie with San Diego for first place in the National League West, will play they second game of a weekend series with their rivals from the South, the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. The Dodgers are in third place 4 1/2 games behind San Diego and San Francisco. For Saturday's game (FOX 4:10 pm Eastern) the Giants will start veteran left-hander Barry Zito who is 8-6 on the year with a 3.49 ERA. The Dodgers will counter with their ace Chad Billingsley. A right-hander, Billingsley is 9-5 with a 4.00 ERA.
BetUS.com has the game between the Dodgers and Giants tightly lined with San Francisco a slight favorite giving -115 moneyline odds. As underdogs, LA is giving -105. BetUS has the posted total installed at 7 1/2 runs with the OVER getting EVEN odds and UNDER giving -120.
Despite saying he knew he didn't have his best stuff, Zito tossed his 16th quality start of the season in his last outing, equaling his 2009 total. On July 21 against the Dodgers, Zito took the loss while giving up two runs in 7 2/3 innings. Zito has a 2.18 ERA across three starts opposite the Dodgers this season.
Billingsley will be pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career. He is coming off six scoreless innings against the Padres after a shutout of the Mets. Billingsley is 5-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 lifetime appearances against the Giants.
The Giants survived a late Dodgers rally in the ninth inning of Friday's game to take a 6-5 win giving their ace, Tim Lincecum his 11th win on the season. Dodgers right-hander Carlos Monasterios took credit for the loss. Giants backers cashed as a +180 moneyline favorite while the 11 runs scored soared OVER the 7-run posted total.
MLB Picks: Zito and the Giants are the pick here with the Giants giving -115 on the moneyline.
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