MLB 2020 Opening Day Betting Giants vs. Dodgers Odds, Picks and Analysis
The best offshore gambling sites favor the LA Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants in their 2020 season-opening game on July 23 at Dodger Stadium.
Giants vs. Dodgers Opening Day Betting Odds
|Giants||+1½ (+110)||8 (-105)||+255|
|Dodgers||-1½ (-130)||8 (-115)||-280|
Betting San Francisco Giants
The Giants are the underdogs according to the best online sportsbooks. The 2019 season was the last for Bruce Bochy as manager of San Fran. The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight season following a loss to the Braves on September 20. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler are still deciding which 30 players will make the trip to Los Angeles. Roster moves are further complicated by lack of certainty concerning the availability of a few key players.
Giants Top Payers
Brandon Belt is experiencing right heel soreness. He spent much of the previous week in a walking boot. But he took batting practice in the cages at Oracle Park on Tuesday and could mix into live batting practices soon.
Kapler wouldn’t say whether Belt will be ready to face the Dodgers, but it’s not likely he would start since he’s 4-for-60 with 29 strikeouts versus Clayton Kershaw. The question is whether Belt will be ready to play on the second day of the regular season versus right-hander Walker Buehler. Possible replacements include Pablo Sandoval on first base when the Giants play right-handed pitchers. Sandoval could be a factor in the lineup as a fill-in corner infielder or as a part-time designated hitter. He has proven to be a capable replacement when Belt and third baseman Evan Longoria have been injured in the past two years.
Another alternative at first base would be Joe McCarthy. He is an outfielder who has had more reps at first base since Belt started missing workouts. McCarthy joined the Giants in a July 31 deadline deal with the Rays last summer. He has yet to make his major league debut. The front office is very keen on his plate discipline.
Betting Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are the favored team per the best offshore gambling sites. However, it’s not just the Giants that they have to worry about. Los Angeles County law has stipulated that people coming into close contact with COVID-19-infected persons must quarantine for 14 days. It doesn’t matter if they don’t test positive or display symptoms.
MLB and the Dodgers have talked to the L.A. County Department of Public Health about the team getting an exemption. But the team hasn’t gotten one, according to people in the know. An MLB spokesperson declined to comment.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health stated on Wednesday morning that “We have been working closely with all the major league sport teams in LA County to ensure as much safety as possible for employees, players, and community residents when there are positive cases and identified close contacts among team members. We are reviewing specific plans to ensure that risks for transmission are minimized.” The Dodgers wouldn’t elaborate, players have missed time from training camp due to the county’s mandate. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said he is concerned that the rule could put the Dodgers at a disadvantage during the regular season.
“A little bit,” Roberts said. “We’re trying not to make too big of a deal of it but it’s county to county, state to state as far as what the expectations are with the contact tracing and what you need to do to protect the person you’re in contact with and others around.
But I think that for the county of Los Angeles, I think we are more on the conservative side, which I think is a good thing. But, obviously, we talk about a competitive advantage when our guys might be out a little bit longer than another team’s players, certainly. And I think the most important thing is the health of the players and we’ll make do regardless of what we’re up against.”
San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers Pick
Injuries on one side and public health decrees on the other cancel each other out. All things being equal, the best offshore gambling sites are right to favor the Dodgers.