Giants vs Dodgers Preview, Odds, Picks – July 26, 2020

Giants vs Dodgers is a baseball rivalry that’s going on for 130 years. San Francisco Giants lead in the all-time score, but in a recent couple of years, the team from Los Angeles has been much better. The proof is that this season, Dodgers already have two wins over the arch-nemesis. Is the third one on its way? This Giants vs. Dodgers preview hopefully has the answer!

  • Where: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
  • When: Sunday, July 26 at 10:08 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • How to Watch: ESPN
  • Pitchers: Undecided (Giants) vs. Julio Urias (Dodgers)

Giants vs Dodgers Betting Odds

San Francisco GiantsLos Angeles Dodgers
*Odds taken July 26

Giants vs Dodgers Rivalry

The rivalry between Giants and Dodgers dates back to the 19th century. The first clash between the two happened in 1890, when both teams were based in New York City. At that time, the name of Dodgers was actually Bridegrooms.

The rivalry between the two really kicked off when they moved to California, eventually becoming the two most successful teams in the Golden State. Actually, when it comes to the all-time MLB win-loss record, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers come in #2 and #3 place respectively.

Giants are more successful in their overall head-to-head duels in the regular MLB season (1,256–1,233–17). The two rivals never met each other in the postseason. Speaking of which, the last time Giants qualified for the World Series was in 2014. Dodgers’ previous World Series adventure happened in 2018.

Obviously, even though Giants lead in all-time series, Dodgers have been more successful in recent times. Actually, the LA team has won eight out of their previous nine meetings.

The most recent Giants vs Dodgers game was played yesterday, and it saw the San Francisco team winning by 5-4.   

Not the Start Giants’ New Manager Wanted

The new manager of San Francisco Giants, Gabe Kapler has had a very bad start of the 2020 season. We saw his team losing two times to their biggest rivals.

Giants did win yesterday, which has certainly given them a major confidence boost. The final installment of the four-game series is on the program tonight and Kapler is hoping his boys can do something similar.

Top MLB bookmakers, however, disagree. They think Giants will suffer another defeat. The thing is that the player quality is simply in favor of the opponent.

Even before the start of the season, Giants weren’t thought of as big favorites. Their chances plummeted even more when catcher Buster Posey revealed he’s not going to take part in the 2020 MLB season for the fears of COVID-19.

On the positive side, there’s no pressure on Giants, so Kapler has the freedom to experiment with tactics, as well as give up-and-coming prospects a chance. That said, Giants did confirm prior to the start of the season that player development is their main objective.

Dodgers Dreaming of the Title

The year 1988 was when Los Angeles Dodgers won the MLB World Series the last time. It’s been a long time since, but online bookmakers like and suggest their wait could come to an end this season. Los Angeles Dodgers are sharing the main favorite spot with New York Yankees.

Their chances for winning the World Series would’ve been even better if Clayton Kershaw was in the roster. Widely considered to be the best starting pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers, Kershaw will have to miss out on the 2020 MLB season due to a back injury.

Of course, Dodgers are famous for having a long bench. They’re putting their hopes in other pitchers. In the first game, we saw Dustin May playing at a very high level. The same was the case in the second match, when Ross Stripling was the starting pitcher, followed by Alex Wood in the third game.

Now it’s time for Julio Urias. The Mexican pitcher is under a one-year contract with Dodgers, meaning that this is a make-or-break time for the curveball specialists. If he impresses over the next couple of months, the chances are he’s going to be offered another contract. 

Giants vs Dodgers Prediction and Picks

Urias might not be the very best that Dodgers have to offer. However, a baseball team is much more than just a pitcher. Actually, judging by what we saw in the previous games, all eyes of Dodgers fans will be on Mookie Betts, who’s just signed a 12-year extension contract last week.

Actually, Dodgers are super-powerful when it comes to batters. Eight of them are former All-Stars, while two had won the MVP title in the past. That said, Giant’s pitcher is not going to have a field day on Sunday.

Our picks:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Over 9.5 (Total)

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