Money Line: 118.00 San Francisco (Away)
The two west coast powerhouses, first and second in the NL West, face off in L.A. on Monday. This is a critical series for both teams. The Giants, off two close losses, look to Kevin Gausman (9-3,1.79) for a win. He has allowed only 6 runs over 18 innings and recorded two losses in those 3 starts. I think the Giants owe him a little run support.
Tony Gonsolin is his opponent. After shoulder issues, he has been strong, allowing only 2 runs in three starts. While he has pitched very well, he is a bit of an unproven entity. Gonsolin is on a tight leash, pitching only 12 innings in 3 starts. There in lies the problem for the Dodgers. Down a starter, their relievers were overtaxed before the break and threw a full 6 innings in the Dodgers’ extra inning loss on Sunday.
The Dodgers have the better offense and have flexed their muscles in a couple of lopsided wins of late.
The Gausman advantage outweighs the Dodgers’ home field advantage. Due to bullpen usage, Gonsolin may be pushed to pitch deeper into the game, and that will be unfamiliar territory. I am going with the proven starter and a rested pen. Take San Francisco to WIN!