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Apr 15, 19 at 07:18pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers (64-56) will try to break their four-game losing streak on Tuesday when they host the San Francisco Giants (60-60) as large betting favorites at sportsbooks.The Dodgers blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning en route to a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Giants in the series opener on Monday Alex Wood Jersey , as their struggles continued without closer Kenley Jansen, who is being treated for an irregular heartbeat. MLB betting line: The Dodgers opened as -185 favorites (wager $185 to win $100); the total is at eight runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 6.3-2.6, Dodgers (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Giants can pay on the MLB linesSan Francisco hung in during the first game of the series and pulled off the late victory despite being dominated by Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw for eight innings. The Giants overcame nine strikeouts by the 30-year-old to win as big underdogs for the first time in the last five road meetings.San Francisco had dropped four straight at Dodger Stadium, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, and now sends Andrew Suarez (4-8, 4.64 ERA) to the mound. While the southpaw has been bad lately, this will be his first career start versus Los Angeles, and that could work in his favor due to unfamiliarity. Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesThree of the four losses during their current skid have been decided by one run for the Dodgers, and the other was a simple implosion by their bullpen in the ninth to the Giants, particularly reliever Scott Alexander. It is doubtful bettors will see Alexander again here Zack Cozart Jersey , and starting pitcher Alex Wood (7-6, 3.58 ERA) has been very good recently for Los Angeles.Even though Wood suffered a loss in his last outing, he allowed only one earned run in six innings of a 2-1 setback to the Houston Astros on August 3. The 27-year-old had gone 6-0 in his previous eight starts without surrendering more than three runs. Smart betting pickWood is coming off the 10-day disabled list in this spot after dealing with a hamstring injury, and the Dodgers are hoping he can pick up where he left off. He has gone 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts against San Francisco this year, with his opponent batting only .155 in his 19.2 innings over that period.Look for Los Angeles to bounce back behind Wood and end the team's losing streak as Suarez continues his struggles.MLB betting trendsThe total has gone under in 14 of San Francisco's last 21 games on the road.The total has gone under in four of San Francisco's last five games when playing Los Angeles.Los Angeles is 4-2 in its last six games when playing at home against San Francisco.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His knee healthy, Washington Nationals newcomer Brian Dozier used the early week of spring training to fix some swing flaws.“Still kind of tweaking a couple things to get rid of some bad habits I created last year,” Dozier said. “In all, everything’s going as planned.”The left knee bone bruise the 31-year-old Dozier estimates bothered him for 85 percent of last season kept him from firmly planting and staying behind his front leg during a swing, preventing him from driving the ball.Entering his eighth season, Dozier’s 172 career home runs — including 42 in 2016 for Minnesota — rank third most among active second basemen behind Robinson Cano and Ian Kinsler. After hitting only 21 homers between the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last year, Dozier has launched one this spring in 13 at-bats.“I think you’ll see the old Dozier now that he’s healthy [url=http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-ian-kinsler-jersey]http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey[/url] ,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.A career .246 hitter, an average depressed by last year’s .215 struggle, Dozier has primarily hit in the first or second spot of the lineup as a major leaguer. But with shortstop Trea Turner and right fielder Adam Eaton likely slated for the top two spots, Dozier may find himself in position to drive in runs, hitting behind Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Ryan Zimmerman.Dozier was traded from the Twins to the Dodgers last July, but didn’t make much of an impact in the LA lineup. He had two singles in 16 at-bats in the postseason, going hitless in five at-bats in the World Series.Dozier signed with the Nationals as a free agent.“If you know Dozier he’s got that little chip on his shoulder,” Martinez said.The 2017 American League Gold Glove winner at second base, Dozier’s defense could make more of an impact than his plate presence.Washington committed the second-fewest errors last season, but the plodding, often injured Nationals also weren’t able to make many plays other teams found routine.Slowed by offseason micro-fracture knee injury surgery that kept him from playing until June, starting second baseman Daniel Murphy started only one 4-6-3 double play as a National last season.“That’s a surprising stat Albert Pujols Jersey ,” Dozier said.With Dozier’s knee healthy, Martinez has Turner and Dozier working on the same schedule, sharing game days and rest days.“I really want them to work together and get to know each other,” Martinez said. “It’s a big deal — feeds and all that stuff, and the timing of it, and how he works around the base.”Monday’s Nationals lineup didn’t feature the Dozier-Turner combo, but it wasn’t an off-day for the duo.The pair spent a half hour on the back fields at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches turning double plays.“At the end we know that when you’re looking at a very strong division it could come down to a game or a half a game, and those little things will add up to the big things,” Dozier said.