Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Imageseak 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 Jeff Keppinger 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 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey
, 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, 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. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deal the New York Yankees in for the Manny Machado tournament. And J.T. Realmuto? A lot of teams already are sitting at that table.The baseball winter meetings began in earnest along the Vegas Strip on Monday, and clubs slowly started to show their cards.Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are attracting trade interest, the Mets say. Corey Kluber and Madison Bumgarner keep popping up in swap speculation. But still no indication of where hometown slugger Bryce Harper might go.A couple of moves got done — speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton sprinted to the Kansas City Royals, pitcher Tyson Ross went to Detroit.The Yankees James Shields Jersey
, as usual, were on the prowl.Always ramping up the rivalry with the champion Boston Red Sox, the Yankees linked themselves to Machado. General manager Brian Cashman said he’s been talking to the infielder’s agent.“So we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he, obviously, is available and solves that area of need,” Cashman said. “So, not going to deny we’ve had a conversation. Or two.”Whether that’s substance or merely a smoke screen, the Yankees could use help with shortstop Didi Gregorius expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.Realmuto, the prized Miami catcher, is highly coveted.“I think a lot of teams are taking to the Marlins. I would anticipate his market picking up while we’re down here,” new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said.Not so fast http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey
, countered Miami manager Don Mattingly.“I look at him as part of our club,” he said.“He knows how much we like him and what we think about him. He’s handling everything fine. J.T.’s a tough kid. He’s a big-time leader. It’s why we love him. It’s why a lot of teams love him,” he said.Maybe Realmuto gets traded before the meetings end Thursday, maybe not. In the meantime, don’t expect any movement on contentious MLB-wide issues.Sure, there’s a lot of discussion about banning or limiting shifts. And plenty of debate about ways to spark offense.But in a sign that nothing is imminent, Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t planning to attend the annual gathering.Also in play:NOW HEAR THISPhillies manager Gabe Kapler plans to be publicly critical of his players more in his second season after his team’s late fade.Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing season.“One thing that I can do immediately that I think will really resonate well with our fans in Philadelphia is … as much as I illuminate some of the things we’re doing very well, I can be a little more assertive in illuminating the things that we need to work on. And I’m committed to taking that step,” he said.A NEW PITCHThe Seattle Mariners made an interesting move, claiming infielder Kaleb Cowart on waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and also announcing him as a right-handed pitcher. A prep star on the mound and at the plate Yolmer Sanchez Jersey
, the 26-year-old Cowart has not pitched since the Angels drafted in the first round in 2010. He hit .134 with 10 RBIs in 47 games with Los Angeles last season.OPENING UPTampa Bay manager Kevin Cash will continue the strategy he began last season — namely, using relief pitchers to start games.“I think right now we’re discussing internally whether we do it two times through the rotation or three times through the rotation,” Cash said.Cash might move around more guys on the diamond, too.“I’m personally a big fan of shifting. And I think we’re going to see it, we’ve already seen the infield take over heavily. I think we’re going to see more outfield shifting,” he said.