Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (4-1) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 3-2, and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FS1, CSBA and SNLA.
Bumgarner pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking five in a 12-3 win over the Brewers. Brandon Crawford (.333 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Kershaw went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 15-0 win over the Padres in his last outing. Yasiel Puig (.500 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one stolen base.
The odds for San Francisco and Los Angeles have the Dodgers as -140 Favorites, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6Un -120. The Giants are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with nine. As for the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Giants, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 7.0.
The Dodgers are 2-0 against teams in their division. The Dodgers capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, ranking .298 in the league with a .298 team batting average. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.909 for the season.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Giants are a perfect 2-0 against their division, while the Dodgers sit at 3-2.
San Francisco has lost all of its games (0-1) when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-1. The Giants have a 1-1 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting three this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five with nine.
Ranking ninth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 9.40 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 11.20.
San Francisco ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .000. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom at 23rd with an OPS of .795.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 0-2. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 2-1 record.