Matt Cain (2-4, 5.79 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (3-1) take on Ross Stripling (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) in the second of a four-game division series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 12-6, and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and will air on KNTV and SNLA.
Cain gets the start after recording 60.2 innings last year, closing out the season with a 2-4 record, 5.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 41 strikeouts. Joe Panik (.353 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs. Yasiel Puig (.533 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Dodgers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for San Francisco and Los Angeles are Giants -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8. The Giants rank third in the majors in home runs with seven. San Francisco is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping two bases.
The Dodgers rank second in the NL in scoring, averaging 0.0 runs per game. The Dodgers capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, ranking .313 in the league with a .313 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 0.943 for the season.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
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.
When outhit, the Giants and the Dodgers both have records of 0-1.
Los Angeles ranks in the top half of the league at 14th when it comes to home runs, hitting three this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five with seven.
San Francisco and Los Angeles both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Francisco sits at fourth with 11.25 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks second with 11.75.
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 26th with an OPS of .860.
The Dodgers are 0-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 2-1 when they allow at least one homer.