Tim Hudson (8-8, 4.30 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (83-75) go up against Brett Anderson (9-9, 3.75 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-70) in the last of a four-game division series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 5-0 and San Francisco leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 3:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 1 and will air on CSBy and SNLA.
In his last start, Hudson pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned) and walking three in a 14-10 loss to the Athletics. The Dodgers were unsuccessful to the Rockies 8-6 the last time Anderson pitched. He went 4.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out one and walking one. Justin Turner (.290, 53 Rs, 15 HRs, 57 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
San Francisco is a slight underdog (-105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Giants have a 37-42 record and overall money line at +198. They have a SU record of 37-35 against teams in their division and a 22-16 record when they were the underdog in those games. The Giants are third in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.3 per game.
On the other side, the Dodgers have a record of 78-60 when they are favored and are -1,450 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 3-7 record. The Dodgers average just 7.7 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL. Los Angeles's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.5 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 3.7. They have a WHIP of 1.20 on the year, good for fourth in the league.
The Giants have mostly come out on top against the Dodgers in their previous 18 games this season, earning an 11-7 record. This game will feature Anderson (LHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 20-21 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Hudson. They sport a 68-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
LA Dodgers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
LA Dodgers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games when playing San Francisco.
LA Dodgers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers's last 8 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
LA Dodgers are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Francisco's last 8 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers.
The Giants hold a 37-35 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Dodgers' record in these matchups is 42-30.
Los Angeles has won 51% (29-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Francisco has won 63% (39-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have an 18-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 71-14. The Dodgers have a 67-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 650 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 12th with 685.
Ranking 18th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 447 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 549.
The Giants are 57-28 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 67-39 record.