Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Madison Bumgarner (18-8, 2.88 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (81-74) meet Clayton Kershaw (15-7, 2.25 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (87-68) in the second of a four-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 3-2 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and will air on CSBy and SNLA.
In his most recent outing, Bumgarner pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out nine and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Padres. Buster Posey (.324, 74 Rs, 19 HRs, 94 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Dodgers were victorious over the Diamondbacks 6-3 the last time Kershaw pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out nine and walking one. Andre Ethier (.296, 52 Rs, 14 HRs, 48 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Giants have a SU record of 35-34 against teams in their division. The Giants don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking third in the NL with only 8.3 hits allowed per game.
Against teams in their division, the Dodgers are 41-28 SU. The Dodgers average just 7.8 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allowed 5.6 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 3.7. They have a WHIP of 1.20, fifth best in the MLB.
The Giants have gotten the best of the Dodgers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-6. This game will feature Kershaw (LHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 20-20 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Bumgarner will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 19-17 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Giants hold a 35-34 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Dodgers' record in these matchups is 41-28.
San Francisco won its last game in a shutout, its 17th of the season. Los Angeles has been shut out 11 times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 20-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Giants have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Giants have won their last two games while the Dodgers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 70-14. The Dodgers have a 66-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 640 this season. San Francisco ranks 11th with 677 runs.
Ranking 19th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 437 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 543.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 56-28, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 66-39 when hitting one or more homers.