In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (72-57) and the San Francisco Giants (69-61) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36 ERA) and Jake Peavy (4-6, 4.21 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31 and will air on CSBy, SNLA and MLBN.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 6.2 innings, allowing zero runs (three unearned), striking out four and walking one in a 7-4 victory over the Reds. The Giants were victorious over the Cubs 4-2 the last time Peavy pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking three. Brandon Belt (.283, 66 Rs, 17 HRs, 60 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Giants, going 4 for 4 yesterday with three runs and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 64-50 record and overall money line at -1,048. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 29-20 and a 28-19 record when they were the favorite. Los Angeles's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 2.7 during that span, compared to its 3.6 season average. The Dodgers are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.19.
Across the field, the Giants have a record of 30-32 when they are the underdog and are +254 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-6 record and 4-6 SU. They also allow just 8.3 hits per game, good for fifth in the NL.
The Giants have gotten the best of the Dodgers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-3. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Peavy) in this game and have a 59-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the left-hander Anderson. They sport a 17-13 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 29-20 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Giants' record in these matchups is 27-23.
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 a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-41. The Dodgers have a 13-41 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 109 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 153.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.19.
Ranking seventh, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.736). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .747.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 30-44, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 29-40 when allowing at least one homer.