Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04 ERA) and Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-55) and the San Francisco Giants (68-58) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 1-0, and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on CSBA and SNLA.
Stripling pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Phillies. Justin Turner (.279, 61 Rs, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Moore went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking three in a 9-5 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start.
Los Angeles is a slim -115 favorite at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. Though the Dodgers have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-341), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 62-36. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 26-14 and 27-21 records as the favorite and SU, respectively. The Dodgers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.0. The Dodgers are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.186 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, San Francisco has an 18-25 record and an overall money line of -400. Despite an underwhelming record as the underdog against teams in their division (6-8), they pulled off an impressive 31-19 SU record. The Giants allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Giants are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.235 for the season.
The Dodgers have a 15-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Moore takes the mound. Stripling (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 44-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Giants hold a 31-20 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Dodgers currently sit at 28-21 in these games.
After last game's shutout win against San Francisco, the Dodgers now have 12 shutouts this season. The Giants have been shut out in nine games this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 29-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Giants, as the Dodgers have won their last four games while the Giants have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 52-15. The Giants have a 49-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, San Francisco has earned 561 this season. Los Angeles ranks 13th with 577 runs.
Ranking ninth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 411 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 461.
The Dodgers are 55-28 when they hit at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 44-27 record.