Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.43 ERA) and Tim Lincecum (7-3, 3.31 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-31) and the San Francisco Giants (38-32) at Dodger Stadium. The Giants won the last game 6-2 and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 21 and can be seen on ESPN.
Anderson is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his appearances against the Giants, and goes up against a good San Francisco offense which is batting .268 this season. Justin Turner (.327, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Lincecum is 11-8 with a 3.31 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He is up against a quality Los Angeles offense that's batting .256. Brandon Crawford (.282, 33 Rs, 9 HRs, 42 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a -151 favorite against San Francisco and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -477 and a record as the favorite of 34-27. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 25-17 and 26-18 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Dodgers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 87. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.6 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, San Francisco is coming in with an overall money line of +199 and an impressive record of 21-12 as the dog. They are 13-6 as the underdog against teams in their division, and 17-19 SU. Offensively, the Giants have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 3.4 in those contests.
The Giants have controlled the season series, 9-2. The Dodgers have a 35-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lincecum takes the mound. Anderson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a very good 10-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers are 26-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Giants are 18-19 against their division.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Dodgers are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 9-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-19. The Dodgers have a 7-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, San Francisco has hit 56 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 87 home runs.
Ranking ninth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.43 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.26.
Ranking 11th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .766.
The Giants are 19-20 when they allow at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 16-22 record.