Carlos Frias (4-4, 4.14 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-30) go up against Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.65 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (37-32) in the second of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Giants won the last game 9-5 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 20 and will air on CSN-BAY, SportsNet LA and ML.
Frias is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA against the Giants in his career, but faces a strong San Francisco offense that's hitting .268 on the year. Justin Turner (.329, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Hudson is 7-6 with a 3.80 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .256. Buster Posey (.297, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Giants, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, four RBIs, and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 34-26 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -338. They have impressive records of 25-16 as the favorite and 26-17 SU within their division. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 85 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 3.6 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Dodgers are third in the league in WHIP at 1.19.
Switching gears, the Giants come into this game with a solid win percentage of .625 when playing as the underdog (20-12) and an overall money line of +70. Against divisional rivals, they are 16-19 SU and 12-6 as the underdog. The Giants seem to play worse against their division opponents. In divisional matchups, San Francisco has averaged 3.2 runs per game, compared to 4.0 for the duration of the season. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the San Francisco pitchers. They've allowed 2.8 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 3.8.
The Giants had the upper hand against the Dodgers in their previous 10 games this season, earning an 8-2 record. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Hudson) in this game and have a 35-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the right-hander Frias. They sport a 26-27 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers are 26-18 against their divisional rivals, while the Giants are 17-19 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 9-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 27-7. The Giants have a 32-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, San Francisco sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 281 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 290.
Ranking 16th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 199 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 244.
The Dodgers are 31-18 when they hit at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-11 record.