In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-29) and the San Francisco Giants (38-29) at Dodger Stadium, Mike Bolsinger (4-1, 2.25 ERA) and Chris Heston (6-5, 3.76 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and will air on NBC Bay and SportsNet LA.
Bolsinger has a 3.44 ERA and a 0-2 record in his career against the Giants, and is up against a strong San Francisco offense that's hitting .267 on the year. In his career against the Dodgers, Heston is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .256. Matt Duffy (.293, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -139 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 33-26 record and overall money line at -438. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 26-17 and a 25-16 record when they were the favorite. The Dodgers come into the game with the NL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 84 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.6 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are third in the league in WHIP at 1.18.
Moving on to the away team, the Giants come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-58) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (19-12). Against divisional opponents, they are 16-19 SU and 12-6 as the underdog. When it comes to scoring, the Giants haven't performed as well against teams from the NL West. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.0 runs per game season average.
The Giants have gotten the best of the Dodgers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-2. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Heston) in this game and have a 34-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Bolsinger will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 26-27 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 26-17 record in matchups against NL West rivals, while the Giants currently sit at 16-19 in these games.
San Francisco has won 53% (10-9) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 58% (15-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run 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 15-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-19. The Dodgers have a 7-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, San Francisco has hit 53 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 84 home runs.
Ranking 10th, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.47 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.21.
Ranking 10th, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .766.
The Giants are 17-20 when they allow at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 16-20 record.