Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.95 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers (37-29) as they go up against Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (36-30) in the second of a two-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Rangers won the last game 5-3 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 18 and will air on FSN-SW, SportsNet LA and MLB.
Greinke is 3-5 with a 2.84 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 15 walks against the Rangers in his career. Justin Turner (.318, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rangers were victorious the last time Lewis pitched. He tossed, going 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-7 victory over the Twins. Prince Fielder (.344, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a heavy -210 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 33-25 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -159. They have an SU record of 3-2 against the American League and a 2-2 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Dodgers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Dodgers are a dangerous hitting team with 209 extra base hits, 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 1.19. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.5 K's per game.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .536 when playing as the underdog (30-26) and an overall money line of +1,569. Against interleague opponents, they are 3-1 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 3-1 record. Texas's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play competition from the NL. They've allowed an average of 3.0 runs per game against teams from the NL, lower than their season average of 4.3.
The previous three games have all gone Texas's way. This game will feature Lewis (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 34-22 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Greinke will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 24-18 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-11, while Texas is 13-15.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 4-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Rangers have won their last three games while the Dodgers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 26-7. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 284 this season. Texas ranks third with 301 runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 204 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 238.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 31-17, well-matched with the Rangers who are 27-13 when hitting one or more homers.