Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 3.20 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (22-18) meet Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 4.24 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (24-15) in the last of a three-game division series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 4-0, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 3:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 21 and will air on SportsNet LA and CSN-BAY.
Bumgarner has a 2.46 ERA and a 12-5 record in his career against the Dodgers, but is up against a strong Los Angeles offense that's hitting .261 on the year. Brandon Crawford (.298, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. In his career against the Giants, Kershaw is 14-6 with a 1.51 ERA. He meets a solid San Francisco offense that's batting .268.
San Francisco, a +110 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The matchup currently has a five-run Over/Under (O/U). The Giants are 11-8 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +210. They have an SU record of 12-14 against teams in their division and a 9-6 record when they were the underdog in those games. Over their past 10 games, San Francisco's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.7 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.8. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.1 strikeouts per home game. As for the pitching staff, the Giants are second in the NL in hits allowed at home with just 8.1 per game.
On the other side, the Dodgers have a nice record of 22-13 when they are favored and are +322 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 17-11 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 17-10 record. The Dodgers seem to play worse against their division opponents. In divisional matchups, Los Angeles has averaged 4.3 runs per game, compared to 4.9 for the duration of the season. The Dodgers are known for their power, smashing 54 home runs. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 4.1 walks per game. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have the third-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.20. They have a WHIP of 1.16 on the year, good for third in the league.
The Giants had the upper hand against the Dodgers in their previous eight games this season, earning a 6-2 record. This game will feature Kershaw (LHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 4-1 home and 6-3 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Giants are 13-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 17-12 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 7-7, while San Francisco is 4-5.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 5-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Giants have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Giants have won their last five games while the Dodgers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 18-4. The Dodgers have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, San Francisco is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 151 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 186.
Ranking first in walks, Los Angeles has earned 157 this season. San Francisco ranks 15th with 124 walks.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 13-8, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 20-8 when hitting one or more homers.