Tim Lincecum (3-2, 2.43 ERA) and Brett Anderson (2-1, 3.50 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (21-18) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (24-14) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 2-0 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and NBC Bay.
Lincecum is 10-8 with a 3.45 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .263 this season. Brandon Crawford (.283, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Anderson is 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA against the Giants in his career. He is up against a good San Francisco offense that's batting .269. Adrian Gonzalez (.355, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
San Francisco is a narrow -107 favorite at home against Los Angeles. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +103 and a record as the favorite of 10-10. San Francisco has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 3-8 and 11-14 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Giants have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Giants are the third-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +439 and an impressive record of 2-1 as the dog. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. Offensively, the Dodgers have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 5.0 runs per game by averaging 4.5 in those contests. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, leading the league with 138 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.0 per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.25 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The Giants have controlled the season series, 5-2. The Giants have a great 4-1 record at home (6-3 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Lincecum (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a very good 22-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers sit at 17-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Giants are 12-14.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 7-6, while San Francisco is 3-5.
The Giants managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 13-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-10. The Dodgers have a 3-9 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 54.
Ranking eighth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.70 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.37.
Los Angeles tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .813 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .727.
The Dodgers are 12-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 9-12 when they allow at least one homer.