Tim Hudson (1-3, 4.57 ERA) and Carlos Frias (3-0, 2.89 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (20-18) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (24-13) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and CSN-BAY.
Hudson is 6-6 with a 4.03 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .264 this season. Brandon Crawford (.285, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 2 for 4 with three runs and one RBI. Frias is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA when pitching against the Giants. He takes on a good San Francisco offense which is hitting .269 this season. Adrian Gonzalez (.356, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run.
The odds for San Francisco and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, San Francisco has a record of 11-14 SU. 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. As for the pitchers, 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.
The Dodgers are 17-10 against NL West opponents. 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 137 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 lead the season series, 4-2. The Giants have a 14-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Frias takes the mound. Hudson (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
The Dodgers hold a 17-10 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Giants currently sit at 11-14 in these games.
Los Angeles won its last game in a shutout, its fifth of the season. San Francisco has been shut out three times this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 7-6, while San Francisco is 3-5.
The Giants are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Dodgers have a record of 11-4 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-10. The Dodgers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 28 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 54 home runs.
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 .819 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .729.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 12-9. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 9-12 record.