In the last of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (11-13) and the Los Angeles Angels (11-13) at AT&T Park, Tim Lincecum (1-2, 3.27 ERA) and Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.83 ERA) get the ball. The Giants won the last game 5-4 and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 3 and will air on FSN-W and CSN-BAY.
In his last start, Lincecum pitched 4.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers. Brandon Crawford (.240, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Giants, Weaver is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, three strikeouts and two walks. Mike Trout (.333, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
San Francisco is favored by a slight -108 margin in its matchup against Los Angeles. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. The Giants have a losing record of 3-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -356. They are a perfect 1-0 SU and 1-0 as the favorite against the American League so far. In games against American League opponents, San Francisco's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters. It only gives up an average of 2.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.2.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (4-4) and an overall money line of -290. Interleague opponents have been able to handle Los Angeles with ease. Over the past 10 matchups, they have not won a game and have a 0-1 record when they were an underdog to win. When it comes to scoring runs, the Angels haven't performed as well against teams from the NL. During those games, they averaged two runs per game, below their 4.0 season average. Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the AL with only 4.0 runs allowed per game.
The previous two games have all gone San Francisco's way. This game will feature Weaver (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 2-5 home and 5-11 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Lincecum will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 7-10 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Angels lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Giants are 8-3. The Angels are 2-4 in close games this season.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Angels are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have a 6-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-10. The Giants have a 2-8 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 16 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 13th with 20.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.61 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.52.
San Francisco and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. San Francisco sits at 21st with an OPS of .680 and Los Angeles ranks 25th with an OPS of .642.
The Angels are 5-12 when they allow at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 5-8 record.