In the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (10-13) and the Los Angeles Angels (10-13) at AT&T Park, Tim Hudson (0-2, 3.91 ERA) and Hector Santiago (2-1, 2.28 ERA) get the ball. The Giants won the last game 3-2 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on FSN-W, CSN-BAY and FS1.
Hudson is 0-1 with a 14.09 ERA against the Angels in his career, but faces a struggling Los Angeles offense that's hitting just .231 on the year. Angel Pagan (.352, 8 Rs, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Santiago pitched. He had a good outing, pitching, going 5.1 innings, allowing one, striking out five and walking six in a 5-4 loss to the Rangers. Mike Trout (.325, 20 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -123 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Giants have a losing record of 2-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -456. They have not performed well against the American League, earning an SU record of 9-13 and a 2-7 record when they were the favorite.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .571 when playing as the underdog (4-3) and an overall money line of -190. Against interleague competitors, they are 11-11 SU and 4-3 as the underdog. 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.
So far this season, the Giants are 1-0 against the Angels. This game will feature Santiago (LHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 4-2 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Hudson will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 7-9 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 7-3. The Angels are 2-3 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 off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 4-4 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 6-2. The Angels have a 7-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, San Francisco is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 69 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 91.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 65 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 13th with 74.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 5-7. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have an 8-6 record.