Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 4.07 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) go up against Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 4.63 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (8-12) in the second of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 8-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and will air on CSN-BAY, SportsNet LA and ML.
Kershaw is 14-5 with a 1.48 ERA and 0.83 WHIP against the Giants in his career. Adrian Gonzalez (.382, 18 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. In his career against the Dodgers, Bumgarner is 11-5 with a 2.56 ERA. He meets a strong Los Angeles offense that's batting .273. Justin Maxwell (.302, 7 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a -168 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is five runs. The Dodgers perform well as a favorite with a 10-6 record and have an overall money line of +175. They have an SU record of 8-7 against teams in their division and an 8-6 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Dodgers come into the game with the NL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.9 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Dodgers are a stellar hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.8 walks per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Dodgers have a team ERA of 3.48, one of the lowest in their league.
Moving on to the away team, the Giants come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-423) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (6-4). Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have an unblemished 4-0 record when they were an underdog to win.
In their previous four games this season, the Giants have a 3-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 9-7 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Giants' record in these matchups is 8-12.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Giants managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 5-2. The Dodgers have an 11-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, San Francisco sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 61 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 92.
Ranking seventh, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 67 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 74.
The Dodgers are 10-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Giants are 4-6 when they hit at least one homer.