Brett Anderson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7) meet Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 4.63 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (8-11) in the first of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 27 and will air on CSN-BAY, SportsNet LA and ML.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 4.0 innings, giving up four runs and striking out one in a 6-2 loss to the Giants. Andre Ethier (.342, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Bumgarner is 11-5 with a 2.56 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .270. Angel Pagan (.355, 6 Rs, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 4 for 6 Saturday with one run.
Los Angeles is a +114 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is six runs. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (1-0). The Dodgers have the most prolific home offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.9 runs per game. The Dodgers are an exceptional hitting team with 9.3 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 4.0 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers rank fifth in the NL in ERA with a 3.49 team average.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Giants come into this game with a weak win percentage of 2-7 when playing as the favorite (.222) and an overall money line of -423. They have played poorly when rated as favorite as of late. They managed a 1-5 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 5-5.
The previous three games have all gone San Francisco's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold an 8-7 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Giants' record in these matchups is 8-11.
San Francisco has won 20% (1-4) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 50% (4-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 2-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 5-2. The Dodgers have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, San Francisco sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 58 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 84.
Ranking seventh, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 63 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 69.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 9-5. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 4-6 record.