Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 10.45 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (6-10) meet Mike Bolsinger (first start) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-5) in the last of a three-game division series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 3-2 and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 3:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 23 and will air on SportsNet LA and CSN-BAY.
Vogelsong has a 3.90 ERA and a 4-4 record in his career against the Dodgers, and is up against a strong Los Angeles offense that's hitting .278 on the year. Norichika Aoki (.338, 7 Rs, 3 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Bolsinger is making his first start of the season. He meets a struggling San Francisco offense that's batting just .239.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL West, the Giants have an SU record of 6-10.
Against teams in their division, the Dodgers are 6-5 SU. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest. The Dodgers average 4.2 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL.
The previous two games have all gone San Francisco's way. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Greinke) in this game. They have done very poorly against right-handed starting pitchers this season (4-9), especially at home where they have a 1-5 record. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Vogelsong. Right-handed starters haven't been any trouble for them (8-4), but it's a different story when they play on the road (1-3).
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 9 games.
LA Dodgers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of LA Dodgers's last 18 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Giants are 3-3 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 2-2 record in close games.
The Giants and the Dodgers are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 1-1 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-3. The Giants have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, San Francisco has hit nine this season. Los Angeles ranks sixth with 18 home runs.
Ranking eighth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.36.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .846 this season. San Francisco ranks 23rd with an OPS of .650.
The Dodgers are 6-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 2-5 when they allow at least one homer.