Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 5.29 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 4.42 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (5-10) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 6-2 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 22 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and NBC Bay.
Bumgarner is 11-5 with a 2.54 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, but goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .284 this season. Norichika Aoki (.344, 7 Rs, 2 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Against the Giants, Kershaw is 14-5 with a 1.43 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 191 strikeouts. Howie Kendrick (.367, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles takes on San Francisco as a -122 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at five runs. The Giants have recorded an overall money line of -788 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 2-4. San Francisco has gone winless (0-3) as the underdog and 1-9 SU in its last 10 outings.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +468 and an impressive record of 8-3 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-2 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.2 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Dodgers are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.8 hits per game. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.2 per game.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Giants currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 5-10, and the Dodgers have a 6-4 record.
The Giants and the Dodgers are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have a 4-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 4-2. The Dodgers have a 9-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, San Francisco has earned 43 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 65 runs.
Ranking 12th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 45 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 56.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 3-5. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have a 7-2 record.