Tim Lincecum (0-1, 2.25 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (4-10) meet Brett Anderson (1-0, 3.27 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) in the first of a three-game division series at AT&T Park. The Dodgers enter this series looking to continue a seven-game winning streak. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 21 and will air on SportsNet LA and CSN-BAY.
Lincecum has a 3.38 ERA and a 9-7 record in his career against the Dodgers, and faces a solid Los Angeles offense that's hitting .288 on the year. Norichika Aoki (.339, 7 Rs, 1 RBI, 3 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Giants, Anderson is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA. He meets a struggling San Francisco offense that's batting just .233. Howie Kendrick (.370, 7 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well to start the season, going 2 for 4 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
San Francisco is a slight underdog (+101) and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Giants perform poorly as an underdog with a 2-4 record and have an overall money line of -788. They have struggled as the underdog over their last 10 games, going 0-3.
On the other side, the Dodgers have a nice record of 8-3 when they are favored and are +468 overall with the money line. Against teams in their division, they are 6-3 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 6-3 record. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. Los Angeles is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 9.8 hits per contest. The Dodgers average 4.2 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL.
The right-handed Lincecum will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have an 8-3 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 6-3 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Giants have a 4-10 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 3-2, while San Francisco is 0-4.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Giants need to step it up. The Dodgers have a record of 6-1 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-2. The Giants have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, San Francisco has hit eight this season. Los Angeles ranks third with 17 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Los Angeles has earned 9.75 per game this season. San Francisco ranks eighth with 8.07 hits.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .885 this season. San Francisco ranks 21st with an OPS of .640.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 6-2. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 1-5 record.