In the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) and the Seattle Mariners (5-3) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (0-1, 24.30 ERA) get the ball. The Dodgers won the last game 6-5 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and will air on ROOT-NW, SNLA and ESPN 2.
Anderson is 7-4 with a 1.81 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 21 walks against the Mariners in his career. Adrian Gonzalez (.548 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Mariners were unsuccessful to the Athletics 12-0 the last time Walker pitched. He went 3.1 innings, giving up nine runs, striking out three and walking two. Nelson Cruz (.258 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles, a -126 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Dodgers are 4-3 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -38. They are a perfect 1-0 SU and 1-0 as the favorite against the American League so far. The Dodgers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Dodgers are a stellar hitting team with 9.0 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 impressive 4.0 walks per home game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are second in the NL in walks allowed with just 1.9 per game. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 10.7 K's per game.
On the other side, the Mariners have a record of 1-2 when they are the underdog and are -114 overall with the money line. Interleague opponents have totally shut down Seattle this season. The Mariners have gone without a win, holding a record of 0-1 in games where they were ranked as the underdog. When it comes to scoring runs, the Mariners have performed much better than normal against teams from the NL. During those games, they averaged five runs per game, above their 3.6 season average. Playing competition from the NL really brings the worst out of the Seattle pitchers. They allow 6.0 runs per game against teams in the NL, which is higher than their season average of 5.3.
The previous two games have all gone Los Angeles's way. This game will feature Walker (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 3-3 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Seattle is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games,.
Seattle is 3-7-1 SU in its last 11 games, on the road.
Seattle is 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games, when playing LA Dodgers.
In their last game, the Mariners lost by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 2-1 in one-run games. The Mariners have a 2-2 record in close games.
The Mariners are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Mariners managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-2. The Mariners have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at first for total home runs, Los Angeles and Seattle have each hit 13 homers this season.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.71 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.00.
Ranking 18th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.641). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .851.
The Mariners are 1-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 3-2 when they allow at least one homer.