David Huff (4-1, 3.36 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 6.00 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3) and the Seattle Mariners (3-4) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 6-5 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and SportsNet LA.
Adrian Gonzalez (.556 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs. When pitching against the Dodgers, Iwakuma is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.250 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -119 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -38 and a record as the favorite of 4-3. The Dodgers have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.6 runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.0 per game. Los Angeles is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 4.0 per game. As for the pitchers, the Dodgers are the second-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 1.9 walks per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 10.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Seattle has a 1-2 record and an overall money line of -114. Seattle has had a tough time against teams in the NL, coming in winless. They have a 0-1 record as the underdog and 0-1 SU. Offensively, the Mariners have really picked up the pace in interleague games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.6 runs per game by averaging 5.0 in those contests. The Mariners average 5.3 runs allowed per game, but does worse whenever an NL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 6.0 against teams from the NL.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Dodgers have a 3-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Iwakuma takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road.
Seattle is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road.
Los Angeles has won 50% (2-2) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won all of its games (2-0) when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mariners have a 1-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-2. The Mariners have a 2-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Both Los Angeles and Seattle are tied at third in home runs, hitting 11 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 23rd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.610). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .835.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 1-4. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 2-2 record.