Friday, April 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ross Stripling vs. Matt Cain
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit AT&T Park on Friday to play the San Francisco Giants. The probable starters are Ross Stripling for the Dodgers and Matt Cain for the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +115 and San Francisco at -125. The over/under was set at 8. The Dodgers had a 76-78-8 over/under record last season and a 73-89-0 run line mark, meaning they covered 45% of the time. The Giants were 92-70-0 against the run line and had a 79-73-10 over/under record. They covered the spread 57% of the time.
The Dodgers head into this matchup coming off a 92 - 70 season, including 37-44 on the road. Starting pitcher Ross Stripling will be making his major league debut for the Dodgers. The bullpen had an earned run average of 3.91 and they gave up 446 base hits on the year. Teams hit .246 against the bullpen while being struck out 517 times and walking 150 times last season. As a team, Los Angeles allowed 8.46 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They were 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Dodgers pitchers collectively gave up 1,317 base hits and 553 earned runs last year. They allowed 145 home runs last season and they allowed 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff walked 395 batters and struck out 1,396. They walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.18 and their FIP as a unit was 3.41.
As a team, Los Angeles batted .246, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .242 average away from home. The Dodgers held a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which was good for 26th in baseball. They ranked 28th in baseball with 8.22 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez hit .275 last season and his on-base percentage was at .350. He had 157 hits last season along with 76 runs scored and 90 runs batted in. He struck out 107 times and walked 62 times. Joc Pederson hit .210 and he had an on-base percentage of .346 last year. He totaled 101 hits while scoring 67 runs and he drove in 54. He walked 92 times and struck out 170 times. The Dodgers had 1,346 hits, including 263 doubles, 26 triples, and 187 home runs. They stole 59 bases while they were thrown out stealing 34 times. Los Angeles walked 563 times last season and they struck out 1,258 times as a unit. They left 1,121 men on base and had a team OPS of .739. They scored 4.12 runs per contest and scored a total of 667 runs last season.
San Francisco comes into this matchup after having a 47-34 home record and a 84 - 78 overall mark last year. With an earned run average last season of 5.79, Matt Cain will come into this game after holding a 2 - 4 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He had 41 strikeouts over the 60.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 71 hits. He allowed 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 5.54. The bullpen had an earned run average of 3.33 and they gave up 450 base hits last year. Teams hit .233 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 430 times and walking 144 times last season. As a team, San Francisco allowed 8.37 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.26 batters per nine. They were 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Giants pitchers as a team surrendered 1,344 base knocks and 597 earned runs last season. They gave up 155 home runs last year and they gave up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff walked 431 hitters and struck out 1,165. They gave up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.23 while their FIP as a staff was 3.91.
As a team, they hit .267, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .265 average at home. The Giants held a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which was good for 3rd in baseball. They ranked 5th in baseball with 9.17 hits per contest. Buster Posey batted .318 last season and he had an OBP of .379. He had 177 hits last year along with 74 runs scored and 95 RBI. He struck out 52 times and walked on 56 occasions. Matt Duffy hit .375 and he had an OBP of .444. He collected 3 hits last year while he scored 0 runs and drove in 3. He earned a walk 1 times and punched out 2 times. The Giants as a unit had 1,486 base hits last year, including 288 doubles, 39 triples, and 136 homers. They had 93 stolen bases while they were thrown out 36 times. San Francisco as a team walked 457 times last year and they struck out 1,159 times. They had 1,130 men left on base and had an OPS of .732. They scored 4.3 runs per game and totaled 696 runs last season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers were 76-78-8 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Dodgers were 73-89-0 against the run line last season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants were 79-73-10 against the over/under last season
The San Francisco Giants were 92-70-0 against the run line last season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
04/04/16 P Josh Ravin Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Michael Bolsinge Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 2B Howie Kendrick Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 C Yasmani Grandal Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 3B Alex Guerrero Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
San Francisco Giants
04/06/16 CF Denard Span Flu "?" Thursday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
04/01/16 P Matt Cain Arm out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take the Giants
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