Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 4/22/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
A nice rivalry game is scheduled from Major League Baseball for Wednesday April 22nd as the San Francisco Giants will play host to the LA Dodgers with a first pitch set for 10:15PM Eastern Time in MLB Extra Innings channel.
The Dodgers have gotten off to a hot start as the club is in first place at 9-3 as they opened up this series with San Francisco. The Giants have struggled like most pundits prediction as the club is 4-10 as they welcomed the Dodgers into two. An outstanding pitching matchup is scheduled in this one on Wednesday as its pits MLB mock draft manager’s two most favorite pitchers for rosters. It will be Clayton Kershaw going for LA as he will oppose Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.
The Dodgers fast start has come about by hot hitting. The team is third in MLB in runs scored at 5.25 per game and third in hitting percentage at .288. LA has the top OPS in baseball at .885 which measures a team’s ability to get on base calculated with power. Despite hitting in a pitchers park the Dodgers are fifth in home runs on the year with 17. It has been unseasonably warm in the Southern California are with the recent drought so hot dry air has allowed the LA hitters to hit for power and good average. As a result the team allows 3.24 runs per game ranking tenth in MLB.
The San Francisco Giants were just 1-6 as they opened up this series with LA. After getting swept by Colorado the team lost three of four to the Diamondbacks. The Giants are 28th and third last in runs scored as they push across 2.64 per game. The team ranks in the bottom half of the league in team ERA and WHIP as they allow 3.94 runs per game and has a WHIP of 1.36.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez has been on fire to start the season. He is batting .469 on the year with a slugging percentage of .939. Gonzalez has five home runs and eight doubles from his 23 hits on the year.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is professional. Off the field on the field he was a great acquisition for the Dodgers. He is hitting .370 with 10 RBI’s on the year. After a sweep of the Rockies Kendrick have multiple hits in three straight and five of his past six games.
LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson is a rookie of the year candidate. The 22 year old who was born in Palo Alto California is hitting .300 with two homers and 6 RBI’s hitting in the eighth spot for the Dodgers. His defense has been outstanding. This is Mattingly’s man. He wanted him as his starting centerfielder in 2014.
LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has a four game win streak as he has raised his average to .281. Puig has been bothered by a hamstring injury and will return to the LA lineup on Tuesday night.
LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw in three starts on the year is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.42. He got roughed up in his first two starts. His last start on April 17th Kershaw held the Rockies to one earned run and six hits over six innings of work in a home win to Colorado.
San Francisco Giants LF: Former Royals product Nori Aoki was acquired by the Giants in the offseason. He is hitting .355 on the year with 2 RBI’s. He has had multiple hit games in three straight games.
San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan is hitting well again for San Francisco with a .321 average with 4 RBI’s. The key for Pagan this year is to stay healthy as he has had issues with injury problems.
San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panik broke out of his slump and now has hits in five straight games to raise his average to .286. He is a career .301 hitter.
San Francisco Giants P: Madison Bumgarner is 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 5.29. After allowing five earned runs and ten hits in three innings at San Diego he is allowed four earned runs and six hits with two homers in seven innings at home to Arizona.
MLB Mock Draft Picks for Cash Real Money Leagues
P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
LF: Nori Aoki (Giants)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)