Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 4/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NL West rivalry continues on Tuesday April 28th as the LA Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Major League Baseball action. MLB Network has the telecast from Dodgers Stadium at 10PM Eastern Time.
The Dodgers had a poor road trip as they go 4-6 as they returned to Dodgers Stadium on Monday Night. San Francisco was able to sweep LA behind outstanding pitching performances. The Giants pitching staff held the Dodgers to just two games in each of the three games in the series. Injury news for MLB draft managers as the Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy is lost for the season as he will need Tommy John surgery. Entering the start of this series on Monday LA held a mark of 11-7 while the Giants are 8-11.
San Francisco was slow out of the gate as the offense didn’t come around early. The team is 28th and third last in Major League Baseball in runs scored at just 3.05 per game average.
LA has played well at home as they win 8 of 9 prior to hitting the road to face San Francisco last week. The Dodgers have been strong offensively to start the year as they are 5th best in batting average at .270 on the year which is impressive when you factor pitchers hit in the National League. They sit second in all of baseball in the long ball with 26 home runs season to date.
San Francisco Giants CF: Nine year veteran Angel Pagan leads the everyday players in batting on the year with a .351 batting average. Pagan has multiple hits in four of his past five games. The Giants game at Colorado on Saturday Angel Pagan had four hits in six at bats.
San Francisco Giants 2B: Over the past seven days Joe Panik is batting .353 with two RBI’s. He has a hit in his past seven starts for the Giants.
San Francisco Giants LF: Nori Aoiki was acquired from the Kansas City Royals during the offseason. He is batting .312 on the year. He is in a bit of the slump hitless in his past three days. He is 3 of 14 against the Dodgers this year.
San Francisco Giants Catcher: Buster Posey is 4 of 12 hitting .333 against the Dodgers this season. He is hitting better on the road than at home on the year. He has two homers and 8 RBI’s in his 70 at bats.
San Francisco Giants Shortstop: Brandon Crawford went 3 of 9 last week against the Dodgers with two runs scored and 2 RBI’s. He is just 6 of 34 (.176 batting average) on the road this year.
San Francisco Giants Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants. The left hander has two good starts and two bad ones. He faced the Dodgers last week at home and allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3rd innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .295 against Bumgarner this year.
LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball as he carries a .380 batting average with 7 home runs and 18 RBI’s. The 11 year veteran struggled in his three games at San Francisco last week going 1 of 9.
LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is off to a good start with the glove and bat with his new team. Kendrick is hitting .313 with three homers and 12 RBI’s. His bat was cooled at San Francisco last week as he went just 1 of 10 in the series.
LA Dodgers 2B: Jimmy Rollins is off to a slump as he is hitting .186 on the year. Too many fly ball outs for the veteran shortstop. He is 2 for 22 in his past 24 plate appearances. Rollins went 0 of 9 against San Francisco last week.
LA Dodgers RF: With the injury to Puig Scott Van Slyke a right handed hitter figures to be in the lineup against a left starter. On the year Van Slyke is batting .421 with a home run and 5 RBI’s.
LA Dodgers P: Left hander Clayton Kershaw takes the hill for the Dodgers at home to face the Giants. In his four starts on the year he is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.07. Last week against the Giants Kershaw allowed two earned runs and three hits in six innings where he received a no decision.
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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
CF: Angel Pagan (Giants)
RH: Scott Van Slyke (Dodgers)
2B: Joe Panik (Giants)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)