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The San Diego Padres head to Los Angeles to play the NL West-leading Dodgers Wednesday in the second game of a short two-game series. The Padres are 22-19 on the year, not counting Tuesday night’s game at the Dodgers. The Dodgers are 27-16. Right-hander Kenta Maeda (4-2) is slated to get the start for the Dodgers while lefty Matt Strahm (1-2) will hurl for the Padres. Game time is 10:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
Padres looking to make up ground
The Padres are plodding along in 2019, which is actually a good thing compared to last year when they were one of the worst teams in baseball. This year they are actually over .500 at 22-19. They have been very steady and are in third place in the division just 4 games behind LA. So, this series is an opportunity to gain some ground. This past weekend they lost 2 of the 3 to the Rockies, losing the rubber match on Sunday 10-7. Padres starter Nick Margevicius (2-4) got hit pretty hard, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Franmil Teyes continues to be a pleasant surprise for San Diego. He had a home run and 3 RBIs. Greg Garcia and Will Myers each had 2 hits.
San Diego has been one of the weaker hitting teams in the NL. They average 3.95 runs per game, which ranks 24th in the majors. They have a team batting average of .232, which ranks 24th in the league, and a slugging percentage of .415, which is 18th. They are 6th in home runs with 60. Eric Hosmer leads the team with an average of .269 with 6 Hrs and 24 RBIs, while Manny Machado is hitting .251 with 8 HRs and 21 RBIs. Reyes is hitting .266 with 11 HRs and 22 RBIs, while Myers is hitting .248 with .248 with 7 HRs and 15 RBIs. Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr is on the injured list but is getting close to returning. He is hitting .300 with 6 HRs and 13 RBIs.
The Padres have a team ERA of 3.96, which is 11th in the majors. They have a team WHIP of 1.22, which is 5th. Lefty Matt Strahm takes the mound Monday for the Padres. He is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
Ryu takes no-hitter into 8th
The Dodgers have one of the best records in baseball at 27-16. They are 3.5 games ahead of Arizona and 4 games up on the Padres in the NL West standings. They are coming off a split in their four-game weekend series against the Nationals. They beat the Nats Sunday by the score of 6-0. Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was lights out, taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning. It was broken up with one out in the 8th on a double by Gerald Parra, but that was the only hit he allowed as he improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.72. “I don’t want to say I was disappointed if you go that long into a game before giving up a hit,” Ryu said. “I pat myself on the back for doing a good job and doing what a starting pitcher should do. So it’s not a serious disappointment.” Cody Bellinger went 3 for 3 to raise his average to .407 while Corey Seager hit a grand slam in the 8th to break the game open. Seager had 5 RBIs.
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The Dodgers can rake. They average 5.3 runs per game, which is 6th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .255, which is 7th in the league, and a slugging percentage of .455, which is 5th. They are 4th in the MLB in homers. Cody Bellinger is having an MVP type year batting .407 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs. He’s 1st in the MLB in batting average and RBIs and 2nd in homers. Alex Verdugo is hitting .340 with 4 HRs and 19 RBIs, while Justin Turner is hitting .297 with 5 HRs and 19 RBIs. Max Muncy is hitting .264 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs, while Kike Hernandez is hitting .240 with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs. Joc Pederson is hitting .229 with 10 home runs and 18 RBIs.
They have a team ERA of 3.60 which is 5th in the league, and a WHIP of 1.10, which is 3rd in the MLB. Julio Urias, one of their best relievers, was arrested Monday for domestic violence. He was released on bail but his status is not known going forward. Kenta Maeda gets the start for the Dodgers. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.03 ERA.
- Dodgers are 3-8 in Maeda’s last 11 starts during game 2 of a series.
- Dodgers are 2-8 in Maeda’s last 10 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- Dodgers are 0-6 in Maeda’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 8-1 in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Padres are 11-5 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Padres are 4-1 in Strahm’s last 5 starts.
- Padres are 4-1 in Strahm’s last 5 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Padres. It’s not easy to beat the Dodgers, particularly at home where they have not lost a series in a month. Maeda pitched well in his last outing, but has been relatively inconistent. Strahm has been more consistently solid this year as the team is 4-1 in his last 5 starts. Strahm pitched well in his last start, allowing 2 runs in 6.1 innings in a no-decision.
Prediction: San Diego +142
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under here. This is a good pitching match up as both Maeda and Strahm are coming off good outings. The Dodgers average more than 5 runs per game, but Strahm hasn’t given up ore than 2 runs in his last 2 starts. The under is 5-1-2 in Strahm’s last 8 road starts and 8-2-2 in his last 12 starts overall. Also, the under is 8-2-1 in Maeda’s last 11 home starts vs. a team with a winning record and 15-5-2 in his last 22 home starts.