The National League West is truly starting to play out like the wild wild west. With only nine games remaining on their shortened season the Friar faithful of San Diego are chasing down the Los Angeles Dodgers who lead by only 2.5 games going into Wednesday's contest.
Los Angeles has won the NL West for seven consecutive seasons while San Diego has won the NL West five times in the teams 50-year history. For the sake of division interest, the Dodgers have been in need of a worthy opponent to make the division competitive again.
The Dodgers are the Padres biggest rivals. The Padres have not made any noise in the division for awhile so the rivalry has been dormant, but the rivalry became active once again when Trent Grisham decided to flip his bat and stare at the Dodger dugout after homering off Clayton Kershaw on Monday night.
Dustin May has thrown for 41.2 innings this year for Los Angeles and will make his ninth start. He has 1-1 record with a 2.81 ERA and has not surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts. Chris Paddack for San Diego will get his eleventh start of the season and has managed a 3-4 record with a 4.74 ERA. This will be Paddack's third crack at the Dodgers this year.
Dodgers See Padres in Rearview MirrorThe Los Angeles Dodgers have won the NL West every season since 2013. They are however feeling the pressure of the surging San Diego Padres. A surprising loss in game one with Clayton Kershaw on the mound pulled the Padres within a game and a half of LA going into Tuesdays matchup at Petco Park.
The Dodgers have won 8 of their 13 September games with five losses coming over the last nine games. If the Dodgers can pull out the series victory on Wednesday they will be 3.5 games ahead of San Diego with ten games left to play. After the San Diego series the Dodgers will finish off the 2020 season with series against Colorado, Oakland, and the LA Angeles.
Los Angeles was able to get a run in the first, third, and fifth inning to squeeze out a 3-1 victory in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday. Justin Turner made an immediate impact in his first game back after recovering from a hamstring issue after driving a single to deep right field to score Mookie Betts in the first.
Dustin May faced the Padres twice back in August going six innings in each contest and giving up two earned in each game. The Dodgers were able to win May's first start against the Padres 5-2 on August 4th, but lost the second start 2-1 on August 10th.
SD Eyeing 1st Playoff Appearance Since 06'San Diego is one of seven MLB organizations that have never won a World Series. The Padres have had a few successful years appearing in the playoffs five times in the 50-year history of the team. But they have not come close to the success of their rival in Dodger blue.
"It's their reign," Padres third baseman Manny Machado said of the Dodgers two days after the Aug. 31 trade deadline in an article from ESPN.com. "And it's their division, honestly. But we're comin'. We're definitely comin'."
The Padres have won 10 of their 13 games in September to pull within 2.5 games of the Dodgers. If the Padres can secure a win on Wednesday they will be 1.5 games behind the LA with only eight games left. San Diego will end the season facing the Mariners for three games, the Angels for two games, and the Giants for three games.
The big right-hander Chris Paddack will go for the series win against LA on Wednesday. Paddack is tied for 31st with 52 strikeouts and is ranked 18th with a 1.22 WHIP. In his last start against the Dodgers, he was tagged with three home runs, and a total of six earned runs back in an 11-2 loss on August 13th.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
San Diego has been a wonderful story line for major league baseball this season, and the first win the of series against the Dodgers certainly made for more interesting headlines. But Los Angeles was back to business as usual on Tuesday night holding the Padres to one run on six hits for a 3-1 victory. Paddack was absolutely tattooed in his last outing against the LA lineup giving up home runs to Seager, Pollock, and Betts and gave up total of six earned runs. I'm taking the Dodgers to once again show the Padres who is king of the hill in the NL West.
Prediction: Dodgers (-1.5)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have played in nine games against each other this season. Only four of those nine games have gone over eight runs. In the nine games already played the teams have averaged eight runs a game. In both games Padres pitcher Chris Paddack has started against the Dodgers the games have ended with thirteen and nine total runs scored between the teams. Despite the fantastic pitching duo on the mound these two teams are ranked second and third for most runs scored in all of baseball. Taking the over in Wednesdays contest is the wiser play.