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San Diego Padres at L.A. Dodgers
MLB: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9:10 p.m. ET
This series is a big for one of these teams and it is not the Padres. They sit at the basement of the NL West and have not only been there for much of the season, but the last few seasons overall. They have lost four of six games recently and San Diego would just like to play spoiler facing the Dodgers, who are in good shape to make the playoffs.
The Dodgers came up big in their last series sweeping the Colorado Rockies in three games to take over the lead in the NL West by 2.5 games. Their pitching has been getting it done on the hill as of late and they rank 2nd in the Majors in team ERA. The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight games recently and manager Dave Roberts said the club is coming together at the right time. The right time is in this game where a win will only make it more likely the L.A. season is not over after 162 games.
Many thanks to the Padres lineup
Jacob Nix (2-3 5.75 ERA) gets the start in this game and in his last two outings the Padres have won mainly because of their lineup. In his last two starts, he has given up eight earned runs in 10 innings of work and been backed by 14 runs of support. Nix’s last start was the best of his last three giving up three earned runs in six innings in a 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Nix is a rookie and this will be his first career appearance facing the Dodgers. In Nix’s last two starts he has given up three earned runs while only allowing two in his previous six appearances where five of them were starts.
Eric Hosmer was the Padres big off-season addition and while he is only hitting around .250 he still leads the club’s everyday players and also leads the team in RBI. After being cold in the beginning of this month he has three hits in his last two games. San Diego has the 2nd fewest wins in the NL and the fewest home wins.
Forget last appearance
Ross Stripling (8-4 2.77 ERA) takes the mound in Game 2 of this division series and his last appearance was not his best. He only lasted three 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs in a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers had won Stripling’s previous three appearances, which included two starts, where he totaled nine 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs. He has pitched well against the Padres this season and in his last start facing them on July 12th he tossed six scoreless innings in a 3-2 L.A. win. The Dodgers are 5-1 in Stripling’s last six home starts and they are 12-4 in his last 16 starts overall.
Matt Kemp went deep in the last game before this series for his 20th HR and for the first time in the Dodgers history they have seven players with at least 20 HR. Kemp has had a resurgent season back in L.A. leading the club in RBI and batting average and for September he is batting over .300.
The L.A. Dodgers are:
- 7-1 in their last 8 overall
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games
- 12-2 in their last 14 vs. National League West
The San Diego Padres are:
- 26-53 in their last 79 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- 17-39 in their last 56 vs. National League West
- 5-17 in their last 22 during game 2 of a series 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Dodgers are in the playoff hunt big time and they will not allow a trip by the visiting Padres to get in the way of that. Stripling will have a good start and the Dodgers lineup will also get to Nix early and often. L.A. will win this game and it will not be close.
Prediction: PICK: Dodgers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Dodgers lineup will erupt in this game facing Nix and the Padres’ bullpen and that is why the Over is the smart pick.
Prediction: PICK: Over