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NL West rivals continue an important series of three games Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. These teams are scheduled to play the series opener late Monday night after the announcement date. Los Angeles is currently 1.5 games out of first place in the division with a record of 44-27, while San Diego is somewhere behind at 42-32.
This has so far been a competitive season series, with San Diego having a 4-3 advantage after taking three of four in Los Angeles back in late April.
Dodgers a rare underdog in San Diego
For the first time in a 150-game span, the Dodgers are a betting underweight Monday night as they look to start a decisive series with San Diego with a win while winning a spot on the inactive San Francisco Giants in the charged NL West race . The Dodgers are taking part in Monday’s action after winning six of their previous seven games, including a sweep of the unlucky Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend as a shorthand offense continued to dominate with 21 races in three competitions. Julio Urias will take the mound in San Diego on Monday in hopes of leading the Dodgers to a minor disruption.
Los Angeles is below .500 against the spread at 35-36 and is actually down the money line for the season despite the big overall record as it has been a massive favorite in most games. Over is 37-32-2 for the Dodgers, with their last two games going over the overall effort after four straight unders.
Despite handling significant injuries most of the season, Los Angeles still has an average of 5.25 runs per game. Match with a 0.755 team OPS. Los Angeles pitching has also been fantastic with a 3.26 collective ERA and 10.11 strikes per. Nine innings to place in the top five in both categories.
Future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw will take the mound Tuesday after suffering a heavy loss to the Philadelphia Phillies last week, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while fanning nine. Justin Turner has been a stable presence in the middle of the Los Angeles order with a 0.856 OPS, 12 homers and 38 RBI.
Reinforcements are on the way as infielder Max Muncy (strained obliquely) is ready to be activated for Tuesday’s match with former MVP Cody Bellinger (strained hoarding) to follow a day later. Shortstop Corey Seager is still a bit off due to a broken hand, but may begin a rehabilitation assignment this week. Starting pitcher Dustin May will miss the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last month. Relievers Corey Knebel (strained lat) and Scott Alexander (shoulder inflammation) are both at IL, while Caleb Ferguson and Tommy Kahnle are re-appearing after the Tommy John surgery.
Padres hopes to build on sweeping in important series
Petco Park returned to full capacity over the weekend, and the Padres responded by sweeping a four-game set from the Cincinnati Reds after entering the series on a 2-8 stretch. San Diego will have to keep that momentum this week as it has lost a lot of ground in the difficult NL West this month and an insane crowd for one of the year’s most anticipated regular season series should help. Ace Yu Darvish will watch to get things started when he takes the mound on Monday night.
The Padres are just over .500 against the spread at 38-36 and are down the money line as they have also been a favorite in most matchups. Overs are 38-36-1 for the Padres after Sunday’s final against the Reds went under the overall effort to snatch a run of five straight overs.
Discrepancies at the plate have held Padres back all season as they have an average of 4.51 runs per game. Match with a 0.705 OPS to place just around the league average. San Diego has the best pitching staff in the Majors with a 3.13 ERA, while beating 10.15 opposing hits per. Ni innings.
Blake Snell gets the ball Tuesday night looking to get his season back on track as he is 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA across 14 starts in his first year with the Padres. The former winner of the Cy Young Award fought back last Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, allowing seven runs on nine hits and twice while hitting one out on just 3.1 innings of work. Fernando Tatis Jr. has been one of the most electric players in baseball to lead the Padres offense with a 1,039 OPS, 22 homers, 13 steals and 50 RBI.
Catcher Austin Nola has been limited to 18 fights with multiple injuries and has no schedule to return from a sprained knee. Starting pitchers Mike Clevinger and Adrian Morejon are rebuilding surgery from Tommy John. A whopping 10 Padres relievers are currently at IL, with Pierce Johnson (elbow inflammation) joining the ranks this week along with key pieces like Drew Pomeranz (shoulder obstruction) and Dan Altavilla (elbow inflammation).
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- San Diego is 17-35 in its last 52 home games against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is:
- 41-14 in the last 55 matches against NL West.
- 5-1 in the last six road games against a team with a winning record.