The season series so far between two of the top teams in MLB has lived up to the hype. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres wrap up their third series of the season on Wednesday after the Pads took four of the first seven meetings.
While the clubs are expected to battle for the NL West title this season they find themselves trailing the San Francisco Giants in the standings. With more than half the season still to be played that will change and these teams will rise to the top. Who claims the crown will likely come down to their head-to-head meetings.
This NL West matchup takes place on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 10 p.m. ET from Petco Park in San Diego, CA. The game will air live on ESPN.
LA Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Odds
Money Line: Los Angeles Dodgers | San Diego Padres (Check Back Later)
Run Line: Los Angeles Dodgers | San Diego Padres (Check Back Later)
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Dodgers Season So Far
It’s been a weird season for both clubs with a major stretch of poor play moving them behind the Giants in the division standings. The Dodgers boast one of the top all-around teams and have for the last few years winning eight straight NL West crowns and the 2020 World Series.
After taking the first two games against San Diego in mid-April, they were 13-2. Inexplicably they proceeded to lose 15 of their next 20 games. It’s hard to avoid slumps over the course of a long season, but we’ve seen this before from LA only to have them play their best ball of the season in the second half.
They have turned things around heading into this series winning 10 of 12 following a sweep of the DBacks scoring 21 runs in the three games to go a season-high 17 games over .500. Still, they’ve been a losing bet for the season down 324 units on the moneyline and 199 units on the run line.
Padres Season So Far
The Padres also had a brutal stretch of games where they failed to do much offensively. Both teams have strong pitching staffs that should prevent prolonged slumps, but that wasn’t the case. Despite owning the best team ERA in the majors, the Pads went through a recent stretch where they lost 13 of 17 games scoring two runs or less in 10 of those contests.
They finished up a 1-5 road trip by getting swept in Colorado by one of the worst teams in the league. However, just like the Dodgers they snapped out of their skid by winning all four games against the Reds over the weekend scoring 24 runs. They played over the total in three of those games and the OVER is 6-2 in their last eight.
Probable Dodgers Pitcher
The Dodgers invested a lot of money in Trevor Bauer (7-5, 2.45 ERA) and so far the move has paid off. Last year’s Cy Young winner followed up his worst outing of the season with one of his best by tossing 7.0 shutout innings in a 3-0 over Arizona breaking a personal two-game losing streak. Bauer allowed nine hits and six runs, four earned, in his previous start, a 12-1 loss to Texas. He’s allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts and has 119 strikeouts against 32 walks.
Bauer started consecutive games against San Diego in April. He actually pitched better in a game the Dodgers lost 5-2 surrendering just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings. He allowed five hits and two runs over 6.0 frames the next time out getting the win in a 5-4 triumph. He did give up three homers in those games but walked just one batter while fanning 16.
Probable Padres Pitcher
Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.28 ERA) could lose every game the rest of the season but he’ll always be a San Diego favorite. As well as he’s pitched this season I doubt that’s going to happen. The least heralded of the team’s offseason acquisitions, Musgrove has been a steady influence in the rotation.
In just his second start with the team he tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history fanning 10 Rangers in a 3-0 victory. He shutout the Reds on four hits over 7.0 innings in his last start, the sixth time he’s put up a goose egg in the ER column. He should have a better won/loss record but he hasn’t received much support from his mates. In his six losses the Padres scored one run in five of them and were shutout in the other.
In his only appearance against the Dodgers this season Musgrove was not at his best laboring through three innings. He allowed two runs and three hits but tossed 77 pitches in his shortest outing of the year. He escaped with a ND when the Padres rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning to claim an 8-7 victory in 10 innings.
Dodgers vs Padres Prediction
Our Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers / OVER
With two of the top pitching staffs in baseball going at it we can expect the total to be low. It was in the opener of this series and the teams cashed the OVER for the fourth straight game. We can’t forget that both clubs have talent on offense as well giving value to the OVER. The Dodgers should be helped with the expected return of Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger making them more explosive.
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