Games between these NL West rivals were supposed to determine the division winner. Things don’t always go according to plan. The San Diego Padres look to right the ship after falling out of a playoff spot for the first time since April by losing nine of their last 11 games. They’ll have to do it against one of the hottest teams when the Los Angeles Dodgers pay a visit on Tuesday for the opener of a three-game set. San Diego has won seven of the last eight meetings with their SoCal neighbor, but the Pads are playing their worst baseball of the season at a very bad time.
This NL West matchup takes place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET from Petco Park in San Diego. The game will air live on ESPN with betting options for every game on the 2021 MLB schedule available at BookMaker.eu.
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Season So Far…
What the Dodgers are going through has been a common theme over the last few seasons. They have a poor stretch early in the season but turn it on later in the year. Their nine-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 7-2 loss to the Mets, just their second setback in 15 games. Despite that it’s safe to say they are on a roll. And is there a better time to beat up on than their neighbors to the south? The last time the Dodgers visited they were swept in a three-game set. That was when they were struggling to find a groove. They have since found it.
Though the pitching staff has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions, the Dodgers lead MLB in ERA, WHIP and batting average against. And it looks like they are about to get some reinforcements with 13-game winner Julio Urias scheduled to come off the IL to start on Tuesday. The offense remains a mystery with some big games sprinkled around mostly mediocre outings. They don’t need to score a lot of runs with the UNDER at 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
While LA’s staff has thrived under adverse conditions, the Padres’ group has tanked. As a result the team has struggled winning just twice in their last 11 games. And it’s not so much that they’re losing but who they’re losing to. They were just 1-6 against the Rockies and DBacks, the two worst teams in the division, last week getting swept in a three-game set at Colorado. They hope to have Yu Darvish back for this series, but he won’t pitch on Tuesday. In all likelihood we’ll see another bullpen game, which has become a weekly occurrence for this club.
All signs point to Urias (13-3, 3.29 ERA) coming off the IL to start this game giving the Dodgers a much needed boost on the hill. They’ve been without Dustin May since early in the year, Trevor Bauer is still on leave and Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin are shelved. Still, the Dodgers have been able to put a nice run together. And Urias was pitching well before a calf injury. He tossed five shutout innings against the Mets in his last start on Aug. 13 and allowed two earned runs of less in eight of his previous nine starts with a 2.09 ERA covering 51.2 innings in that span.
That run started after one of his worst outings of the season when he surrendered six hits and six runs with four walks in 4.0 innings in a loss to the Padres. That was his shortest outing of the year. He hasn’t lost a game since then going 4-0 while the Dodgers are 7-2 in those nine games. He’s also been blessed with strong run support. The Dodgers are averaging 6.6 runs per game in his starts and have scored at least six runs in 14 games.
It’s a scramble for the Padres to finish the season with a staff that’s been obliterated. They’ve been reluctant to make call ups leaving the bullpen as the only option. And for a group that tossed a lot of innings before starters went down, this is the last thing they need. Ryan Weathers (4-6, 5.27 ERA) is an option, though he pitched a few innings on Sunday and has been worthless for the last month. Through his first 18 appearances he was 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA over 62.2 innings. However, in 17.2 innings of his last five games he’s allowed 35 hits and nine home runs pitching to an ERA of 14.26.
In better days Weathers had success against the Dodgers. He tossed 3.2 shutout innings in his first big league start back in April and followed that with 5.2 shutout innings. He allowed just one hit in each of those games with nine strikeouts. The bullpen owns the lowest ERA in MLB at 3.12, but the group will get severely tested in this series.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Predictions
Our picks: Los Angeles Dodgers / UNDER
It’s a bad time for San Diego to be slumping and I don’t like their chances of breaking out of the funk. The Dodgers are pissed about losing seven of eight to their rival and with Urias back on the bump looking for redemption the Dodgers will get it.
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