Dodgers vs. Padres Series Preview
By Mike Rose
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a mockery of their recent rivalry with the San Diego Padres winning 21 of the last 30 overall meetings. The record this season stands at 5-1 with the over cashing four times. LA was installed gargantuan favorites in their first two games played at Petco, and this series will likely be no different.
Dates: Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Location: Petco Park
Though Clayton Kershaw won’t be toeing the bump in any of these next three games, Dave Roberts’ squad is still going to be lined heavy favorites to win this weekend set. Why not? The team has won 11 of its last 12 games to grab ahold of the NL West lead. Smart money says it doesn’t relinquish that lead the rest of the way regardless of how improved both Colorado and Arizona is.
Padres manager Andy Green is one of the youngest in the business. He’s yet to truly cut a rug at the big league level, so he’s taking baby steps with his managerial skills. What he has done however is coach a bad baseball team up enough to be a good home team. San Diego had split its 40 home games going into Thursday’s finale with the Braves ( $224 ), and entered that game winners in four of its last six.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, June 30, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Alex Wood vs. Clayton Richard
Wood will be out to snare his ninth win overall and third in a row when he takes the bump in Petco for the 14th time this season. The righty is in the midst of a breakout campaign having pitched to a miniscule 1.86 ERA and .184 BAA. No team has gotten the best of him to date with a bagel sitting in his loss column, and it’s likely a Padres offense averaging a league-worst 2.9 runs per game against left-handers won’t solve the riddle either.
The Dodgers are raking southpaws for 5.2 runs per game ( No. 6 ) while batting a mediocre .251 ( No. 15 ). That means it won’t be the walk in the park for Richard in this his 17th start of the year. In two confrontations with Los Angeles this season, the lefty owns an impressive eight inning shutout, but was also ripped for 5 ER through five innings the last time he threw at them in Petco. Richard checks in 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA through eight home starts.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Rich Hill vs. Undecided
Hill enters his 11th start of the season off arguably his finest after tossing seven innings of 3 ER ball at the rival Angels to even up his record at 4-4 for the season. The effort amounted to becoming his first quality start of the season along with his deepest. Over his last 16 innings through three starts, the lefty has conceded 16 hits and 11 ET with a K/BB ratio of 19:7. He led the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Padres in his 2017 debut back on April 5, and stands 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA and .205 BAA lifetime against San Diego.
No information has surfaced at this time of this writing about who will actually toe the bump for the Friars on Saturday night. Keep your eyes peeled for any info leading up to the game if you plan on betting it.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, July 2, 2017, 4:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Kenta Maeda vs. Jhoulys Chacin
Maeda has been on the up and up over the last few weeks shaving a full run off his ERA in his last four trips to the bump. The righty was sensational in his last turn spreading seven Angels’ hits out over seven innings to lead LA to the 4-0 shutout win. The Dodgers check in an impressive 11-3 in his 14 overall appearances, and he’ll take the hill for his 14th start having gone 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over his last three outings. He’s 1-1 through four Petco starts where he’s only been hit to the tune of a .205 batting average against.
Chacin is in a solid groove having logged quality efforts each of the last five times he took to the starting bump. The righty has allowed just 26 hits and 11 ER with a K/BB ratio of 27:10 over his last 33 innings. He’s been his best at home where he sports a 2.70 ERA and .176 BAA with the under 5-3 in his eight starts. The Dodgers lit him up in Tinseltown to open the year, but he bounced back by allowing just 1 ER through 5.1 innings when he faced them at home a month later.