Dodgers Coming Off Historic Victory
A Freddie Freeman RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. It was the Dodgers’ 107th victory, setting a franchise record by snapping a tie with the 2021 and 2019 teams. For the Padres, it kept their magic number at four in their quest to clinch a Wild Card spot.
The National League West rivals conclude their season series Thursday night, offering a great time to place a bet online. Before you do, check out the latest MLB news, injury reports, and MLB lines for the Dodgers and Padres. There are plenty of MLB predictions.
Los Angeles Chasing Milestone Win Mark
Although they’re in playoff prep mode and may choose to rest players here and there in the final week, the Dodgers have their sights set on some loftier spots on the victory leaderboard. Their next win would tie the 1986 New York Mets and 1975 Cincinnati Reds – two all-time great squads – for third-most in National League annals.
The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates are next at 110 wins, and the 1906 Chicago Cubs finished with an untouchable 116 victories. So regardless of how far Los Angeles gets, it will end up with an extremely impressive number.
“That’s a lot of wins if you really think about it,” Freeman told reporters. “A lot of good things have to happen from a lot of guys. Not just 26 guys, but 40 to 45 guys have to contribute to be able to do that.”
If they’re so inclined, the Dodgers can aim for another special achievement. They’ve won eight straight series against the rival Padres and can make it nine in a row when the teams finish this three-game set Thursday.
Brusdar Graterol will make his 44th appearance and first start of the season for Los Angeles in what will be a bullpen game on Thursday night.
San Diego hasn’t claimed a set since it swept three from Los Angeles at home last June. If the Dodgers’ 22-5 record in the rivalry since then means anything to you at the sportsbook, consider leaning toward Los Angeles when making your MLB picks, even if it might utilize a bullpen day on the mound.
Padres Need Bats to Bounce Back
San Diego had won eight of 10 games while averaging nearly six runs per game before running into Julio Urias and the Los Angeles bullpen in Thursday’s loss. The Padres managed seven hits – all singles – and two walks while going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
“It was all about the pitching today,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They snuck one across when we couldn’t.”
Trent Grisham struck out with a man on third and one out in the bottom of the 10th, leaving him with 12 strikeouts amid an 0-for-18 slide since the middle of the month. Manny Machado had two of the singles and one of the walks, as well as a stolen base, but he was stranded at third base in the sixth.
The Padres also are going with a bullpen game. Steven Wilson, who has made all 47 appearances out of the bullpen, will serve as the opener against Los Angeles.
San Diego will aim for that rare series win against the Dodgers before it hosts the Chicago White Sox for three and then San Francisco for three.
Dodgers vs Padres Head-to-Head
Los Angeles owns a 13-5 season series lead and will claim the head-to-head for the 12th straight season. It has won eight of the last 11 games in San Diego.
Dodgers vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (107-48) vs Padres (86-69)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego
- Day/Time: Thursday, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Padres Live stream: MLB.tv
Dodgers vs Padres Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Dodgers
B. Graterol -R
|San Diego Padres
S. Wilson -R
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Dodgers vs Padres Prediction
Los Angeles still has something to play for, aside from simply padding that win total. It has a magic number of two to ensure the best record in the majors, giving them home-field advantage through the World Series. The Houston Astros still have a minuscule chance of claiming that throne.
As long as the Dodgers have a goal in front of them, it’s hard to count them out, especially against the Padres, who just can’t seem to get on the right side of things against LA.