Dodgers Seek Fifth Straight Series Win over Padres
The San Diego Padres have a couple more chances to win a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the next one starts Friday. The Padres have dropped each of four series played with the Dodgers this season, losing 10 of 13 games in the process. The Padres are in a fight with the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild card spot in the National League and are three games clear of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Dodgers have a magic number of six for clinching the National League West, so the last series with the Padres on Sept. 27-29 may prove to be meaningless to them. The Padres took two series from the Dodgers a season ago.
Muncy Comes Alive at Plate
After showing some signs of life at the plate in August, Max Muncy has carried it over to September with back-to-back three-hit games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The infielder hit under .200 in each of the season’s first four months, but he batted .261 in August and is 9-for-25 with three home runs and six RBIs in September. The three homers came in the last two games, giving him 21 in his career against the rival San Francisco Giants and breaking a streak of 13 homerless games.
“He’s been grinding all year to get to this position,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media of Muncy, who needs one homer to reach 20 for the fourth time in his career. “He’s a big part of what we’re doing as an offense. When he’s going well, it seems like guys feed off that because he is always in the middle of things.”
Soto Dealing with Shoulder Injury, Slump
When the San Diego Padres acquired Juan Soto at the trade deadline from the Washington Nationals, they figured to be getting a game changer and there is still plenty of time for that to happen. The early returns on the trade are rather disappointing as Soto had hit .232 with three home runs and six RBIs in 29 games with the Padres, including 0-for-9 in the recent series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make matters worse, Soto had to leave Wednesday’s game after being hit with a pitch on the shoulder, but manager Bob Melvin expects him to be back in time to face the Dodgers.
“I think he is going to be okay,” Melvin told the media of Sota, who has a shoulder contusion. “He tried to go in the cage and swing a bit and it wasn’t great. But these things happen over the course of a season. Hopefully, after a full day’s rest, he’ll be able to go.”
Dodgers vs Padres Head-to-Head
In addition to winning 10 of the 13 meetings this season, the Dodgers’ dominance over the Padres extends over three seasons (31-14) and most of this century (151-81).
Since August of last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 17-5 vs. the Padres as favorites on the runline.
Dodgers vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (94-42) vs Padres (76-62)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 9, 9:40 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Padres Live stream: MLB.tv
Dodgers vs Padres Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Dodgers |
D. May -R
|-1½ Ev||-155||8½ -120o||4½-125o |
|San Diego Padres |
M. Clevinger -R
|+1½ -120||+140||8½ Evu||3½-105o |
Dodgers vs Padres Prediction
Both pitchers – Dustin May of the Dodgers and Mike Clevinger of the Padres – made their last start against the team they are facing Friday and neither fared particularly well.
May walked five and allowed six runs in a 7-1 loss to the Padres a week ago, while Clevinger lasted fewer than four innings and permitted five runs in a 9-4 loss to the Dodgers Sunday.
Go with the over and hope for similar results in this game.