Los Angeles on Five-Game Winning Streak
The Los Angeles Dodgers go for a sixth straight win when they open a three-game weekend series with the visiting San Diego Padres on Friday night. Los Angeles is coming off a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and is in first place in the NL West, 12½ games ahead of the Padres. San Diego had its five-game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Rockies on Thursday but currently sits in the second Wild-Card spot in the National League. These are two of the better teams in baseball, so this should be an intense series. Check out our in-depth preview of the series opener to help you with your betting online.
New Faces Not Enough in Series-Ending Loss
The newly acquired Juan Soto had a solid game in his second outing with the San Diego Padres on Thursday, hitting a double and a triple while scoring a run. But it wasn’t nearly enough to keep San Diego from dropping the series finale against the visiting Colorado Rockies, 7-3.
Soto was part of the biggest deal at the trade deadline, as he and first baseman Josh Bell came to the Padres from the Washington Nationals. Soto is batting .249 with 18 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 46 RBIs, and 64 runs scored this season.
Third baseman Manny Machado was 1-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday’s loss. The All-Star is batting .293 with 22 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs, 60 RBIs and 68 runs scored and should welcome the help that Soto and Bell will bring to the lineup.
Left-hander Sean Manaea will get the start for the series opener on Friday. Manaea is 6-5 with a 4.25 ERA in his first season in San Diego, striking out 111 in 110 innings. He got the win in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits, including two home runs, over six innings while striking out seven and walking three.
Dodgers Streaking But Suffer Setback
The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing as well as anyone in baseball, but the harsh reality of injuries popped up again on Thursday, as pitcher Clayton Kershaw had to leave the team’s win over the San Francisco Giants. The 34-year-old had his back tighten up as he warmed up for the fifth inning, causing him to be removed from the contest.
“It’s a fair amount (of frustration),” Kershaw said after Thursday’s contest. “I just felt something kind of lock up there in the fifth. Couldn’t really throw after that.”
As Los Angeles hopes for the best for Kershaw, it will send right-hander Tony Gonsolin to the mound. Gonsolin is 12-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 19 starts, though he has struggled of late. Gonsolin has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts, going 1-1. He did get a win in his last outing against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, though he allowed three runs on five hits over five innings.
Outfielder Mookie Betts had a home run in Thursday’s win over the Giants, his second in three games. Betts is batting .266 with 20 doubles, a triple, 25 home runs, 59 RBIs and 74 runs scored.
Shortstop Trea Turner also got into the act with a home run on Thursday. He’s 11th in baseball with a .305 batting average, hitting 27 doubles, two triples and 18 home runs, driving in 77 runs and scoring 63 times.
Padres vs Dodgers Head-To-Head
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had the upper hand in the season series this season, as they work on winning the majority of their games against the San Diego Padres for the 12th straight season. Los Angeles has won five of the first seven meetings this season, including a 3-1 record at Dodger Stadium.
The Padres haven’t had a winning record at Dodger Stadium for a season since the 2010 campaign, which is the last time they won the overall season series as well. A look at the MLB lines for Friday’s series opener shows that there isn’t an expectation for success for San Diego, as the Dodgers are favored to win.
Padres vs Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Padres (61-47) vs Dodgers (72-33)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Friday, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Padres vs Dodgers Betting Lines
|San Diego Padres
S. Manaea -L
|Los Angeles Dodgers
T. Gonsolin -R
Padres vs Dodgers Prediction
The San Diego Padres are trying to build their lineup to be able to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they definitely took a solid step towards that with the acquisitions of Soto and Bell. But Los Angeles is rolling and has one of its aces on the mound, so we like the Dodgers to come away with the opening victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Los Angeles to win at home.