It will be both an intrastate and intradivision matchup in a National League Divisional Series as the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres come into this series having won a Wild Card Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers were able to steamroll over the Milwaukee Brewers in their series, winning in two games. The winner of this series will go on to face the winner of the Braves and Marlins in the National League Championship Series. Here is a closer look at the series.
Trying to maintain a “bubble” atmosphere, the series will be held at the neutral venue of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The schedule will be as follows:
- Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9:38 p.m. ET, FS1
- Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:08 p.m. ET, FS1
- Game 3: Thursday, Oct. 8, 9:08 p.m. ET, MLB Network
- Game 4 (if necessary): Friday, Oct. 9, 9:08 p.m. ET, FS1
- Game 5 (if necessary): Saturday, Oct. 10, 8:08 p.m. ET, FS1
2020 Regular-Season Records
- San Diego Padres: 37-23
- Los Angeles Dodgers: 43-17
Given that these two teams are both in the NL West, they squared off 10 times this season. In those matchups, the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed six times.
San Diego Padres 2020 Stats
Offensively, the San Diego Padres were one of the best scoring teams in baseball, ranking third overall by averaging 5.46 runs per game. They have a really strong core of young, talented players led by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who hit .277/.366/.571 with 17 home runs, 45 RBI and 50 runs scored.
He picked up where he left off in the playoffs, as he went 5-for-11 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored against the Cardinals. Throw in the likes of Jake Cronenworth, Manny Machado, Tommy Pham, Wil Myers and others, and this lineup is scary for any opponent.
In terms of pitching, this is the big question mark for the Padres. In the Wild Card series, they were without two of their best starters in Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet. During the regular season, the Padres ranked ninth overall in runs allowed at 4.08, and those two were a big reason for it. It is not certain if either will be able to go for this round, but it would give the Padres a huge bump if they can.
Aside from the rotation, the bullpen for the Padres has been lights out this year. Five of their best bullpen pieces had ERAs of 2.70 or under, as Drew Pomeranz (1.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 29 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings), Matt Strahm (2.61 ERA, 0.87 WHIP), and Trevor Rosenthal (0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 17 strikeouts in 10 innings) were especially filthy. As they showed in the Wild Card series, the San Diego bullpen can help shorten games and take pressure off the starters.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Stats
Offensively, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in all of baseball this season in scoring, averaging 5.74 runs per game. It is no wonder, either, considering they have players like Mookie Betts (.292/.366/.562, 16 home runs, 47 runs scored), Corey Seager (.307/.358/.585, 15 home runs, 41 RBI), and AJ Pollock (.276/.314/.566, 16 home runs). When you also throw in the likes of Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Justin Turner and others, this lineup is arguably the deepest in all of baseball and can put runs up in a hurry at any part of the order.
On the mound, they are pretty darn good, too, ranking first in runs allowed per game at just 3.47. It certainly doesn’t hurt when you have Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings) and Walker Buehler (1-0 in eight starts, 3.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 42 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings) at the top of your rotation. While these are the only two starters that went in the Wild Card series, manager Dave Roberts can also lean on the likes of Dustin May (3-1, 2.57 ERA), Tony Gonsolin (2-2, 2.31 ERA) or Julio Urias (3-0, 3.27 ERA) to round out his rotation.
Probably the weakest aspect of the Dodgers’ game is their bullpen, but even that is pretty strong. The Dodgers’ closer is Kenley Jansen, who went 11-for-13 in save opportunities with a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and struck out 33 in 24.1. Other notable arms include Adam Kolarek (0.95 ERA, 0.79 WHIP in 19 innings), Jake McGee (3-1, 2.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings) and Brusdar Graterol (1-2 with a 3.09 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings).
- Game 1: TBD vs Walker Buehler
- Game 2: TBD vs Clayton Kershaw
- Game 3: TBD vs TBD
- Game 4: TBD vs TBD
- Game 5: TBD vs TBD
The Los Angeles Dodgers come into the divisional series as the overwhelming favorites with a moneyline of -280. The Padres come in at +210 to take the series.
In terms of World Series odds, the Dodgers are the favorites at +275, while the Padres sit at +635 to win it all.
Divisional Series Pick
This one is interesting, as the Padres have the type of youthful arrogance that might serve them well in upsetting the Dodgers. Still, if they are going to do it, they have to have Clevinger and Lamet pitching.
If those two are out, take the Dodgers. However, if they are in line to pitch, the Padres might be an interesting play at +210.