MLB Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
The Los Angeles Dodgers (40-34) and San Diego Padres (31-42) will open up a National League West series Friday night at Petco Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
Los Angeles has won three games in a row, including an 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies as -215 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 6.5. The Dodgers’ last homestand was their first with a winning record during the 2014 campaign—starting the year with a 13-19 record at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles is 8-7 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the UNDER going 9-5-1 in that situation.
Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren (7-4, 3.54 ERA) has tallied back-to-back wins, including a 6-4 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he allowed three runs and eight hits over 6.1 innings. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA in seven road games, with opposing hitters batting .286 against him. Haren has allowed six first-inning runs in his last five efforts, but he’ll be facing the worst hitting team in the Majors in this affair.
San Diego has put together a forgettable 5-12 record this month due to averaging 1.9 runs per game over that span, but the club is looking to win its third consecutive contest after winning a pair of home games versus the Seattle Mariners. The Padres need No. 3 hitter Seth Smith to turn things around—batting .188 in 48 at-bats during June—dropping his average 29 points to .280 on the year. San Diego is 7-7 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 8-4-2 in those 14 opportunities.
Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.72 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 3-1 road defeat to the New York Mets last time out, as he surrendered three runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 3.88 ERA in eight home outings—issuing 12 walks and striking out 56 batters in 48.2 combined frames. Kennedy has put together a 0-3 record and 6.35 ERA in his last four starts versus the Blue Crew.
Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to the Padres being 2-10 in their last 12 games following a win.