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 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting to put things together
The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting to put things together

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.

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