Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.16 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers complete the regular season against Frank Garces (0-0, 5.00 ERA) and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 2-1 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and will air on FSSD and SNLA.
In his last start, Kershaw pitched 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out 13 and walking one in an 8-0 loss to the Giants. Justin Turner (.294, 55 Rs, 16 HRs, 60 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Padres were unsuccessful against the Brewers 5-0 the last time Garces pitched. He went 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out one. Matt Kemp (.265, 80 Rs, 23 HRs, 100 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Dodgers have a SU record of 44-30 against teams in their division. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking second in the NL with an average of 3.5 walks per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Dodgers have a team ERA of 3.49, one of the lowest in their league. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.19 WHIP. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.6 K's per game.
Against divisional rivals, the Padres are 35-39 SU. The Padres will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, San Diego's run production has dropped to 2.8 runs per game, compared to 4.1 for the duration of the season.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Padres in their previous 18 games this season, earning a 13-5 record. The left-handed Kershaw will take the mound against the Padres, who have a 17-20 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers hold a 45-30 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 35-40.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 30-28, while San Diego is 38-41.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 38-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 12-61. The Dodgers have a 15-51 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 147 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 184.
Los Angeles and San Diego both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 13th with 8.31 hits per game and San Diego ranks 15th with 8.21.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .739.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 41-62. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 39-50 record.