Alex Wood (11-12, 3.89 ERA) and Casey Kelly (0-1, 9.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (89-70) and the San Diego Padres (74-85) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 2 and can be seen on FSSD and SNLA.
Wood pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs, striking out one and walking two in a 12-5 defeat to the Rockies. Andre Ethier (.297, 54 Rs, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Kelly went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out one and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Matt Kemp (.265, 80 Rs, 23 HRs, 100 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a substantial -185 favorite, takes on San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -1,450 and a record as the favorite of 78-60. Los Angeles is a disappointing 3-7 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Los Angeles is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Dodgers, who have a team ERA of only 3.51. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
In games where it is the underdog, San Diego has a 34-50 record and an overall money line of -1,703. They are 15-25 as the underdog against fellow NL West members, and 35-38 SU.
The Dodgers have controlled the season series, 11-5. The Dodgers have a 68-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kelly takes the mound. Wood (LHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 17-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 43-30 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 35-38.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 4-12 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 12-60. The Dodgers have a 15-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, San Diego has hit 146 this season. Los Angeles ranks sixth with 183 home runs.
Los Angeles and San Diego both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 13th with 8.32 hits per game and San Diego ranks 15th with 8.23.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .741.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 41-61, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 38-50 when allowing at least one homer.