Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15 ERA) and Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.43 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (65-71) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-58) at Petco Park. The Dodgers won the last game 2-0 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on FSSD and SNLA.
Cashner pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out four in an 8-6 defeat to the Rangers. Matt Kemp (.268, 67 Rs, 18 HRs, 89 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Anderson went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 5-4 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start. Andre Ethier (.299, 48 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Dodgers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Los Angeles takes on San Diego as a -121 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Padres have an overall money line of -715 and a record as the underdog of 31-43. Within its division, San Diego has a 15-7 as the underdog and a 27-25 SU. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 372. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Padres, who lead the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.1.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 68-51 record and an overall money line of -902. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking second in the NL. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.44 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 10-5. The Padres have a 15-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Cashner (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 62-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 34-21 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Padres currently sit at 27-26 in these games.
Los Angeles has won 52% (24-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 53% (35-31) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are heading in with a 23-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-51. The Dodgers have a 14-42 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 125 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 162.
San Diego and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. San Diego sits at 13th with 8.35 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 14th with 8.34.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.689). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .747.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 30-41. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 34-51 record.