Tyson Ross (10-9, 3.27 ERA) and Alex Wood (9-9, 3.67 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (65-70) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-58) at Petco Park. The Dodgers won the last game 8-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on FSSD and SNLA.
Ross pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 7-0 win over the Rangers. Matt Kemp (.266, 67 Rs, 18 HRs, 89 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Wood went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 2-0 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Justin Turner (.292, 44 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for San Diego and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. Within its division, San Diego has a record of 27-24 SU. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 372. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Padres, who lead the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.1.
The Dodgers are 32-21 against teams in their division. 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, 9-5. The Padres have a 15-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wood takes the mound. Ross (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 61-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of LA Dodgers's last 15 games.
LA Dodgers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 9 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 4-9 SU in their last 13 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games when playing San Diego.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games when playing San Diego.
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of LA Dodgers's last 22 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
LA Dodgers are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
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 are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 31-45 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 49-14. The Dodgers have a 56-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, San Diego ranks 16th with 559 runs and Los Angeles is 19th with 551.
Ranking 22nd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 341 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 457.
The Padres are 45-27 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 58-34 record.