James Shields (10-6, 3.78 ERA) and Mike Bolsinger (5-3, 2.83 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (65-69) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-58) at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 10-7 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on FSSD and SNLA.
Shields pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking one in a 9-4 win over the Phillies. Justin Upton (.258, 74 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs, 18 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 3 with three runs and one RBI. Bolsinger went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 10-7 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. Justin Turner (.292, 44 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a slim -110 favorite over San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Padres have an overall money line of -615 and a record as the underdog of 31-42. Within its division, San Diego has a 15-7 as the underdog and a 27-24 SU. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 369.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 67-51 record and an overall money line of -1,002. 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, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 8-5. The Padres have a 50-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bolsinger takes the mound. Shields (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 Dodgers hold a 32-21 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Padres currently sit at 27-24 in these games.
The Padres are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Dodgers have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-49. 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 122 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 157.
San Diego and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. San Diego sits at 12th with 8.38 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 14th with 8.32.
Ranking 27th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .744.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 29-41, well-matched with the Padres who are 34-50 when allowing at least one homer.