Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95 ERA) and Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (64-69) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-57) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on FSSD and SNLA.
Rea pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Phillies. Justin Upton (.253, 71 Rs, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs, 18 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Latos went 4.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-2 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Justin Turner (.292, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Los Angeles takes on San Diego as a -123 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Padres have an overall money line of -659 and a record as the underdog of 30-41. Within its division, San Diego has a 15-7 as the underdog and a 26-24 SU. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 361. 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.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 66-50 record and an overall money line of -948. 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 3.38 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, 8-4. The Padres have a 49-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Latos takes the mound. Rea (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 61-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games.
LA Dodgers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games when playing San Diego.
LA Dodgers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games when playing San Diego.
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of LA Dodgers's last 20 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
LA Dodgers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
The Dodgers hold a 32-20 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Padres currently sit at 26-24 in these games.
San Diego recorded at least two errors for the 16th time this season.
The Padres managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 13-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Padres, as the Dodgers have won their last three games while the Padres have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 48-14. The Dodgers have a 55-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 536 this season. San Diego ranks 17th with 545 runs.
Ranking 22nd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 338 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 444.
The Padres are 44-26 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 57-34 record.