Julio Urias (5-2, 3.71 ERA) and Clayton Richard (1-3, 3.51 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (74-59) and the San Diego Padres (55-78) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on SNLA and FSSD.
Urias pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Richard went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 1-0 win over the Marlins in his last outing. Wil Myers (.262, 83 Rs, 24 HRs, 75 RBIs, 24 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Padres, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Los Angeles and San Diego are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Los Angeles has a record of 29-24 SU. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Los Angeles. The Dodgers are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 3.4 runs per home game. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.199 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 9.2.
The Padres are 22-28 against teams in their division. Offensively, the Padres have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 3.1 during that stretch. The Padres are an excellent base stealing team with 110 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 8-5. The Dodgers have a 16-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richard takes the mound. Urias (LHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 16-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers hold a 29-24 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 22-28.
When leading after seven innings, Los Angeles is 29-24, while San Diego is 23-31.
The Padres managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 31-23 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 52-15. The Padres have a 40-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, Los Angeles ranks 16th with 596 runs and San Diego is 20th with 571.
Ranking 21st, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 378 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 437.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 57-29. When the Padres hit at least one homer, they have a 45-41 record.