Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.92 ERA) takes the hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers (36-25) as they square off against Ian Kennedy (3-5, 6.48 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (31-32) in the second of a three-game series at Petco Park. The Dodgers won the last game 4-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on SportsNet LA, FSN-SD and MLB.
Kennedy is 5-9 with a 4.50 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .260 this season. Justin Upton (.290, 39 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one stolen base. Against the Padres, Greinke is 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 60 strikeouts. Justin Turner (.316, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles takes on San Diego as a -155 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at six runs. The Padres have recorded an overall money line of -63 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 12-20. Within its division, San Diego has a 10-3 as the underdog and a 16-14 SU. San Diego's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.8 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 4.4 season average.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 32-22 record and an overall money line of +63. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 24-15 record against NL West rivals, and a 24-16 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 195 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.6 per game. The Dodgers allow 3.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 4.4 runs per game during that span. 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 8.4 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Dodgers have controlled the season series, 7-3. The Padres have a 23-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Greinke takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a very good 32-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 25-16 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Padres currently sit at 16-15 in these games.
San Diego recorded at least two errors for the eighth time this season.
The Padres are 4-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 2-2 in such matchups.
The Los Angeles batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. San Diego has a record of 4-20 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 26-5. The Padres have a 21-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Los Angeles sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 273 this season. San Diego ranks in the top five at fifth with 274.
Ranking 20th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 166 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 219.
The Padres are 20-10 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 30-13 record.