Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.72 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.36 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (31-31) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-SD.
Despaigne is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .259 this season. Against the Padres, Kershaw is 12-6 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 157 strikeouts. Justin Turner (.310, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 Wednesday with one run.
Los Angeles is favored (-188) over San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs. The Padres have recorded an overall money line of -163 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 third in the NL. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 194 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 8.5 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 6-3. The Padres have an 8-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kershaw takes the mound. Despaigne (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 Padres hold a 16-14 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Dodgers' record in these matchups is 24-16.
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the fourth 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 Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 14-22 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 25-5. The Padres have a 21-4 record when outhitting opponents.
San Diego and Los Angeles both rank in the top five of the league in runs. San Diego sits at fourth with 271 runs this season and Los Angeles ranks fifth with 269.
Ranking 19th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 163 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 215.
The Padres are 20-9 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 30-13 record.