In the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (25-16) and the San Diego Padres (25-16) at Dodger Stadium, Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 1.04 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (2-3, 6.75 ERA) take the mound. The Dodgers won the last game 2-1 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on FSN-SD, SportsNet LA and MLB.
In his most recent outing, Bolsinger pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 1-0 victory over the Rockies. Adrian Gonzalez (.347, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Kennedy is 5-8 with a 4.58 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .260. Justin Upton (.284, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -162 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 22-15 record and overall money line at +61. They have impressive records of 17-12 as the favorite and 17-13 SU within their division. Los Angeles has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Los Angeles has only averaged 3.2 runs per game compared to the 4.7 they've averaged on the season. The Dodgers come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Dodgers rank fourth in the NL in hits at home with 9.1 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 4.0 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are third in the league in WHIP at 1.15. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.1 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Padres come into this game with a weak win percentage of .348 when playing as the underdog (8-15) and an overall money line of -316. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-6 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.9 runs per game, below their 4.3 season average. Playing against NL West foes really brings the best out of the San Diego pitchers. They allow 4.0 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.7.
The Dodgers have gotten the best of the Padres in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-2. This game will feature Kennedy (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 16-3 home and 22-12 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the right-hander Bolsinger. They sport a 14-17 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold an 18-13 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 15-13.
San Diego has won 52% (11-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 53% (8-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Padres have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 3-18. The Dodgers have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 37 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 55.
Los Angeles and San Diego both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at seventh with 8.60 hits per game and San Diego ranks ninth with 8.48.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .795 this season. San Diego ranks 22nd with an OPS of .683.
The Padres are 12-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 12-11 when they allow at least one homer.