Brandon Morrow (0-0, 3.15 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (10-9) meet Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-6) in the last of a three-game division series at Petco Park. The Dodgers won the last game 11-8 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and will air on SportsNet LA and FSN-SD.
In his most recent outing, Morrow pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-6 loss to the Rockies. Matt Kemp (.351, 15 Rs, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. In his career against the Padres, Baker is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He meets a strong San Diego offense that's batting .272. Adrian Gonzalez (.403, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Dodgers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the NL West, the Padres have an SU record of 8-8. The Padres rank third in the majors in extra base hits with 63.
Against divisional foes, the Dodgers are 8-6 SU. The Dodgers are known for their bats, hitting a league-leading 71 extra base hits. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 4.0 walks per game. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they allow just 2.4 walks per game, good for third in the NL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 9.9 strikeouts per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Dodgers have a 4-1 record. This game will feature Baker (RHP) on the mound against the Padres, who have a 6-8 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Morrow. They sport a 10-5 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games.
LA Dodgers are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games.
LA Dodgers are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers's last 10 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games when playing San Diego.
LA Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing San Diego.
LA Dodgers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
This season, the Padres hold an even 8-8 record against NL West teams. The Dodgers sit at 8-6 against these opponents.
The Dodgers are 1-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Padres are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 1-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When outhit, both the Padres and the Dodgers have records of 0-8.
San Diego ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 25.
San Diego and Los Angeles both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Diego sits at second with 9.58 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks third with 9.29.
Los Angeles tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .847 this season. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .754.
The Dodgers are 7-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Padres are 5-7 when they allow at least one homer.