Ian Kennedy (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 4.50 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (10-8) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6) at Petco Park. The Dodgers won the last game 3-0 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on SportsNet LA, FSN-SD and MLB.
Kennedy is 5-7 with a 4.08 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a good Los Angeles offense which is batting .270 this season. Matt Kemp (.342, 13 Rs, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. McCarthy is 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA when pitching against the Padres. He takes on a quality San Diego offense which is hitting .274 this season. Adrian Gonzalez (.403, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Diego is a slim -110 favorite at home against Los Angeles. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Padres have recorded an overall money line of +293 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 5-2. San Diego has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 5-2 and 8-6 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Padres lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.9 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Petco Park have been stifled by the Padres, who have a team ERA of only 1.77 at home. The Padres are the top team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 6.7 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-0 record, and a 7-3 record SU. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 64 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.1 per game. When it comes to issuing walks, the Dodgers have the third-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.3 walks allowed per game. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 10.0 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 3-1. The Padres have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McCarthy takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 1-4 record on the road against right-handed starting pitchers. Their overall record against righties isn't as positive at 8-5.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Padres are 8-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 7-6 against their division.
San Diego has won 55% (6-5) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 57% (4-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When outhit, both the Padres and the Dodgers have records of 0-7.
San Diego ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 16 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 21.
San Diego ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.88 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.13.
Los Angeles tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .824 this season. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .748.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 6-3. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 5-6 record.