Andrew Cashner (1-2, 2.65 ERA) and Zack Greinke (2-0, 1.83 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (10-7) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-6) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-SD.
Cashner is 1-3 with a 2.17 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, but goes up against a quality Los Angeles offense which is batting .271 this season. Yonder Alonso (.400, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one RBI. Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA when pitching against the Padres. He is up against a good San Diego offense which is hitting .279 this season. Adrian Gonzalez (.414, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a slim -111 favorite over San Diego. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of six runs. The Padres have an overall money line of +393 and a record as the underdog of 5-4. Within its division, San Diego has a 5-2 as the underdog and an 8-5 SU. The Padres have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in offense with 5.2 runs per game. The Padres lead the NL in hits with an impressive 10.1 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, 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.
Over in the other dugout, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +188 and an impressive record of 8-5 as the favorite. They are 6-5 as the favorite against teams in their division, and 6-5 SU. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, leading the league with 61 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.2 per game. When it comes to issuing walks, the Dodgers have the third-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.1 walks allowed per game. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 10.1 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 2-1. The Padres have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Greinke takes the mound. Cashner (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 1-3 record on the road against right-handed starting pitchers. Their overall record against righties isn't as positive at 8-4.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
This season, the Dodgers hold an even 6-6 record against NL West teams. The Padres sit at 8-6 against these opponents.
Los Angeles has won 50% (3-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 60% (6-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Padres managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When outhit, both the Padres and the Dodgers have records of 0-6.
Ranking ninth in home runs, San Diego has hit 16 this season. Los Angeles ranks third with 20 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, San Diego has earned 10.06 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks third with 9.36 hits.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .831 this season. San Diego ranks seventh with an OPS of .763.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 6-3. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 5-5 record.