Date/Time: June 5, 10:10 p.m. EST
Television: FSSD, PRIME
Starting Pitchers: Padres (Marquis) Dodgers (Kershaw)
MLB Gambling Odds from BetDSI
Moneyline: Dodgers (-205) Padres (+180)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in a state of flux all season long. The one constant in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization right now is Clayton Kershaw. He’ll be on the hill as the Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres Wednesday night. Can Kershaw keep up his top form? Let’s take a closer look at this one.
Though they have a much smaller budget and not nearly as many big names on their roster, the San Diego Padres come into this game with a better record than the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres have done well at home, but they are only 10-17 away from home so far this season. San Diego is the ultimate “little ball” team. The Padres don’t have many big home run hitters, but they do lead the majors in stolen bases. This is a team that has to manufacture runs. Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko are budding stars, but they are still developing.
San Diego’s pitching staff used to be dominating, but the Padres starting rotation isn’t very good anymore. Jason Marquis is far past his prime. He has pitched well at home, but on the road he has struggled quite a bit. The Padres bullpen is still pretty good because of their depth, but the bullpen has been getting overworked of late. San Diego needs Marquis to eat up innings in this one and keep them in the game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to be one of the best teams in baseball, but they are well under .500. The Dodgers have had a ton of injury problems, but even that doesn’t totally explain why this team can’t win games right now. Don Mattingly is on the hot seat and the team’s star player (Matt Kemp) is now on the disabled list. If things don’t turn around soon for the Dodgers, it appears this will be a lost season. The team should get a little bit of a boost from Hanley Ramirez’s return. Still, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and A.J. Ellis are on the disabled list. An offense that was expected to be amazing is averaging just 3.52 runs per game this season.
The Dodgers starting rotation hasn’t been all that bad, but the defense behind them has been brutal. The Dodgers have managed to commit 44 errors already this year, which is easily worst in the majors. In addition, the Dodgers bullpen that started the season out so well has completely fallen apart of late. Will Kenley Jansen start getting the save chances sometime soon? Kershaw starts this one and he is 5-3 with a 1.85 ERA so far this year. He is 4-2 with a 1.38 ERA at home.
Free MLB Pick: Under 6.5
I think the Dodgers win this game, but I’ll never recommend laying this kind of a number. The posted total is a tough call too, but I’ll take the under since the Padres will likely struggle to score at all.