Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.55 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (18-25) go up against Alex Wood (1-3, 4.17 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (21-22) in the second of a three-game division series at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 7-6, and San Diego leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and will air on SNLA and FSSD.
In his last start, Vargas pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers. Melvin Upton Jr. (.266, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Dodgers were unsuccessful against the Cardinals 5-2 the last time Wood pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one. Corey Seager (.288, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Dodgers are a -140 favorite and the total is 7.5.
Pick - LAD
The Padres are struggling at 8-14 in their division, while the Dodgers are 11-9.
When leading after seven innings, San Diego is 9-11, while Los Angeles is 6-9.
The Dodgers managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are heading in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 17-3. The Padres have a 12-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, San Diego has earned 154 this season. Los Angeles ranks 13th with 183 runs.
San Diego and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. San Diego sits at 29th with an OPS of .648, and Los Angeles ranks 21st with an OPS of .704.
The Dodgers are 6-17 when they allow at least one home run. The Padres perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-15 record.