Christian Friedrich (0-1, 1.50 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (3-3, 4.89 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (17-25) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (21-21) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:40 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on SNLA and FSSD.
Friedrich pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking six in a 1-0 defeat to the Brewers. Kazmir went 8.2 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking one in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in his most recent start. Corey Seager (.289, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for San Diego and Los Angeles are Dodgers -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Padres are struggling at 7-14 in their division, while the Dodgers are 11-8.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 2-18. The Padres have a 5-18 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 36 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 39.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.63 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 8.24.
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 .640, and Los Angeles ranks 22nd with an OPS of .698.
The Dodgers are 6-16 when they allow at least one home run. The Padres perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 7-15 record.