The MLB playoff action continues with this NLDS on Friday, October 14, as we have two NL West foes meeting in San Diego, and here you can read the best Dodgers vs. Padres betting pick and odds.
Los Angeles and San Diego will play the third of a best-of-five NLDS series at Petco Park, and the Dodgers are -120 moneyline favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 7.5 runs. These NL West foes have faced 19 times this season before this playoff series, and the Dodgers lead 14-5. However, the result of the current NLDS is tied at 1-1.
Dodders were scoreless in the final six innings in a loss to the Padres
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened this NLDS with a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres at home, but they lost the following game by the exact result. Los Angeles did have 11 hits opposite San Diego’s nine, but after scoring in each of the first three innings, they failed to do so in the remaining six, and the Padres got away with a valuable road victory.
All three runs from the hosts were homers. Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Trea Turner sent the baseball over the fence, but that wasn’t enough to make it 2-0 in the series. Clayton Kershaw pitched for 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Brusdar Graterol took a loss.
Tony Gonsolin (16-1) is named a starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against San Diego on Friday. The 28-year-old right-hander and one of the NL Cy Young Award candidates started 24 games this year and owns a phenomenal 2.14 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 119/35 K/BB ratio across 130.1 innings.
Padres tied the series with a win in L.A.
The San Diego Padres upset the New York Mets in the NLWC series on the road, and after losing the opening game of this series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they tied it with a 5-3 victory. Once again, the Padres showed quality and beat the favored rival away from home. San Diego’s pitchers managed to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard for the last six innings.
Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth led the Padres offensively with two RBIs apiece; they each hit a solo homer. Cronenworth also scored a pair of runs, including the leading one in the 6th inning. Yu Darvish took a win after surrendering three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 5.0 innings. Josh Hader got his first save in the playoffs.
Blake Snell (8-10) will get on the hill on Friday against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS. The 29-year-old left-hander had 24 starts this season and has a 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 171/51 K/BB ratio in 128.0 innings of work.
- 15-6 in the last 21 games against San Diego
- 4-1 in the last five games when playing on the road against San Diego
- 2-10 in the last 12 Divisional Playoff games
- 2-5 in the last seven playoff home games
- 1-5 in the last six games following a win
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Pick
Blake Snell already had one start in the playoffs and didn’t fare well. He lasted for just 3.1 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Mets and allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and even six walks. If Snell struggles with his control on Friday, the Padres are doomed. Tony Gonsolin, on the other hand, has excellent numbers against San Diego this year. He won both starts and registered a microscopic 0.71 ERA over 12.2 innings. I don’t like Snell in this matchup, especially considering the Dodgers are hitting .249 with 5.40 runs against southpaws.
Pick: Take the Dodgers to win (-120)
Even though I don’t think Blake Snell is currently fit to start a playoff game despite his past experience, I still don’t think he will be dismantled in this one. The Dodgers will probably score two or three runs off of Snell before he leaves the mound, but I am not sure about San Diego’s batter against Gonsolin, who managed to lock them down on two occasions this year. Under is 4-0-1 in Gonsolin’s last five starts vs. National League West rivals; Under is 4-0 in the Dodgers’ previous four road games, while Under is 9-3-2 in the Padres’ last 14 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Pick: Go Under 7.5 runs (-110)