Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
League : MLB

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction & Preview



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Heading into their matchup with the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers are off to a strong start, putting together a record of 10-3-0, good for 1st in the NL West division. So far, Los Angeles has been tough as the road team, putting together a mark of 4-2. The Dodgers are hoping to add on another win, as they are coming off a 6-1 win over San Diego. So far, Los Angeles has won 4 out of their first 5 series.

The San Diego Padres come into their game against Los Angeles, looking to build on their record of 9-6-0. Through 15 games, they are 4th in the NL West division. Through 8 games at Petco Field, San Diego is above .500, sitting at 5-3 at home. The Padres hope to get back on track, after falling to the LA Dodgers by a score of 6-1. San Diego will look to turn things around as they have won just 2 series, going a combined 2-2-1. 

The Dodgers Look To Add Another Win Over Their Division Rival

Against San Diego, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Through 2 starts Kershaw has picked up 2 wins on an overall record of 2-0. In his start, he will look to improve on an ERA of 3.0. This comes while averaging 6.0 innings per outing. So far, opposing teams have hit just 0.143 against the left-hander, including an outstanding FIP of just 1.87.This year, Los Angeles's opponents have struggled to generate runs vs the team's bullpen, reflected in their ERA of just 3.16. When digging further into the stats, the unit has done a good job at limiting home runs, averaging just 0.89 homers allowed per 9 innings. However, they were prone to giving up walks, with a per 9 average of 3.98.

On offense, Los Angeles comes into the game averaging 3.43 runs per game, placing them in a group of teams near the league average. So far, the Dodgers' offense has struggled to generate runs as they have not been able to string together hits, ranking 26th in team batting average (0.205). Not only is Los Angeles's offense struggling to generate hits, they are also in the bottom half of the league in home runs, averaging just 0.71 deep shots per game. (26th). On average, the Dodgers offense has hit one home run for every 43.80 at-bats. 

The Padres Look To Take Care Of Business At Home vs Los Angeles

For San Diego, Sean Manaea came into this game making his 4th start of the season, on an overall record of 2-1. To date, Manaea is lasting an average of 6.33 innings per start while posting a strong ERA of just 1.42. Opposing teams are having trouble generating hits against him as they are hitting just 0.152 against the left-hander. In addition to a strong earned run average, his FIP of 2.51 confirms his strong performance.


On offense, San Diego comes into the game averaging 4.13 runs per game, placing them 14th in the league. A key reason for the Padres' lack of run-scoring is a team batting average that sits at just (0.223), placing them 17th in the league. In addition to San Diego's low batting average, home runs have been hard to come by, as they are averaging just 0.80 deep shots per game. (20th). So far, the team has a slugging percentage of just 0.355, placing them 18th. So far, San Diego batters are getting on base through walks in 11.1% of their at-bats.

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