The NL West race could be quite interesting this season with both the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies better than expected and the Dodgers still a juggernaut. The Padres welcome the Dodgers on Wednesday night with L.A. favored on the MLB odds.
Dodgers vs Padres – MLB Odds & PicksHow to Bet Dodgers at Padres MLB Odds & TV Info
- When: Wednesday, 9:10 PM ET
- Where: Petco Park
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Ross Stripling/Garrett Richards
- TV: MLB Network
- Stream/gameday audio: https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/
- Opening MLB Lines: Dodgers -135, Padres +125 (total 8)
Will former AL MVP Mookie Betts be in the starting lineup for this one? He wasn’t on Monday but manager Dave Roberts said Betts was available to pinch-run against the Padres. That serves as a pretty good indication that Betts will not require a 10-day injured list stint for the swollen middle finger on his left hand. Betts has hit safely in a Dodger season high seven consecutive games and during that time he’s hitting .379 (11-for-29) with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored.
Corey Seager missed a game Sunday with a quad injury but was back in there Monday. As of Tuesday, Seager has reached base in all of his games this season and has five multi-hit games. Dating back to 2019, he is currently on a 11-game on base streak.
Even with allowing two runs to the Padres in Monday’s loss, the Dodgers bullpen has a 1.29 ERA that is good for second-best in the Majors. Their 0.99 WHIP is third in the National League and fifth overall.
It’s Ross Stripling (2-0, 2.92) on the mound here. Stripling allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Diamondbacks last Thursday. He faced the minimum in only one of the six innings in which he pitched but he still pitched well enough to secure his second win of the year. For the game he allowed four hits and two walks while striking out two, leaving him with a 0.81 WHIP and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings of work.
Stripling believes he could have completed the sixth if not for a battle with Starling Marte in the opening frame.
“First inning, 14-pitch at-bat, just kind of saying uncle a little bit. Put the ball in play, man,” Stripling said. “If you’re going to get a hit, just do it already. Especially when I’m throwing the kitchen sink at him. I think I threw him multiple curveballs, multiple changeups, multiple sliders in that at-bat. He was just fouling them off and giving me fits. It stinks now looking back, because I probably could’ve stayed out for the sixth and tried to keep it at two runs there. But because of that 14-pitch at-bat, I basically got pulled because of pitch count. Now looking back, it would’ve been nice to maybe get earlier contact there and tried to finish my own outing.”Why Bet on San Diego?
Kirby Yates surrendered a solo homer to Cody Bellinger in the ninth inning on Monday, but managed to escape with his first save of the season. Yates came on to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning and made things interesting by allowing a leadoff homer to Bellinger. The veteran right-hander battled back nicely, striking out A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor in succession to end the ballgame.
The Padres selected the contract of outfielder Abraham Almonte on Monday, and he was in the lineup batting seventh and serving as designated hitter for the series opener against the Dodgers. Almonte is a switch-hitter, and the Padres were looking for a capable lefty bat with Eric Hosmer on the injured list.
Before Tuesday’s game, the Padres called up top pitching prospect Luis Patino. Patino signed with the club as an international free-agent back in 2016 for $130,000. He ranks currently as the No. 20 overall prospect on Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list.
The right-hander will reportedly work out of the bullpen to begin his time with the Padres. Patino, 20, is widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and he registered a 2.57 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings at the High-A and Double-A levels. His stuff is electric with a fastball flirting with 100 mph with a wipe-out slider and a changeup that is a work-in-progress. He dazzled at the MLB Futures Game last year in Cleveland.
It’s Garrett Richards on the mound here. Richards (0-0, 3.38) allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday. Richards served up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon in the first inning, but he avoided any further damage until his final frame. He was pulled with two runners on before Matt Kemp greeted Matt Strahm with a two-run double. Richards struck out six with one walk.
In some ways, a 60-game season might suit Richards well, given that he’s thrown only 147 1/3 innings over the past four seasons combined due to an assortment of injuries.
“I have one mentality when I’m on the mound, and that’s that I’m going to go right at people,” Richards said. “It’s a very simple mindset, and I don’t think that will change whether I only have 12 starts this year or if I would’ve had 32.”Game Trends
- Dodgers are 19-7 in their last 26 games as a road favorite.
- Dodgers are 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games.
- Padres are 4-12 in their last 16 games as a home underdog.
- Padres are 2-6 in their last 8 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
- Dodgers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego.