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Date: Saturday May 21, 2016
Time: 10:10 PM ET
Venue: PetCo Park, San Diego, California
Projected Pitchers: Alex Wood vs. Cesar Vargas
MLB Moneyline Odds: Dodgers -143
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Padres +1.5 -160
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The Dodgers continue to scuffle along. They have every right to blame some injuries but if this team is truly a good one at some point that becomes a little bit lame.
The Padres were hoping they might have some company in the cellar from the Rockies but they have been a surprise.
It is Arizona that is keeping them company and they can leave them in the dust any moment.
L.A. could be in trouble because while they have been sputtering the Giants have finally got their act together.
This is one of those series where they have to take advantage of a weaker team and win it even if they are struggling.
The problem all season has been an offense that is mediocre at best. Starting this series their best hitter Adrian Gonzalez was banged up. If they are missing him they are missing the best bat in their lineup.
Alex Wood has been very inconsistent this season but then again so has the whole team save Clayton Kershaw.
Wood is coming off two strong outings where he has given up just 1ER over six innings in each. His best outing of the season came in a no decision against the Padres last month.
Season high 7 innings and season high 9 Ks while giving up just one run.
There is a reason the Dodgers are a strong favourite.
San Diego Padres
For the Padres their season is all about offense or lack their of.
They hosted the Giants to start the week and lost three straight games in which they scored just a run in each.
That is the story of their season in a microcosm.
They have a terrible offense and it seems no matter how they adjust their lineup in the offseason that is just the way things are.
San Diego has decent starting pitching.
Cesar Vargas has been given a shot this season and 4 of hi five starts have been good enough to give the Friars a chance to win the ball game, even if he has not been working very deep.
He puts too many guys on base though so he is playing with fire. Fernando Rodney has been great as the closer. He has yet to give up an earned run this season.
They have not been blowing a lot of games.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- LA are 6-2 in their last 8 Sat. games.
- Over is 5-2-1 in LA last 8 road games.
- LA are 37-15 in the last 52 meetings.
Free L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres MLB Prediction:
The Padres normally scare me but this could be a good spot. They are at home and an underdog against a division opponent. Plus it is not like Wood is the most imposing pitcher out there.
Even though they are not good they may be being discounted too much.
The payoff is good enough that I suggest it is worth a shot. Vargas threw 5 shuout innings against L.A. earlier in the season but there is still not a lot of tape on him.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: San Diego ML
This is far from a guarantee but I like to back a lot of dogs and this one has a lot going for it in terms of situation if you can get comfortable with the lack of quality of the team.
MLB Free Score Prediction: San Diego 4 – L.A. 3
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