Free MLB Prediction: Dodgers vs Padres
Major League Baseball betting sees the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the San Diego Padres on Friday September 4 at PetCo Park in San Diego, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Los Angeles Dodgers (75-58) vs. San Diego Padres (65-69)
Date: Friday September 4
Time: 10:10 PM
Venue: PetCo Park – San Diego, CA
MLB Betting Lines: Los Angeles -118, San Diego +109
MLB Betting Total: 7
Probable Pitchers: Dodgers RH Michael Bolsinger (5-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. Padres RH James Shields (10-6, 3.78)
The Dodgers were coming off a sweep of the Giants but got dumped last night.
San Diego is still one of the most disappointing teams in the Majors.
Los Angeles Dodgers
After a crucial sweep against San Francisco the Dodgers could not be blamed for losing some focus down in San Diego.
Those wins early in the week might have secured their return to the playoffs but this team is still far from perfect, with the exception of the brilliance of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
You have to admire the way the club is willing to do anything to put them over the top including the acquisition of Chase Utley for the stretch. I wonder is anyone is going to phone in regarding the missing persons report for Yasiel Puig.
It is hard to get attention as a pitcher on this team if you are not setting records but Michael Bolsinger has been a pleasant surprise.
He keeps the ball in the ballpark and that has helped him post a 2.83 ERA over 16 starts.
Also, he does not have the kind of wide splits you see with a lot of young pitchers. You can play him on the road.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are a few games under .500 and out of the race. I really hope they don’t go on some stupid finishing push that gets them close because this season was a failure.
On offense, pretty much nobody lived up to their billing but I think more than that nobody seemed to ever come through in the clutch. Matt Kemp has 87 RBIs, who knew? Did any of them even make Sports Center.
The names might be more recognizable than they were a year ago but this club is far from a fearsome lineup and the pitching fell off big time this season.
James Shields was supposed to anchor the staff but he has been very inconsistent after a strong start in San Diego.
With a month to go he has already given up more homers than in each of the past three seasons, which is especially impressive given he has been playing in a pitcher’s park half the time.
He is no longer considered a strong enough factor to make the Padres the favourites even though they are at home against a relative unknown hurler for L.A.
That is definitely not a good development.
The question is whether we let ourselves get sucked in or not.
MLB Betting Trends:
- LA are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- LA are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
- LA are 8-2 in their last 10 games on grass.
- Over is 10-1 in SD last 11 games as an underdog.
- Over is 25-7-2 in SD last 34 overall.
- Over is 25-7-2 in SD last 34 on grass.
- LA are 27-13 in the last 40 meetings.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: San Diego +109
There is no doubt who the better team is but coming off the win I will take a shot with San Diego as my free play.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: San Diego 5 – Los Angeles 4
Shields is providing some value here as the underdog. I am not quite ready to stick a fork in him.
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