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2021 MLB Handicapping
(11-10) San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (14-5)
Date: Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Time: 10:10 PM EST
Venue: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Projected Pitchers: Yu Darvish (1-1) vs. Clayton Kershaw (3-1)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Padres +133 | Dodgers -143
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: San Diego +1.5 -165 | Los Angeles -1.5 +145
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7.5
The two heavyweights in the NL West will be squaring off this weekend with the Dodgers and Padres meeting up for their second series this year. The Dodgers took three out of four in the first meeting, we will see if the Padres can even up the season series this weekend with three more games on deck.
The Padres took game one of the series on Thursday with one of the clutches double plays with the bases loaded you will see in a long time. After a bobbled ball by Jake Cronenworth he tossed it up to second to get one out and Fernando Tatis fired a strike to first beating the runner by a hair to turn two in the eighth keeping the one-run lead intact.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are back above .500 after taking the first game of the series against the Dodgers. San Diego is now 11-10 and is four games back of the Dodgers for the top spot in the West.
Fernando Tatis jr. has gotten off to a slow start in 2021 after busting out big time in 2020. The 22-year old is hitting just .163 through 12 games and only has seven hits to his name. We shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet though as he has not even played a full season in the big leagues with just 155 games to his credit!
Yu Darvish will be taking the bump to make his fifth start of the season. Through four games Darvish has been superb posting a 2.55 ERA but hasn’t gotten the run support to help him rack up the wins. He has given up just seven runs in 24.2 innings pitched this season and hasn’t allowed more than three hits since his first start against the Diamondbacks.
The Padres have the best team ERA in baseball sitting at 2.54 on the year and have a 2.00 team ERA over their last three games.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles controls the best record in baseball at 14-5 even though they have dropped three out of their last four games. The tandem of Justin Turner and Corey Seager has guided the Dodger’s offense so far this season with Bellinger on the IL.
Turner in his age 36 season is hitting at a .379 clip to begin the year and is showing no signs of slowing down. He leads the majors in doubles with seven and is tied for 12th in the majors in home runs with five this year. As a team, the Dodgers are fifth in the majors in scoring putting up 5.05 runs per game with 8.26 hits on average.
The Dodgers will have Clayton Kershaw on the mound who will also be making his fifth start this season. Kershaw is tied for the most wins in the MLB this season with three so far, and the leader for HR/9 at 0.0 as he hasn’t been struck by the longball yet this season. His 2.19 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched this season is tied for 23rd as it stands in the MLB with Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego’s last 6 games.
- San Diego is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.
- San Diego is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against LA Dodgers.
- San Diego is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Dodgers’ last 5 games.
- LA Dodgers are 14-4 SU in their last 18 games.
- LA Dodgers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.
- LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego.
Free San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction:
I lean with the Padres in this game. Yu Darvish is off to another great start after finishing up as the 2020 Cy-Young runner-up behind the Dodger’s Trevor Bauer. He has a 2.55 ERA through three starts this season and has easily been the best pitcher that the Friars have thrown out on the bump this season. The only issue though is that the Padres haven’t really given him run support in his three starts, but I expect things to change today.
Even though Clayton Kershaw gave up zero runs against this very same Padres lineup in his last start, I expect the Pad’s to come out with an aggressive approach and try to jump on Kershaw early to get him out of the game. Grisham and Machado were the only San Diego batters that managed to get a hit in their first meeting with Kershaw, while Kershaw was the only player to get a hit off of Darvish for the Dodgers.
Give me the Padres to get the win and steal the first two games of this series just like the Dodgers did to them last weekend in San Diego.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Padres +130
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