San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/20/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (88-65) at San Diego Padres (71-81)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Edinson Volquez (R) (9-11) (5.981) vs. Robbie Erlin (L) (2-3) (4.974)
The Line: San Diego Padres / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Prime Ticket, San Diego
The slumping Los Angeles Dodgers look to right the ship versus the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers were on a near historical run but have been mere mortals of late and really not that good which is not an ideal way to be playing with the postseason closing in. Ironically, Los Angeles is playing worse then any division leader in the game but wrapped up the National League West on the heels of a 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday. The bats saved the day with Ricky Nolasco charged with all six runs on nine hits over five innings. The offense mustered eleven hits and walked five times with Hanley Ramires clubbing a pair of homers and driving in four. The Dodgers send Edinson Volquez to the bump to face his former team on Friday. Volquez needs a better effort then we saw from him in 4-3 loss to San Francisco where he gave up three runs in 5.2 innings.
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Red hot San Diego had won seven of ten and were on the verge of an impressive four game road sweep of Pittsburgh before the arms and bats were no where to be found in a 10-1 defeat Thursday. Starter Ian Kennedy suffered through his poorest performance since coming over to San Diego from Arizona with six runs plated on eight hits through only 3.2 innings pitched. That was way too much for a Padres offense that mounted only a five hit, four walk attack that saw Tommy Medica rap a run scoring single in the first that scored Chis Denorfia for a short lived 1-0 lead. Rookie left hander Robbie Erlin will be on the mound to face the rival Dodgers on Friday. Erlin comes in off of a 2-1 loss where he gave up both runs on eight hits and a walk covering six innings.
Volquez hasn't been good at all and won't see the light of day in the postseason but has done relatively well versus San Diego when he was with Cincinnati which means nothing. I'm not sure how the Dodgers react after securing the division so I don't know if this is worth a play...