San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free PIck 9/22/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (89-66) at San Diego Padres (72-82)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Zack Greinke (R) (15-3) (2.754) vs. Andrew Cashner (R) (10-8) (3.176)
The Line: San Diego Padres +124 / Los Angeles Dodgers -134 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Padres will defend their home field on Sunday when the Padres play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three.
The San Diego Padres were shutdown on Saturday, falling to the Dodgers 4-0. The Padres only managed three hits on the night against Los Angeles. San Diego had Smith on the mound against LA, and Smith was solid, going six full innings, giving up just two runs to the Dodgers off of three hits. The Padres were just not able to get any kind of run support for Smith on the night. San Diego will be sending out Andrew Cashner on Sunday against the Dodgers. Cashner has pitched well for the Padres this season, going 10-8 on the year with an ERA of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.15.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have already clinched the NL West and are basically just cruising their way to the playoffs at this point. The Dodgers showed us on Saturday that they are not lying down however, as this team wants to get into the playoffs with some momentum. The Dodgers had their stud Kershaw on the mound Saturday against the Padres, and Kershaw was again excellent, pitching seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits to San Diego. The Dodgers will be sending out Greinke on Sunday against the Padres. Greinke has an ERA of 2.75 this season, a WHIP of 1.15 and a record of 15-3 on the year.
The Dodgers are solid in day games this season, going 26-16 during the day, while the Padres are 21-26 on the year, during the day. The Padres play well at home, going 42-33 this season, while the Dodgers (who are playing well everywhere) play well on the road, going 42-34 this year. The Padres have played very well during the month of September, going 12-6 during the month.
I’m going to take the better odds with the Padres here. Both pitchers performed well in their last outings against the other teams, just giving up two runs combined between the two of them. I really like the Padres bullpen, and Cashner has been red-hot lately, going 2-0 in his last three starts, with an ERA of 1.14 and a WHIP of 0.903. I don’t love the Padres offense obviously, but in this park, with the pitching advantage, I’ll take the odds with the home team on Sunday.