Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/10/14
San Diego Padres (40-50) at Los Angeles Dodgers (51-41)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Odrisamer Despaigne (R) (2-0) (0.915) vs. Clayton Kershaw (L) (10-2) (1.855)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -280 / San Diego Padres +250 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, SportsNet LA
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers begin a four-game series Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
The Padres have lost four of their last five games and are back to 11 games below .500. A lack of offense continues to kill the Padres, as they’ve scored three or less runs in six of their last seven games. Seth Smith has homered twice in his last seven games and Chase Headley has 13 hits in his last eight games. Pitching, the Padres have the fourth best ERA in baseball at 3.20. Odrisamer Despaigne takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA and has five strikeouts in 19.2 innings. This is Despaigne’s first career game against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have lost five of their eight games in the month of July and are nine games above .500. The Dodgers pitching staff has been shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Dodgers have a 3.35 ERA and have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Gonzalez has nine RBI in his last 10 games and Yasiel Puig has seven extra base hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Clayton Kershaw, who is 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 87.1 innings. Kershaw is 9-6 with a 2.47 ERA in 21 career starts against the Padres.
The Padres are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series. The Dodgers are 7-0 in Kershaws last 7 starts and 4-0 in Kershaws last 4 starts vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 1-4 in Kershaws last 5 starts vs. Padres, while the Padres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
There's no value with taking the Dodgers to win this matchup with a line nearly -300. That's why I'd advise you to either walk away from this game or take the runline.