San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (0-0) at San Diego Padres (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PETCO Park)
C Kershaw (0-0) (0.00) vs. T Ross (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: San Diego Padres +155 / Los Angeles Dodgers -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, SportsNet LA, FSSD
Coming up on Monday, we’ve got a National League West matchup as the Los Angeles Dodgers will head to Petco Park to face off against the San Diego Padres in the season opener for both teams.
The Dodgers are fresh off their third straight NL West championship last year, posting a 92-70 record. Los Angeles' season ultimately ended in disappointment, however, as they fell to the New York Mets in the divisional round of the playoffs. It was quite a letdown for a team with such a bloated payroll. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be taking the mound for this year’s opener. Kershaw is coming off another strong season, during which he posted a 16-7 record with a 2.13 ERA.
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Backing up Kershaw in the opener is what projects to be a pretty balanced Dodgers lineup. The core of the order had a solid 2015 with Justin Turner (16 HR; 60 RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (28 HR, 90 RBI) and Yasiel Puig (11 HR; 38 RBI) expected to carry the load on offense for Los Angeles this year.
As for the Padres, they stumbled out of the gate and eventually finished 74-88--fourth in the NL West. After a few noteworthy trades this off-season, San Diego will be hitting the field with something of a new look in the hopes of getting back to the playoffs.
Tyson Ross will take the mound for opening day, which may seem like something of a head-scratcher after his 10-12 season in 2015. San Diego has great things in mind for Ross this year, however, and some are pegging him as a dark horse Cy Young candidate.
Notable bats on the Padres’ side include Wil Myers (8 HR; 40 runs in 2015), Yangervis Solarte (63 runs; 63 RBI in 2015) and an aging but still-effective Matt Kemp (23 HR; 100 RBI in 2015).
Now let’s take a closer look at the matchup trends here. The Padres are 6-1 in their last seven Monday games, but 3-9 in their last 12 games against a left-hander in the starting role. San Diego is also 0-4 in their last four against the NL West. The Dodgers, however, are 4-0 in their last four games against NL West teams, and perhaps most importantly Clayton Kershaw is 63-30 over 93 starts against the division.
Given Kershaw's talent and the bats behind him, it's pretty tough to pick against the Dodgers--especially against a lesser opponent like San Diego. If you’re buying into this year’s Dodgers hype--not to mention the uncertainty surrounding the Padres--this game seems pretty intriguing. I expect L.A. to come out of the gate strong and assert themselves early en route to a convincing victory.