San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) at San Diego Padres (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
S Kazmir (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Shields (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: San Diego Padres +105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, FSSD
On Tuesday evening, the Dodgers and Padres will be meeting up again at Petco Park in game two of their opening series of the 2016 season.
Game one of this matchup saw the Dodgers utterly destroying the Padres in every facet, winning by an unbelievable 15-0 blowout score.
Just about everyone got in on the action for Los Angeles in that game, particularly Chase Utley (3 hits; 2 RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (3 hits; 3 RBI) and Yasiel Puig (2 hits; 3 runs). Clayton Kershaw was his usual dominant self, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts.
Let’s move over to the mound and check out the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir, who will be getting the start Tuesday. Kazmir normally figures to be the No. 3 starter for L.A., but with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-Day DL, the Dodgers had to make some adjustments. It was a rough spring for Kazmir, and his 7-11 record in 2015 doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. Still, Kazmir did manage to post a respectable 155 strikeouts and a 3.10 ERA, the second straight season it’s been under 4.00.
Backing up Kazmir at the plate, we’ve got what the Dodgers hope will be a well-balanced, powerful lineup in 2016. Yasiel Puig was able to play just 79 games last season, but still managed to bag 30 runs, 11 homers and 38 RBI. Provided Puig can stay healthy, he’ll be a key cog in the L.A. machine. Another player the Dodgers hope will have a standout season is Adrian Gonzalez, who could flirt with 30 home runs if all goes well. Gonzalez hasn’t hit 30 long balls since 2010, but does have at least 27 in three of the five years since then. Los Angeles is certainly off to a spectacular start, regardless of how you look at it.
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As for San Diego, they will be going with right-hander James Shields for this second game. Shields made headlines with trade rumors over the spring, and this will be the Padres’ first attempt to potentially audition for other teams. In 2015, Shields had a disappointing campaign with a 3.91 ERA, but did manage to secure a 13-7 record overall.
The Padres’ bats aren’t overpowering, but with Matt Kemp coming off a 23 homer/100 RBI season and Yangervis Solarte capable of hitting double-digit homers with 60 RBI and runs this season, San Diego definitely has some potential in their lineup.
You can’t ever be too sure of anything in the MLB in April, but the trends seem to favor the Dodgers, especially after that blowout win in game one. Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games, and 9-4 in their last 13 game 2s in a series. That said, the Dodgers are 1-5 in their last six road games against a right-handed pitcher, but you shouldn't fret too much about that.
As for the Padres, they’ve gone 1-5 in their last six Tuesday games and 2-5 in James Shields’ last seven home starts. San Diego is also 3-8 in their last 11 game 2s in a series.
I expect this game to feature some more runs on both sides, and we may see some sloppy pitching here and there. I worry a bit about Scott Kazmir’s ability to go deep into the game, but the Dodgers should still pull this one out easily.