San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/21/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (88-65) at San Diego Padres (71-81)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm (PETCO Park)
Clayton Kershaw (L) (14-9) (1.937) vs. Burch Smith (R) (1-1) (7.915)
The Line: San Diego Padres +166 / Los Angeles Dodgers -176 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: KCAL, San Diego
The Los Angeles Dodgers calash with the San Diego Padres in game number two of their series.
I know the Dodgers were hot as any team in the game in recent memory, but they have certainly slowed down of late. In my view, they have slowed down to the point where they need to win to build some momentum heading in the postseason after wrapping up the National League West. No momentum to be found in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Padres, as the offense stalled and spoiled a rare strong effort from starter Edinson Volquez. Volquez gave up two runs (one earned) over 6.1 innings, but the bats totaled just six hits and walked once, with Skip Schumaker logging three hits. The Dodgers send ace Clayton Kershaw to the bump to get the team back in the win column at San Diego. Kershaw has thrown the ball well the entire season, with a 14-9 record and 1.92 ERA.
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San Diego has been playing well for several weeks, which says the team has not given up, despite a dismal season overall. The Padres have been the perfect spoilers with wins in seven of nine, all coming against Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, although there is no spoiling the LAD now. On Friday, it was all pitching, with Robbie Erlin upping his record to 3-3 with a four hit shut out over 7.2 innings pitched, while striking out seven. The bats totaled just five hits, but walked seven times, with roolie Jedd Gyorko providing the offense with a homer and a pair of RBI's. Rookie Burch Smith faces off with the Dodgers for the first time in his career on Saturday. Burch picked up his first major league victory when he tossed a three hit shut out over seven frames while striking out ten in a 4-0 victory over Atlanta.
You would think the Dodgers would have the advantage, but they are ordinary as vanilla ice cream right now with nothing to play for, so I'd probably sit on the sidelines...