Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/12/14
San Diego Padres (40-52) at Los Angeles Dodgers (52-42)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Ian Kennedy (R) (7-9) (3.714) vs. Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -105 / San Diego Padres -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, SNet LA, MLB Net
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Padres have split their 10 games in the month of July and remain 11 games below a .500 record. The good news for the Padres is that their pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games and has an overall ERA of 3.23. The bad news is that the Padres are dead last in every offensive category and has been held to three or less runs in 12 of their last 15 games. The frustration continues for the Padres, but Chase Headley has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Ian Kennedy, who is 7-9 with a 3.71 ERA and has 125 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. Kennedy is 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 13 career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have lost six of their 10 games in the month of July and are nine games above .500. The Dodgers have been so up and down and never on the right page. The Dodgers pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in six of their last 10 games and has an ERA of 3.34. Offensively, Adrian Gonzalez has 10 RBI in his last 10 games and Yasiel Puig has eight extra base hits in his last 10 games. Paul Maholm takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. Maholm is 1-6 with a 4.56 ERA in nine career games against the Padres.
The Padres are 5-2 in Kennedys last 7 starts during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Kennedys last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Dodgers are 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League West.
While Maholm hasn't been great this year, the Dodgers are by far the better team in this match and are at home. At this price, give me the Dodgers.