San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (76-58) at San Diego Padres (62-70)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Dan Haren (R) (11-10) (4.440) vs. Andrew Cashner (R) (2-6) (2.435)
The Line: San Diego Padres -117 / Los Angeles Dodgers +107 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, FSN-SD
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series Friday night at Petco Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of their last eight games and are 18 games above a .500 record. The Dodgers offense is picking up the pace a bit, scoring four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Dodgers have won 16 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp has five RBIs in his last three games and Justin Turner has 13 hits in his last nine games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ERA of 3.36, which is sixth in the majors. Dan Haren gets the ball, and he’s 11-10 with a 4.44 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 150 innings. Haren is 6-5 with a 3.87 ERA in 19 career games against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres have won three of their last four games and have pulled within eight games of a .500 record. The struggle for the Padres offense remains, as they’ve produced three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Padres have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or fewer runs. Yasmani Grandal has four hits in his last two games and Rene Rivera has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 3.18, which is third in baseball. Starting is Andrew Cashner, who is 2-6 with a 2.43 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 81.1 innings. Cashner is 0-2 with a 1.35 ERA in 15 career games against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in Haren's last 5 starts vs. National League West. The Padres are 5-2 in Cashner's last 7 home starts and 3-8 in Cashner's last 11 starts vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego.
Not sure how the Dodgers are underdogs against a subpar Padres squad, but I'll take it.