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San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers (91-41) at San Diego Padres (59-74)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

C Kershaw (15-2) (2.04) vs. Dinelson Lamet (7-5) (4.60)

The Line: San Diego Padres +207 / Los Angeles Dodgers -225 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNLA, FSSD

Out at Petco Park on Friday evening, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The Dodgers are coming off a series against the Diamondbacks. LA lost the first two games 7-6 and 6-4, then on Thursday the Dodgers lost again 8-1. 

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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LA will be bringing out LHP Clayton Kershaw on Friday. In his 141.1 innings and 15-2 record this year, Kershaw has a 2.04 ERA with 168 Ks and 24 BBs. 

The Dodgers definitely have some bats of note this year. Corey Seager came into Thursday with 142 hits, 75 runs, 19 homers and 65 RBI while Chris Taylor had 125 hits, 72 runs, 18 homers and 65 RBI. Taylor had one hit on Thursday; Seager is fighting off an injury to his elbow. 

Over on the Padres’ side, they played the Giants this week. San Diego lost on Monday but won 6-3 on Tuesday and 5-0 on Wednesday to take the series. 

San Diego will be going with RHP Dinelson Lamet on Friday. In his 86.0 innings and 7-5 record this year, Lamet has a 4.60 ERA with 105 Ks and 38 BBs. 

San Diego has a few key hitters themselves. Wil Myers leads the way on 110 hits, 66 runs, 24 homers and 60 RBI while Manuel Margot is sitting on 106 hits, 45 runs, 13 homers and 34 RBI.

The Dodgers are 22-6 in their last 28 during game one of a series and 20-6 in their last 26 Friday games. LA is also 4-0 in Kershaw’s last four Friday starts and 43-8 in Kershaw’s last 51 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Padres are 4-1 in Lamet’s last five home starts and 0-4 in Lamet’s last four starts versus a team with a winning record. The under is 4-1 in the Padres’ last five overall and the over is 11-5-1 in the Padres’ last 17 Friday games. 

Over his last six starts, Kershaw has allowed just two earned runs—and those two came in a complete-game win over KC. As for Lamet, he’s been good with six earned over his last three starts on 10 hits in a span of 17.2 innings. I expect Lamet to hold his own here, but I’d be silly to pick against Kershaw right now with the way he’s throwing—even with the recent back injury. Give me LA.

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