San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 9/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (92-42) at San Diego Padres (60-75)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm (PETCO Park)
A Wood (14-1) (2.41) vs. J Chacin (11-10) (4.09)
The Line: San Diego Padres +180 / Los Angeles Dodgers -205 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-San Diego
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres square off in the finale of their four game set on Sunday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to salvage an unexpected series split after dropping both halves of their double-header with the Padres, starting with a 6-5 loss in the opener and ending with a 7-2 loss in the finale. Justin Turner opened the scoring with an RBI double while Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 3 with a double of his own in addition to an RBI single to round out the scoring for the Dodgers in the loss. Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Yu Darvish all contributed base hits in the losing effort in game three. Speaking of Darvish, he took the loss to fall to 8-11 this season after allowing five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out five over just three innings of work. Alex Wood will start the finale and is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wood is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 46 strikeouts against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres will look to win the set after their sweep of the double-header in games two and three on Saturday. In the finale of the double-header, Matt Szczur went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Hector Sanchez added a pair of runs of his own in the win. Carlos Asuaje added a solo homer while Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte added RBIs of their own in the winning effort. Erick Aybar went 3 for 4 with a double, while Cory Spangenberg went 2 for 5 at the dish to round out the offensive performance from the Padres in the win. Jordan Lyles went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three, not factoring in the decision. Buddy Baumann got the win to improve to 1-1 this season after throwing 1.2 innings of perfect relief. Jhoulys Chacin will start the finale and is 11-10 with a 4.03 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. In his career, Chacin is 10-8 with a 4.11 ERA and 101 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 7-0 in Wood’s last 7 road starts and 57-17 in their last 74 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 division matchups. San Diego is 14-42 in their last 56 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games. Los Angeles is 54-25 in the last 79 meetings between these two teams.
The Dodgers have finally hit a slump and it’s been painful at times to watch. However, if there’s one guy who can pitch them back on track it’s Wood, who has dominated the division lately, with the Dodgers winning each of his last seven starts against the NL West, including his last start against the Padres where Wood allowed just one run over six innings of work. Taking the run line is a bit risky considering how the Dodgers have played lately, but it’s the only way to get some decent value here with Wood on the bump, so I’ll take L.A. by a couple.