Los Angeles Dodgers (32-14) at San Diego Padres (31-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm (Petco Park)
Clayton Kershaw (5-1) (1.98) vs. Dinelson Lamet (2-1) (2.24)
The Line: San Diego Padres +110 / Los Angeles Dodgers -130 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres meet in an NL West division matchup in MLB action from Petco Park on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build off of an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday night. Chris Taylor led the way with a three run home run while going 3 for 4 with a double as well while Kike Hernandez and Mookie Betts each had two RBIs with Betts logging a two-run homer. A.J. Pollock added a solo home run to finish off the Dodgers’ scoring as a team in the win whiie Cody Bellinger and Will Smith each went 2 for 4 at the dish with Smith adding a double. Corey Seager added a double as well to finish off L.A.’s offense as a team in the victory. Victor Gonzalez got the win in what ended up being a bullpen game for the Dodgers to improve to 3-0 on the year. Clayton Kershaw is expected to start here and is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kershaw is 21-6 with a 1.98 ERA and 268 strikeouts against San Diego.
The San Diego Padres will look to keep the momentum going after sweeping both legs of a double-header against San Francisco on Sunday. Game one saw the Padres pull out a 6-0 win as Wil Myers and Greg Garcia each had two RBIs with Mike Clevinger picking up his first win in a Padre uniform after a “complete game” seven-inning shutout, giving up just two hits while striking out seven. Game two was a tighter 3-1 win where Myers belted a solo homer while Jurickson Profar, who had an RBI in game one, added one in game two as well. Manny Machado went 2 for 3 with an RBI to finish off the Padres’ scoring in the win. Garrett Richards gave up one run on two hits over 4.1 innings of work, but Tim Hill got the win in relief to improve to 3-0 on the year while Trevor Rosenthal closed the door for his 3rd save. Dinelson Lamet is expected to start here and is 2-1 with a 2.24 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lamet is 0-3 with a 4.39 ERA and 36 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
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This should be a great game between two of the highest-scoring offenses in the majors going against two of the best/better pitchers from their respective rotations. With that said, while teams off of the COVID stoppage usually come out firing, and the Padres did that in the double-header against the Giants, but Lamet is also a pitcher that tends to gas himself after five innings, or when he goes longer, his bullpen fails him or it’s a combination of both. Kershaw’s been pitching like vintage Kershaw again and he’s owned the Padres in his career as well. Lamet’s also had no success in his career, so I’ll side with the Dodgers in this one.