San Diego Padres (39-25) at Los Angeles Dodgers (46-17)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:08 pm (Globe Life Field)
Zach Davies vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-2) (1.90)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -220 / San Diego Padres +190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Wednesday night in game two of the National League NLDS MLB playoffs at Globe Life Field.
The San Diego Padres need a bounce back showing here to even up the series at 1-1. The San Diego Padres offense just couldn’t get going in their game one loss, and the pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in three of their first four playoff games. The Padres have to do a better job of getting that big hit with runners in scoring position and relying a little less on the home run ball to bail them out. Either way, the Padres haven’t lost back-to-back games since September 23-25. Tommy Pham leads the Padres with six hits and one RBI while Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jake Cronenworth have combined for 11 hits and seven RBI. Zach Davies gets the ball, and he was 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Davies is 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and four strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Los Angeles Dodgers had everything working for them in their game one victory and they’re now 3-0 in these playoffs. In fact, the Dodgers have outscored their last three opponents by a combined score of 12-3. The Dodgers were the most balanced team in baseball this season and it’s carried over to the playoffs up to this point. Mookie Betts leads the Dodgers with four hits and three RBI while Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have combined for six hits and one RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he was 6-2 this season with a 2.16 ERA and 62 strikeouts. Kershaw is 10-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 183 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Padres are 10-3 in their last 13 games following a loss, 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Dodgers are 12-2 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series, 40-15 in their last 55 games following a win and 39-13 in their last 52 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Padres last 5 games as an underdog. The under is 4-0 in Dodgers last 4 overall. The Padres are 19-47 in the last 66 meetings in Los Angeles and 15-37 in the last 52 meetings.
You could make a case for the Padres here given Kershaw's struggles in the postseason and knowing a possible stinker is right around the corner. However, the Dodgers have been the most balanced and consistent team in baseball this season, and they've been highly impressive overall through three playoff games. Also, Kershaw has owned the Padres throughout his career, posting a 21-7 record with a 2.03 ERA and 277 strikeouts. I'm not sure you want to step in front of those numbers, regardless of who pitches for the Padres.
Give me the Dodgers, and I'll take the RL to sweeten the price.