San Diego Padres (11-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (14-5)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Yu Darvish (1-1) (2.55) vs. Clayton Kershaw (3-1) (2.19)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -140 / San Diego Padres +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Friday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The San Diego Padres need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Padres have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Padres have lost six of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 23 hits and 14 RBI while Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado have combined for 40 hits and 12 RBI. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers need a win after splitting their last six games. The Dodgers have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Dodgers have split their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with 24 hits and 16 RBI while Corey Seager and Zach McKinstry have combined for 35 hits and 27 RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 22-7 with a 1.99 ERA and 285 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The Padres are 16-37 in their last 53 games as an underdog and 8-2 in their last 10 Friday games. The Dodgers are 59-19 in their last 78 games as a favorite and 36-17 in their last 53 Friday games. The under is 5-0 in Padres last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Dodgers last 4 overall. The Padres are 19-48 in the last 67 meetings in Los Angeles and 16-41 in the last 57 meetings.
It's tough to get a feel for these teams at the moment, as neither side is playing to its potential and the batting lineups have been riding the struggle bus this week. However, we're getting Kershaw at home at a price we're not used to getting. Kershaw has also dominated the Padres throughout his career, allowing a 2.19 ERA for his career, and he's holding current SD hitters to a .140 batting average with 35 strikeouts in 130 at bats. You can't turn down the Dodgers at this price with their ace on the mound.