San Diego Padres (20-22) at Los Angeles Dodgers (24-16)
|Date & Time||Friday May 22, 2015, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -167 / San Diego Padres +157 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres face off on Friday at Dodger Stadium for game one of their MLB series of NL West teams.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are clinging to a shrinking lead in the National League West as they return home from a tough week on the road. The Dodgers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, have a 1.5 game lead in the division, and they are 17-5 at home this season. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .261 with Adrian Gonzalez hitting .345, Howie Kendrick hitting .309, and Yasmani Grandal hitting .287. As a team the Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26 with the starters at 3.58 and the bullpen at 2.63. For game one against the Padres the Dodgers start Zack Greinke who has allowed 35 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 44 over 53.1 innings for a 5-1 record and a 1.52 ERA.
The San Diego Padres have been a disappointment so far this season as a slew of offseason moves has meant third place in the NL West standings. The Padres are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 9-10 on the road, and they are 4.5 games behind the Dodgers in the standings. As a team the Padres are hitting .248 with Wil Myers hitting .291, Derek Norris hitting .291, and Justin Upton hitting .284. The Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 4.36 with the starters at 4.24 and the bullpen at 4.58. For game one at LA the Padres start Andrew Cashner who has allowed 52 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 51 over 50 innings for a 1-7 record and a 3.24 ERA.
Los Angeles is 12-5 against a team with a losing record, 52-25 against the NL West, and 43-20 in Greinke’s last 63 starts. San Diego is 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog, 7-2 in Friday games, and 0-5 in Cashner’s last five starts. San Diego is 2-5 in their last seven games against Los Angeles.
This one looks like a layup and I look for Greinke to get the win and for the Dodgers to end their losing streak.