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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres - 8/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
Date & Time Thursday August 1, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: San Diego Padres +170 / Los Angeles Dodgers -205 -- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
SNLA, FSSD
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The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.

The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Padres have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The San Diego Padres have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 118 hits and 69 RBI while Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. have combined for 204 hits and 112 RBI. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 7-5 with a 4.12 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Lucchesi is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dodgers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 124 hits and 80 RBI while Justin Turner and Alex Verdugo have combined for 200 hits and 90 RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he is 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 19-6 with a 2.00 ERA and 256 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 2-5 in their last 7 games following an off day, 1-7 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Lucchesis last 6 starts. The Dodgers are 39-13 in their last 52 home games, 42-10 in Kershaws last 52 home starts and 87-29 in Kershaws last 116 starts. The Padres are 16-41 in the last 57 meetings in Los Angeles, 23-49 in the last 72 meetings and 1-4 in Lucchesis last 5 starts vs. Dodgers. The over is 6-2 in Kershaws last 8 starts overall. The under is 15-6 in Padres last 21 overall.

Lucchesi has allowed 21 hits and 12 runs in his last 21.2 innings, and he has a 6.48 ERA and .290 allowed batting average on the road. Kershaw has allowed 14 hits and four earned runs in his last 25 innings, easily the best stretch of the season for him. Kershaw has also owned the Padres over his career, which includes holding current hitters to a .196 batting average with 41 strikeouts in 148 at bats. Throw in the fact the Dodgers rarely lose at home with Kershaw on the mound, and you have to like the Dodgers in this contest. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -205

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