Los Angeles Dodgers (14-17) at San Diego Padres (11-21)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 5, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres +180 / Los Angeles Dodgers -205 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-1, FS-San Diego
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres duke it out in game two of their three game NL West division set on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to stay hot after winning their third straight game by a final score of 4-0 in game one on Friday. Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez each hit a solo homer while Matt Kemp and Alex Verdugo each contributed RBIs as well to round out the scoring for L.A. in the win. Chase Utley added a triple, while Tim Locator added a double and starting pitcher Walker Buehler added a base hit as well to cap off the offense for the Dodgers in the win. Buehler led the charge on the mound, improving to 2-0, striking out eight as Buehler, along with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore combined to throw the 12th combined no-hitter in MLB history. Kenta Maeda will start game two and is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 4-3 with a 4.72 ERA and 59 strikeouts against San Diego.
The San Diego Padres will be looking to bounce back after losing 12 of their last 16 games following the no-hit loss on Friday. The Padres combined to go 0 for 26 at the dish, with Jose Pirela, Franchy Cordero, Matt Szczur and Manuel Margot each struck out twice in the loss. Joey Lucchesi ended up with the defeat, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out five over five innings of work, dropping to 3-2 this season. Bryan Mitchell will start game two and is 0-3 with a 6.07 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mitchell is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 2-5 in Maeda’s last 7 road starts and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the over is 10-3-1 in their last 14 division matchups. San Diego is 1-5 in Mitchell’s last 6 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 division matchups while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 60-27 in the last 87 meetings between these two teams.
It appears as if Dave Roberts was right when he said the Dodgers were going to turn things around after handing the D-Backs their first series loss of the year, and following that up with a no-hitter in the series opener. Now, the Dodgers get to feast on Bryan Mitchell, who has been brutal to start this season, and while Maeda hasn’t been a world-beater by any means, the Dodgers are just the better team here and should be able to win this one easily.