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San Diego vs. LA Dodgers,
08/01/2019 22:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 8
Money Line: -203 LA Dodgers
6* LA Dodgers (10:10 ET): The last time these NL West rivals met was the start of last month, right here at Chavez Ravine. The Padres actually took the final three of that four-game series and the Dodgers' last two home games in July (both coming against the Angels) were also losses. Expect those losing streaks to come to a screeching halt tonight though as LA is a heavy favorite w/ Clayton Kershaw on the mound. And for good reason. The Dodgers are still 40-14 at home this year and #1 overall in my own personal power rankings. They've won 14 of Kershaw's 18 starts as well. Truthfully, they should be much higher on the money line. Back them in this series opener.
The Padres had dreams of contending in 2019 after signing Manny Machado in the offseason. But Machado is just one player and those dreams have since faded. The team comes into Thursday having dropped 12 of 17 games since the All-Star Break and I certainly don't think tonight's starter, Joey Lucchesi, is the one to turn this ship around. Especially facing a team like the Dodgers. Lucchesi has struggled on the road all season w/ a 6.48 ERA and 1.416 WHIP in eight starts. He's also struggled recently w/ a 5.28 ERA and 1.566 WHIP his L3 starts overall. He has a 6.75 ERA in five career starts vs. the Dodgers.
Kershaw's resume needs little in the way of introduction as he continues to be one of the best pitchers in the game today. His season started later than normal and truthfully he initially wasn't quite as dominant as we're used to seeing. But everything is "back to normal" now w/ four consecutive quality outings where he's allowed only five runs in 25 IP. He also has 35 strikeouts during that time. As you might expect, Kershaw has dominated the Padres throughout his career, going 19-6 w/ a 2.00 ERA. He's faced them twice in 2019 and both were quality starts w/ him allowing just five runs total on 11 hits in 13 IP (15-2 KW rate). 6* LA Dodgers