MLB Picks and Parlays: LA Dodgers Continue Their Series with San Diego
The best team in baseball is all of a sudden struggling to find some wins. And that’s probably a good thing for their bigger aspirations. They’ve lost five straight coming into their weekend series with San Diego Padres after losing the last two against the Brewers and a sweep to the Diamondbacks.
But every team is going to hit a wall at some point in the season and need to fight their way through. Better it happen now with a 16 game lead in the NL West and a 10.5 game lead for the homefield advantage in the National League for the playoffs.
The offense went dormant against Milwaukee as they managed to score five runs that whole series. They did better against Arizona, putting 11 on the board, but the pitching struggled as they allowed 21 runs over the three games, giving up six, seven and eight runs in the three losses.
Prior to this streak they were 25-5 in their previous 30.
San Diego has been a .500 team for the past two weeks, going 8-8 in their last 16. They were swept by the Marlins last weekend and then took two out of three against the Giants heading into this series. They are comfortably ahead of San Francisco, 7.5 games clear of them in the NL West.
Part of the Los Angeles Dodgers issues are the injury bug as Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger both spent time on the disabled list and they were the top two hitters on the team in August before they went down. Seager was hitting .333-1-12 in 25 games and Bellinger .292-6-10 in 18 games. Bellinger returned to the field Friday night.
Chris Taylor also had a solid August hitting .286-6-17.
San Diego is about as healthy as can be with just six players on the DL and no one on the list since Matt Strahm went on the 60-day DL on July 3rd. Jose Pirela (.284-5-14) and Cory Spangenberg (.260-5-14) have led the was offensively, but the team hit a collective .225 for the month.
Los Angeles averaged 4.48 RPG in August which was seventh best. Their team ERA of 3.60 was second.
San Diego averaged 3.89 RPG in August which was second worst in the NL. Their team ERA of 4.09 was fifth.
Brock Stewart (0-0, 3.38 ERA) gets the start in place of Alex Wood. He’s appeared in just ten games all year and made three starts. He was called up June 20th and did not allow an earned run in his first seven appearances. He’s given up nine in his last 7.1 innings and has only made it out of the fourth inning once. Last time out he gave up five runs in two innings in an 8-5 win over the Pirates.
Dinelson Lamet (7-5, 4.40 ERA) had a strong August in this his rookie campaign. He had a 2.54 ERA in five starts and 28.1 innings. The Padres though lost three of them and have scored just one run in each of his last two games. He gave up one run in six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins last time out.
- LA Dodgers is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
LA Dodgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers’s last 9 games
- San Diego is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
San Diego is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego’s last 6 games
Cash It In: The Dodgers are -230 favorites and the Padres +210 underdogs. The return of Bellinger and the weak Padres offense should help to offset what could be a rocky and short outing for Stewart. Dodgers 6-4.