Division rivals San Diego and Los Angeles will head into weekend series and All-Star game wanting to close on strong note. Those betting baseball have many factors to consider in series opener.
With last night’s 13-6 victory over Arizona, the Padres have won three of four series and the offense has been clicking at a much higher rate.
After winning five in a row and seven of eight, the Dodgers lost past two outings to Baltimore, including yesterday’s 14-inning marathon, in which they had countless chances to put away the Orioles.
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Drew Pomeranz (7-7, 2.65 ERA and 1.09 WHIP) could have even a better record for San Diego with a few more runs from teammates, but he will take his current situation. Pomeranz at 27 has already established career highs in wins and innings pitched and hopes the troublesome AC joint injury in his left shoulder is a thing of the past. Opposing hitters are batting only .191 against the left-hander and he’s made great strides to becoming a competent starter, with right-handed batters having only a .171 average in 2016. Pomeranz however is 0-3 lifetime versus L.A. in five starts.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start in nearly two years, having last pitched in the 2014 playoffs. He was hurt in spring training last year and it was diagnosed as a torn labrum and had surgery 14 months ago. Despite two setbacks this year, Ryu and the Dodgers are ready to pitch him at the big league level after eight minor league starts. The lefty is not all the way back, as his fastball, which was previously in the low 90′s, has averaged 86-87 thus far.
After being one the weaker National League teams offensively, the Pads bats are as hot as the engine of a tricked out street race car. In San Diego’s last dozen contests, they have tallied 6.1 runs per game and moved all the way up to 4.4 RPG. Spearheading the attack is Wil Meyers (.295 BA and 19 HR’s) and Yangervis Solarte (.308 BA and .390 OBP). And this is being accomplished without Jon Jay, who was their top player until fractured forearm was discovered in late June.
The Dodgers are now actually scoring fewer runs than the Padres at 4.2 RPG.