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Burch Smith out to silence Dodgers bats in MLB contest

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres
88-66 September 21, 2013, 08:40 PM | PETCO Park 72-81

The San Diego Padres host Los Angeles on Saturday, looking to build on their 72-81 mark against the 88-66 Dodgers in MLB betting action at PETCO Park.

Burch Smith gets the call for the San Diego Padres and he will try to build on a 1-1 mark. In the other dugout, Clayton Kershaw brings a 14-9 ledger to the game for the Dodgers as he tries to quiet the Padres bats.

View Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Dodgers listed as Favorite of -176 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 6, check for updates at 5Dimes.

The Padres - Dodgers odds would favor the Dodgers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Diego is rated No. 20 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 13.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 2-0 loser on the road against the Padres. Bettors on San Diego at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Robbie Erlin shut down the Dodgers in their last game, striking out 7 in a 2-0 shutout over Los Angeles in baseball action at PETCO Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Diego's No. 28-rated offense, averaging 3.79 runs per game, against a Dodgers defense that ranks No. 4 at 3.69 in runs allowed per game. The Padres have averaged 8.34 hits per game so far, less than Dodgers batters have averaged on the year (9.03 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.74 runs per game on the highway. San Diego, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring at home.

A few Dodgers at Padres trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego's last 8 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at San Diego, Sunday, September 22nd