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Dodgers Ready to Extend Padres’ Misery

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers struck the season’s opening blow in their National League West rivalry with San Diego – and they’ll be looking to land another body shot as they kick off a four-game series with the visiting Padres on Thursday night. The Dodgers (14-4 SU, 6-12 O/U) took two of three from the host Padres (10-10 SU, 6-14 O/U) in a highly entertaining set last weekend.

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Date/Time: April 22, 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Dodger Stadium
  • TV Coverage: BSSD, SNLA, SNLA-D
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -182 | O/U 7.5 (Line History)
  • Padres vs Dodgers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Dodgers came into the series opener as a whopping -182 favorite, but the line has since settled into the -165 to -170 range (with the Padres holding steady at +155). The total has remained firm at 7.5.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

The Padres send left-hander Ryan Weathers (1-0, 0.93 ERA) to the hill in Thursday’s opener. He made his first start of the season Friday after opening with three relief appearances and fared well, limiting the hard-hitting Dodgers lineup to one hit over 3.2 scoreless innings. The rookie southpaw will likely remain in the rotation for at least the next few turns.

The Dodgers counter with righty Walker Buehler (1-0, 2.00 ERA), who has emerged as one of the most consistent starters in the National League through his first three starts. Buehler has thrown six innings in each and has surrendered just four total runs against the Rockies, Nationals and Padres, recording four strikeouts in each of those three starts.

San Diego News & Notes

The excitement over the Padres’ hot start to the 2021 season has become a faded memory for a San Diego side that comes in fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers and has dropped seven of nine overall.

A sputtering offense is largely to blame for San Diego’s recent struggles, with the Padres having scored two or fewer runs five times during their slump.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Fire up those First Five Innings wagers. The Dodgers have been truly dominant in the early stages of games this season; they rank sixth in the majors in scoring through the first five innings at 2.83 runs per game, while boasting the lowest team ERA over that same span (1.11). Those numbers shift to 3.17 and 0.83, respectively, at Dodger Stadium.

Betting Pick: Dodgers (-165)

They have the edge in the pitching matchup and have looked much more consistent offensively than the Padres, who came out with bats a-blazing but are now struggling to generate runs.

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Shark Bites
  • The Dodgers have won 7 of the past 8 head-to-head meetings.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Padres’ last 5 games.
  • Los Angeles has won 7 consecutive home games.