The Los Angeles Dodgers (46-28) are 11-1 in their last 12 games against the San Diego Padres (46-31), including a 6-0 record at home over that stretch. The Dodgers will try to keep things rolling by cashing in as a Padres vs Dodgers prediction Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Padres vs Dodgers Odds & Analysis
The Dodgers opened as -115 favorites before betting action on them as a popular Padres vs Dodgers prediction drove the line up to Los Angeles -135. San Diego has settled in as a +115 underdog in this NL West matchup while the total is set at 8 runs. The UNDER is 5-2 in San Diego’s last seven games against NL West Division rivals.
Joe Musgrove had his first bad start of the season last Thursday night in a 6-2 Padres loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and six earned runs in his first loss of 2022. Despite the poor outing, Musgrove still carries an elite 8-1 record, 2.12 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into this start against the Dodgers.
Mitch White has pitched 14 innings in June and has recorded a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over that stretch. White has started five games and has come out of the bullpen five times this season to compile a 4.25 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 29.2 innings.
San Diego’s Offense Has Struggled With Manny Machado Out
Manny Machado has been San Diego’s most productive hitter in 2022 with a .328 batting average, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Machado has been out since June 19 with an ankle injury and his absence has been felt over the club’s current 2-4 slump with the offense averaging only 3.33 runs per game in those six games.
The Padres have also missed Fernando Tatis Jr., who has been out all season with a wrist injury, and Wil Myers, who hit the injured list at the beginning of the month with a knee injury.
Considering that the team has posted a solid 46-31 record despite those injuries, San Diego could be in for a big second half to the season when key players return to the lineup.
Los Angeles Looking For Improved Play At Home After Long Road Trip
The Dodgers wrapped up a nine-game road trip with an 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, finishing the trip with a 6-3 record. Now Los Angeles returns home for an 11-game homestand after going just 5-7 over its last 12 home games.
Los Angeles was 15-5 at home prior to its recent skid at Dodger Stadium. Bettors taking Los Angeles as their Padres vs Dodgers prediction will be hoping that the Dodgers can get back on track at home with a series-opening win.
Padres vs Dodgers Pick & Insights
Padres: Keys To Victory
Joe Musgrove hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a game in 12 starts prior to Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia, and the Padres were 11-1 during those games. Assuming Musgrove can shake off the rare bad start and get back to his dominant ways on Thursday, San Diego could be a good value pick as a Padres vs Dodgers prediction.
Dodgers: Keys To Victory
The Dodgers hit three home runs and scored eight runs in Wednesday night’s win against the Rockies. The offense averaged 5.56 runs per game over the club’s successful road trip, and that momentum at the plate could lead Los Angeles to score enough runs to get the job done as a Padres vs Dodgers pick at home.
MLB Computer Pick: Padres +115
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, Aug 8, 11:26am