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San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers Preview

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres
88-65 September 20, 2013, 10:10 PM | PETCO Park 71-81

The visiting Dodgers hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at PETCO Park against the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles puts its faith in starter Edinson Volquez to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 9-11. Getting the ball for the Padres is Robbie Erlin, who owns a 2-3 record on the season with a 5.18 ERA.

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

According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 20-ranked Padres and the No. 13-rated Dodgers in this matchup.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 7-6 winner on the road against the Diamondbacks. Bettors on Los Angeles at -106 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Dodgers enjoyed a 7-6 victory at the expense of the Diamondbacks on Thursday, with Ricky Nolasco throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Chase Field.

The Padres were a 10-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -181 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. San Diego suffered a 10-1 loss against Pittsburgh on Thursday, as Ian Kennedy wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PNC Park.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Diego's No. 28-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Dodgers offense rated No. 17 and scoring 4.08 runs per game. The Padres have averaged 8.36 hits per game to date this season, less than the Dodgers hitters have managed (9.05 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and San Diego has the No. 23-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Dodgers own the No. 4 mark in runs allowed.

A few Dodgers at Padres trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games
LA Dodgers is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
San Diego is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of San Diego's last 18 games
San Diego is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Diego's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at San Diego, Saturday, September 21st