Struggling Southern California rivals continue a three-game series Saturday afternoon as the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers hook up for the middle game of their weekend encounter at Chavez Ravine (4:10 pm Eastern, Fox).
The Dodgers took the opener of this series Friday night 1-0 behind eight shutout innings from starting pitcher Chad Billingsley. San Diego loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning but couldn’t push across the tying run.
So LA won as a -120 favorite, and the game easily played under its total of 6.5.
The offensively-challenged Padres have been shut out 14 times already this season.
So San Diego, at 40-50 and losers of three games in a row, sits in fourth place in the NL West, 10 games behind first-place San Francisco.
LA, meanwhile, at 39-51, is in last place in the division, trailing the Giants by 11 games.
Aaron Harang (7-2, 3.71) is coming off the DL to start for the Padres Saturday against rookie Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 4.31) for the Dodgers. As of Saturday morning BetOnline.com is listing LA as a -128 favorite, with an over/under of seven.
Harang had been pitching pretty well before injuring his foot a month ago, allowing just seven earned runs in his last 33 2/3 innings of work before going on the DL. San Diego is a solid 10-3 in Harang’s starts this season, with the over/unders going 7-5.
In three starts this year and last vs. the Dodgers Harang allowed 14 ER on 20 hits in 16 IP.
De La Rosa got off to a good start to his ML career, then struggled a bit, but has put together two quality starts in a row, allowing four ER on 11 hits in his last 14 IP. But the Dodgers have lost his last four starts. On the year LA is 2-4 in De La Rosa’s starts, the over/unders 2-2.
This will be De La Rosa’s first-ever start vs. San Diego.
The Padres are 21-23 on the road this season, while the Dodgers are 21-27 at home.
So far this season Los Angeles has taken four of seven games from San Diego, with the over/unders going 2-5, as those games have averaged 5.6 runs per.
The over/unders are 41-45 in Padres games this season, 44-39 in Dodgers games, and 19-24 in games played at Dodger Stadium.
As for Saturday’s game, while these two teams are not known for their offensive prowess, and Dodger Stadium is known as a pitcher’s park, it seems the ball flies better there during the day. So while we aren’t sure who will win, we’ll take the over.