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Clayton Kershaw has been great this season while Blake Snell has been poor for the majority of the time Both teams came into the series hot — San Diego has won five straight while the Dodgers are 10-3 in their last 13. Overall, the pitching matchup is just too lopsided.
|We like the Dodgers with the spread and the over.|
Garcia’s 2021 record: (30-22-2)
|Teams||Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres|
|Location||Petco Park, San Diego, CA|
|Time||Tuesday, June 22, 10:00 p.m. EST|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports Los Angeles|
Yesterday’s game was an electric factory, and we can certainly expect that again in game two of this series when we get a battle of two of the best lefties in the game over the past decade. Former Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw and Blake Snell will battle as they try not to fall too far off the pace of the red-hot San Francisco Giants.
Kershaw has been very good this year but not quite his usual absolutely unhittable self. The future hall of famer is 8-6 on the year with a 3.36 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. Kershaw has gone six or more innings in 12 of his 15 starts this year but has just five quality starts in his last nine outings.
He’s faced the Padres twice already this year both back in April and he went 1-1 in those games. The first start he threw six shutout innings and in the second he gave up three runs in seven innings.
On the other side, Blake Snell continues to struggle mightily, which quite frankly is a major reason the Padres are in third place in the division. In 14 starts, Snell has a 2-3 record with a 5.72 ERA and 1.57 WHIP and has just two quality starts (where he’s gone six innings or fewer and given up three runs or less) all season.
This is one of the best rivalries in all of baseball and it’s been contentious in recent years. Since we’re going to be betting on this game, it’s best to know how some of the superstars are playing lately entering this contest. Let’s take a brief look at the way some of them are trending.
Mookie Betts continues to have a slower season than many expected. The Dodgers star is hitting just .252 on the year with 8 home runs and 27 RBIs — none of which rank even in the top 85 in baseball. Betts is pacing for a career-low .369 on-base percentage.
On the flip side, Justin Turner has a .400 OBP the last week which continues a torrid month of June. The 36-year-old third baseman is hitting .321 in June with a .438 OBP and a .985 OPS.
For the Padres, if you recall the last time these two met, Fernando Tatis Jr. was on fire. The superstar hit five home runs in a four-game series in Los Angeles the last time these teams met. Bad news for Dodgers fans because he enters play on fire. Tatis Jr. is batting .333 the last week with a .440 OBP and belted three home runs with six RBIs.
On the other side, Eric Hosmer will look to get going as he’s been particularly cold the last week on top of what was already an off-year. Hosmer is hitting .167 with a .200 OBP the last week and has just six home runs on the year.
There’s plenty of people to watch in a series with so many stars, but we’re going to identify a few who excel against lefties.
It sounds crazy, but for Los Angeles, that man is someone who played for the other Los Angeles team earlier this year … Albert Pujols. Pujols, who isn’t what he once was, has actually been fantastic against left-handed pitchers this year, batting .381 with a .409 OPS, an insane 1.195 OPS, five home runs, and 13 RBIs in just 42 at-bats.
For the Padres — a team that doesn’t do well against lefties generally — lets watch Tommy Pham. Pham leads the team with a .367 OBP against lefties and is second with an .804 OPS. Pham has been on fire this month, too, batting .345 with a .457 OBP, 1.061 OPS and three home runs with seven RBIs.
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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