It will be a match up between two familiar foes when the Los Angeles Dodgers travel 100 miles south to take on the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in a three game series starting today. With the Rockies in a downward spiral, the Dodgers will be looking to solidify their hold on the NL West lead with a series win. Yet, the Padres will be looking for solid individual performances from the likes of Hand and Buchter to evoke higher trade interest with the deadline under a month away.
The Dodgers have been absolutely dominant in the month of June with a 20-7 record and have won eighteen of the last twenty-one while the Padres have been hot and cold in the month of June with a 11-13 record. On the season, the two teams have squared off six times with the Dodgers winning five, making them firm favorites.
Friday: Wood vs Richard (7:10 pm)
It will be a battle of the lefties as Wood and Richard will take the mound in the series opener. Alex Wood has not lost a game and is arguably Dodgers second best pitcher behind Kershaw, sitting 8-0 this season with a sensational ERA of 1.86. This will be his first start against the Padres in 2017.
Clayton Richard is 2-1 in the month of June with an ERA of 4.65 and will have to be at his best for the Padres to stand any chance. He pitched beautifully in his first start against Los Angeles, conceding only 5 hits and no runs, but was decimated in the second start.
Saturday: Hill vs TBD (7:10 pm)
Miguel Diaz was slated to start this game, but the Padres are yet to nominate a starting pitcher after his injury. Meanwhile, southpaw veteran Rich Hill takes the mound for the Dodgers.
Sunday: Maeda vs Chacin (1:40 pm)
Chacin and Maeda will lock horns in the series finale. The Venezuelan born Chacin will look to add to his impressive resume at home, where he is 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA; however h has been awful against the Dodgers and will be looking to better the 10.38 ERA he’s posted against them.
Maeda is 6-3 this year and has struck out 71 batters, pitching supremely well in June with a 2-1 record and a 1.71 ERA. His primary challenge will be to last more than 4 innings.
What to watch out for:
With Margot back from the Disabled List, it seems to be bringing some much-needed balance to the lineup, especially with the young Asuaje heating up.
Other Notes — Travis Barnett
San Diego: In addition to Dinelson Lamet’s dominant performance, the core of the Padres lineup was rolling last night with Margot, Renfroe and Myers combining to go 7-10 with three extra bases hits and six RBI’s.
El Paso: The recently promoted Jose Rondon notched two more hits to up his average at Triple-A to .313.
San Antonio: Enyel De Los Santos held the Naturals to three runs as a six run explosion in the first inning propelled the Missions to victory.
Lake Elsinore: In a disappointing performance, Jesse Scholtens got shelled for six runs in the first two innings.
Fort Wayne: The TinCaps continued to look like a different team in the second half as they brought their record to 7-1 behind a Tatis Jr. homer and a fairly balanced offensive attack.