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#911 San Diego Padres 8 vs.
#912 Los Angeles Dodgers -150
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:10pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will conclude a brief two-game series when they meet one more time at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. San Diego had alternated wins and losses over its last six contests heading into Tuesday. Los Angeles is coming off a split of a four-game series with Washington.

Hoping to close the gap

The Padres attempt to chip away at the four-game gap between them and the Dodgers when they visit Los Angeles for a pair of games between the division rivals. San Diego was unable to take advantage of some recent L.A. losses, getting outscored 25-13 while dropping two of three in Colorado. In the finale of a series with the Dodgers two weeks ago, Manuel Margot and Wil Myers each laid down successful bunts after Eric Hosmer opened the ninth inning with a single off closer Kenley Jansen in a one-run game. Hunter Renfroe then launched a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam to give the Padres an 8-5 victory. Nineteen of Renfroe’s 27 hits this season have gone for extra bases.

Left-hander Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00 ERA) is taking the mound for San Diego on Wednesday. In his first full season as a starter, Strahm has delivered an outstanding first two months. The 27-year-old has hurled six consecutive starts that have either officially been quality (four) or lasted only 5.0 innings with no more than one run allowed (two). Strahm most recently went up against the Mets last Wednesday, when he logged 6.1 innings and surrendered just two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out seven batters in a 3-2 win for the Padres.

Maeda on the mound

The Dodgers were two strikes away from winning three straight one-run games in San Diego earlier this month before the Padres showed the kind of resilience they are going to need if they hope to remain in the National League West race all season long. Los Angeles scored the eventual game-winning run in the ninth inning in each of its first two victories in San Diego on May 3 and May 4. The Dodgers got a two-run homer from Chris Taylor in the series finale before collapsing. Los Angeles owns the NL’s best home record at 17-6, although two of those losses came during a four-game series split with Washington over the weekend.

Kenta Maeda (4-2, 4.03 ERA) will oppose Strahm on Wednesday. The right-hander has been especially impressive of late, with just four runs allowed over his past three starts spanning 17.0 innings. He most recently faced Washington last Friday, when he tossed 6.0 innings of shutout baseball while yielding only one hit during a 5-0 victory.

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There’s no shame in being an inferior team to Los Angeles right now. Just about every other club in the National League is–and San Diego is no exception. Los Angeles is especially impressive at home, where Maeda should be able to keep the Dodgers on top of their game. Outfielder Cody Bellinger (.407) is the first Dodger to carry a .400 batting average through 173 plate appearances in a season since Jackie Robinson in 1951. San Diego is 13-38 in its last 51 at Los Angeles. The Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 home games against winning opponents, 44-20 in their last 64 games against the National League West, 46-20 in the last 66 meetings between the two teams.

Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers

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Strahm vs. Maeda looks like an impressive pitching matchup. The under is 8-2-2 in Strahm’s last 12 starts and 5-1-2 in his last eight road starts. It is also 3-0-1 in the Dodgers’ last four overall, 3-0-1 in their last four at home, and 15-5-2 in Maeda’s last 22 home starts. Look for this one to stay under the total.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Winners & Whiners Staff, he worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.