Los Angeles and San Diego will close down their three-game NL West series Sunday afternoon. We are expecting to see a great battle, as both teams will send their top aces to the mound. Los Angeles defeated San Diego 6-1 in the opener, recording its tenth consecutive victory over the Pads, so let’s see what’s the best Dodgers vs Padres betting pick for Sunday, April 24.
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Dodger vs Padres FanDuel Betting Pick
This game will be played at Petco Park at 4:10 PM ET on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Why Bet The Dodgers:
✅ Clayton Kershaw will toe the slab for the Dodgers, and the 34-year-old southpaw has emerged victorious in each of his first two starts in 2022. Kershaw was terrific in his season debut, punching out 13 across seven scoreless innings. He didn’t allow a single hit or a free pass to the Minnesota Twins. Last Monday, the three-time Cy Young Award winner yielded four earned runs on six hits in a 7-4 victory to the Atlanta Braves, and Kershaw will look to replicate his performance from the opener in this one. He’s 22-9 with a sharp 2.09 ERA in 43 career starts against the Padres.
✅ The Padres will send Sean Manaea to the mound, and the 30-year-old lefty has been terrific over his first three starts of the new season. He boasts a 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 19/5 K/BB ratio across 19 innings of work, but Manaea could easily struggle in a tough matchup with the Boys in Blue. The current Dodgers have an excellent record against the Padres’ lefty. They are slashing .340/.366/.685 with five home runs in 46 at-bats against Manaea.
✅ The Dodgers have dominated the Padres lately. As I’ve mentioned in the intro, they were rolling on a ten-game winning streak following a 6-1 victory in the opening game of this set. The Dodgers have won 14 of their previous 20 outings at Petco Park in San Diego.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers trounced the Pads in Friday’s opener thanks to their stellar pitching. Julio Urias earned a win, tossing five frames of a one-run ball, while five relievers kept the Padres off the scoreboard. On the other side of the ball, Mookie Betts hit a couple of solo home runs, and Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a solo dinger, a couple of walks, and three RBIs.
The Dodgers’ pitching staff has been outstanding through the first three weeks of the new season. Los Angeles carries the lowest ERA (2.27) and WHIP in the majors (0.95), while the Dodgers’ bullpen boasts a 2.25 ERA and 2.33 FIP.
San Diego Padres
The Padres put an end to their four-game winning streak with that 6-1 loss to the Dodgers, falling to 9-6 on the season. Nick Martinez gave up a pair of earned runs on four hits and five walks, while three of four relievers allowed the Dodgers to score.
San Diego recorded only four hits on Friday. The Padres have scored 62 runs in their first 15 games in 2022, posting an underwhelming .223/.321/.355 triple-slash. They’ve smacked 12 home runs and 25 extra-base hits.