Game two of the National League Division Series is set for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, when the San Diego Padres will look to even up their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Diego is dealing with major pitching issues, so it will be interesting to see some of the strategy taking place in Arlington on Wednesday. This game will air live on FS1 at 9:08 p.m. EST.
Game one was a pitcher’s duel as there was only seven combined hits between the two teams. Los Angeles was able to push through and come away with the key 5-1 win. San Diego took the lead with an Austin Nola RBI single in the fourth inning, but Los Angeles tied it up with an error in the fifth. Things unraveled for San Diego in the bottom of the sixth inning when Los Angeles scored four runs with a sacrifice fly, infield single, single, and a wild pitch. The Los Angeles bullpen was brilliant in game one as they pitched 5.0 innings and allowed just one hit and zero runs.
Below is my pick for the San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
San Diego Padres (+175) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (-191)
Pitching Matchup (Playoffs): TBD vs Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP)
The Padres have major pitching issues, with injuries to game one starter Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, so they are most likely going to need the bullpen to win this series. Chris Paddack or Zach Davies could get the start Wednesday night, but we will have to wait and see.
Clayton Kershaw got his playoffs started by completely shutting down a terrible Milwaukee Brewers offense. Kershaw started game two of the NL Wild Card Series and allowed just three hits and no earned runs, while striking out 13 Brewers, in eight fantastic innings. During the regular season, Kershaw faced the San Diego Padres once and allowed five hits and three earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
MLB Picks: The Los Angeles Dodgers take a 2-0 series lead.
2020 Picks Record: 64-43