We’ve all been waiting for the Dodgers to get hot, and right now they have been starting to heat up. Baseball is all about getting hot at the right time, it’s one thing to do it in June, but September is when you want your team firing on all cylinders. The Dodgers are one of the more streaky teams you can find in baseball, so this may all be an allusion. No, it would not surprise me much if they play well up to the postseason and then play terribly when the time comes. As good as Clayton Kershaw is, he hasn’t been much of a savior for the Dodgers in the playoffs. For the Dodgers to be successful, he’ll need to go on a Madison Bumgarner type run. Kershaw has the talent to do that, but he can’t crumble when the spotlight is shining on him. He’ll have some backup, having Zack Greinke to lean on. However, both will need to be at their apex for the Dodgers in the postseason. They’re hoping their investment in Mat Latos will pay off, but I have been unable to recognize it being worthwhile for the Dodgers. Latos gets the start for the Dodgers tonight.
As the Padres face the Dodgers tonight, they look at their neighbors to the north and think that they could have been us. The Padres have their moments, but problem being there isn’t enough of those moments. They expected to be a competitive ball club this season, mainly by the acquisition of Matt Kemp. Kemp is gone from the Dodgers, but it hasn’t hurt them much. The Padres will go with Colin Rea this evening. Rea is making only the fifth start of his career. You’ll find a lot of teams utilizing prospects in the minor league system this time of year on teams that aren’t going to be in the postseason. They are trying to see if they have a future with the organization. Rea faces a hot Dodgers team tonight. Find the pick below, as we’ll see if he can slow LA down at Petco.
LA Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76 ERA) vs. Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95 ERA)
Mat Latos has certainly been a shell of his former self and doesn’t seem to be heading back there anytime soon. Latos actually enjoyed the best year of his career with the San Diego Padres, pitching a 2.92 ERA in 2010. He also had a nice year with the Reds, posting a 3.16 ERA in 2013 with the Reds. This season has been a big blow for Latos. He is getting a pretty favorable contract, and I think the Dodgers were hoping a change of scenery from Florida to California would help him out. Unfortunately for Latos, he hasn’t been doing so well since coming over. In his last three starts, Latos owns a mammoth 8.10 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. He also holds a .377 OBA. As a member of the Marlins, he just faced them a few weeks ago and got tagged for 3 runs and 6 hits over 6 innings of work.
Latos will be pitching opposite the rookie of the Padres. These are the kind of games in the past that you know Latos would bury the competition, but it hasn’t been that easy for him. Rea has been struggling to get going at the major league level. His ERA of 5.95 will need some improvement to stay at this level. In his last three starts, Rea pitched for a 6.14 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP. There isn’t much MLB action tonight because of the opening of the college football season. I’ll be watching football, but I will be watching baseball closely as well. I’m going to have a few bets in play tonight, one being in this matchup tonight. With a low total of 7 I definitely recommend taking a look at the OVER between Latos and Rea.
PICK: OVER 7 RUNS (-115)