Walker Buehler (0-0, 4.91 ERA) vs. Chris Paddack (1-0, 1.64 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers took three of four games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert over the weekend. They were in complete control on Saturday and Sunday with wins of 11-2 and 4-0. The offense didn’t show up on Sunday, though they didn’t need any of it with Clayton Kershaw dealing.
Kershaw made his first start of the season and was in excellent form. He gave up just 3 hits across 5.2 innings. The Diamondbacks struckout six times and couldn’t locate a walk against Kershaw. He was hitting his spots and wasn’t allowing the Diamondbacks to get comfortable at the dish.
There was some concern after Kershaw was scratched from the Dodgers’ season opener, but that performance put to bed any doubts regarding that status of his health. With a healthy Kershaw, the Dodgers are of course a much better team. That goes without saying. And with Walker Buehler in fine form behind Kershaw, the Dodgers would have one of the best 1-2 combos in the major leagues.
Ryu took his services to Toronto after signing with the Blue Jays, so while he’s no longer in the Dodgers’ rotation, their rotation is still in very good shape. Buehler will get his second start of the season after getting into trouble against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid. The Padres are back home following a tough couple of days in Colorado at Coors Field. They won the opener, 8-7, but the Rockies sunk them 6-1 and 9-6 the past two days.
The Padres are back in an environment that they will prefer in the comforts of Petco Park. Their opponents aren’t finding any easy home runs in San Diego. However, with the Dodgers, that might not matter. They have depth up and down in their lineup. The Dodgers had success against Chris Paddack last season.
In any event, Paddack is a talented pitcher that is coming off a productive outing. Paddack gets the nod for the Padres on Monday, while Walker Buehler is scheduled for the Dodgers. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres pick for August 3, 2020.
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Walker Buehler was rolling before he got tied up and ran into issues. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before the Astros started to chip away at Buehler. After such a strong start, Buehler gave up a couple of runs to exit the game with 2 earned runs and an ERA of 4.91 in 3.2 innings. After getting a game under his belt, I expect Buehler to respond with a better performance. He’s coming off two tremendous seasons, with an ERA of 2.62 and 1.21 WHIP in 2018, then a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP the following season.
Big things are expected out of Buehler in 2020. Despite an iffy debut this season, I’m still high on Buehler for his career. Buehler has played against the Padres plenty in his short career. The Padres are hitting .196 with a .228 OBP against Buehler in 107 at-bats. Expect the Padres to do something against Buehler, though he will likely still have a strong outing. It should be enough to allow a dangerous Dodgers’ offense to go to work against Chris Paddack.
Paddack was tagged with an ERA of 5.65 against the Dodgers last season. They’re hitting .293 with a .335 against Paddack in 41 at-bats. Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Joc Pedersen have all taken Paddack deep. The Dodgers scored a total of 9 runs versus Paddack. This should be an entertaining matchup between two quality teams. I think the depth of the Dodgers’ lineup is going to be the difference, though. They should be good for a win by a run or two over the Padres at Petco on Monday night.