Garrett Richards (0-1, 4.60 ERA) vs. Dustin May (1-0, 2.63 ERA)
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles will meet for another three-game series this week. They played last week at Petco in San Diego, and now are set for three more games at Dodger Stadium. It almost feels like a home and home, but the Dodgers played the Giants and the Padres the Diamondbacks over the weekend.
Both teams took two games off their opponents, with the Dodgers exploding late against the Giants for a 6-2 win on Sunday. They were down by 2 runs going into the 7th, but the bats came out to play. AJ Pollock sent a 3-run ball over the fence, and then Mookie Betts hit the repeat button in the 8th to blow the game open.
The Dodgers nearly came back the day before as well, but ultimately fell by a score of 5-4 after getting down 5-0. Johnny Cueto had a no-hitter going in that one. That was until Hunter Pence lost a flyball in the sky and the Dodgers got a free hit. That just about resulted in a loss for the Giants because the Dodgers scored a quick 4 runs right after.
With the win on Sunday, the Dodgers are a 11-5 ball club heading into Monday. They are a half game behind the Colorado Rockies, who have gotten off to a nice start in this shortened season. The Rockies head into the new week with a record of 11-4. Dustin May is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Dodgers on Monday.
May has the potential to be the next great pitcher in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. Physically he might not look anything like Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers are confident that he can be the next pitcher in line to be the No. 1 option. May is only a 22-year-old, so he’ll experience some bad and good moments, but he pitches beyond his years. Former Angel Garrett Richards is scheduled to start for the Padres. Get our free San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodgers pick for August 10, 2020.
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Dustin May was strong in his most recent outing on August 4. That was against the Padres in San Diego at Petco. May went 6 innings with just 3 hits and 2 earned runs allowed. He led the Dodgers to a 5-2 win in that contest. Dinelson Lamet was strong as well in that one, but he didn’t get any run support against May.
May owns an ERA of 2.63 and 1.17 WHIP in 13.2 innings. When May is in a groove, he’s really tough to hit. He has too many tools at his disposal to fool hitters with if May is feeling it. May posted an ERA of 3.63 and 1.10 WHIP as a rookie in 2019, and I think he’s better than those numbers indicate. He should be able to get it done against a lineup he was just confusing at the plate in San Diego.
Garrett Richards could have had a really good career with the Angels in Anaheim. However, he was bothered by injuries in his tenure there. In three starts last season, Richards posted an ERA of 8.31 and 1.85 WHIP across 8.2 innings. Since 2016, Richards has made more than ten starts just once in 2018.
A shortened season helps give Richards a chance of completing a full season, though. He has an ERA of 4.60 and 1.21 WHIP in three starts in 2020. Richards has allowed 14 hits and 8 earned runs in 15.2 innings of work. He recently surrendered 5 hits and 4 earned runs to the Dodgers on August 5 at home in San Diego. I’m on the Dodgers to handle business with May on the bump against Richards.