Chris Paddack (2-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (1-0, 2.40 ERA)
The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers conclude their four-game series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers were able to avoid a potential sweep opportunity tonight. A dominant performance by Tony Gonsolin and the bullpen set up a 6-0 win for the Dodgers.
With a 2-0 lead in the bottom 8th, the Dodgers tacked on 4 runs to give them a nice cushion going into the final frame. The Padres made things a bit interesting in the next inning. They had the bases loaded with no outs and Kenley Jansen had to come and save the shutout.
Jansen got out of the pickle and the Padres went down 1-2-3 without scoring a run. That’s a jam that far too many teams find themselves in when they don’t turn to their closer with a comfortable lead in the final inning. We were just talking about that regarding the Rockies doing that and nearly blowing a massive lead.
The Diamondbacks had the tying run on third base, though the Rockies were able to save themselves from a complete collapse. Not quite the same thing happened last night at Dodger Stadium, but the Padres were one swing away from making things interesting. The Dodgers advanced to 12-7 on the season with the victory. They trail the Rockies by a half game in the NL West.
The Padres have a dangerous combo with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. next to each other in the lineup. The Dodgers did a terrific job with both of them on Wednesday evening. However, it’s tough to keep them silent for consecutive nights. Keep in mind that Tatis Jr. is only a 21-year-old, so pitchers are going to have to deal with him for a long time.
Word on the street is that the Padres and Tatis Jr. are discussing a contract extension, but we’ll see where that leads. Julio Urias will get the call to try to slow down Tatis Jr. and Machado again. Urias has been in great form and will seek another standout performance tonight in the series finale. Padres’ ace, Chris Paddack, is expected to counter on the opposite side. Head below for our free San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodgers pick for August 13, 2020.
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The Padres may have lost last night, but they can still turn this series into a major success with three wins out of four games. They have their ace in the saddle with a chance to go it on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Chris Paddack has stood out for the Padres in 2020. He turned some heads as a rookie in 2019, as Paddack laid down the foundation of a glimpse into the future for Padres’ fans. Paddack recorded an ERA of 3.33 and 0.98 WHIP as a rookie in 26 starts. He’s been following up with more success this season.
Paddack has been a tick better with an ERA of 3.18 and 1.01 WHIP in four starts. That said, the Dodgers did get to Paddack for 5 hits and 3 earned runs through 6 innings. With Julio Urias countering for the Dodgers, Paddack might have to be better than he was in his first meeting against this LA lineup.
Urias has been locked in against the Padres in his career. The current roster for the Padres is hitting .123 with a .207 OBP in 23 at-bats against Urias. They have not connected for a deep ball against him yet. Urias intends to keep it that way tonight. Dustin May gets plenty of attention as the future of the Dodgers rotation, but Urias certainly can’t be ignored either.
The 24-year-old is following up on a successful 2019 campaign in 2020. He posted an ERA of 2.49 and 1.08 WHIP in the most work he got in his career last year. Urias is on the same path, as he heads into Thursday with a 2.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 15 innings. He is coming off an extra day’s rest and should be ready to go home in this one. I’m on the Dodgers to take a split in this series with a win tonight.