The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to meet for the fifth time this season. The Dodgers won the first two games of a three-game series in San Diego at Petco Park, and then the Padres avoided a sweep with a 5-2 win last Sunday. San Diego tied the season series up with a 3-2 win on Thursday evening. Ryan Weathers was fantastic for the Padres, as he went 5.2 innings with just 1 hit allowed. The Dodgers didn’t score a run until the 7th inning against Emilio Pagan.
It looked like the Dodgers were going to take the lead and pull away, but tying the game up at 2-2 was as good as it got. The Padres quickly responded with a run in the top of the 8th for the winning run.There wasn’t anything wrong with Walker Buehler’s outing for the Dodgers. He pitched 7 strong innings with 4 hits and 2 earned runs allowed. Buehler failed to get run support from an offense that was held in check. The Dodgers are leading the NL West with a record of 14-5 for a two-game advantage on the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have been playing solid baseball to open the season, but this still looks like a Padres and Dodgers division. Fernando Tatis Jr. has been off to a slow start, and for the most part, so have the Padres. Tatis Jr. is hitting .163 with 2 home runs, while the Padres head into Friday night with a record of 11-10. There is nothing special about what the Padres have done thus far, though a slow start isn’t indicative of the future, in some cases, when it comes to baseball.
Once Tatis Jr. begins to heat up, I’m sure that the Padres will as a team. Having said that, the offense has been dreadful for the Padres so far. This looks like the awful Padres’ offense of old when they could only win games when the final score was 3-2 or 2-1. Those teams had no talent in the lineup, though, and the current Padres have more than enough muscle to do damage. With Yu Darvish back on the bump for the Padres tonight, the offense may not have to be perfect against Clayton Kershaw for a win. Head below for our free Padres vs. Dodgers pick on April 23, 2021.
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Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw will meet in a rematch from April 17. The game turned into a duel, with Kershaw and the Dodgers narrowly winning by a score of 2-0. One mistake by Darvish ended up costing the Padres. He was otherwise perfect, as Darvish gave up 1 hit and 1 earned run in 7 innings on the bump. Darvish also struckout 9 batters in a dominant performance.
The Dodgers recorded just 3 hits in the game, as did the Padres who scored no runs. Kershaw went 6 innings with 2 hits and no runs conceded. Darvish had a rough debut this season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but has bounced back in terrific form. The former Dodger has allowed 1 earned run in each of his previous three outings after giving up 4 earned runs against the Diamondbacks.
Overall on the season, Darvish boasts an ERA of 2.55 and 0.81 WHIP. In his last three tilts, he’s been almost unhittable with a 0.55 WHIP and .169 OBA. Darvish has notched an ERA of 1.35 in his last three performances going into Friday night. He’s had no problems against this lineup in his career as well. The Dodgers are hitting 0.51 with a .141 OBP. They’ve had just 1 RBI in 46 at-bats against him. As dangerous as the Dodgers can be offensively, Darvish has them figured out.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, they are backed by Kershaw and beat Darvish last week in San Diego. Kershaw has been hot after a slow start in his season opener. He was drilled for 10 hits and 5 earned runs against the Colorado Rockies, but is in fine form through his last three outings. In his last two showings, Kershaw hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings. Overall he has a 2.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through 24.2 innings of work. In his previous three starts, Kershaw has been on fire with a 0.47 ERA and 0.68 WHIP. Expect another duel between Darvish and Kershaw.