The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers are in the saddle at Dodger Stadium for the third time in three days. The Padres are looking to put the Dodgers on the brink of a sweep with another win on Saturday night. After avoiding suffering a sweep last weekend in San Diego, the Padres have beaten the Dodgers in three straight games. The Dodgers have scored just 5 runs in three games versus the Padres. Yu Darvish has steamrolled the Dodgers twice already this season. The first game didn’t go his way as Clayton Kershaw won a 2-0 duel at Petco in San Diego.
However, the tables were reversed at Dodger Stadium last night. Darvish gave up an early run in the 1st inning and then rolled. He went 7 innings with just 4 hits and 1 earned run allowed. And in his current form, I’m sure he’s beating himself up over the one run he gave up. Darvish probably thinks he should have pitched a shutout in that contest. Along with Darvish on fire, Fernando Tatis Jr. found his stroke with 2 long balls on 5-for-3 hitting. Everything came together, including the bullpen, for the Padres.
They were slow starters this season, but are beginning to turn a corner. Three straight wins over the Dodgers can get any team going in the right direction. The Padres go into Saturday night with a record of 12-10. They trail the Dodgers by three games in the NL West, but are playing their best baseball of the season at the moment. The standings aren’t too important in April, and the Dodgers know that the Padres, and maybe even the Giants, will not go away in 2021. Look out for the Giants who are off to a sharp start at 13-7.
The Dodgers are hoping that their offseason acquisition, Trevor Bauer, can put the Dodgers in the right direction. This is another pitching rematch, with Blake Snell and Bauer facing each other for the second time in less than a week. In the first meeting, Snell and the Padres won a 5-2 game on Sunday. Bauer was sharp, though, so that’s taking nothing against him. He was just on the wrong side of a close game that was lost by the Dodgers’ bullpen. Head below for our free Padres vs. Dodgers pick on April 24, 2021.
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Trevor Bauer should have earned a win for his effort against the Padres last week. He was on point with just 3 hits and 1 earned run allowed through 6 innings. That did not equate to a win, though, as Blake Snell’s 2 hits and 2 earned runs against was enough to allow the Padres to stay in the game to get to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Bauer has been as good as advertised for the Dodgers this season. He couldn’t get the win on Sunday, but Bauer is going to win a lot of games for the Dodgers this season.
Bauer has posted an ERA of 2.42 and 0.62 WHIP through four games and 26 innings. He doesn’t appear interested in taking the money and running on the Dodgers. Bauer is locked in to open the season. He was the obvious choice to win the National League Cy Young last season with the Cincinnati Reds. Bauer recorded an ERA of 1.73 and 0.79 WHIP in 11 starts last season, which earned him a three-year $102,000,000 deal with the Dodgers.
Bauer has been successful against the Padres throughout his career. This lineup is hitting .140 with a .179 OBP against Bauer. If he can stay away from Manny Machado, Bauer can run through this lineup with ease, based on previous matchups. Machado has mauled Bauer for a .632 batting average and 4 home runs in 19 at-bats.
Otherwise, Bauer has chewed up the Padres’ batters. You could say the same for Snell against the Dodgers, as they’re hitting just .124 against him. However, the Dodgers have recorded a decent 8 RBI in 43 at-bats against Snell. Snell goes into Saturday night with an ERA of 4.11 and 1.37 WHIP on the season. That’s fine but not up to his potential. Snell has allowed 11 hits and 7 earned runs in 15.1 innings of work.
In his lone start on the road, Snell was touched up for 3 hits and 3 earned runs without getting out of the 1st inning for a 40.50 ERA against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was worse on the road last season, with a 3.72 ERA as opposed to a 2.57 ERA at home. It was the same story the previous year in 2019 where Snell posted a 5.82 ERA as a visitor. Look for the Dodgers to snap out of this funk, and end the three-game losing streak against the Padres on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.