San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 4/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego (+135) Los Angeles (-145)
Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-4, 1st in NL West) play the San Diego Padres (10-10, 3rd in NL West) at Dodger Stadium on Friday. The Dodgers open this contest at -145 while the Padres are priced at +135. The O/U is set at 7. The expected starting pitchers will be Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw.
As a unit, the San Diego Padres are scoring 3.6 runs/g, which is 26th in MLB. They have earned a total of 72 runs while having a team OBP of .328. The Padres have recorded 27 two-baggers as a team and have hit 17 balls out of the stadium. They have accounted for 68 RBI's and 153 hits for the season, while their team batting average is at .232. San Diego has a slugging rate of .357 and have been rung up 163 times, while drawing a walk on 88 occasions.
Padres pitchers have yielded 23 home runs and 69 runs in total (8th in MLB). They have walked 53 hitters and their FIP is 3.26 as a squad for the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.30 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.03. The Padres have an ERA of 2.57 over the course of the season (1st in the league), and the staff has rung up 228 hitters.
The Padres relievers have accumulated a save rate of 66.7% and has entered the game in 24 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 21 base runners for the year and 19.0% of them ended up crossing the plate. Padres relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 14 times as well as having 19 appearances in high leverage situations. The Padres have dispatched 78 relievers to the mound for the year. The bullpen are sitting with 11 holds over the course of the season (9th in baseball). They have 8 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 4 of their 12 save opportunities.
The San Diego Padres are sitting with 546 putouts on the year, as well as 156 assists and 18 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .975 which has them sitting 26th in MLB, and have accumulated 148 double plays. The Padres have converted 71.1% of balls in play into outs in their 1,638 innings on the field, which has them ranked 9th in professional baseball.
Darvish has taken the mound for 1,151 innings and has racked up 1,420 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.45 (441 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.152. He has given up 924 hits (7.2 hits per nine innings) with 403 walks. Darvish (72-57 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.42 while going up against 4,746 opposing batters in the major leagues.
Los Angeles has tallied 23 long balls on the season and 88 runs batted in. They have put up 36 doubles, while taking a walk 82 times and scoring 94 runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers hold an OBP of .345 in addition to a batting average of .248 on the season. The Dodgers hold a slugging % of .433 and they have an average of 5.22 runs per contest (4th in baseball). They have been rung up on 163 occasions (14th in baseball) and have a total of 151 base hits.
The Los Angeles pitching staff have yielded 56 runs so far this season while holding an ERA of 2.67 (48 earned runs yielded). They have conceded 16 long balls and they concede 3.11 runs per 9 innings (2nd in MLB). The Dodgers have a WHIP of 1.043 in addition to having a FIP of 3.14 as a unit for the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.83 (176 strikeouts against 46 free passes). They rank 6th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 123.
Los Angeles has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 12 save chances and they have walked away with 8 saves. They rank 12th in the league holding a save percentage of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 54 relievers to the mound this year. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 32 times in high leverage situations and also on 18 occasions with runners on base. Los Angeles relievers hold an inherited score rate of 13.6% out of their 22 inherited runners. With 30 save situations, the Dodgers have amassed 17 holds and 4 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 8 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .983 (16th in pro baseball). The Dodgers have recorded 153 assists, 11 errors and are sitting with 487 putouts so far this season. In 1,461 innings played, the Dodgers have earned a efficiency on defense of 72.3% (6th in the majors).
Thus far in his career, Kershaw has allowed 1,777 hits and he has 2,550 punch outs in 2,357 innings. Kershaw (178-77 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 2.43 ERA while giving up 6.8 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded a total of 637 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.003 and a FIP of 2.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.34 and he has gone up against 9,277 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-145)
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