4:10 pm
September 11

Dodgers @ Padres

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Dodgers (95-43)

@ San Diego Padres (77-63)


Starting Pitchers:

Heaney (LAD): 2-2; 2.94 ERA

Musgrove (SD) 9-6; 3.16 ERA


Current odds:

Los Angeles Dodgers: (-130)

San Diego Padres: (+110)


The Los Angeles Dodgers can clinch a playoff spot on Sunday with a win in San Diego against the Padres or a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers. And they’re closing in on winning the National League West, their magic number reduced to four. They are seeking their ninth division crown in 10 seasons. But the Padres have plenty to play for, and will be aiming to win their first series against the Dodgers in eight tries on Sunday before what is expected to be a record 25th sellout crowd of the season at Petco Park.

The Dodgers have won seven straight series against the Padres and will look to match the eight straight versus San Diego accomplished by the franchise over the 2014-16 seasons. Los Angeles enters the rubber match of Sunday’s three-games series 19 games ahead of the second-place Padres in their division. The Padres are sitting in the third, and final, wild-card spot, three games up on the Brewers.

Heaney will be facing the Padres for the second time this season and is 1-0 against San Diego in his career with a 0.95 ERA — giving up two earned runs in 19 innings with four walks and 15 strikeouts. Heaney is averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings in his 11 starts in 2022. Heaney has been on the injured list twice this season with eight of his starts coming since his most recent return on July 27. When Heaney faced the Padres on Aug. 6, he gave up three runs (none earned) on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. At the time, Heaney’s ERA was 0.64.

Musgrove has faced the Dodgers once this season, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Two of the hits were home runs. That loss on June 30 was the second in a string of six consecutive losses suffered by Musgrove after an 8-0 start. Although some of his struggles have continued, the Padres have won four straight games started by Musgrove and are 17-8 in his 25 starts. But Musgrove hasn’t completed seven innings since Aug. 9 and in his start last Tuesday, he gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

StreakSmarter Pick
Los Angeles Dodgers