7:08 pm
September 4

Padres @ Dodgers

Who will WIN this matchup?

San Diego Padres (74-60)

@ Los Angeles Dodgers (91-41)


Starting Pitchers:

Clevinger (SD): 5-5; 3.59 ERA

Ferguson (LAD) 1-0; 1.85 ERA (opener)


Current odds:

San Diego Padres: (+141)

Los Angeles Dodgers: (-164)


The starting line-up for the Padres is as follows:

Mike Clevinger, wearing Padres road pinstripes, throws a pitch. Brown and gold starting lineup graphic with today's date, September 4. Time of game: 4:08 PM PT. Opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers. Watch: ESPN 

Kim - Shortstop
Soto - Right field 
Machado - Third base
Bell - Designated Hitter
Profar - Left field 
Cronenworth - Second base
Myers - First base
Grisham - Center field 
Nola - Catcher 
Clevinger - Starting Pitcher

The starting line-up for the Dodgers is as follows:


Trying to strike a balance of playing hard through the finish line while staying cognizant of the upcoming playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers will make an adjustment to their pitching staff on Sunday. Rookie Ryan Pepiot will be recalled and is expected to pitch the bulk of the innings against the visiting San Diego Padres, although left-hander Caleb Ferguson actually will start the game as an opener. Scheduled Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney will be pushed back a game, as will everybody else in the rotation in order to give the staff an extra day of rest.

The Dodgers have been dominating all season but after a recent hiccup when they lost three consecutive games, they ended that downturn with a resounding 12-1 victory over the Padres on Saturday. Starter Julio Urias dominated over six innings and Mookie Betts set a career high with his 33rd home run.

Pepiot (2-0, 4.02 ERA) was just optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Aug. 22 but can return before 15 days only as an injury replacement on the roster. The Dodgers are expected to place left-hander David Price on the injured list Sunday with wrist inflammation. Pepiot’s most recent outing on Aug. 21 against the Miami Marlins was the longest of his seven starts in the big leagues. He went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while earning his first win since July 5.

In another personnel adjustment, the Dodgers had Betts start at second base Saturday, the third time he has started there this season and the ninth time since he joined the Dodgers in 2020. He not only hit a home run, he had a first-inning triple and scored three runs.

The Padres will turn to right-hander Mike Clevinger (5-5, 3.59) on Sunday. His worst outing of the season came last month at Dodger Stadium when he gave up a season-high five runs over 4 2/3 innings in an 8-3 Padres defeat. Clevinger has won two of his four starts since and is coming off a win Monday against the San Francisco Giants when he gave up two runs on five hits over five innings.

While the Dodgers are expected to celebrate a National League West title soon, the Padres continue to fight for position in the wild-card chase. They enter Sunday with the second of the three NL wild-card spots.

Brandon Drury was not in the Padres’ lineup Saturday after he was hit by a pitch Friday in the flap that extends off his helmet and over his face. He went through a workout Saturday.

StreakSmarter Pick
Los Angeles Dodgers