Padres vs. Dodgers MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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In what is certain to be the most-hyped series the entire weekend, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers meet for the third time this season with the final game on Friday’s MLB odds card.

Though rumors persist, fact-checkers have yet to uncover any irrefutable evidence that Alex Rodriguez and Michael Kay are already in a state of arousal and foaming at the mouth in advance of their ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, August 05, 2022 – 10:10 PM EDT at Dodger Stadium

Padres vs. Dodgers: Who Are the Starting Pitchers?

All eyes will be on the Padres’ new savior, Juan Soto, Friday when San Diego sends Sean Manaea (6-5, 4.25) to the Dodger Stadium bump where Tony Gonsolin (12-1, 2.41) is on tap for Los Angeles, and the Dodgers are showing up around -150 with 8½ for the total in this matchup.

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Season Series

San Diego and Los Angeles met for two series on the first half of the 2022 schedule, those series taking place at Petco Park in April and Dodger Stadium in late June, early July, and LA won both sets by coming out on top of the MLB scores in five of the seven contests.

Rivalry Trends

The Dodgers increased their all-time advantage in the rivalry to 503-412 with the results, that record including an LA sweep in the 2020 NLDS as well as season series wins in each of the last 11 years.

  • ‘Under’ bettors cashed three of the four games that took place at Dodger Stadium in late June, early July.
  • The Dodgers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles.
  • The Padres are 30-24 on the road this season while the Dodgers are 35-15 at Chavez Ravine.

Pitchers Analysis

Sean Manaea

July proved to be a little tough on Manaea, but the bottom line was the Padres won three of his five assignments during the month, and have now come out on top six of the last nine times the southpaw has taken the mound.

Home runs have been a bit of a problem for Manaea, his 18 allowed tied for 10th-most in the major leagues, but he got the dubya despite serving up two of those last Sunday against the Minnesota Twins in a 3-2 triumph with San Diego closing as -134 chalk on their own diamond at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).

The Dodgers pounded Manaea when he faced them at Petco Park in April, scoring seven times – 6 earned – and cracking two long balls during his 4+ innings of work in a 10-2 rout that was his first taste of the Los Angeles-San Diego rivalry.

Tony Gonsolin

After reeling off 11 consecutive winning decisions – and the Dodgers going 14-3 in his first 17 starts – to begin 2022, Gonsolin’s campaign hit a snag as the losing pitcher in the All-Star Game and then suffering defeat in his first start following the midseason break.

Gonsolin returned to the win column last Sunday in Denver, tossing 5 frames and allowing 3 runs in the thin Coors Field air to help Los Angeles grab a 7-3 decision over the Colorado Rockies with most of the top-rated sportsbooks closing LA around -185 on the moneyline.

He faced the Padres to begin July at home in LA where Gonsolin twirled a real gem, pitching into the eighth while striking out 8, and San Diego’s lone run in the 5-1 final coming on a Trent Grisham solo shot. Gonsolin is 7-1 with a 1.67 ERA (54 IP) in nine home starts this year.

MLB Best Bet for Today

San Diego paid a huge price to get Soto for the very simple goal of beating the Dodgers, and that places a ton of pressure on a 23-year-old who just relocated from one coast to another and is having to adjust to new teammates and coaches on the fly and in the heat of a pennant race.

Sure, the Padres have seen their MLB futures odds improve since acquiring Soto, along with Brandon Drury from Cincinnati, earlier this week, but there is still a huge 12½-game gap between San Diego and Los Angeles in the NL West standings, and as of today, the Padres are still going to have to weaver their way through the playoffs as a wild card entry.

The big question tonight is not how Soto will fare, but rather can Gonsolin get back to his earlier form? My MLB pick says he can. Play LA on the run line.

MLB Pick: Dodgers -1½ (+132) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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