The Dodgers just completed a 7-1 road trip to Colorado and San Francisco, punctuated by another four-game sweep of the Giants. Max Muncy is showing signs of life, while James Outman and Miguel Vargas have given the team a rookie spark to go along with the steady greatness of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Freddie Freeman.
Now the Dodgers come home to face the second-place Padres in their first matchup since the Padres went hog-wild at the trade deadline. The Dodgers won three of four from the Padres about a month ago, but the new-look Padres have Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and Brandon Drury in the lineup with Josh Hader hoping to close out some games.
The Dodgers will send Tony Gonsolin to the mound today, looking to break out of his first slump of the season. Gonsolin’s season ERA has jumped from 1.62 to 2.41 in his last three starts, allowing 12 ER in 16 IP over that span. Gonsolin has faced the Padres just once this season, allowing just one run in 7.2 innings pitched on July 1. When Gonsolin faced the Nationals on July 25, Soto went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple and Bell went 0-for-1 with two walks (one intentional). Gonsolin faced the Reds twice this season, with Drury going 1-for-4 with a single.
On the mound for the Padres will be Sean Manaea, who sports a 4.25 ERA and got roughed up by the Dodgers on April 24, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 4.1 innings and taking the loss. Mookie Betts and Joey Gallo are the only active Dodgers with more than 10 career plate appearances against Manaea, and both have had some success. Betts is 7-for-19 with four extra-base hits and a 1.271 OPS against Manaea, while Gallo has an .856 OPS and two homers against the lefty. Cody Bellinger (twice), Max Muncy, and Freddie Freeman have also each homered against Manaea in the past.
Team Games (W/L)
FanDuel has the Dodgers (-1.5) as the favorites as of 10:47AM PT. San Diego is favored to cover the spread (-152), with the Dodgers covering the 1.5 run spread listed at (+126). The Dodgers are -162 to win the game outright, and the Padres are at +136 to pull off the upset.
The over-under is set at 8.5 runs, with the over (-112) slightly more favored than the under (-108). Only two of the seven Dodgers/Padres games this season have had more than 8.5 runs scored.
Dodgers Player Props
Mookie Betts and Trea Turner are the two favorites to hit at least home run in the game, each own +320 odds to hit a long ball. Soto also checks in at +320 to homer, with a fun longshot bet of Hanser Alberto at +900.
First pitch is set for 7:10PM PT. SportsNetLA will be broadcasting the game, with Bally Sports San Diego carrying the game for those Dodgers fans who live near Dodger Stadium South.
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