Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Diego Padres (4/23/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Los Angeles Dodgers were 106-56 last season, finishing second in the National League West.  The Dodgers beat the Cardinals in the Wild Card game, then went on to beat their long-time rival San Francisco Giants in the Division Series, 3-2, but falling to the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the National League Championship Series.  The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +450.  Los Angeles has won nine of their first 12 games on the new season.  Last season the San Diego Padres were 79-83, third in the National League West.  They’re led by manager, Bob Melvin in his first year with the club, who has won over 1,350 games in his managerial career.  San Diego has started the 2022 season, 9-5 and are +1700 to win the World Series.  Since losing in the Division Round in 2006, the Padres have made the playoffs only once. 

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Diego Padres Betting Odds

Last season, the Dodgers won the season series with the Padres, 12-7.  Under is 4-0 in Los Angeles’s last four Saturday games.  The Dodgers are 55-18 in their last 73 during game two of a series.  Under is 4-0 in Los Angeles’s last four during game two of a series.  The Padres are 3-8 in their last 11 during game two of a series.  Under is 4-1 in San Diego’s last five Saturday games.  The Padres are 11-25 in their last 36 games vs. National League West opponents.  Under is 5-2 in San Diego’s last seven vs. National League West foes.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

RF Mookie Betts R
1B Freddie Freeman L
SS Trea Turner R
DH Max Muncy L
3B Justin Turner R
C Will Smith R
CF Cody Bellinger L
LF Chris Taylor R
2B Gavin Lux L

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Yu Darvish (R)

In the off-season Los Angeles signed first baseman, Freddie Freeman fresh off leading the Atlanta Braves to the 2021 World Series championship.  In his final season in Atlanta, Freeman hit .300 with 31 home runs and 83 runs driven in while accumulating 302 total bases.  The lefty led the National League in runs scored with 120 while slugging .503 with an OPS of .896.  In his first 12 games as a Dodger, Freeman is hitting .333 (16-48).  He has two home runs, seven runs batted in, a team leading 25 total bases with an OPS of .921.   In 11 at-bats against Darvish last season, Freeman had four hits: one home run and one run batted in.

In 2021, Muncy crushed 36 home runs, drove in 94 runs, scored 95 runs, and had a slugging percentage of .527.  This season, he has five hits in first 39 at-bats with a home run and four runs batted in.  Against San Diego’s Darvish in 2021, Muncy had two hits in 13 at-bats.  Last season, Justin Turner hit .278 with 27 big flies and 87 runs knocked in.  Turner has 10 hits in his first 44 at-bats with six runs driven in to begin the 2022 season.  He had one hit in 14 at-bats against the Padres Darvish last season.  Shortstop Trea Turner has had a nice to start to the 2022 season, hitting .292 (14-48) with a home run, a team leading 10 runs driven in, six runs scored and 20 total bases.  Turner crushed Darvish last season with five hits in eight at-bats for a 1.250 slugging percentage.

Outfielder Mookie Betts hit .264 with 23 home runs and 58 runs batted during his second season in Dodger blue.  The 2021 All-Star also had 227 total bases with a .487 slugging percentage and an OPS of .854 last year.  To start the 2022 season, he has eight hits in his first 45 at-bats with three runs batted in and eight runs scored.  Cody Bellinger is hitting .279 this season with three doubles, two home runs, four runs batted in with an .889 OPS.  He did not have a hit in four at-bats against Darvish last year.

Yu Darvish has started three games in 2022 and is 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA.  In 14 1/3 innings he’s struck out 13 batters, allowing 10 earned runs with a 1.26 WHIP.  He has a lifetime record of 80-68 with an ERA of 3.59.  Darvish has 1,604 strikeouts in 1,307 2/3 innings with a 1.15 WHIP.

San Diego Padres Starting Lineup

CF Trent Grisham L
C Austin Nola R
3B Manny Machado R
2B Jake Cronenworth L
DH Luke Voit R
RF Wil Myers R
1B Eric Hosmer L
LF Jurickson Profar S
SS Ha-Seong Kim R

San Diego Padres Vs. Tyler Anderson (L)

Third baseman, Manny Machado is hitting .358 (19-53) to begin the 2022 season.  He has five doubles, three home runs, 10 runs driven in, 33 total bases with an OPS of 1.056.  Last season, he hit .278 with 28 home runs and 106 runs batted in while making his first All-Star appearance as a Padre.  Additionally last year he had 276 total bases, .489 slugging percentage and an OPS of .836. 

Jake Cronenworth has eight hits in his first 46 at-bats this season, with five runs batted in and five runs scored.  Last season as a first time All-Star, Cronenworth hit .266 with 21 home runs, 71 runs batted in with 261 total bases.  He also had an OPS of .800 and a slugging percentage of .460.  Eric Hosmer has had a wonderful start to the season hitting .378 (17-45) with five doubles, five runs batted in, 22 total bases with an OPS of .893.   

Trent Grisham has seven hits in 46 at-bats this season with a home run and two runs batted in.  In 2021, Grisham hit .242 with 15 home runs, 28 doubles, 191 total bases and an OPS of .740.  Wil Myers hit 17 home runs, drove in 63 runs, hit 24 doubles with 192 total bases and an OPS of .768 in 2021.  This season he has three doubles, four runs batted in and three runs scored.  Jackson Profar has started the season on fire with four home runs with a team leading 11 runs batted in with an OPS of 1.003.   

Tyler Anderson will be making his first start of the season for the Dodgers on Saturday against the Padres.  In two games this season the lefty is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.  In eight innings, he has struck out eight batters and allowed two earned runs in 2022.  In seven big league seasons he’s 30-38 with an ERA of 4.59 in 631 2/2 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Diego Padres Picks & Prediction

Offensively the Dodgers are averaging 5.43 runs per nine innings, second in Major League Baseball.  The team is hitting .251 overall through their first 12 games of the 2022 season.  The Dodgers lead the all-time series against the Padres, 495-410.  Los Angeles is 38-18 in their last 56 Saturday games.  San Diego is scoring 4.46 runs per nine innings, 14th in Major League Baseball.  The club is also hitting .230 through their first 14 games this season.  The Padres are 22-51 in their last 73 meetings with the Dodgers.  I’ll take Los Angeles in this game to win by over 1.5 runs and the teams to combine for over eight runs due to the Dodgers superior offense and the struggles of the Padres Yu Darvish in 2022.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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