Mary C Posted July 2, 2022 Share Posted July 2, 2022 POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: LOS ANGELES DODGERS: C | Will Smith FB | Freddie Freeman SB | Gavin Lux S | Trea Turner TB | Justin Turner LF | Chris Taylor CF | Cody Bellinger RF | Mookie Betts DH | Max Muncy SAN DIEGO PADRES: C | Jorge Alfaro FB | Eric Hosmer SB | Jake Cronenworth S | Ha-seong Kim TB | Manny Machado LF | Jurickson Profar CF | Trent Grisham RF | Will Myers DH | Luke Voit In this series of four, game one has already come and gone in favor of the home team LA Dodgers. On the board, rivals San Pedro Padres (5th) are quite too close for the Dodgers’ (3rd) comfort. Will the Dodgers be able to hold them off at a better distance? Or will the Padres grapple and trample on them to get higher to the top? Here are our thoughts so far: The San Diego Padres, who finished 17th in MLB’s 2021 season, are doing surprisingly well as far as this season has progressed. Currently fifth with 46-32, they’ve won 21-16 home and 25-16 away. Typically, teams are expected to perform better at home, but this phenomenon might just help the Padres outdo these MLB dynamos. Manny Machado currently leads the team in terms of batting, and Joe Musgrove takes the lead in pitching for the Padres. Both players are of sizeable caliber even when put side by side with the Dodgers’ own. On the Dodgers’ end of the spectrum, there’s definitely pressure to get back on top, especially when they started the season so neck-and-neck with the Yankees. As they’ve already managed to bag a win against the Padres, they definitely hold an advantage as we speak. With a combined ERA of 2.98, SLG of .428, and an OBP of .328, they outperform the Padres in numbers without a doubt. Their disadvantage for this upcoming match is their injured players. Their injury report is composed of five players; Daniel Hudson, Zach McKinstry, Caleb Ferguson, David Price, and batting score leader Mookie Betts. Our verdict. The Padres have come a long way from last season, and the Dodgers are proving to be just as sharp. The track record and experience of the Dodgers offer them this “leg-room”, especially when it comes to playing against a team like the Padres. However, this is where things might blindside them. Seeing how far the Padres have come, showing linear improvements and all, we expect them to show some teeth. We’ll be going against the grain and wager on the San Diego team for this match. They seem to be showing some fire at this point of the season, wanting to redeem themselves from last season’s mediocre finish. It will definitely be a close game, but it’s looking more and more for us that the Padres will take this one home without a speck of doubt. 7: 15 AM (PST), Sunday, 3 July 2022. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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