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Padres aim for first series win vs. Dodgers this season
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
- The Dodgers are 12-4 against the Padres this season and all but one of their wins have been by at least a four-run margin (the other win was by two runs). The Dodgers have outhomered the Padres, 30-12, in their 16 head-to-head games this season.
- The Dodgers are 49-18 in intradivision games this season. Since MLB introduced the current six-division format in 1994, the Dodgers have posted 50 or more wins in one season against their four NL West foes three times, in 2014 (50-26), 2019 (51-25) and 2021 (50-26).
- Dave Roberts is the first manager in MLB history with 106 or more wins in each of three different seasons (2019, 2021 and 2022). Frank Chance, Joe McCarthy and Earl Weaver each had two such seasons.
- Tyler Anderson (15-4) is one of the five pitchers since 1976 to record 15 or more wins in their first season with the Dodgers. The others are Kevin Brown (1999), Odalis Perez (2002), Zack Greinke (2013) and Kenta Maeda (2016).
- San Diego beat the Rockies, 13-6, on Sunday. It was the 16th time the Padres scored 10 or more runs in one game this year. That's their highest total of games with 10 or more runs since 2001, when they reached double-figures 18 times.
- Blake Snell was 0-5 with a 5.13 ERA in his first eight starts this season but he's 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 14 starts since then. Snell is averaging 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings over that span (July 8 to date), fourth highest in the majors (minimum 50 innings pitched), behind Jacob deGrom (14.0), Spencer Strider (13.6) and Andrew Heaney (13.4).
- Harper has surgery, to miss start of '23
- Astros' postseason share a record $516K
- Red Sox give LHP Rodriguez 1-year deal
- Rangers hire Maddux as pitching coach
- Red Sox acquire INF/OF Park from Pirates
Being competitive with the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a season-long goal of the San Diego Padres.
San Diego succeeded Tuesday night with a 4-3, 10-inning, walk-off win. Now the Padres have a chance to win their first series against the Dodgers on their sixth -- and maybe not final -- attempt this season.
The Padres' win on Tuesday, coupled with losses by Philadelphia and Milwaukee, improved San Diego's playoff hopes on two fronts. They now lead the Phillies by 2 1/2 games in the race for the second National League wild-card berth, and they are four games ahead of the Brewers in the race for the final spot.
The Padres (86-68) have a magic number of four to clinch a berth. They will try to reduce that number when they face the Dodgers (106-48) on Wednesday night in the middle game of their three-game series in San Diego.
Left-hander Julio Urias (17-7, 2.25 ERA) will start for the Dodgers against Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.12).
"Julio has really pitched well against the Padres," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, also noting that the 26-year-old has been tough against almost everyone else he's faced this season.
The Dodgers are 20-9 in Urias' starts this year. And they are 5-0 over his past five, with Urias riding a four-game winning streak. He is 14-1 over his past 17 starts, and the Dodgers are 16-1.
Against the Padres this season, he's 3-0 in three starts with a 2.00 ERA -- four runs allowed on nine hits and eight walks with 13 strikeouts in 18 innings.
For his career, Urias is 6-1 in 14 games (nine starts) with a 2.43 ERA against them.
The Padres will counter on Wednesday with Musgrove, who recently has shown the form that made him 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA after his first 12 starts. San Diego was 11-1 in Musgrove's first 12 starts and is 18-10 when he starts despite a mid-season lull.
In his past two starts, however, Musgrove has given up one run on nine hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Musgrove has struggled against the Dodgers this season, losing both of his starts and having a 5.11 ERA. He has given up seven runs on 11 hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. But the 11 hits include a double, a triple and four home runs.
For his career, Musgrove is 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 outings (eight starts) against Los Angeles.
Padres manager Bob Melvin talked again Tuesday about the way his club is playing at the end of the season, particularly at home and late in games. After Tuesday, the Padres are 12-4 in extra-inning games and 8-0 in extra-inning games at home. They also have 12 walk-off wins this season.
"It's the belief we're going to do it in close games in late innings at home," Melvin said. "And our fans are all over it ... very inspirational late in the game. We just feel we're going to do it."
--Field Level Media
Updated September 28, 2022