Free MLB Picks Today: San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9/29/22

Free MLB Picks Today: San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9/29/22
Thu 29th September 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers (107-48) are on the road to face the San Diego Padres (86-69) at Petco Park on Thursday with the three-game series in the balance. The Dodgers evened the series 1-1 after winning 1-0 in 10 innings on Wednesday, their 13th head-to-head victory in 18 games this season. Alex Vesia threw one scoreless inning in relief to get the win, and Tommy Kahnle picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Mookie Betts was 2 for 4 with a double and one run in the win. Manny Machado went 2 for 3 for the Padres.

ON THE MOUND

Andrew Heaney (3-3, 2.66 ERA) is slated to start for Los Angeles. The LHP allowed four runs over 3.2 innings in his last start, an 11-0 road defeat against the Cardinals on Friday. He was charged with the loss, scattering four hits while striking out five and walking two. Over two previous starts against the Padres this season, Heaney has allowed only one earned runs over 9.2 innings (1-0, 0.93). He has struck out nine and walked three. Southpaw Sean Manaea (7-9, 5.23 ERA) will toe the rubber for San Diego. He has made four appearances against the Dodgers this season, including three starts, giving up 23 runs (22 ER) over 13.2 innings (0-3, 14.49) with 18 strikeouts and five walks. In his last start on Friday, Manaea took a no-decision on the road against the Rockies. He threw 3.2 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking three in the 4-3 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged only 2.8 runs a game, down from their season average of 5.3, while performing worse across the board (.204/.293/.311). Against southpaws like Manaea this season, the Dodgers have a .757 OPS. Betts is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a 1.011 OPS in 146 at-bats. San Diego is averaging 5.8 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.4 for the season, with a better slash line (.250/.324/.391). The Padres have a .707 OPS against left-handers in 2022. With a .371 OBP over 137 at-bats, Ha-Seong Kim has their highest on-base percentage against left-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Los Angeles is 53-27 away from home in 2022, scoring 5.3 runs per game while allowing 2.9 runs. San Diego has gone 41-33 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 3.8 runs per game while surrendering 3.7. In the last 10 games at Petco Park between the NL West rivals, Los Angeles is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 5.4-2.4.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Dodgers lead the NL West by 21 games over the Padres. The Padres currently occupy one of the Wild Card spots, sitting second with a magic number of six.

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LA Dodgers

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