The National League Divisional Series shifts to San Diego with both the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers tied 1-1 in the series entering a crucial Game 3 that figures to involve plenty of bullpen usage.
Los Angeles Dodgers (-125, 7.5) vs. San Diego Padres
Tony Gonsolin gets the start for the Dodgers. While his 16-1 record and 2.14 ERA are some of the top marks in the National League, he has made just one start since August 23 due to injury.
In that start for Gonsolin, he went just two innings vs. the Colorado Rockies, which indicates he will likely throw no more than five innings on Friday.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, they back him up with a bullpen ERA of 2.40 since the All-Star break — the top mark in the National League.
The Padres send former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to counter. He saved his best work for the end of the season, giving up two earned runs or fewer in 13 of his last 14 regular season starts while posting a 2.19 ERA in that span.
Snell is backed up by a Padres lineup that has had a significantly tougher time generating offense at home than on the road, posting an average 3.7 runs per game at home compared to five runs per game on the road.
Couple Snell’s dominance of late with a Padres bullpen that has not let up a single run in 9 1/3 innings this postseason in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball, and both lineups will have a difficult time generating runs in Game 3.
The Play: Dodgers vs. Padres Under 7.5