Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Free Play Dodgers vs Padres

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres -107
10:05 PM ET
1* unit free play

The San Diego Padres will look to end their four game losing streak against the Dodgers. Look for right hander Mat Latos to get back on track tonight and pick up a big win.

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Mat Latos is coming off a Cy Young-like year last season and hasn’t been able to live up to the hype in 2011. However one thing is certain: he still has dominant stuff. Latos has been pitching well under the radar lately. In July he didn’t allow more than 3 runs in any start. He puts together quality start after quality start. Tonight he faces a lineup in LA that is anything but scary. In fact two of their best hitters have struggled in this matchup. All Star Matt Kemp has just one hit in 12 at bats against Latos and James Loney is just 3-32 this season against the Padres. This gives Latos and the Padres a big edge.

Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Dodgers tonight. Kuroda has been a victim of bad luck all season long and has not won a start in his last four outings. I look for that trend to continue tonight. Kuroda has been a pitcher that struggles on the road against division teams. San Diego is extremely familiar with him, as they average over 4.5 runs per game in games Kuroda. Look for the Padres to scrap together some runs for Latos.

Look there are a bunch of numbers out there that should lead you to taking the Dodgers. They have played extremely well against the Padres this season. But you know what they say; you are only as good as your next game. Latos will regain his dominant form tonight in front of a home crowd.

Play the Padres -107 over the Dodgers.

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