LA Dodgers open MLB odds series at Padres

By: Brad Young | Thursday, April 7, 2011

National League West rivals Los Angeles and San Diego begin a three-game series with Friday’s matchup.  This contest will be a battle of southpaws as the Dodgers give the starting assignment to Ted Lilly (0-1, 7.71 ERA), while the Padres’ Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50 ERA) gets the nod.

Los Angeles enters the 2011 campaign as a 15/1 selection to win the NL pennant, while San Diego has dropped to 40/1 behind its offseason youth movement.  Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. PT from the Padres’ Petco Park.

Lilly suffered a setback in his first outing of the year Saturday against San Francisco as a 103 home underdog, 10-0.  The 10 runs went ‘over’ the seven-run closing total.  The 34-year-old lasted just 4 2/3 innings on 75 pitches (52 strikes), allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Dodgers are now just 2-6 in Lilly’s previous eight starts.  The 13-year veteran signed a $33 million, three-year contract during the offseason.

Los Angeles started the year by taking two out of three games from San Francisco before losing two of three at Colorado.

The Dodgers continue their eight-game road trip after this series with three games at San Francisco.

San Diego won Richard’s 2011 debut versus St. Louis last Saturday as a 114 road underdog, 11-3.  The combined 14 runs easily eclipsed the 8 ½-run closing total.  The former Michigan Wolverines hurler was reached for three runs on five hits (one home run) with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings and 96 pitches (64 strikes).

The four-year veteran also contributed at the plate with two RBIs.  Richard now has nine career RBIs, executing a squeeze bunt in the second inning to tie the game at two.

The Padres continue an eight-game homestand after this series with three games against Cincinnati.  San Diego has seen the ‘under’ go 14-6-2 its last 22 home games, while the ‘under’ is 6-2 the past eight outings against NL West opponents.

The Padres went 10-8 against the Dodgers last season, and concluded the season 10 games ahead of them in the standings.  The ‘under’ is 17-4 the previous 21 games in this series.

Lilly had two home starts against San Diego last season, going a combined 14 innings while yielding four runs on 10 hits (one home run) with a walk and 13 strikeouts.  Los Angeles prevailed as a 101 home selection, 2-1, while losing as a 121 home underdog, 3-1.

The ‘under’ prevailed in both matchups.

Richard squared off against the Dodgers three times last year, pitching a combined 20 1/3 innings, surrendering just five runs on 22 hits with six walks and 18 strikeouts.  San Diego won all three games as a 105 home selection, 6-1, as a 124 road underdog, 10-5, and as a 117 road ‘dog, 6-0.  The ‘under’ went 2-1 during those three outings.

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