Speedy San Diego Padres Host LA Dodgers

By: Ryan Mercier | Tuesday, August 2, 2011

California rivals conclude their series on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres. The ballgame is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. (PT) at PETCO Park.

These are the bottom two teams in the National League West standings and each club is trailing the division-leading San Francisco Giants by double digits. While the teams themselves may not have much to gain with a win, the betting world does.

A common theme between the two teams is poor offense. In fact, in the last 31 meetings between these teams the ‘under’ is 24-7. The Dodgers and Padres stand right next to each other in terms of runs scored and that is in the bottom five in all of baseball.

Los Angeles might be below average with their sticks, but San Diego is flat-out awful. The Padres are third from the floor or worse in about every important offensive statistic there is. On top of that, they recently traded their leading home run hitter Ryan Ludwick to Pittsburgh.

About the only thing they can do is steal bases. San Diego is first in the majors at swiping bags with 120, 14 more than their nearest challengers.

Ted Lilly (7-10, 5.02 ERA) has gotten knocked around a bit this season, especially since late June. The left-hander has surrendered six runs three times in his last seven outings and has reached six innings just twice in that stretch.

Lilly has a poor record away from Dodger Stadium (2-4, team 4-6) even though his ERA lowers a bit to 4.82.

The Padres will be going with Tim Stauffer (6-8, 3.10 ERA) on the mound and he has been pitching great in his last 10, minus one start at Philly. Other than that outing, Stauffer has pitched six innings or more in that stretch and gave up three runs just once. He surrendered zero runs three times in his last 10, with two games resulting in shutouts.

Stauffer owns a 2.88 ERA in 11 home outings with a WHIP of 1.19.

Each pitcher has had success against the opposition. Lilly is 4-1 in his last five against the Padres while Stauffer is 5-1 in his last six versus the Dodgers.

Home plate duties for the contest fall to Chris Conroy who has a 10-1 'over' mark in his last 11 plate assignments.

It should be a cool 70 degrees with low winds when play begins on Wednesday night.  Both clubs take Thursday off before opening road series on Friday.  The Dodgers will be in Phoenix to meet the Diamondbacks while the Padres travel across the Lower 48 to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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