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The San Diego Padres host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first of a 3-game weekend series Friday night at Petco Park. Here is handicapper Jason Radowitz's prediction and best bet for Friday's game.

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction: How Will This NL West Rivalry Play Out?

If you love rivalry baseball, you're not going to want to miss out on the Dodgers and Padres series. Last season, the most exciting games came between the Dodgers and Padres. This year will likely be no different.

It's important to start off the season with wins against divisional teams. Can the Padres get the first win against the Dodgers tonight? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Friday's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

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Padres vs. Dodgers Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 22, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:40 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSSD/SNLA

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Padres vs. Dodgers Injury Report


Questionable: 2B Gavin Lux (Back)


Out: SS Fernando Tatis (Wrist)

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San Diego Padres vs. San Diego Padres Prediction

The San Diego Padres signed Nick Martinez to a four-year deal worth $25.5 million. It was a surprising signing knowing that Martinez was pitching in Japan and the Olympics because of the fact that he couldn't make it in the MLB a few years ago.

Anyway, it's a great story but I'm not so sure Martinez belongs in the majors. Martinez has allowed five runs and 12 hits in 10 innings of work and he just gave up three home runs to the Braves last Saturday.

This season, Martinez has just 20% strikeouts and 11.1% walks. He's not inducing ground balls and will now have to face a healthy and stacked Los Angeles Dodgers lineup that has a .194 ISO and wOBA of .350 dating back to last season.

On the other hand, the Dodgers will send out Julio Urias. He wasn't great in his first outing but turned that performance around with a solid second outing. Urias has a 3.93 xFIP dating back to last season and has continued to limit walks at a high rate while earning nearly 26% strikeouts.

Urias will allow some power to lefties at times but ultimately, Urias is consistently good. The Padres won't strike out all that often but have plenty of guys at the bottom of the order who can "rally kill."

There will only be two lefties in the lineup against Urias, who is a lefty, but the thing is, Urias allows more power to lefties. Therefore, the Padres might struggle to score runs in this one.

I'll grab the Dodgers -.5 in the first five innings at -125.

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick

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Article Author


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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