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The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three straight games over the San Diego Padres and will now look for the sweep in a four-game series today. Jason Radowitz breaks down the game.
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Prediction: Will Clayton Kershaw or MacKenzie Gore Win Sunday's Duel?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three straight games over the San Diego Padres and will now look for the sweep in a four-game series today. The Dodgers are starting to extend their lead in the NL West and would love to put together a sweep over the Padres with their ace pitcher on the mound. Can the Padres find a way to salvage this series and earn at least one win over the Dodgers? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

Dodgers vs. Padres Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 3, 2022
  • Game Time: 4:10 pm ET
  • Where To Watch: MLB.TV

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Dodgers vs. Padres Injury Report

Padres

Out: 1B Matt Beaty (Shoulder), OF Wil Myers (Knee), SS Fernando Tatis (Wrist)

Dodgers

Questionable: 2B Chris Taylor (Foot), OF Mookie Betts (Ribs)

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Prediction

It's been an awful weekend for the Padres, who have now lost three straight to the Dodgers.

The Padres will pitch MacKenzie Gore, a left-handed pitcher who has struggled recently. The rookie left-hander has a 6.01 xFIP in the last 30 days with 16.3% of walks.

Still, on the season, he's 4-3 with a 3.34 ERA. He's shown a lot of potential this season. However, the strikeouts are lowering and the walks are increasing as the season carries on. That's not good news for the Padres.

The Dodgers have activated Mookie Betts from the Injured List to play in today's game. He'll likely return for today's game, which is even more of a threat against MacKenzie Gore. The Dodgers haven't hit lefties all that well. Only Betts, Freeman, Trea Turner, and Will Smith have inflated numbers against lefties. So that's something to think about.

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Meanwhile, the Dodgers will pitch Clayton Kershaw, who is a much better lefty, holding a 4.71 xFIP in the last 30 days. The veteran has a 5-2 record with a 2.94 ERA on the season. However, he hasn't been amazing recently, allowing 9.1% of walks and a BABIP of .362 in the last 30 days.

The Padres don't have much offense either against lefties. Only Jorge Alfaro has consistent numbers against lefties in the Padres lineup and that's with just 19 plate appearances against lefties in the last 30 days.

The Dodgers have the better lineup but neither team has consistent hitters. I'm looking at the under in this game and hoping that Gore can give the Padres five or six shutdown innings. It's exactly what they need.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Pick

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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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