The Dodgers have been on a roller coaster lately with both winning and losing streaks, and with Hiroki Kuroda on the LA mound tonight, they should cover the run line against the Padres.
Will the real Los Angeles Dodgers please stand-up? Are you the guys who lost eight straight followed by a four-game winning streak?
This Dodger team has had more ups and downs this season than you can count. But just when it’s time to count ‘em out, faster than you can say “Man-Ram” they’re right back in the race in the NL “Worst.” Tonight Joe Torre’s club looks to extend their winning streak to five games and sweep a home series against the Padres for the first time in over three years.
If the Dodgers are to win the West, they’ll need Manny Ramirez to keep producing like he’s done since he donned Dodger Blue. Ramirez homered last night, his 30th of the season and is now 16-for-28 (.571) with four homers, eight runs batted in and 10 runs scored over the last eight games. Manny is also hitting .414 with 10 homers and 29 RBI since coming to LA.
What goes unnoticed is that the presence of Ramirez in the lineup has made everyone in the Dodgers order better, including and especially Andre Eithier (19 HR) and Matt Kemp (16 HR, 69 RBI and 32 SB). You can call it the “Manny being Manny” factor, but it’s because of him the Dodgers will edge Arizona and win the West.
Tonight the Dodgers send Hiroki Kuroda to hill. Kuroda is 7-10, with a 3.87 ERA, but has fared much better at home. He’s 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA in his last nine starts at Dodger Stadium. Wade Leblanc, making his major league debut, will toe the rubber for San Diego. Leblanc was 11-9 with an ERA of 5.32 in Portland.
As I said at the top, it’s been very hard to get a read on the Dodgers this season. I think though this is the right spot with the right pitcher on the hill. Look for LA to cover the RL against Los Padres.
Free Pick: Dodgers -1½ (-108)