San Diego’s Will Venable cracked a homer and triple to drive in four runs, with the Padres edging out the Dodgers in hits, 11-10.
Wednesday night’s MLB betting has Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley making his first start of the year against Padres southpaw Eric Stults.
Stults picks up first win
Stults went five innings in this past Thursday’s first outing, notching a win in San Diego’s 2-1 victory as a 137 road dog against the New York Mets. The 33-year-old allowed no runs on three hits, while logging seven strikeouts.
San Diego went through five relievers in the affair, with Luke Gregerson and Brad Brach uniting to hold the Mets to one hit over two frames of action. Padres closer Huston Street logged his first save, despite allowing a late solo shot homer to New York’s John Buck.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 in the team’s cleanup spot, while mate Jedd Gyorko poked a double as part of a 1-for-4 day. Venable and infielder Alexi Amarista were held to hit a combined 0-for-8, leaving seven men on base.
Billingsley hopes for stingy start
Billingsley saw his first outing of the year delayed due to a finger injury, but comes into Petco Park looking to repeat how last year’s season started. The eight-year veteran began his 2012 campaign against the Padres in last April’s 6-0 victory for Los Angeles, tossing 11 strikeouts over 8 1/3 IP.
Los Angeles has seen its share of activity from relievers over its 4-3 start to the season, led by closer Brandon League’s two saves. League has made three appearances, giving up no hits in the span’s trio of frames.
Dodgers mates Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez have had a pair of the team’s hottest bats, looking to provide their share of run support here. The duo has combined to hit 13-for-21 over their last three games, with Gonzalez driving in five runs.
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Back the UNDER at Petco
5Dimes opened Billingsley as a 117 betting odds favorite on the road, remaining unchanged after mixed early wagers. The ‘total’ was first listed at 6 ½, with initial betting on the OVER lifting the number a ‘hook’ to seven.
I am backing the UNDER in this spot, looking for a close duel between these rivals. Tuesday’s opener showed its share of slugging, but I look for Billingsley and Stults to cool the lineups off.
Stults’ sole outing against the Dodgers last September saw his foes’ bats held to one run over six frames. San Diego’s seven home outings in 2012 with Stults starting saw the hurler hold lineups to 16 earned runs in 41 2/3 IP of action.
Billingsley’s outing at Petco last year moved the UNDER to a 9-1-1 mark in the 28-year-old’s last 11 road outings against the Padres. San Diego’s bats have typically not stayed stellar, with UNDER backers collecting at a 5-1 clip in the team’s last six spots that followed scoring five runs or more.
Umpire Chris Conroy is slated behind home plate, with the UNDER going 3-1-1 in the last five games he has called involving the Dodgers. Look for the UNDER to get the money again here.