MLB Picks on Padres vs. Dodgers Over/Under

Willie Bee

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 1:49 PM UTC

The Dodgers continue to chase the Nationals for the top seed in the NL Playoffs, and they'll also continue their final MLB odds series of the season vs. San Diego on Tuesday. Look inside for our free picks for tonight's Game 2.

By the time the Los Angeles Dodgers take the field tonight for the second of  a 3-game set vs. the San Diego Padres, they should have a good idea if they can pass the Washington Nationals for the top spot in the National League standings.

There will also be plenty of scoreboard watching during the game at Dodger Stadium as LA players and fans keep an eye on the Giants-Diamondbacks game in San Francisco.  Los Angeles begins the day 3.5-games ahead of the Giants, and takes aim at a 5th-straight win in tonight's 10:10 PM (ET) matchup at home.

The Padres will be looking to avoid their 7th-straight loss at the same time when they send Andrew Cashner to the mound opposite Roberto Hernandez.  SBR's live MLB odds favor Hernandez and the Dodgers in the -140s with 7 for the scoreboard tally.

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LA Cruises Behind Kershaw In Game 1
With Clayton Kershaw on the hill, you expect the Dodgers to be in control of any game.  And they were firmly in control of Monday's series opener...with the exception of one play in the sixth inning that looked like something straight out of Bad News Bears, the original movie and not the horrible remake with Billy Bob Dumbass.

Three different Dodgers -- Yasiel Puig, AJ Ellis and Hanley Ramirez -- committed errors within about 10 seconds of each other to allow the Padres to score two unearned runs, but by then LA already had a big lead en route to a 9-4 victory.

The victory was Kershaw's MLB-leading 18th of the campaign, and gave the Dodgers an 11-6 lead in the season series with San Diego.  Six of those 11 triumphs have come at Chavez Ravine where totals have run 3-5 O/U following a high-side winner on Monday.


Hernandez Looks For 1st Good Outing In LA
Cashner has pitched well since coming back from a 2-month stay on the DL due to a sore shoulder, his second stint on the injured list after missing nearly four weeks in May and June with a tender elbow. The Padres have just one win to show for his three starts since being activated, and haven't given the righthander much offensive support, poor defense also playing into a loss last Wednesday vs. the Diamondbacks.

That lone victory did come against the Dodgers, however, Cashner working six frames and allowing only one run while whiffing eight.  He also beat LA with a similar linescore back in March at Petco Park, and owns a 2.31 ERA in five relief outings and a start at Dodger Stadium.

Hernandez proved to be no mystery a little more than a week ago when facing the Nationals on Labor Day.  Washington stroked four homers -- 2 by Denard Span -- and scored five times before chasing Hernandez one out into the fifth.  This is his second start against the Padres since joining Los Angeles in a late trade from Philly, and Hernandez fell to San Diego in the first one which also took place at Dodger Stadium, leaving him 0-2 in front of the fans with a 7.71 ERA.


Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick
Dana DeMuth spent most of June and July nursing a knee injury, leaving the 31-year veteran umpire with only 14 previous plate assignments this season.  Eight of those failed to reach the total with home chalk running 8-4 when the Ohio native is calling balls and strikes.  Tuesday will be his first plate assignment at Dodger Stadium in nearly two years, three of his last four appearances behind the fish here cashing 'under' tickets.

Weather won't be an issue in Los Angeles this evening, temps in the mid-70s when Hernandez delivers the game's first pitch with clear skies above and only a hint of a SW breeze (out to right).  What will be an issue is Hernandez trying to master the mound in LA.  I'm inclined to believe both lineups will master the two pitchers instead, and will send my free MLB pick out on a scoreboard-buster in Game 2.

MLB Pick: Padres-Dodgers Over 7 (-105) at 5Dimes

Season: 114-115 (-1.85)

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