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Dodgers, Padres battle with different late-season aspirations
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
- The Dodgers are 12-4 against the Padres this season and all but one of their wins have been by at least a four-run margin (the other win was by two runs). The Dodgers have outhomered the Padres, 30-12, in their 16 head-to-head games this season.
- The Dodgers are 49-18 in intradivision games this season. Since MLB introduced the current six-division format in 1994, the Dodgers have posted 50 or more wins in one season against their four NL West foes three times, in 2014 (50-26), 2019 (51-25) and 2021 (50-26).
- Dave Roberts is the first manager in MLB history with 106 or more wins in each of three different seasons (2019, 2021 and 2022). Frank Chance, Joe McCarthy and Earl Weaver each had two such seasons.
- Tyler Anderson (15-4) is one of the five pitchers since 1976 to record 15 or more wins in their first season with the Dodgers. The others are Kevin Brown (1999), Odalis Perez (2002), Zack Greinke (2013) and Kenta Maeda (2016).
- San Diego beat the Rockies, 13-6, on Sunday. It was the 16th time the Padres scored 10 or more runs in one game this year. That's their highest total of games with 10 or more runs since 2001, when they reached double-figures 18 times.
- Blake Snell was 0-5 with a 5.13 ERA in his first eight starts this season but he's 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 14 starts since then. Snell is averaging 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings over that span (July 8 to date), fourth highest in the majors (minimum 50 innings pitched), behind Jacob deGrom (14.0), Spencer Strider (13.6) and Andrew Heaney (13.4).
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and host San Diego Padres, two teams with different priorities in the stretch run, square off on Tuesday to open their final head-to-head series of the regular season.
For the Padres, the goal is clear: Reach the postseason as a wild card.
As it stands right now, they would do just that. San Diego (85-68) currently holds the second of three National League wild-card berths and is three games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (82-71), who sit just outside the playoff picture behind the Philadelphia Phillies (83-69).
The Padres' magic number is six, and they have an added edge with all nine of their remaining regular-season games at home.
The Dodgers (106-47) clinched the No. 1 seed for the NL playoffs with their 106th win on Sunday.
What are they playing for? Total domination -- and history.
They have matched the single-season franchise record for wins, and a victory on Tuesday would set a new mark.
"We still want to win as many games as we can," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "We'll prepare for the playoffs. One of the best ways to do that is keep winning."
But winning is now a bonus for the Dodgers, while it is a necessity for the Padres.
The Dodgers are 12-4 against the Padres this season. Los Angeles is 4-2 in San Diego and has outscored its Southern California rival 100-41 in the first 16 games between the teams.
"The path to the World Series likely goes through the Dodgers," Padres manager Bob Melvin said before Los Angeles took two of three in San Diego earlier this month. "We have to get more competitive against the Dodgers."
The Padres are 8-4 overall since their most recent series loss to the Dodgers.
"We're playing good baseball," Melvin said. "This is more like we expected. And the timing couldn't be better."
The Dodgers will open the series with Tyler Anderson (15-4, 2.52 ERA) on the mound against the Padres' Blake Snell (8-9, 3.62) in a match of left-handers.
Anderson has been consistent, making quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs allowed) in 12 of his past 14 outings. In his most recent appearance, he allowed three runs, all unearned, on two hits in six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 20. He walked two and fanned six while taking a 5-2 loss.
In 14 career appearances (13 starts) against the Padres, Anderson is 6-3 with a 2.31 ERA. He has been phenomenal against them this year, going 2-0 with 1.50 ERA in three starts.
Snell has recorded back-to-back wins, limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in seven innings on Sept. 16 and throwing seven shutout innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday. The left-hander allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out a season-high 13 vs. St. Louis.
In eight career starts against Los Angeles, Snell is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA. He struggled in his most recent outing against the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits through four-plus innings on Sept. 10.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 26, 2022