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San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth reacts after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, June 20, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Kyle Barrette

We grabbed the win yesterday as the Astros pulled it out in the ninth inning and clinched the shutout win. We’re heading out West for another exciting game tonight. This series has a direct impact on first place in the NL West as the Padres and Dodgers start their series. Do the Padres have what it takes to overtake the Dodgers, or will LA build on their lead?

I, for one, am surprised at this team. I thought they were destined to be blown up by this year’s trade deadline. They could still reshape the roster if they don’t win it all, but nothing like I was expecting. A team that consistently underperformed now looks to finally be answering the bell as they have the chance to take over the division lead with a good performance in this series. Musgrove takes the mound to start off the series, and there might not be anyone having a better first half of the season than him. The Padres are 11-2 in his starts this season. He is 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA. He is coming off his worst start of the season with seven hits, six runs, and only one strikeout against the Phillies. He did respond to a bad start at the end of April. It was not against a team like the Dodgers, but if there is a guy you want on the mound right now, it’s Musgrove.

There’s not much to say that everyone didn’t expect here. They are not even surprised that even though they have a big injury report that they are still in first place, and if you don’t believe that is difficult, ask the White Sox, who are an absolute shell of the team they once were. Mike White is on the hill for the Dodgers, and he’s done alright this season. The Dodgers have not been doing so well in their games, though. LA has lost three straight games that White has started, even one where he pitched a shutout. That seems to be what you’re getting from White this year; either he’s allowing three runs or he’s pitching a shutout. There really has not been an in between. 

Padres vs Dodgers Pick: Padres F5 ML
At even money, you can’t go wrong here. I would much rather back Musgrove at even money than White at -120. White is under more pressure to perform than Musgrove, who has given up a home run in every start except two dating back to last season. I’ll take the much better pitcher at even money.

Same Game Parlay:
Padres ML, Luke Voit to hit a HR, Joe Musgrove Over 5.5 K’s and Jorge Alfaro to record 2+ hits.

SGP Odds +2248

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