Dodgers Starters Have Outpitched Padres

Apr 7 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (35) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Dodgers look to rebound from Tuesday's defeat with a trip down to Petco Park to face the San Diego Padres for a brief two-game series. This is already the third series between these two clubs this season, and their second meeting in San Diego. The Dodgers took three of four in the season's opening weekend and have beaten the Padres in six of their seven meetings this season.

The Dodgers have won three games against the Padres in their final at-bat, including two walk-off wins, and have a 3-0 record in one-run games against the Padres this season. The Dodger bullpen has been relatively similar to the Friar pen in their seven games this year, though the Dodgers have allowed five more runs. The one similarity between the two bullpens has been their extreme wildness.

Bullpen IP H R ER BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Dodgers 25.0 17 12 12 17 22 2.45 5.46 1.442
Padres 25.2 18 7 7 19 19 4.32 5.16 1.360

The man difference has been from the starters, with the Dodgers' starters sporting an ERA nearly half of their San Diego counterparts, plus roughly one extra strikeout every 2 1/3 innings or so.

Starters IP H R ER BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Dodgers 39.0 28 17 14 18 44 3.23 2.99 1.179
Padres 37.2 37 34 26 18 27 6.21 5.27 1.460

Chris Capuano made his first start of the season at Petco Park, and through four innings had not allowed a run. But he ran out of gas in the fifth inning, walking three en route to a four-run inning that he didn't see the end of. But since that start Capuano has been attacking the strike zone, and it has paid off. Capuano has allowed six runs in his last six starts, with 35 strikeouts in 39 innings.

Clayton Richard gets the call for the Padres, making his third start of the season against the Dodgers. He shut down the Dodgers on April 8, allowing just two unearned runs on two hits, but since then is 0-5 with a 6.32 ERA in six starts.

Game Time: 3:35 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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