LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers welcome the Padres to town for the final time in 2016, and have a chance to clinch their season series against San Diego for a sixth consecutive season.
2010 was the last season that saw the Padres beat the Dodgers in their season series, with San Diego winning 10 of 18 games, including five of nine games at both Dodger Stadium and Petco Park.
Since then, the Dodgers are 69-37 (.651) against the Padres, including 8-5 in 2016. These two teams play again for three games in San Diego during the final week of the regular season, from Sept. 27-29.
The Dodgers are 4-3 at home against the Padres in 2016, and 8-5 against them overall. In dropping two of three games to the Padres at Dodger Stadium from April 29 to May 1, the Dodgers suffered their only home series loss to the Padres in their last 10 series, dating back to June 3-5, 2013.
That series also happened to coincide with the major league debut of Yasiel Puig, who took the world by storm. Puig will reportedly be back again, for his reintroduction to the majors after a month of banishment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
San Diego even tapped into central casting and brought back one of the actors of that 2013 drama. Starter Clayton Richard, who pitched the middle game of that June 2013 series, allowing a home run and a double to Puig, is now back in San Diego, and gets the start in the series opener on Friday. Richard is making his fourth start after some mediocre work in the bullpen for most of the year with the Cubs and Padres.
As a starter, Richard so far has a 1.00 ERA, allowing four runs (two earned) in 18 innings.
Julio Urias has faced 10 different opponents in his 14 major league games, though Friday will mark his first game against San Diego. The left-hander has a 2.90 ERA in his seven games, including six starts, at Dodger Stadium in 2016, with no home runs allowed in 31 innings.
The Dodgers are 23-9 in their last 32 home games against the Padres, in those last 10 home series.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA