Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Pick & Prediction OCTOBER 15th 2022

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Last Sunday in New York, Joe Musgrove blanked the 100-win Mets on one hit over seven innings to lead the San Diego Padres to victory in the National League wild-card round.

Saturday night in his hometown, Musgrove will try to eliminate the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth game of the NL Division Series.

The Dodgers, coming off two straight losses to the Padres, will counter with Tyler Anderson in a bid to get the best-of-five series back to Los Angeles for a winner-take-all game Sunday night.

"It feels like it's kind of meant to be, right?" Padres manager Bob Melvin said of Musgrove getting the chance to advance the team to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 1998.

"I mean, from getting the opening day assignment this year, the way he pitched, the reception he got coming off the field. It seems like he was the guy when the season started and has even put himself into it more so.

"It's really cool to watch when you have a hometown guy that embraces and is embraced as he is by the city and his teammates and everybody in the clubhouse. It almost seems like it's kind of meant for him to be for him to pitch one of these games."

Musgrove (1-0, 0.00 ERA 2022 postseason) was 10-7 during the regular season with a 2.93 ERA. The Dodgers' left-hander Anderson (2022 postseason debut) was 15-5 during the regular season with a 2.57 ERA.

"This is where we're at right now," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Friday night's 2-1 loss. "It was a very good regular season, but as we said before, none of that matters. We're in a five-game series against a very good ballclub that we're familiar with.

"The team that plays the best baseball is going to win the series. And up to this point, they've played better than we have. It's interesting, I'm wearing a different uniform, but I can still appreciate the excitement that this city is kind of feeling right now."

Anderson was 2-0 against the Padres in four starts this season with a 1.88 ERA, a 0.875 WHIP and a .183 opponents' batting average. He was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts in San Diego.

Musgrove was 0-2 against the Dodgers in three starts this season with a 3.63 ERA, a 1.212 WHIP and .231 opponents' batting average. But he also struck out 23 Dodgers in 17 1/3 innings. He had a 2.86 ERA and a 1.103 WHIP at home.

Including his win in New York last week, Musgrove has allowed one run on 16 hits and nine walks with 32 strikeouts over 29 innings in his last five starts.

"I know there's going to be a lot of positive cheers and a lot of screaming for me and the team Saturday night," Musgrove said. "That will be something I have to manage. It's probably going to be a little more emotional."

--Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres Recap APR 18TH 2021

Catcher Will Smith had a Dodger playoff-record five hits and three RBIs, Cody Bellinger drove in three runs and Joc Pederson capped a five-run third inning with a two-run opposite-field single Thursday night as Los Angeles routed San Diego 12-3 at GlobeLife Field in Arlington, TX, to complete a three-game sweep in their best-of-five National League Divisional Series.

The Dodgers will face the Atlanta Braves, who completed a three-game sweep of Miami earlier Thursday, in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series starting Monday (Oct. 12) at Arlington.

Julio Urias, who worked five innings of relief, picked up his second win of the playoffs for the Dodgers. The left-hander retired the first 10 Padres he faced after entering the game with two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the second with the Dodgers trailing 2-1 -- striking out Fernando Tatis Jr. to end the threat. He allowed one unearned run on a hit and a walk with six strikeouts.

The Dodgers then answered with their five-run third inning.

Mookie Betts drew a walk from Padres starter Adrian Morejon to open the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tatis then made a diving stop of Corey Seager's infield single behind second, but threw the ball wide of first that allowed Betts to score the tying run as Seager took second.

Craig Stammen replaced Morejon and gave up a RBI single to Justin Turner, who broke Steve Garvey's playoff record with his 64th career hit. Stammen retired the next two batters but Bellinger drew an intentional walk, and raced to third on A.J. Pollock's RBI single that scored Turner. After Pollock stole second, Pederson delivered his two-run single to left.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second off Morejon on a walk by Max Muncy, a double by Smith and a RBI ground-out by Bellinger.

The Padres scored twice on the bottom of the second after back-to-back, opposite-field singles by Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham off Dodger left-hander Adam Kolarek, a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jake Cronenworth and an infield RBI single by Trent Grisham.

Smith added a RBI single that scored Betts in the fourth. Betts upped the Dodgers lead to 8-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Dodgers scored four runs in the top of the ninth off Trevor Rosenthal on a two-run double by Smith and Bellinger's two-run triple

Morejon, the first of 11 Padres pitchers in their second "bullpen game" in three days, took the loss. The Dodgers also drew nine walks and two hit batters in addition to 14 hits and stranded 13 runners. The Padres had only six hits off six Dodgers pitchers.

The Dodgers are 5-0 in the playoffs after posing a Major League-best 43-17 mark in the regular season.

--Field Level Media

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