After an eventful first day of the MLB Division Series, we have two games on the slate today. With the new playoff format, the American League has a full day off today to ensure there are no open days on the schedule, so we have two National League games to pick from. Let’s take a look at Padres vs. Dodgers.
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MLB Playoffs No Runs First Inning (NRFI) Picks & Predictions for Wednesday: Padres vs. Dodgers
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers – 8:37 PM
After their Game 1 win, the Dodgers are looking to add on and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. They are sending future HOFer Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Sometimes I think we forget about just how dominant Kershaw has been in his career. Despite the injuries over the last seasons, he still has a K/9 of over nine and a BB/9 below two. His wOBA allowed the first time through the order is 0.255. The Padres have a wRC+ of 106 this season against left-handers, but while they are above average, they are still middle of the road overall.
Yu Darvish is getting the ball for the Padres coming off his solid start against the Mets in the Wild Card round. After a rough first season in San Diego, Darvish righted the ship by lowering his walks and homers and was excellent for the Padres. He actually tends to struggle the first time through the order relative to the rest of the game with a wOBA over .300 allowed. Once he settles in, he’s tough to beat. However, with him facing the Dodgers’ offense, it may be difficult for him to settle in. This is a much less appealing bet than the Phillies/Braves one, but there still may be value in the number.
Pick: NRFI -155
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