Padres vs. Dodgers: The pitching edge belongs to San Diego

The San Diego Padres have had one of the biggest turnarounds in baseball from a season ago, with their starting pitchers posting the seventh-best ERA among rotations in the majors.

Despite just a 1-2 record, Matt Strahm has been highly effective as a starter this season after spending 2018 in the Padres bullpen. He has a 3.00 ERA, is issuing just 1.4 walks per nine innings and has allowed four home runs in 39 innings.

His Dodgers counterpart, Kenta Maeda, has a 4-2 record, but carries a 4.03 ERA and has an issue with walking guys, giving out four per nine innings. His 1.30 WHIP is on pace to be the highest of his MLB career, and he is not being backed up by a great bullpen.

The teams have comparable bullpens, with both entering Tuesday in the bottom half of the league in ERA. The difference is who is closing for each team. LA’s Kenley Jansen has not been his normal self in 2019, while San Diego’s Kirby Yates has a league-high 16 saves and a 1.35 ERA in 20 appearances.

The play: Padres, +140 on money line.