MLB: Dodgers vs Padres Odds, and Picks (May 5)

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  • The Dodgers beat the Phillies for their 6th win in a row.
  • San Diego bounced back to defeat the Reds, 7-1.
  • Los Angeles is 513-418 in their all-time history against the Padres.

The Dodgers (19-13) and the Padres (17-15) match up in a rivalry series. Both teams have been playing well lately, with a combined record of 9-1 over their last 5 games. The winner may claim the division lead.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
  • When: Friday, May 5, 2023, at 9:40 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: MLB TV

Game Preview

Los Angeles picked up their 6th straight win and 2nd straight series sweep on Wednesday. After a slow, 13-13 start to the season, the Dodgers swept the Cardinals and Phillies during their 6-game home stand. They’ll now head back on the road, where they hold a 7-7 record, to face the Padres, who are rapidly pushing for the division’s top spot. After scoring 33 runs in 3 games, the Dodgers are ready for this series.

The Padres have also been playing very well lately. In their last 5 games, they’ve gone 4-1, outscoring the opposition 38-18 in that span, winning each game by an average of 4 runs. San Diego is benefiting from Juan Soto’s bat beginning to heat up. After batting .176 for the first 3 weeks of the season, Soto has gone 12 for his last 36 (.333) since April 22. With Soto heating up, the Padres could become a dangerous force.


Both the Dodgers and Padres have been playing some great baseball lately, especially on offense. The biggest advantage for San Diego should be their home-field advantage, but they hold a record of just 9-9 at Petco Park. With ace Clayton Kershaw (1.89 ERA) on the mound for Los Angeles, the Padres face an uphill battle, especially with a struggling Joe Musgrave (10.80 ERA) starting. I’ll take the Dodgers to win it.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.