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Padres hold rare NL West lead entering series with Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
- The Dodgers lost twice to the Diamondbacks before winning the third game of the series 7-2. The win was their first in their last 12 tries against the Diamondbacks, ending the fourth-longest (tied) losing streak against a single opponent in franchise history, and the longest since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
- The Padres took three of four at home against the Giants, winning their second consecutive series. San Diego stacked 10-plus hit games on top of each other for the second time this season, and the Padres are 5-1 when they get at least 10 hits compared to 2-9 otherwise.
- Los Angeles went 13-6 against San Diego last season, its best record against any divisional opponent. Los Angeles won its first four games in San Diego only to finish the season 5-4 at Petco Park.
- Los Angeles enters this game in fifth place in the NL West, while San Diego sits in third. This is the latest in the season the Dodgers have been in fifth since 2013 when they were in last on July 1. The Padres enter a series with the Dodgers ahead of them in the NL West for the first time since June 20, 2013.
- Boosted by the arrival of Eric Hosmer and the success of rookie Christian Villanueva, Padres corner infielders rank second in the NL in slugging percentage (.519), tied for first in home runs (8) and first in extra-base hits (19) after ranking no higher than seventh in any of those categories last year. They also currently sit atop one of the categories they finished first in last year: strikeouts (42).
- Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out eight Athletics over six innings of one-hit ball his last time out in his first win of the year and first since August 24, 2017. Ryu is yet to allow a home run this season after allowing 1.56 per nine innings last year.
SAN DIEGO -- There aren't any firsts happening at Petco Park on Monday when the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres open a three-game series.
But there are a couple of things going on that haven't happened in so long that they qualify as near firsts.
One, the Padres and the Dodgers start a series with San Diego ahead in the National League West standings for the first time in almost five seasons.
Two, Robbie Erlin will be making his first start for the Padres since April 17, 2016.
And Monday will mark the first time since 2013 that the Padres and Dodgers haven't met on the Opening Day. Those matchups didn't go very well for the Padres.
Before this season, the Dodgers had won the last three season openers between the southern California rivals, the two most recent by scores of 15-0 and 14-3.
The all-left-handed opening matchup of the series will be Erlin coming out of the bullpen to make a spot start against the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA in his first two starts this year. Opposing hitters are batting only .176 against Ryu, who allowed six hits while issuing six walks in 9 2/3 innings.
Erlin, 27, will be filling the spot in the Padres' rotation left open while right-hander Luis Perdomo serves a five-day suspension for throwing behind Nolan Arenado last Wednesday afternoon and triggering a brawl at Coors Field in Colorado.
Erlin has made five relief appearances for the Padres, allowing three runs, seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings for a 2.38 ERA. He threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. He earlier had a 3 2/3-inning outing in relief.
Erlin made the Opening Day roster out of spring training after not pitching since a six-inning start against Arizona on April 17, 2016. Exactly one month later, Erlin had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and missed the entire 2017 season.
Although Erlin hasn't pitched against the Dodgers since 2015, he has had some success. He is 1-1 lifetime against Los Angeles with a 1.17 ERA in three games (two starts).
The Dodgers have hit .173 against Erlin with a .204 on-base percentage. He has allowed nine hits and a walk against the Dodgers with 12 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.
"Robbie proved in spring training that he's ready to pitch again in the major leagues," Padres manager Andy Green said. "The one thing we couldn't do is get him stretched out. But he has made three longer relief appearances."
Erlin has a 5-3 record at Petco Park with a 2.71 ERA in 17 appearances (13 starts).
Ryu last pitched on April 10 against Oakland at Dodger Stadium, where he gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, picking up the win in the Dodgers' 4-0 victory. He struck out eight against one walk on 90 pitches.
Ryu last faced the Padres on Aug. 12, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out five against two walks.
In seven career starts against the Padres, Ryu has gone 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA while limiting San Diego batters to a .234 average with a 1.07 WHIP.
Updated April 15, 2018