ESPN Adds 2 Games From Dodgers-Padres Series For National Broadcasts

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ESPN announced they have picked up two games from the upcoming series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres to air nationally on Monday and Wednesday.

Both games, which are being played at Petco Park, begin at 7 p.m. following the College World Series. The games will also be available on the ESPN App and not subject to local blackout restrictions, which for the Dodgers amounts to both contests additionally airing on SportsNet LA.

Monday’s game will be called by Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian. Wednesday’s broadcast will have Dave Flemming and Mendoza in the ESPN booth.

The games feature two of the top three teams in the National League, as the Dodgers are second while the Padres are third. The series is also primed to feature multiple star players, including Mookie Betts and Manny Machado.

It’s unclear if the Padres will hav Fernando Tatis Jr., who was removed Saturday night due to an apparent shoulder injury.

The Dodgers are second in the NL West with a 43-27 record and have won eight of their last 10 games. The Padres are third in the division with a 41-32 record and are currently in a 4-6 slump over their last 10 games as they have struggled to hit recently.

This is the third meeting of the season between the two clubs and the first since April 25. The Dodgers went 3-4 in their previous meetings.

Dodgers stars returning soon

Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy are all on the 10-day injured list but the Dodgers are getting closer to full health.

Bellinger is currently on track to be activated against the Padres and they are hopeful to get Muncy back in the lineup before the series is over as well.

Seager will not be ready in time to face San Diego, but he is nearing a rehab assignment.

Getting three of their top four hitters back in the lineup would be a big boost, especially against left-handed pitching, which has been giving them trouble this season.