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Dodgers at Padres Series Preview

Padres return home after a lengthy road trip to take on their division rivals.

July 09, 2018 - 3:10 pm

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Series Preview

 

After going 12 rounds with the Diamondbacks on a hot Arizona day, the Padres were the last team standing. It was the big blow from Wil Myers in the 16th inning that did the job.

 

Hopefully it will only take nine innings in the team’s series opener tonight against the Dodgers. It will be the first of four games against the Dodgers at home this week.

 

It won’t be easy for the Padres, as the Dodgers have found their groove since their dismal start to the season. The team is only one game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Pitching Preview:

 

Monday 7:10 (PDT)

The series opener will feature the left-handed superstar, Clayton Kershaw, and Luis Perdomo. This will be Kershaw’s fourth start since his return from the disabled list. Kershaw missed almost the entire month of May and then the first three weeks of June. Since his second return, Kershaw is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA. Perdomo was given the start on July 4th last week, his only start since April 18th. Against the Oakland A’s, Perdomo went 5.2 innings pitched and gave up only two earned runs in a 4-2 loss. Perdomo is 1-4 on the year with a 6.86 ERA.

 

Kershaw Kills:

In 23 at-bats against Kershaw, Wil Myers is hitting .043.

 

Will History Repeat?

On April 18th, Luis Perdomo gave up seven earned runs in three innings pitched to the Dodgers.

 

Tuesday 7:10 (PDT)

The second game of the series will have two left-handers on the mound for both teams. In addition with Kershaw, Rich Hill has been cursed with a slew of odd injuries this year. Despite those injuries, Hill’s last four games have been quite solid. His 2.78 ERA has been a promising focus point for the Dodgers season. Going up against Hill will be the rookie, Eric Lauer. Since June 2nd, Lauer has been excellent. The team’s record of 3-4 in that time should not be taken seriously. In those seven starts, Lauer is doing his part – posting a 2.63 ERA.

 

Wednesday 7:10 (PDT)

For the Wednesday game, Kenta Maeda will face Joey Lucchesi. Maeda has been one the major factors in the Dodgers mid-season turn around. His eight most recent starts have given the Dodgers five wins, with his 2.01 ERA being among the best in that time. Although Lucchesi has hoisted a 3.27 ERA this season, he has yet to surpass six innings pitched in any of his 13 starts.

 

Cory Gets Kenta:

For a player not thought of for his home run hitting ability, Cory Spangenberg’s two home runs in 13 at-bats against Kenta Maeda is worth noting.

 

Thursday 7:10 (PDT)

The series finale will have Tyson Ross on the mound for the Padres. Ross has had a tough time in his last couple of starts, giving up a total of 15 earned runs. This will be Ross’ first start against the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers haven’t announced who will get the nod on Thursday.

 

The Padres will have the Chicago Cubs at home this weekend for a three game series.