Dodgers Look to Stay Hot Heading into San Diego

It was a pretty good weekend series for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers took three of four games, extending their record to 7-3 on the season and their current road trip record to 5-1.

The most important thing that happened on Sunday was the return of Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers’ veteran looked like he did when he was in his Ace form, going five and two-thirds innings, allowing only three hits, all of which were singles, issuing no walks and striking out six. 70 percent of his 81 pitches were strikes, and he looked in control the whole time. His fastball was touching 93 mph, something it had not done in all of 2019.

“The four-seams away he was throwing me in the first inning, he hasn’t in the past thrown me a lot of those”, Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker said after the game. “They seemed like they had maybe a little bit more finish through the zone.”

It appears as if the long rest of his arm and body, coupled with what he learned at Driveline last off-season, have helped Kershaw regain some of his signature pitching. As long as his back still feels good in between starts, this version of Kershaw will again be a joy to watch.

And so the Dodgers now are in San Diego to take on the Padres. Coming into Monday’s game, the Padres sit at 6-4, third place in a tight NL West division. They have the highest average runs per game of any team in MLB at 5.9. The Dodgers have the lowest team ERA in all of MLB at 1.84, and a run differential of +30. The Dodgers had great pitching in the hitter friendly parks of Chase Field and Minute Maid Park, while the Padres just finished up a series at Coors Field in Denver, where they scored 15 runs, but lost two of the three games.

Monday night’s pitching matchup looks to be stellar. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers, and Chris Paddack will start for the Padres. The tall righty made his debut last season and impressed. In two games so far this year, he’s allowed only two runs in 11 innings of work. Over his last six starts dating back to last season, he’s allowed only four runs over 42 innings.

Tuesday’s pitching matchup will be Dustin May and Dinelson Lamet. Wednesday will see Ross Stripling and Garrett Richards take the mound for their respective clubs.

With the Dodgers seeing all right handed starters, Joc Pederson should be given more of a chance to show his power. Mookie Betts will most likely be out for Monday’s game after hurting his left middle finger on a awkward swing, giving AJ Pollock’s hot bat a chance to remain in the lineup. We will also see if Corey Seager is well enough to return to the lineup. He may be the DH while giving his quad more of a chance to rest.

As for the Padres, Tommy Pham, Fernando Tatis Jr.and Manny Machado all are dangerous bats for the Dodgers pitching staff to deal with. Trent Grisham has three homers so far in the young season, and Pham has five stolen bases and a .969 OPS.

All games will be at 6:10 Pacific time.

 

Dodgers Bullpen Shines in Houston, Plus Arizona Series Preview

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“My head was, we need to get off this two game snide (sic) and win a game against a good ball club at their place. My heart was saying ‘I wanna beat the crap out of this team and win two games.’”

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Dodgers Need to Find Ways to Spark Offense, If Season Continues

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In a normal season, if the Dodgers had gotten off to a 2-2 start, fans would grumble and make excuses while probably being a little concerned—overall it wouldn’t be that big a deal. After all, even though the Dodgers were playing the San Francisco Giants, who are most definitely in a rebuilding year, it’s still the Giants, and crazy things happen in games against them.

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Dodgers’ Active Roster Set, Ready for Opening Day

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“Pitchers and poets both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things” —Robert Frost

Today is the day. After a crazy offseason and an aborted Spring Training, months of downtime and then this thing called Summer Camp, baseball finally begins its 2020 season tonight.

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Dodgers Opinions: Andrew Friedman Finally Got His Man

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From some Dodgers fans’ perspectives, Andrew Friedman has not had a great career. Missed World Series wins and missed free agent signings had fans thinking he would never get the Dodgers over the hump. But this time, he came through.

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Dodgers’ Offense Looks Ready for Regular Season

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We’ve actually made it to the week when baseball starts in earnest. Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on NL West rivals Arizona Diamondbacks for their first of three exhibition games before the season officially starts on Thursday.

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Dodgers Updates: Walker Buehler, Charities, Social Justice, and More

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We’re down to only six days before the start of the abbreviated 2020 regular season, when the Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the San Francisco Giants. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound at Dodger Stadium, with Johnny Cueto doing the same for the Giants.

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Dodgers News and Notes: New Players in Camp, Cody Bellinger Working on Swing

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T-minus 10 days until the Los Angeles Dodgers open up what is to be the 2020 season against the San Francisco Giants.

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Dodgers Opinions: 3 Questions to Answer Before Start of Play

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We are now just two weeks away from the start of the 2020 season, such as it is, and hope that it will happen. While some things are known, like Clayton Kershaw being the Opening Day starter, and what the schedule will look like, there are still a lot of things left to be decided and worked out.

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Dodgers’ 60-Game Schedule Released, Other News and Notes

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Even as problems with cases of players testing positive for coronavirus, players opting out, and issues with the testing itself, Major League Baseball on Monday presented the schedule for the upcoming 60-game season.

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