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Dodgers Utilizing Fast Starts For Their Fast Start

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Dee Gordon had reached base three times in the first inning this season, and he has scored all three times.
Dee Gordon had reached base three times in the first inning this season, and he has scored all three times.

Part of the Dodgers' success in the early going so far this season has been their offense. They have scored 45 runs in nine games, and average of five runs per contest, and many of those runs have come early in the game.

The Dodgers have only trailed in three of their nine games, and in two of those games they trailed by just one run and scored at least once in the immediate half inning that followed. The Dodgers have scored over half of their runs — 23 of 45 — in the first three innings.

Only Cleveland has scored more runs per game in the first three innings than the Dodgers.

Most Runs In First 3 Innings, MLB
Team Games 1st 2nd 3rd First 3 Per Game
Cleveland 7 8 6 5 19 2.71
Dodgers 9 11 2 10 23 2.56
Tampa Bay 8 11 2 6 19 2.38
Cubs 9 7 1 13 21 2.33
Arizona 8 11 2 4 17 2.13
Colorado 8 3 5 9 17 2.13

Today's Pitching Matchup

Clayton Kershaw makes his third start of the season on Sunday afternoon, looking to add to the win column. Kershaw has 10 strikeouts and one walk in his 10 innings so far this season and has allowed just one run for a 0.90 ERA. Edinson Volquez starts for the Padres, making this a rematch of opening day, when Kershaw was limited to just three innings due to the stomach flu.

Vin On Jackie

Today is the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, and also marks the return to the broadcast booth of Vin Scully, who called games for the final seven seasons of Robinson's career. Scully narrated a promo for MLB involving Robinson that is required watching:

Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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