Clayton Kershaw takes the mound today looking to end the Los Angeles Dodgers two-game losing streak against the Milwaukee Brewers, who counter with righthander Yovani Gallardo.
Kershaw has provided the Dodgers with a quality start in six of his last seven outings, with game scores of 70 or better in five of those efforts. Given that the Dodgers have scored three runs total in the first two games of this four-game series, he may need another superior effort to garner a victory.
For the season, Kershaw has allowed the opposition to bat .194 / .241 / .318 while he is on the hill.
Gallardo has had two very poor starts this year that have driven his ERA to 4.19, but has provided the Brewers with quality starts in his eight other appearances, and is currently working on a string of five consecutive quality starts since his last blow up, sporting a 2.59 ERA during that run. During that span opposing batters are hitting .193 / .297 / .303 against him.
Per Dylan Hernandez: Manager Don Mattingly injured his calf working out this morning.
Elian Herrera will lead off for the second time in his major league career, the first occasion since doing so in Arizona while playing center field. James Loney bats second, which he has done seventeen times previously in the majors. The lineups are heavily oriented toward the opposing pitcher's throwing hand. Only two Dodgers will face Gallardo right-handed (you don't platoon Matt Kemp!), and only one Brewer will take on Kershaw from the port side.
|1B||Hart (R)||2B||Herrera (S)|
|RF||Aoki (L)||1B||Loney (L)|
|LF||Braun (R)||CF||Kemp (R)|
|3B||Ramirez (R)||RF||Ethier (L)|
|2B||Weeks (R)||LF||Abreu (L)|
|SS||Ransom (R)||3B||Kennedy (L)|
|CF||Gomez (R)||C||A. J. Ellis (R)|
|P||Gallardo (R)||P||Kershaw (L)|
Game Time: 7:10 P.M.
TV: Prime Ticket