Clayton Kershaw (2-1) will take his turn on the mound today to try and help the Dodgers end their six-game losing streak. Kershaw, who took the loss last Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, has not lost two straight home decisions since May 30, 2012.
Kershaw has a long history against the Padres, today will be his 29th career start against San Diego, no starting pitcher has more starts against the Padres since 2008, Kershaw's first season. The Dodgers have won his last eight starts against the Padres going back to September 21, 2012.
This current group of Padres have not had much success against Kershaw, no player on their 25-man roster has a home run against him, as a group they have hit .205/.253/.253 with 34 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances.
The Padres will start left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-2) today. Pomeranz has not had a start against the Dodgers since 2013 when he pitched for Colorado. His last two appearances against the Dodgers were as a reliever in 2015, when he pitched for Oakland.
The current Dodger roster against Pomeranz has had success against him, in 45 plate appearances, they have hit .395/.452/.632. Both Dodger catchers, Yasmani Grandal (1.250 OPS in 8 PA with a home run) and A.J. Ellis (1.214 OPS in 7 PA) have hit well against him.
Pomeranz has pitched well this season, in four starts, he has pitched 22 innings with 2.86 ERA (3.16 FIP). He has also pitched slightly better against right-handed batters than left-handed batters (.618 OPS against RH batters, .737 against LH batters).