The Dodgers are going for their seventh series sweep of the season on Sunday afternoon with their series finale against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.
Four of those sweeps came in the last three weeks, which has helped fuel the Dodgers winning 20 of their last 23 games, something only two other LA Dodgers teams (1977, 2013) have done.
Since the start of 2013, only three MLB teams have had stretches of 20-3 — the 2013 Dodgers, the 2013 Rays, and these 2017 Dodgers.
The Dodgers have had nine opportunities to complete a series sweep of three or more games this season, and they have completed seven of them. They are 6-for-6 in such opportunities at home, and 1-for-3 on the road.
These sweep numbers don’t even count the Dodgers’ first trip to Petco Park, May 5-6, when the Sunday finale was washed away by rain. The Dodgers won both of those games, and are 4-0 in San Diego this season, outscoring the Padres 36-8.
Kenta Maeda gets the start on Sunday, looking to build on his strong June that saw him allow four runs in 21 innings, including seven scoreless innings to beat the Angels on Tuesday.
Jhoulys Chacin has allowed exactly two runs in each of his last four starts, and had five quality starts in five June starts. If there is anyone who has enjoyed Petco Park this season, it’s Chacin.
He has a 1.83 ERA in eight home starts, holding opposing batters to just .176/.234/.294. On the road, Chacin has a 9.08 ERA in eight starts — including starts allowing nine (to the Dodgers), seven, and seven runs — with batters teeing off to the tune of .358/.425/.579.
Time: 1:40 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA