The Dodgers will try to end a two-game losing streak as Rich Hill takes the mound against Julio Teheran in the third game of their series against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers have lost three in a row at home just once this season. That was back on April 16 - 18 against the Diamondbacks and Rockies.
A good place to start will be to score first against the Braves. In the first two games of this series, the Dodgers have fallen behind 2-0 after the top of the first. And while they have done well when they have to come back, the Dodgers have been red hot in the last two months when they score first.
They have won 32 straight when scoring first, the last time they lost when they scored first was back on May 15th, when they lost 8-4 to the San Francisco Giants.
Hill has won all of three of his July starts. In 19 innings, Hill has given up two runs and 11 hits. Hill has struck out 29 and walked just one. Only four Braves, Brandon Phillips, Nick Markakis, Sean Rodriguez and Freddie Freeman have faced Hill before with Philips having more than a handful of plate appearances against Hill.
Julio Teheran has alternated good seasons with mediocre ones in his last four years. Thus far, this has been a mediocre one. However, like Hill, July has been a good month for him. He’s started three games and pitched 20⅓ innings. He’s given up 12 hits and for runs. He only has a 18 strikeouts to 10 walks ratio this month.
Teheran is 0-5 in his six starts against the Dodgers from 2014-2016. He’s 0-3 at Dodger Stadium with a 6.50 ERA in 18 innings pitched.
Not surprisingly, several Dodgers have had success in limited appearances against Teheran. Corey Seager has two home runs in six plate appearances and Logan Forsythe has a home run in his two times up against the Atlanta right-hander.
Also Yasmani Grandal, Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson have had success against Teheran.
Time: 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA