LOS ANGELES —- On what is forecasted to be a warm afternoon in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will try to take the rubber game of this three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Daytime temperatures are expected to reach 87 degrees at first pitch as Yu Darvish is scheduled to start for the Dodgers against Jimmy Nelson and his Brewers.
The Dodgers will try to extend their undefeated streak in series play today, they are 19-0-3 in their last 22 series. In that time, the Dodgers are 55-12 in those 22 series.
Darvish has not pitched since being place on the 10-day disabled list on August 19th, retroactive to August 17th with lower back tightness. This will be Darvish’s fourth start as a Dodger and his first start against the Brewers in his career.
Since it is first start against the Brewers, only Stephen Vogt and Eric Sogard have any significant history against him. Vogt is 6-for-24 with six strikeouts and Sogard is 4-for-14 with a double, five walks and two strikeouts.
Jimmy Nelson is making his 27th start this season and his second against the Dodgers this season. The 28-year old right-hander could not have pitched better in that start back in June against the Dodgers, he went eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out 11.
Curtis Granderson, who was not yet a Dodger when they faced Nelson in June, does have some success against him. Granderson is 4-for-7 with two home runs and two doubles. Granderson also has two hit by pitches, a walk and no strikeouts against Nelson.
Sundays have been fun days at Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers have won their last eight home games on Sundays going back to April 30th when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3. Their only loss on a Sunday at home was on April 16th against the Arizona Diamondbacks who won 3-1 that day.
The Dodgers will also finish their season against the National League Central Division today. They are currently 23-8 against those teams, and as with most win/loss records with this current Dodger team, that is their best winning percentage against the NL Central since this current format was put in place.
Time: 1:10 p.m.
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out-of-market-only)