The Los Angeles Dodgers finish out their nine-game home stand with a quick two-game series against the San Diego Padres. This will the the last NL West action the Dodgers will see in the month of May.
The Padres are making a pit stop in Los Angeles before heading home from their three-game set in Colorado. The Padres dropped this series without the help of Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis Jr. has been on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, retroactive to Apr. 29. He is at the Padres spring training complex in Peoria and will likely not see a return this week, just missing the series versus the Dodgers.
The Dodgers split their four-game series against the Nationals, where the two wins were grand, but the two losses were less than disappointing. It was truly a rollercoaster ride, with each team getting shut out, the Nationals hitting a game-winning grand slam and the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu just missing a no-hitter.
The last time the Padres and Dodgers met was the beginning of May, where LA took the series, 2-1. The Dodgers currently sit atop the NL West with the Padres four games behind them.
Game one: Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.31 ERA) vs. Chris Paddack (3-1, 1.55 ERA)
Tuesday, May 14 - 7:10 p.m. PDT
The first game of the series is sure to be a pitchers’ duel.
Kicking it off for the Dodgers on the bump is Clayton Kershaw. This will be Kershaw’s sixth start of the season. Though he is giving up more runs than he is used to, he has provided the Dodgers with at least six innings in all five of his starts and hasn’t allowed more than four runs to score.
Kershaw pitched a no-decision against the Padres on May 3. Kershaw threw six innings that evening, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. This included giving up home runs to Manny Machado and Ian Kinsler. His last outing came on May 8 versus the Atlanta Braves, resulting in his second win of the year. Kershaw threw 6 2⁄3 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. It was the Dodgers bats that came to support his outing to grant him the victory.
On the other side, the Padres will be sending Chris Paddack to the mound to face Kershaw. Paddack is having himself a successful year thus far, boasting an ERA of 1.55 through seven starts. The rookie has never faced the Dodgers.
Paddack’s last outing came against the New York Mets, throwing 7 2⁄3 scoreless innings. The right-handed pitcher only allowed four hits and he struck out 11 batters in his third victory of the season. This appearance isn’t out of the ordinary for Paddack, who has allowed two or fewer runs to score in six of seven of his starts this season.
Game two: Kenta Maeda (4-2, 4.03 ERA) vs. Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00 ERA)
Wednesday, May 15 - 7:10 p.m. PDT
Rich Hill was supposed to get the start on Wednesday, but Dave Roberts pushed him back to Friday. Pitching in his place is right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda. Maeda struggled to find his groove in his first several starts, but his most recent start was promising. He tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out six batters. It was a nice performance (one of his best all season), snagging his fourth win of the season.
Matt Strahm will pitch against Maeda on Wednesday to close out the short series. Strahm struggled in his first start this season, allowing five runs to score in 2 2⁄3 innings. Since that shaky start, he has provided the Padres with longer starts - pitching no less than five innings each outing and going as long as eight. His previous start was a no-decision against the Mets, where he tossed 96 pitches in 6 1⁄3 innings. Strahm allowed two runs to score from six hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
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