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The Dodgers will begin a nine-game home stand on Monday

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Nick Markakis and the Atlanta Braves head to Los Angeles for a three game set against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers return to Los Angeles after a six-game road trip. Their first opponent: the Atlanta Braves. This is the first of times these two will meet for this season, with the second coming in August at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta is freshly out of a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins to lift their record to 18-16 on the year. Los Angeles is heading out of a three-game series with the San Diego Padres, winning the series but their most recent contest saw them fall short, losing by means of a walk-off grand slam.

The Braves are experiencing some small player injuries, with Ronald Acuña Jr., who experienced lower back pain, and Josh Donaldson, who has been dealing with a sore calf, sitting out on Sunday. Acuña and Donaldson are expected to see some time in the upcoming series in Los Angeles.

On the Dodgers side, Cody Bellinger has sat out of the last two games due to his shoulder popping out on Friday night. He is also expected to play in the series against the Braves.

Game one: Walker Buehler (3-0, 5.22 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (1-2, 4.83 ERA)

Monday, May 6 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Walker Buehler gets the start on the bump for the Dodgers. He picked up his third win of the season in his last start against the Giants. He went for 5 13 innings, allowing three earned runs off of six hits and a walk.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Walker Buehler gets the start on the bump for the Dodgers on May 6.
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It was the Dodgers offense that came to his rescue, backing Buehler with 10 runs of support. Other than his six inning start against the Reds on Apr. 17, he hasn’t been exactly “lights out.” His strikeout rates are down (7.4 per nine IP) and his ERA not quite where it needs to be.

On the other side, Kevin Gausman will be the starting pitcher for the Braves on Monday. Guasman’s last start was on Friday, May 3, but he was ejected for intentionally throwing at Marlins catcher Jose Ureña. He threw just 28 pitches in 1 23 innings, allowing one run to score from one hit and one walk.

Game two: Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. Max Fried (4-1, 2.11 ERA)

Tuesday, May 7 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Headed to the mound for the Dodgers on Tuesday will be Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu is having an excellent start to the 2019 season. His last outing was wasted, providing the Dodgers with eight strong innings - only allowing just one run from four hits. He wasn’t credited with the win because the Dodgers offense couldn’t find the means to support him.

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
Headed to the mound for the Dodgers on Tuesday will be Hyun-Jin Ryu
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Through six starts this season, Ryu has not allowed more than two runs in a game and has struck out one batter shy of 40.

Opposite of Ryu will be left-handed pitcher Max Fried. Fried has been one to provide the Braves with longer innings, with his most recent start going through the seventh. His last outing was great and almost identical to Ryu’s. He allowed one run to score from four hits while striking out seven batters. The only discrepancies? He got the win.

Game three: Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

Wednesday, May 8 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Clayton Kershaw will close out the series on the Dodgers side, making his fifth start of the season.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Clayton Kershaw will close out the series on the Dodgers side, making his fifth start of the season.
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His last start was a no-decision, going for six innings against the Padres. He allowed three earned runs on six hit and a walk to lead the Dodgers to an eventual victory. In three of his four starts this season, he has allowed less than two runs. The only one with more was the aforementioned game against the Padres.

Mike Foltynewicz will pitch against Kershaw in game three. The right-handed pitcher missed the first month of the season, recovering from a right elbow bone spur. This will be Foltynewicz’s third start of the season. His last outing came against the Padres as well and it wasn’t pretty. He allowed six runs to score, with just two of them earned, in a game where the Padres scored 11.


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