The Dodgers will try to salvage a split today when they play the Padres at Dodger Stadium this afternoon. Sundays have been good to the Dodgers this season, they have won 13 and lost just one. The one loss was to the Padres at Petco Park in May.
The Dodgers are also the majors best team in day games with an 18-5 record.
Dodgers right-handed bats could improve against left-handed pitching
The Dodgers have not platooned as much this season and part of that is the success that their left-handed batters have done against left-handed pitching. Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Alex Verdugo are in the top ten in the majors as a left-handed batter against same-side pitching.
For the Dodgers, only Corey Seager has an OPS under .800 as a LHB against LHP.
2019 LHB vs. LHP (min 30 PA)
However, their right-handed teammates are not doing nearly as well. Only Chris Taylor and David Freese have over .800 OPS against left-handed pitching. Justin Turner is just below at .793.
Kiké Hernandez has hit better against LHP than RHP but he is still has a .778 OPS against southpaws.
2019 Dodger RHB vs LHP (min 30 PA)
Freese and Pollock should help and perhaps the Dodgers will use their games against left-handed starters to give Corey Seager a rest during the second half.
The Dodgers will hit the road once the second “half” begins
If the Dodgers win today, they will begin the second half with a 14½ game lead over the Diamondbacks or the Rockies. That will be the third highest lead at the break for either a division or league (before 1969) per Stats LLC.
Only Mariner’s with a 19 game lead in 2001 and the Astro’s 16½ game lead in 2017 is higher than the Dodgers lead.
The Dodgers will also be just ahead of the Yankees for the major league’s best record.
After today, the Dodgers will only have 32 games at home. They will play 38 on the road and 13 of their next 18 games after the All-Star break will be on the road.
Currently the Dodgers have a 23-20 in road games this season.