MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 150
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 031
  W: C. Kershaw (16-5)   L: J. Lucchesi (10-10)   S: K. Maeda (3)
12:40 PM PT1:40 PM MT2:40 PM CT3:40 PM ET15:40 ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 PM MST2:40 PM EST3:10 PM VEN23:40 UAE2:40 PM CT, September 26, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 26,285

Dodgers' Kershaw tries to right ship vs. Padres

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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

  1. This is the eighth time that the Dodgers have won 100 games in a season (seventh in the World Series era). They have never won the World Series in a season with 100+ wins; all six titles came in a year with 99 wins or fewer.
  2. With a week left in his third MLB season, Cody Bellinger has 110 career home runs, fourth most all-time in a player's first three MLB seasons: Albert Pujols (114), Ralph Kiner (114) and Eddie Mathews (112).
  3. Eric Hosmer has a .415 slugging percentage across two seasons since joining the Padres. Over that time, the only primary first baseman with a lower slugging percentage is Brandon Belt (.411; min. 1000 PA).
  4. Manny Machado is batting .138 (9-for-65) in September, fourth lowest of the 175 players with at least 60 plate appearances this month. After batting .314 in the month of June, Machado has seen his average drop in each subsequent month to .278 in July, .221 in August and now .138 in September.
  5. Since joining the Dodgers at the 2016 trade deadline, Rich Hill is 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA in nine starts against the Padres. Among pitchers with at least five starts against San Diego over that span (since 8/1/2016), only Jacob deGrom has a lower ERA (1.42).
  6. The Dodgers' +249-run differential this season is currently the fourth highest of any National League team in the divisional era (since 1969): 1975 Reds (+254), 1998 Astros (+254) and 2016 Cubs (+252).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

As everyone knows, three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has struggled in postseason play.

But Kershaw has put a new twist on his fall failures in 2019.

The 31-year-old left-hander is 9-10 for his career in the playoffs with a 4.32 ERA in 30 games (24 starts).

He is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA over his last five starts going into his final regular-season start Thursday afternoon against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. And those aren't his only troubling numbers.

Since he opened the season with a 13-2 record and a 2.71 ERA in 22 starts, Kershaw has struggled. He has given up 13 homers in his last six starts. On the season, Kershaw has given up a career-high 28 homers -- with 10 of those coming in the first inning, when his ERA is 6.00.

Even with the recent struggles, Kershaw is still 15-5 on the season with a 3.15 ERA, a .227 opponents' batting average and a 1.07 WHIP in 171 1/3 innings.

Kershaw still has the strong backing of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

"With Clayton, I feel really good that when the bell rings for the postseason, he's going to be locked and loaded," Roberts told reporters recently. "For me, he's feeling strong, I'll trust that the results will be there ... that he'll be more than fine."

Certainly, making his last start of the season against the Padres at Petco Park shouldn't hurt.

Kershaw is 2-0 against the Padres in four previous starts this season with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Kershaw has 168 career wins, going 20-6 during his career against the Padres with a 2.03 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a .193 opponents' batting average. He has made 38 career starts against the Padres with 261 strikeouts in 248 2/3 innings - or 9.45 strikeouts per nine innings.

And Kershaw is 8-2 against the Padres in 15 starts at Petco Park with a 1.79 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and a .195 opponents' batting average. He has averaged 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings at the Padres' home.

Kershaw said he has no idea why has been struggling recently, and neither does Roberts. "I wish I had an explanation," said the manager.

Kershaw will be matched against Padres' second-year left-hander Joey Lucchesi (10-9, 4.28 ERA) Thursday afternoon.

Lucchesi will be making his fourth start against the Dodgers this season. He is 1-1 in the first three meetings with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 17 innings. Three of the 15 hits the Dodgers have against Lucchesi this season are solo homers by Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Justin Turner.

In two seasons against the Dodgers, Lucchesi is 1-4 with a 6.67 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP and a .270 opponents' batting average while averaging 7.58 strikeouts per nine innings.

Meanwhile, Rod Barajas spoke about his first four days as the Padres manager (Andy Green was fired on Sept. 21) and the differences between managing at Triple-A and the major leagues.

"It's not much different from Triple-A managing," said Barajas. "There's lots more media. There are a lot more questions that you have to answer. It's still managing people. These guys are out here and they are professional. My job is to make sure these guys are being held accountable and doing what they are supposed to be doing. In that aspect of it, it hasn't changed at all. It's just a bigger stadium, bigger crowd, more media. Other than that, it's still baseball."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2019

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