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Dodgers News: Pitching Rotations Set for Weekend Series with Padres

The Padres come to Dodger Stadium tonight to start a three-game series that means a lot more to San Diego than to the Dodgers. Los Angeles has an 18-game lead over the Padres in the NL West, essentially an insurmountable lead. The Padres, meanwhile, are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers for the third and final Wild Card spot in the NL.

Both team announced their expected starting pitchers for the series, and it’s shaping up to be a good one.

Tonight’s game will pit Dustin May, in his third start back from Tommy John surgery, against former Dodger Yu Darvish. Darvish is 11-7 with a 3.41 ERA, but he’s 0-2 with a 3.50 ERA against the Dodgers this season.

On Saturday, Julio Urias will attempt to improve upon his second-best-in-the-NL 2.32 ERA against Sean Manaea of the Padres. Manaea has allowed 14 earned runs in 8.1 innings against the Dodgers this year, while Urias has allowed just one run in 11 innings against San Diego.

Sunday’s series finale will be Andrew Heaney against Mike Clevinger. Clevinger has faced the Dodgers just once this year, allowing five earned runs in 4.2 innings. Heaney’s only appearance against the Padres this year was that same game, when he also went 4.2 innings but allowed three runs, none of them earned.

The Dodgers are 8-2 against the Padres this year, outscoring them 55-18 in the 10 games. Beginning with this series, the two teams will face each other nine times in the last five weeks of the season. The NL West is all wrapped up, but Los Angeles has a chance to play spoiler to the little brothers from down south.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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