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.
Pitching matchups for #Dodgers weekend v Padres
Fri 7:10 — RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 3.41) vs. RHP Dustin May (1-1, 1.64)
Sat 6:10 — LHP Sean Manaea (7-7, 4.90) vs. LHP Julio Urías (14-7, 2.32)
Sun 4 — RHP Mike Clevinger (5-5, 3.59) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (2-1,2.12)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 1, 2022
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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