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Dodgers vs Diamondbacks: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for September 13

The Dodgers can clinch the NL West for the ninth time in the last ten years tonight with a win in Arizona or a Padres loss in Seattle. The two games start at the same time, but Clayton Kershaw and Merrill Kelly are both quick workers while Padres starter Yu Darvish is on the slow side, so there’s a decent chance the Dodgers can wrap up the West on the field before the Padres finish losing to the Mariners.

Kershaw will be making his first start against Arizona this season. Overall, Kershaw is 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA on the season, and he’s coming off two solid starts since returning from his latest IL stint. Kershaw was mostly dominant against the Giants on Wednesday, allowing just a two-run homer on a hot day in L.A. where the ball was flying.

Ketel Marte and Christian Walker have both had good success against Kershaw over the years, with Marte sporting a 1.054 OPS in 32 plate appearances and Walker at 1.211 in 23 PA. The two have combined for seven homers against Kershaw. Carson Kelly is the only other DBack likely to bat today who has ever homered off Kershaw. (Madison Bumgarner has two career homers against Kersh, but he’s likely to be left on the bench.)

Kelly has faced the Dodgers three times this year, and he’d really prefer you stop bringing it up, thankyouverymuch. His ERA against all non-Dodgers teams this year is 2.38; against Los Angeles, it’s 9.69. He was on the wrong end of Walker Buehler’s complete game in April, and he handed the Dodgers a big enough lead for Hanser Alberto’s first pitching appearance in May.

The Dodgers have seven hitters with at least a .967 OPS in at least 14 plate appearances against Kelly: Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Mookie Betts, Will Smith, Trea Turner, and Freddie Freeman. Those seven hitters have combined for seven homers and 12 doubles against Kelly.

The starting lineup is exactly the same as it was yesterday 1-7. Mookie moves back to right field and Chris Taylor gets his first start of the series. Get the champagne ready…

Today’s game will mark the 141st game of the season for LA. They are currently 97-43, on pace for 112 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm PT.

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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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