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Dodgers vs Padres: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for September 9

The Dodgers roll into San Diego tonight with nothing on the line, while the Padres are clinging to a three-game lead on the Brewers for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

Los Angeles will send Dustin May to the mound, weather permitting. May has been good against the Padres for most of his career, although his last outing was a major clunker, allowing two home runs, five walks, and six earned runs in five innings pitched. He’ll try to get back on the horse on the Petco Park mound tonight.

Manny Machado has faced May the most of any Padre, going just 5-for-22 but with two homers and a double among those five hits. Jake Cronenworth, Jurickson Profar, and Brandon Drury have also homered against May.

The Padres will counter with Mike Clevinger, who was lousy in his last outing against the Dodgers, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings. Clevinger has faced the Dodgers twice this season, allowing a total of ten earned runs in eight innings.

Mookie Betts has seen Clevinger the most, going 7-for-13 with a double and a triple for a 1.369 OPS. Max Muncy is 2-for-6 with a homer, and Will Smith is 3-for-5 with two homers. The current Dodgers roster has a combined .333 batting average against the mangy right-hander, with an OPS over .950.

As I mentioned, the weather may be the biggest foe for these two lineups…

The biggest notables from today’s (hopeful) lineup is the continued absence of second baseman Gavin Lux. Chris Taylor gets another start at the keystone while Trayce Thompson (left field) and Joey Gallo (designated hitter) get in the starting lineup.

Today’s game will mark the 137th game of the season for LA. They are currently 94-42, 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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