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…
Hello from (very rainy) San Diego pic.twitter.com/8xAalefqMA
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) September 9, 2022
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.
Tonight’s #Dodgers lineup at Padres: pic.twitter.com/6E7rDexZYi
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 9, 2022
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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