Dodgers vs Padres Preview: Kershaw looks to instill fear into Padres

It is always a good day when Clayton Kershaw takes the mound, and he is looking to add his third win of the season tonight. He will be facing the San Diego Padres for the first time this season and should be able to dominate a struggling lineup.

41713-KershawHis 1.16 ERA should be enough to scare the Padres from coming to Dodger Stadium. Kershaw will be trying to add to his 25 strikeouts, but it would be more impressive if he can add another home run to his stats as well.

The opposing pitcher will be Tyson Ross. The three-year player is looking for his first win of the season. He has a 4.82 ERA and hopefully the Dodgers can put some runs on the board at the expense of Ross.

Hopefully the Dodgers’ bats can wake up and get rolling. This might be the perfect match-up for the Dodgers to get some hits and convert them into runs.

It is still early in the season but the Dodgers really need to get these easy wins at home.

San Diego Padres (4-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (7-7)
Tyson Ross (0-1, 4.82 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 1.16 ERA)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
7:10 p.m., April 17
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish), 1540 AM (Korean)
Game-Time Weather: 70 degress, sunny

Padres’ projected starters
P: Tyson Ross
C: Nick Hundley
1B: Yonder Alonso
2B: Alexi Amarista
SS: Everth Cabrera
3B: Jedd Gyorko
LF: Jesus Guzman
CF: Cameron Maybin
RF: Chris Denorfia

Key Bench Players: IF Mark Kotsay, OF Will Venable

Key to a Dodger Victory:
Kershaw being Kershaw
– He needs to set the tone and take away any hope the Padres might have of actually having a good offensive outing. If Kershaw can dominate on the mound, then that will get the crowd going and behind our Dodger lineup when they come up to bat

Alex Torres

Staff writer for Dodgers Nation and excited to cover the best team in baseball. Follow him on Twitter at @uclakers38

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