Dodgers Vs. Padres Preview: Yasiel Puig Given Night Off

[new_royalslider id=”13″] After sweeping the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers start a three-game series on the road against the San Diego Padres.

Dan Haren, who has won three of his last four starts, takes the mound for the Dodgers. Haren is 11-10 with a 4.44 ERA this season and has done relatively well at Petco Park, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts. In his career against San Diego, the right-hander is 6-5 with a 3.87 ERA.

The Padres counter with Andrew Cashner. This season, Cashner is 2-6 with a 3.09 ERA. In four career starts against Los Angeles, Cashner is 0-2. However, his record isn’t indicative of how well he pitched in those games. The right-hander has a career 1.35 ERA against the Dodgers.

As for the offensive side of the plate for the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig won’t start as he has been slumping of late. Though he is batting .301, the Dodgers’ slugger has just two home runs with only 19 RBIs since June 1.

Puig was hitting .398 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in May. Adrian Gonzalez may give the team a boost offensively as he is hitting .313 with an RBI off Cashner. Carl Crawford is hitting .333 with an RBI off the right-hander as well.

However, Cashner may be a bad match up for Los Angeles as tonight’s Dodgers’ starting lineup is a combined 16-for-69 against him with no home runs and just two RBIs.

The Dodgers enter tonight’s contest with a 4.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West Division standings. A win tonight would be the Dodgers’ third consecutive victory.

Dodgers Lineup

2B: Gordon

SS: Ramirez

1B: Gonzalez

RF: Kemp

LF: Crawford

CF: Ethier

3B: Turner

C: Ellis

P: Haren

Padres Lineup

3B: Solarte

CF: Almonte

LF: Smith

1B: Grandal

2B: Gyorko

C: Rivera

RF: Liriano

SS: Amarista

P: Cashner
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