The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will conclude a brief two-game series when they meet one more time at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. San Diego had alternated wins and losses over its last six contests heading into Tuesday. Los Angeles is coming off a split of a four-game series with Washington.
Hoping to close the gap
The Padres attempt to chip away at the four-game gap between them and the Dodgers when they visit Los Angeles for a pair of games between the division rivals. San Diego was unable to take advantage of some recent L.A. losses, getting outscored 25-13 while dropping two of three in Colorado. In the finale of a series with the Dodgers two weeks ago, Manuel Margot and Wil Myers each laid down successful bunts after Eric Hosmer opened the ninth inning with a single off closer Kenley Jansen in a one-run game. Hunter Renfroe then launched a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam to give the Padres an 8-5 victory. Nineteen of Renfroe’s 27 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
Left-hander Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00 ERA) is taking the mound for San Diego on Wednesday. In his first full season as a starter, Strahm has delivered an outstanding first two months. The 27-year-old has hurled six consecutive starts that have either officially been quality (four) or lasted only 5.0 innings with no more than one run allowed (two). Strahm most recently went up against the Mets last Wednesday, when he logged 6.1 innings and surrendered just two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out seven batters in a 3-2 win for the Padres.
Maeda on the mound
The Dodgers were two strikes away from winning three straight one-run games in San Diego earlier this month before the Padres showed the kind of resilience they are going to need if they hope to remain in the National League West race all season long. Los Angeles scored the eventual game-winning run in the ninth inning in each of its first two victories in San Diego on May 3 and May 4. The Dodgers got a two-run homer from Chris Taylor in the series finale before collapsing. Los Angeles owns the NL’s best home record at 17-6, although two of those losses came during a four-game series split with Washington over the weekend.
Ryu threw a shutout Tuesday and took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Sunday to earn his first weekly honor and the first for a Dodger pitcher since Kershaw in July 2017. https://t.co/1Wb4uIynIc
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 14, 2019
Kenta Maeda (4-2, 4.03 ERA) will oppose Strahm on Wednesday. The right-hander has been especially impressive of late, with just four runs allowed over his past three starts spanning 17.0 innings. He most recently faced Washington last Friday, when he tossed 6.0 innings of shutout baseball while yielding only one hit during a 5-0 victory.
The San Diego Padres are:
- 2-7 in their last nine games against the National League West
- 10-23 in their last 33 games that are the second of a series
- 13-38 in their last 41 road games against Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 5-2 in their last seven overall
- 36-16 in their last 52 home games
- 6-1 in their last seven games against teams with winning records