After trading blowouts in the first two games, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants each enter Sunday’s rubber match eyeing a decisive series win.
The Dodgers send out Clayton Kershaw in the pivotal NL West matchup. Kershaw comes into the game seeking his fifth straight start with a win. His pitching this season has been phenomenal as he enters the game with a 18-3 record, 1.67 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and .188 batting average against.
Sunday marks the third time Kershaw will face the Giants on the year. During the first game, he pitched seven innings in a no-decision, then came back with a complete game shutout at AT&T Park July 26.
Over the course of his career, Kershaw has dominated the Giants with an ERA of 1.40 in the 24 games he has faced San Francisco.
Starting opposite Kershaw is Yusmeiro Petit, who is making his fourth career start against the Dodgers and is seeking his first win having fallen short in the previous three. Petit has seen the Dodgers four times this season, but coming out from the bullpen each time.
On the year, Petit holds a 5-3 record with a 3.62 ERA. His last start was an 84-pitch complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Manger Don Mattingly is sticking with the same lineup he used in Saturday’s dominating 17-0 win. In the all around effort by the team, Matt Kemp was a key contributor with two doubles and three RBIs before leaving the game in the fifth inning.
On the season, Kemp is hitting .364 with three home runs and 11 RBIs against the Giants. The Dodgers enter the game with a two-game lead in the NL West standings and thus will leave in first place regardless of Sunday’s outcome.
The two rivals will meet again Sept. 22-24 with the Dodgers playing host in a series that could determine their postseason fate.
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