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Dodgers News: L.A. Needs Clayton Kershaw to Be Its Stopper

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The Dodgers haven’t looked like a playoff-caliber team in San Francisco.

On Monday, the previously stout Brandon McCarthy finally slipped, allowing six runs in an 8-4 loss. Tuesday was more frustrating: Rich Hill delivered a solid start (5 IP, 1 ER) in his return from the disabled list, but the Dodgers couldn’t solve Ty Blach and lost 2-1.

And now, the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound to stop the bleeding. Los Angeles is 3-6 against the Giants this season, and the two won’t meet again until July after Wednesday. San Francisco is solidly in fourth place at 17-24, and one could argue their results against the Dodgers have prevented them from a true free fall.

Even if Kershaw throws a gem, the L.A. offense needs to hit Johnny Cueto. The Dodgers scored three runs off the Giants ace in their May 1 matchup, but San Francisco got the best of Kershaw.

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A sweep only helps a slowly rebounding Giants team’s confidence. The Dodgers see the slumping Marlins next, but afterwards face Chicago and St. Louis in the next nine games.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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