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Dodgers Set to Start Series With Padres

The Dodgers will begin the month of September with a three-game set against the last-place Padres.

The Dodgers are currently sitting in first place in the NL West. Still a game and a half ahead of the rival Giants, who will be starting a four-game series with the Cubs tonight.

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According to ESPN.com, Julio Urias, Kenta Maeda and Bud Norris are projected to be the starters for the weekend series.

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Julio Urias

Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias pitches during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Urias, is 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA at just 20 years old.

He has won his last four outings dating back to Aug. 8. During that three-week span, he dropped his ERA from 4.88 to 3.71.

The Dodgers have won 10 of the last 14 games Urias has pitched in, including 9 of the last 10.

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Kenta Maeda

Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Maeda is 13-8 with a 3.38 ERA.

The Japan product, went 4-1 in five August starts, never allowing more than 3 earned runs in a game.

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Bud Norris

 

Norris is 6-10 with a 4.92 ERA.

After Rich Hill was scratched from the Aug. 31 start, Norris stepped in and went three innings, giving up six hits, five earned runs while throwing 66 pitches.

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Possible Replacements

1. Rich Hill

Perhaps Hill will return the favor to Norris and take the mound for the 1:10 p.m. start.

Hill is 10-3 with a 2.09 ERA.

One month ago, he was acquired with outfielder Josh Reddick. He has since made one start for the Dodgers, a 1-0 win over the Giants on Aug. 24

Hill went six innings, giving up five hits and three strikeouts.

2. Ross Stripling

Aug 25, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Another possible candidate is Ross Stripling.

Stripling is 3-6 with a 4.15 ERA.

The team has lost his last four starts despite a 3.25 ERA during that span.

He has pitched against the Padres twice this season resulting in a 1-1 record.

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Written by Terrel Emerson

Terrel "Chatterbox" Emerson is a Inglewood native with strong Los Angeles roots. A big sports fan/analyst. Radio talk show host of "Talk That Talk," on WPMD. #WeLoveLA

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