The Los Angeles Dodgers had a day off after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. It could prove to be what the team needed to regroup after playing 20 straight days and with the San Diego Padres in town.
Kevin Correia will be filling in for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu and will be making his second start with Los Angeles since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on August 9. This season, Correia is 6-13 with a 4.79 ERA. In his first start with the Dodgers, Correia went 6.0 innings giving up just one run on four hits in a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. In his career against San Diego, the right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.77 ERA.
The Padres counter with Ian Kennedy. The 29-year-old veteran right-hander is 9-10 with a 3.54 ERA this season. In his last start against the Dodgers, Kennedy received a no-decision after pitching 5.0 innings giving up five runs on seven hits in a 6-5 Padres’ victory on June 20. The Southern California product is 5-5 with a 3.99 ERA in his career against the Dodgers.
None of the everyday players are hitting over .300 when Kennedy is on the mound for the offense. Tonight’s starting lineup has a combined .246 average with four home runs and 17 RBIs against Kennedy. Matt Kemp has two home runs and six RBIs off the Padres’ right-hander alone.
Los Angeles enters today with a 3.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West division standings.
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