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Game Preview: Kershaw Tries Again For 150th Win as Dodgers Finish Series in Seattle

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Jul 9, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners

Time: 1:10 PM PT

Venue: Safeco Field

Seattle Record: 71-53

Los Angeles Record: 66-58

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers spent most of their night trailing 4-1, before Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each hit solo shot late in the game. The game went into extras before the Mariners won on a walk-off balk in the 10th inning.

Why is this Game Important?

With the Rockies winning and the Diamondbacks losing Saturday, the Dodgers are fighting to stay in the NL West race. They trail Arizona by two games in the division. After Sunday’s game, they head back home to play a red hot St. Louis ballclub. The Cardinals have won 14 of their last 17 games.

Pitching Matchup

Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.47 ERA) vs Roenis Elias (2-0, 2.88 ERA)

Clayton Kershaw will get another crack at winning his 150th career game. He should have reached that feat in his last start, where he allowing just one run in eight innings against the Giants. Kershaw won his lone start at Safeco Field in 2012.

Roenis Elias returns from the DL after missing the last three weeks to a left tricep strain. He has made just one start, compared to 12 relief appearances this year. He has not thrown more than four innings in any appearance this year but has not allowed a home run all season.

Matchup of the Day

Brian Dozier vs Roenis Elias

Brian Dozier has experienced success against Elias in the past, reaching base five times in eight plate appearances against the Mariners’ pitcher. He has a double and a home run against Elias. In this series, Dozier has reached base in each of the first two games of this series.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 59% chance of winning

Mariners: 41% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Roenis Elias posted a 7.37 ERA as a teenager in his two seasons as a professional in Cuba.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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  1. Another sickening, soul-crushing defeat last night in Seattle because of the bulls..t pen (They deserve this epithet – print it). Every single one of these losers (except Jansen, obviously) should be let go. They destroyed another great effort, this time by the hitters, who fought to overcome a 4-1 deficit. These guys are solely responsible for 6 of the last 8 losses.
    I will ask again: who is paying the bulls..t pen to throw games?

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