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Game Preview: Dodgers Look for Sweep of Athletics



The Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics will square off again on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The boys in blue will look for a mini series sweep after blanking the Athletics offense on Tuesday night.

Alex Wood will take the hill for the Dodgers throwing in his third game of the season. It has been a great start to the season for Wood, who had a career year in 2017. He has pitched fourteen innings in his two previous games and allowed just three earned runs. He has also struck out ten batters while maintaining incredible control, without a walk issued.

On the other side, Daniel Mengden will also be making his third start of 2018. Mengden struggled pretty bad in his first two starts, allowing eight earned runs in just eleven innings. That puts him at a 6.55 earned run average on the young season. Mengden only started seven games last year, but showed potential with a 3.14 era in 43 innings pitched.

Game Preview- Players to Watch

Matt Kemp- What a wild ride it has been for Kemp this year. And that ride continued on Tuesday night as Kemp went deep at Dodger stadium for the first time since the 2014 NLDS. Kemp is now hitting at a 308 mark and has knocked in three runs. Have a season Mr Kemp.

Jed Lowrie- He went hitless in Tuesday night’s matchup, but Lowrie has been on fire this year. Even after going 0-4, he is still batting 313 with two home runs of his own. Look for him to give Wood a had time as he is hitting nearly 50 points better against left-handed pitching.

Analysis

The Dodgers looked much better on Tuesday night, and they will look to continue that. If they are going to get back into their groove, they will have to keep putting up the kind of runs like they did on Tuesday.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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