The Dodgers are riding high on a nine game winning streak as they head into US Cellular field to take on the White Sox for a quick two game set. They’ll look to extend it to ten games as they give the ball to Clayton Kershaw. The White Sox will counter with right hander Miguel Gonzalez.
Kershaw is 14-2 with a 2.18 ERA over 132.1 innings of work in 2017. Kershaw has struck out 159 and allowed 6.4 hits per nine while posting a 0.877 WHIP. Kershaw has won his last ten consecutive decisions and hasn’t lost a game since May 1 against the Giants. He struck out 13 in his last start against Kansas City which was a complete game six hit masterpiece. Tonight he’ll look to keep that streak intact too.
Kershaw has made just three career starts against the White Sox and is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA. He’s never pitched at US Cellular but he’s held the White Sox to just a .200 (6 for 30) batting average against with four extra-base hits. Here’s how the rest of the White Sox (numbers below) have done against him. It’s been a while since Kershaw faced the Pale Hose.
Dodgers @ White Sox
Tonight's lineup at White Sox:
(Kershaw P) pic.twitter.com/hMtkEFJ1Lp
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2017
Clayton Kershaw-14-2 vs. Miguel Gonzalez-4-8
Game Time 5:10 PM –TV- SNLA
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Meanwhile Miguel Gonzalez has struggled to a 5.18 ERA across 78.2 innings pitched. He’s been terrible in July posting an 0-3 record with an 8.62 ERA. He’s been having problems ever since getting off to a good start in April in which he went 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA. He’s allowed way too any base runners (10.5 hits per nine) and doesn’t get many swings and misses which is clear by looking at his meager 5.1 K/9 rate. He’s never faced the Dodgers and only two current Dodgers have ever seen him.
Gonzalez vs. Dodgers
The White Sox are in last place in the AL Central with a 38-52 record. They’re 0.5 games behind Cleveland and have lost four in a row entering tonight’s contest. The White Sox are 19-21 at home, and the Dodgers have a 25-18 record on the road.
Here’s the Dodger’s lineup for tonight which looks like the usual lineup. With the exception of Chase Utley batting ninth. The veteran will be the DH as the Dodgers adhere to the American League rules in the White Sox home grounds. For Utley this will be just his eighth time playing at DH in his career. He’s currently hitting .227 with a .715 OPS in 231 plate appearances this season.
Dbacks are sending prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to the Tigers in exchange for J.D. Martinez.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) July 18, 2017
Trade official. No cash in deal. #DBacks assume balance of Martinez’s $11.75M salary.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2017
In case you haven’t heard the news, the Dbacks acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Tigers this afternoon. According to reports it was a 4-player deal with Arizona sending three prospects to Detroit in the Martinez swap. According to Ken Rosenthal there will be no cash exchanged. So much for the rumors of the Dodgers getting him, but it’s not like they really need him.