The Dodgers finally realized late Wednesday evening that they were in fact playing the Atlanta Braves, one of the worst clubs in the major leagues before they rallied for a 5-3 win in extra innings to even up the three game series at one game apiece. They did fail to get a runner on base against former Dodger Jim Johnson, which is a shameful act but they won. Hey a win is a win so I won’t complain. Playing at Turner Field these days is like playing inside of a tomb.
Speaking of which, the Dodgers will be playing their final game at Turner Field on Thursday afternoon, Ever. The Braves will be moving into their stadium Suntrust Park in 2017 and the Dodgers won’t be back this year. It’s getaway day before the Dodgers embark to Coors Field for the Weekend. So expect the B-squad to be on the field during the rubber game.
Dodgers Lineup @ Atlanta-TBA
Game Time – 9:10 AM- TV – SNLA-TBS
Fortunately Clayton Kershaw will be facing a rookie pitcher so the Dodgers should have a huge advantage over the hapless Braves. Kershaw is coming off another win against the Giants. He’s looking for this third win of the season. So far he is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts. He’s allowed just four earned runs in 22 innings pitched. He’s also struck out 20 and walked just two. In other words he’s been vintage Kershaw.
Kershaw has always pitched well against the Braves. He’s 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA in six starts. That includes 54 whiffs and just 10 walks over 45.1 innings pitched. He has a 2.57 ERA at Turner Field, and has held the Braves to a .154 (17 for 111) average against. The Braves had posted just a .429 OPS against Kershaw.
Kershaw vs. Braves
Kershaw’s mound opponent, 23-year old right hander Matt Wisler is entering his second season in the majors. He was 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA across 109 frames in 2015. This season he’s posted an 0-1 record with a 4.61 ERA in two starts. Apparently the youngster has poor command, but a lively fastball. He also has a three-quarter slider, a changeup, and mixes in an occasional curve as well. The Braves acquired him from the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel trade.
He’s made just one start against the Dodgers and of course beat them. In that game he allowed four earned runs on eight hits over six innings. He’s 5-3 with a 3.18 ERA at Turner Field. He’s an Ohio native and was drafted by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. Most of the Dodgers have never seen before, but Adrian Gonzalez has hit a home run off of him.
Wisler vs. Dodgers
The game starts very early, so I’ll be at work and won’t be able to see any of it. I think Oscar will be able to bring you the recap, so check back over here after the game is over for the highlights.
Oh and Pedro Baez was hit in the head by an errant pregame throw from Adam Liberatore. I guess they took him for tests, and he’s probably ok. Nice one Adam. We don’t need any more injuries. Even in pregame warm-ups guys are getting hurt. Also Carl Crawford’s rehab assignment was delayed by travel. Hopefully he didn’t re-injure his back sitting on the tarmac. Happy flight to Denver boys.