The Dodgers slugged four home runs on Friday evening that included three from Corey Seager to defeat the Braves 4-2. The Braves are the worst club in the National league of course, but still a win is a win. Beggars can’t be choosers. This is a good time to fatten up on the soft underbelly of the National League. Now if only the Cardinals would help us out by beating the Giants…..
The series continues as right hander Bud Norris will take on Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers will have to do it without right fielder Yasiel Puig. Just before game time yesterday it was announced that Puig was placed on the 15-day DL because of his strained hamstring. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke was activated from the DL in his place. I have no idea why the Dodgers spoon fed the media that Puig’s hamstring pull was a minor injury and that he would be back in the lineup within a couple of days.
I believe manager Dave Robert’s exact words were that Puig was supposed to be back in the lineup within the next several days. I don’t what changed, especially because Puig pinch-hit twice within that time frame. Not that it matters though, because Puig has been mostly useless at the plate the entire season. I am beginning to wonder if he will ever find his form again. He may become a lost cause. It’s a shame, but that happens to players sometimes. Some players start out hot and then lose it and drop off the face of the planet never to be seen again. Baseball is a tough game.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Atlanta
Bud Norris-1-6 vs. Clayton Kershaw-7-1
Game time- 7:10 PM – TV- SNLA
On to the pitching match-ups. Norris is a 31-year old that was originally with the Houston Astros. He had been pitching with the Padres last season before the Braves signed him in free agency. Overall Norris has been terrible, posting a 1-6 record and a 5.71 ERA over 17 games. He’s made 5 starts and has allowed 10.8 hits per nine. His strikeout to walk ratio is atrocious as he’s walked 20 and whiffed 31 in 41 frames. Norris has made 6 starts in his career against the Dodgers and appeared in 8 games. He has a 1-1 record and a 2.84 ERA. He is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA at Dodger Stadium. The current Dodgers have not hit Norris at all. He’s limited the Dodgers to a .130 (6 for 46) average against with just one extra-base hit and a .152 OPS against.
Norris vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw as he continues his quest for the perfect season. Kershaw is having perhaps one of the greatest seasons ever for a left handed pitcher in Dodger history. Stop me if you’ve heard that before, because we said that in 2014, and again in 2015. It seems each season he has is better than the last and one of the greatest in history. Kershaw limited the Mets to two earned runs over 7.2 innings pitched with 10 whiffs. He got a no-decision but the Dodgers won the game by a 4-2 score. Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.56 ERA and has struck out 105 and walked just 5 this season. Those seem like video game stats. Kershaw has posted a 0.646 WHIP and has allowed just 5.3 hits per nine. Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 7 starts versus the Braves. As dominating as Kershaw is, the current Braves are actually hitting .256(21 for 82) against him with 2 home runs and a .378 OPS against.
Kershaw vs. Braves
The Dodgers need to get all the wins in now before their big series against the Giants next week. They need to gain a game or two before they fly up there. They’re going to need some help though. Hard to believe we’re asking for assistance from the Cardinals. I feel a little dirty having to root for the Cardinals tonight, but the Giants have got to lose for us to make up any ground.
So Go Blue!
Go Red Birds! Ughhh no, I just can’t do it. Allow me to rephrase this. Let’s just say we want the Giants to lose, but still also hate the Cardinals. Once that series is over we can resume our regularly scheduled hatred of the Cards.
Hopefully the Dodgers can enjoy devouring a nice refreshing Bud tonight.
Anyways, enjoy the game!