The post clinch celebration hangover hit the Dodgers hard yesterday as they suffered a 7-1 loss in the opening game against the Padres. That’s probably to be expected. Other than home field advantage in the NLDS these games are pretty meaningless for them. Of course as I was on my return flight home the Dodgers made a late change and decided to push Jose De Leon back to tonight and started Kenta Maeda instead.
The results were not good, but it allows them to get him some extra rest and line him up to pitch game 3 of the NLDS against Washington. It also completely screwed up my pregame. I’ve certainly missed a lot during the week I was out of the country but I am glad I am back in time for Vin Scully’s final games and the postseason. I just have to catch up with everything I have missed, so please forgive me if I am a bit behind the eight ball.
Dodgers Lineup @ San Diego
Tonight's Dodger lineup:
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Jose De Leon-2-0 vs. Luis Perdomo-8-10
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
So tonight Jose De Leon will get the call for real this time and the Padres will give the ball to Luis Perdomo. I’ll go ahead and use what I wrote from my pregame last night. De Leon is making his second start against the Padres. He defeated them for his first MLB victory in his debut start at Dodger Stadium.
In that game he allowed 4 runs (three earned) on six hits over 6 frames and struck out 9 to earn his first major league win. Since then he has had two starts with a win against the Yankees in New York and a loss to the Dbacks on September 18. Overall he is 2-0 with a 5.52 ERA and has struck out 14 and walked 4 in 14.2 innings pitched. Here’s how he has fared against the Padres.
De Leon vs. Padres
Luis Perdomo is a 23-year old right hander from the Dominican Republic. Perdomo has made 19 starts and 34 appearances for the Padres this season posting an 8-10 record and a 5.59 ERA. In 141.2 innings pitched he has struck out 103 and walked 45. He’s given up an incredible amount of hits at almost a 2-1 rate. He’s allowed 180 hits and 11.4 per nine innings. Probably an issue there.
This is his fourth start against the Dodgers this year and they have beaten him in all three decisions. He’s allowed 11 earned runs 13 total in those three starts. In 5 career appearances he is 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA against the Dodgers. He is 3-5 with a 6.08 ERA in his career at Petco Park. The Dodgers have hit bludgeoned him in past meetings. The club is hitting over .400 against him with an OPS over 1.000.
Perdomo vs. Dodgers
Most of the regulars are in the lineup tonight with the exception of Turner who is getting a night off. Howie Kendrick takes over at third base with Chase Utley playing second base. Andrew Toles is in left with Josh Reddick playing in right field.
The Dodgers have just five games remaining. They are currently two games behind Washington for home field in the NLDS. It would seem unlikely that they would be able to get it, but we said the same thing last season and they overtook the Mets late in the season. Otherwise the only reason to care about the final three games is to knock the Giants completely out of the postseason. The Dodgers have that chance once they finish up with San Diego. That would be an awesome way to end the season.