The Dodgers came from behind on father’s day to defeat the Brewers 2-1 and take the series 3 games to 1. Kike Hernandez’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth helped erase a 1-0 deficit and Yasmani Grandal’s bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth forced in the winning run. With the win the Dodgers improved to 38-33 on the season and kept pace with the Giants who have now won 8 in a row. The Dodgers remain 6.5 games back.
Tonight the Washington Nationals come into Chavez Ravine to begin a three game series. Tonight’s pitching match-up features two of the best hurlers in the National League. This is a true heavyweight bout. Right hander Stephen Strasburg will fight Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is 10-1 and Strasburg is 10-0. The Nationals are in first place in the National League East with a 43-27 record and are 5.5 games ahead of the Marlins. The Nats recently lost a series to the Padres and are 23-15 on the road. The Dodgers are now 20-15 at Dodger Stadium. Tonight is also supposed to be the return of Yasiel Puig to the lineup. We’ll see if he plays tonight or not.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Washington
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2016
Stephen Strasburg– Yusmeiro Petit-2-0 vs. Clayton Kershaw-10-1
45 minutes before game time the Nationals announced that Strasburg was scratched with back tightness completely screwing my pregame. Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place. The Dodgers catch a huge break.
RHP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from tonight's start vs. LAD with an upper back strain. RHP Yusmeiro Petit will start.
— #VoteNats (@Nationals) June 21, 2016
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV – SNLA
Strasburg has been dominant this season posting a 10-0 record and a 2.90 ERA. Strasburg has whiffed 118 and walked 23 in 93 frames. He’s struck out 11.3 per nine innings and allowed 7.3 hits per nine. Perhaps one of his only weaknesses is the long ball. He’s given up 10 this year. Strasburg has made 4 career starts and is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA against the Dodgers. He’s made one start at Dodger Stadium in which he limited the Dodgers to one earned run on 5 hits over 7 frames. He recorded 9 strikeouts in that start. He’s limited the Dodgers to a .233 (14 for 60) average against with a .558 OPS against.
Strasburg vs. Dodgers
Kershaw’s magnificent season continues as he looks for his 11 win of the season. He’s won eight consecutive decisions. He struck out 11 in his last start as the Dodgers hung on to beat the Snakes. Kershaw has dominated the Nationals throughout his career. He’s posted a 9-2 record with a 2.09 ERA in 12 career starts against the Nationals. Kershaw has whiffed 96 in 82 frames and held the Nationals to a 219 batting average against with a .602 OPS against. Ryan Zimmerman is 7 for 19 (.368) against Kershaw and former Dodger Jayson Werth and second baseman Daniel Murphy have both hit two home runs off of Kershaw.
Kershaw vs. Nationals
In case you think I’m all doom and gloom I’m going to predict the Dodgers will win tonight. Kershaw is on the mound, they’ve been hitting better and Strasburg is due to lose soon. The Dodgers are in first place in the wild card race (tied with the Marlins?!) so there is that at least. There is light at the end of the tunnel this season. Enjoy the pitching duel!
Bryce Harper is hitting .290 (9 for 31) with a home run at Dodger Stadium.