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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 41,671

Dodgers turn to Maeda against Padres

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San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. All three games between these NL West rivals earlier this month were decided in the ninth inning - the Dodgers rallied to win the first two before the Padres won the finale on Hunter Renfroe's walk-off grand slam. That is one of only six San Diego victories in the teams' last 25 meetings.
  2. Padres pitchers entered this month with the fifth-best opponent batting average in the majors at .224 but have the fifth worst in May at .276. Their .338 opponent BABIP this month is the worst in baseball.
  3. Los Angeles pitchers have not allowed a run in three of the last six games. The Dodgers haven't blanked their opponent four times in a seven-game span since June 2014.
  4. Clayton Kershaw started and won two of those shutouts in 2014, but he hasn't held the opposition scoreless in any of his last 19 starts. That's one shy of the longest such streak of his career; he gave up at least one run in 20 straight starts bridging the 2014 and '15 seasons.
  5. Chris Paddack has not allowed a run in two of his last three starts, dropping his ERA to 1.55 -- the lowest through seven major league starts in Padres history. The only pitchers this decade to have a lower ERA through their first seven starts in the majors are Alex Colome (1.13) and Kyle Hendricks (1.48).
  6. The Padres have lost eight straight series at Dodger Stadium. The only team with a longer active series losing streak in any ballpark is the Rockies' run of nine straight series losses at Busch Stadium.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/14/2019 thru 5/15/2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try a rotation shuffle Wednesday night when they conclude a brief two-game series and a long nine-game homestand with a matchup against the San Diego Padres.

An improved Kenta Maeda (4-2, 4.03 ERA) was moved into Wednesday's starting slot ahead of a struggling Rich Hill, who was moved back to Friday's opener of a series at Cincinnati.

One reason Maeda was preferred against the Padres over Hill: His current revival began during a start against the Padres at San Diego on May 5.

His adjustments carried over to a start against the Washington Nationals on Friday when he gave up just one hit over six scoreless innings.

"I had a good feeling on my pitches around the fifth and sixth innings in my outing at San Diego," Maeda said through an interpreter after his start against the Nationals. "The biggest difference was my slider. I had a good feeling on the break and I was able to carry that over (Friday)."

The Dodgers had lost three consecutive Maeda starts, including the one at San Diego, which inspired the experimentation. The Padres scored four runs in four innings off Maeda the last time they faced him, but following an RBI double by Greg Garcia, Maeda retired the last eight batters he faced.

The Dodgers' right-hander is 5-3 in 14 appearances (12 starts) against the Padres in his career with a 4.55 ERA.

One pitcher who knows about a change in pitching plans is Padres left-hander Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00), who will start opposite Maeda on Wednesday. Strahm was a reliever for most of his first three big league seasons with just a handful of starts to his name.

This year, Strahm has taken to his first full-time starting chance in the major leagues. After a rough 2019 debut when he gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he has a 1.98 ERA over his next six outings.

Strahm has not faced the Dodgers this year, but he did have a two-inning "opener" start against the Dodgers on May 27 of last year. He faced the Dodgers four times in 2018, his only career matchups against them, delivering a 1.50 ERA over six innings.

He is coming off a victory over the New York Mets last Wednesday when he gave up two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in a Padres victory. The Padres have won four of his last five starts.

Padres shortstop Manny Machado will look to give Strahm the run support he needs. Machado hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, his second against the Dodgers' lefty this season. He has two against Rich Hill, which also helps explain why Maeda is pitching instead Wednesday.

Four of Machado's nine home runs this season have come against the team he played 66 games for last season and helped guide into the World Series. Machado is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .393 (11-for-28) over that stretch.

"He's looked good for a while," manager Andy Green said of Machado, according to mlb.com. "He had some really good swings in the (previous) Dodgers series, and overall he's in a good spot."

Despite a split in a four-game series against the Nationals this past weekend, the Dodgers are 6-2 on the current homestand.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 15, 2019

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