Padres @ Dodgers September 27, 2017: Final home game of the regular season

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

Time has flown by and the Dodgers (101-57) will play their final home game of the regular season on Wednesday night when they go for the series sweep over the Padres (70-88). The NL West champs have been the best home team in baseball (56-24), and they’ll get to play at Dodger Stadium a majority of the time throughout the NL playoffs after clinching home-field advantage on Tuesday. The Dodgers now aim to capture the best record in the majors, and their magic number over both the Indians and Astros is two with four games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Margot
CF
Taylor
2B
Asuaje
SS
Seager
1B
Myers
3B
Turner
RF
Renfroe
1B
Bellinger
3B
Villanueva
LF
Hernandez
SS
Solarte
2B
Forsythe
LF
Blash C Barnes
C
Hedges
RF
Puig
P
Richard (L)
P
Hill (L)

Rich Hill (11-8, 3.50 ERA, 3.85 FIP) makes his 25th start of the season on Wednesday, his last before the NLDS. Hill has had a memorable season to say the least, and we will never forget when he essentially pitched a no-hitter through nine innings on August 23 in Pittsburgh. He’s found success against San Diego this season, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against them in three starts. Overall, he’s 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA vs. the Padres in seven career starts.

The veteran lefty may be looking for a bit of redemption in the playoffs this year after imploding in Game 2 of the Division Series last year against the Nationals, but more on this season’s postseason matchups to come.

The Friars send lefty Clayton Richard (8-14, 4.63 ERA, 4.21) to the mound. Richard has allowed the most hits in the majors by a pitcher this year (232), partially due to his propensity to induce groundballs. The Dodgers have already faced Richard five times this year, and Richard is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA and 37 hits in 29 1/3 innings. Overall in his career, he is 7-6 with a 4.17 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) vs. L.A.

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Tonight’s starting lineup looks very much like a potential postseason lineup Dave Roberts would use against left-handed pitching. The Fab Four — Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger — are back at the top. Enrique Hernandez is in left field, and Austin Barnes is behind the plate.

One decision Roberts won’t have to make is whether to add Adrian Gonzalez to the NLDS roster. Gonzo’s homer on Tuesday was sadly the last #butterandeggs this season. He’ll be shut down. Roberts will also be informing those players not making the cut in the next couple of days.

Sunday, Game #162, will be a bullpen game.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the Co-Editor of Lasorda’s Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation and Dodger Blue 1958. She currently contributes to The Hardball Times. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.