Padres @ Dodgers September 22, 2018: Padres look to Nix Dodgers’ NL West lead

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers lost last night to the last-place Padres, which isn’t as surprising as it should be. That, coupled with the Rockies beating down Arizona last night means the Dodgers only have a 1.5-game lead in the division and their magic number remain at eight games with eight games remaining. The Dodgers have an easy remaining schedule on paper, but they need to reverse this crap where they beat good teams and lose to trash teams.

Padres
Dodgers
6:10 PM
Los Angeles
SS
Galvis
LF
Pederson
RF
Reyes
3B
Turner
LF
Renfroe
1B
Muncy
C
Hedges
SS
Machado
1B
Hosmer
CF
Bellinger
3B
Myers
RF
Puig
CF
Margot C Grandal
2B
Spangenberg
2B
Taylor
P
Nix (R)
P
Hill (L)

Rich Hill was originally scheduled to start yesterday, but was pushed back a day. This move keeps him from facing Arizona next week and could keep Hill off the NLDS roster, if you really want to think ahead.

Hill has been nothing if not consistent in September so far. In three starts, Hill has gone six, five and five innings and struck out eight, seven and eight batters. He’s allowed exactly four runs in each outing, and he’s recorded the win in each of those three games. That gives him a third as many wins as Jacob deGrom has all season, despite allowing four runs once in 31 starts. I only added this to trigger Allan #NotMyMVP. Hill’s last start wasn’t as terrible as his statline makes it seem. He allowed two hits in five innings in St. Louis but issued four walks and allowed a grand slam to Patrick Wisdom, with each of those baserunners coming off walks. It was really one disaster inning for Hill, who got 17 runs of support in that game. Hill dominated the Padres the last time he saw them, allowing two hits in six shutout innings while striking out eight on August 24.

Jacob Nix gets his eighth major league start today and sees the Dodgers for the first time. The 22-year-old rookie is the 14th-ranked Padre prospect on MLB Pipeline and has shown flashes in the majors this season. In his first start on August 10, Nix threw six shutout innings against the Phillies. He followed that up by recording only two outs and allowing five runs against Arizona. On August 28, Nix allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings against the Mariners, needing only 79 pitches to record 25 outs. He allowed eight hits and didn’t walk or strike out a batter, but that’s a shockingly efficient and BABIP-friendly start. Nix has a four-pitch mix and throws his fastball 62.5 percent of the time. He averages 92.9 MPH with his fastball and 76.8 MPH with his curve, which he throws 21 percent of the time.

This is probably the best possible Dodger lineup against a right handed pitcher. Manny Machado hits cleanup with Max Muncy starting at first and hitting third.

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About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.