Padres @ Dodgers September 23, 2018: Lucchesi vs. Ryu

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

After a much better showing last night than the game prior, the Dodgers (86-69) remain 1.5 games ahead of the Rockies (84-70). In the rubber match, the Dodgers send Hyun-Jin Ryu against left-handed Joey Lucchesi. It’s Matt Kemp‘s birthday so it would be nice for him to go 5-5 with homers.

Padres
Dodgers
1:10 PM
Los Angeles
3B
Myers
LF
Taylor
RF
Reyes
3B
Turner
LF
Renfroe
1B
Freese
1B
Hosmer
SS
Machado
C
Mejia
CF
Hernandez
SS
Galvis
RF
Kemp
CF
Margot 2B Dozier
2B
Spangenberg
C
Barnes
P
Lucchesi (L)
P
Ryu (R)

The Dodgers are rolling out with the lineup that best combats the splits of Lucchesi. He has a 2.65 FIP against left-handed batters compared to 4.42 against right-handed batters. He’s also allowed just a .629 OPS against lefties, well under his .776 mark against RHB.

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Among 102 starters that have thrown at least 120 innings, here’s how Ryu and Lucchesi matchup. Again, this is where Ryu would rank if he were qualified.

Lucchesi hasn’t been incredible, but the 25 year-old lefty is easily the best pitcher on the Padres. He’s a high strikeout guy, which tends to be a bad matchup for the Dodgers offense at times. He hasn’t been as strong in the second half with a 4.34 ERA since July 29. He’s a fastball, changeup guy with the heater sitting 90-92 MPH.

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If you’re subscribed to The Athletic, read this to get more info on tweaks that Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill have made. Hopefully it bodes well for the future.

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First pitch is at 1:10 on SNLA.

About Allan Yamashige

Allan Yamashige
Just a guy living in Thousand Oaks, CA who happens to love the Dodgers and statistics. I'm currently studying at Moorpark Community College and plan on transferring into UC Santa Cruz's Business/Economics/Computer Science program. Hated baseball practice as a kid, but writing about adults doing baseball is alright.