Braves @ Dodgers May 8, 2019: Kershaw looks to finish off a sweep

The Dodgers rode a gem by Hyun-Jin Ryu and a three-dong night by Justin Turner to a 9-0 victory last night. It gave the Dodgers their 10th win in the last 12 games and their MLB-leading 24th win of the season. Tonight, the Dodgers look to complete the sweep of the Braves.

Braves
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Albies
LF
Pederson
3B
Donaldson
1B
Muncy
1B
Freeman
3B
Turner
CF
Acuña Jr.
RF
Bellinger
RF
Markakis
SS
Seager
SS
Swanson
CF
Verdugo
LF
Camargo 2B Hernández
C
Flowers
C
Barnes
P
Foltynewicz (R)
P
Kershaw (L)

Clayton Kershaw looks to follow Ryu’s Maddux with a strong outing of his own. In his last start in San Diego, Kershaw notched his fourth quality starts in four outings. He did the minimum for a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings. He allowed a season-high six hits and allowed two home runs for the first time in 2019. The Dodgers have won all four of his starts this season, although Kershaw has only been credited with one win.

Kershaw saw the Braves once in the regular season in 2018 and put together one of his stronger starts of the season. He held Atlanta to a run in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight. Kershaw outdid himself against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS, tossing eight shutout innings and holding the Braves to two baserunners. He only struck out three in that game, but turned in a very solid outing and only needed 85 pitches to complete those eight innings.

Mike Foltynewicz (I’m not spelling that every time) was supposed to be the Braves’ Opening Day starter, but was shut down after his first Spring outing with elbow soreness. He returned on April 27 and has made two starts this season: a four-run, six-inning start against the Rockies and a two-run, 4 2/3 inning start against San Diego. With Max Fried leaving yesterday’s start after being struck by an infield single to lead off the second inning, the Braves could use some length out of Folty. He’s thrown 78 and 82 pitches in his two starts, which doesn’t bode well for them.

The Dodgers fared pretty well against Folty in 2018. They faced off once in the regular season, and the Dodgers scored four runs and donged twice in five innings against him. Folty started Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS. In Game 1, the Dodgers knocked him out after scoring four runs in two innings. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy each took him Folty deep in that game. He fared a bit better in Game 4, allowing one run over four innings in the final Braves game of 2019.

Both teams roll out fairly standard lineups today. The big difference for the Dodgers comes with Corey Seager, who returns after an off day yesterday and is hitting fifth for the second time this season.

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Pitching probables are set for the upcoming four-game set against the struggling Nationals. With a loss earlier today, the Nats have lost four straight and eight of their last 10.

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Not much Dodger-related news today. Hug a Laker fan, though.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.