Now officially in the worst slump of their record-setting season, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to get untracked Sunday in the finale of their four-game series against the host San Diego Padres. Los Angeles still owns the majors’ best record at 92-43 but dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday and has lost seven of its last eight games.
After Yangervis Solarte belted a walk-off home run to give San Diego a 6-5 victory in Saturday’s first game, the Padres jumped on Yu Darvish for five runs over three innings and rolled to a 7-2 win in the nightcap. Shortstop Erick Aybar started in the second game for the first time since coming off the disabled list and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Padres, who swept the Dodgers in a doubleheader for the first time since 1988. Los Angeles had five rookies in the starting lineup in the opener of the twinbill - including Cody Bellinger, who blasted his 35th homer to match the team’s rookie record set by Mike Piazza. Dodgers starting pitchers have posted a 7.96 ERA over the last eight games, but manager Dave Roberts is sending Alex Wood and his 14-1 record to the mound for the series finale.
TV: 4:40 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), FSN San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Alex Wood (14-1, 2.41 ERA) vs. Padres RH Jhoulys Chacin (11-10, 4.03)
Wood is set to make his first start since Aug. 21 after throwing a clean bullpen session on Friday. The 26-year-old native of North Carolina missed one start after landing on the disabled list for the second time this season with an inflamed sternum. Wil Myers is 2-for-10 against Wood, who is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 10 career games (six starts) against San Diego - including 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two appearances (one start) covering eight innings this season.
Chacin allowed one run and two hits in five innings on Monday against San Francisco but dropped his third straight decision. The 29-year-old has been sharp at Petco Park this season, posting a 7-3 record and 1.85 ERA in 14 starts. Chacin owns a 10-8 record and 4.11 ERA in 24 career games (23 starts) against the Dodgers but has struggled to contain Andre Ethier (14-for-33, home run, 12 walks).
1. Dodgers SS Corey Seager (elbow) won’t resume throwing until Monday and isn’t expected to return to the lineup until next weekend at the earliest.
2. The Padres are 29-18 at home since May 21.
3. Los Angeles recalled Brock Stewart and purchased the contract of fellow RHP Wilmer Font from Triple-A Oklahoma City, designated RHP Jordan Jankowski for assignment and released OF Brett Eibner.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 4, Padres 2