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Dodgers' Kershaw looks to stay perfect against Braves
Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Braves swept the Marlins in Miami over the weekend, giving Atlanta a 6-2 record in its last eight games. The Braves' pitching staff yielded only five runs in the three-game sweep and has allowed two or fewer runs in five of its last seven games after doing so in four of its first 27 contests.
- Los Angeles was three outs away from sweeping the Padres in San Diego before a blown save by Kenley Jansen led to an 8-5 loss. The loss moved the Dodgers to 10-10 on the road, but they are 12-4 at home and 7-0 in their last seven, their longest home win streak since an eight-game streak in July 2017.
- Nick Markakis has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch 61 times this year, tied fourth most in MLB, while striking out only 16 times. The 45 more times that he has safely reached base than he has struck out is the third-best differential in MLB in 2019, behind only Cody Bellinger (+49) and Mike Trout (+48).
- Chris Taylor was batting .162 (12/74) with one home run entering the three-game set in San Diego but had multiple hits in all three games while going 7-for-13 with two homers. It is the fifth time in his career he has had three straight multi-hit games -- the only time he had a four-game streak was in July 2017.
- Walker Buehler has a 3.12 ERA (6/17.1) in his last three starts after posting an 8.25 ERA (11/12.0). He allowed one run on two hits in 5.1 innings at home against the Braves last year on June 8 but yielded five runs in 5.0 innings in Atlanta in Game 3 of the NLDS, the Dodgers' only loss in that series.
- Kevin Gausman, who was ejected from his last start against the Marlins three days ago, has an 8.25 ERA (11/12.0) in his last three starts after posting a 2.75 ERA (6/19.2) in his first three of 2019.
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Clayton Kershaw will have a tough act to follow when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they go for the sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
Hyun-Jin Ryu shut out the Braves on four hits in a 9-0 win on Tuesday night, the first by a Dodgers pitcher since Kershaw fired a two-hitter in a 2-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on May 23, 2016.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner set the bar high on Tuesday, as well, finishing with three home runs and six RBIs, both career highs.
Turner had one home run in 34 games coming into Tuesday.
"The timing has felt good," Turner told reporters afterward. "I think I've been swinging at good pitches all along, just missing the good ones to hit."
Kershaw has a number of trends he'd like to continue.
The Dodgers are unbeaten with Kershaw as their starting pitcher this season, and the left-hander has never lost to the Braves in his career.
He has made 10 previous starts against Atlanta in the regular season and owns a 4-0 mark and 1.43 ERA. He's also defeated the Braves in both postseason meetings, most recently throwing eight shutout innings in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series last October.
Kershaw (1-0, 2.77 ERA) has pitched well enough to earn a win in all four starts this season, lasting at least six innings and allowing three runs or fewer in each outing. He most recently went six innings at the San Diego Padres on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits but failing to get the decision in the 4-3 win.
The Braves plan to send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound.
Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06 ERA) tied with the fifth-best ERA in the National League last year at 2.85, but has a long way to get near that number this season.
Foltynewicz, who started two games against the Dodgers in the NLDS last season, missed the first month of the season with elbow problems.
He allowed four runs and six hits in six innings in his season debut against the Colorado Rockies on April 27, and then took a step back in his last outing, allowing six runs (two earned) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres on Thursday.
Foltynewicz made three of his four career starts against the Dodgers last season, the final two in the NLDS.
He started Game 1 and allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in two innings of the 6-0 loss. He returned to start Game 4 and allowed one run and two hits in four innings and departed with the Braves leading 2-1, but the Dodgers rallied for a 6-2 victory to win the five-game series.
The Braves had to dip into their bullpen sooner than expected Tuesday night after starting pitcher Max Fried was hit in his throwing hand by a comebacker to start the second inning. Atlanta only had to use four relievers, however, thanks to four quality innings form Josh Tomlin.
"We've got a number of guys who can pitch, so we should be all right," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of his bullpen situation heading into Wednesday.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 8, 2019