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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 280
San Diego2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 340
  W: B. Snell (3-3)   L: C. Kershaw (8-7)   S: M. Melancon (22)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, June 22, 2021
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 42,667

Dodgers-Padres will match struggling Cy Young winners

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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

  1. The Dodgers are 121-65 against the Padres since 2011, the most wins by any team against any opponent over that span.
  2. Max Muncy has homered once every 13.31 at-bats in his National League career, the fifth-best rate in NL history (minimum 1500 PA) behind Mark McGwire (7.90), Sammy Sosa (12.83), Barry Bonds (12.92) and Greg Vaughn (13.19).
  3. The Padres are coming off a four-game sweep of the Reds, their fifth sweep of three or more games this year. The only teams with more 3+ game sweeps are the Dodgers and Rays (six each).
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. has 22 home runs and 13 stolen bases in his 55 games played this year. He's the first player in MLB history to reach both of those numbers over his first 55 games of a season.
  5. Yu Darvish has had at least nine strikeouts while allowing zero or one run in all three career appearances against the Dodgers. He's the second pitcher in the modern era to have 9+ strikeouts and no more than one run allowed in each of his first three career appearances against an opponent, along with Dwight Gooden, who did so against both the Dodgers and Giants.
  6. In each of his last five starts, Julio Urias has struck out at least five while also notching an RBI at the plate. He's the second pitcher to do that in five straight pitching starts since RBI became an official stat in 1920, along with Bob Gibson in 1970.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/21/2021 thru 6/23/2021

Two former Cy Young Award winners who have struggled of late will oppose each other Tuesday night as the Padres host the Dodgers in the second game of a three-game series.

Certainly, the Dodgers' three-time Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, hasn't been his lights-out self, while the Padres' Blake Snell has had some issues.

Still, neither left-hander's numbers are what they were expected to be.

Kershaw is 8-6 this season, with a 3.36 earned-run average, a 1.01 WHIP and a .222 opponents' batting average. For Kershaw, 33, his ERA hasn't been this high since his rookie season of 2008.

Snell, the American League's Cy Young winner in 2018, is 2-3 this season, with a 5.72 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP and a .245 opponents' average.

The odds favor Kershaw as the Dodgers try to battle back from a 5-3 deficit in the season series following Monday's 6-2 loss to the Padres before a packed house at Petco Park in San Diego.

But the Padres think they have something extra going for them. They have won five straight to open a 10-game homestand as they've played before an average of almost 39,000 fans a game since California relaxed its pandemic protocols.

"We hear them," Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth said of Monday's capacity crowd. "And it makes a difference."

But will it make a difference against Kershaw? The Dodgers' ace has a 22-8 record in 42 career starts against the Padres, with a 0.97 WHIP and a .190 OBA. He has 292 strikeouts in 274 innings against them.

Of course, these Padres are not the Padres Kershaw faced through the first decade of his career. And these Padres are warming up offensively, with 11 homers during their five-game winning streak. Still, Kershaw is 1-1 against these Padres with a 2.08 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP and a .156 OBA -- giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks against 15 strikeouts in two starts this season.

What is concerning is what has happened in Kershaw's past four games. He is 1-3, giving up 13 runs (12 earned) on 26 hits and five walks with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings - for a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

"It has been uncharacteristic," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Kershaw's recent struggles. "He loses his command, then resets."

"It's been frustrating," Kershaw said. "I wasn't pitching well. I don't know what to tell you."

Meanwhile, Snell repeatedly has said he's close to putting it together while he's fallen further behind.

Yes, on June 4, he shut out the Mets on one hit and a walk with 10 strikeouts over seven innings, throwing a season-high 101 pitches.

But in the four starts sandwiching that win, Snell is 0-3 (the Padres are 0-4) and has given up 22 runs on 24 hits and 11 walks with 15 strikeouts in just 14 innings -- a 14.14 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.

"I feel like I'm real close," Snell said after his most recent outing, when he gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings at Coors Field in Denver on Wednesday in the finale of the Padres' 1-5 trip. "I can't explain why it's gone like it has. But I feel confident it's going to turn around."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2021

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