Luke Weaver (1-5, 8.23 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 1.80 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will wrap up a three-game series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are back-to-back winners and looking for a sweep going into this one. They were 6-3 winners on Tuesday, and then needed extra innings to escape with a 3-2 win last night.
Julio Urias and Walker Buehler both did themselves some favors with standout performances for the Dodgers. Buehler dueled with Zac Gallen of the Diamondbacks. Both pitchers were in good form, with neither allowing an earned run.
The win for the Dodgers gives the squad a record of 28-10 for a lead in the NL West. Despite the San Diego Padres hanging in there and playing good baseball, the Dodgers have just been too much to keep up with. The Padres were big winners over the Angels last night. They erupted late to blow out the Angels for a 11-4 win.
As good as the Padres have been playing, and all of the hype they’re receiving, the Dodgers still maintain a five-game lead in the division. It’s likely that we get to see the Padres playing postseason ball in October, though. Catching the Dodgers will be tough, but that will not be a requirement. I would not want to face Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in the playoffs, that is for sure.
The Padres might be getting all of the attention, but the team to beat in the National League is the Dodgers. The Dodgers will send ace Clayton Kershaw out to the bump on Thursday. He missed his first start of the year because of a minor injury. Kershaw also hit a speed bump early in the season, but he’s been on fire and has his eyes set on the Diamondbacks tonight.
The D-backs will keep their fingers crossed on Luke Weaver. After two quality starts, Weaver went off the rails in his most recent outing. We’ll see what version of Weaver we see on Thursday. Head below for our free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers pick for September 3, 2020.
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Clayton Kershaw looks to stay on fire in his date with the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Kershaw has been flawless on the bump since allowing 4 earned runs against the San Francisco Giants on August 8.
He was touched up versus his rivals in that one, but responded in terrific fashion. Kershaw has gone three straight performances without giving up more than 1 earned run. In four out of five starts this season, Kershaw has held the opposition in check for 1 or no earned runs.
Kershaw is coming off an impressive performance versus the Giants. After getting shellacked against them in an earlier start, Kershaw gunned down the Giants through 6 innings for shutout baseball. Going into Thursday, he has an ERA of 1.80 and 0.77 WHIP in five starts. The opposition is hitting a measly .176 against Kershaw.
That said, Kershaw will have to be careful in this game. The Diamondbacks haven’t been intimidated against him in past matchups. They have connected for 8 home runs and 15 runs in 137 at-bats. That is impressive, but Kershaw is in a different zone at the moment. It could be tough to bump him out of focus.
The Diamondbacks were expecting big things from Luke Weaver in 2020, but this season has been a mess. Weaver enters Thursday with an ERA of 8.23 and 1.76 WHIP. He’s gotten smacked for 6 home runs in just 15.1 innings on the road this season. That does not look good against a Dodgers team that leads the majors in home runs per game.
Weaver finally found a rhythm against the Athletics and Giants after battling command issues for three games, but it was right back to a skid versus his nex start versus the Giants. The Giants got to Weaver for 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings of work.
The Dodgers are hitting .290 with a .366 OBP against Weaver in 48 at-bats. Weaver may eventually get into a consistent rhythm this season, but it’s unlikely going to happen against the best offense in the major leagues on the road. Ride the hot hand of Kershaw and the Dodgers in this one.