Dodgers Angels Game Two Preview
The Dodgers fell just one run short in last night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, but tonight they are sending their Ace to the mound.
The Dodgers tried to make a late inning come back, but could not score enough runs in order to get the win. Trayce Thompson shined with two home runs and Dave Roberts in a post-game interview agreed that Thompson is making a great case to be in the starting lineup and that he will be given that spot for tonight’s game.
The Dodgers are sending their Ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Kershaw is coming into tonight’s game with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of just 1.74. The most impressive thing Kershaw has done this season in my mind is his strikeout to walk ratio. So far in 2016, Kershaw has struckout 77 batters and only walked 4. At this rate, his K/BB ratio by the end of the season will shatter records. He currently leads the National League in strikeout to walk ratios. Just another thing Kershaw does and does well. The guy is just flat out amazing. He is off to the best start of his career. Just when you thought he couldn’t get any better, he does.
The Angels will be sending Jered Weaver to the mound. Weaver has struggled this season as he comes into the game with a 6.10 ERA. In 38.1 innings, Weaver has given up 26 earned runs. The 33 year-old right handed pitcher is a former first round pick by the Angels in the 2004 draft and has been with the organization since. Weaver is the longest tenured player with the Angels currently on their roster. Though the veteran has been with the team for awhile he has yet to find his rhythm this season.
The lineup for this evenings game was recently posted. A.J Ellis gets the start behind the plate in order to catch his best friend, Kershaw. Roberts stayed true to his word and gave Thompson the start in left field tonight. I personally am a huge Thompson fan and I think with some more consistent starts Dodger fans are only going to see him improve even more. Howie Kendrick gets the start at first base since Adrian Gonzalez left the game early last night with some lower back tightness. It does not sound like a major problem so Kendrick’s start at first is probably just precautionary.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM and will be shown on Sports Net LA.