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Game 43 Preview: 05/22 Padres @ Dodgers

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After a disappointing homestand, the Padres travel up the 5 to meet the NL-West-leading Dodgers for the opener of a three-game set. Andrew Cashner gets the ball in game 1, hoping for some support from his offense. Despite a 3.24 ERA this season, the right-hander is just 1-7 in his first eight starts. The Padres are averaging just over two runs per 27 outs for Cashner.

In 19 career outings (eight starts) against the Dodgers, Cashner is just 1-4, but boasts a 2.22 ERA. But he hasn't pitched as well at Chavez Ravine, where he's 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA in three starts. One of those starts took place in April, when he gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings of work. That was the first of two starts against L.A. this season. The second time, at home, he did much better, allowing only two earned runs in seven innings, but he was still tagged with the loss.

Zack Greinke also made two prior starts against the Padres earlier this season and dominated both times. He only allowed one total run on six hits through 13 combined innings, going 1-0 in those two outings to stay undefeated (5-0) all-time against San Diego. Altogether, Greinke is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in 2015.

Game Time at Dodger Stadium is set for 7:10 pm PT tonight.

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