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No National League team has hit right-handed pitching better than the Dodgers this season. They still haven’t figured out how to hi Yu Darvish, though.
Darvish dominated his former team on Monday night in San Diego, striking out 11 across six innings of one-run ball in the Padres’ 6-1 victory. Mookie Betts dinged Darvish for a solo home run, but the right-hander yielded just one other hit and issued only one walk. He struck out seven batters in a row at one point.
Darvish also hit a big milestone on Monday, notching his 1,500th career strikeout. He reached the mark in 197 career games, which is the fewest it’s taken anyone to get there in major league history. Randy Johnson previously held the record at 206 games. That’s pretty good company.
In three starts versus the Dodgers this season, Darvish holds a 1.35 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 29/6 K/BB ratio over 20 innings covering three starts. Darvish also faced the Dodgers once back in 2019 when he was with the Cubs and fanned 10 across seven frames of one-run ball in that outing.
On the offensive side of things, the Padres got big nights out of Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder). Machado and Cronenworth both homered and drove in three runs apiece, while Tatis Jr. reached base four times, scored two runs a stole a base in his return to the lineup.
The win was the fifth straight for the Padres, who are now nine games over .500 and 2.5 games back of the Dodgers for second place in the NL West. If the playoffs started now, they would be the NL’s two Wild Card teams.
Starting Pitchers with an EDGE
DeGrom wound up not missing a start even after leaving his last outing with shoulder soreness, and he looked like his usual self against the Braves. The right-hander induced 18 swinging strikes among his 70 pitches, reached triple digits on the radar gun and the only hit he allowed came on a misplay in the outfield. With 12 straight starts having allowed one earned run or fewer, he has broken Bob Gibson’s major league record. DeGrom also has a 30-inning scoreless streak going, which is only 2 2/3 frames short of R.A. Dickey’s franchise record. Hopefully, deGrom will be stretched out to a relatively normal workload this weekend versus the Phillies.
Jake Odorizzi vs. BAL – 5 IP, 0 K, 1 BB, 9 K
The Orioles fouled a bunch of balls off versus Odorizzi, leading to an elevated pitch count (86). The right-hander permitted just one baserunner through five no-hit frames, though, setting a new season high with nine strikeouts. He induced 13 swinging strikes on the night. It was easily Odorizzi’s best start of the season so far for his new club.
Merrill Kelly vs. MIL – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K
The streak is finally over. Arizona snapped their 17-game losing streak Monday with the help of Kelly, who held the Brewers in check over seven excellent innings. It was Kelly’s first quality start in five tries and his first win since April as he lowered his ERA to 5.06.
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Hitters with an EDGE
Josh Naylor vs. CHC – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Naylor broke an 18-game homerless drought when he took Adbert Alzolay deep with a two-run shot as the Indians downed the Cubs on Monday. The first baseman/outfielder also added a single. Scoring on Naylor’s home run was Bobby Bradley, who belted a home run of his own.
Michael Brantley vs. BAL – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R
Brantley filled up the box score on Monday in Baltimore, reaching base in all five of his trips to the plate as the Astros blew out the Orioles 10-2. The three-hit night pushed Brantley’s average up to .350, which is the highest mark in baseball. Brantley also had his 21st double in this one, which leads the American League.
Miguel Sano vs. CIN – 2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI
Sano didn’t even start Monday’s game against the Reds, actually entering in the bottom of the eighth inning as a pinch-runner for the compromised Josh Donaldson (calf). He made his presence felt, though. Sano singled in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Twins re-tied the game with a couple runs. He then won it in the bottom of the 12th with a walk-off, two-run home run.
Ross Stripling, SP, Blue Jays
Stripling was disastrous through his first six starts this season, posting a 7.20 ERA. The Jays elected to use an opener before him in his seventh appearance and that proved to be a jumping off point, as the right-hander has put up a 2.45 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings since. Next up is a matchup Tuesday versus the Marlins, a team which is tied for 24th in baseball in runs scored.
Edwin Diaz needed just 11 pitches to dispose of the Braves and notch a save in the first game of the Mets’ doubleheader split Monday. Diaz is now 15-for-16 in save opportunities this season and boasts a 38/8 K/BB ratio over 28 innings of work.
After Diaz recorded a save in the first game Monday, it was the Braves’ Will Smith’s turn in the nightcap. This one didn’t go nearly as smoothly, as Smith loaded the bases on a couple singles and a hit by pitch before getting a lineout and a popout to strand the bases loaded. Smith is 14-for-15 in save chances this season.
Tuesday’s Matchup of the Day
Every Dodgers-Padres game is must-see TV these days. Snell’s tenure with the Padres has gotten off to a rough start, to say the least. He’s handled the Dodgers pretty well, though, holding them to two runs over five innings and two runs over 5 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts back in April. Snell, of course, also was excellent against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series last year before being infamously pulled in the sixth inning. Kershaw has been a little up and down over the last five weeks in allowing five runs in three of his seven starts, but he boasts a ridiculous 104/15 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 frames this season.
American League Quick Hits: Byron Buxton is headed back to the IL after suffering a fractured left hand on a hit by pitch Monday … Adalberto Mondesi landed back on the injured list Monday with a left oblique strain. He’s been limited to just 10 games this season because of injuries to both obliques and also a hamstring ailment … The A’s optioned the struggling Jesus Luzardo to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday … Josh Donaldson (calf) sat out a fourth straight game Monday, although he did work out on the field pregame … Franmil Reyes (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday … Mitch Garver (groin) has been cleared to ramp up baseball activities, including jogging … Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday that he expects Kyle Tucker (illness) to be activated "mid-to-late this week” … Jose Trevino went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run Monday against the Athletics … Aaron Civale departed Monday’s start against the Cubs with a right middle finger injury.
National League Quick Hits: The Dodgers are expected to get Max Muncy (oblique) back from the injured list on Tuesday and Cody Bellinger (hamstring) back from the IL on Wednesday … After going hitless with three strikeouts in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader versus the Mets, Ronald Acuna doubled and hit a solo homer for the game’s lone run in the nightcap … Eduardo Escobar has been diagnosed with a slight right quad strain, but he will avoid the IL for now and attempt to play through the ailment … Ian Anderson fanned five over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday against the Mets … An MRI on Joey Lucchesi’s left elbow revealed a significant tear of his UCL, and he’s likely facing Tommy John surgery … Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a home run Monday as the Reds fell to the Twins … Adbert Alzolay yielded three runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Indians in his return from the injured list … Jonathan Villar was pulled from the second game of Monday’s doubleheader versus the Braves with right calf tightness.