Series Preview: Padres Head to LA to Face Dodgers
By Nick Lee
Aug 2, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (22) pitches during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1 features two veteran pitchers in Ian Kennedy (9-10, 3.54 ERA) and Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA). Kennedy has struck out at least 5 in four straight starts. His issue the past few times out has been walks. Though he hasn’t pitched like himself lately, he still is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA this month. He has 14 starts against the Dodgers. He is 5-5 with a 3.99 ERA in those outings. This year, he is yet to win against the Dodgers in 3 starts.
Correia just recently came over from Minnesota. He just started against the Padres two weeks ago and allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, getting a no-decision. The native San Diegan has started 10 games against the Padres, going 4-3 with a 4.77 ERA. He has had it rough this season pitching in his home ballpark, with a 6.75 ERA.
Former Padre and native San Diegan Adrian Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 17 home runs and 83 RBI. He is on a hot streak right now. He has hit safely in 5 straight games and has 7 hits and 3 RBI in that span. He is hitting .444 in his last 10 games with 9 RBI.