Beat L.A.: Padres Host Dodgers in Weekend Series

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May 31, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (10) follows through during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2 Saturday, 7:10pm

Ian Kennedy (3-5, 6.48 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.92 ERA)

The official matchup says “TBD” for the Padres but this is Kennedy’s spot in the lineup. He has had his struggles and the Padres are in the midst of a stretch of 17 straight games without an off day. Perhaps Bud Black is considering shuffling the rotation to give some guys a break.

Kennedy has struggled against the Dodgers this year. In two starts he has allowed 10 runs in 10 1/3 innings with four home runs.

Things don’t get any easier for the Padres after Kershaw because they then have to deal with Greinke, who is having a better season than Kershaw. He has pitched 20 2/3 innings against the Padres this season and has only allowed two runs. He has been consistent this year and could possibly be in the running for NL Cy Young.

Upton may have bad numbers against Kershaw but he has owned Greinke. He is 10 for 29 (.345) with two home runs, five RBI and four walks.

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