Dodgers vs Padres Pre-Game: Can Harang Awaken the Dodgers?

The Dodgers lost last night’s game to the San Diego Padres, 2-1. It was a loss that probably spoiled the Dodgers 2012 postseason plans. There are just eight games remaining this season and the Dodgers trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 4.5 games for the second and final wild-card spot. If the Dodgers have any slight chance of getting to the playoffs they will need to be perfect from here on out.

Today’s pitching match-up will feature Aaron Harang against Clayton Richard.

Richard has been one of the bright spots for the Padres this season, posting a 14-12 record with a 3.81 ERA. It has been quite a while since he lost his last game, which was back on August 14 against the Atlanta Braves. Richard has won five out of his last six starts since that day, with a no decision coming against the Dodgers. Overall Richard is 6-2 with a 2.82 ERA against the Dodgers in his career.

Harang has basically been the complete opposite of Richard as of late, winning his last game on August 18 against the Atlanta Braves. On the season Harang owns a 9-10 record with 3.80 ERA. He has lost his last two starts on the road, facing the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals. It will be important for Harang to end the season at .500 and get to double-digit victories.

In his career against San Diego he has a 4-5 record with a 3.97 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers (79-75) at San Diego Padres (74-80)
Aaron Harang (9-10, 3.80) vs Clayton Richard (14-12, 3.81)
Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
7:05 p.m. PST, September 26, 2012
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Game-Time Weather: 74 degrees, Mostly Sunny

Padres’ Projected Starters:
P: Clayton Richard
C: Yasmani Grandal
1B: Yonder Alonso
2B: Logan Forsythe
SS: Everth Cabrera
3B: Chase Headley
LF: Jesus Guzman
CF: Cameron Maybin
RF: Will Venable

Key Bench Players: 2B Alexi Amarista, OF Chris Denorfia

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