Dodgers successfully shuffle rotation
September 22, 2013 18:21:26 UK
Zach Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 on Saturday while also setting up their starting rotation for the post-season.
Clayton Kershaw (15-9) returned after a skipped start and now is ahead of Zack Greinke in the rotation as LA positions its two top starters with the latter heading to the mound on Sunday in the finale of the three-game set with the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Kershaw didn't appear to miss a beat as the presumptive National League Cy Young Award winner went the first seven innings conceding three hits and a couple of walks while striking out 10. A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig went deep for the visitors who trail both the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the best record in the National League.
Andrew Cashner gets the call for the Padres on Sunday and makes his first start since a near perfect game against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Acquired in the Anthony Rizzo deal from the Chicago Cubs, the former TCU star has front of the rotation talent if it can be harnessed correctly and has gone at least seven innings in each of his last six starts including a no decision against LA at Dodger Stadium on the last day on August.
Over in Colorado the Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks continue to play out the string at Coors Field in Denver. The hosts are currently rooted to the foot of the National League West Division while Arizona trails the Dodgers by 10.5 games after a disappointing second half of the season. Patrick Corbin, whose second half mirrored that of the Diamondbacks, heads to the hill for Arizona and the Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio.
The Diamondbacks are priced at 1.86 to see off Colorado in the money line, while the Rockies can be backed at 2.05.
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