Cardinals @ Dodgers June 4, 2015: Looking for a Carlos Frias encore

If there’s anything more surprising over the last week than Carlos Frias having one of the best outings of his career against the Cardinals last weekend, I haven’t heard of it. He played stopper (with the help of a Yasmani Grandal 3-run home run) on Saturday and got the Dodgers their only win in St. Louis.

Cardinals
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Wong
CF
Pederson
3B
Carpenter
C
Grandal
LF
Holliday
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Peralta
3B
Turner
1B
Reynolds
RF
Ethier
RF
Heyward
LF
Guerrero
C
Molina
SS
Rollins
CF
Jay
2B
Hernandez
P
Wacha (R)
P
Frias (R)

Tonight, after a terrible ending to Wednesday night’s game, Frias will look to stifle the Redbird offense again. If it means anything (and it doesn’t, really, against a good team), the Dodgers are 21-7 at home, and it’s nice to be out of Baseball Hell that is Coors Field.

The offense looks a bit different tonight. Howie Kendrick is getting the night off after banging his knee while sliding into third last night. Grandal seems to be the main beneficiary, as he jumps up to the No. 2 spot. And we all know what happened the last time he hit in the No. 2 spot. Enrique Hernandez starts at second base for Kendrick.

Kenley Jansen apparently was dehydrated last night, which led to a headache and stomach ache — and not just for him. Adam Liberatore (who pitched great in the eighth inning), Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher couldn’t preserve a 2-run lead. Fortunately, Jansen is OK and available tonight.

On the farm, Hector Olivera made his U.S. debut with the Tulsa Drillers. At press time, he’s 1-for-2 with an infield single and a walk.

Yasiel Puig is in Lancaster with the Quakes and hit a double in his first at-bat. If all goes well, he’ll be back next week (woohoo!).

And this isn’t usually good, but it’s something worth keeping an eye on going forward for Zach Lee.

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RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.