Angels @ Dodgers June 26, 2017: Freeway Series, game one

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The Dodgers (51-26) close out a lengthy home stand with the first two games of this year’s Freeway Series. The Angels (41-39), at a game above .500, somehow haven’t entirely collapsed since they lost Mike Trout in late May. They’re tied for second in the AL West, although they’re a sizable 13 games back of the Houston Astros, the only team in baseball with a better record than the Dodgers.

Angels
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
 Maybin
2B
Utley
RF
 Calhoun
LF
Taylor
1B
Pujols
3B
Turner
3B
Escobar
1B
Bellinger
SS
Simmons
C
Grandal
C
Maldonado
CF
Pederson
2B
Espinosa RF Puig
LF
Young Jr.
SS
Hernández
P
Nolasco (R)
P
Hill (L)

Rich Hill (4.72 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 7.25 DRA), on the mound for Los Angeles, is coming off of one of his better starts of the season, in which he allowed one run in five innings against the Mets. Hill has yet to pitch more than five innings in a start this year.

Hill, who has played for eight different major league teams, appeared in two games for the Angels in 2014. He failed to record an out, and has an infinite ERA as a Halo.

Old friend Ricky Nolasco (5.23 ERA, 5.95 FIP, 7.21 DRA) is making his 16th start of the year for the Angels. It’s been a rough season thus far for Nolasco. He leads baseball in home runs allowed this season, and he’ll have to face a team that has homered in 17 straight games. It will be Nolasco’s first time facing the Dodgers since his half-season stint with them in 2013.

The Dodgers took a long time to post their lineup today. It’s not clear exactly what the holdup was, although several beat writers have noted that Justin Turner, starting at third, didn’t take the field during pre-game warmups, so it could be related to that. Corey Seager is once again not in the starting lineup, but he’s still not going on the disabled list.

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The Dodgers made a few roster moves today:

Trayce Thompson started the season in Triple-A , and was recalled by the Dodgers briefly in April before being optioned back to the minors. He’s hitting .211/.273/.377 in Oklahoma City this year. The corresponding move for him is Ross Striplingwho will head to OKC for the second time this year.

Brock Stewart is back just five days after being optioned to OKC, due to Brandon McCarthy being placed on the DL. McCarthy isn’t expected to miss more than one or two starts:

A look ahead at the pitching matchups for this series:

And, finally, your latest Scott Kazmir update:

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times and FanGraphs. She recently earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.