Dodgers @ Pirates August 23, 2017: Hill vs. Williams

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Today, the Dodgers (89-35) have a shot at a series victory over the Pirates (60-66), as well as their 90th win of the season. Yes, that’s right, it’s August 23 and the Dodgers could hit the 90-win mark tonight. It’d be the earliest calendar date in a season on which they’d achieved that. They’ll look to Rich Hill (3.54 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 5.12 DRA) to get the job done.

Dodgers
Pirates
4:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh
CF
Taylor
LF
Marte
SS
Seager
2B
Harrison
LF
Granderson
CF
McCutchen
1B
González
1B
Bell
RF
Puig
3B
Freese
2B
Utley RF Rodriguez
3B
Forsythe
SS
Mercer
C
Barnes
C
Stewart
P
Hill (L)
P
Williams (R)

It has now been 10 consecutive starts since Hill has allowed more than three earned runs. Hill will look to build upon that streak, although the Dodgers could use a bit more length from him, as in half of those starts he’s failed to complete six innings.

Trevor Williams (4.71 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 4.16 DRA) debuted in September of 2016, but still has rookie status this year. The 25-year-old righty relies heavily on his four seam fastball, which averages around 94 MPH and tops out around 97 MPH. Williams’ pitch mix includes a sinker, a slider, a changeup, and the rare curveball, per Brooks Baseball.

Williams faced the Dodgers earlier this season in Los Angeles, and it did not go very well for him, as he allowed eight runs (six earned) in just three innings pitched. It was his first start of the year, and just his second at the major league level (he started the season in the bullpen). It was his worst start of the season — until his most recent start, in which he allowed eight earned runs in three innings to St. Louis.

Justin Turner is getting a day off, with Logan Forsythe manning the hot corner. Austin Barnes spells Yasmani Grandal behind the plate.

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Yesterday’s spot starter, Brock Stewart, has been optioned back to Oklahoma City:

As the corresponding move, Kyle Farmer is back.

Both Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw threw bullpen sessions today:

While Darvish is going to return soon, don’t expect to see Kershaw pitching at the major league level this week:

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.