Dodgers @ Padres Sept. 2, 2017: Darvish vs. Lyles in Game 2

Game 1 of this day-night doubleheader was good, then bad, then decent, then bad again. The offense scored five runs, but in the end, we all got Baez’d by Petey. I’m not sure why we’re even surprised anymore.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 p.m.
San Diego
SS
Taylor
2B
Asuaje
LF
Granderson
SS
Aybar
3B
Turner
3B
Spangenberg
C
Grandal
1B
Sanchez
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Blash
RF
Ethier
LF
Szczur
2B
Utley CF Cordoba
CF
Verdugo
C
Torrens
P
Darvish (R)
P
Lyles (R)

Game 2 sees the “A” team out there — or almost as close to the “A” team as you can get with Corey Seager still not starting. I thought Austin Barnes might get a second start today after starting the first game at catcher, but Chase Utley gets the nod over Barnes and Logan Forsythe at second base. Alex Verdugo is the only Dodger who will start both ends of the double dip. You know, the rookie in his second day in the majors. I guess Dave Roberts wasn’t kidding when he said Verdugo might get a look at a “major” postseason role (though, I’m still skeptical). And what’s this? An Andre Ethier sighting? Someone alert the authorities, he has been found.

The biggest difference here is Yu Darvish is getting the ball over the likes of Brock Stewart, Wilmer Font and company.

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Funny how the same thing keeps happening with Pedro Baez. Almost like it was expected or something. But Roberts doesn’t seem convinced.

If you had any doubts about Verdugo’s arm strength:

He was viewed by many teams as a pitcher coming out of the draft, but he wanted to hit, and the Dodgers made the right call in letting him do so.

Also, if you missed it last night, the Quakes clinched a playoff berth for a third consecutive season.

The Quakes won the California League title in 2015 behind, of course, Cody Bellinger. They’ll look to win it again this year.

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 does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and 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 one-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, California, and has yet to be shot.