Dodgers @ Mets June 24, 2018: Rich Hill vs The Mets Bullpen

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The Dodgers are looking to finish a series sweep against the reeling Mets this afternoon.

Dodgers
Mets
10:10 AM
Queens
SS
Hernández
LF
Nimmo
3B
Muncy
3B
Frazier
LF
Kemp
2B
Cabrera
1B
Bellinger
1B
Flores
RF
Puig
RF
Bautista
2B
Forsythe
LF
Smith
CF
Pederson C Plawecki
C
Barnes
SS
Reyes
P
Hill (L)
P
Blevins (L)

Rich Hill is starting, and he is trying to build upon his only good outing of the year, his first back from the disabled list. On Tuesday he looked more or less like the Rich Hill of old for the first time in 2018, something which the Dodgers were sorely missing. It’s too late to sound the “all clear” on his blister issues, of course, but a healthy and effective Hill would be a tremendous addition to this team, which still needs some help with its starting pitching despite the recent success.

Jason Vargas was scheduled to take the ball for the Mets this afternoon, but he was placed on the disabled list right before the game. Jerry Blevins will make a spot start instead. This is the first start of Blevins’ major league career, so this is more or less a bullpen game for the Mets. Blevins’ longest outing of the season before today was 1-2/3 innings, and he is pitching on one day of rest so it’s not really fair to expect a long outing out of him.

The Mets are carrying eight relievers right now, so expect to see almost all of them.

Chris Taylor is still out of the lineup with a hamstring problem, which places him in position to miss most of this series except for his two-run double last night. That’s not great for what was supposed to be a short-term injury. Enrique Hernandez will start at short instead, leading off because Blevins is left-handed. Justin Turner is sitting as well, continuing his pace of resting his wrist once or twice a week. Yasmani Grandal is getting the day off as well.

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This is good news on Walker Buehler:

The Dodgers were probably going to shut down Buehler at some point mid-season to limit his innings, but obviously they would have preferred a different method. With Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda still not appearing to be pitching with 100% health, one has to wonder if Buehler’s return could result in more rest for one of those two.

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Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.