Dodgers @ Mariners Aug. 18, 2018: Winning streak incoming?

The Dodgers have won two games in a row. If they win one more in a row, that’ll be a winning streak. Fortunately, the Mariners are throwing a right-hander, even if the Dodgers knocked around the M’s lefty last night.

Dodgers
Mariners
7:10 p.m.
Seattle
LF
Pederson
RF
Haniger
3B
Turner
LF
Maybin
SS Machado
2B
Cano
CF
Bellinger
DH
Cruz
2B
Dozier
3B
Seager
C
Grandal
1B
Healy
DH
Kemp C Zunino
1B
Muncy
SS
Gordon
RF
Puig
CF
Herrmann
P
Hill (L)
P
Ramirez (R)

Rich Hill takes the mound after a solid 6-inning outing last time out in Colorado. Since giving up four runs in seven innings against the Padres on July 10, Hill has been pitching more like the pitcher we’ve all come to love in his Dodger tenure. He has a 1.72 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .189 batting average against and a 16 percent K-BB%. He has been walking a few more hitters than normal, but he’s missing bats and keeping the ball in the yard.

He’s making his first start in Safeco Field since 2016. In four career games (23 innings), he has a 0.39 ERA and a 28.7 strikeout percentage, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Yasiel Puig returns to the lineup after getting the night off on Friday. It might have made sense for him to start serving his 2-game suspension, but he is appealing it and is back in there tonight. Yasmani Grandal, Matt Kemp, Manny Machado and Max Muncy are all in the lineup tonight after homering last night (Machado twice!). With a righty on the mound, Joc Pederson draws leadoff duties, as he has for the last almost three months.

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It’s OK, Dave Roberts. Dongs are good!

After winning the Texas League MVP last season, prospect Matt Beaty has had a rough go of it. He began the season in extended spring training before finally getting to OKC. He hit well when he got there (.300/.386/.450), but a torn ligament in his thumb landed him on the DL. He had been rehabbing with the AZL Dodgers and is close to returning to OKC. That’s great news.

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.