Diamondbacks @ Dodgers August 31, 2018: Dodgers look to end August on a high note

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The Dodgers reverted back to their old ways of like a 10 days ago, as they failed to execute with runners and scoring position and one bad Rich Hill pitch gave the Diamondbacks a 3-1 victory. I miss the Padres.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
RF
Souza
LF
Pederson
CF
Pollock
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Machado
LF
Peralta
CF
Bellinger
3B
Escobar
C
Grandal
SS
Ahmed
1B
Muncy
2B
Marte 2B Dozier
C
Mathis
RF
Puig
P
Greinke (R)
P
Ryu (L)

Hyun-Jin Ryu starts today, as Clayton Kershaw was pushed back until tomorrow to line him up to pitch against the Rockies. Ryu is coming off a weird start against the Padres. In 5 2/3 innings, Ryu allowed only one earned run and struck out eight batters. However, the Padres knocked 11 hits off Ryu and he faced at least four batters in each inning. Ryu’s only earned run came on a Franmil Reyes home run, but he allowed an unearned run thanks to an error by Yasiel Puig. Ryu has seen the Diamondbacks twice this season. In his first start of the season, Ryu walked a season-high five batters and lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits while recording only two strikeouts. In his other start against Arizona, Ryu left the game in the second inning after suffering a groin injury that kept him out for more than three months.

Kershaw being moved back makes sense, but it robbed us of a Kershaw matchup against Zack Greinke. Greinke’s 2.93 ERA is the 12th-lowest among qualified starters in baseball, and his strikeout and walk rates are both in the top-20 in baseball. Greinke has thrown at least six innings in each of his last eight starts and in 21 of his 27 starts on the season. In his last start, Greinke allowed only one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings and struck out six while walking two batters. Greinke saw the Dodgers on April 30 and allowed two runs over six innings, striking out 10 and walking only one batter.

The Diamondbacks roll out basically the same lineup from last night with the exception of Jeff Mathis catching instead of John Ryan Murphy. The Dodgers have a few changes as they see a righty tonight, so Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal are all back in the lineup.

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The Dodgers made a trade earlier, which Dustin wrote about a few hours ago. Ryan Madson is expected to arrive today and be activated when rosters expand. Roberts elaborated on Madson’s role in the Dodger bullpen.

The stuff is mostly good. Brim tweeted about his changeup, which should probably be used more.

His numbers are ugly, but Madson adds a new arm to a bullpen that has been much better of late.

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Ross Stripling threw a bullpen session today. He was expected to be activated in Texas, but wasn’t feeling 100 percent just yet. His next step is still TBD.

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There will be more players activated tomorrow.

That is a screenshot of Alex Verdugo in that lovely LA traffic. Verdugo could provide some added insurance with Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor struggling.

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The Dodgers’ Ring of Honor will be getting a new member.

Jaime Jarrín will be added to the ring on September 21 after 60 years with the Dodgers. Us Dodger fans have been incredibly spoiled by the best announcers in the business.

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Tonight’s game will be available in the LA market on KTLA.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.