Diamondbacks @ Dodgers September 1, 2018: Corbin vs Kershaw as reinforcements arrive

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Last night’s game aged all of us a few years, but the Dodgers showed some life late and Kenley Jansen shut the door as the Dodgers escaped with a 3-2 victory and moved into second place in the NL West. A win tonight would guarantee at least a series split and move the Dodgers into a tie for first.

NICE.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
6:10 PM
Los Angeles
RF
Souza
2B
Dozier
CF
Pollock
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Machado
LF
Peralta
LF
Kemp
3B
Escobar
1B
Freese
SS
Ahmed
CF
Hern√°ndez
2B
Marte RF Puig
C
Mathis
C
Barnes
P
Corbin (L)
P
Kershaw (L)

Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers today. He was pushed back to start today, giving him an extra day of rest and lining him up to throw next weekend in Colorado. Somewhat quietly, Kershaw has been very good this season. Maybe not by his insane standards, but in 124 1/3 innings, Kershaw owns a 2.39 ERA and a 2.84 FIP with a 0.997 WHIP. His current ERA and WHIP would be his worst marks since 2012, but he still ranks highly among current Major Leaguers. Among starters with over 120 innings pitched this season, Kershaw has the seventh-lowest ERA, eighth-lowest FIP and eighth-lowest WHIP in all of baseball. It doesn’t seem like it and he isn’t head-and-shoulders above every other pitcher like usual, but Kershaw has still been very good this season. Kershaw has pitched at least six innings in all 10 of his starts since July 3, and opposing batters are slashing .206/.236/.302 in that time against him. He made three starts against the Diamondbacks earlier in the season and allowed five runs total in 19 innings.

Patrick Corbin is having a breakout year in the final year of his deal in Arizona. The 29 year old lefty should find a big payday this offseason. In 27 starts Corbin owns a 3.15 ERA, which is almost a disappointing number given his 2.39 FIP. Corbin’s 31 percent strikeout rate is the highest among qualified starters and the third-highest in the National League. He’s also walked six percent of batters this year, which is tied for the 19th-best walk rate in baseball. Corbin’s also on a hot streak, as he’s struck out at least seven batters in each of his last seven starts. The Diamondbacks have won six of those seven starts, as they lost his last start despite seven innings of two-run ball from Corbin. He’s seen the Dodgers three times this season. In his second start of the season, Corbin allowed one hit and struck out 12 Dodgers in a 3-0 victory. His other two starts against LA came in May, and despite the Dodgers winning both games Corbin allowed only two runs over 11 innings.

The Dodgers have an all-righty lineup today. During last night’s game, the Dodgers made a waiver trade for David Freese. Brim wrote about it earlier, and noted Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor‘s second-half struggles. Freese gives them another option there, and he’s starting at first base today. Enrique Hernandez starts in center instead of first.

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Plenty of reinforcements have arrived. Along with Freese, the Dodgers called up and activated a number of other players.

Andrew Toles, Alex Verdugo, Tim Locastro and Kyle Farmer are all back from Triple A-OKC. This is the first wave of callups and there will surely be more later this month, likely including Julio Urias. They’ll add a fourth catcher, Rocky Gale, tomorrow. Gale is not on the 40-man roster, so that requires a move (more on that later).

Chase Utley and Zac Rosscup will be activated from the DL. Utley hasn’t played since August 1 due to completely legitimate wrist inflammation. Rosscup’s last appearance was a very quiet immaculate inning in Seattle, but he’s been out with a calf sprain.

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Two other roster spots were taken up by Freese and Ryan Madson, who is active and available to pitch today.

If Madson’s back is healthy, he could be a welcome addition at the back end of the bullpen.

25 was last worn by Rob Segedin, who was designated on Thursday when the Dodgers activated Josh Fields from the 60-day DL. The last Dodger to wear 50 was Brett Eibner.

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That 40-man roster move was announced.

Erik Goeddel is done for the year after being transferred to the 60-day DL. He was on the 10-day DL with elbow inflammation, and he’s been shut down for the year.

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.