Dodgers @ Giants May 1, 2019: Ryu vs. Bumgarner for the series win

Last night’s game was pretty good. Much better than the first. Here’s hoping the Dodgers can get a strong performance from Hyun-Jin Ryu to pull out the series win. He’ll be facing a familiar foe in Madison Bumgarner.

Dodgers
Giants
6:45 p.m.
San Francisco
2B
Hernández
RF
Duggar
SS
Seager
LF
Austin
3B
Turner
1B
Belt
RF
Bellinger
C
Posey
1B
Freese
3B
Longoria
C
Martin
CF
Pillar
CF
Verdugo SS Crawford
LF
Taylor
2B
Solarte
P
Ryu (L)
P
Bumgarner (L)

With the Dodgers facing their third consecutive left-handed pitcher, Joc Pederson is again seeing the bench tonight. Thankfully, though, Alex Verdugo draws the start in center field instead of going with some Max Muncy, second baseman shenanigans like they did last night. 

Enrique Hernandez is hitting leadoff, and we all know how much he likes to hit against Bumgarner. Here’s hoping for a dong or two tonight.

The biggest bit of news today isn’t great.

There isn’t yet a timetable for A.J. Pollock‘s return, but it sure sounds like he’ll be out for awhile. I wrote about Verdugo benefiting from the most in this scenario, but Chris Taylor got the start last night and came up with a big hit. Still, expect Verdugo to get a lot of time in center field.

This is encouraging. Caleb Ferguson will be a vital part of the bullpen this season, and it’s nice to see his injury probably won’t keep him out too long.

It’s awesome that Andrew Toles is back doing baseball things. The safest bet is to not expect much from him this season, but if he can come back ready to play, he could be a nice asset for the club at some point this season.

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.