Dodgers @ D’backs Sept. 1, 2019: Reinforcements have arrived; also, please don’t get swept

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers are looking to avoid a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks. They’ve lost the last two games by one run each, so it isn’t like they’re getting blown out.

 
Dodgers
   
D’backs
 
1:10 p.m.
   
Phoenix
CF
Pollock  
CF
Dyson
1B
Freese  
RF
Locastro
3B
Turner  
2B
Marte
RF
Bellinger  
3B
Escobar
LF
Hernandez  
1B
Lamb
SS
Taylor  
LF
Rojas
2B
Gyorko   SS Ahmed
C
Martin  
C
Avila
P
Stripling (R)  
P
Young (L)

But now onto the fun stuff. As you can tell by today’s starting pitcher, Ross Stripling is back. He’s scheduled to go 2-3 innings in hopes of pitching his way onto the postseason roster. Also, David Freese is back, which should give the Dodgers a nice boost against left-handed pitching. The last of the additions — toady, at least — is Dylan Floro, who will be auditioning for a role in the postseason bullpen.

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I may have buried the lede here, but only because it isn’t official yet.

To quote Chadwick, “Infinite nut.”

If the report is accurate — and Ron has a pretty good track record with these things — Gavin Lux is getting the call, which isn’t surprising after Max Muncy‘s fractured wrist diagnosis on Friday. Lux was going to come up in some capacity, but now we know. My guess is he’ll get a decent look at second base against right-handed pitching. It’d be nice to see him in there against lefties, but that might not be doable with Jedd Gyorko, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor back and healthy. Still, this should be a nice preview of what Dodger fans can expect for the next seven or so years.

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A couple bits of news before game time.

Scott Alexander had some setbacks in his rehab and Tyler White never really got on track with LA. Both will continue to rehab and look forward to 2020.

A look ahead to the Rockies’ series. That team kinda fell off a cliff this season, so if the Dodgers can win today, they might be able to get right against them in Dodger Stadium.

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.