Giants @ Dodgers Sept. 8, 2019: Please don’t get swept

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

I had the Game Thread a week ago. The Dodgers were staring a 4-game sweep at the hands of a division rival in the eyes. Fast forward a week and they’re looking at a 3-game sweep against another division rival.

 
Giants
   
Dodgers
 
1:10 p.m.
   
Los Angeles
2B
Solano  
RF
Pederson
C
Posey  
SS
Seager
1B
Slater  
LF
Pollock
3B
Longoria  
1B
Bellinger
CF
Pillar  
3B
Beaty
LF
Yastrzemski  
CF
Taylor
RF
Davis   2B Lux
SS
Dubon  
C
Martin
P
Rodriguez (R)  
P
Urias (L)

I said “Don’t Get Swept” in the headline. It took extra innings, but they didn’t. Maybe it’ll work again because they’re clearly in a bit of a funk of late. 

Since sweeping Toronto in LA Aug. 20-22, they’re 7-8 and have seen their division lead dwindle from 21 games to 16. I kid, but the biggest development has been the fact that the Braves may never lose again. They’ve closed to within 2 1/2 games of the best record in the National League. Now, home field advantage in baseball isn’t usually that big a deal, but it sure would be nice to have any potential series-deciding game at Dodger Stadium.

Will Smith is getting a day off. He’s been fighting it of late. Gavin Lux, after a strong first game, is 1-for-15 in his last three games. Matt Beaty is also getting his second career start at third base. He’s played mostly left field and first base in the majors so far.

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If you’re wondering why Justin Turner isn’t in the lineup today, well, this is it. The main goal for him this month (and for any Dodger, really) is to be healthy on Oct. 3 — the first day of the National League Division Series.

And about that 1-game suspension.

Good for him.

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Cody Bellinger has a chance to jump ahead of a Hall of Famer (Duke Snider) and a should-be Hall of Famer (Gil Hodges). The crazy part might be the fact Joc Pederson is just one home run behind that trio.

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.