Diamondbacks @ Dodgers September 1, 2020: Urias opens up the final month of the regular season

The Dodgers kept their undefeated series streak alive with a win on Sunday, and had a mostly quiet trade deadline yesterday. While the Padres change up like half their roster, the Dodgers only made one move, trading Ross Stripling to Toronto for two PTBNL’s. Stacie wrote about that yesterday (update to come). The Dodgers are 26-10 and lead the Padres by 4.5 games with 24 games remaining. Today, the open up a three-game series with the Diamondbacks, who own the third-worst winning percentage in the NL. They were sellers yesterday, moving Robbie Ray (who was supposed to start tomorrow), Starling Marte and Archie Bradley. They’re coming off a series loss to the Giants and an eight-game losing streak heading into that series.

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6:40 p.m. Los Angeles
LF Locastro RF Betts
2B Marte (S) SS Seager (L)
1B Walker DH Pollock
3B Escobar (S) 1B Muncy (L)
RF Calhoun (L) CF Taylor
SS Ahmed C Smith
DH Young LF Hernández
CF Varsho (L) 3B Ríos (L)
C Kelly 2B Lux (L)
P Young (L) P Urias (L)

Julio Urias makes his seventh start of the season. Urias has struggled in his last two outings. He failed to complete two innings in Seattle on August 19 and last time out Urias allowed a season-high four runs and six hits in four innings. He did strike out a season-high six batters in his last start, but Urias also issued three walks and allowed at least one baserunner in each of his four innings.

Urias turned in one of his best starts of the season in Arizona on August 1. Urias made a season-high 90 pitches in six innings and allowed two runs while recording five strikeouts.

Alex Young gets the start for the Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old lefty will be making his fourth start of the season and 11th appearance overall. Young allowed five runs in 9.2 innings as a reliever and entered the rotation in mid-August. In his first start, Young allowed a run and four hits in 4 1/3 innings.He’s struggled a bit more in his last two starts, allowing six runs in nine innings combined.

Young made appearances against the Dodgers in back-to-back games in July. Max Muncy is the only Dodger to record a hit off Young this season, as he hit a dong in the first game and a single in the second game.

Edwin Rios returns to the lineup (more on that later). Cody Bellinger gets the night off against a lefty with Chris Taylor starting in center and Muncy starting at first. Gavin Lux gets a start at second against a lefty, and A.J. Pollock will serve as DH.

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The first Player to be Named Later has Been Named.

Kendall Williams is now in the Dodger organization. Williams was a second-round pick in the 2019 draft. He turned 20 last week and as an 18/19 year old in rookie ball last season, he allowed only two runs and six hits in 16 innings. He was the Jays’ 13th-ranked prospect on MLB Pipeline and is already more of a return than I thought the Dodgers would get for Stripling tbh. He’s been added to the Dodgers’ player pool.

https://twitter.com/BlueJays/status/1135758311595413504

Dodgers cornering the market on tall limby pitchers.

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Alex Wood is back.

The Dodgers reportedly didn’t want to move Stripling back to the bullpen, so they traded him somewhere where he’d be able to start. Wood essentially will take that “starter in the bullpen” role for the next month and give the Dodgers some added length in there. Wood presumably also takes Striplings spot on the roster. Wood moving to the bullpen also means Tony Gonsolin will likely be in the Dodger rotation for the remainder of the season.

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Justin Turner has been placed on the IL, opening up the spot for Rios to be activated.

One hamstring injury returns, only to be replaced by another hamstring. Peak Dodgers.

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First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

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Alex Campos
I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.