Astros @ Dodgers: Sept. 13, 2020: A bullpen game to avoid a sweep

Brusdar Graterol. Photo by: Cody Bashore

With the Padres winning the first game of their doubleheader Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers enter tonight’s game with a 2.5-game lead on the NL West. That’s also the lead on the National League as the Padres are now two games ahead of the Braves.

It is Zack Greinke and Brusdar Graterol, the latter opening for a bullpen game. He last pitched on Sept. 9 in the victory against the D-backs, throwing just 10 pitches across 1 1/3 IP. His longest outing this season was 22 pitches and 1 2/3 IP back on Aug. 8 against the Giants. Graterol struck out two in his 1 inning of work at Houston earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Greinke is coming off of four consecutive starts with at least 3 runs allowed. He’s pitched six innings in three of those starts against some of the league’s best teams, with the A’s twice and Padres once.

He faced the Dodgers twice last season when he was still in Arizona, first in March when he allowed seven runs, including four homers. The second start came in June as he allowed four runs across 6 IP, though the D-backs did win the game thanks to four runs off of Dylan Floro in the 8th.

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5:08 p.m. Los Angeles
RF Springer RF Betts
3B Bregman SS Seager (L)
LF Brantley (L) LF Pollock
SS Correa 3B Muncy (L)
DH Reddick (L) C Smith
C Maldonado 1B Bellinger (L)
1B Toro (S) 2B Taylor
CF Straw DH Pederson (L)
2B Mayfield CF Hernandez
P Greinke (R) P Graterol (R)

With Justin Turner still sidelined, Max Muncy keeps getting work at third base with Cody Bellinger at first. Also, no Gavin Lux tonight with both Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez in the lineup.

Speaking of Turner, here’s the update on he and a few other Dodgers.

Mitch White looks like he will be getting a start in Coors, good luck with that. White already made his major league debut earlier this year, but this would be his first career start.

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The Dodgers series against the Padres should be fine for next week. while playoff positioning is technically at stake, it really will just be a pretty entertaining look at the top two teams in the NL facing off again.

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In case anyone was hoping for a change at closer (I know many are), you’re out of luck for now.

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First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 p.m. PT/8:08 p.m. ET on ESPN (unfortunately).

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore
Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree. He now works for the university’s athletics department after spending seven years with the local newspaper.