A’s @ Dodgers Sept. 23, 2020 – Joe Kelly, starting pitcher

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Hey, the headline is technically true. With their 8th consecutive National League West division title locked up, the Dodgers are doing a little experimenting with the upcoming postseason. They’re using Joe Kelly as an opener, with Julio Urias — the Dodgers’ original starter — set to throw the “bulk” of the innings, technically as a reliever.

A’sDodgers
6:40 p.m.Los Angeles
2B LaStellaRF Betts
LF GrossmanSS Seager
SS Semien3B Turner
3B Lamb1B Muncy
1B CanhaC Smith
RF PiscottyDH Pollock
DH DavisCF Bellinger
CF LaureanoLF Taylor
C Heim2B Hernandez
P Manaea (L)P Kelly (R)

The Dodgers are seeing how this might work, especially with Urias’ postseason role not fully defined. He’s been a little inconsistent, even if his numbers (3.49 ERA, 3.85 FIP) look decent during the 2020 campaign. With the Dodgers’ top two starters not in question, the Nos. 3-5 spots are up for grabs, and they might deploy said pitchers differently in October. They’re set to possibly do something similar with Tony Gonsolin on Saturday.

Justin Turner is back after being a late scratch last night. He’ll probably play 5-6 innings at third base before he gives way to (probably) Edwin Rios.

Not a ton of news today, but there was this from San Diego that could impact the postseason.

Bummer, dude.

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Everything from now through Sunday is all in preparation for the postseason. The Dodgers cannot be caught for top seed in the NL — which doesn’t mean a lot in 2020. With that said, let’s get weird! Please?

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.