Padres @ Dodgers April 25, 2021: Musgrove vs. May; LA tries to salvage split

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

This series has been just as competitive as the previous one a week ago between these, and the Dodgers are trying to salvage a split in this 4-gamer. Dustin May gets the nod against Joe Musgrove.

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4:08 p.m. Los Angeles
SS Tatis Jr. CF Betts
CF Grisham SS Seager (L)
3B Machado 3B Turner
1B Hosmer 1B Muncy
2B Cronenworth 2B Taylor
LF Pham LF Beaty
RF Profar RF Raley
C Caratini C Barnes
P Musgrove (R) P May (R)

May has been quite good for LA this season. His strikeouts are up, his ground balls are slightly up from last season and, well, those are the two main ways he records outs these days.

Miss bats and keep the ball on the ground and you’re gonna have success. There’s a really good article on FanGraphs about May discovering his strikeouts, which has been one of the most pleasant surprises early in the 2021 season.

Chris Taylor returns to the starting lineup after a few days (he appeared in last night’s game). He’s starting at second base with Gavin Lux and Zach McKinstry on the mend. Austin Barnes gets the call behind the dish, giving Will Smith the night off. For the Padres, Wil Myers is getting a breather after stealing three bases last night.

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Would be nice if May can pitch somewhat deep into the game, especially if Scott Alexander and Kenley Jansen are truly unavailable. Would also expect Garrett Cleavinger to make his Dodgers debut sometime tonight.

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Ugh, can we please not?

Yep.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.