Dodgers @ D’backs Sept. 24, 2021: Gonsolin vs. Castellanos in series opener

The Dodgers enter their final series of the season against the lowly Diamondbacks (49-104) looking to keep the pressure on the still-NL-West-leading Giants. Tony Gonsolin gets the ball. He’ll be opposed by Humberto Castellanos, who I assure is a real-life person.

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6:40 p.m. Phoenix
RF Betts SS Rojas
SS Seager (L) 2B Marte (S)
2B T. Turner CF Varsho
1B Muncy RF Calhoun
C Smith LF Peralta
3B J. Turner 1B Smith
LF Pollock C Kelly
CF Lux 3B Van Meter
P Gonsolin (R) P Castellanos (R)

The lineup has a bit of a different look. Yesterday’s hero, Max Muncy, moves up into the cleanup spot. Justin Turner drops all the way to the No. 6 slot (Dave Roberts‘ thoughts on that here), with Will Smith sandwiched in between. Gavin Lux is getting another look in center field, while the Dodgers’ current best hitter (don’t @ me) — AJ Pollock — is batting seventh.

Arizona has a catcher (Daulton Varsho) starting in center field and a left fielder (Josh VanMeter) at third base. I’d like to say that’s a contributing factor in their poor record, but the Dodgers are starting a second baseman in center field tonight, so.

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Really seems like Chris Taylor should have gone on the injured list earlier this month, but I don’t get paid for my baseball medical opinions.

Just a dreadful season for Cody Bellinger. Here’s hoping 2022 brings him better fortune.

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Here’s hoping 2022 brings Corey Seager better fortune … in the way of a long-term deal with the Dodgers.

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.