Reds @ Dodgers May 25, 2016: Scott Kazmir for the sweep

The Dodgers, quietly, have a 3-game winning streak going to get their record back above .500. Tonight, they’re going for a series sweep of the Reds.

7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
SS Cozart  2B  Utley
 CF Hamilton  SS  Seager
 1B Votto  3B  Turner
2B Phillips  1B  Gonzalez
RF Bruce  RF  Thompson
 LF Duvall  CF Pederson
3B Suarez  LF Kendrick
 C  Barnhart  C  Grandal
Straily (R)
 Kazmir (L)

Scott Kazmir, who was great two starts ago against the Cardinals, will try to be significantly better than his last outing when he, somehow, walked seven Padre hitters.

Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup tonight. Despite the “events” of last night, Dave Roberts said this was a pre-planned day off for Puig. I’m inclined to believe him. Puig has started eight consecutive games in this stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The timing just happens to be coincidental.

Some other Dodger news …

Hyun-Jin Ryu made his third rehab start, this time in Triple-A.

Ryu’s velocity ticked up a bit, which is awfully encouraging. Think of this as his third spring training start. If he can work in the 89-91 MPH upon his return (with his off-speed stuff working), he’s going to be just fine. Still, it’s not time to get overly excited just yet.

And while I hesitate to link any non-Andy McCullough L.A. Times article, this has some significance.

Pinched nerves can be quite fickle. It’ll be interesting to see how Adrian Gonzalez progresses, as he’s hitting just .208/.345/.208 in his last seven games. He hasn’t homered since May 14, which was his only dinger of the month.

Barry Bonds was once a jerk to Joc Pederson (and probably everyone else ever).

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About Dustin Nosler

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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.