Pirates @ Dodgers Aug. 12, 2016: Ivan Nova vs. Ross Stripling

The Dodgers open a 3-game series with the Pirates tonight behind Ross Stripling. He’s coming off one of his more impressive outings of the season, holding the Red Sox scoreless on Saturday. Unrelated, the last time the two teams played, Clayton Kershaw had his worst outing of the season. He hasn’t pitched since.

7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
2B  Harrison 2B Utley
LF Marte SS Seager
CF McCutchen 3B Turner
RF Polanco RF Reddick
3B Freese 1B Gonzalez
SS Mercer C Grandal
1B Rodriguez CF  Pederson
C Fryer  LF  Kendrick
Nova (R)
Stripling (R)

Pretty standard lineup of late. Once Josh Reddick gets back on track, I’d like to see him moved into the leadoff spot and Chase Utley dropped in the order. Utley still has a decent .326 on-base percentage, but since his incredible 2-home run game against the Mets on May 28 (53 games), he’s slashing just .214/.277/.316 with 13 walks and extra-base hits. Most of that has come atop the Dodger lineup, and he’s 37 years old, so it’d be foolish to expect he’d continue producing at the level he was in the season’s first two months.

Here’s some news from those on the beat.

Brandon McCarthy has been bad his last three starts, which I wrote about earlier. Brett Anderson will make his season debut on Sunday. It’d be nice if those fellas could provide some much-needed innings from the starting rotation.

Here’s hoping!

My analysis of how the Dodgers are handling Julio Urias‘ development this season:

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Also, happy 20th birthday to him.

Glad to have Joe Blanton back. I have no idea what has happened to Luis Avilan.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

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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.