Dodgers @ Padres April 18, 2021: Looking for a sweep in San Diego

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Now winners of eight straight games, the Dodgers look to keep the streak alive Saturday afternoon as the face the Padres in the finale of this weekend series before heading north to face the Mariners for two and then returning home for four more of these games against San Diego.

Before getting into today’s game, just a little more detail on Mookie Betts‘ catch last night.

This afternoon it’ll be Trevor Bauer and Blake Snell. For Snell, it’s his first outing since he lasted just 2/3 of an inning against the Pirates on Tuesday. You may have seen, he wasn’t very thrilled about it.

In his first two starts of the season against Arizona and San Francisco, Snell three 9 2/3 innings, striking out 16 to six walks. He’d only allowed two runs, a two-run homer for Darin Ruf, in those outings before he was charged with three against Pittsburgh.


As for the rest of today’s lineups, the Padres scratched Trent Grisham with left quad tightness and the Dodgers have added a new name to their lineup, likely the reason the lineup came out a bit later today.

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1:10 p.m. San Diego
RF Betts RF Profar (S)
SS Seager (L) 2B Cronenworth (L)
3B Turner SS Tatis Jr.
C Smith 3B Machado
CF Taylor 1B Hosmer (L)
1B Muncy (L) LF Pham
LF Pollock CF Mateo
2B Neuse C Caratini (S)
P Bauer (R) P Snell (L)

Gavin Lux is headed to the IL with a right wrist injury retroactive to Friday. Sheldon Neuse has been called up to take his roster spot and start at second base today. Added in a deal that sent Oakland Adam Kolarek and Cody Thomas, Neuse had 61 PAs for the A’s last season.

Also, Brusdar Graterol is back with the Dodgers after spending the first few weeks on the IL.

Alex Vesia, acquired in the deal that sent Dylan Floro to Miami, spent just one day on the major league roster after being recalled on Saturday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed Ashton Goudeau on waivers and he was claimed by Colorado. Goudeau was just added about a week ago when the Dodgers claimed him from San Francisco, but now he is headed back to Colorado, where he pitched last season.


Just to check in on the insane pace of the Dodgers’ lineup, here’s where a few of them ranking going into Sunday’s game.

For Justin Turner specifically, he’s playing as well as just about anyone in the league.


First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PST on Sportsnet LA.

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree.