Dodgers @ Diamondbacks June 19, 2021: Buehler vs Peacock

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodger bats were quiet for most of last night’s series-opener in the desert, but a Steven Souza Jr. revenge game gave the Dodgers the win. The Diamondbacks lost their 15th-straight game, which is a new franchise record. Today, the Dodgers look to extend that losing streak and start a new winning streak of their own.

7:10 PM Phoenix
CF Betts 2B Rojas (L)
SS Lux (L) CF Marte (S)
3B Turner 3B Escobar (S)
C Smith 1B Walker
1B Beaty (L) C Kelly
2B Taylor LF Peralta (L)
LF Pollock RF Smith (L)
RF McKinstry (L) SS Ahmed
P Buehler (R) P Peacock (R)

Walker Buehler gets the start for the Dodgers, and he’s arguably been the most consistent LA starter so far. The Dodgers are 9-4 so far when Buehler starts, and he’s thrown at least six innings in each of his 13 starts coming into tonight. Buehler’s ERA was a season-high 3.45 after a rough May 11 start against the Mariners. In six starts since, he’s allowed five runs and 24 hits in 39 innings. Buehler has thrown back-to-back shutouts. He had a weird start in Pittsburgh, as he allowed only two hits, one walk and no runs in seven innings but only struck out two batters. Last time out Buehler kept the Rangers off the board, but allowed five hits, three walks and hit a batter. Buehler turned in one of his best starts of the season against the Diamondbacks in LA on May 17. He held the Diamondbacks to one hit over seven shutout innings and struck out seven, but he did walk a season-high four batters.

Matt Peacock starts for the Diamondbacks today. The 27-year-old rookie has split time between the rotation and bullpen this season, and hasn’t been great in either role. In 27 2/3 innings as a starter, Peacock owns a 4.88 ERA and 1.627 WHIP. In 11 2/3 relief innings, his WHIP is much better (1.114) but his ERA is 6.17. That ERA is definitely Coors’d. Peacock has allowed eight earned runs as a reliever this season. Seven of those runs came in a disastrous appearance against Colorado, where Peacock recorded only one out. Peacock has allowed three runs in each of his three starts in June, and is coming off a start in San Francisco where he threw a season-high 94 pitches. Peacock’s best start came against the Dodgers on May 19. where he allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Peacock only throws three different pitches according to Baseball Savant. He throws a sinker 70.8 percent of the time, a slider 19.2 percent of the time and a changeup 9.9 percent of the time, almost exclusively to lefties. Peacock has the sixth-worst rate of hard-hit balls (95+ mph exit velocity) among all pitchers with 100 batted balls against this year (48.1 percent).

With a righty on the mound for Arizona, Matt Beaty and Zach McKinstry are back in the lineup for the Dodgers in place of Souza Jr. and Albert Pujols.


Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each played in a simulated game. They could be back at some point in the San Diego series, as both are eligible to be activated on Tuesday. Corey Seager could begin a rehab assignment next week, either at OKC or Rancho. Top prospect Josiah Gray is still limited to playing catch, so he won’t be back any time soon.


First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PDT and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

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