It goes without saying that last night’s game sucked as the Dodgers (59-38) are now hoping to split the series with the Giants (60-35) and remain 1 game back of first in the NL West, exactly where they were coming into the four-game set.
While there’s three games against the Rockies this weekend (with the Giants hosting the Pirates), the teams will meet again for three more in San Francisco beginning on Tuesday with last night and tonight’s pitching matchups tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the Dodgers and Giants are done until September when they wrap up their play against each other with three more games in San Francisco.
|7:10 PM||Los Angeles|
|1B||Wade Jr. (L)||SS||Taylor|
|LF||Dickerson (L)||1B||Beaty (L)|
|P||DeSclafani (R)||P||Buehler (R)|
Walker Buehler and Anthony DeSclafani will make their fourth starts against the Giants and Dodgers respectively. As I mentioned in last night’s miserable recap, Beuhler has allowed 2 ER (4 total) across 19 2/3 innings against the Giants this year. Striking out 15 to 5 walks, Buehler earned the win in two of the starts while the bullpen gave up 6 runs on May 28 to spoil a potential third win.
Two of DeSclafani’s worst starts this season came against the Dodgers, going 2 2/3 IP on May 23 and 4 2/3 IP on May 28 when he faced Buehler.will also make his fourth start against the Dodgers this season.
Buehler enters with a 2.37 ERA/3.34 FIP/3.71 xFIP in 121 1/3 IP this season to DeSclafani’s 2.78 ERA/3.63 FIP/3.95 xFIP across 113 1/3 IP.
The newest addition to the team, Billy McKinney, makes his debut for the Dodgers tonight with Zach Reks sent back to Oklahoma City. Chris Taylor remains in the leadoff spot and Justin Turner is back in the starting lineup.
Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Will Smith all connected for solo homers against DeSclafani at the end of June, with Matt Beaty and Gavin Lux getting him in his May starts.
Betts is still out of the lineup, opening up right field for McKinney, as conversations continue about sending him to the IL. He’s already missed half of the 10 days he would have had he gone on originally after leaving the game in Denver.
In some other injury news, Jimmy Nelson is getting closer to returning and Corey Knebel is looking at starting a rehab assignment soon.
It goes without saying, but both could/will play significant roles in the bullpen down the stretch. I just wrote about some of the ok/mediocre pieces that would seem to be realistic options to eat up some innings down the stretch, but these two could provide a much larger impact.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on SportsNet LA as well as ESPN+ according to my own account.