Last week, the Giants went into Dodger Stadium and took three of four. They entered the series a game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West and left three games up. It was the low point of the season for the Dodgers, who were two scoreless ninth innings away from taking three of four and taking over first place. Today, the Dodgers head up to San Francisco to begin a three-game set. They took two of three against Colorado, and the Giants dropped two of three against the Pirates. The Dodgers enter this series two games back of San Francisco, and look to leave the bay in better spirits than they were in last week.
|6:45 PM||San Francisco|
|CF||Pollock||LF||Wade Jr. (L)|
|P||Urias (L)||P||Webb (R)|
Julio Urias took a tough-luck no-decision against the Giants last Wednesday. Urias allowed a first inning home run to Mike Yastrzemski, but allowed only three baserunners (two hits and a walk) the rest of his seven innings of work. Urias needed 96 pitches to get through seven innings and only struck out five, but kept the Giants off the bases and mostly off the scoreboard. Unfortunately for him, it was the first of back-to-back Kenley Jansen (and defensive) implosions and he didn’t factor into the decision. Urias made one start in San Francisco earlier this season and allowed two runs over six innings while striking out 10.
Logan Webb makes his second consecutive start against the Dodgers. He opposed Urias last Wednesday and allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He allowed a leadoff homer to Chris Taylor, but did a solid job keeping the Dodgers at bay throughout the rest of the game. I’m just realizing I wrote about Urias-Webb last week, so most of what I wrote still applies. Webb’s 75 pitches last time out is the most he’s thrown since returning from injury, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to go deep into tonight’s game.
Cody Bellinger returns to the lineup and starts at first base tonight. Max Muncy is back from paternity leave and starts at second, Sheldon Neuse was sent down to make room for him.
Most of today’s updates are injury related. The one that isn’t is relating to Trevor Bauer.
Bauer’s leave has been extended once again. I don’t think I can comment further without us getting yelled at, so I will leave it at that.
Now, on to injury news.
Clayton Kershaw threw a 30-pitch simulated game today and came out of it in one piece. They’ll see how he responds tomorrow before deciding on the next step.
Mookie Betts is also on the path to return.
Betts is eligible to return off the IL Sunday in Arizona, and the Dodgers are hopeful he’ll be ready by then.
Joe Kelly locked down the save on Sunday and tweaked his hamstring in the process. He’s unavailable today, but could be back in action tomorrow. Scott Alexander was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation last week and it hasn’t responded yet to treatment. His return is TBD.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 PM PDT and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.