Dodgers @ Nationals April 23, 2024: James Paxton opens East Coast road trip as Dodgers look to get on track

The Dodgers just had one of their worst homestands in recent memory, as they lost six of nine and needed a win on Sunday to remain over .500. They got that win in resounding fashion, as Tyler Glasnow was dominant for eight innings and the Dodgers scored eight runs in the fifth in a 10-0 victory.

Today, the Dodgers look to build on that win as they begin a nine-game road trip. They start with a three game set in the capitol before a series in Toronto and a stop in Arizona before returning home. The Nationals were part of the Dodgers’ last homestand and took two of three from LA. They lit up a (likely ill) Glasnow in the first game last Monday, but the Dodgers got to Patrick Corbin in game two. In the finale on Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers couldn’t get a ball past Luis Garcia Jr. and couldn’t figure out Jake Irvin, as they were shutout (in the first game of the season I’ve gone to, that was fun).

3:45 P.M. Washington D.C.
2B Betts SS Abrams (L)
DH Ohtani (L) RF Thomas
1B Freeman (L) LF Winker (L)
C Smith 1B Meneses
RF T. Hernández C Adams
3B Muncy (L) 3B Vargas (S)
LF K. Hernández DH Senzel
CF Pages 2B Garcia Jr. (L)
SS Rojas CF Young
P Paxton (L) P Corbin (L)

James Paxton gets the start tonight with some extra rest, as Glasnow started in his usual spot Sunday. Paxton’s coming off a rough start against the Padres. Despite only allowing a run and three hits over five innings, Paxton was laboring. He walked six in the first five innings and walked the first two batters of the sixth before being pulled. Ryan Brasier came in and walked his first batter before allowing a run to score on a double play, and then allowed an RBI single to put three earned runs on Paxton’s sheet. Paxton’s eight walks were a career high and part of a 14-walk effort by the pitching staff, the most walks the Dodgers have issued since 1962. We all knew this team would be historic. Paxton started in Washington last August and allowed two solo homers and five hits over six innings.

Corbin gets the start again against the Dodgers as he did last Tuesday. I wrote that thread and really don’t feel like deep diving into Corbin again, so go read that. Corbin did pitch into the seventh inning against the Dodgers, but allowed five runs and nine hits over 6 1/3. That lowered his ERA on the season to 8.06. This is only his second home start this season, and the first was his best start of the season. Much like in his start against the Dodgers, Corbin pitched into the seventh but allowed a walk, double and RBI single before recording an out. He finished the game with four runs and nine hits over six innings, and a season-high six strikeouts.

Max Muncy gets a start against a lefty, leaving Chris Taylor on the bench for the opener. Will Smith is also in the lineup today after sitting when the Dodgers saw Corbin last week.


A couple injury updates regarding Blake Treinen and Jason Heyward.

Treinen will begin a rehab assignment this week (and is listed in OKC’s game notes, per Eric Stephen). He last threw on Saturday and figures to need a few outings (and potentially a back-to-back).

Heyward still seems a ways away as he’s yet to swing a bat and is dealing with residual soreness. Andy Pages figures to get a bit of a longer look in his absence. He has four hits in 20 plate appearances, but on the eye test seems to take some pretty strong at bats. Three of his four hits have gone for extra bases, including his first career homer on Sunday.


First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 PM PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA.

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I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.