The Dodgers were off a five-game losing streak and a four-game sweep against the Phillies, however Gavin Lux clinched their first walk-off win of the season to salvage a terrible streak. Today the Dodgers welcome a Diamondback team that could be decent? Arizona was 6-11 when the Dodgers went to Arizona in late April, and the DBacks took two out of three. Since then they are 10-6 and sitting over .500 with an overall record of 18-17, good for fourth place in the NL West.
|7:10 p.m||Los Angeles|
|RF||Blacksmith (L)||1B||Freeman (L)|
|2 B||Marta (S)||ss||T Turner|
|3B||Rojas (L)||3B||J Turner|
|LF||Peralta (L)||2 B||Muncy (L)|
|C||Herrera (S)||LF||Lux (L)|
Tony Gonsolin gets the ball tonight and makes another impressive start. As most of the Dodger rotation imploded, Gonsolin walked out and threw five one-hit innings in the only game the Dodgers won in Pittsburgh. He struggled at times and gave up four season-high walks, but kept the Pirates off the board (seven runs of run support in his five innings didn’t hurt). Gonsolin threw a season-high 84 pitches, surpassing 80 pitches for only the second time in six starts. He no longer has his piggyback partner with him Tyler Anderson is in rotation for the foreseeable future, but Gonsolin has continued to be effective (while struggling to get deep into games).
The opponent Gonsolin is an old nemesis, Madison Bumgarner. I spent a solid 10 minutes on this thread to verify that there wasn’t a typo in the baseball reference. Bumgarner currently owns a 1.78 ERA in 30 1/3 innings over seven starts. Bumgarner is off his longest start of the season as he allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Marlins. He was just getting into this game when he was ejected in the first inning of his previous start in a viral clip from a ump show. Do you know how bad a poo must be to get me to side with Bumgarner on anything?
While MadBum has a brilliant ERA, some of the underlying numbers are problematic. He has a 4.69 FIP and has hit just 20 batters in 30 1/3 innings while going 12. He is about mid-table in average exit speed and ranks 60th out of 113 pitchers with an average exit speed allowed of 88.8. Bumgarner could be one of the bigger beneficiaries of the unjuiced ball as he currently has the highest flyball percentage (46.7 percent) of his career.
Cody Bellinger is off the lineup for the first time this season, with ChrisTaylor Start in the middle and Lux start on the left. Austin Barnes starts doing Will Smith serves as DH again.
A roster change.
Caleb Ferguson is back on the active list for the first time since September 2020 when he underwent Tommy John surgery. Ferguson is expected to serve tonight. Michael Grove had a solid debut yesterday but was voted Triple-A again.
The Dodgers have a scheduled doubleheader tomorrow as they replay one of the Diamondback games from week one of the season that was canceled due to the lockout.
Anderson will start the nightcap, but the early game starter is still unknown. Ryan Pepiot could celebrate his second start. He doesn’t have to wait 10 days after being optioned as he is the potential 27th man in the doubleheader.
Clayton Kershaw played catch.
Kershaw could throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, which seems like a promising sign after some pain from the last update.
David Price might come back soon.
Price could be activated tomorrow. He missed nearly three weeks with Covid and has had to rebuild but could be back this week.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.