Dodgers Go For Sweep Of Diamondbacks

Matt Kemp hit the first walk-off home run of his career last night.

The Dodgers wrap up their series with Arizona with a businessman's special, as Carlos Monasterios and old friend Edwin Jackson face off.  The last time Edwin Jackson started at Dodger Stadium was September 26, 2005, against the Pirates.  The Dodger lineup that day was:

Aybar 3B
Choi 1B
Robles SS
Kent 2B
Cruz RF
Navarro C
Werth LF
Repko CF
Jackson P

Nothing says "2005 Dodgers" like Oscar Robles batting third.

Jackson has thrown 36 1/3 innings in his last five starts, although part of that is because A.J. Hinch is reluctant to hand the ball to his bullpen.  He was burned in two of those starts, as Jackson allowed three runs to the Dodgers in the seventh inning on May 12, and allowed five runs in the eighth inning to the Rockies on May 22.  In the first two games of this series, the Arizona starting pitcher has pitched eight innings, with Rodrigo Lopez throwing 115 pitches Monday and Dan Haren throwing 126 pitches last night.

Carlos Monasterios pitched four and five innings in his previous two starts, but the Dodgers don't expect him to pitch especially deep into the game.  If he can give them five innings like he did in Colorado on Friday, that would be just fine.  Behind Monasterios is a well-rested bullpen, as only Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Ronald Belisario, and Jeff Weaver have pitched in the last two games.

Notes

  • Casey Blake has an eight-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .313/.313/.500
  • Since today is a day game after a night game, Manny Ramirez will be out of the starting lineup, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.  It is the ninth time in 10 opportunities that Manny has rested on a day game after a night game.  The only time he played a day game after a night game was the second day after returning from the disabled list.
  • The four best records in the National League are all by former National League West teams:  Padres (31-21), Reds (31-22), Dodgers (30-22), and Braves (30-22).
  • Cory Wade, who is on the 60-day disabled list following shoulder surgery in March, has started throwing bullpen sessions in Arizona, per Evan Drellich of MLB.com.
  • The Dodgers are 2-1 in three-game sweep opportunities this season, in the third game after winning the first two games of a series. 

Xeifrank's simulation of today's game is here.

Game Time: 12:10pm

TV:  Prime Ticket, MLB Network

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