The Los Angeles Dodgers send out nearly the same lineup as last night to face the Arizona Diamondbacks and Zack Greinke tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Dodgers are in the recently unusual circumstance of returning after a loss, last night being only their fourth loss since July 3.
Besides starting pitcher Alex Wood, Chase Utley gets the call at second base tonight instead of Logan Forsythe. Utley last started Friday in New York against the Mets.
The five active Dodgers that have faced Greinke more than ten times each - Utley, Yasmani Grandal, Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson - have combined to hit .342/.400/.740 against him with 16 extra-base hits in 80 plate appearances.
|2B||Utley (L)||SS||Marte (S)|
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Time: 6:40 p.m. PT | TV: SportsNet LA
Utley has the most experience against Arizona’s ace, and in his 23 plate appearances the left-hand hitter has struck three doubles and one homer run against Greinke.
Turner has a career cycle versus Greinke, in only 14 PA.
On the other side of scorecard, Paul Goldschmidt has faced Wood 21 times and hit .294/.429/.647 against him with two home runs.
A.J. Pollack is 6-for-13 with two round-trippers and a double versus the portsider. It’s also no surprise that Jeff Mathis is doing the catching tonight. He is 4-for-14 against Wood with a double and homer.
In each of their last five losses the Dodgers have scored exactly three runs. Working Greinke for more than that is not an easy assignment.
According to several reporters in Arizona, Clayton Kershaw will a bullpen session for the first time in his rehabilitation process on Friday.
Also, Andre Ethier has a rehab game scheduled:
Andre Ethier did sim game at Camelback Ranch yesterday. BP with #Dodgers today. Will start rehab with @RCQuakes Saturday— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 9, 2017