The Dodgers play their final game in Baltimore tonight, as they look to leave with the series win. It’s been a tale of two games, with LA looking really good on their division-clinching Tuesday night, and looking not so good in their four-run loss last night.
After clinching their seventh consecutive division title on Tuesday, it looked as if the Dodgers had a bit of a hangover last night in their 7-3 loss. LA didn’t score until the sixth, where they took a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen fell apart late. Over the final three innings, the bullpen allowed six runs, with three coming at the hands of Caleb Ferguson.
It looks as if tonight could be a bullpen game again, as Rich Hill will make his first start in nearly three months. Hill will be activated off of the Injured List, having last pitched a game on June 19. It looks like the plan will be to have him go two innings, as this looks to be the first of four starts he’ll make in preparation for the postseason.
With him only going two innings, the Dodgers’ bullpen will need to go seven innings. Tony Gonsolin is slated for “bulk” innings.
With Hill returning, the Dodgers have designated right-hander Jaime Schultz for assignment. He’s appeared in only four games with LA this season, allowing four runs in five innings. He’s allowed nearly half of the batters he’s faced to reach base.
Justin Turner isn’t in the starting lineup yet again, but it doesn’t appear that he will miss much more time. He had an MRI on his ankle sprain, and he will be day-to-day. This is sure great news for the Dodgers, as there’s a strong possibility he’ll play this weekend against the Mets.
Scott Alexander had surgery to address a nerve issue.
Scott Alexander underwent a “left forearm nerve decompression” procedure in Los Angeles today. He has been on the injured list since June.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) September 12, 2019