The Dodgers are going for win No. 100 — again — today at Dodger Stadium against the Rockies. Hyun-Jin Ryu opposes Anthony Senzatela, who is decidedly not Clayton Kershaw.
Ryu is coming off his best start in more than a month, when he threw seven shutout innings in New York against the Mets. Hopefully that’s a good omen because his previous four starts were downright awful (9.95 ERA) and probably cost him a chance at the NL Cy Young Award this season.
Max Muncy is getting another day off. He didn’t play last night and since coming back from the fractured wrist, he hasn’t really gotten on track — .160/.250/.240. Here’s hoping a little more rest over the last week of the season helps get him ready for the postseason, because if he isn’t right, that’d be a big blow to the offense — and it could lead to more playing time for Gavin Lux.
The rest of the lineup is pretty status quo and probably what we’re looking at against a right-handed pitcher in the playoffs (with Muncy in for Matt Beaty or Lux, obviously). Justin Turner is making a second consecutive start after going 0-for-2 last night in his first start in two weeks.
Here are a couple bits of news regarding the starting rotation.
Hill starts Tuesday, TBD Wednesday, Kershaw Thursday.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 22, 2019
As was expected, Rich Hill is getting the ball Tuesday in hopes of proving he can pitch in some capacity in October. And Kershaw starting Wednesday virtually sets him up for a Game 1 start in the NLDS on Oct. 3.
Bill Plunkett broke a little news yesterday before the game. He was talking about the Dodgers’ top three draft picks from June — Kody Hoese, Michael Busch and Jimmy Lewis — were all in attendance last night. Plunkett said that Lewis is rehabbing after a slight tear was discovered in his labrum. That’s definitely less than ideal. Here’s hoping there won’t be any lingering effects of it.
Also, it’s Tommy Lasorda’s birthday, if you’re into that sort of thing.