Anytime Mookie Betts isn’t in the starting lineup, Dodgers fans take a collective gasp. No worries, as he’s getting a scheduled day off today with an off day tomorrow. With the postseason starting next week, it’s safe to say that the Dodgers will need Betts to be as healthy and rested as possible.
Chris Taylor also won’t be in the lineup, just a scheduled day rest for him too.
News and notes
- Dave Roberts knows that the Dodgers have a chance to clinch the NL West today. A win and a loss from the Padres would give LA their eighth consecutive division title. “It’s quite the accomplishment,” he said. “Nobody in the clubhouse takes it for granted. It takes a lot of people to accomplish this and be consistent. If we get help from Seattle, great, if not we’ll do it at home on Tuesday.”
- Tony Gonsolin makes the start for the Dodgers, and has been one of the more consistent arms in the starting rotation for LA this season. “Tony is very unique,” Roberts said. “But really just a really good competitor. From the pitching guys to his teammates, he’s really grown this year. It’s not new to him anymore. I like the way he attacks guys.”
- Joc Pederson expected back on Tuesday.
- Walker Buehler threw 75 pitches with his blister uncovered during his 90-pitch simulated game yesterday. The good news is that he came out of it well. Buehler is still slated to start on Thursday.