Thursday will be a bullpen game for the Dodgers, with David Price getting the first act.
Originally, Trevor Bauer was supposed to start tonight. However, Dave Roberts opted to push him back a day and make the series finale against the D-Backs a bullpen game as opposed to one of the games this weekend.
For Price, this will be his first start as a member of the Dodgers and his first start in a major-league game since September 1, 2019. Don’t expect Price to eat innings, as he’ll likely be throwing a maximum of two. In five of his eight outings this season, Price has thrown only one inning. He’s thrown two innings twice and 1 2⁄3 innings the other outing.
This won’t be Price’s first start at Dodger Stadium. The last time he started a game at Chavez Ravine was in Game 5 of the 2018 World Series. You probably remember it as well as I do, as Price threw seven innings and allowed only one run as Boston won it all on LA’s field.
In addition to Price, expect to see Edwin Uceta take the mound tonight and see significant work. While speaking with reporters this afternoon, Uceta said the plan for him is to see majority of the innings tonight. Whether he immediately follows Price remains to be seen.
Uceta last pitched on Sunday against the Marlins. He threw three innings and had four strikeouts with zero walks. Three runs scored, but they were all unearned due to an error from Sheldon Neuse. Since his debut in Milwaukee, Uceta has thrown 5 1⁄3 innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts.