With the Dodgers going for a series win on Sunday morning against the Braves in Atlanta, here are a few notes heading into the series finale.
Since allowing four runs at Coors Field in the second game of the season, Trevor Bauer has allowed 11 total runs in seven road starts.
Max Fried is the second straight Harvard-Westlake High School grad to face the Hart High alumnus Bauer, following Jack Flaherty and the Cardinals on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles is 11-6 in games when a left-handed pitcher starts against them.
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Chris Taylor had one of the Dodgers’ five hits on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to five games, during which he’s hitting .389 (7-for-18). Taylor scored once on Saturday, and his 44 runs rank second in the National League, behind only Ronald Acuña Jr. (46 runs), who also scored once on Saturday.
Nate Jones and Phil Bickford, who joined the Dodgers within a few days of each other in May, have had success out of the bullpen so far by throwing strikes. Bickford has nine strikeouts (a 39-percent K rate) in six innings with one unearned run allowed, and one walk. Jones, who has pitched in higher-leverage situations, has a 2.84 ERA and no walks in 6⅓ innings, after six unintentional walks in 10⅓ innings earlier this season with Atlanta.
“That’s the number one goal: always try to get ahead, and get guys out early,” Jones said Saturday. “I’m not wasting those pitches, and it just so happens to be working so far here. I have a great defense behind me to make all those plays.”
The previously undisclosed reason for Blake Treinen being unavailable on Monday was something in his groin area, Dave Roberts said Saturday. Treinen has allowed a run in both of his outings since then, including a home run on Saturday, though Roberts said all the tests on Treinen’s groin have been fine and that it hasn’t been related to those relatively down games.
The Braves called up the recently signed Shane Greene to their bullpen, and optioned Jacob Webb to Triple-A.
Teams: Dodgers (34-24) at Braves (27-29)
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta
Time: 10:20 a.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market)