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Dodgers move on to Arizona for three-game series

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The Dodgers swept the D-backs in their last meeting.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers
Is another sweep in the cards for the Dodgers?
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After a surprisingly tough visit to Colorado, the Dodgers head to Arizona for what should be an easier three-game series against the Diamondbacks.

D-backs defense this season has been, in the words of general manager Mike Hazen, “confounding.” Arizona has one of the worst defensive runs saved totals in the league, regularly losing games thanks to sloppy plays in the field. The team is set to record their worst season in franchise history with only 48 wins.

The Dodgers defense, meanwhile, will be keeping a close eye on Gavin Lux. After moving to left field, Lux may be seeing more time in center as AJ Pollock returns from the injured list. Lux at the plate is far less of a concern: He’s 16-for-33, a batting average of .485, since September 11.

Tony Gonsolin starts for L.A. on Friday, giving Clayton Kershaw an extra day of rest before he takes the mound on Saturday, while Julio Urias is set to cap the series. Despite a fastball speed that’s trending slower in recent starts, Urias says he’s feeling great.

“I feel really strong,” Urias said after his six-inning start against the Rockies earlier this week. “I especially feel good after outings, which is really encouraging.”

Arizona’s pitching will consist of Humberto Castellanos, who has given up at least three runs in each of his last three appearances; Zac Gallen, coming off of his third straight loss; and Humberto Mejia, who will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Matchups

Friday, September 23, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA): Tony Gonsolin vs. Humberto Castellanos

Saturday, September 24, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA): Clayton Kersaw vs. Zac Gallen

Sunday, September 25, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA): Julio Urias vs. Humberto Mejia