An insurmountable lead? Dodgers still need to take care of business 2.5 GB
It’s been a disappointing campaign for the D-Backs but they’ll look to spoil the Dodgers chances of catching up with the Giants sending Luke Weaver to the mound to square off against Tony Gonsolin.
In direct contrast with what Los Angeles faced with the middle game of their last series against the San Diego Padres this one is in which Dave Roberts’ ball club is the most vulnerable.
But even after the bullpen covered the final 14 outs of Monday’s win, Dodgers relievers are relatively well rested thanks to Julio Urías, Walker Buehler, and Max Scherzer combining for 22 innings over the weekend.
Tony Gonsolin has had a season very limited by two lengthy injured list stints, with only 38⅔ Innings, but he’ll face the Diamondbacks for the fourth time in 2021. Over the first three, the Dodgers right-hander has given up four earned runs over 9⅓ innings. He struggled with command in his last start, allowing five free passes while recording only five outs, a start which was followed by his latest IL stint.
Luke Weaver on the other hand faced the Dodgers last in 2020. His track record against LA doesn’t involve a large sample size but it’s worth noting that he’s pretty much shut down Max Muncy and Mookie Betts over a combined 22 at bats to the tune of a .182 and .091 average, respectively with zero RBI.
Gonsolin made his first start since coming back against the St Louis Cardinals last week and looked good, and felt good after the game also. The plan for Roberts is to continue building him up and the expectation for this one should be around four Innings and 60 pitches, similar to Clayton Kershaw on Monday.
A backbone of these ‘21 Dodgers is the ability to pounce against inferior competition having swept season series against teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals and taking care of business versus the lower NL West foes Rockies and D-Backs. They’ll look to carry on that trend here.
Teams: Dodgers (92-53) vs. Diamondbacks (47-97)
Location: Dodger Stadium
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: SportsNet LA