Dodgers at Brewers, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI
Julio Urias (0-2, 4.33 ERA) gets one more start (when are they going to sit him down, really?) and will face Chase Anderson (4-7, 5.13 ERA). The Dodgers are still trying to limit Urias’s number of pitches, but that puts a burden on their bullpen, which had to go four innings on Monday. Anderson missed his last start; his previous outing was against the Dodgers in LA when he gave up 7 runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Here’s a good profile of Trayce Thompson in Sports Illustrated. Here also is a plug for Corey Seager to start at shortstop in the All Star Game. Have you voted for him your allotted 35 times?
Hopefully this news about Kershaw’s back is minor.
If you haven’t noticed, Seager is now the team leader in the three Triple Crown batting categories with a .298 average, 16 HRS and 38 RBI. For good measure his OBP is .356.
Lineup when available.
Dodgers at Pirates, 9:35AM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOT Sports, MLBN (out-of-market only)
The Dodgers ask Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.52 ERA) to stop their slide before it gets worse. His last start was a quality one in which he gave up only two runs to the Nats in six innings. The Pirates ask Francisco Liriano (4-7, 5.17 ERA) to stop his personal slide during which he’s gotten no wins in his last five starts and walked 19 batters during that stretch.
Expect Adrian González to sit this one out as per this word from Dave Roberts on Sunday.
Lineup: somebody post it in the comments when it turns up. I am NOT getting up at dawn to watch this game.
Dodgers at Pirates, 5:08PM PT, TV: ESPN
The Dodgers make their fifth appearance of the season on Sunday Night Baseball tonight. They’ve split the previous four. Tonight they’ll ask Clayton Kershaw to break the tie, and the odds would seem to be in their favor. He’s 11-1 and leads the major leagues in ERA (1.57), innings pitched (115), strikeouts (141), WHIP (0.67), K/BB ratio (20.14), opponents’ batting-average-against (.174) and shutouts (3). His opposite number is set to be Chad Kuhl, who will be making his major league debut. He’s been pretty good in AAA, though: 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
Annoying fact: “The Pirates have won 12 of their last 15 games vs. the Dodgers, winning five of six games vs. Los Angeles last season.”
Dodgers at Pirates, 4:15PM PT, TV: Fox
Kenta Maeda makes his first trip to PNC Park. He carries a 6-4, 2.64 ERA record with him and for now appears to be the #2 guy in the Dodgers’ rotation, at least in terms of reliability. He’ll face the Pirates’ Jeff Locke, who’s 6-5 with a 5.44 ERA. His latest outing was a 6 2/3 inning one in which he outdueled Madison Bumgarner with help from the bullpen and won 1-0.
Dodgers left-handed reliever and native Pennsylvanian Adam Liberatore is having an off-the-radar phenomenal season. In 24 innings over 32 games, he has a 0.75 ERA, second lowest among National League qualifiers, and he didn’t even open the season in the big leagues.
Tepesch DFA’ed, IF Chris Taylor up.
Dodgers at Pirates, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (out-of-market only), ROOT Sports
To start this game the Dodgers brought up Nick Tepesch from OKlahoma City, where he’d achieved a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings. They acquired him as a free agent June 6 after he was released by the Texas Rangers, where’d he spent five years, mostly in their minor league system. He has a 9-17 record and a 4.56 ERA in the big leagues, all with the Rangers. His opponent will be Jameson Taillon, who’s 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his previous three big league starts.
To make room for Tepesch on the roster, the Dodgers designated Will Venable for assignment.
Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN2, ESPN
The Dodgers go for their sixth straight win and a series sweep tonight behind their youngster Julio Urias, whose 0-2 won-loss record and 4.50 ERA don’t fully reflect how he’s improved with each outing. The Nationals ask their own youngster 23-year-old Joe Ross to stop the juggernaut. Ross is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA.
The Dodgers have held a private workout with yet another veteran Cuban infielder, one Yulieski Gurriel.
Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN
The Nats send Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14 ERA) out to make his first-ever start against the Dodgers, who counter with Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.64 ERA). It’s a matchup of differing pitchers: Roark has made it through six innings in 11 of his 14 starts, while Kazmir hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in any of his three starts since May 31.
The Dodgers want to extend their four-game winning streak while the Nationals want to halt their three-game losing streak.
As expected, the Dodgers have activated Yasiel Puig from the 15-day DL and have optioned Carlos Frias back to OKC.
Also, Vinnie is taking the night off to rest his sore throat.
Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, ESPN
The hype has already begun for this game, and it’s only natural. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg hasn’t lost a game yet this year while winning ten; Los Angeles’s Clayton Kershaw has lost one game while also winning ten. In ERA Kershaw has the edge, giving up a measly 1.58 earned runs per nine innings; Strasburg has given up 2.90 earned runs per nine innings.
The Dodgers may activate Yasiel Puig today. If they do they’ll have to send someone down to OKC. Update: Nope, tomorrow, says Roberts.
In other news:
Lineup when available.
Happy Father’s Day to all you merry commenters and to your fathers as well.
Brewer at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI
Two righthanded fathers (Garza, six kids; Maeda, one) go at each other this afternoon. The Brewers’ Matt Garza (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is making only his second start of the year; he missed the first ten weeks with a strained right lat muscle. In his first start he went four innings, gave up one run, struck out five and walked only one. His opposite number, Kenta Maeda (6-4, 2.75 ERA) took a line drive off his shin his last time out; the team insists there was no lasting damage and he’s good to go.
Howie Kendrick is 8-15 lifetime against Garza.
Brewers at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI
The opposing pitchers today have known one another for more than ten years, as teammate, roomie, and good friend. Mike Bolsinger of the Dodgers brings his 1-4, 5.76 ERA to bear against the Brewers’ Chase Anderson, who’s 4-6 with a 4.42 ERA.
They lived together from their time in Double-A up to their rookie seasons in Arizona. Bolsinger was the best man at Anderson’s wedding in 2013. When Bolsinger married in January, Anderson was in the wedding party.
They want to beat each other, of course.
Gracious, I hope Howie hasn’t forgotten how to play second base. He seems to have played almost everywhere but there this season.