After what seemed to be a overwhelmingly long road trip that spanned only seven games, the Dodgers will return home on Monday to host the Washington Nationals for three contests on June 5-7, followed by a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds on June 9-11. Sandwiched in between will be a much needed day off on June 8, the club’s first off-day since May 21.
Overall, the Dodgers came out on the plus-side during the road trip with a 4-3 record, splitting a four-game set with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium and earning two victories in their most recent three-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park. The Dodgers’ biggest highlight of the weekend came when utility man Chris Taylor smashed a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth frame in Saturday’s 10-8 victory. Even with the 3-0 loss on Sunday, Los Angeles has still won 13 of its last 18 games.
Looking ahead to the series against Washington, the Dodgers plan on starting lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu on Monday, followed by righty Brandon McCarthy on Tuesday and resident ace Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday. McCarthy was initially thought to be questionable for his start, but appeared to be healthy in a bullpen session thrown before Sunday’s contest. The Nationals will counter with lefty Gio Gonzalez in the opener, 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Tuesday and right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the finale.
Many local fans are looking forward to Tuesday’s contest, which will be highlighted by the first installment of the Bobbleheader — Justin Turner Selfie Bobblehead Night presented by State Farm. The Turner bobblehead is the first of two bobblehead giveaways in the selfie series along with a matching Adrián González bobblehead, which will be given away in early September.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Reds, Old-Timers Day festivities kick off with batting practice at 4:00 p.m., inductions at 5:00 p.m. and eventually a two-to-three inning game featuring Dodger greats Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis, Manny Mota, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Rick Monday, Steve Yeager, Steve Sax and Fernando Valenzuela.
If the rotation turns hold true throughout the weekend, the Dodgers will likely send Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Ryu to the mound during the Cincinnati series. Fans of the squad are still hoping for the prospective returns of both Turner and outfielder Joc Pederson at some point during the upcoming week.
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