With an NL-leading 27 wins, the Dodgers welcome the San Diego Padres to town, as the clubs embark on a quick, two-game set that will begin on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers lead second-place Arizona by 3-1/2 games in the West. Possessing a 22-19 record, San Diego is currently sitting in third place, trailing the Dodgers by a full four games.
At the forefront of the series is the news surrounding the alleged arrest of Los Angeles pitcher Julio Urias. According to reports, the 22-year-old lefty is said to have been arrested on suspicion of “misdemeanor domestic battery” on Monday evening. Reports suggest that the victim denied any physical altercation, but that police made the arrest based upon eyewitness accounts and video evidence.
As of the time this series preview was published, neither the Los Angeles Dodgers nor Major League Baseball have made any official statements regarding the matter.
The Dodgers were believed to be considering a potential roster move as far as the relief crew went, long before the Urias news broke. Lefty Scott Alexander recently told reporters of discomfort in his hamstring, while skipper Dave Roberts described Alexander’s malady as hip-related. Either way, Tony Cingrani, who was placed on the injured list to begin the season with shoulder problems, is apparently ready to return.
Conceivably, a move could be made before Tuesday’s opener.
Regarding the Padres, with Fernando Tatis, Jr. still on the injured list, the San Diego offense has been far from percolating. The Padres find themselves sitting in 12th place in the NL as far as run production goes with just 162 runners having crossed the plate so far this year. Franmil Reyes leads the club in long balls with 11, while Eric Hosmer is the team leader with 42 base hits and 24 RBI.
The Dodgers are far and away the NL leader with 227 runs scored.
The Dodgers will have the chance to see San Diego’s phenom pitcher Chris Paddack this time around. Over seven starts, the 23-year-old righty has tallied a 3-1 record with a 1.55 ERA and a 0.689 WHIP. Paddack has struck out 46 and walked 10 over 40-2/3 innings of work.
Pitching matchups are as follows:
Game one: Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.31 ERA) vs. Paddack (3-1, 1.55 ERA)
First pitches for both contests are set for 7:10 PM Los Angeles time.
Following the two-game series, the Dodgers have the luxury of another off-day on Thursday.