Dodgers’ Lead Down To 1.5 Games, Turner Returns

(Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

In what is a very crucial series, the Dodgers saw their lead diminish to only 1.5 games ahead of the red-hot San Diego Padres after the first game. All seemed well when the Dodgers were leading 1-0, but then came the 7th inning and the Padres just mounted it on for a 7-2 victory.

Many Dodger fans were worried that this was the beginning of the Padres overtaking the crown in the West. I’d personally say to remain relaxed, as the Dodgers still are one of the better teams in the majors. They’ve only lost one series this entire season, so it is a possibility they can win the remaining two games. While the remaining schedule does favor the Padres—closing out the season playing the Mariners, Angles, and Giants—the Dodgers finish with the Rockies, Athletics, and Angels.

The Dodgers and Padres currently have the two best records in all of baseball, so it will be a fun pennant race. However, the Dodgers have been here before, most recently in 2018 when the division came down to a Game 163 between them and the Rockies. An eighth consecutive division title certainly would be nice. However, if the Dodgers somehow lost the division and finished in second, this year would probably be the one where they can afford it. We all know what the main goal is for this team, and they’ll be in the postseason with one of the more talented rosters.

Losing the division will most likely drop down the Dodgers to the fourth spot and in a matchup against the fifth-seeded Marlins. Teams between the 5-8 spots are all hovering around or below
.500. Just today, MLB and the players union agreed to host the postseason in a bubble setting, with the World Series taking place at Globe Life Field home of the Texas Rangers. Dodger Stadium will also host a playoff series for the American League. So with neutral sites and no fans, this will be a postseason like no other.

The Dodgers will get a big bat back into their lineup on Tuesday night. Justin Turner was activated from the 10-day injured list, as he’s expected to be the designated hitter to ease back in. Turner had missed 14 games going down with a left hamstring strain, he’s hitting .282 on the year with 20 RBI and two home runs. To make room for Turner the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz.

Tony Gonsolin will start the second game of the series Tuesday against the Padres. The last time out for Gonsolin was in relief when Dustin May had to exit the game taking a liner off his foot. Gonsolin has pitched quite well this year, positing a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings, his WHIP stands at 0.84.

Gonsolin will oppose right-handed pitcher Zach Davies, who they’ve faced once before this season. In that contest, Davies only allowed two runs over seven innings at Dodger Stadium. If anything, this has been a nice preview of postseason baseball.

From a baseball fan perspective, this pennant race is absolutely fun. From a Dodger fan perspective, it’s nervously sitting on the edge of your seat for every pitch and swing.

First pitch Tuesday is set for 6:10 p.m, Pacific time.

8 thoughts on “Dodgers’ Lead Down To 1.5 Games, Turner Returns

  1. I’ve now managed to convince myself that it really doesn’t matter if we wind up as the 1 seed or the 4 seed, and since the order from 5-8 probably won’t be finalized until the last couple days of the season, we can’t even attempt to figure out which spot would be better for us. No matter which team we play, they’ll probably have at least two very good starters. Nothing matters until the post season and at that point if we play to our potential we have a great shot. If we continue to play as we have lately with half the lineup contributing nothing, fielding like it’s an intrasquad game and baserunning mistakes that aren’t normal for us, well then, all together…………………WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

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    1. I predict the seeding as it exists today will change.

      Muncy sent to his corner to think about what he’s done. That strategy won’t work with Pederson because he doesn’t appear to give a s***.

      I look for 8 straight and a 1 seed. I may not find what I’m looking for but I’m learning how to live with disappointment.

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  2. Ferguson just left with an injury. I noticed his fastball was 92-93 instead of 94-97 and it appeared after his last pitch that he hurt his elbow or hand.

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  3. Jansen heart attack city again, but got out of it. Still do not trust him in a crucial game. Redturn with 3 hits, 2 of the barrels are over rated kind. Gonsolin looked really good. Ferguson to have an MRI on his elbow. Does not sound promising.

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  4. Odds are we just lost Ferguson to TJ surgery. That’s a big kick in gut. We have to replace Kenley I’m sorry he’s just lost it. It’s time to love Blake Treinen into the closer spot.

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