For the first time in nearly a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won a series. It came by a two-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at home, perhaps sparking a turnaround for the team. The late three-run homer by Gavin Lux on Tuesday night can very well be the turning point for that frustrating couple of weeks.
Although the Dodgers are back to their winning ways, the injury bug continues to bite. Right-hander Infielder Edwin Rios is out for the year, the Dodgers announced earlier this week. Both utility infielder Zach McKinstry and outfielder Cody Bellinger still have no firm timetable for their respective returns.
Currently, there hasn’t been an announcement as to which pitcher will take the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Tony Gonsolin and David Price seem to be likely candidates once they return from the injured list. During the offseason, many folks talked a lot about how tremendous the Dodgers depth was, and it surely is being tested now. With an off day Thursday and on Monday, the rotation has had rest. The no. 5 most likely will be Gonsolin, depending on how soon he can get back on track.
As of now, the Dodgers sit third in the National League West, three games behind the San Francisco Giants and half a game from the Padres. The Dodgers and Giants still have not met this season, but they are due to have two series in the next two weeks, with the first being one week from today in the Bay Area.
First off, however, the Dodgers welcome the Miami Marlins for a three-game weekend series. The Marlins currently post a record of 17-20 and are fourth in the very tight National League East. They come in on a two-game winning streak beating the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kershaw did not go too far in his last outing, only pitching five innings on three days rest after manager Dave Roberts pulled him out early in a game that the Dodgers scored 14 runs against the Angels. In those five innings, Kershaw only allowed two hits and one walk. So far this year, he’s posted a 5-3 record with a 2.62 ERA. The right-handed Alcantara has a 1-2 record with a 2.72 ERA.
Set for Saturday and Sunday are Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers. The Marlins have not announced a starter for Saturday, but announced that right-hander Pablo Lopez will start on Sunday. Lopez is 0-3 with a 3.07 ERA.
After concluding this series with Miami, the Dodgers will close out the homestand with a four-game series against Arizona, which will be the first time the division foes meet this year.
The first pitch for Friday’s opener is set for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.
Let’s hope the Dodgers can build off this mini winning streak.