In this roller coaster of a season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back on the top of the hill, having won eight of their last ten games. It is the right time for the Dodgers to get hot, as their three toughest series of the year are about to start.
The Dodgers will face the NL West leading San Francisco Giants at in San Francisco for three games starting Friday, then after an off day on Monday, travel to Houston for two games, and then back home to Los Angeles for a four-game set. Theoretically, these upcoming games with the Giants could go a long way to deciding the fate of the NL West.
While the Dodgers have been on their hot streak, the Giants have been on one of their own. Not predicted to be in this position at any point in the season, the Giants also have won eight of their last 10. They sit at 28-17, holding the best record in the majors, with a game lead over the San Diego Padres, and a 2.5 game lead over the Dodgers.
Before that series starts, however, the Dodgers have one more game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday evening. David Price will make his return from the injured list, starting the game. It will be his first start since September of 2019, while he was still with the Boston Red Sox. Manager Dave Roberts said in his pregame presser that he wants Price to go “as hard as he can, as long as he can.” Edwin Uceta will throw the bulk of the innings of this scheduled bullpen game.
Old Friend Josh Reddick will be in the game also, having been called up from the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team. He is sure to be met with many boos from Dodger fans.
The Dodgers, as we all know, have been dealing with a depleted roster and minor leaguers left to fill big leaguers’ roles. That soon should be coming to an end. Roberts also announced that both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry will start their rehab assignments in Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, moving them closer to joining the team, hopefully for the upcoming road trip.
Chris Taylor is having a great season. The gem unearthed by the Dodgers is hitting .356 over his last 15 games with 12 walks and plenty of timely hitting. He leads the team in batting average, stolen bases, runs, slugging, and triples. His versatility in the field and in the lineup is allowing the Dodgers to make other lineup and defensive fluctuations around him, knowing he’ll be a steadying force wherever he plays or bats.
Gavin Lux seems to have finally found his footing with the team. Moving over to shortstop to fill in for the injured Corey Seager, Lux is batting .375 over his last seven games, with a grand slam. Along with Taylor, he is making the bottom of the lineup as formidable as the top.
Edwin Riós underwent surgery Thursday to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He is expected to be ready in time for next year’s spring training.