Dodgers Host Astros in Highly Anticipated Two-Game Series

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Tuesday night will mark the beginning of one of the more anticipated series for the Dodgers and their fans. For the first time since the Astros sign-stealing scandal became public, the Dodgers will host Houston with a full-capacity crowd on hand.

The brief two-game series will also see Max Scherzer make his Dodger debut on Wednesday. The atmosphere for this series just feels a bit different. Fans will surely be amped up to welcome the Astros to Chavez Ravine and a shower of boos will be heard.

After Corey Seager returned from the injured list on Friday, the Dodgers took two out of three from the league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks, a series in which they also saw Mookie Betts return. In the coming days, the club could get the likes of Trea Turner and Clayton Kershaw added as well.

For this series, the Dodgers should have great pitching, as mentioned previously.

But the reigning National League Pitcher of the month, Walker Buehler will get the start in the opeber. In July, Buehler went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and pitched in at least seven innings in those starts. With Mets starter Jacob deGrom missing extended time with an injury, Buehler has now slid in as the favorite in some sportsbooks to win the NL Cy Young. So far in the year, he is 11-1 with a 2.19 ERA.

Buehler will face Lance McCullers Jr., one of the active players on the current Astros roster from that 2017 squad. McCullers has been one of the more outspoken Astro players in defense of their 2017 championship. So far this year, he’s posted a 3.23 ERA and an 8-2 record.

Facing Scherzer on Wednesday will be right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who is 4-5 this year and has a 4.30 ERA.

This matchup could possibly be a World Series preview. Both teams have almost identical records. The Dodgers come in with a record of 64-43, while the Astros are at 64-42. Both sides, at this point, are essentially a lock to be in the postseason.

In their previous two-game meeting in Houston this year, the two teams split the series.

In other news, Chris Taylor was named the winner of the Heart and Hustle Award for the Dodgers. Each Major League club receives one winner who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball. Just another nod to the great 2021 season that Taylor is having, as he’s been one of the best if not the best player on the Dodgers all year long.

The first pitch for Tuesday’s opener is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

10 thoughts on “Dodgers Host Astros in Highly Anticipated Two-Game Series

  1. I am hoping the fans really give it to the A*steriks. When the unrepentant McCullers is on the mound they should boo him constantly. He is a cheating dog.
    Buehler is obviously having an amazing year but so is Urias. With those two young arms in the rotation, it gives us hope for the future. It may take May a season and a half or two years to recover you never know how someone heals and recovers. Reportedly the Dodgers did not want to include Pepiot, Jackson, or Miller in the Nat trade.
    Miller looks like he is the real deal. Jackson and Pepiot were brought up to OKC this week. Pepiot reportedly has two changes one is a fade and the other a straight along with his 94-95 mph rising fastball.

  2. Dodger fans should boo their heads off tonight but I have this bad feeling that some idiot, or group of idiots, will start throwing things on to the field. If I was Kasten, I wouldn’t sell any beer after the first inning tonight. Of course, that would lead to 50,000 fans destroying the stadium.

    Nothing like going into this important series, trailing the Giants by 3.5 games and winding up with a forfeit.

  3. You were right Jeff. They threw trash cans, and balls onto the field. I believe it interrupted Buehler’s rhythm. He pitched well anyway. And the offense could not get it going against a very good pitcher. I was encouraged by Cody’s at bats though. Infield single and two fly outs he just missed making solid contact with. Reports surfacing that the Dodgers are nearing a deal with Cole Hamels.

    1. I wonder what Hamels’ role would be. I guess as a starter which probably means they aren’t counting on Gonsolin any time soon and maybe there is more concern for Kershaw than they’re letting on.

      Hamels being the vet that he is I’m sure could also pitch out of the bullpen, so maybe he’ll be VGon’s replacement on the roster. Victor really doesn’t look right this year.

      1. I would think he would start out of the pen. There has been no definitive update on Kersh’s availability for a few days now. He supposedly had some residual soreness after his last bullpen. So I guess we will have to wait and see, but even getting two guys with their post season experience for the stretch run is huge.

      2. I keep going back and forth in my mind as to whether this just isn’t going to be our year and we’ll never quite put things together, or………………………………………………..we’ll come together just at the right time and be the team everyone thought we would be as we head into the playoffs. I guess I’ll just have to wait awhile to find out how it plays out.

      3. I am really interested in the impact Trea Turner will have on the offense. He is after all both a power and average guy. Cannot but help and really lengthen the lineup.

      4. Lengthening the lineup isn’t nearly as important as having the lineup score more runs than the opposition. 🙂

        I’m looking forward to TT also. Has been one of my favorite MLB players for a few years now and I was really jazzed when we got him. Now let’s see how it all turns out.

  4. Does Hamels have to be added to the 26 man roster immediately? I’d feel more comfortable if he had a tuneup period at OKC to get some rust kicked off before he’s expected to perform at midseason form.

    1. I’m not the ultimate authority on this so anyone else feel free to contradict me, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need to be added to the roster until he’s ready to pitch in an MLB game. I think he’s going to Arizona first to get into game shape. He’ll have a lot more at his disposal at Camelback than he did working out at home.

      Not only will he need to be added at some point to the 26-man roster but also to the 40-man so that will mean someone gets lopped off at some point.

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