Friday night will be the beginning of the Freeway Series when the Dodgers host the crosstown rival Angels at Dodger Stadium.
The Angels come in one game over.500 with a record of 55-54, and the Dodgers own a record of 65-44
Newest Dodger Trea Turner possibly may be activated Saturday, depending on his COVID situation.
After making the Cole Hamels signing official, the Dodgers signed another veteran Friday morning in right-hander Nick Tropeano. The 30-year-old pitcher has spent time with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets this year. So far in 2021, he’s posted a 2.25 ERA in eight innings over five games.
Throughout his career, Tropeano has posted a 4.22 ERA over 241 innings, and a career WHIP of 1.37.
After the collapse of the Diamondbacks Thursday in the ninth inning against the Giants, the Dodgers now enter the weekend four games behind the first-place Giants.
It will also be the first time that Albert Pujols faces his former team since they released him earlier this year.
Price will open the series on Friday. So far, he is 4-1 with a 3.55 ERA and has done a nice job in several roles this year whether in the bullpen or starting games. He will face Sandoval, who’s 3-5 with a 3.38 ERA.
Detmers will make his second major league start on Sunday. He is a 2020 first-round pick by the Angels.
Dodger Manager Dave Roberts also provided an update on Clayton Kershaw; he is now expected to return sometime in September.
The first pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.