Going into Friday, the Dodgers stand in second place in the National League West. The San Diego Padres are currently in first place by half a game. With the Dodgers having an off day yesterday, the Padres defeated the Cubs to take over the division lead.
The Dodgers will look to reach 40 wins this weekend, as their current record stands at 39-23. It won’t be an easy task. The Guardians are 8-2 in their last ten games and hold the final playoff spot in the American League, with a record of 32-27.
Friday night’s game won’t be on SNLA, as it has been selected as an Apple TV exclusive.
The Guardians will start all right handed pitchers, beginning with Zach Plesac in the opener, Cal Quantrill in the middle game, and Shane Bieber in the finale. The Dodgers will counter with left-handers, Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias. Sunday’s Dodger starter is still to be determined, but it is a possibility we can see the return of Andrew Heaney.
The left-hander had two great starts early this year in which he gave up no runs, but has been out since April. Heaney has completed three rehab starts, and the Dodgers are hopeful he can return soon, especially with the absence of Walker Buehler.
Buehler had elbow surgery done this week to remove a bone spur. However, it does not impact his timetable for a return. The Dodgers hope he can return in early September.
After this homestand, the Dodgers won’t return to Los Angeles until the end of the month. They will have a nine-game road trip, including the Braves, who have won 14 straight games.
This is the first time the Dodgers and Guardians have played each other since 2017.
Kershaw will make his second start since coming off the injured list last weekend. In his first start back, he pitched four innings, allowing two runs against the Giants. He only allowed three hits but still received the loss as the Dodgers struggled to score runs throughout that series.
Plesac is 2-4 with a 3.70 ERA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on eight hits throughout six innings. One player to watch on the Guardians is the third baseman, Jose Ramirez. He currently leads in the MLB with 62 RBI.
The first pitch for Friday night’s opener is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.