It’s been a whirlwind for the Los Angeles Dodgers these past few days, as the team put Mookie Betts on the injured list with cracked ribs while losing two out of three to the Cleveland Guardians at home without their best player Jose Ramirez. In addition, Los Angeles acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers for his second stint with the team.
The Dodgers wanted some depth in the outfield with Betts going down. For the last couple of seasons, depth has been the Dodger’s strength, but now it’s getting tested.
With all that, the Dodgers begin a nine-game road trip, tied for first place in the National League West with the San Diego Padres. Pitching has carried this team all year; if it wasn’t for Tyler Anderson and Tony Gonsolin, who knows where this team would be, as the offense has been dormant at times.
However, despite all the Dodger struggles, they’re still 15 games over .500 and post a 40-25 record. During this road trip, the Dodgers will play Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Colorado.
The Dodgers swept the Reds in a four-game series earlier this year when the Reds had a dreadful start to the season. Since then, the Reds have improved but still post a record 20 games under .500 at 23-43. However, the Dodgers are only 5-5 in their last ten games.
Pitching matchups have been set for the game series in Cincinnati. The Dodgers will use Gonsolin, Anderson, and Clayton Kershaw. The Reds will counter with right-handers Tyler Mahle, Luis Castillo, and Hunter Greene.
Mahle and Castillo are presumed trade candidates the Dodgers can target since Walker Buehler went down. Mahle is 2-5 with a 4.446 ERA, and Castillo is 2-4 with a 3.33 ERA.
So, as the Dodgers get a better look at these two pitchers, it might help the team further assess some of the arms available on the market.
Gonsolin will start the first game, and depending on his start, he can move back to having the lowest ERA in the majors. He is 8-0 with a 1.42 ERA. In his last start against the Angels, he went six ⅓ innings, only allowing one hit.
Perhaps a tight pennant race will get the Dodgers going again. It has been a tough month of June after a fantastic month of May. With Betts going down, the team will have to respond promptly.
They surely want to take care of business against the Reds, as the Braves are currently one of the hottest clubs in the majors.
Tuesday’s first pitch against the Reds is at 3:40 p.m. Pacific.