Dodgers Look to Secure Series Split Against Mariners

After the first losing streak of the season, the Dodgers hope to salvage a series split on the road against the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers dropped the first game of the brief two-game series Monday night by a score of 4-3. The loss was their second straight defeat.

The Dodgers managed to get to the go-ahead run on base in the ninth inning, but a game-ending double play by Corey Seager shut that down quickly.

Dodger fans held their breath in that ninth, not just because of the game itself, but because star outfielder Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch on the forearm. Betts did stay in the game, but like expected, he is out of the lineup on Tuesday.

Manager Dave Roberts said bruising and swelling are expected but was expecting to know more today. As the day goes on, we will know more.

The Dodgers and Royals are the only two teams that still have not lost a series. For the Dodgers, that streak is on the line today. Although it is a two-game series, the last team to beat the Dodgers in a series was the Colorado Rockies, who took two out of three games in Dodger Stadium last season.

Dustin May gave up a couple of early homers which let the Mariners take early control. May pitched five innings and gave up three runs on four hits, although he did strike out eight batters,

The Dodgers did leave multiple runners in scoring position, as they were 2-for-9 in those situations.

Several at-bats by the Dodgers could have been RBIs if it wasn’t for the outstanding defense of the Mariners.

Julio Urias will get the start Tuesday for the Dodgers. Urias in his last outing went six innings, allowing four earned runs against the Colorado Rockies. So far in the early campaign, he’s posted a record of 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 18 ⅔ innings pitched.

Urias will face Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales. He has not fared well so far this season, having given up seven runs in one start and five runs in another. Gonzales has an ERA of 8.22 in the early season with a record of 1-1.

After Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers will have a day off before starting a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

The first pitch for Tuesday’s game is at 1:10 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers Face Mariners for Two Games Before Round 2 with Padres

Well, that was a fun weekend series, wasn’t it? The first three games of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres NL West showdown brought a little bit of everything – great pitching, extra innings, benches clearing, and everything in between.

Yesterday, Dennis covered five things that we learned from the first of initial series between the two best teams in baseball. As we know, the Dodgers won two of three, not having Cody Bellinger and having two rookies roam the outfield with Mookie Betts. The Padres were also not playing at full strength because while Fernando Tatis Jr.had returned to the lineup, he was not at 100 percent, with as many strikeouts and errors that he had.

While the Dodgers are overall the better team, the Padres will make every game a playoff-like game and will get the better of the Dodgers and may even take a series or two down the line. However, at this point, the Dodgers are still in first while the Padres are in third in the division, three and a half games out of first, percentage points behind the surprising San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers now play in a quick, two-game series in Seattle before they head back home to face the Padres four more times starting Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

The Mariners are the owners of a 10-6 record and are quietly in first place in the AL West. While they currently enjoy a half game lead on the Los Angeles Angels, and a game on the Houston Astros, Seattle has a -3 run differential, the only first place team with a negative number. They’ve won seven of their last 10, and just took two of three from the Astros.

Mitch Haniger is leading Seattle offensively, with a .338 batting average, four homers and .988 OPS. Kyle Seager, brother of Corey Seager, had started off hot—at one point, both men were hitting .347. Kyle has since cooled off, much like his younger brother.

The pitching matchups for the short series will see Dustin May taking on Justus Sheffield. The Mariners’ left hander has pitched in two games so far this season, going 0-1 with 10 strikeouts through 11 innings. He does not walk many batters, only two in each game so far.

In Tuesday’s matinee, Julio Urías will get his fourth start of the season, going up against Marco Gonzalez of the Mariners. Gonzalez was Seattle’s Opening Day starter. The lefty has a 1-1 record with a 8.22 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts over 15.1 innings of work, with his last outing being his best so far.

This short series has a possibility of being overlooked by the Dodgers, being sandwiched between two high energy series with their new division rivals, and the back and forth of the travel all the way up the coast. Hopefully they will play like the team that they are and keep their series win streak going.

Highly Anticipated Dodgers vs. Padres Series Set to Begin Friday

After an emphatic sweep of the Colorado Rockies and winners of six straight games, the Los Angeles Dodgers prepare for their first highly-anticipated series of the season.

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Dodgers Prepare for Home Series Against Rockies

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Here we are still during the first month of the season and there are only three teams that have not lost a series. The Dodgers are one of those teams, along with crosstown rivals the Angels and the Royals.

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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers Seek Fifth-Straight Victory

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After comfortably defeating the Oakland Athletics by a score of 10-3 Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers have now won four straight since losing on Opening Day.

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Dodgers Head to Oakland for Three-Game Series, Other News and Notes

Well, that was a strange series, wasn’t it? Coors is always an adventure, and mostly you just hope to survive it without any disasters or injuries.

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Dodger Stadium Tickets Go on Sale, Game 2 Preview at Colorado

After dropping a bizarre game on Opening Day to the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers are still looking to grab their first win of the season heading into the weekend. One of the best things about baseball is that right after a loss, a team gets to go back out there the next day with a fresh start, especially this early in the season.

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Preview: Dodgers Head to Colorado for 2021 Opening Series

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Writing a preview for the very first series of the season is always tough because there’s absolutely zero momentum to analyze from either side. However, based on how things went for the Dodgers throughout the winter, one would think that Los Angeles has a clear advantage over a far less-talented Rockies squad, despite having to play on the road.

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Dodgers Set to Open NLCS Against Atlanta Braves

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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their quest to win the 2020 World Series today by starting a best-of-seven series against the Atlanta Braves in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

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Dodgers Clinch 8th Consecutive Division Title, Other Notes

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All the big news across the baseball blogosphere on Tuesday night surrounded the Dodgers and their eighth straight National League West division title. And, although it doesn’t really mean much in the eyes of many, the win also secured Los Angeles as the No. 1 seed throughout the NL playoffs.

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