Series Preview: Dodgers Finish Road Trip with Stop in Pittsburgh

After a distinctly unimpressive showing by the offense and bullpen in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Dodgers head north to the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to begin a weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Dodgers have already played the Pirates this season, sweeping them at home at the end of April. Pittsburgh currently sits at 25-22, 3.5 games out of first in the NL Central. They crushed four homers Thursday in their 14-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.

One of those home runs was off the bat of Josh Bell, who is having himself an incredible May. He’s currently tied for third with Pete Alonso of the New York Mets with 16 bombs, is batting .339 and has a whopping 1.125 OPS. He’s OPSing 1.339 in the month of May alone, good for third best in team history. The switch-hitting first baseman was NL Player of the Week ending May 19. He’s also second in batted ball exit velocity, higher than Cody Bellinger who comes in at number four.

He is the Dodgers’ version of Cody Bellinger, leading every offensive category for the Pirates except for triples, which is just tied for first. Over 20 games, he has a .410 BA with 10 homers and 26 RBI for May.

The first Dodger pitcher charged with quieting his bat will be Walker Buehler. The Dodgers’ flamethrower is coming off his first loss of the season at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. He will be hoping that the Dodger offense gives him some support this time around, as they failed to score any runs that game. The Pirates’ pitcher for Friday night has yet to be announced and will most likely be a bullpen game.

Saturday evening’s matchup with see Hyun-Jin Ryu seeking to continue his scoreless streak, which currently sits at 31 innings. The Pirates will counter with righty Joe Musgrove, who now sits at 3-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 54.0 innings pitched.

Sunday’s matinee will see the return of Kenta Maeda from the IL after taking a foul ball to the thigh in his last outing on May 15, an outing in which he was dominant. He struck out 12 while driving in the Dodgers’ only two runs of the game. He will square off against Chris Archer, whom the Dodgers smacked around on April 26, scoring six runs in four innings including a Bellinger home run.

Today in Dodgers transactional news, Joe Kelly was placed on the bereavement list, where he will be from anywhere from three to seven games. Kyle Garlick was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for his second stint with the Dodgers. He had one at-bat with a flyout to center in his first time with the big club. He may only be in Pittsburgh for a couple days, as he might be replaced on the roster when Maeda is officially reinstated.

 

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Dodgers Continue East Coast Road Trip with Quick Stop in Tampa Bay

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The Dodgers started their eight game road trip off well, taking two of three games from the Reds in Cincinnati. Cody Bellinger and Hyun-Jin Ryu continued their dominance with their bat and their pitching, respectively. The team hit some homers, and the bullpen was still a little shaky. Pretty much par for the course of what this season has been so far.

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Series Preview: Dodgers Host Padres for Quick, 2-Game Set

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With an NL-leading 27 wins, the Dodgers welcome the San Diego Padres to town, as the clubs embark on a quick, two-game set that will begin on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium.

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Stellar Starting Pitching Headlines Home Series vs. Nationals

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Armed with the best record in the National League, the Dodgers will host the Washington Nationals for a four-game weekend set beginning on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

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After a Near-Sweep in San Diego, Dodgers Return Home to Face Braves

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The Dodgers almost completed a sweep of the San Diego Padres over the weekend but were thwarted by a walk-off grand slam off the bat of Hunter Renfroe. In just a quick look at the series, taking two-of-three from the Padres, all of which they were down early, was a good weekend in San Diego.

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Dodgers Continue Road Trip with Showdown in San Diego

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Since the San Francisco Giants have not been lately what they were in the early part of this decade, the Dodgers apparently have a new rival, or so fans of the San Diego Padres would tell you.

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How Good Are the Pirates?

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Currently sitting tied for second place in the NL Central with a 12-11 record are the Pittsburgh Pirates, the next obstacle for the Dodgers on a very quick three-game homestand.

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Dodgers Shift Focus to Cubs

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Having won seven of their last eight games, the Dodgers have arrived in Chicago and are preparing to face the Cubs, who are sitting smack-dab in the middle of the NL Central division standings with a 10-10 record.

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Dodgers Look for Consistency Against NL Central Squads

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While the feelings of the Dodgers are certainly good as they embark on a road trip to the Midwest, the club will have the challenge of tackling the Brewers again, the same squad who stole two of three contests from Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium just last weekend.

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Jackie Robinson Day, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig & More

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Monday is quite the day for fans of the Dodgers. As with every April 15th, it is Jackie Robinson Day across the league, in celebration of the first day the color barrier was broken by Jackie while wearing a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.

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