The Dodgers will try and put the frustrating Arizona Series behind them as they fly into the Nation’s capital to take on the Washington Nationals for a three game series. The boys in blue are no doubt frustrated and tired after losing two of three to the crappy Dbacks, so they’ll try to regroup in Washington. The good news is the Giants were just as bad dropping 3 straight to the lowly Padres. So that means the Dodgers didn’t lose any ground in the NL West.
They did sweep the Nationals at Dodger Stadium earlier this season. Perhaps they can use some of that mojo from the previous series to gain an edge? Fortunately for the Dodgers they’ll miss Max Scherzer. Unfortunately for the Dodgers they’ll not miss Stephen Strasburg. You can’t win them all I guess.
Dodgers Lineup @ Washington
Tonight’s Dodger lineup at Nationals:
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Game Time – 4:05 PM – TV-SNLA
The Dodgers will give the ball to left hander Scott Kazmir, (7-3 4.52) who will be making his 19th start of the season. He got pulverized in his last start back on July 8th at San Diego, and honestly I have little confidence he won’t get pounded by Washington. Then again, he allowed just two earned runs on 8 hits over 6 innings back on June 21st against the Nats. Somehow Kazmir has to get over that dreaded first inning.
The veteran has an 8.50 ERA in the first inning this season. Overall the numbers actually don’t look that bad for Kazmir. You see he’s struck out 106, walked 39, and allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings over 97 frames. Kazmir is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA in 3 career starts against Washington. Don’t let Kazmir pitch to former Dodger Jayson Werth(less). The hobo look-alike is 7 for 10 with a home run and 3 extra-base hits against Kazmir.
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The Nationals will give the ball to Dominican rookie Reynaldo Lopez. Sammy Solis has been placed on the disabled list and Washington will let the 22-year old right hander make his first MLB start. I don’t know much about Lopes other than he was pitching for the National’s triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs of the international league this season.
He’s been in the Nationals organization since 2012 and has posted a 3.15 ERA and struck out 9.0 batters per nine innings over 5 minor league seasons. He’s struck out 109 across 87.1 innings pitched this year and I’m sure since this is his MLB debut he’ll pitch a shutout.
Lopez is highly rated, (#92 by Baseball America) and supposedly he can touch about 100 MPH on his heater. Will the Dodger bats be able to hit this young flame thrower?
The Nationals have a 56-37 record and a 5.5 game lead in the National League East. They are 29-16 at home while the Dodgers have a pathetic 22-24 record on the road. The Dodgers are 52-42 and trying to stay ahead in the NL Wild Card race because they are simply not good enough this year to catch the Giants.
Good news is Joc Pederson is scheduled to be activated today from the disabled list. The obvious move to clear roster space is to designate or option minor leaguer Zach Walters. I am almost 1000% positive that will happen while I am at work today. It’s gotta happen otherwise manager Dave Roberts won’t be able to resist the sick urge to start him against a left hander. Welcome back Joc!
Dodgers better start winning again. It would greatly improve my disposition. When the Dodgers lose I become an unpleasant person to be around.