The Dodgers have responded well to home cooking, taking two of the last three games from the Arizona Diamondbacks. With a win tonight, they’ll be able to push themselves into a two-way tie with the Dbacks for second place.
Luck may be in the Dodgers’ corner, as throwing for the Dodgers tonight is one of their strongest pitchers, Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA so far, and he’s pitched well at Dodger Stadium. Last year the snakes only managed to bat .158 against him. McCarthy doesn’t give up a lot of home runs, and that continues with the snakes. Best of all that, Dodgers-killer Paul Goldscmidt has yet to homer against him.
Taking the ball for Arizona is Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19 ERA). Ray pitched well against the Giants in his last outing, with 6 2/3 shutout innings. Both Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig have tagged Ray for home runs in the past, so look for Kike to get the start tonight.
Red-hot Puig should continue to to tear things up, although Orel Hershiser and Joe Davis have been deconstructing Puig’s winces following his swings in the batter’s box. Winces aside, Puig is 5 for 14 against Ray, with one home run.
The Wild Horse is leading the Dodgers with his 4 HRs and 11 RBIs, and we know he’s hungry for more. Speaking of batting leaders, Justin Turner is leading in just about every other category: BA:.372, OBP:.449 and 16 hits.
As of this writing, Logan Forsythe was running and testing his hamstring with trainers in the stadium’s outfield grass. It looks like he’s alright, because he’s in.
Here’s the Dodgers lineup:
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