I don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but the Dodgers seriously need some innings from somebody to take the burden off of a tired but excellent bullpen. It’s unfair to put these kind of innings on the bullpen and it could result in some injuries. The last thing the Dodgers need is some of their relievers blowing their arms out. Last night Scott Kazmir failed miserably to do that in the Dodger’s 10-6 victory on Friday night. Thank god Yasmani Grandal and the bats made up for it. Today they Must have McCarthy at least get into the sixth or seventh inning.
Brandon McCarthy will be making his second start for the Dodgers this afternoon as they take of the Padres in the third game of this four game series. McCarthy’s pitch count will still be limited but it would be nice if he could go past the fifth inning tonight. The Dodger bullpen has been phenomenal but they can’t pitch 5 innings every night. McCarthy looked great in his last start as he tossed five shutout innings against the Rockies to earn his first MLB win since April of 2015.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
Luis Perdomo-3-3 vs. Brandon McCarthy-1-0
Game Time – 4:15 PM – TV- SNLA
McCarthy has made 8 career starts against the Padres and is 6-1 with a 3.73 ERA. The Padres have hit McCarthy well and former Dodger Matt Kemp is 6 for 12 against the veteran right hander. Alexei Ramirez is 3 for 9 with two home runs as well.
McCarthy vs. Padres
The Padres will counter with 23-year old right hander Luis Perdomo. He’s Dominican and is in his first MLB season. The Dominican rookie has made 6 starts and 21 appearances and is 3-3 with a 7.93 ERA. Perdomo has primarily pitched out of the bullpen in long relief this season. Perdomo has struck out 53 and walked 26 but has allowed 92 hits in 59 innings pitched. Perdomo faced the Dodgers back on May 22 and got hammered allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits across 5 innings. He also walked 6 in that start.
Perdomo vs. Dodgers
Today’s lineup is the same, as Andrew Toles will make his second consecutive start in center field. The rookie is batting eighth and it’s quite a story how he progressed to the majors. Apparently he was working at a grocery store for a few weeks while in between assignments.