The Dodgers are finally beginning to reverse the trend of bad baseball decisions. The club announced that outfielder Andrew Toles was recalled as Chris Taylor was optioned back to Oklahoma City. The Dodgers are making a move that makes sense. Taylor couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat and Toles was hitting over .300 during his first stint with the big club. Not only that but look who’s dropped to sixth in the batting order? That’s right, it’s .161 hitting Josh Reddick. Toles is in the starting lineup today as well playing in left field and batting eighth.
Today, the #Dodgers recalled outfielder Andrew Toles from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned infielder Chris Taylor to OKC.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 21, 2016
The Dodgers will give the ball to 20-year old Julio Urias, and the club badly needs him to give them a solid 7 innings and keep them in the game. He doesn’t have to be dominating, just turn in a quality start. Please. Urias is making his eleventh start and thirteenth MLB appearance. He’s 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. They are going to have to do better than last night’s 11-1 fiasco. That was ugly to watch.
Dodgers Lineup @ Cincinnati
Julio Urias-3-2 vs. Anthony DeSclafani-7-1
Game Time – 10:10 AM – TV-SNLA
The Reds will counter with right hander Anthony DeSclafani. The 26-year old is 7-1 this year for the Reds with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts. He’s struck 69 and walked 18 while only allowing 27 earned runs. He’s struck out 7.9 per nine and has a 3.72 FIP. He is 1-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 3 career starts against the Dodgers. The boys in blue are hitting just .190 against DeSclafani.
Desclafani vs. Dodgers
The Giants play tonight at San Francisco against the Mets as Noah Syndergaard will counter Jeff Samardzija on Sunday night baseball. The Dodgers remain a half game behind in the NL West race. A Dodger win and a Giant loss today would mean the Dodgers reclaiming first place.