The Dodgers are on the verge of being swept by the lowly Padres and only rookie phenom Julio Urias stands in the way from keeping the club from suffering such an embarrassment. These final few games may seem meaningless after the club clinched the NL West title, but they are still playing for home field advantage in the NLDS against Washington. Right now the Dodgers are 2 games back with 4 left to play. The National’s magic number to clinch NLDS home field is now 3. It seems very likely that the Dodgers will have to start the NLDS in Washington.
Youngster Urias will get the call tonight as the Dodgers will play their final game of the year in San Diego. They have still won the season series but it is mystifying to me as to why they have so much trouble beating a terrible team like the Padres.
Dodgers Lineup @ San Diego
(Do not even look at the lineup tonight. It reeks of all-righty-ness. Yuck)
Today's Dodger lineup:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 29, 2016
Julio Urias-5-2 vs. Christian Friedrich-5-11
Game Time – 6:10 PM – TV – SNLA
Urias is 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 14 starts and 17 appearances. Urias has whiffed 79 and walked 29 over 74 innings pitched. Urias has struck out 9.6 per nine and has posted a 1.4 WHIP. Urias has faced the Padres once this season back on September 2. He allowed two earned runs on three hits over 5.1 innings pitched and was not involved in the decision. Urias has been pitching out of the bullpen for the past couple of weeks and I am unsure as to what his pitch count will be this evening. Whatever that may be it would be nice to see the Dodgers win and not get swept.
Urias vs. Padres
The Padres will give the ball to left hander Christian Friedrich. The 29-year old Evansville native has a 5-11 record and a 4.66 ERA in 22 starts for the Padres this season. Over 123.2 innings pitched he has struck out 97 and walked 51 while posting a 1.4 WHIP. Friedrich has allowed 9.7 hits per nine and has more hits allowed than innings pitched, which is a sure sign of bad pitching.
The Dodgers have seen him many times just this season alone. This is his fourth start against the Dodgers in 2016 and he is 0-1 with two no-decisions. Friedrich is 0-1 with a 7.32 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Dodgers. He has struggled against right hander in his career, allowing a .298 average and .833 OPS against.
Friedrich vs. Dodgers
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The Dodgers have released right hander Bud Norris who was designated to clear roster room for Alex Wood
Dodgers released pitcher Bud Norris.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 28, 2016
That’s about it for now. After the game the Dodgers will travel to the lion’s den in San Francisco to face the deflated and defeated Giants in the final three games of the regular season. Hopefully Vin Scully will be able to call the Dodgers knocking the Giants out of the playoffs. Revenge would be a dish best served cold my friends.