The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a disappointing loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday that dropped them to two games back of first place in the National League West, and they now look to rebound in the rubber match at Chase Field.
The Sunday afternoon matchup is the Dodgers’ final time playing on the road this season. The team is off Monday, then begin a homestand of three-game series against the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
L.A. remains alive in the NL West race, though their postseason outlook appears much more likely to begin with the Wild Card Game.
As the margin for error has grown smaller, Julio Urias tries to get back on track after struggling a bit in consecutive outings. He wasn’t sharp and only pitched five innings against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 15, then followed that by allowing four runs to the Colorado Rockies.
Urias’ fastball velocity was down in both outings, though he and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have dismissed any need to be concerned by that.
Urias enters 18-3 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, leading the Majors in wins this season. The left-hander figures to make one more start in the regular season after Sunday, and called potentially reaching 20 wins a “dream come true.”
The Diamondbacks counter with Humberto Mejía, who is making just his fourth start this season. Mejía is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP thus far, having allowed at least four runs in back-to-back outings.
Prior to the game the Dodgers recalled Andrew Vasquez from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Luke Raley.
RF: Mookie Betts
SS: Corey Seager
2B: Trea Turner
1B: Max Muncy
LF: AJ Pollock
CF: Gavin Lux
3B: Chris Taylor
C: Austin Barnes
P: Julio Urias
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