After a much better game yesterday, the Dodgers are in a position to win their sixth consecutive series, and will be sending the right guy to the mound to do it.
Zack Greinke and his league-leading 1.68 ERA get the ball in Arizona on Sunday, and with Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw coming on strong, Greinke needs to bounce back if he wants to remain the Cy Young favorite. He had an uncharacteristically bad start his last time out (still qualified as a quality start, but three runs in six innings looks weird from Greinke). He held the DBacks scoreless in seven innings in his only other start against them this season back in April.
On the other side, Patrick Corbin gets the ball for the Diamondbacks. He was up and coming before undergoing Tommy John surgery before last season and has been decent in 12 starts this season. He owns a 3.32 ERA (3.78 FIP) and gives up about a hit and strikes out about a batter every inning. The Dodgers lit him up the last time they faced him, which was in 2013. He allowed six runs and seven hits in two innings at Dodger Stadium. Adrian Gonzalez has a homer and Chris Heisey has two in the past against Corbin (lol).
Hey, a decently normal lineup. Justin Ruggiano over Andre Ethier against a lefty is a pretty obvious move. Carl Crawford left yesterday’s game with an injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Joc Pederson remains in the lineup after a three-hit game last night. Corey Seager remains the starter at short. I’m not saying he needs to start every game at short, but he really needs to be in the lineup (short, third) five or six games a week. He’s just so good.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.