The Los Angeles Dodgers' four-game series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks is set for 1:10 p.m. PST on Sunday, April 2. A victory will see the Dodgers take three of four from their division foe and mark a good start to 2023.
Outside of the offense going silent and Alex Vesia stumbling on Friday, the Dodgers have been a wagon. They've gotten tremendous pitching performances from Julio Urías, Dustin May and Clayton Kershaw so far. The offense has scored 19 runs in three games.
Kershaw's troubling spring was put in the rearview with his quality outing. May's injury concern post-Tommy John is hopefully something that'll no longer be an issue after his seven scoreless innings. Next up? Noah Syndergaard, who gets the ball on Sunday for his first start with the Dodgers.
He'll be backed by a bit of a different lineup, too. Trayce Thompson will remain in action against a right-handed pitcher after hitting three home runs on Saturday. Max Muncy will hit the pine in favor of Chris Taylor after starting the season 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts and zero walks. And here comes the Mookie Betts experiment at second base!
Dodgers lineup for Sunday, April 2 vs Diamondbacks
Betts getting some infield reps allows the Dodgers to play all of Thompson, James Outman and David Peralta, all of whom have had great starts in the early going.
And here's the D-backs lineup:
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Sunday, April 2 vs Diamondbacks
All eyes will be on Syndergaard, though, who has struggled with his velocity over the last month and ended his Spring Training on a poor note (11 earned runs in 9.1 innings across his final two starts). He wants to bounce back with the Dodgers, who are known for resurrecting vintage pitching performances, and LA is obviously expecting the same after paying him $13 million this offseason.
The trademark Thor hammer may not be there just yet, but if he can hit his spots and be efficient, it'll help him get to where he needs to be for the long haul.