Despite an influx of recent paternity, the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to steer the Pittsburgh Pirates' momentum in the other direction on Tuesday night, shrugging off a dramatic Andrew McCutchen home run thanks to the power of Chris Taylor.
Perhaps reports of his career's death were greatly exaggerated.
Now, the Dodgers enter Game 2 with the right amount of momentum in their quest to upend the NL Central's surprise leaders and vault further above the .500 mark.
Why be optimistic, though? It's not like something meaningfully changed for the Dodgers entering this 3:35 PT tilt in the 'Burgh -- oh, wait! Tony Gonsolin's on the mound! That's different. Deep team gonna get deeper.
Dodgers Lineup for Wednesday, April 26 vs Pirates
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Dodgers Pitching Probables for Wednesday, April 26 vs Pirates
It'll be Gonsolin making his 2023 debut for the Dodgers after suffering a surprisingly severe ankle injury walking off the practice fields at spring training. First, Dave Roberts told us we'd likely see Gonsolin on Opening Day. Then, it seemed as if his absence might extend into May. Nice job splitting the difference and bucking our expectations.
His first appearance of the season couldn't have come at a better time, picking up after a Noah Syndergaard start that was less than inspiring.
For the Pirates, it'll be -- oh, come on -- another young pitcher hitting his stride in Roansy Contreras, acquired from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade. Contreras is struggling to keep runners off base so far in 2023 (1.52 WHIP), but his ERA is dropping after two straight quality starts (6 innings, 2 ER/6.2 innings, 1 ER). Let's see if Contreras can limit the traffic and lock horns with Gonsolin in a classic "Power vs. Precision" matchup.