The Dodgers have struggled to score runs of late and it may not get easier against Diamondbacks All-Star Patrick Corbin. He’s 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA versus the Dodgers this season and held LA to one run on eight hits in 6.1 innings on September 11 at Dodger Stadium.
Some Dodger hitters have struggled to figure out Corbin in the few games they’ve seen him. Adrian Gonzalez is 1 for 8 with 4 strikeouts against the lefty, while Scott Van Slyke and Matt Kemp are both 0 for 3.
However, some of the other Dodgers have had some success against Corbin in fewer at-bats.
Mark Ellis is 2 for 6 against him; Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez are both 2 for 3 with extra base hits; AJ Ellis is 2 for 4 with two doubles; and Yasiel Puig has also gone 2 for 4 with a home run.
The Diamondbacks have struggled mightily against Zack Greinke this season. Greinke is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA versus Arizona and Martin Prado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Gerardo Parra have all hit 1 for 6 against him; Miguel Montero is 0 for 5; and Aaron Hill and Eric Chavez are 0 for 3.
Hot and Cold:
It’s no secret the Dodgers offense has struggled to score runs in their past 12 games as they’ve only scored 13 runs in the last week. Here’s a look at which Dodgers are hot and cold heading into the matchup tonight:
Yasiel Puig: 5-17 since 9/11 with one home run and 3 RBIs, 2 XBH
Mark Ellis: 5-17 since 9/11 with 1 XBH and no RBIs
Nick Punto: 5-18 since 9/11 with 2 XBH and no RBIs
Adrian Gonzalez: 3-19 since 9/11 with 1 XBH and 6 RBIs
Carl Crawford: 3-25 since 9/7 with 1 XBH and no RBIs
A.J. Ellis: 2-18 since 9/11 with 1 XBH and no RBIs
RF: Puig CF: Eaton
2B: Ellis 2B: Hill
SS: Ramirez 1B: Goldschmidt
1B: Gonzalez 3B: Chavez
CF: Kemp LF: Prado
3B: Uribe C: Montero
LF: Van Slyke RF: Parra
C: Ellis SS: Gregorius
P: Greinke P: Corbin
The Dodgers offense will get a huge boost with the return of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez to the starting lineup. With the magic number at four, Greinke has the tall order of holding down the DBacks, while hoping for some sort of run support. When the night’s over, the magic number will be two.