The Dodgers will begin the month of September with a three-game set against the last-place Padres.

The Dodgers are currently sitting in first place in the NL West. Still a game and a half ahead of the rival Giants, who will be starting a four-game series with the Cubs tonight.

According to ESPN.com, Julio Urias, Kenta Maeda and Bud Norris are projected to be the starters for the weekend series.

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Julio Urias

Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias pitches during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Urias, is 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA at just 20 years old.

He has won his last four outings dating back to Aug. 8. During that three-week span, he dropped his ERA from 4.88 to 3.71.

The Dodgers have won 10 of the last 14 games Urias has pitched in, including 9 of the last 10.

Kenta Maeda

Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Maeda is 13-8 with a 3.38 ERA.

The Japan product, went 4-1 in five August starts, never allowing more than 3 earned runs in a game.

Bud Norris

 

Norris is 6-10 with a 4.92 ERA.

After Rich Hill was scratched from the Aug. 31 start, Norris stepped in and went three innings, giving up six hits, five earned runs while throwing 66 pitches.

Possible Replacements

1. Rich Hill

Perhaps Hill will return the favor to Norris and take the mound for the 1:10 p.m. start.

Hill is 10-3 with a 2.09 ERA.

One month ago, he was acquired with outfielder Josh Reddick. He has since made one start for the Dodgers, a 1-0 win over the Giants on Aug. 24

Hill went six innings, giving up five hits and three strikeouts.

2. Ross Stripling

Aug 25, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Another possible candidate is Ross Stripling.

Stripling is 3-6 with a 4.15 ERA.

The team has lost his last four starts despite a 3.25 ERA during that span.

He has pitched against the Padres twice this season resulting in a 1-1 record.

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Terrel "Chatterbox" Emerson is a Inglewood native with strong Los Angeles roots. A big sports fan/analyst. Radio talk show host of "Talk That Talk," on WPMD. #WeLoveLA

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