Dodgers fans have had this weekend marked on their calendar since the short schedule was announced. Playing the Astros will always be a big deal, but what happened in late July makes it all the more intriguing.
Funny enough, Joe Kelly just started serving the suspension that was issued to him from that series. After battling it out with MLB and then facing a trip to the injured list, Kelly will have to miss the series entirely. The Dodgers will be without Kelly, but the fans are ready to welcome Houston in a big way.
While Dodgers fan may still be angry about what transpired in July, Astros players say they want to move on. In an interview with ESPN this week, Alex Bregman expressed that the team has just one thing in mind heading into Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers have an unbelievable team. They pitch really well. They play defense. They hit. They have played a lot better baseball than we have this year. And that’s what we’re focused on. We got beat twice by them last time we played them. For us, it’s about trying to find a way to be a good baseball team because they’re hard to beat.
After Joe Kelly started a benches-clearing incident, you’d expect some hard feelings. But with the Astros barely hanging on to a playoff spot in the AL West, it sounds like they might have more important things on their minds. Don’t expect them throwing at the Dodgers unless things get out of hand.
The Dodgers are the best team in baseball. Our focus has to be on trying to win a baseball game. We need to put together good team at-bats, and we need to hit with runners in scoring position. And they have a great pitching staff so that’s tough to do. And we have to play solid defense. And you have to pitch well. They have an unbelievable lineup, All-Stars all the way through that lineup. That’s what we’re focused on.
High praise from such a little man. The Dodgers and Astros are set to kick off a two-game series tonight in Los Angeles. Framber Valdez gets the start for Houston tonight against Julio Urias.