The Dodgers are looking to take game 2 of the series against the Mets tonight. With Walker Buehler on the mound for Los Angeles, they have a good chance of potentially gaining even more ground on the Giants in the NL West.
But the Dodgers will also have to get the job done without a hot bat in the lineup. AJ Pollock was originally set to play left field on Friday night, but he was a late scratch just hours before the scheduled first pitch.
Pollock is out with back spasms, according to the Dodgers. He will be replaced by Billy McKinney who shifts over to right field. Chris Taylor was originally set to play right, but he shifts over to left with McKinney coming into the game.
Defensively, it’s a little bit of a better setup for the Dodgers. But Pollock has been a hot hitter for most of the year, but especially in August. Across 15 games, Pollock is slashing .356/.387/.542 with an outstanding .929 OPS. He has slugged 2 homeruns and driven in 13 runs in that stretch.
So given the status of his bat, the Dodgers have to be hoping this back spasm is a shirt-term issue.