The Dodgers and Rockies are set to go head-to-head this afternoon at Chavez Ravine. With the season winding down, Los Angeles has to win games against teams like Colorado as they chase the Giants in the NL West.
But they’ll have to get the job done today without some of their biggest bats. The Dodgers announced the lineup for this afternoon and there were 3 names left off that had fans talking. And they’re pretty good bats.
Will Smith, Mookie Betts, and Justin Turner are all out of the Dodgers lineup. That’s strictly for rest and for no other reason, but it’s still odd to see them all out at once. Mookie coming back from the hip injury has the team closely monitoring his rest days so it makes sense that he would be out.
Justin Turner has played in a lot of games for the Dodgers in 2021, probably more than they anticipated. But he’s also going through a rough stretch of late, slashing .188/.293/.313 through the month of August. He has also played in almost every game in that stretch.
Smith is having a really good month, but he’s also played a ton lately. He caught all 16 innings last week against the Padres in the extras win. He was supposed to catch the next day but they pivoted to Austin Barnes. Barnes will catch Mitch White to start today’s game.