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Dodgers News: RHP Corey Knebel to Start for Los Angeles Tonight



The Dodgers will throw a bullpen game tonight against the Mets. Dave Roberts had said in previous days that they would need to due to injuries in the starting rotation, most recently Julio Urias with a calf contusion. 

The bullpen has been very overworked over the last couple of weeks. But Mitch White stepped up in last night’s win and pitched 7+ innings for the Dodgers to keep all relief arms fresh. That will be huge coming into the game tonight. 

The Dodgers will be starting Corey Knebel in that game, and there will not be a bulk man coming out of the pen. That means they will likely have to use a reliever per inning or perhaps push someone to get a little over an inning. 

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Someone like Phil Bickford is capable of going 2 innings, but even he has seen a significant workload this month. So expect the Dodgers to go with match-up-based relief decisions and rotate a lot of guys in and out. That also means a reliever will hit during the game with the shorter bench. 

But the good news is that the Dodgers get to face off against a Mets offense that has looked anemic at times over the last 2 weeks. They just got done sweeping them in New York last weekend and are looking to repeat with the NL West lead potentially in the balance. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Julio is the latest knockdown from an opposing pitcher. When are Roberts and the Dodgers going to take care of business. Lasorda and Drysdale wouldn’t let our best players get beaned on a regular basis by pitchers with poor control on their inside pitches without letting their best players know how it feels.

    • I’ve questioned that as well cause Dodger hitters have been getting plunked all year long. Roberts just sits there with no apparent reaction or response at all. But because it appears the league has some bias against the Dodgers if one of our pitchers retaliated, he and Roberts would immediately get tossed.

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