The Dodgers did not have an ideal homestand as they leave Los Angeles still trailing the Padres and Giants in the the standings. After dropping 3 of 4 to San Francisco, the team was then able to salvage a series win against the Cardinals. Definitely in convincing fashion on Wednesday night.
Despite the setback, the Dodgers are still just 2 games out of first place and are getting healthier by the day. What they’ve been able to do without being at full strength is just a testament to how well this team can adapt. However, they have a tall task ahead of them this weekend as they embark to take on the Atlanta Braves in a 3-game series before heading to Pittsburgh.
The Boys in Blue will have their hands full, but they’ll also be prepared with some of their big guns.
Los Angeles heads into the weekend with Julio Urías, Clayton Kershaw, and Trevor Bauer all slated to start.
Pitching matchups for #Dodgers vs #Braves in Atlanta this weekend shaping up like this:
Friday — LHP Julio Urias vs. RHP Ian Anderson
Saturday — LHP Clayton Kershaw vs. RHP Charlie Morton
Sunday — RHP Trevor Bauer vs. LHP Max Fried
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 2, 2021
Urías’ last start was not pretty and exact opposite of his first against the Giants. He surrendered 7 runs on 11 hits over 5 innings of work. That kind of production, or lack of thereof, does not bode well for his matchup against a more formidable opponent. Regardless of that, the 24-year-old southpaw has been enjoying a solid season on the mound and has only lengthened this Dodgers rotation. The Braves adjusted their rotation to move back Ian Anderson to counter Urías. The last time LA faced him they advanced to the World Series.
On Saturday, Kershaw will take the mound against a team he has dominated in the regular season. In fact, he owns a sparkling 5-0 record with a 1.78 ERA. Although he is no longer his best self, the long-time ace still has plenty in the tank to keep the team in the game and earn another win. The Braves will counter with a veteran pitcher of their own in right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton gave up 5 runs the last time he faced the Dodgers in the World Series as a part of the Tampa Bay Rays. He now finds himself facing the reigning champions during the wrong time as he has been mightily surging this year.
The series finale will feature a rematch of Game 1of the National League Wild Card Series between starters Trevor Bauer and Max Fried. Although the Reds lost the game, Bauer gave them 7 2/3 shutout innings. He’s been absolutely filthy this season and leaves little doubt he could repeat his last performance against the Braves. Los Angeles has yet again had an issue against lefties this season. However, Fried has not had a whole lot of success this year and was recently shelled in his last outing against the Nationals.
First pitch for the series is set for 4:20 PM PST at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.