The Dodgers will kick off a 3-game series against the Diamondbacks starting on Friday in Arizona. Coming off of a series win against the Phillies, Los Angeles will draw an opponent in the middle of a REALLY rough stretch. The Dbacks just lost their 23rd consecutive road game this week and sit in dead last in the NL West.
The Dodgers also have some good arms set to go this weekend as well. Let’s dive into the probably pitching matchups heading into tonight.
Friday Night: Trevor Bauer vs Caleb Smith
Friday night should be a good one as Trevor Bauer gets the ball going against the team that drafted him. Bauer will look to balance out a little as he’s allowed 3-plus earned runs in his last 3 starts. He goes up against left-hander Caleb Smith who has struck out over 10 batters per 9 innings,
Smith has also struggled with command though, something LA will look to take advantage of.
Saturday Night: Walker Buehler vs Matt Peacock
Saturday night is another good pitching matchup with Buehler on the bump. He’ll look to build off of 2 consecutive scoreless outings against the Pirates and Rangers. Buehler has quietly been one of the Dodgers’ best starters in 2021 pitching to a 2.38 ERA and limiting opponents to a .204 batting average.
Sunday Afternoon: Tony Gonsolin vs TBD
The Diamondbacks have yet to name a starter for Sunday’s game. But the Dodgers will go with Tony Gonsolin who will once again look to get his control in order. Gonsolin walked 8 batters over his last 2 outings and combined for just 5.1 innings.
This is one of those series that the Dodgers can’t let slip past them. It’s a great opportunity to keep pace in the NL West or even move past the Giants. They shouldn’t be losing any of these games.