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Preview: Grandal Returns, Crawford Makes 1st Start Since Coming Off DL



Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rather frustrating two games for the Los Angeles Dodgers thus far at Turner Field and they now look to avoid a three-game sweep in Wednesday’s matinee affair. After Brett Anderson managed to pitch just 2.2 innings before being removed due to injury, Mike Bolsinger hopes to provide a longer outing.

Bolsinger himself is coming off an abbreviated outing as lighting issues and delays at Nationals Park limited him to four innings. On the season the right-hander is 4-3, with a 3.04 ERA, 2.81 FIP and 1.23 WHIP. Bolsinger is 0-2 in his last seven starts with the Dodgers going 3-4 over that stretch.

The 27 year old has faced the Atlanta Braves once in his young career, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 3.2 innings at Turner Field last season when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bolsinger has gone six innings or more in just three of his last 10 starts, which is a trend the Dodgers could benefit from their starter getting away from.

Making his 20th start of the season for the Braves is Julio Teheran. On the season Teheran is 6-4 with a 4.53 ERA, 4.56 FIP and 1.38 WHIP. In his last start against the Chicago Cubs, Teheran only went 4.2 innings, where he allowed two runs on five hits and issued three walks.

Wednesday is Teheran’s second time facing the Dodgers this season. In the first outing, a May 26 start at Dodger Stadium, the right-hander suffered a loss as he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. For his career, Teheran is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles.

Yasmani Grandal returns to the lineup after being relegated to pinch-hit duty over the last two games. Additionally, Carl Crawford makes his first start since April 27. Crawford was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.

After getting the night off on Tuesday, Jimmy Rollins starts at shortstop. Rollins is second all-time with the most at-bats against the Braves’ franchise and is third in total bases. The Dodgers haven’t been swept at Turner Field since May of 2013.

Dodgers Lineup:

CF: Joc Pederson

2B: Howie Kendrick

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

RF: Andre Ethier

C: Yasmani Grandal

LF: Carl Crawford

3B: Alberto Callaspo

SS: Jimmy Rollins

P: Mike Bolsinger

Braves Lineup:

2B: Jace Peterson

CF: Cameron Maybin

RF: Nick Markakis

1B: Kelly Johnson

3B: Chris Johnson

C: A.J. Pierzynski

LF: Eury Perez

SS: Andrelton Simmons

P: Julio Teheran

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Mike Bolsinger Sees Some Positives In Rough Start

Written by Staff Writer

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