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Goldy vs A-Gone: Dbacks and Dodgers Open Series

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The Dbacks and Dodgers will begin their three game series on Monday night. It’s a golden opportunity for Arizona to make up some ground on their National League West-leading rival. It’s going to be a showdown of the premier 1st basemen in the National League.

Los Angeles (43-34) leads Arizona (36-39) by 6 games in the National League West. In between those two teams is the San Francisco Giants, who trail the Dodgers by only one game. The Dodgers are currently on a 7-game winning streak and have swept the Dbacks in their last two 3-game series.

Here’s tonight’s pitching matchup. (Here’s a breakdown of the series’ pitching matchups)

Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Allen Webster (27) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.95 ERA, 55 K) vs Allen Webster (1-1, 6.46 ERA, 9 K)

The transaction term that I found was “purchased from Arizona” when it came to Los Angeles’ acquisition of Bolsinger. He was drafted in 2010 by Arizona and signed with them. Bolsinger made his MLB debut with the Dbacks in 2014, where he went 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA in starts. The 27-year old sure has turned it around in Los Angeles.

Due to string on injuries to starters in the rotation, Bolsinger received an extended look by the Dodgers and he’s delivered. However, he’s currently mired in a three game stretch that’s seen him go fewer than 6 innings in each contest. His last start was a 4.2 inning performance in which he received a no decision.

Bolsinger vs Dbacks (Career) 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 K

With Patrick Corbin‘s rehab assignment in Reno nearly over, it appears that Webster’s time in Arizona is coming to a temporary close. If Corbin isn’t ready yet, Jhoulys Chacinand Aaron Blair have both proven to be worthy of a shot with Arizona. Webster simply hasn’t taken advantage of his opportunity, maybe someone else will.

After three starts, Webster has yet to go 6 innings. Webster’s last start came against the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field. He went 4.1 innings and surrendered 6 hits with 5 runs (3 earned). After showing promise in his first start (a 5.2 IP, 2 run victory against San Francisco), Webster has yet to prove anything. He’ll have a chance to do so against the team that drafted him back in 2008.

Webster has never faced the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups.

Tonight’s lineup features A.J. Pollock‘s return to the lead-off spot. Pollock was 0-for-8 in the San Diego series. David Peralta‘s hot week sees him get rewarded with a #2 spot in the lineup. Yasmany Tomas and Jake Lamb will protect Goldy in the lineup hitting 4th and 5th, respectively. Both rookies hit over .300 this past week (Tomas .316 and Lamb .333).

Game Notes

  • Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson has 3 homeruns against the Dbacks this season.
  • Dbacks Paul Goldschmidt is on a 9 game hitting streak.
  • Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez leads the NL with 23 doubles
  • Goldschmidt leads Gonzalez in NL West voting at 1B with over 3.5 million votes.

First pitch is at 6:40 MST in Phoenix.

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