Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Baltimore Orioles Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019
Lefty Rich Hill returns to the mound for the first time in nearly three months when he starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series with the host Baltimore Orioles. Hill went down with a forearm strain June 19 and is expected to make four starts down the stretch for the Dodgers as he aims to earn a spot in the postseason rotation.
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The veteran has a 2.66 ERA in 11 playoff games (10 starts) for the Dodgers, who clinched their seventh straight National League West title with a win in the series opener Tuesday. With the division locked up and the stakes much lower, Los Angeles dropped Wednesday's matchup 7-3 as the Orioles ended their six-game losing streak. Jonathan Villar smacked a three-run homer in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie for Baltimore, which gives the ball to Dylan Bundy in the finale Thursday. A.J. Pollock had two of the Dodgers' six hits Wednesday, including a two-run homer, after going 0-for-10 with five strikeouts over his previous three games.
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FOX
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Rich Hill (4-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (6-13, 5.06)
Hill recorded 61 strikeouts over 53 innings while holding opponents to a .237 average before going on the injured list. He threw a two-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium last week. The 39-year-old, who appeared in 14 games for Baltimore in 2009, has given up 27 runs (24 earned) across 27 1/3 career innings at Camden Yards.
Bundy has finished at least six innings in three of his last four starts, during which he is 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA. The 26-year-old is 2-8 with a 5.24 ERA at home while giving up 92 hits (16 homers) in 79 innings. Bundy faced the Dodgers once in relief in 2016, spinning 2 1/3 scoreless innings while recording all seven outs via the strikeout.
1. Four of Pollock's last five hits have left the yard.
2. Villar has hit 14 of his 21 homers at home.
3. The Dodgers are 8-9 against AL teams and 86-44 against the NL.
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Key Players to Watch
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
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- KneeQues Fri | questionable
Williams has been held out of the previous two games due to a left knee contusion and a head injury. It is unknown if he will be in Friday's lineup versus the Mariners.
- Bicepout for season | out
Harvey has soreness in his right biceps that is expected to keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.
- HandProb Thurs | probable
Nunez has missed the past two games with a left hand injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
- BackProb Thurs | probable
Trumbo is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jays despite a strained left trapezius.
- Upper BodyDoub Wed | doubtful
Trumbo has sat out the last two games due to a strained left trapezius and is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
- BicepQues Fri | questionable
Harvey is sidelined due to right biceps soreness, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Tigers on Friday.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- AnkleOut indefinitely | out
Turner is sidelined due to a mid left ankle sprain, and it is unclear when he will return to the starting lineup.
- ObliqueMid Oct | 10-day IL
Verdugo has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. He is also dealing with stiffness in his back and is not expected to be back with the team until Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
- KneeQues Tues | questionable
Hill sustained an MLC strain in his left knee, and it is unclear if he will return to the mound Tuesday against the Padres.
- PersonalOut Tues | out
Negron is away from the team due to a death in the family. He will not return Tuesday against the Rays.
- ForearmProb Thurs | probable
Hill has been activated from the 60-day injured list due to left forearm flexor strain and will return Thursday against the Orioles.
- HeadQues Sat | questionable
May has missed the last four games with a head contusion and neck soreness. His availability against the Giants on Saturday has yet to be determined.
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