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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Capacity: 45,971

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Last Injuries

Baltimore Orioles

  • Mason Williams

    Knee
    Ques 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.

  • Hunter Harvey

    Bicep
    out 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.

  • Renato Nunez

    Hand
    Prob 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.

  • Mark Trumbo

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Trumbo is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jays despite a strained left trapezius.

  • Mark Trumbo

    Upper Body
    Doub 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.

  • Hunter Harvey

    Bicep
    Ques 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

  • Justin Turner

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | out

    Turner is sidelined due to a mid left ankle sprain, and it is unclear when he will return to the starting lineup.

  • Alex Verdugo

    Oblique
    Mid 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.

  • Rich Hill

    Knee
    Ques 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.

  • Kristopher Negron

    Personal
    Out Tues | out

    Negron is away from the team due to a death in the family. He will not return Tuesday against the Rays.

  • Rich Hill

    Forearm
    Prob 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.

  • Dustin May

    Head
    Ques 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.

baltimore-orioles Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
John Means 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Austin Hays 12 7 29 4 10 4 0 1 4 17 0 4 0 .345 .586 .424
Trey Mancini 146 145 569 100 163 36 2 34 93 305 1 134 0 .286 .536 .356
Jonathan Villar 153 150 599 105 166 31 5 23 69 276 36 164 8 .277 .461 .343
Anthony Santander 90 89 364 43 98 20 1 19 56 177 1 80 2 .269 .486 .305
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Miguel Castro 64 0 217 70 0 62 10 3 42 0 0 18 41 1214
Paul Fry 62 0 164 54 6 50 5 1 37 0 0 4 27 1005
Josh Osich 54 0 190 56 0 60 14 1 37 0 0 3 15 977
Mychal Givens 54 0 178 83 2 45 12 1 32 0 0 8 25 1022
Richard Bleier 48 0 144 24 4 59 5 2 31 0 0 6 8 677
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Chance Sisco 56 45 0 25 5 6 0 1
Austin Wynns 22 15 1 9 3 3 0 1
Jesus Sucre 21 17 0 4 4 1 0 4
Anthony Santander 90 89 0 0 0 2 5 0
Cedric Mullins 22 18 0 0 0 1 0 0

los-angeles-dodgers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Caleb Ferguson 38 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Dennis Santana 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Brock Stewart 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .667 .333
David Freese 74 37 155 35 48 12 0 11 29 93 0 43 0 .310 .600 .402
Cody Bellinger 148 143 531 115 162 32 3 45 110 335 13 105 5 .305 .631 .408
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Pedro Baez 68 0 200 67 3 41 6 1 30 0 0 5 22 1063
Yimi Garcia 62 0 185 66 5 38 15 2 27 0 0 2 14 974
Kenley Jansen 58 0 177 75 3 48 9 0 27 0 0 13 15 998
Joe Kelly 54 0 152 62 3 49 6 2 31 0 0 2 22 888
Dylan Floro 45 0 130 39 2 40 3 5 21 0 0 2 14 692
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Russell Martin 80 49 0 21 5 2 0 6
Austin Barnes 72 62 2 18 5 6 0 3
Will Smith 48 40 0 17 6 0 0 1
Rocky Gale 5 4 0 2 1 1 0 0
A.J. Pollock 79 70 0 0 0 2 3 0