Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers

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Written by on May 17, 2021

Arguably the top pitching matchup around baseball on Monday comes from Los Angeles as Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks open a series against Walker Buehler and the Dodgers, who are favored on the MLB odds.

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The Snakes lost two of three over the weekend at home vs. Washington, dropping the finale Sunday 3-0. Erick Fedde pitched seven scoreless innings, and Yadiel Hernandez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit homer.  Daniel Hudson pitched the eighth and Brad Hand handled the ninth to finish the shutout.

Arizona’s Luke Weaver retired the first eight Nationals batters he faced and pitched four scoreless innings before being pulled from the game after just 68 pitches. The Diamondbacks said he left with “right shoulder discomfort.” It’s more injury news for the D-backs, who already have 10 players on the injured list. They’re missing five of their eight regular position players, two starting pitchers and three relievers.

The team made a trade Sunday as well, sending infielder Wyatt Mathisen to Tampa Bay for a player to be named or cash considerations.  Mathisen had been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks earlier in the week. Second baseman Ketel Marte (hamstring) will join Triple-A Reno for a rehab assignment Monday. Marte has been sidelined since early April with a hamstring strain.

It’s lefty and former World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound here. Over his past five starts, Bumgarner is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA, 34 strikeouts and two walks. His 0.47 WHIP over his last 5 starts is the lowest WHIP by an NL pitcher over a 5-start span in a season since Hall-of-Famer Pete Alexander had a 0.42 WHIP over 5 starts in 1915.

He fanned nine in seven scoreless innings vs. the Marlins last time out. Bumgarner was staked to an early lead and proceeded to relentlessly pound the strike zone, throwing a whopping 62 of 84 pitches for strikes, while scattering four hits over seven frames. He generated 13 swinging strikes and finished with an elite 42 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs).

He has gone 15-14 with a 2.74 ERA (70 ER in 230.1 IP) in 37 games (36 starts) vs. Dodgers. He is looking for his first win vs. Los Angeles since Sept. 23, 2017 @ Dodger Stadium.

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The Dodgers will be without their former World Series MVP and shortstop Corey Seager for at least a few weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand. Seager was hit by a pitch from Miami’s Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning of Los Angeles’ 7-0 victory Saturday. The Dodgers placed Seager on the 10-day injured list Sunday and recalled catcher Keibert Ruiz from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Seager is batting .265 with four homers and 22 RBIs this season. He became the 13th player on Los Angeles’ injured list, joining regular position players Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock and Zach McKinstry. It has already lost starter Dustin May and infielder Edwin Rios for the season.

Infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor was scratched from Sunday’s game with right wrist soreness. Earlier in the season, Taylor missed time after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow. In 35 games this season, Taylor has triple slashed .288/.425/.483 (.908 OPS), becoming one of the most consistent run producers in the lineup.

In addition, the Dodgers and future Hall of Fame first baseman Albert Pujols are in agreement on a major league contract. Pujols, in the last year of his 10-year, $240 million contract, was designated for assignment by the Angels on May 6 and was officially released after clearing waivers on Thursday. Pujols, 41, is expected to be mostly used as a late-game pinch hitter. But he could also get some playing time at first base with everyday first baseman Max Muncy capable of playing second and third base.

It’s Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.45) on the mound here. Buehler is the only Dodgers starter to complete six or more innings in each of his starts this season. He allowed four runs over seven innings in his last start against the Mariners. Three of the hits off Buehler were homers.

Buehler originally was to start Sunday but the Dodgers opted to push him back a day. The Dodgers are 4-3 when Buehler starts this season. He hasn’t faced Arizona this year.

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  • Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3

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