Dodgers: 2019 Cactus League Opener Game Preview

To quote Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in action today as they face the Chicago White Sox at 12:05 p.m. in their Cactus League opener.

Rich Hill will start on the mound for the Dodgers. Last season, he posted a 3.66 ERA in 132.2 innings while striking out 10.18 per nine and walking 2.78 per nine. He is scheduled to pitch one inning.

Hill’s start was announced after the team scheduled their pitchers for the game. They added him because the weather in Arizona delayed his bullpen.

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The team originally scheduled Daniel Corcino, Jaime Schultz, Kevin Quackenbush, Josh Sborz, Stetson Allie, Josh Smoker and Joe Broussard to pitch. It is unclear if all of them are still scheduled to throw but it is expected most, if not all, of them, will.

Starting for the White Sox is 29-year-old right-hander Donn Roach. He is a journeyman reliever who last appeared in the majors in 2016 for the Seattle Mariners. In 39.0 career innings, he has a 5.77 ERA while striking out 4.62 per 9 and walking 4.15 per 9.

The Dodgers will look for Max Muncy to continue his hot hitting against Roach. He is a career 1.000/1.000/4.000 hitter with 2 RBI’s in 1 at-bat versus him. The only other Dodgers who have faced him are Austin Barnes (0-1), Cody Bellinger (0-1), and A.J. Pollock (1-3).

For anyone who wants to watch, the game will be broadcasted on SportsNet LA and MLB.com.

Keep checking this post for lineups and other updates.

Dodgers Lineup:

Joc Pederson, LF

Justin Turner, 3B

Max Muncy, 1B

Kiké Herandez, 2B

Russell Martin, DH

Austin Barnes, C

Alex Verdugo, CF

Paulo Orlando*, RF

Daniel Castro*, SS

Rich Hill, P

* Denotes non-roster invitee

White Sox Lineup:

Jon Jay, CF

Brandon Guyer, RF

Jose Abreu, 1B

Eloy Jimenez, LF

Yonder Alonso, DH

Wellington Castillo, C

Tim Anderson, SS

D.J. Peterson, 3B

Yolmer Sanchez, 2B

Donn Roach, P

Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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