Dodgers vs Diamondbacks: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for September 12
The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is down to 2, and Los Angeles could drop it to 1 with a win in Arizona tonight. San Diego is idle, so the earliest the Dodgers could clinch the division would be tomorrow.
In the first game of this three-game set in Arizona, the Dodgers will send All-Star starter Tyler Anderson to the mound. Anderson is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Arizona this season and 14-3 with a 2.73 ERA overall.
Anderson has faced the DBacks a lot in his career, and a few of them have had good success against him. Ketel Marte is 10-for-26 with seven extra-base hits off Anderson, while Christian Walker is 7-for-21 with four XBH. Daulton Varsho (3-for-4) has also had success in a much smaller sample size.
Taking the hill for Arizona will be Ryne Nelson, making his second big-league start. Nelson had a dazzling debut last Monday, throwing seven shutout innings against the Padres with seven strikeouts and no walks. On the other hand, Nelson had a 5.43 ERA at Triple-A Reno this season, so his debut might have been a mirage.
None of the current Dodgers have faced Nelson in the big leagues, of course, although Miguel Vargas did go 0-for-2 with two fly outs against him in Triple-A in June.
Today’s lineup features Mookie Betts starting at second base for the fifth time this season. 1-6 is business as usual, with Max Muncy starting at third base and Justin Turner today’s designated hitter. Joey Gallo, Cody Bellinger, and Trayce Thompson round out the outfield.
Tonight’s #Dodgers lineup at D-backs: pic.twitter.com/LTdq4iESui
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 12, 2022
Today’s game will mark the 140th game of the season for LA. They are currently 96-43, on pace for 112 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm PT.
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