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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.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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