Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 10:10 PM EDT at Dodger Stadium
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Expectations
Now, Los Angeles will try to continue its turnaround from a losing streak against the Phillies over the weekend.
They carry a two-game winning streak into a doubleheader against the D-Backs on Tuesday.
Arizona is suddenly in need of a turnaround of its own. The Diamondbacks have now lost three straight and four of five to fall back to .500 on the season.
The teams will start things off at 12:10 PM local time on Tuesday, then play the nightcap at 07:10 PM Pacific time.
It will make history as the first split doubleheader in the history of Dodger Stadium, and it means the two National League West squads will play four games in just over 48 hours.
Are the D-Backs Bounce Back?
The Diamondbacks built an early 2-0 lead on Monday with ace Madison Bumgarner on the mound, but they couldn’t withstand a Dodgers rally.
Bumgarner ended up taking the loss, the first by an Arizona starting pitcher in 16 games.
Arizona never went away, however, scoring two runs in the ninth inning and twice sending the potential tying run to the plate.
"This team, we've got a good heartbeat," manager Torey Lovullo said. "We won't shut down."
Who Is on the Injury List?
The Diamondbacks will need to show that heartbeat in Tuesday’s twin bill without shortstop Nick Ahmed, who was placed on the injured list.
Ahmed missed the start of the season after getting a cortisone shot for a recurring shoulder problem, but that’s not what sent him to the IL.
“His shoulder is feeling fine,” Lovullo said. “He has been managing (the shoulder) and he’s been doing a really good job of being open and honest with me and the medical team and letting us know when he needs a little bit of a break. Those things are hard to manage.”
The team didn’t give a reason for putting him on the injured list, which could mean that it’s COVID-related.
Who Is Taking the Mound for the Diamondbacks?
- Jake Hager was called up to take his place on the roster, although Geraldo Perdomo will likely replace him in the lineup.
- Tyler Gilbert will get the start in the day game. He is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA on the year.
- He’ll be making his second start of the year and first since April 19. He’s appeared in relief against Los Angeles since then.
- Merrill Kelly gets the ball in the nightcap. He’s 3-1, 1.71 for Arizona.
Is the DoubleHeader Good for the Dodgers?
The doubleheader comes at an inopportune time for the Dodgers pitching staff.
Los Angeles used 18 pitchers in the four-game series with Philadelphia over the weekend, and the bullpen had to cover 16.1 of the 37 innings in the series.
The team got six innings from starter Tony Gonsolin in Monday’s opener to give the bullpen some rest, although three relievers ended up going an inning each to finish things.
The Dodgers also got a boost from the return of Caleb Ferguson, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his first appearance since 2020.
He missed all of last year with Tommy John's surgery.
Who Is Taking the Mound for the Dodgers?
Still, the Dodgers will need to cover two games on Tuesday, followed by an early Wednesday contest, so the bullpen will get a test.
Los Angeles appears to be planning a bullpen game for the opener and hasn’t named a starting pitcher yet.
Prospect Ryan Pepiot, who pitched three scoreless in his MLB debut last week, is a good guess at the starter.
The nightcap will be started by Tyler Anderson, who is 3-0 with a 4.40 ERA on the year.
The Dodgers have fallen behind by at least two runs in their last five games.
The muddled starting situation in the opener doesn’t bode well for stopping that streak.
For your MLB picks, look for Arizona to win the opener in a doubleheader split.
MLB Pick: Dodgers (-212) with BetOnline
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