In what promises to be a thrilling matchup, the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-48) will face off against the Cleveland Guardians (60-66) at Progressive Field. Both teams have been performing exceptionally well this season, with the Dodgers leading the National League West and the Guardians making waves in the American League Central. The game is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET on August 23rd and will be broadcast on BSGL.
Dodgers vs Guardians: Battle in Cleveland
– Starting Pitchers: The Dodgers will send their ace, Clayton Kershaw (11-4, 2.48 ERA), to the mound. Kershaw has been dominant this season and will look to continue his impressive form. The Guardians will counter with Xzavion Curry (3-1, 3.24 ERA), a promising young pitcher who has been solid in his limited appearances.
– Clash of Offenses: Both teams boast formidable lineups filled with talented hitters. The Dodgers have been led by Freddie Freeman (.332 batting average) and Mookie Betts (.300 batting average, 34 home runs), who have been consistently producing at the plate. The Guardians, on the other hand, have the likes of José Ramírez (.280 batting average) leading their offensive charge.
– Playoff Implications: While the Dodgers have already secured their spot in the postseason, the Guardians are still fighting for a playoff berth. Every game counts for the Guardians, and a victory against a strong team like the Dodgers would provide a significant boost to their playoff aspirations.
– The Battle on the Mound: Keep an eye on the matchup between the Dodgers’ left-handed relievers and the Guardians’ left-handed hitters. The recent struggles of top Dodgers lefty Caleb Ferguson have raised questions about the team’s bullpen options. On the other side, the Guardians will look to exploit any weaknesses in the Dodgers’ bullpen with their talented left-handed batters.
Cleveland Guardians: RP Michael Kelly (Back, D10), SP Shane Bieber (Elbow, D60), SP Cal Quantrill (Shoulder, D15), SP Triston McKenzie (Elbow, D60), C Cam Gallagher (Concussion, D7), 1B David Fry (Hamstring, D10), 1B Josh Naylor (Side, D10)
Los Angeles Dodgers: SS Gavin Lux (Knee, D60), RP J.P. Feyereisen (Shoulder, D60), RP Yency Almonte (Knee, D15), SP Michael Grove (Lat, D15), SP Tony Gonsolin (Forearm, D15), RP Jimmy Nelson (Elbow, D60), RP Blake Treinen (Shoulder, D60), RP Joe Kelly (Forearm, D15), DH J.D. Martinez (Groin, D10), SP Dustin May (Forearm, D60), CF Jake Marisnick (Hamstring, D60), LF Jonny Deluca (Hamstring, D10), SP Walker Buehler (Elbow, D60), RP Daniel Hudson (Knee, D60), RP Shelby Miller (Neck, D60), RP Alex Reyes (Shoulder, D60), RP Tyler Cyr (Shoulder, D60)
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