Ricky Nolasco makes his Dodgers debut tonight at Chase, and I wonder if one of his duties will be to brush back Ian Kennedy. Mattingly might well think that since Nolasco wasn't on the team at the time of the brawl, the umpires will be less likely to mete out punishment to a brush-back/plunking coming from him as opposed to one coming from someone else. Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy is practically guaranteed to hit somebody; because
he struggles with control he is a monster deserving of the twelfth circle of Dante's Inferno.
The attention paid to Kennedy will probably decrease his effectiveness; he will feel he can't pitch inside without running the risk of ejection. This means that the D-backs need to have their bats ready.
On that front, the news is good. Statistics are available here. That slash of .314/.352/.430 is pretty good, especially against a pitcher that is clearly in the upper half of the league. Given the call-up of Eaton, it seems reasonable to expect an outfield of Kubel-Parra-Eaton, but since Parra is 1 for 11 in 13 plate appearances against Nolasco, he might get the night off. Cody Ross, despite typically struggling against RHP, is 4 for 10 with 2 doubles career against Nolasco, in 12 plate appearances. So Ross might well play alongside Pollock and Eaton. Martin Prado, who has the most career plate appearances against Nolasco, has hit him well (.326/.341/.419) as has Montero. In just two games and 7 plate appearances, Didi Gregorius has gone 5 for 7 against Nolasco.
So although I'm not hopeful about the pitching tonight, I think the offense can get things going. After all, while Greinke hadn't pitched well against the D-backs before last night, our players' offensive statistics against him were worse than they are against Nolasco.