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Game #142 Preview: 9/12, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Same as yesterday? Don't mind if we do!

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The La Russa Heartbreakometer

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Mike Bolsinger
RHP, 6-3, 2.97
Rubby De La Rosa
RHP, 12-7, 4.49
Carl Crawford - LF A.J. Pollock - CF
Chase Utley - 2B Ender Inciarte - RF
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Justin Turner - 3B David Peralta - LF
Andre Ethier - RF Welington Castillo - C
Corey Seager - SS Jake Lamb - 3B
Yasmani Grandal - C Chris Owings - 2B
Joc Pederson - CF Nick Ahmed - SS
Mike Bolsinger - RHP Rubby De La Rosa - RHP

Look like a little bit more of an A-roster for the Dodgers today than yesterday, perhaps having been stung by the way that Friday's line-up was ruthlessly dismantled (in particular, over the front 8.2 innings of the game). It was, however, more a triumph for our offense than anything else: only once in the past 13 years have we scored more against Los Angeles than last night's dozen. That, of course, was the 18-7 thrashing inflicted on Clayton Kershaw last May, which romped to a victory in our end of season awards for Game of the Year, polling 83% of votes. Wonder if last night might merit a repeat, when we hand out this season's trophies?

De La Rosa, it has to be said, has been a bit more consistent of late, with six of his last seven outings resulting in a Game Score of between 46 and 60. His ERA has been moving around in the 4.30-4.60 range for longer than that, since July 25, but considering he went into the All-Star break on the wrong side of five, I'll take it. His outings have been kinda short: he's on a streak of six consecutive without reaching 100 pitches, though each of those has been in the nineties. Something to keep an eye on tonight: Rubby is 6-0 when he doesn't give up a long-ball at all, 5-2 when he allows just the one home-run, and 1-5 when it's more than a single bomb.

Looks like a full-strength roster from the Diamondbacks; the September call-ups have not been getting many starts so far! Brandon Drury has a trio under his belt, and Socrates Brito got one, but there has been no sign of anything for Jamie Romak or Peter O'Brien. If they're waiting for a left-handed starter, it's gonna be a while, as we look to be facing entirely right-handers, through at least the end of the Padres series next week.