a year ago, the los angeles dodgers And Chicago White Sox Were a fashionable prediction to meet in the World Series. Both teams trying to settle their house after just one year
least dodgers They made the playoffs last year before being swept by the rival San Diego Padres in the Division Series. white sox 500 in 2022, missed the post-season, and is a disappointing 29-38 this year as his search for answers continues
As the teams open a three-game series in Los Angeles on Tuesday, both enter with glaring bullpen issues, though other problems persist.
dodgers Lost two of three games in Philadelphia on Friday and Sunday, used the first opener and then lost the bullpen game. Left-handed starter Julio Urias was expected to return on Sunday but remained out with a hamstring strain.
white sox There was a continuous bullpen meltdown during Saturday and Sunday’s losses at home to the Miami Marlins. Consecutive losses ended an optimistic run as Chicago won six of seven contests, three of those victories in walk-off fashion.
dodgers Will will send right-hander Tony Gonsolin (3-1, 2.21 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in his ninth start of the season. Gonsolin began the season on the injured list with an ankle sprain after suffering forearm and shoulder injuries the previous two seasons.
Gonsolin could take regular rest on Sundays, but dodgers chose to push it back white sox series
“I think the recovery hasn’t gone very well with Tony,” dodgers said manager Dave Roberts. “So, (we’re) trying to appreciate the short and the long term, and make sure we take care of him and his health. Making sure the recovery is where it needs to be. We just felt it Best for him.”
Gonsolin has faced white sox once, giving up one run on three hits in six innings last season dodgers4–1 win in Chicago on June 8
white sox Will compete with veteran right-hander Lance Lynn (4-6, 6.72), who has gone 4-2 in his last seven innings but is coming off a pair when he combined on 16 hits in nine innings. Gave 13 runs.
Lynn is 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA in eight career starts against dodgers and is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in six starts at Dodger Stadium.
East dodgers right-hander joe kelly was in center white soxmeltdown on Saturday when he gave up five runs in the ninth inning (two earned) in a 5–1 loss against the Marlins. Chicago then squandered a 5–1 lead in the eighth inning and lost 6–5 to Miami on Sunday.
“We put ourselves in position to win that ballgame (Sunday), and the right guys were on the mound, and it didn’t happen,” white sox said manager Pedro Grifol. “I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again on Tuesday in the same way.
white sox Shortstop Tim Anderson was given the day off on Sunday as he continues to find his power swing. Anderson’s .311 slugging percentage and .611 OPS are the lowest of his career and he has not hit a home run since July 15 of last season, going his last 62 games without a homer.
– Field Level Media