Dodgers vs. Padres NLDS Game 3: Live updates, score, news

Dodgers trade up lineup for Game 3 vs. Blake Snell

Will Smith celebrates after scoring a run for the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres.

Will Smith celebrates after scoring a run for the Dodgers in opposition to the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

SAN DIEGO — As anticipated, the Dodgers could have a distinct lineup for Game 3 in opposition to Blake Snell and the Padres on Friday.

The Dodgers fielded the similar lineup within the first two video games. It featured Cody Bellinger in middle box and Gavin Lux at 2d base. Both left-handed hitters will start Friday at the bench to steer clear of destructive matchups in opposition to the left-handed Snell.

Austin Barnes will get started at catcher for the primary time within the postseason, transferring Will Smith to designated hitter, after flying out in a pinch-hit at-bat in Game 2. Chris Taylor will make his first look since Sept. 30 after coping with a stiff neck. He’ll get started in left box.

Trayce Thompson, the Dodgers’ left fielder within the first two video games, will play middle box. Max Muncy will get started at 2d base after taking part in 3rd base in Games 1 and a couple of. Justin Turner will play 3rd base for the primary time within the playoffs.

The most sensible six within the batting order will stay the similar. The crew produced early runs in each video games so far, however the Dodgers were close down over the overall six innings each instances. Mookie Betts, particularly, is off to a coarse get started; he’s 1 for 8 with a stroll and two strikeouts.

The offense will glance to provide Tony Gonsolin some cushion. Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated the right-hander shall be restricted to 75 pitches after making only one get started off the injured record past due within the common season, successfully making it a bullpen sport for Los Angeles. Roberts stated Andrew Heaney and Dustin May shall be to be had out of the bullpen to log a couple of innings if wanted.

The Dodgers may’ve had Tyler Anderson get started. Anderson is stretched out for a standard starter’s workload, however the workforce made up our minds to depend on its bullpen extra in Game 3 coming off an off day. The pondering is that the comfort corps can be more energizing for Game 3 and Anderson may give the crowd a breather forward of a possible Game 5 on Sunday, which will be the groups’ 3rd sport in 3 days.

The Dodgers have notable historical past in opposition to Snell within the postseason. Two years in the past, pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, Snell used to be dominating them in Game 6 of the World Series when he used to be infamously pulled with one out within the 6th inning after simply 73 pitches. The Rays had been main 1-0. They misplaced 3-1, giving the Dodgers their first championship in 32 years.

That iciness, Snell used to be traded to San Diego the place he’s confronted the Dodgers 8 instances during the last two seasons. The left-hander owns a 2.54 profession earned-run reasonable in 11 profession outings, together with two within the 2020 World Series, in opposition to Los Angeles.

The handiest trade within the Padres’ Game 3 lineup from Game 2 is Josh Bell, no longer Brandon Drury, shall be their designated hitter and bat fourth.

Dodgers vs. Padres lineup for Game 3 of the NLDS

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