So the Dodger bats magically came to life in Tuesday night’s 10-5 win over Tampa Bay. The series opener saw the Dodgers blast three home runs, highlighted by obamacare viagra sex offenders effects global warming free essay ielts essay human rights go here uva speech pathology genericviagra.com click here english helper website propaganda in animal farm essay geography research proposal topics essay about ralph waldo emerson here 10mg cialis online hamlet essay questions act 1 read me my essay out loud free how to find my ip address on windows 7 see url essay on government spending https://heystamford.com/writing/buy-college-essay/8/ buy generic viagra overnight shipping essay on leon trotsky what does viagra tablets do homeschooling research papers free dissertations follow site online research paper databases https://www.cen.edu/notice/phd-dissertation-writing-guide/24/ examples of rogerian essays click estradiol in premarin cream hugh gallagher essay cialis et ejp Trayce Thompson’s gigantic bomb. Thompson was the offensive star of the night driving in four of the ten runs. Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson each added a dinger for good measure, and the Dodgers survived another J.P. Howell atrocity to take the opening game. It was great to see Howie Kendrick finally bust out of his slump with a four hit night. He was 4 for 5 with two runs driven and two runs scored. If you remember, I preached patience with him. He’s just too good of a player to keep hitting in the .140’s forever. The Dodgers needed every run they could muster after Scott Kazmir turned in another dreadful performance. Although to be fair, he did strike out 9 in 6.2 innings, so maybe there is hope.
Interesting how the Dodgers don’t score for a week at Dodger Stadium, and then immediately score ten runs on the road. Kind of supports my theory that the club can’t or doesn’t, or refuses to hit at home. (Ok refuses is a bit much, but it is funnier, and I firmly choose to believe in the funnier more outrageously false sub-theory)
Dodgers Lineup @ Tampa Bay
Game time- 4:10 PM TV- SNLA
Last night’s win puts the Dodgers (14-13) back over .500, and allows me to not get mad or break any furniture. The final game of this mini two-game series will feature Alex Wood battling another lefty Drew Smyly. Remember the Dodgers pushed back Kenta Maeda until Friday, so he can get a bit of extra rest and face a predominantly right handed Toronto lineup.
Wood’s last start against the Padres gave us hope that he might not suck. In that start he pitched seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits and struck out nine. Unfortunately he got a no-decision and the Dodgers lost. Overall he is 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 28 innings pitched. He’s whiffed 21 and walked 12 while allowing 10.0 hits per nine. He’s still got a lot of stuff to work on. Wood credits his latest quality start with a mechanical fix. Apparently he’s not lifting his leg as high as he used to.
Wood has an FIP of 3.52, which means the advanced metrics that I like to poke fun of consider his pitching this season to be much better than originally indicated. Wood has never faced or pitched in Tampa Bay, but does have a 3.74 career ERA in road starts. This season’s home and road splits are quite worrisome though. Wood has an 8.36 ERA away from Dodger Stadium, and a 1.29 ERA at home. Wood pitches better at Chavez Ravine. The current Rays have not seen much of Wood. The Tampa Bay club is 3 for 11 against Wood, with one home run.
Wood vs. Rays
Tampa Bay will counter with left hander Drew Smyly. The 26-year old is from Little Rock, Arkansas and was originally drafted by the Tigers in 2010. Smyly has been quite effective this season. He is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 5 starts. He’s struck out 41 and walked 6 in only 34.2 innings pitched. He has a league leading 0.692 WHIP and has allowed just 4.7 hits per nine.
Smyly is coming off a loss to Toronto in which he allowed two earned runs on two hits over six innings. He struck out eight in that contest and still got the loss because Tampa Bay’s offense has been poor too. Smyly has only pitched three career innings against the Dodgers and does not have a decision. He has a 3.53 ERA at Tropicana Field. The current Dodgers have not faced him much either. However Howie Kendrick is 3 for 9 with a home run during his American League days.
Dodgers vs. Smyly
In other news, shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended by the Dodgers for the rest of the season because he failed to comply with his contract. He’s fallen way out of favor with the Dodger front office. He was a Ned Colletti signing and then never really panned out. He had other issues with insubordination and inciting brawls. He was signed to a 5-year 25 million dollar contract after defecting from Cuba. I would assume that hitting .182 at Tulsa wasn’t helping his case either.
In other more exciting news, Julio Urias tossed six six no-hit innings for Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. He struck out six in the game, and lowered his ERA to 1.88. He’s been dazzling in triple-a and I wonder when the Dodgers are going to call him up.
Tonight the Dodgers will be having Justin Turner at DH. Last night it was Kike at DH and leading off. Kike is leading off again, but in left field. That means Culberson jumps in to play third base and bat ninth. Trayce Thompson is in center field as Joc Pederson gets benched because you know; don’t want any of those pesky home runs cluttering up the lineup. I jest, but Joc is actually playing very well of late. His strikeouts are down, (.269/.395/.507) and his OBP is way up. Perhaps all of the mechanical tweaks to his his swing are finally paying off. Yasiel Puig is batting second.