The Dodgers held on by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday evening to beat the feisty Rays by a score of 3-2. Two errors, (One by possible future Dodger Chris Archer) led to two unearned runs and Yasmani Grandal’s bomb was just enough to give the Dodgers the win and put them a season high 13 games over .500. Right hander Bud Norris gave the Dodgers a quality start and the tired bullpen was good enough to help the Dodgers to victory.
Today the Dodgers will wrap up the two game set against Tampa Bay as the trade rumors continue to swirl. The boys in blue remain 2.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers will give the ball to Brandon McCarthy while the Rays will counter with left hander Matt Moore in the series finale.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Tampa Bay
Van Slyke RF
Matt Moore-6-7 vs. Brandon McCarthy-2-0
Game Time – 12:10 PM – TV- SNLA
The 27-year old Moore will be making his 21st start of the season. He’s posted a 6-7 record and a 4.31 ERA for the Rays while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. He’s dealt with various injuries which has derailed his career since he had that great 17-4 2013 campaign.
He’s struck out 104 and walked 36 in 123.1 innings. He’s also allowed 20 home runs as well. Moore is 2-2 in the month of July and has a 5.63 ERA on the road. Moore has made one career start against the Dodgers in which he allowed 7 earned runs on 8 hits over 4.1 frames. The Dodgers are 9 for 30 against Moore with an .849 OPS.
Moore vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will give the ball to Brandon McCarthy. The tall right hander has pitched very well since coming off of the disabled list and Tommy John surgery. He’s yet to lose and is 2-0 with a 1.68 ERA in 4 starts. He’s struck out 26 and walked 7 in 22.1 innings pitched. He’s allowed just one home run and 4 earned runs. He has a 2.33 FIP and has struck out 10.5 per nine innings. McCarthy is 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 career starts against Tampa Bay. In interleague match-ups he is 4-7 with a 4.20 ERA. McCarthy has limited the Rays to a .196 average and a .474 OPS.
McCarthy vs. Rays
The starting lineup has the Dodgers starting Scott Van Slyke in right field as Yasiel Puig sits again. Reportedly his hamstring is still not 100% but I wonder if possibly the Dodgers are thinking about trading him. Perhaps that’s why he’s really out of the starting lineup? Howie Kendrick is in left field leading off and Chris Taylor gets a start at second base. A.J. Ellis is behind the plate as Yasmani Grandal gets a day off.
Left hander Adam Liberatore is dealing with knee soreness. Apparently he injured the knee while covering first base in the St. Louis series. The Dodgers are saying that the injury isn’t serious and he may be available to pitch today.
Have some Dodger baseball with your lunch!