Dodgers @ Marlins June 28, 2015: Yasiel Puig, Cleanup Hitter

I don’t know who Marlins starter Jose Urena is and neither do you, so let’s start with that.

Dodgers
Marlins
10:10 a.m.
Miami, Fla.
CF
Pederson
2B
Gordon
2B
Kendrick
LF
Yelich
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Hechavarria
RF
Puig
CF
Ozuna
C
Grandal
3B
Dietrich
LF
Ethier
1B
Bour
3B
Callaspo
RF
Suzuki
SS
Rollins
C
Mathis
P
Greinke (R)
P
Urena (R)

A free agent signing out of the Dominican in 2008, Urena spent a whole bunch of years slowly moving up the Marlins organization until finally making his big league debut in April as a reliever to cover David Phelps‘ paternity leave. He went back to Triple-A and came back as a starter in late May, and while his first start didn’t go terribly well (11 baserunners and five earned runs in 4.2 innings against the Pirates), he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his next five.

Though he throws pretty hard — averaging about 95 mph on that four-seamer — he gets a shockingly low number of strikeouts putting up only a  3.62 K/9. (!) Of the 240 pitchers with at least 30 innings thrown, that’s the second-lowest. Now you know something about Jose Urena.

As for the Dodgers, did you know that Zack Greinke‘s 1.70 ERA is the best in baseball? For all the (deserved) love given to Chris Archer and Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, Greinke tops that particular list. We all know ERA is somewhat flawed, of course, but it’s still not a place you land by accident.

Hey, Yasiel Puig is back! Starting for the first time since last Tuesday, Puig is hitting cleanup for the first time all year, a spot he hasn’t been since Sept. 16, 2013. Sure, why not. Batting order doesn’t matter a ton, so as long as he’s in the top half, fine by me.

Hey, pitcher win/loss record is stupid!

Aw, bummer about Paco Rodriguez:

Hey, it’s Josh Beckett day!

Hey, the roof is closed!

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