Padres @ Dodgers April 29, 2016: At Least the Marlins Are Gone

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF 
 Jay
2B 
 Utley
1B
 Myers
SS
 Seager
RF
 Kemp
3B 
 Turner
LF 
 Upton
1B
 Gonzalez
 Norris
RF 
 Puig
SS
 Ramirez
C
 Grandal
3B
 Rosales  LF  Crawford
2B
 Weeks
 CF
 Pederson
P
Vargas (R)
P
Wood (L)

In the wake of the sweep at the hands of the Marlins, the Dodgers are happy to see the Padres come to town. Recall that the last time the two teams came together, the Dodgers absolutely dominated the series by a margin of 25 runs to 0. Things haven’t gotten much better for the Padres, who are now 7-15 and are in last place.

It’s probably not a good sign that I’ve never heard of their starting pitcher, either. Cesar Vargas is making just his second major league start. In his debut, he pitched somewhat effectively, allowing one run in five innings, striking out and walking three Cardinals. Vargas was signed by the Padres this offseason as a minor league free agent, which Fangraphs noted because he had one of the best statistical projections of any prospect who was not on any top prospect list. That’s not exactly an impressive pedigree. Vargas throws a 90mph fastball, a slider, and a curve. He does not have a changeup.

Facing Vargas will be Alex Wood, who of course did not face San Diego in the first series. His performance this year has been pretty poor. So far, his new arm slot and velocity increase have not resulted in additional strikeouts or improved results. His walk rate has also spiked. It’s a little discouraging, but it’s still early. This deserves a deeper look than what we’ll do in a Friday evening game thread, but so far the issue seems to be repeating the adjusted mechanics, resulting in reduced command. There’s probably more to it than that, but that’s the easiest explanation to come up with.

Apparently it’s already “team meeting” time. Usually that waits until later in the season. Meanwhile, Alex Guerrero still exists, potentially getting nearer to his graduation from the likely-phanton DL. Oh, and Puig is making friends.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

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Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.