Padres @ Dodgers April 30, 2016: Maybe win a game?

Padres
Dodgers
6:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF
Jay
2B
Utley
1B
Myers
SS
Seager
RF
Kemp
3B
Turner
LF
Upton
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Ramirez
C
Grandal
C
Norris
RF
Hernandez
2B
Weeks
LF
Crawford
3B
Rosales
CF
Pederson
P
Rea (R)
P
Stripling (R)

Anyone who reads this blog is aware that the Dodgers are coming into tonight’s game having dropped five straight at home. Chad’s post from earlier today may address some of your concerns about the team, though I’m not sure it will assuage them.

Now, let’s get to what’s happening tonight.

Ross Stripling is back on the mound for the Dodgers, making his fifth start of the season. In his first four starts, Stripling pitched a total of 22 1/3 innings, and recorded an ERA of 3.22 (3.57 FIP). He’s been doing a good job getting ground balls (a GB% of 47.7%), but his strikeout and walk rates (17% and 10.6%, respectively) both have a lot of room for improvement.

Colin Rea gets the ball for the Padres. Rea allowed a run in one inning of relief against the Dodgers on Opening Day, when Los Angeles walloped San Diego 15-0. (Looking at the Dodgers of the past week, it’s hard to believe this team is capable of scoring five runs, much less 15.) He has since made four starts, in which he has an ERA of 4.87 (4.26 FIP).

The right-handed Rea will face a lineup that is very similar to yesterday’s, except that Enrique Hernandez is in right field in place of Yasiel Puig (who has been given the day off), and Yasmani Grandal is batting a slot higher.

A few additional pieces of news about Dodger starting pitchers:

With two days off this week (Monday and Thursday), the Dodgers had some liberty to shuffle their rotation a bit. Alex Wood will pitch Wednesday against the Rays.

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

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.