Dodgers @ Rays May 4, 2016: Going for the two-game sweep

Dodgers
Rays
4:10 p.m. PT
Tampa Bay
LF
Hernandez
2B
Forsythe
RF
Puig
CF
Guyer
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Longoria
DH
Turner
1B
Pearce
2B
Kendrick
RF
Souza
CF
Thompson
DH
Dickerson
C
Grandal
LF
Jennings
SS
Seager
SS
Beckham
3B
Culberson
C
Casali
P
Wood (L)
P
Smyly (L)

The Dodgers scored a lot of runs yesterday. In fact, the 10 runs they put up matched the total number of runs they’d scored in their previous six games. Hopefully, this is a sign of the offense coming out of the collective malaise it appeared to be under during the last home stand.

Alex Wood will try to help the Dodgers pick up another victory against the Rays. Wood had a strong start his last time out, delivering seven innings of one-run ball, in which he struck out nine and walked one. But Wood’s season to this point has been fairly inconsistent. He’s had two seven-inning, one-run efforts; in his other three starts, he’s allowed at least five runs. Which Alex Wood will we see today?

In five starts for the Rays this season, left-hander Drew Smyly has an ERA of 2.60 (3.17 FIP), and very good strikeout and walk numbers: 10.64 K/9, and 1.56 BB/9. Smyly is a fly ball pitcher, and, the past couple of seasons, he has been prone to giving up home runs. Three Dodgers managed to go deep in yesterday’s game, with a few other shots that just missed. We’ll see if they can get to Smyly tonight.

Elsewhere, Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended … again, for somewhat vague reasons:

Last season, Arruebarrena appealed his suspension and got it reduced to 30 days. There is no word yet on whether or not he will try to do so with this suspension.

Arruebarrena, better known for his glove (and his really long name) than for his bat, had 45 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2014, in which he slashed .195/.244/.220. His numbers this season at Double-A Tulsa weren’t much better than that: .182/.224/.400 in 58 plate appearances.

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RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
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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.