Mets @ Dodgers May 10, 2016: Wood vs. deGrom

After dropping the series opener against the Mets, the Dodgers look to Alex Wood in order to even up the series on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are now 3-8 in the first game of each of the 11 series they have played in so far this season, and they are 5-9 at home. The Giants are the only team in the NL West who are over .500 (10-9) at home.

 

 Mets
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
 RF
 Lagares
 2B
 Utley
 SS
 Cabrera
 SS
 Seager
 3B
 Wright
3B 
 Turner
 CF
 Cespedes
 1B
 Gonzalez
 2B
 Flores
 Grandal
 LF
 Conforto
 CF
 Pederson
 C
 Plawecki  RF  Puig
 1B
 Campbell
 LF
 Crawford
P
deGrom (R)
P
Wood (L)

Alex Wood (1-3, 5.18) allowed an uncharacteristic three home runs to the Rays in his last start, but he has looked generally solid in his last two outings. He made 78 pitches and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts and no walks through 5 innings in the 8-5 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. 

The good news is that Wood has been excellent at home this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts with 12 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings. The bad news is Juan Lugares, Wilmer Flores, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes have all hit home runs off him in the past. After Scott Kazmir coughed up two home runs on Monday, the Dodgers need the groundball pitcher to keep New York from benefiting from the long ball again.

Wood is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA against the Mets in seven career regular season starts, but we won’t easily forget his disastrous postseason appearance in last year’s NLDS anytime soon. He allowed four runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks to the Mets in just two innings of work during the 13-7 Game 3 loss on October 12.

Jacob deGrom (3-1, 1.99) pitched and collected wins in both NLDS Game 1 and 5 against the Dodgers, allowing just two runs and striking out 20 in 13 innings in the series. During the regular season, deGrom has yet to notch a win against the Dodgers and is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three career starts. He hasn’t pitched as well away from Citi Field this season and is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts. He’s allowed four runs on 16 hits in 10 2/3 innings on the road.

Adrian Gonzalez has hit two home runs vs. deGrom, and Yasiel Puig has also hit a homer against him as well. Justin Turner is hitting .455 with five hits including three doubles against the fluffy haired right-hander in 11 at-bats.

The annoying narrative surrounding Chase Utley‘s NLDS slide and possible retaliation from the Mets unfortunately has not simmered down even though Ruben Tejada is now with St. Louis and Terry Collins said he has moved on. Even if Utley is plunked, he probably won’t care much. He is leading off and starting at second base.

Utley, Corey Seager, Carl Crawford and Joc Pederson are all back in the lineup against deGrom after sitting out against the lefty Steven Matz on Monday night. Puig bats seventh after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts the series opener.

In rehab news, Alex Guerrero may play a game for the Dodgers this season after all.

Can the Dodgers’ offense wake up and get deWin? Stay tuned.

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 Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.