Cardinals @ Dodgers May 13, 2016: Former college teammates clash

After splitting four games with the Mets, the Dodgers welcome the always-pesky Cardinals in for a 3-game weekend series.

Cardinals
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
3B
Carpenter
2B
Kendrick
RF
Piscotty
SS
Seager
LF
Holliday
3B
Turner
1B
Adams
1B
Gonzalez
C
Molina
RF
Puig
CF
Grichuk
CF
Pederson
2B
Wong
LF
Thompson
SS
Diaz
C
Ellis
P
Wacha (R)
P
Stripling (R)

The first matchup features two pitchers who were teammates in college just five years ago. Not just teammates, but also roommates.

Cardinals’ right-hander Michael Wacha was the 19th pick of the 2012 draft. Ross Stripling was the 176th pick of that same draft.

Before I continue, I must include this:

One of the worst #hottakes in recent memory. No surprise it comes from a hack like Nightengale. No, the Dodgers do not regret not drafting Wacha. Instead of Wacha, they popped Corey Seager one pick earlier. While Wacha started his career off well and performed great in his first two postseason series — 21 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 22 K. Since those first two series, he has been less than good: 14 1/3 IP, 16 H, 15 R/ER, 12 BB, 16 K. Still, that doesn’t really matter in the context of Seager’s value to the Dodgers. Because Wacha got off to a hot start doesn’t mean the Dodgers — then or now — regret passing on him.

In a round-about way, I’m saying there is no way the Dodgers would trade Seager for Wacha (oversimplified way of looking at it, I know). No front office outside of St. Louis would make that deal. But hey, whatever gets clicks, right?

Anyway, Wacha vs. Stripling. Should be a fun matchup. Stripling has fared well against two solid teams (Giants and Blue Jays), and the Cardinals are the best offensive team he has faced to date. This will be his biggest test.

Some notes…

That’s good. Thought it was a bit odd not to see Chase Utley in the lineup against a righty. I’d rather someone else lead off than Howie Kendrick, but it probably isn’t that big a deal … right?

That’s great. It should help Kenley Jansen be even better the rest of this season and with the team he signs with this winter.

This might be the best news of all. Yasmani Grandal needs to be playing more frequently.

And finally, a complete laugh-fest, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

I don’t want to directly link to such a horrific column. If you really want to read it, well, Google is your friend (or just type that silly URL into your browser).

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.