Dodgers @ Padres May 22, 2016: Baseball, I Guess

1:40 p.m. PT
San Diego
2B  Utley  CF  Jay
SS  Seager  1B  Myers
3B  Kendrick  RF  Kemp
 1B  Gonzalez  2B  Solarte
LF  Thompson LF  Upton
 CF  Pederson  3B  Wallace
RF  Puig  C  Bethancourt
C  Ellis  SS  Amarista
Maeda (R)
Rea (R)

Are we really doing this again? So soon? Ugh. Here we are. Thanks for reading.

After Yasmani Grandal fouled a ball off his ankle last night, he is not in the lineup for today’s series finale against the Padres. Thankfully, X-Rays on that ankle were negative. and Grandal is available to pinch-hit today. Playing with a short bench while carrying 13 pitchers is far from ideal, but at least Yasiel Puig is the emergency catcher. Maybe that’ll make everything okay.

Today’s starter for the Padres is Colin Rea. This is Rea’s ninth start of the year, and he hasn’t made it beyond five innings in more than half of his previous outings. Rea is sporting a 114 ERA-, 118 FIP-, and 119 xFIP-, all of which are pretty bad. Obviously it’s not easy to have confidence in the Dodger offense right now but Rea is not exactly a great pitcher. When Rea faced the Dodgers a month ago, he allowed two runs in six innings, striking out three and walking three. Rea throws a fastball, cutter, curve, and occasionally mixes in a change. He tops out around 94. Among qualified starters, he has the fifth-worst swinging strike rate in baseball.

Toeing the rubber for the Dodgers is Kenta Maeda, returning to the scene of his amazing debut. Maeda has struggled in his past few outings, and while people will say that the league is catching up to him, the biggest issue has been his command. It’s typically pinpoint, but against the Blue Jays, Mets, and Angels, it wasn’t (8 walks and 15 strikeouts in 15 innings). Due to Mike Bolsinger‘s spot start earlier in the week, Maeda is pitching with the benefit of an additional day of rest. It’s hard to say if the altered starting schedule is actually Maeda’s problem, but it is certainly a plausible diagnosis.

About 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.