Dodgers @ Giants April 26, 2017: The battle of the funky deliveries

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The Dodgers and Giants split the first two of their first four games in San Francisco, both matches ending with scores of 2-1. Tonight, Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto, two pitchers known for their unconventional pitching mechanics, go head-to-head to determine in whose favor the series will tip.

Dodgers
Giants
7:15 p.m.
San Francisco
LF
Bellinger
RF
Pence
SS
Seager
1B
Belt
3B
Turner
SS
Núñez
1B
González
C
Posey
C
Grandal
3B
Arroyo
RF
Puig
2B
Panik
2B
Utley LF Hernández
CF
Toles
CF
Stubbs
P
Wood (L)
P
Cueto (R)

The herky-jerky Wood (3.29 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 1.244 WHIP) has made four appearances so far this season, two as a starter and two as a reliever. He has yet to allow a run (or a hit) in relief. The Dodgers dropped his two starts, but Wood, filling in for the blistered Rich Hill, wasn’t the primary culprit in either loss. Last time out against Arizona, Wood pitched into the fifth inning and allowed four earned runs; that was the game in which the Dodger bullpen gave up nine runs in the eighth inning.

The shimmy-shaking Cueto (5.25 ERA, 5.19 FIP, 1.375 WHIP) is making his fifth start of the season tonight, and has gotten mixed results. He’s had two good games in which he went seven innings and allowed two earned runs. In his other two starts, he lasted just five innings; in his season debut, he gave up four earned runs, and in his most recent start against Colorado (at Coors Field), he allowed six earned runs. In five starts against the Dodgers last season, Cueto posted a 2.67 ERA, and the Giants won three of those games.

In just his second major league game, Cody Bellinger is batting leadoff. Andrew Toles make his first start in center field of the season. He’s also batting eighth, the lowest he’s been in the starting batting order this year — he’s “pressing,”, according to Dave Roberts.

The Giants made several roster moves today, including recalling Michael Morse and Kelby Tomlinson:

Neither is in tonight’s starting lineup, but we could see them as substitutes at some point.

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In what is quickly becoming one of my favorite storylines of the year, Ken Gurnick once again reports that Rich Hill is playing catch:

Kenny G has had it, y’all.

For what it’s worth, though, Hill’s feeling good:

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 now writes for The Hardball Times and FanGraphs. She recently 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.