Dodgers @ Giants April 27, 2017: Happy Julio Urias Day

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The Dodgers are looking to split the series with the Giants. They could, easily, be going for a 4-game sweep, but baseball happened.

Dodgers
Giants
12:45 p.m.
San Francisco
CF
Hernandez
RF
Pence
SS
Seager
LF
Belt
3B
Turner
SS
Nunez
RF
Puig
1B
Posey
2B
Taylor
3B
Arroyo
C
Barnes
C
Hundley
1B
Van Slyke 2B Tomlinson
LF
Bellinger
CF
Hernandez
P
Urias (L)
P
Moore (L)

Last night’s game, after the sixth inning, was a dumpster fire. I wrote about the horrible 10th inning earlier. But now, we get to look forward to Julio Urias‘ season debut.

Urias made three starts in Oklahoma City for … reasons. He threw 79, 73 and 93 pitches in his three starts because the Dodger rotation was full. I still think he should have been held back at Camelback Ranch in extended spring training rather than using some of his bullets for the OKC Dodgers, but I’m just a lowly baseball weblogger. He did fare well 1.93 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 26.8 K% and a .170 batting average against, but he walked nine hitters, which is a little uncharacteristic. Four of them came in his first outing of the season in which he didn’t look like himself. I wouldn’t worry too much.

Oh, and that innings limit today? Don’t worry about it.

I’ll take seven shutout innings, thanks.

The lineup looks Spring Training-esque, especially after Yasiel Puig in the cleanup spot. But with a lefty on the mound and it being a day game after an extra-inning night game, Austin Barnes was bound to start for Yasmani Grandal and Scott Van Slyke was bound to start for Adrian Gonzalez. It’s nice to see Chris Taylor in there, but he isn’t your prototypical No. 5 hitter. And Cody Bellinger, after a rough game last night, is back in the No. 8 spot in left field. The Dodgers had mixed results against Matt Moore last season — two games they rocked him, three games they got owned — so we’ll see how this lineup does today against the Giant southpaw.

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Some news…

Someone had to go. Honestly, it probably should have been Ross Stripling, but not for performance reasons (even though he has struggled a bit the last three times out). He’s going to be unavailable today and presumably tomorrow, so having Adam Liberatore around would be beneficial. But he probably would have been optioned tomorrow because…

Thank god. The Dodgers are definitely missing Grant Dayton‘s arm in the bullpen. Just ask Luis Avilan.

Alex Wood was great last night and should remain in the rotation as long as he’s effective — regardless of Rich Hill‘s status.

RIP, Andre Ethier.

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., and has yet to be shot.