Giants @ Dodgers May 2, 2017: Wood vs. Moore

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After last night’s disappointing loss, the Dodgers will send Alex Wood (2.29 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 0.966 WHIP) to the mound to try to even the series. His most recent start, which was his third of the season, came against the Giants. It was also his best start so far this year, as he allowed just one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings, striking out five. The Dodgers ended up losing that game, 4-3, thanks to a poor performance by the bullpen and an exceptionally unfortunate 10th inning.

Giants
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Hernández
CF
Hernández
LF
Belt
SS
Seager
RF
Pence
3B
Turner
1B
Posey
LF
Gutiérrez
3B
Arroyo
2B
Taylor
SS
Nuñez
RF
Puig
2B
Panik C Barnes
C
Hundley
1B
Bellinger
P
Moore (L)
P
Wood (L)

Matt Moore (4.80 ERA, 4.93 FIP, 1.367 WHIP) pitched well against the Dodgers last week in San Francisco, delivering seven innings of one-run ball and allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out eight. The Dodgers ended up winning that game, 5-1, in extra innings, with a four-run 10th against the Giants bullpen. As Dustin noted in that game thread, the Dodgers faced Moore five times last season, and “two games they rocked him, three games they got owned.” Moore’s first outing against them this year fits into that second category.

Franklin Gutiérrez, reinstated today from the 10-day DL after dealing with a left hamstring strain, is in left field and batting cleanup. (Scott Van Slyke was optioned to Triple-A to make room for him, which is absolutely the right move.) Cody Bellinger, after taking ground balls at first base earlier today, gets his first start there, with a — surprise — hurting Adrián González being given the night off (more on that in a second). Austin Barnes is at catcher, giving Yasmani Grandal the chance to rest.

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So, maybe González will be given the day off tomorrow, and maybe they haven’t talked about the DL:

Or maybe the DL is an option, but he’ll be starting tomorrow:

The Dodgers obviously know more about the situation than any of us do, but giving a struggling González time off certainly doesn’t sound like a bad idea, especially with Bellinger up and off to such a strong start.

A quick update on Joc Pederson and Logan Forsythe:

Pederson DH’d last night for Rancho. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

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, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. 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.