Marlins @ Dodgers May 19, 2017: Wood vs. Nicolino; JT to DL

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In his first game since being named last week’s National Player of the Week, Alex Wood (2.27 ERA, 1.64 FIP, 1.009 WHIP) takes the mound tonight against the Miami Marlins. In each of his past two starts, Wood has recorded double-digit strikeouts. In the month of May, he’s allowed five runs (four earned) in 16 innings pitched, and he’s struck out 29 batters versus just three walks. Alex Good, indeed.

Marlins
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Gordon
2B
Taylor
CF
Yelich
SS
Seager
LF
Ozuna
LF
Gutiérrez
RF
Stanton
3B
Hernández
1B
Bour
C
Barnes
C
Realmuto
RF
Puig
3B
Colón 1B Bellinger
SS
Riddle
CF
Eibner
P
Nicolino (L)
P
Wood (L)

25-year-old southpaw Justin Nicolino (1.50 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.667 WHIP) has only made one start so far this year. He began the season with Triple-A New Orleans, where he made seven starts, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.539 WHIP before being recalled last week. A second-round draft pick by the Blue Jays in 2010, Nicolino was part of the massive 12-player deal between Toronto and Miami in 2012.

Nicolino made his major league debut in 2015, and has faced the Dodgers twice, once at Marlins Park in 2015 (4 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and once at Dodger Stadium in 2016 (7.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K). Nicolino primarily uses a four-pitch mix, relying most heavily upon his sinker, which averages around 90 MPH. He also throws a plus changeup, a curveball, and a slider, while rarely mixing in a cutter and, even more rarely, a four seamer.

After injuring himself rounding third base last night, Justin Turner has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. It’s grade one, which is the least mild, so that’s encouraging.

Enrique Hernández will fill in at third base tonight (and bats cleanup), his third start there this season. However, the plan is to have Logan Forsythe take over at third when he’s activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He’s starting there tonight for Rancho Cucamonga (where Kenta Maeda is also making a rehab start).

Brett Eibner was recalled to take Turner’s spot on the roster, and starts in center field in place of Joc Pederson with a lefty on the mound. Cody Bellinger starts at first base, with the just-reactivated Adrián González getting a scheduled night off.

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A quick look ahead at the Dodgers’ probable starters for the remainder of the series and the next series versus the Cardinals:

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.