Dodgers @ Cardinals May 29, 2017: Memorial Day baseball

It’s easy to associate Memorial Day with baseball, but let’s not forget the true meaning for the holiday. We would be remiss if we didn’t give our thanks to all those brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country. Thank you.

Dodgers
Cardinals
11:15 a.m.
St. Louis
3B
Forsythe
CF
Fowler
SS
Seager
LF
Pham
C
Grandal
1B
Carpenter
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Gyorko
CF
Taylor
C
Molina
LF
Bellinger
SS
Diaz
2B
Utley 2B DeJong
RF
Puig
RF
Martinez
P
Hill (L)
P
Leake (R)

OK, now to baseball. Rich Hill is getting a second shot at Mike Leake and the Cardinals. If you’ll recall, Hill had one of the worst starts of his career (and certainly since he became a good pitcher) last week against these Cardinals. He walked seven hitters and allowed five runs in four innings of work on a night that nothing went right for the Dodgers. We’ll see how he fares today against the NL’s ERA leader (not named Alex Wood because he doesn’t qualify yet). It’s still weird to see Leake pitching this well. Here’s hoping the Dodgers can solve him today.

The lineup looks pretty standard from the last couple weeks. The Dodgers are still missing Justin Turner and Joc Pederson, but with Chris Taylor and Chase Utley stepping up, their absences are not felt nearly as much as they could be.

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Onto the news, and there’s a rather significant item:

Wood is pitching as well as he ever has, and now he’s going on the disabled list. I think it’s a legit thing rather than a rest thing, though. Andy McCullough went on to tweet that Wood told the Dodgers he could try to pitch through it, but they thought better of it — and for good reason. Dave Roberts isn’t overly concerned about it being a long-term thing, as he called it a “one-start thing.” That’s good, but we’ve been robbed of a Wood-Carlos Martinez matchup on Wednesday. Instead, it’ll be Hyun-Jin Ryu taking Wood’s spot.

Taking his spot on the roster is:

Brandon Morrow, come on down! If you look at his overall numbers in Triple-A, they’re not great. But as David Vassegh noted, he’s been better in May. He’s always been talented and should provide a little extra relief in the bullpen. It might appear a bit odd that Josh Ravin wasn’t recalled instead of Morrow’s contract being purchased, but Morrow had a June 1 opt-out, so that explains the decision. To make room for Morrow on the 40-man roster, Brock Stewart (who had a rough rehab outing in Rancho Cucamonga last week) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

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.