Dodgers @ Angels June 28, 2017: Ryu vs. Meyer

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Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.30 ERA, 5.17 FIP, 5.22 DRA), coming off of his second consecutive two-run start, will get the ball for Los Angeles.

Dodgers
Angels
7:07 p.m.
Anaheim
1B
 Utley
CF
Maybin
CF
 Pederson
RF
Calhoun
3B
Turner
DH
Pujols
DH
Bellinger
3B
Escobar
SS
Taylor
SS
Simmons
C
Grandal
C
Maldonado
2B
Forsythe 1B Marte
RF
Puig
2B
Espinosa
LF
Thompson
LF
Revere
P
Ryu (L)
P
Meyer (R)

Ryu will face Alex Meyer (4.20 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 4.11 DRA), who has spent the season going back and forth between the Angels and their Triple-A affiliate. Meyer is a tall, lean power pitcher whose fastball has touched 100 MPH this year. Standing at a very nice 6’9″, Meyer cuts an imposing figure, and in 49.1 IP he has struck out batters an above-average 26.4% of the time. However, his walk rate this season of 14.6% well exceeds league average of 8.5%. In addition to his fastball, Meyer’s repertoire includes a curveball and a sinker, as well as a rarely-used changeup.

Meyer, a 27-year-old righty, was the first-round draft pick of the Washington Nationals in 2011. He made his debut in 2015, with two relief appearances for the Minnesota Twins. He was traded to the Angels last season, and made a total of six starts between the two clubs. He has a career minor league ERA of 3.50 and a 1.32 WHIP across all levels.

It’s been five days since Corey Seager strained his hamstring, and he’s still not in the starting lineup (despite the Dodgers having the designated hitter option tonight). Per Dave Roberts via Bill Plunkett, “If not tomorrow then likely he’ll play Friday.” However, Yasiel Puig is back in right field, and Justin Turner is back at third base after both were out yesterday. Cody Bellinger will serve as designated hitter for the first time in his major league career.

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Scott Kazmir‘s rehab seems to actually be progressing:

At this point, though, it’s still hard to imagine what sort of role could be waiting for Kazmir when he’s ready to return.

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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.