Dodgers @ Padres June 30, 2017: Wood vs. Richard

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The Dodgers (53-28) head to San Diego for three games with the Padres (33-46). The Dodgers have won five of the six games they’ve played against the Padres this year. The teams last faced each other in early May, a series in which the Dodgers took the first two games, while the third was rained out (to be made up September 2).

Since the two teams last met, the Padres have gone 21-26, and currently sit in fourth place in the NL West.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 p.m.
Anaheim
LF
Taylor
LF
Pirela
SS
 Hernández
CF
Margot
3B
Turner
1B
Myers
1B
Bellinger
RF
Renfroe
2B
Forsythe
3B
Spangenberg
C
Barnes
SS
Aybar
CF
Thompson C Hedges
RF
Puig
2B
Asuaje
P
Wood (L)
P
Richard (L)

Alex Wood (1.86 ERA, 2.13 FIP, 2.61 DRA) gets the ball for his twelfth start of the season. The Dodgers have not lost a game he’s started since the end of April. This will be Wood’s first start against the Padres this season. He pitched two innings of relief against them on April 5, and didn’t allow any runs or hits.

Clayton Richard (4.42 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 4.88 DRA) has faced the Dodgers twice in 2017. He shut them out through eight innings in the second game of the season, then allowed five runs in five innings against them on May 6. Richard is having a season that makes sense for him, given his past performance and current trends: his ERA and FIP are both above four; his strikeout rate of 16.6%, which while up from years past, is still below league average; and his groundball rate of 58.5% leads the National League.

Richard will face a righty-heavy lineup, with Cody Bellinger and Wood being the only lefties in it. Corey Seager is once again sitting, as are Joc Pederson and Chase Utley.

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We’re eleven days away from the All-Star Game, which you shouldn’t expect to impact Clayton Kershaw‘s schedule:

Meanwhile, down at Triple-A:

Ike Davis is a first baseman who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers this offseason. He’s been hurt for much of the season, so he’s only played in 27 games for Oklahoma City, but he’s slashing a non-noteworthy .206/.257/.381 when he does play. Davis had two pitching appearances for the Oakland A’s in 2015, and is the proud owner of a 0.00 ERA (in 2 IP).

In other Triple-A position-player-being-converted-to-pitcher news:

For what it’s worth, Brett Eibner is currently playing right field for OKC.

And … this was apparently a thing that happened:

Doesn’t seem to be any photographic evidence of it, though.

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 and FanGraphs. 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.