Dodgers @ Marlins July 15, 2017: Wood vs. Ureña

The Dodgers (62-29) picked up right where the left off last night with an exciting and improbable last-breath comeback against the Marlins (41-47). Tonight, Alex Wood (1.67 ERA, 2.03 FIP, 2.47 DRA) looks to pick up where he left off — that is, pitching like an All-Star.

Dodgers
Marlins
4:10 PM PST
Miami
LF
Taylor
2B
Gordon
SS
 Seager
RF
Stanton
3B
Turner
CF
Yelich
1B
Bellinger
LF
Ozuna
2B
Forsythe
3B
Prado
CF
Pederson
1B
Bour
C
Grandal C Realmuto
RF
Puig
SS
Riddle
P
Wood (L)
P
Ureña (R)

Wood’s excellent first-half performance was rewarded with a replacement spot in the All-Star Game, and an appearance in the fifth inning. Wood allowed a run on a pair of two-out hits, but was spared from receiving the decision when Yadier Molina homered in the sixth. (I know none of us care about pitcher wins, but it would’ve been kind of funny if Wood’s first loss of the season — he’s 10-0 right now — came in the All-Star Game.)

José Ureña (3.54 ERA, 4.96 FIP, 5.35 DRA) is on the mound for Miami. The 25-year-old righty is in his third season for the Fish, and so far, it’s his best season, although his peripherals (low BABIP, low strikeout rate, high walk rate) suggest he’s due for some regression. Ureña, thus far, has spent his career bouncing between the bullpen and the starting rotation. He didn’t make his first start this season until May 7. He’s since made 13 starts, in which he has a 3.80 ERA and a 5.09 FIP in 71 IP.

Ureña has faced the Dodgers three times in his career: once in 2015, and twice last season (one of those times as a reliever). In September of 2016, Ureña pitched eight and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before AJ Ramos came in to get the final out.

The Dodger lineup is exactly the same as yesterday. The Marlins’ lineup is practically identical, except that Martín Prado and Justin Bour have swapped spots.

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Old friend Edinson Vólquez was scheduled to start tomorrow, but that’s no longer the case:

The Dodgers are likely to see Tom Koehler instead, although the official announcement remains to be made.

A quick update on Adrían González:

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.