Dodgers @ Braves August 3, 2017: Wood vs. Newcomb

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The Dodgers (75-32) had their nine-game winning streak snapped by the Braves (49-57) last night. This dashed the Dodgers’ hopes of sweeping every National League team this year, and tonight (weather permitting), they need a win to avoid their first series loss in nearly two months. While the Dodgers have lost just seven of their last 47 games, three of those have come at the hands of Atlanta.

Dodgers
Braves
4:35 PM PT
Atlanta
LF
Taylor
CF
Inciarte
SS
 Seager
3B
Phillips
3B
Turner
1B
Freeman
1B
Bellinger
C
Flowers
2B
Forsythe
RF
Markakis
C
Barnes
SS
Camargo
CF
Hernández LF Rodriguez
RF
Puig
2B
Albies
P
Wood (L)
P
Newcomb (L)

Alex Wood (2.38 ERA, 2.52 FIP, 2.95 DRA) has allowed more than three earned runs just four times this year, but his did so in both of his previous two starts. His worst start of the year came against the Braves (his former team) on July 21, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits (including two home runs) in 4.2 innings pitched. Wood’s following start against San Francisco was better, although not technically quality, as he allowed four earned runs in 7 IP. He’ll be looking to return to the form he was in from early may through mid-July, when he had a 1.34 ERA across 11 starts.

Rookie southpaw Sean Newcomb (4.50 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 5.80 DRA) started against the Dodgers on July 23, and allowed three runs in 6 IP. Newcomb only gave up three hits, but he walked five batters (while striking out nine). That’s kind of a microcosm of who Newcomb’s been so far at the big-league level — neither great nor terrible, and possessing strikeout stuff, but struggling with control a bit. Brim did a good job profiling Newcomb in that game thread, if you want a more in-depth refresher.

As often happens with a lefty on the mound, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal are sitting, with Enrique Hernández and Austin Barnes taking their places in center field and at catcher, respectively.

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Trade deadline acquisition Tony Cingrani has joined the team, and yesterday’s starter, Brock Stewart, has been optioned as the corresponding move:

A couple of interesting notes about Cingrani, from Alanna Rizzo and old friend Micah Johnson:

Several Dodgers are making rehab assignments with OKC in Las Vegas over the next couple of days:

On that note, Brandon McCarthy is no longer dealing with the blister, but will nonetheless also require a rehab assignment at some point:

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.