Padres @ Dodgers September 25, 2017: Darvish for win #100

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The Dodgers (99-57) have six games left to play in the 2017 regular season. They’re one shy of the 100-win mark, something the team hasn’t accomplished since 1974. Tonight, they’ll try to pull that off in the first game of their final home series before the playoffs, with the Padres (70-86) as their guests.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Asuaje
CF
Taylor
SS
Aybar
SS
Seager
1B
Myers
RF
Hernández
3B
Solarte
LF
Bellinger
LF
Spangenberg
3B
Forsythe
RF
Renfroe
2B
Barnes
CF
Jankowski C Grandal
C
Hedges
1B
Segedin
P
Wood (L)
P
Darvish (R)

Yu Darvish (3.96 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 3.27 DRA) has now had two outings of zero earned runs in a row. He’ll be facing the Padres for the third time this year and for his second time as a Dodger. While he was still with Texas, he delivered a six-inning, three-run effort against the Friars. He struggled a bit more when he started against them for the Dodgers earlier this month, lasting just three innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. That was his worst outing with Los Angeles so far.

Veteran southpaw Travis Wood (6.55 ERA, 5.81 FIP, 7.83 DRA) began the season with Kansas City as part of a six-player trade ahead of the deadline. Wood worked as both a starter and as a reliever for the Royals, with all but three of his 28 appearances coming out of the bullpen. However, he’s worked exclusively as a starter for San Diego. Only three of Wood’s 10 starts for the Padres have been of the quality variety, and besides those, he’s never pitched beyond the fifth inning. As a Padre, he’s allowed 38 runs (33 earned) in 47.2 IP, and he’s given up a whopping 14 home runs (after having given up just four in his 41.2 IP with the Royals).

Wood has pitched against the Dodgers 11 times in his career dating back to 2011. The most recent six times were in relief. Today, he’ll face a lineup pretty stacked with righties, save for Cody Bellinger (manning left field today) and Corey Seager. Rob Segedin is starting at first base for the third time this season. Austin Barnes gets a start at second base. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig are both not starting, yet again.

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As it turns out, Puig was going to start today, but then:

Sigh.

As for why Turner’s out, his thumb is still sore. In regard to his availability today:

Dave Roberts had this to say on Seager, who hasn’t quite looked like himself at the plate recently:

It would be pretty nice if that were true and easily fixable. We’ll keep an eye on that.

Looking ahead, expect to see a couple of left-handed vets in the lineup tomorrow:

Hyun-Jin Ryu might make one more start before the season ends:

It’s good to have as many options available as possible (but yikes to making an ailing pitcher start at Coors).

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.