Dodgers @ Diamondbacks May 3, 2018: Facebook-only edition

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The Dodgers (13-17) finally beat the Diamondbacks (21-9) last night, and are now 2-7 against them this year. It wasn’t pretty or easy but it counts and we’ll take that. They look to split the series with two straight wins, which would also end the Diamondbacks record of nine straight series wins to start the year. The Dodgers send one of their few pitchers who are still alive in Alex Wood against the Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin.

Dodgers
D’backs
12:40 PM
Arizona
SS
Taylor
LF
Owings
2B
Hernandez
SS
Ahmed
RF
Kemp
1B
Goldschmidt
1B
Bellinger
CF
Pollock
C
Barnes
RF
Souza
3B
Farmer
2B
Marte
LF
Verdugo 3B Marrero
CF
Locastro
C
Mathis
P
Wood (R)
P
Corbin (L)

The Dodgers are getting some regulars extra rest in today’s game against the red hot lefty Corbin. Three left-handed hitters in Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, and Joc Pederson all get the day off, and are replaced by their right-handed counterparts Kyle Farmer, Austin Barnes, and Tim Locastro.

This is the full roster shuffle:

Here’s how the two starters match up against each other out of 90 starters with at least 30 IP:

Wood hasn’t been the same pitcher as he was last year, yet a lot of advanced stats still really like him. The reduced velocity is resulting in less strikeouts overall, but limiting walks like he’s been doing this year is an extremely effective way to limit potential damage. He’s allowed six runs over his last 12 innings, so look for him to bounce back in a big way against a strong Diamondbacks offense. Corbin on the other hand has been unreal. He’s coming off his worst start of the year where he allowed two homers and three runs to the Nationals. Corbin allowed just two baserunners while striking out 12 over 7.1 innings last time he faced the Dodgers. He’s been throwing the slider more than ever this year, and it’s working wonders for him. He’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year, and it’ll need a strong, disciplined performance by the offense to take him down. The Diamondbacks also get Steven Souza Jr. back from injury, and he’ll make his season debut today.

Also, as of today according to the FanGraphs projections, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are both projected at 88 wins, with the Dodgers odds at making the playoffs and winning the division slightly higher than the Diamondbacks. So they’ll likely lose today to spite me.

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This sounds horrible. I was lucky enough to be watching the game with Nomar Garciaparra last night, who dealt with numerous groin injuries throughout his career. As soon as he saw Hyun-Jin Ryu stretching out, he knew it was the groin and he wasn’t going to be able to stay in. The Dodgers best pitcher is now out until after the All-Star break, so let’s hope Walker Buehler makes a push for the NL ROTY as he’s most likely to fill in the void with Ryu out.

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JP Hoornstra says Julio Urias was throwing from roughly 90 feet, so I think it’d be reasonable to hear a little bit more about how he’s progressing in the near future.

In other news:

So ends an absolutely legendary career — 4367 hits across the MLB and NPB. One of the best to ever play the game, thanks for everything Ichiro Suzuki.

First pitch is at 12:40 PT on Facebook only. Fire up those Facebook burner accounts.

About Allan Yamashige

Allan Yamashige
Just a guy living in Thousand Oaks, CA who happens to love the Dodgers and statistics. I'm currently studying at Moorpark Community College and plan on transferring into UC Santa Cruz's Business/Economics/Computer Science program. Hated baseball practice as a kid, but writing about adults doing baseball is alright.