Padres @ Dodgers May 26, 2018: Lyles vs Wood

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers remained hot last night, taking the series-opener against the San Diego Padres. They’ve won seven of their last eight games and can clinch their third-straight series victory with another win over the Padres. They currently sit 3.5 games back of first place thanks largely to an extremely mediocre division.

Padres
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
LF
Jankowski
SS
Taylor
2B
Pirela
1B
Muncy
1B
Hosmer
3B
Turner
3B
Villanueva
RF
Kemp
RF
Reyes
C
Grandal
SS
Galvis
CF
Bellinger
C
Ellis 2B Forsythe
CF
Margot
LF
Pederson
P
Lyles (R)
P
Wood (L)

Alex Wood suffered another leg cramp in his last outing, but will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He finally earned his first win of the season last Sunday in Washington, holding the Naionals to two runs and four baserunners through six innings. The conversation about who the Dodgers’ best healthy starter is changes quite often, but Wood, Walker Buehler, Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling have formed into a quite potent and right-handed-heavy rotation. With Clayton Kershaw on his way back soon, maybe the Dodgers aren’t dead yet (Dustin).

Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup after his mental lapse in right field last night. Might be nothing, might be something. Both Joc Pederson and Matt Kemp are in the lineup, so there were no consequences for Pederson’s assault on Kemp following last night’s game. Nothing makes me more proud to write for this website than when I see a Chad shitpost.

Jordan Lyles gets his fourth start of the season after his first 13 outings came in relief. He’s been great since taking Bryan Mitchell‘s spot in the rotaion, tossing 18 innings and allowing 17 baserunners and only five earned runs while striking out 20. Two starts ago, Lyles matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 perfect innings before allowing a single and a walk and being removed from the game against the Rockies. Lyles sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and pairs it with a knuckle-curve that sits in the mid-80s.

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Like I said, Kershaw is on his way back.

He survived a four-inning, 60ish pitch simulated game, so the next stop will likely be a start late next week, either in the Majors or Minors. Next weekend will feature the Dodgers’ first trip to Coors Field, which I’m sure will not be stressful at all if that’s where Kershaw makes his return.

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Rich Hill is slightly further from a return.

It seems like MLB won’t allow him to pitch with a band-aid or something on his blistered finger.

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Brock Stewart starting Monday would make him a logical person to be replaced by Kershaw later in the week.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.