Dodgers @ Angels July 8, 2018: Sunday Night Baseball in Anaheim

The Dodger bats have cooled off in Anaheim, but the Dodgers took game two behind another good outing by Ross Stripling. Tonight, the Dodgers close out the series in Anaheim on ESPN.

Dodgers
Angels
5:05 PM
Anaheim
SS
Taylor
3B
Fletcher
LF
Hern√°ndez
SS
Simmons
3B
Turner
CF
Trout
1B
Muncy
LF
Upton
DH
Kemp
DH
Pujols
CF
Bellinger
2B
Kinsler
2B
Forsythe 1B Marte
RF
Puig
C
Maldonado
C
Barnes
RF
Calhoun
P
Wood (L)
P
Heaney (L)

Alex Wood makes his team-leading 18th start of the season today. If he completes 6 1/3 innings tonight, he’ll be the first Dodger pitcher to 100 innings pitched this season. Prior to Stripling’s start last night, Wood was the lone qualified Dodger starter. He’s on a bit of a hot streak, as he has four wins in his last four outings and a 2.19 ERA in those 24 2/3 innings. After completing six innings or more in six of his first 13 starts, Wood has done so in each of his last three. He’s coming off a six inning, one-run outing against the Pirates, a 17-1 Dodger victory in which Caleb Ferguson recorded a save. In about 60 fewer innings this season, Wood has allowed only four fewer home runs than he did all of last season. He’s always been a good ground ball starter, but Wood has a sub-50 percent ground ball rate for the first time in his career this year.

Old friend Andrew Heaney gets the start for Anaheim in the finale. He was acquired by the Dodgers in the same deal that brought Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez to Los Angeles, but was quickly shipped to Anaheim for Howie Kendrick. Heaney has finally been healthy this season and is about 16 Major League innings from setting a new career-high. Heaney is one of only 14 pitchers this season with a complete game shutout, as he allowed one hit and one walk in nine innings against the Royals on June 5th. He’s had a bit of an uneven season and failed to complete four innings in two different starts last month. Last time out, Heaney held the Mariners to three runs in seven innings and struck out 10, which matched his career-high.

Hernandez and Barnes are both in the lineup against Heaney, as they usually are against lefties. Matt Kemp DH’s for the second time in the series. For the Angels, Shohei Ohtani is not DHing for the first time this series. He fouled a ball off his knee in the ninth inning last night, but he might have had tonight off against a lefty anyways.

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The Dodgers set their rotation for their four-game set in San Diego, which begins tomorrow night.

He could return out of the bullpen, but this means Walker Buehler‘s earliest start would be at home next weekend against these same Angels.

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As this post goes up, ESPN should be just starting their All-Star selection show. I’m rooting for the Dodgers to be represented only by Stripling, Kemp and Max Muncy, because we all predicted that back in March.

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.