Giants @ Dodgers Aug. 14, 2018: Please stop losing

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The last four games of Dodger baseball have sucked. It would be great if that streak of suck ended tonight. Or at least, don’t let the game end the same way it has four days in a row.

Giants
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
RF
McCutchen
2B
Dozier
2B
d’Arnaud
3B
Turner
1B
Posey
SS
Machado
3B
Longoria
CF
Hernandez
C
Hundley
LF
Kemp
LF
Slater
1B
Bellinger
CF
Duggar C Grandal
SS
Hanson
RF
Puig
P
Suarez (L)
P
Wood (L)

Alex Wood is off the disabled list to make his first start since Aug. 3 against the Astros (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K). John Axford was placed on the DL to make room for Wood on the active roster. Wood has decent career numbers against the Giants (4.22 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 21.1 K%), so here’s hoping for a solid outing from him. I still think he’d be a nice fit in this iteration of the Dodger bullpen, but they are committed to him as a starter, which is fine.

Brian Dozier is leading off, so it seems his abnormal EKG wasn’t much to be concerned about.

#ShouldOf gone with Claritin.

Now look, I know lineup order — on the whole — doesn’t matter much and Enrique Hernandez is good against left-handed pitching … wait, you mean he isn’t? Hernandez has an 83 wRC+ against lefties coming into the game (105 vs. RHP). He has regressed mightily against southpaws, which was supposed to be his calling card. And while 1-year platoon splits aren’t the largest of sample sizes, it might be time to maybe not bat him cleanup against them.

Matt Kemp is back in the lineup after an off day. He’s been struggling himself against all pitching of late. We knew he was going to regress, but he has seen his triple slash line dip to .282/.329/.477 with a 117 wRC+. It sucks, but he gave us some good memories. It might be time for a certain top prospect to take his spot in the every day lineup (spoiler alert: it won’t happen).

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Here’s your Julio Urias update.

Huzzah!

Oh, that’s … not great. Kenta Maeda is supposed to be available tomorrow, but Ross Stripling was slated to pitch in relief tonight. Guess that isn’t happening.

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The Los Angeles Times is getting another writer to help cover the Dodgers.

Jorge Castillo is a good one. But this obviously means…

Not really, but would it really surprise anyone?

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Bottom line is, this team needs to stop losing period, but especially in such gut-wrenching fashion. Hopefully that happens tonight.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.