Dodgers Diamondbacks Game 3 Preview

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Apr 8, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) and starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) talk during the game against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at AT&T Park. The Giants won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) and starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) talk during the game against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at AT&T Park. The Giants won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Dodgers look to take the series from Arizona with a win in the finale.

After a rough home opener, the Dodgers rebounded rather nicely to take game two of their three game series with Arizona. Alex Wood was iffy early on in yesterday’s game, but ended with a line that no one can be upset about. Seven innings, five hits, one run and a win. Not bad for a guy that’s probably the number six or seven starter if injuries don’t exist.

Wood was good, but Dave Roberts still made a few confusing managerial decisions. He sent Wood back out for the eighth with 101 pitches, and pulled him after a four pitch AB ended in an infield single. He went to Pedro Baez, who gave up a home run (on a quality pitch) in Tuesday’s game. Baez got an out and issued a walk, and Kenley Jansen came in for the five-out save. Using Jansen for more than an inning is fine by me, but I don’t get the point of going leaving Wood in (or going to Baez). Either way, the Dodgers got the win so it’s hard to complain. Roberts is a rookie manager and gets to make some rookie mistakes, but hopefully he gets those out of the way early on.

They close the series tonight and Ross Stripling gets the ball for the Dodgers. He was the subject of controversy after throwing seven 1/3 no-hit innings in San Francisco, only to be pulled and see the lead vanish in one batter. He gets his second start (and will more-than-likely allow at least one hit today), but it’ll be nice to see him make his home debut after a memorable start to his major league career.

The Diamondbacks counter with Robbie Ray, who probably had the best start for them their first time through the rotation. Ray held the Cubs to two runs in six innings in his first start of the season. He had success against the Dodgers last season. In four starts against LA, Ray went 2-2, allowing six runs and 16 hits in 23 2/3 innings in 2015. He went at least six in both of his starts at Dodger Stadium.

With a lefty on the hill, the Dodgers lineup is a bit nutty. Enrique Hernandez kills lefties so he has to be in the lineup, but not seeing Joc Pederson starting against lefties is a bit annoying. He’s been hitting the ball well and he hasn’t proven that he can’t hit lefties yet, so it would be nice to see him get a start against a lefty. He’ll get a chance tomorrow, but that’s against a much tougher lefty in Madison Bumgarner. Despite having like 14 second basemen, Austin Barnes will start there for the first time this season. Justin Turner gets a day off after being hit by two pitches yesterday.

Chris Hatcher won’t be available after being placed on the paternity list. A huge congrats to Hatcher, who announced the birth of his child on twitter.

Adam Liberatore will take Hatcher’s spot on the roster for now. This gives the Dodgers a second lefty in the bullpen after J.P. Howell, who has struggled hard early on.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA

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