The Dodgers send Alex Wood to the mound in game two against the Mets.
The Dodgers fell behind early and their offense couldn’t get much going against Steven Matz, with the only sign of life being a two run homer by Trayce Thompson. They had one of their weird all-righty lineups against the lefty, but couldn’t really manage anything on the offensive side. Scott Kazmir was meh again, but had a stretch where he looked great. Of course, that stretch came when he had already allowed three runs in three innings, and it ended on a terrible error by Howie Kendrick, which was followed by an RBI double by the opposing pitcher.
Today’s game should be even more difficult, as Wood gets the ball against Jacob deGrom. Wood is probably the most heavily scrutinized member of the Dodgers’ rotation, but he’s posted great numbers at Dodger Stadium since becoming a Dodger. In those seven home starts, he’s given up three runs once, two runs three times, one run twice, and tossed one eight inning shutout. Obviously, his numbers on the road are much worse, but Wood home starts go to show how good he could be.
The last thing a struggling offense needs is a four-game series with the Mets, whose pitching has been unreal. deGrom gets the ball today after missing a bit of time with a lat injury. In deGrom’s first three starts, he gave up two total earned runs (and three unearned), but he struggled a bit against the Padres in his last outing, as he gave up three earned in five innings. deGrom pitched twice against the Dodgers in last years’ NLDS and allowed two runs in 13 combined innings.
A pretty normal lineup, with the notable exception of Puig being much lower than usual. He’s been struggling hard after a torrid start (he’s also hardly the only one, but he gets much more scrutiny than others). He has five hits in 28 at bats this month and is still searching for his first walk of May. He’s only part of why the Dodgers’ offense has struggled, but him getting going could serve as a spark to the rest of the lineup.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.