Game 33, 2014

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Zack Greinke puts his 5-0, 2.04 ERA record on the line against the Nats’ Jordan Zimmermann and his record of 2-1, 3.27 ERA. The Nationals have never beaten Greinke. He’s 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four lifetime starts against Washington, and his last time out against them he threw six scoreless innings last July 20 in his only start at Nationals Park. Zimmerman is looking for his second consecutive win.

Lineup when available.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register “Yasiel Puig will not be taking batting practice on the field with #Dodgers Rode stationary bike this afternoon, headaches came back.”

28 thoughts on “Game 33, 2014

    • The pen has been overworked, which is at least a partial explanation. The starters have not gone deep into games, which is partly a function of Kershaw’s absence.

      • Is this Mattingly or Honeycutt’s fault. Seems to me that LA pitchers have high pitch counts by the 5 inning. IMO, there is a need for the staff to learn to pitch to contact better.

        • League average is 95 pitches in 6 innings for starters. Our starters are 96 pitches in 5.7 innings.

      • Not clear to me that pen is overworked (would need to look at the numbers). More like having to give the ball to guys not pitching well (Paco, Wilson). We are at 5.7 innings pitched by starters compared to league average of 6.0. Not familiar enough wit that stat to know if 0.3 makes much difference. Then again, we have had a bunch of xinnings.

      • Started raining even before Dee got in the box. Figured that if they waited so long to put on the tarp, it was probably because they felt that they would never be able to start again, so left right away. I am guessing day/night doubleheader on Weds.

        • Sorry for you, Bob, but just as good for the Blue . . . just looking at the boxscore, it looked like it was going to be “another one of those” offensive efforts.

    • I remember Catfish Hunter giving up a couple of homers in a WS game and
      saying afterward that he’d had a couple of friends there and they’d
      never seen one, so he gave ’em a couple.

  1. Pirates clinging to a lead vs. Giants after an 8-2 lead all but evaporates . . . guess LA ain’t the only team where winning don’t come easy.

    • Unfortunately . . . the offense is in their “all tease, no results” mode. Feels like Groundhog Day.

      • In May, so far, we averaging 5 runs per game, as compared to April 4 runs.

      • Nope (now that would have been nuts and not sure my friend’s three year-old would have held up).

  2. You just keep holding out, SNLA and T/W Cable, pretty soon no one will care anyway…

    • Sad but true. I still find it hilarious that Prime Ticket is covering the D-Backs. Salt in the wound.