Game 78, 2014

Dodgers at Royals, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Zack Greinke returns to the stadium where he began his big league career and where he has a 36-28 record and a 3.48 ERA over 111 appearances. He’ll be facing Jeremy Guthrie, who has a 4-6 record with a 3.86 ERA. Guthrie’s spent his entire career in the AL thus has never faced the Dodgers at all, while Greinke has pitched two games against the Royals, both in 2012 and neither of which resulted in a decision.

Mattingly says he’ll rotate Ramirez, Gonzalez and Puig in the DH spot for the three games in the AL park.

Lineup when available.

22 thoughts on “Game 78, 2014

  1. Good news: can’t blame this fiasco on the bullpen.
    Bad news: the offense has pulled their disappearing act again . . . essentially two games now.

  2. A-gon!

    Let’s keep this going and make the bullpen relevant after all!

  3. Non-quality start +
    Non-quality offense (tho they ultimately had “more” quality than Zack) =
    LOSS

    • Theoretically there are two questions re the OFs: who to keep?
      Which team will take the others? (The 2nd may dictate the first.)

    • Dre production has fallen off from even last year. May be in serious decline.

    • Mr. Streaky had a great May, but his June has been worse than his April. Crossing fingers for July.

  4. Dodgers were bad yesterday, but at least I wake up to the gnews that the Gnats were even worse.

  5. This will help make WBB’s day:

    From Gnats’ MLB site write up of their shutout loss last night by Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne, who should be a lock for an all-name team of some kind. He certainly was a “paigne” for them.
    His last name even has WBB’s fave “gn” except it’s not followed by “ats.”

    “…But Despaigne gained legitimacy in his Major League debut, changing his
    speeds adeptly to befuddle the Giants. If reputations meant anything,
    this could have been categorized as the Giants’ worst defeat of the
    season. They were utterly silenced not by Clayton Kershaw or Jeff Samardzija or Adam Wainwright, but by a right-hander who wasn’t even in professional baseball two months ago.”

    • Unfortunately, change some of the names and this report applied to the Dodger batters a coupla times this year.

      Still, nice to see it happen to SF.