Game 108, 2014

Braves at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Zack Greinke brings his sparkling home record of 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA to bear against the Braves. The last time he faced them he threw seven scoreless innings against them in June of 2013. He’ll be opposed by 23-year-old lefty Alex Wood, who’s 7-8 with a 3.44 ERA in his first full major league season.

The Dodgers optioned newly-acquired Darwin Barney to Albuquerque and sent Great Lakes pitcher Jonathan Martinez to the Cubs as the PTBNL.

Los Angeles is in uncharted territory. Tonight will be the first time it’s tried to extend a four-game winning streak to five all season.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a great feeling it is to win the first game of a series . . . and your next two pitchers have won 3 Cy Young Awards between them!

    Go Zack! Go Kersh!

    Go, Blue!

  • Bumsrap

    Are Guerrero and Arruebuana prospects and. If so where are they ranked? Why are they not mentioned in trade scenarios?

    • They are prospects. They’re also expensive players with relatively big contracts, which probably makes them hard to trade. Per B-Ref, Arruebarrena is signed for 5 years/$25M while Guerrero is signed for 4 years/$28M.

      • Bumsrap

        Thanks Link. I thought most of those millions was signing bonus instead of salary. Are they ranked?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Matty being Matty.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The move to RF?
      The impending deadline?
      _________?

      • Comfortable?

        • John_from_Aus

          all of the above

  • John_from_Aus

    Put out that potential spot fire nicely

  • John_from_Aus

    missed opportunities

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Just checked in and disappointed to see that — but glad it’s only tied.
      Then dismayed to see Jansen blew the save — I think he had Haren-itis before Dan did — seems like he’s given up a lot of HRs, especially for a closer.
      Poor Zack . . .
      Go, Blue!

  • John_from_Aus

    I’m pleased the error didn’t cost us

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice Matt

  • John_from_Aus

    it’s about time for AJ to deliver

  • John_from_Aus

    we need another Hr from Kemp

  • John_from_Aus

    That will do (hopefully enough for Kenley)

  • John_from_Aus

    Turner surely would have been better than a rusty Eithier

  • RBI

    Drat. I felt that one coming, after Upton kept fouling them off.

  • John_from_Aus

    Yikes

    • RBI

      You saw the dreaded “in play, run(s)”?

  • RBI

    Uribe is something else, defensively. I can never quite believe how fast he is out there.

  • RBI

    Okay Dodgers. Walk off time.

    • John_from_Aus

      I don’t remember the last one this year

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats . . . walk-off _____________ (anything — just win!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Matt — solidify your position on this team . . . show your Bison-ness again!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bison!!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    In spite of the blown save and apparent wasted opportunities, a win is a win . . . and with Kemp on fire and a walk-off win and growing team confidence, these five wins in a row could be the start of something big(ger)!

    • Bumsrap

      A win is a win would be even better if Grienke were to have received the win he earned and Howell had received a save instead of Grienke’s win.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Totally agree.
        But worse would’ve been if LA scored in the bottom of the 9th and Kenley would’ve gotten the W after blowing the save.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not just 5 wins in a row, but against two contending teams.

  • A disappointing 9th followed by a quick end in the 10th. Well done, offense.

  • John_from_Aus

    Kenley can’t be perfect all of the time

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      How many times has he been 3 up, 3 down?
      I’m thinking not much more than 50%, if that.

      • Bob_Hendley

        For the season 19 times out of 47 appearances. However, since June 22, 9 times out of 13 appearances.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Thanks, Bob — can always count on you for the #s (so to speak).

          I’m heading to the Beltway in two weeks to visit my brother and his family — too bad the Dodgers aren’t.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha! The weather should be turning for the worse by then. Prepare yourself.

          • Ah, yes. Summer in the DC environs. We had a 3/4-acre lot on a slope. Mowing it was hard enough without the July and August heat, humidity and gnats. And I was a teenager then; now it would be even worse!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I had an internship in DC 37 years ago . . . back when it was safe to be an intern in DC.
            I arrived Labor Day and wondered what I was going to do with all the winter clothing I brought . . . I think I needed it by the end of the week.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Wasted my youth in Hawai’i and Southern California saving the bad weather for my old age.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just saw the video highlights and offensively, this was definitely Bison-powered — his hustle brought in that (short-lived) go-ahead run, plus his 2 RBIs.
    As the Dodger site says, “Matt Kemp hasn’t been traded, which is why the Dodgers have won the first two games of their series with the Braves and extended the season-high win streak to five.”
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_07_30_atlmlb_lanmlb_1&mode=recap_home&c_id=la

  • Bumsrap

    If Kemp excels in right field and Pederson is the best center fielder, would the Dodgers dare to put Puig in left field?

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am guessing that Joc is trade bait in that scenario. Actually, everyone is trade bait except for Puig, Clayton, Zach and Kenley, I would think.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It won’t be for Lester, as SI is reporting that they got Cespedes from the A’s for him. Very expensive couple of months. Glad we didn’t bite, but not looking forward to meeting the A’s in the WS.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I just hope the Dodgers are the NL rep . . . and they win the final game!

    • john galt

      Seems I remember reading Pederson is an adequate center fielder, not a great one. I’d guess Puig or Pederson in center is a toss-up. But who knows with Mattingly????

      • Bumsrap

        I think Pederson ie an across the board 55 with an overall 60.

        • john galt

          Across the board 55 would be an overall 55, and that’s only an average major leaguer…

          • Bumsrap

            Look at Dodgers top 20

          • What are these 55s and 60s you guys are throwing around? Where do they come from and what do they mean?

          • john galt

            Baseball scout rating system, 40 is barely acceptable, 80 is the top rating. I’m paraphrasing the meanings, of course. Each of the players is rated 40 to 80 in Defense, Speed, Power, Hitting, and Throwing Arm Strength. Google “Baseball Scout Rating System” for a better explanation. Agon would have ’40’ speed, ’70’ power, ’60’ defense, maybe ’65’ hitting, and probably ’55’ to ’60’ throwing arm. Opinions only, of course….

          • Bumsrap

            Look closer at Dodgers top 20 prospects. tRoster. Top 20.

  • foul tip

    Looking postgame at Gameday, it says the HR off Kenley was off his slider, which stories lately say he’s trying to use more and finding success doing so.

    But anyone’s #2 pitch–especially a work in progress–is more vulnerable. He’s given up a few off the cutter too. But not lately. And not this one.

  • john galt

    My wishlist is Lee from Philadelphia, Lackey from Boston, and Suzuki from Minnesota.

  • john galt

    Looks like the total of our trade deadline will be … Barney. And he is likely to be non-tendered this fall.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Still half an hour left…

      • Bob_Hendley

        Well, Price gone to Tigers.

        • John_from_Aus

          I’m kinda Ok we didn’t do anything really

  • John_from_Aus

    Just saw a clip of Grienke’s strikeouts, at the start he seemed to have a leg injury, has anyone heard anything?

    • It wasn’t any big thing, apparently. I don’t even recall Vinnie commenting after he came back out for the 2nd inning.

      • John_from_Aus

        That’s good

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