Game 12, 2015

Rockies at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Brandon McCarthy trots out for the Dodgers hoping for a more reasonable start than his last one. In that game he struck out ten, walked none but gave up four home runs in seven innings of work, with no decision for his trouble. His opponent will be Eddie Butler, who has five starts in the big leagues. Three were last year, two of those were against the Dodgers, and they didn’t go well. He was 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA. This season he’s 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings, which looks good but hides the 10 walks and 6 strikeouts so far in those two starts.

Lineup when available.

Uribe is probably just taking a day game off after a night game. Puig’s hamstring is beginning to worry me, and I imagine it’s worrying his employer more.

  • john galt

    I think some of the players each game get starts just so the managing genius can arrange his right/left alternating lineup he is so crazy about…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Traditionally the throwaway game for the subs (Sunday day game), but we are so deep that it doesn’t seem that way.

  • foul tip

    “”I haven’t seen the same amount of dew on the [dugout] railing, haven’t felt the same type of moisture as the game goes on. I don’t know what it is, but the ball is carrying. I’ll let you guys figure it out.” — Mattingly on the increase in home runs at Dodger Stadium

    Er….maybe related to the historical and severe long-term CA drought?

    • Like some politicians, Don should say “I’m not a scientist.”

      • WBBsAs

        That would suggest Don’s as willfully ignorant as Marco Rubio. Very few people can sink to that level.

        • package206

          If you think I am bad about the FO, get me started on politics.

    • WBBsAs

      It sounds plausible, but we need data.

  • Rule 5, Rule 5! Danger, Will Robinson!

    I know I used the word “politicians” below, but I have a different blog where I often discuss politics from a liberal perspective. Y’all are welcome over there. 😉

    • WBBsAs

      You started it, though…

      • I know, I know. And I’m trying to stop it, too. 😉

  • 40 pitches thru 2 innings. McCarthy is not going to be long for this game at that rate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love the knock sound as the ball hits the bats of SVS and Joc! 2-0 Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Joc. I recall Kemp and Puig having base running issues early on as well.

    • DXMachina

      I was thinking during the game that Joc needs to stop taking Yasiels’s advice about baserunning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to have a Rockie thrown out trying to steal as well. Nice throw by AJ.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats down 5-1 to Dbags after 2-1/2 innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love it. Although, I must say if I was a fan of them – life is still pretty good in general. 3 WS in 5 years must have a lingering effect.

  • WinnipegDave

    McCarthy in a nice groove since the first inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, A-Gon!

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for an Adrian special – bases loaded double!

  • WinnipegDave

    Butler throwing some heat – 96, 97.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ah well. Can’t call out Gonzo too much after the start he has had. But man, a hit would have been great.

  • Cleanup hitter doing cleanup hitter things.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Reassuring to think we have a pen that more often than not takes care of business.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Also reassuring that we score in bunches so pen doesn’t have to be perfect.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just caught up, we are doing rather well it seems

  • Jack Dawkins

    Second chance to a big leaguer…..

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice Scotty!

  • WinnipegDave

    SVS!

  • John_from_Aus

    This is an example of what I am liking about this year so far, we can get runs from anyone in the lineup at any time

  • WinnipegDave

    Felt at the beginning of thIs inning that the Rockies could still steal this one away. But one well timed double play on defense and 2 home runs on offense makes me feel a whole lot better about this game.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Between Joc and SVS we have a couple of big Earl Weaver 3 run homer types now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc geting in on the fun!

  • John_from_Aus

    also with Puig, don’t risk making it worse, just put him on the DL and give Ethier an extended run (with as we have just seen Van Slyke as a more that capable backup)

    • WBBsAs

      That’s why it’s unfortunate he played yesterday. If he hadn’t, they could have backdated his DL stay.

  • John_from_Aus

    I’m enjoying this, I hope it lasts all season

  • Jeepers!

  • john galt

    They ought to fine AJ for killing the rally…

    • WBBsAs

      SVS and Joc killed the rally.

      • john galt

        I guess that;s correct, too. Guerrero looks good, he’d be starting for a lot of clubs. SVS too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Adrian Gonzalez is clearly a bum. 0 for 4, no rbi’s and 5 runners left on base.

  • John_from_Aus

    Another good situation to give Liberatore some experience

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is like that mid-summer stretch two years ago!

  • RBI

    Good work, everyone! About to head home from the Festival of Books, and had to check the score…

  • John_from_Aus

    Turner is so valuable to this team

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Adrian. This is the last chance saloon for you right here. Make or break time.

    • John_from_Aus

      but isn’t it nice that at 7-0, it doesn’t really matter

      • WinnipegDave

        I have been totally joking this game that Adrian is a bum and is in danger of being released etc.

        • John_from_Aus

          the great thing is that one of our stars can have a bad game and others then take up the slack

          • WinnipegDave

            Such a good lineup.

  • John_from_Aus

    Adrian is due

  • John_from_Aus

    all over in SF, another loss at home

    • RBI

      Wow. Hope we both keep our trends trending.

  • WinnipegDave

    Looks like we will have to stay after class and keep commenting to get to 100!

    • There is always Sunday Night Baseball.

      • WinnipegDave

        Or a Sunday evening round table discussing the state of the Dodgers.

        • After somebody says “It’s all good,” then what?

          • WinnipegDave

            We all agree? Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just finished doing my taxes. Not due until April 30th in Canada. Nice to have a good game to listen to keep my spirits up!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lucky 7!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Where’s RBI with her Whoo Hoo!?

    • RBI

      I was driving home from USC. But I woo-hood in the car!

  • John_from_Aus

    very nicely done and hats off to McCarthy as well

  • John_from_Aus

    39 comments to go 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    I had predicted the Dodgers would go 13-8 in April. At this point, that would end up being a bit disappointing.

  • RBI

    Woo HOO!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks RBI. I didn’t even spell it right when I noticed it was missing! We need you to do it. 🙂

      • RBI

        Aww. Who was it on Dodger Thoughts who always used to post “We win!”?

        • RBI

          Was it you, WinnipegDave?

          • WinnipegDave

            I don’t remember who did it. Which, with the way I have been forgetting things lately, could mean it was me. Kinda like Wilhelm, George’s boss with the Yankees on Seinfeld.

            All that to say – I might start doing it here. As long as I’m not stepping on anybody’s toes or stealing their thunder!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, dinner time for me. Chat with you all again soon.

    • John_from_Aus

      another day, another win, see you later

  • Off day tomorrow because it takes time to get from LA to San Francisco.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice for the Dodgers because I imagine they would still spend the off day in LA – or most of it anyway.

  • WBBsAs

    From Eric Stephen: “The Dodgers lead the NL in runs scored (5.25 per game), walks (50),
    batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.368) and home runs. They lead the majors in doubles (36), extra-base hits (56), slugging percentage (.517) and OPS (.885).”

    Kendrick has already doubled Dee Gordon’s HR total of last year, is batting .370, and is OPSing 1.105. In fairness, Gordon himself is hitting .389 and OPSing .904.

    All numbers subject to small sample size.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dee went 5 for 5 on Saturday. As well, Haren has been about there most effective starter. My buddy in Miami keeps me updated. He is still sore from the Dodgers signing JP away from them.

    • package206

      Looks like we have all the early offensive numbers . Perhaps we could get the defensive numbers which is what we were told we would get with the new team from the FO??

      • Bob_Hendley

        The Dodgers rank 12th using BFs Fielding Runs Above Average with a score of -3 (average is 0). The giants are last of -9. Nats are at -6, where their SS Desmond has been plagued as well by early season errors like Rollins.

        • package206

          In other words, the Dodgers aren’t doing very well defensively?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Certainly not as envisaged relative to the rest of the NL. Pluses are AJ, Joc and Uribe, but they can’t make up for culprits Rollins, Crawford and Turner.

          • RBI

            Joc has been the nicest surprise for me this year, considering how much I hated seeing Matty go. Love watching him read balls in center field. I’ve been surprised at the number of errors by Rollins at short. Weirdly, he reminds me a lot of Hanley so far, pluses and minuses! I still miss the excitement of Dee’s steals, and am happy he’s doing well in Florida. But all in all, I’m really happy with the way our team is gelling this year. We have such a tough lineup, and strong bench. The talent feels more evenly spread.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I suspect that Rollins will improve his performance and the numbers will start to even out a bit more, not so with CC and Turner.

          • WBBsAs

            Crawford’s looked awful, Turner not so bad in my eyes (and he’s played very little). Rollins very likely to improve – if he hit this bad stretch in July, hardly anybody would notice.

          • john galt

            Crawford has always looked awful, he’s a DH. Rollins is starting to feel his age. He knows what to do, he thinks he can do it, but his speed and reflexes are just a little slower than they were and he ends up with an “almost”. I know the feeling.

          • WBBsAs

            At one point, Crawford was a good OF, but long before he was a Dodger. Rollins is good enough as a placeholder until Seager takes over.

          • package206

            Very insightful perspective. I tend to agree with you.and I know the almost feeling too.

          • Bob_Hendley

            CC looks bad even when he makes the play!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Turner has made the most (in a negative way) of his limited playing time on the defensive side.

          • WBBsAs

            Kendrick is also far superior to Gordon at 2B.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Howie is slightly negative (using the BR measure) and Dee comes in highly positive so far this season. Both were positive last year, but Kendrick rated much above Dee.

          • WBBsAs

            Dee’s 2B defense is good enough – especially considering how awful he was at SS – but Kendrick is still a significant upgrade on both offense and defense.

          • package206

            Let’s not forget Grandal.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Grandal registers as below average, but not among the main culprits numberwise.

          • package206

            I realize his numbers aren’t as bad as the others but he has never been very good defensively. Of course I have not seen the framing figures which the brass is so high on. He never has been very good.

          • Bob_Hendley

            According to this methodology, he was rated 5th last year in the NL for runs saved and is currently rated 4th. http://www.statcorner.com/CatcherReport.php

        • WBBsAs

          You spelled “Nats” properly, but misspelled “Gnats.”

          • Bob_Hendley

            You capitalize the “g”!?

          • WBBsAs

            Out of respect.

    • RBI

      Interesting thread! Thanks for getting it started.

    • package206

      Gordon also has 6 steals to Kendrick’s 1.

      • WBBsAs

        Dee also leads the league in caught stealing with four – not a very good percentage.

        • package206

          Must not have mattered as Gordon leads in Runs by 1.

          • WBBsAs

            Cherry-picking stats apart, Kendrick is a much more well-rounded player. He only leads Dee in RBI by one, but I expect that by year’s end he’ll have at double Dee’s numbers.

            I like Dee and wish him well (except v. the Dodgers), but this was a huge upgrade for LA.

          • package206

            I never said that Kendrick was not a good player but I don’t know if we agree on how much of an upgrade he is. It is too soon to tell. Saying he was a huge upgrade is just speculation.

          • WBBsAs

            Kendrick’s floor is probably Dee’s ceiling.

          • package206

            On the contrary, Howie is in over his head this year. He hits between .280 and .295 and his OPS is in the 700s . This year right now he is at .370 and OPS 1.105. Agreed, Dee will not attain this years figures but I can see him hitting in the 280s just like Howie. Saturate yourself in some figures.

          • WBBsAs

            Dee’s stats are quite a bit below that. Even granting that he’s younger, Dee will never approach Kendrick’s power numbers (and Kendrick is not a slugger).

          • package206

            Dee is not a power hitter. Grandal is not a power hitter but the Dodgers have him. Come on, Dee has strengths that Howie does not have and vice versa. I don’t think Howie would average much more than 10 steals a year. You are not giving Dee a fair shake.

          • WBBsAs

            Dee is a good base stealer who gets thrown out quite a bit – he’s no Maury Wills, Lou Brock or Rickey Henderson. His offensive game is strictly one-dimensional. I like the stolen base, but a double is always better. Grandal is a power hitter, byt the way – he had 15 dingers last year playing half his games in an extreme pitchers’ park.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I admire your defense of Dee. I recall you being down on the Dodgers for “handing” him the 2nd base job last year and suggested that it was due to personal relationship between Mattingly and his father. So, he really has convinced you at this point of his worth based on his performance last year.

          • package206

            True Bob, I did say that but I am a person who will say when they are wrong. I still think I was right when the Dodgers gave him the 2nd base and I think internal politics played a role in the decision. Dee overcame his poor play and he deserves credit for that. However, this decision pales in comparison to what has happened this off season. If I am wrong with my thoughts this off season, I will say so. Bottom line, we all want the team to win.

  • WBBsAs

    In today’s early game in Boston, Allen Craig has replaced Hanley in the third inning. No word yet as to why.

  • foul tip

    Old very brief acquaintances & very old friends dept.,both now Phillies–

    McGowan, D PHI 1 0 2.57 5 0 0 0 7.0 7 2 2 1 7 3 .250 2.00

    Very SSS of course, but 7 BB and 2.0 WHIP isn’t exactly awe-inspiring.

    Chad Billingsley made his second rehab start with Lehigh Valley IronPigs and threw five strong shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, striking out three. Billingsley went from throwing 58 pitches in his first outing to throwing 73 – 45 for strikes – against Syracuse.

    IronPigs, huh?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Saw McGowan pitch against the Nats yesterday. First pitch sailed to the backstop.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s an answer to the thought which occurred to me today, wondering what happened to Bills. Thanks!

  • foul tip

    Grins and giggles dept.–

    Couple comments from other places about Scott van Smash and his effortless-looking long HR. First may be a typo intending “passed,” but you could say it works either way:

    “…it’s still funny to think that he was pissed on by every team, and now you have to think that pretty much every team would kill to have him on their roster.”

    And the response to an observation that SVS looks like Dave Kingman at the plate.

    ” Ask Lasorda if SVS reminds him of Kingman.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Chosen in the 14th round, so the Dodgers passed on him at least 13 times themselves.

      • WBBsAs

        The Dodgers also DFA’d SVS a couple years ago, and any other team could have claimed him then. He had to earn his way back onto the 40-man roster and then to Dodger Stadium. Even when he did, I’m not sure they were convinced.

  • RBI

    Thanks to all, but especially WBB and Package, we crossed the one hundred-post line, and then some!

    • And without even a game today to bring the number up!

    • package206

      Thanks but there were many who contributed to the postings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Getting excited for this series with Frisco. Be interested to see who the Dodger starter is on Thursday because that game is the MLB.tv free game of the day. It will be my first chance to see the Dodgers in action this year. Anyway, I like the pitching match ups in the first two games.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would be Zach’s turn on Thursday, no?

    • WBBsAs

      For those who live in the Bay Area, today and Thursday are blackout days (but tomorrow’s on local broadcast TV – mute the sound).

      • john galt

        Funny how that works. Here in Area 51 I get blacked out on the LA feeds but I usually get the Giant and Padre feeds, both when they play in LA and at home.

        • WBBsAs

          Blackouts are an anachronism that have to fade away (to to speak) in the Internet age but, for the moment, we’re stuck with them. Meanwhile, I refuse to pay Comcast money that would go, in part, to the Gnats.

          • john galt

            I don’t suppose it would help to point out that the Giants have already received whatever money they get from Comcast, or at least the amount has been determined, and nothing you will do will affect the Giants by even one penny. You are denying yourself for nothing. You could also tell yourself that you are watching the Giant games just to see them suffer and root against them. Life is too short… Or so they say…

          • WBBsAs

            Nevertheless, indirectly the money would be going to the Gnats via Comcast (which is an almost equally odious and undeserving corporate entity). It could also contribute to any future contract the Gnats get.

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