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.

131 thoughts on “Game 12, 2015

  1. 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.

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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…

          • 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.

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

  3. 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.”

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

      • 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.

  4. 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?

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

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

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

  6. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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??

      • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

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

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

          • 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.

          • 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.

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

          • 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.

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

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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).

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

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

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

          • 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!

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

  8. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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)

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

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

    • 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.

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

  17. 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. 😉

  18. “”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?

  19. 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…

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