Game Four, 2015 – On the road, sorta

It’s the Dodgers @ Diamondbacks today (6:30PM PT, TV: SPNLA) in the first of a three-day road trip. What were the schedulers thinking? The Dodgers play three games in Phoenix and then travel right back to LA to play the Mariners starting Monday.

The Dodgers send lefthanded Brett Anderson to the hill for his debut in their uniform. It will be his first regular-season game since last August 5 for the Rockies. That night he threw three innings, came out of the game and underwent back surgery a week later. He’s obviously an unknown quantity and will be for at least his first four or five starts. Anderson’s career WHIP is 1.285.

His opponent will be the right-handed Chase Anderson, who is coming off his first season in the big leagues, one in which he was 9-7 with a 4.01 ERA over 114 innings and a WHIP of 1.37.

Anybody betting A-Gon keeps his HR streak alive?


128 thoughts on “Game Four, 2015 – On the road, sorta

  1. Last night’s Sawx-Yanquis game ended at 2:13 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. start today.

    • Since Mid-July, when he came back up to the Bigs he has pitched effectively in all 12 appearances except his last one in 2014 (which cost him a place on the playoff roster). Given that Howell has been ineffective in half of his last 10 appearances, perhaps it’s time for them to switch roles.

      • Bullpen management is not one of Don’s strategic strengths (of which I’m challenged to identify any).

        • Well, we all know who his mentor was. This is probably one of the toughest tasks for a manager, which is why most seem to prefer setting up a routine approach and sticking with it perhaps longer than it seems reasonable. The pitchers (well, those in the given rotation), probably prefer it that way as well. Without Kenley to go to, I can’t imagine that Donnie is very comfortable right now.

  2. Got into a deep convo with my wife and come back to hear the very last pitch of the game. ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully Kershaw can right the ship and save the pen a few innings tomorrow.

  3. Dave, I did some consulting in Montreal and man was it ever cold. How does that work for you??

    • I grew up in Winnipeg. I often walk to and from work (25 min) throughout the winter. I can deal.

  4. Sorry missed a few minutes there. My dear wife just arrived home. Need to score here Ethier.

  5. RBI – you and I are the same wavelength in terms of comments tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Uribe with the pick but then wild throw. Should have set himself a bit more.

  7. Not that anyone else would really care, but I find it interesting that for the first 3 games MLB radio didn’t start until first pitch and went silent between each half inning. Tonight – the pre-game show was on and between innings I get all the commercials. Now I’m trying to figure if getting to hear the pre-game show is enough of a trade off in having to hear the ads.

      • Na man – I can’t afford to spend the big bucks on the tv package. Although by the time Oct rolls around I’ll spring for it then for $10. Maybe someday I’ll go full season.

        • I have two locations and both have the MLB package. I couldn’t stand to not have it. A real baseball junkie.

          • Send me your password from the place your not in! Ha – totally kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that you love the Dodgers/baseball that much! I have been a lifelong guy as well.

          • Honestly, I spent 90% of my Dodger fandom without ever getting to see them in person, on tv or on radio – except if they were playing the Expos and the French channel in Canada happened to have the game on. So, being able to listen to Vin (and Rick and Charlie, etc) – and connect to other Dodger fans online still feels amazing.

          • I usually travel to Washington, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh for a 3 game set each year. Think I will also do Miami this year. Don’t know if time will permit however.

          • That’s amazing. I should do a road trip with my family to Minneapolis the next time the Dodgers play there.

          • When I typed in “grandparenting” it auto corrected to “grandpa renting”! Ha ha

  8. Scratch for a run or two here would be great. Runners on the corners, no one out.

  9. Nice Grandal – but that double play really hurts. Could have been tied or behind by only 1.

  10. Gonzo starts it off nicely. Need Grandal to get his first hit of the year later this inning.

  11. Dodgers for the first time this year didn’t give up a run in the first inning. However, for the fourth time this year their opponent scores first.
    Very, very small sample size but still – don’t want the sample size to get any bigger!

  12. As some go for supper – I’m checking in. I was outside kicking the soccer ball around with my son.
    Looks like it is starting out as a pitchers duel.

  13. I’ll be off line for an hour or so, cooking and eating dinner. Go Blue! Keep the D-backs in check.

    • So, if he manages to repeat his successes there, his early-season numbers will fall precipitously.