Game 22, 2015

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

It’s a battle of righthanders as the D-Backs send out old friend Rubby De La Rosa to face off against Carlos Frias of the Dodgers. De La Rosa was sent to the Red Sox by the Dodgers as part of the trade which brought them Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford two years ago. Arizona acquired him in the off-season, and he’s gone 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA this year in 25 innings over 4 starts. Frias is making his first start of the year for the Dodgers after two relief appearances.

Update: Mark Saxon of ESPN has a discussion of the Dodgers’ bullpen and its management. Three different pitchers have been used in save situations at the MLB level, and it’s the same in the minors: “The Dodgers’ four minor-league affiliates have had a total of 14 pitchers record at least one save.”

Hmm. Interesting.

Lineup when available.

No Uribear and a Guerrero sighting.

  • WBBsAs

    Frías has been less than impressive, overall, but I don’t mind his getting the opportunity.

    • 2.1 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts so far this year. Light work, admittedly, but so far not so bad.

      • WBBsAs

        Results not bad, but inconclusive.

        • package206

          I agree,17 games is a bit inconclusive but the results leave a lot to be desired.

          • WBBsAs

            I’m sure we could find many fine pitchers who had shaky beginnings. Look at Sandy’s stats for 1956: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/koufasa01.shtml

          • package206

            I don’t think comparing Carlos Frias to Sandy Koufax at any age is worth thinking about.

          • In the immortal words of Joaquin Andujar, “you never know.”

          • If you’re looking at career ERA, one bad game in Colorado in September of 2014 blew it up. He gave up 8 earned runs while getting only two outs.

          • package206

            OK, guess I am wrong. He is probably the best the Dodgers have right now to start a baseball game.

      • package206

        So far 17 games 34.2 innings, 5.71ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

        • Bob_Hendley

          FIP of 3.34 suggest that he may not be all that bad, so far, but again SSS.

    • foul tip

      Impressive v the Nats in one start last year, then couldn’t get out of the first in Coors in his other.

  • foul tip

    TJ for Homer Bailey. So much for this year. Wonder what will happen with Tanaka.

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/05/01/homer-bailey-reds-tommy-john

    • WBBsAs

      It’s an epidemic. Tanaka sounds a very likely candidate.

  • john galt

    No start for Van Slyke because his cousin, Miley, isn’t there anymore…

  • WBBsAs

    Chase Utley is hitting .123, and is on a pace to drive in 91 runs.

  • John_from_Aus

    I’d bat Guerrero higher, maybe ahead of Turner

  • WBBsAs

    Very fine first inning for Frías.

    • foul tip

      Gameday says every FB he threw 95 or better, one hitting 98. The 98 and three 97s to Goldschmidt.

      Wonder how long he can go airing it out like that.

      Wonder if Gameday is accurate.

  • WBBsAs

    I wonder how Steiner would have called that.

    • Same way I did here. Lazy fly ball to center, carrying, carrying, home run!

      • WBBsAs

        Vin withheld judgement.

        • Jack Dawkins

          Vin usually watches the outfielder, and since he didn’t cotton on to how far it was carrying til the end, neither did Vin.

  • Jack Dawkins

    This should be fun, Joc in a situation where they have to throw him strikes.

    • Jack Dawkins

      I wasn’t expecting that much fun..wow!

    • Jack Dawkins

      That pitch was sure teed up for him.

  • Wow!

  • john galt

    Good thing they relieved his pressure…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Next stop, clean up.

  • Joc put a really smooth swing on that pitch.

    • John_from_Aus

      Kemp who?

      • John_from_Aus

        I was quite amazed that with such a smooth swing, the ball ended up towards the top of the bleachers

  • john galt

    Think maybe he’s a keeper.

  • foul tip

    Saw where Rubby’s changeup was supposed to be developing into a weapon.

    Gameday says Dodgers have sent 2 of them over the fence.

    Self-destruct weapon, maybe.

    • Jack Dawkins

      The one to Joc floated nicely to the heart of the strike zone. I don’t think he could have asked for a better pitch.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s nice to see Goldschmidt come up trailing 5-0 with nobody on base.

  • Frias is doing well so far. Good for him.

    • WBBsAs

      Pretty low pitch count, too.

  • WBBsAs

    Hanley woulda make that look easy, of course.

  • Uh-oh.

  • WBBsAs

    I’d say he’s earned another start.

  • Ack. Get Goldie out and get hurt by Trumbo. Spoke too soon!

  • WBBsAs

    Nice recovery by Báez.

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats had a lead, but look to be folding.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s the historic Ethier.

    • Historic?

    • Bob_Hendley

      At times like this, it”s hard to imagine paying someone else to have Dre play for them.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers are making good use of their hits tonight!

  • scooplew

    Going to see the Dodgers in San Diego June 14 and June 15. First visit to Petco. One game in the second level, one game at the top. Any tips regarding food or anything else?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Avoid the rightfield stands or you’ll spend the night dodging Dodger home run balls.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. LOL!

  • 17 strikes, 3 balls. My goodness, Pedro!

  • WinnipegDave

    Guerrero falls under .400.

  • John_from_Aus

    35 Hr in 22 games is pretty impressive

    • Bob_Hendley

      Scary to think that most of our games have been in pitcher friendly parks.

      • John_from_Aus

        as Vin said after Either’s HR, in spring training the talk was our lack of HR’s this year after losing Kemp and that we would rely mainly on defence and Pitching

        • Bob_Hendley

          There were several articles by stat nerds suggesting that we might actually hit more dingers. But nothing like this!

        • WBBsAs

          You misspelled “defense.”

    • WinnipegDave

      And even more so when you consider that in at least 2 games they didn’t any.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was an effective and efficient inning by Santos.

  • WBBsAs

    Angles have tied the Gnats in the eighth.

  • Grandal needs to get untracked.

    • WBBsAs

      I expect he will. In the meantime, everyone else is picking him up.

  • SVS!

  • John_from_Aus

    nice scott!

  • WBBsAs

    JP continues not to fool anybody.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Coming in his babip was .450!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • RBI

      Woo HOO!!!

  • Woo Hoo!

    • RBI

      What you said!

      • I wasn’t sure you were here, so I yelled.

  • scooplew

    Seven or more runs in four of our last six games.

    • John_from_Aus

      nice

  • scooplew

    Third shutout of the season.

    • John_from_Aus

      even nicer

    • WinnipegDave

      Just wish our record when scoring 3 or less runs was a bit better than 1-8 so far this year.

  • RBI

    Hi all! Great game! I was watching while I exercised and cooked. Joc’s swing was a thing of beauty.

  • RBI

    Sorry WBB, Gnats won.

    • WBBsAs

      No, the Angles (sic) lost.

    • package206

      RBI, where are you??????????

  • WBBsAs

    “Three different pitchers have been used in save situations at the MLB
    level, and it’s the same in the minors: ‘The Dodgers’ four minor-league
    affiliates have had a total of 14 pitchers record at least one save.’”

    “Hmm. Interesting.”

    Considerably more interesting than the save statistic in its right.

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