Game 30, 2015

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN

Clayton Kershaw makes his fourth try to win career number 100 this evening, weather permitting. He’s won six straight against the Rockies and has a 1.62 ERA over those games. He’s 14-5 with a 3.11 ERA in his career against the Rockies and is 7-3 at Coors Field, posting a 4.58 ERA. His opponent will be Jorge De La Rosa, who has 45 lifetime wins at Coors, more than any other pitcher in the history of the stadium. De La Rosa started the year on the DL, however, and he’s 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA after coming off it.

In outfielder news, Yasiel Puig tweaked his hamstring in a rehab game with Rancho Cucamonga Friday night.

Lineup when available.

The weather is not looking good, unless you’re a skier/snowboarder.

Continued rain today will increase the possibility of flash flooding throughout the urban corridor and plains. Residents should be on alert for flooding in their vicinity after heavy rains pass over. The far eastern plains could see severe weather with increased heating. Chances for large hail and tornadoes increase by this afternoon. For the mountains, the snow level will be around 9000ft lowering to 7000ft by this evening. Areas above 9000ft could see 2 to 6 inches by this afternoon with another 4 to 10 inches overnight. Mountain roads will be slushy and snow packed by this evening.

Okay, lineup for today’s game:

The weather is forecast to be in the low 40s with a small chance of rain.

No explanation given for Ethier’s absence in right field, nor for Uribe’s absence at third base. It could just be that the Rockies’ pitcher De La Rosa is a lefty.

  • john galt

    Anyone see Centennial or read the book? I really enjoyed both, the book the most, of course. Could have done without all the geology and paleontology in the beginning…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes, and I loved them! I believe that was my second miniseries (belied its name — I believe it had as many hours as a drama has each season today) . . . and my first Michener novel.

    • I bought nearly every one of those Michener books starting with “The Source.” I still have them all, too. I should take ’em to the local used book emporium, because I’m never going to read them again. I enjoyed each one the first time through, though.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It hit me a couple years ago that I don’t need to buy novels to read — even at thrift stores — if I’m just going to give them away. So I became a fan again of the library . . . ironic, since that was my job during high school (public library) and I got my start in “show business” there: writing and performing puppet plays. (But they still made me shelve the books when the shows were over. 🙁 )

        • You can even get (some) e-books on loan from my library.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Same here. I need to get a good e-reader, tho, not just a tablet. I like to walk/read in daytime and tablets are not that good with the glare.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve always thought Michener wrote nothing but pure potboilers, with no lasting significance.

      • john galt

        Tales of the South Pacific was great and I think lots of people agree on that, enough that Rodgers and Hammerstein took bits of it to make a most enjoyable musical.

        • WBBsAs

          Musicals are fungible kitsch.

          • john galt

            American opera

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6pm their time has 100% chance of rain, dropping to 50%, then going to 100%.
    Score early and score often, and/or drag it out and wait for rain.

    I know pitchers like to stay on schedule, but aren’t these conditions bad enough to hold back your star player? Especially since he probably won’t go very deep, based on the wx.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am led to recall what was quickly termed the “bizarro” game on Dodger Thoughts, where both Torre and Bochy decided to start with relievers thinking that the game would be called. But the rain let off and they brought in their starters around the fifth inning. Timmy for the giants, but for the Dodgers it was Bills throwing between starts. A lot of weird stuff happened during the game,

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN200804020.shtml

  • john galt

    Weather is good here but apparently wet and unpleasant in Denver. Chili weather. Anybody got a good recipe they want to share?

    • Ha! I used to make two crockpots full for a New Year’s Day open house we held for about fifteen years, but we stopped doing it and my recipe disappeared. Not that one was the cause of the other. At least, I don’t think so.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I make an East Texas chili heavily influenced by Louisiana. Cayenne based, so a little on the sweet side. Unlike your standard Texas chili, it has beans. Dark red kidney in this case. For a final Louisiana touch, it is served over white rice.

  • WBBsAs
  • foul tip

    ChiSox DFA old friend Javy Guerra. Issue seems to be medical, and his numbers for them have been pretty decent. Sounds like what the FO likes, so maybe another member of the Dodger MASH pitching unit?

    http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/update/25176343/white-sox-activate-dfa-reliever-javy-guerra-wednesday

    Relatively high number of BBs, tho.

    http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=457915#gameType=%27R%27

    • Bob_Hendley

      Gave us a lot of good outings, seemingly out of nowhere, and then he didn’t.

      • foul tip

        Team seemed to lose confidence in him, for whatever reason. They left him unprotected, also for whatever reason, and White Sox grabbed him.

        Lost fellow reliever Shawn Tolleson pretty much the same way, IIRC.

        Whatever someone thinks of this FO, unlikely anyone catches it asleep or not having thought thru all the angles before it makes any move.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Both had pretty good 2014 seasons, which we could have used in our pen.

  • John_from_Aus

    tweet from rockies that game postponed

  • From Twitter:
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    @Dodgers
    1h
    1 hour ago

    Tonight’s game has been canceled. A makeup date has not been set.

    • WBBsAs

      You hope they get tomorrow’s game in, but at least it wasn’t a three-game washout (as opposed to sweep).

  • foul tip

    Zach Lee allowed only 1 H in 5 IP last night but did BB 5. Has pretty good numbers. Don’t know why he wouldn’t get a shot at the #4 and #5 SP tryouts now underway.

    Pitching boxscore shows all OKC pitchers doing well following him, including old friend and groundball machine Ramon Troncoso.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2015_05_08_okcaaa_omaaaa_1

    Based on Wx reports last few days, the Omaha Storm Chasers came to the right place in OKC.

    Lee this year thus far: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=545346#/career/R/pitching/2015/ALL

    One day he may star in a movie titled “Ouf of Albuquerque.”

    • WBBsAs

      Given that he had such difficulties last year, and that his service time is a potential issue, giving him additional work at AAA may not be a bad idea. The other AAA pitchers, Bolsinger and Wieland, have pitched respectably (though Wieland had a terrible first inning).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tron Tron!

      • WBBsAs

        Can any reliever survive the Joe Torre treatment?

        • Bob_Hendley

          I can still recall his one hit four inning save in this very Coors back in 2009.

  • WBBsAs

    With a PH single, Chutley’s BA soars above .100.

  • Heckuva triple play here. Second to third back to second.

    • Bob_Hendley

      3rd baseman seemed a little lost.

      • Well, how many triple plays does the average guy participate in over his ballplaying career? [For all I know the number is 1.2…:)]

        • john galt

          First 4-5-4 triple play in MLB History they said.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I note that Puig’s setback garnered nary a moan here. Ryu on the other hand…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      There’s all this talk about the offensive output being without Matt and Hanley . . . but it’s also been without Puig, for the most part.
      And they’re winning without him.
      So part of me DOES wonder what will happen when he rejoins the lineup.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Only good things, I would imagine. What’s your thought?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          The only thing that bothers me is previous talk about Puig’s attitude. But I believe they said he’s changed this year (e.g. showing up earlier), so we’ll see.
          We know we can always return to the status quo.

  • Lineup and updated weather forecast above.

  • WBBsAs

    Sitting Ethier v. a lefty makes sense, but putting Quique in RF v. lefty is odd when SVS is available.

    Meanwhile, today in Philadelphia, Billingsley has tied Kemp’s season HR total.

  • john galt

    Did they ever publish the distance on that huge home run Adrian hit in Milwaukee?

    • Seems to me at the time the estimate was about 430′ .

      • RBI

        It was in the 470s, I believe…

    • RBI

      I think it was more – in the 470s.

  • John_from_Aus

    Pederson strikes out! I’m in shock 🙂

  • john galt

    Package is happy, Joc grounded out. Rare enough event to be noted…

  • WinnipegDave

    Kept looking for a new game thread. Then remembered it is still game 30, with the same starting pitchers.

    • I thought about it, but what would I have named it? 30.5? 30, Rel. 2.0?

  • In the Phillies – Mets game:
    Billingsley(L, 0-2) 5.0 8 5 5 1 3 1 9.00

    Five innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, one homer, ERA 9.00

  • Get Kersh some runs, guys.

  • john galt

    If Mattingly didn’t even think about hitting for Ellis, then he is truly a saint.

    • WBBsAs

      You don’t hit for your starting catcher except in a dire emergency, especially not this early in the game.

      • scooplew

        i don’t think that was the time to pinch-hit for Ellis, but I think it is the time to find another back-up catcher.

      • john galt

        I said “think about it”. In addition to Grandal, he could use Turner, Hernandez, and Van Slyke if he had to.

        • WBBsAs

          Those are desperation catchers, if everybody else is hurt.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw still struggling to keep his era under 4.00. Seems like so many jam shots and flares against him this year.

    • WinnipegDave

      Exhibit 100: Stubbs hit against Kershaw.

      • WinnipegDave

        Or fielder’s choice.

        • WinnipegDave

          And the era goes back over 4.00. Dude is just not right this year.

    • john galt

      Life’s events evening out.

  • scooplew

    I wonder if we will find out that Kershaw has some kind of a physical ailment and that he has kept it to himself. We have seen this before with other Dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m with you, Scoop.
      It’s one thing for him not to continue his “superhuman” dominance.
      It’s another thing for this result time and time again of late — no lead is too safe . . . yes, even going back to October (we have to, because it was soo shocking).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Babip coming in was .352 and FIP of 2.83. I am guessing that (un)luck is a major component.

  • scooplew

    What happened on the fielder’s choice that resulted in no outs?

    • WinnipegDave

      A tapper out in front of the plate. AJ grabbed it, looked the runner back to third but then had no play at first to get Stubbs.

      • scooplew

        Thank you.

    • Bleeder in front of the plate. Ellis had no play at first, wanted to keep the runner at third.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just Gameday, How were they hitting him?

    • Nibbled to death by ducks. The two-run single that made it 5-2 was a chopper over Kershaw’s head and then over the bag at 2nd.

  • john galt

    Joc’s next at bat: 10 to 1 on a ground-out; 5 to 1 on a single; 3 to 1 on a flyball out; 4 to 1 on a strikeout; 2 to 1 on a homerun. get your bets down…

  • Okay Rollins, get a hit here and move Joc to third.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not that it is up to Kershaw to provide the offense, but I thought it was strange that he swung at the first pitch from De La Rosa after De La Rossa walked 3 guys in a row right before that at bat;

    • john galt

      Another argument for the DH

      • WinnipegDave

        Nope. Just an argument for being able to know the situation.

      • WBBsAs

        Inconsequential anecdote for the DH.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably figured that after that he would just lob one over the plate to get a strike.

  • Bye bye Jorge. Wait, wasn’t that the second trip to the mound by the coaches?

  • WinnipegDave

    That was helpful. Thanks for the walks and thanks for the double.

  • WinnipegDave

    Guerrero with the scorching line drive. Right into the glove and Gonzalez gets doubled up.

    • WBBsAs

      Hernández, actually.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep – my mistake.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’ve been following orders and just resting all day after an illness which has hung on at least 11 days . . . checking in after the 2-0 lead to see this doesn’t help!

    • The crawling crud?

      • scooplew

        Stay well, Bob. I had whatever was going around for about 10 days.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Thanks to all of you. I went to the doctor Friday. There weren’t any major symptoms, but it had hung on soo long. He said he’s had several patients with the same symptoms and many lasted several weeks. He gave me meds and I thought it was shock therapy — $135! When they used my primary insurance, it was “only” $61.
          Not one to just do nothing — especially when I have several deadlines facing me — I went the “just rest” route, watching extras to “The Social Network” and “The Dark Knight Rises” . . . and, of course, checking in on the Dodgers between coughing fits.

          Great bouncing back, but my concerns about Kersh are not going away.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry to hear you have been dragging the last week and a half. Hope the rest is a good tonic.

      • The only good tonic is diluted with gin. 😉

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha ha. I’m more of a rum and coke person myself. Within moderation of course.

  • 87 pitches through 5 innings means Clayton’s not long for this game.

  • john galt

    Joc leads off with a walk; Why is Gameday saying 2 out?

    • WinnipegDave

      Because Joc was not leading off. Ellis lined out and Kershaw grounded out.

      • john galt

        I must be nuts, I thought Kershaw made that out ending the last inning…

  • WinnipegDave

    May 10th 2014, the Dodgers were 20-18. Made playoffs.
    May 10th 2013, the Dodgers were 13-21. Made playoffs.
    May 11th, 2012 the Dodgers were 21-11. 2nd place finish.
    May 10th, 2011 the Dodgers were 17-20. 3rd place finish.
    May 10th, 2010 the Dodgers were 15-17. 4th place finish.

    So basically, where a team is at on May 10th doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. Don’t know why I cared about May 10th but just felt like looking it up.

    Or perhaps, maybe May 10th is statistically significant and I took way too small a sample size to see that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rare misplay by Arenado at third.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or perhaps a misplay by the umps in how they called it.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m really glad that bloop shot did not drop in. Way to hold on Hernandez!

  • WinnipegDave

    No 100 win for Kershaw today. Pulled with 2 outs in the 6th inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bullpen should be well rested anyway.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thank you Baez – and Kershaw thanks you as well for stranding all three runners.

  • john galt

    Baseball so loves records— I wonder if this is the first time a pitcher with Christian name Christian replaces another pitcher with Christian name Christian?

    • WBBsAs

      I wonder whether there’s ever been anybody (not just a player) named Cristián Pagán?

      • Would you settle for Angel Pagan, who plays for the hated Giants?

        • WBBsAs

          In deference to rule No. 1, I won’t say what I think of Ángel Pagán.

  • WBBsAs

    Why is nobody mentioning Justin Turner?

    • John_from_Aus

      just came back to the screen, wow if it is at all possible, he is a better player and more helpful to us than last year

  • John_from_Aus

    great at bat to draw the walk

  • John_from_Aus

    lets put this game away here

  • John_from_Aus

    in play, runs (I like!)

  • John_from_Aus

    off to class, 4 run lead is hopefully enough

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t want to jinx this game – but Dodgers yet to lose when scoring 4 or more runs.

    • scooplew

      Dodgers are 16-0 when scoring five or more runs.
      Dodgers are 3-10 when scoring three or fewer runs.
      Dodgers have not scored exactly four runs in any game this season.

      • WinnipegDave

        Obviously both records will not maintain that current pace.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • scooplew

      Make that 17-0 with five or more runs. Great to win a game in which Kershaw allows five runs and we come back from a 5-2 deficit. Bullpen continues to be a very pleasant surprise.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! (File this under better late than never.) I was driving to Joshua Tree – ten day writing/research retreat,but I hooted and hollered on the road. Just managed to get to the final out before my radio gave up. It’s Game-day from now on, I’m afraid.

    • “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

      Not to suggest you would do any such thing, but the line fits. 😉

      • RBI

        Ha! Maybe in the book…

        • Be sure to give proper attribution to Hunter S Thompson. 😉

          • RBI

            I meant the drug-taking part, not his brilliant words.

  • john galt

    Nice article about A J Ellis at Dodger Digest: http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/05/11/dont-worry-about-a-j-ellis-just-yet/

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