Game 33, 2015

Marlins at Dodgers, 4:50PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Note the 4:50PM start time: “The unusual start time of 4:50 p.m. PT (7:50 p.m. ET) was selected to comply with MLB travel rules, so the Marlins would have a day off Thursday without traveling.”

Carlos Frias goes to the mound for the Dodgers. He’s 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and will be making his third start of the season. The Marlins will counter with Jarred Cosart, who’s 1-3 with a 3.67 ERA and has had some bad results recently, giving up seven runs in his last nine innings.

Lineup:


Rollins gets a day off, the rotating third base position lands on Turner, and apparently Scott Van Slyke is plumb wore out from his heroics of the last two days.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t know about the early/odd start time (I usually don’t look ahead and I’m still in a fog from this crud, anyway) — but it may be good for Angelinos.
    When there’s a 7:10 game, I try to get there by 5 to avoid the traffic — don’t know how much I avoid much because it’s always heavy getting there.
    With the start BEFORE 5, will everyone try to beat the rush and therefore have a good showing . . . or semblance of a crowd only appearing by the 6th inning?

    • RBI

      Work makes getting there that early tough. I predict a skimpy crowd.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Encouraged by the job that the backenders are doing. Carlos and Bolsinger look promising, as did Weiland after that dreadful inning. Get well Ryu!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and get going, Kersh!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Needs to get the bapid down from .364 (i.e., better luck). His FIP now as well as BB/9 are as good as they were for the entire 2012 season when he won the Cy Young. he is just giving up 3 more H/9.

  • foul tip

    More Frias stats via TBLA: 11 Ks, only 2 walks. SSS, but velocity up on both 4-seam FB (97.13 mph, up from 95.29) and sinker (from 94.38 to 96.81 mph), per Brooks Baseball.

    He also has a ground ball rate of 62.2%, 16th-highest among the 325 MLB pitchers with at least 10 IP. It matches his philosophy. “I’m not a strikeout pitcher, I’m a ground ball pitcher. I know my role,” Frias said last July. “You have to get a ground ball. You never see a ground ball hit over the fence.

    • Ah, but you have heard the excuse for botching a ground ball that “he lost it in the lights.”

  • foul tip

    Old farm friend and very brief MLB one 1B Clint Robinson with a relief pitching inning for Nats Tuesday v Dbacks. One hit, one K, 0 runs, 0 BB. Hey, at least he’s in the majors.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_12_wasmlb_arimlb_1&mode=box

    • WBBsAs

      As I recall, he got a walk-off base hit last year.

  • WBBsAs

    In Cleveland, Corey Kluber is pitching an extremely interesting game through five v. the Redbirds.

    • No longer so interesting, but 16 Ks through 7 innings with only one hit allowed is pretty good for last year’s AL Cy Young winner. He’s had some bad luck and some misguided pitches so far this season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Where have I heard that?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew — great escape!

  • WBBsAs

    Kluber now with 18 K’s through eight innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good news for last year’s CYers?

      • WBBsAs

        Had a chance to tie or beat Kerry Wood, and they pulled him.

  • John_from_Aus

    It looks like we are quite lucky to be only down by 2

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bad call in LA/NY.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The other AG!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justice!

  • John_from_Aus

    What did Mattingly get tossed for?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pissed off on non-call on trap by Stanton.

      • John_from_Aus

        Thanks

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justice squared!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yahoo!
    Never know who’s gonna hit one out!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kike goes kookoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc (no K, run(s)

  • foul tip

    Lotta talk, especially after the offfensive explosion last night, about how many Dodgers are hitting .300 and above. But look at OPS of the top 6 after that slugfest. Incredible.

    Guerrero, A .353 .393 .784 1.177

    Gonzalez, A .372 .434 .719 1.153

    Turner, J .309 .377 .655 1.032

    Van Slyke .373 .414 .608 1.022

    Ethier, A .329 .423 .598 1.020

    Pederson .255 .422 .582 1.004

    • RBI

      Very impressive. A daunting lineup.

      • John_from_Aus

        That’s the difference so far this year, anyone, at any time, in any position in the lineup may hurt any opposing team

        • RBI

          Yep.

      • WBBsAs

        And that’s Puigless.

  • John_from_Aus

    I should pop away more often!

  • John_from_Aus

    3 in a row for Frias

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a surprise the starting rotation has been: mostly pleasant, one disturbing (and hopefully that gets turned around manana).

  • Bob_Hendley

    (H)echavaria is quite something out there.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hunfortunately!

  • WinnipegDave

    Finally able to check in: What a team!
    Hard to believe how well they are playing right now.

  • Uh-oh. C’mon, Hatcher, get a DP!

  • foul tip

    Lotta talk here at times about Joc’s whiffs. I’m sure he’d like to strike out less. No doubt he’d like that much more than any of us fans. But look at these stats. His 43 Ks (3rd column) thru Tuesday lead the team by 17 over Rollins, followed by Kendrick and AGon–all of whom have about 20 more AB (first column) than Joc.

    But his 28 BB (second column) leads the majors. With a 1.004 OPS, strikeouts aren’t exactly killing him. Also, the patience and good eye he utilizes to draw walks are going to lead to a certain number of called third strikes–and the umpire won’t always be right.

    Pederson, J 98 28 43

    Rollins, J 121 14 26

    Kendrick, H 120 11 21

    Gonzalez, A 121 12 20

    Fans often think “at least putting the ball in play” beats striking out. Well, Juan Pierre didn’t strike out much, pretty much made contact, and pretty much led the known world in weak ground outs to 2B, often specializing in double plays.

    Would anyone really want Juan Pierre over Joc?

    • WBBsAs

      Stanton has struck out even more.

  • John_from_Aus

    trouble brewing here

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

    • John_from_Aus

      preferably both in that order

  • John_from_Aus

    we need some out from somewhere and quick

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unraveling!

  • WinnipegDave

    I blame myself for coming in and bring some bad mojo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t blame Wallach for ineffective pitching, but what’s the record when Donnie gets booted?

    • Bob_Hendley

      In most cases they are probably already losing. (Baez would have been my call in that situation – like Donnie did the other night)

      • Bob_Hendley

        Uhoh…Baez coming in now to show me just how wrong I would have been.

        • foul tip

          Good call, manager Bob.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I’ll take the job! (if I don’t have to get off my couch, that is)

    • john galt

      It’s not wallach, Mattingly is still calling the shots from the clubhouse or tunnel. Besides, all managers do this stupid thing. A pitcher pitches well for 5 or 6 innings, then gives up a hit. They immediately yank him. If the next pitcher gives up a hit or walk, they pull him too. Etc… If they had left the starter in, he most likely would have worked out of the inning. I never saw a manager I liked.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I believe Frias was above 100 pitches.
        With a good bullpen — which LA has — there’s no reason to overtax the starter.

        • foul tip

          Oh, for that to have been the case in last year’s playoffs….

  • foul tip

    Not good, but coulda been a lot worse.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully it’s over.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need the offence to bail out the pitching tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Baez!

    • foul tip

      From your keyboard…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That half-inning felt like baseball’s version of “The Never-Ending Story”!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Running out of daylight! (balls only making it to the warning track at this point)

  • WinnipegDave

    SVS almost tied it up. Are they just trying to hit home runs at this point?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Worked before.

  • scooplew

    Nice at bat by old friend Dee. Doesn’t he look a lot like Michael Jackson in “Thriller”?

  • WinnipegDave

    And it looks like a spot may have just opened for Jansen. Baez out via some sort of injury.

  • scooplew

    What is the nature of the injury delay?

    • WBBsAs

      Báez came out after Dee’s double.

    • john galt

      Fake injury to give reliever time to warm up.

      • WBBsAs

        I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

        • scooplew

          Thanks for the explanation.

        • john galt

          Did you see the replay of the hit? As soon as the ball is hit, Baez reacts in a perfectly normal manner, giving no sign of pain of any kind. I say that while everyone was watching Gordon, a signal was made to Grandal. We’ll see. If he goes on the DL then obviously I’m wrong. If they say he felt a twinge but everythings OK and he pitches in the next game or two, then I’m going yo be pretty sure I’m right.

          • Bob_Hendley

            On the other hand, Baez was the guy to face Prado and Stanton (like he should have in the previous inning).

  • John_from_Aus

    we are at least close enough if we are good enough

  • scooplew

    Houston’s Springer just hit a solo homer off the Giants’ Affeldt to snap a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 8th.

    • WBBsAs

      Houston, we have lift-off.

  • scooplew

    Got ’em just where we want ’em.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would be quite happy with even one run here. Feels like a night for extra innings. Probably because the game started much earlier than usual.

    • RBI

      Not to be.

  • Can’t win them all.

  • scooplew

    First runs allowed by Liberatore are the difference; Hatcher sure didn’t halp things out, however.

    • Bob_Hendley

      First runs of the season (9.2 innings).

  • WinnipegDave

    When the Dodgers were down 2-0 I was feeling ok about the possibility of them losing tonight, However, once they went ahead 4-2, the loss has a bit of a sting to it.

    Now we know what happens when the Dodgers score exactly 4 runs: They lose.

    • scooplew

      First time this year they have scored precisely four runs.
      3-10 when scoring three or fewer.
      19-0 when scoring five or more.

      • Moral: score five or more runs each time out. 😉

  • scooplew

    Giants lost to Houston, 4-3, stay 5.5 games back. Padres will be five back in they win, six back if they lose.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Funny that with a 4:50 start time the final score would be 4-5 for the first time this year.

    Yes, it feels awkward to put the smaller number first when giving the score of the game.

    • scooplew

      Probably should have started today’s game at 5:40.

  • RBI

    I feel bad for the Rockies. My sister lives in Denver…

    • WBBsAs

      My cousin (mother’s twin sister’s son) lives in Denver, but he doesn’t care a lot about baseball. He’ll go with me to Coors when the Dodgers are playing, though.

  • john galt

    Baez having MRI this morning. Says felt pain in area of right pectoral muscle, could be Labrum or Rotator Cuff. Looks like I might have been wrong in accusing them of faking the injury. But they have been accused of doing that before in order to get someone on DL in order to bring someone up from AAA. If they always acted in an honest, moral, and honorable way, they would not be accused of things like that. Yes, I know the whole world acts that way and it is so depressing…

    • Bob_Hendley

      They are certainly not above doing this. I can recall in the past them putting a few pitchers on the DL where it seemed that the objective was to have them work on some mechanical issues down on the farm, but contractually difficult to option them there. In this case it didn’t seem to make sense to fake an injury, in that Baez would have been the fellow you wanted in there to face Prado and Stanton. In any event, I would guess that there is a sign for this relayed by the catcher.

      • john galt

        Unfortunately, lying and cheating seems to be a big part of the sports idiom, that’s why they have umpires etc. Golf is supposed to have a strict honor system but it too fails because we’re talking humans here and there are design flaws. Time for a product recall, I think.

    • WBBsAs
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