Game 34, 2015

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

The Dodgers send lefty Brett Anderson out to face the Rockies’ righty Chad Bettis. Anderson was a Rockie last year and beat them in a rain-shortened game last Friday in Denver. Bettis has been up and down from AAA to the Rockies over the past three years, making 37 appearances and eight starts in 2013-2014 and earning a 1-6 record with a 6.88 ERA.

Lineup:

The Dodgers put RHP Pedro Baez on the 15-day DL with a pectoral strain and called LHP Daniel Coulombe up to replace him.

Jon has a great evening planned at Dodger Stadium, so cross your fingers that the rain stops in time for the game.

Here’s a good interview with Matt Kemp at Sports Illustrated.

  • john galt

    Hector Olivera is expected to arrive in LA tonight and have his long awaited physical. About time… In spite of Dodger’s success this year, apparently there are quiet rumors (http://www.nypost.com/2015/05/14/why-don-mattingly-is-doing-his-finest-dodgers-work/) that the Nerd FO doesn’t like him and will replace him at the first opportunity. Managers are hired to be fired.

  • scooplew

    What does Rollins have to (not) do to get moved out of the starting line-up, or at least dropped in the order?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was wondering about his placement as well.
      There may be less pressure on him lower in the order . . . but I respect that Donnie has an insight into the mindset of players.

      • scooplew

        Mattingly has a soft spot for veterans, unfortunately even those who have passed their prime.

    • WBBsAs

      Tear up his knee?

  • package206

    With just 20% of the season completed the Dodgers have had a wonderful start. I think another 20% will give us a much better indication of how this season will end. Lots of changes and challenges were worked through and handled great so far.

    • scooplew

      Agreed, and that’s with no contributions from Jansen and Ryu (and League) and very little from Kershaw, Puig, Crawford, Uribe and Hatcher. Who could have expected what the club has received from Ethier, Guerrero and Van Slyke? And from the bullpen and from Anderson and Frias? Could mention several others as well.

      • WBBsAs

        I never expected much from League, who won’t be a Dodger next year. They’ve done a great job rebuilding the bullpen, though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        SVS seemed like a given, given his performance the past couple of years.

  • john galt

    With Olivera now getting closer to actually playing for the Dodgers, it begs a question: Where? In addition to our too many outfielders problem, we’ll also have too many third basemen. Uribe is gone at the end of the season, if not sooner. All we’ll have left is Olivera,Turner, Guerrero, Hernandez, and whoever might fight their way out of AAA. Guerrero is just hitting too much to ignore and (in my opinion) playing well enough in left field or third base to hold down the regular job there. How would he or Olivera do at second base? The club has to find out about that by the season’s end. Rollins is also gone by season’s end if not before and Seager’s name is being chiseled in at shortstop. Like AM/PM says,”Too Much Good Stuff’.

    • package206

      I am thinking maybe Kendrick will have to go at the end of the season. I like Guerrero at 3b, Seager at SS, Olivera at 2b, AGon at 1st. That leaves Turner and Hernandez. Turner could remain utility and Kiki to be determined. To me, Guerrero just looks more confortable on the left side of the infield. The outfield should be Ethier/SVS, Pederson, Puig and SVS. Of course moving another outfielder would be the best move in my opinion. Crawford moved would be great.

      • Respectfully points out that no one has ever seen Olivera play anywhere, be it 2b or anywhere else.

        Kendrick will be a free agent at the end of the year, so his retention may depend on Olivera or other players at his position. I think that’s all up in the air until September at the earliest.

      • john galt

        Turner and Hernandez can play anywhere in the infield and I know Hernandez can also play outfield. So if we have a 5 man bench, I figure Turner and Hernandez, 2 outfielders (SVS and Crawford), and a catcher, likely not Ellis. I don’t know where Olivera fits in, or Guerrero for that matter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thanks for the link, Link, to Jon’s special evening. I always enjoy his pieces but was especially pleased with the connection to “The Kid From Tomkinsville.” I must’ve read that about the same time I became a Dodger fan — and was happy the protagonist played for them (Brooklyn version).
    The 3rd in the season featured not only baseball, but WWII intrigue.
    Think I’m gonna havta reread them!

    • Good luck finding them. My library has three of the Duane Decker Blue Sox books but many of the Tunis Dodgers ones (more than I thought, really; I gotta check out the ones I don’t remember!).

      • scooplew

        Great to see someone else besides me was a big Duane Decker fan. I loved his fictional Blue Sox. The books had great titles. Am I right in remembering The Catcher from Double A and something about Stretch at Shortstop? My junior high library in L.A. — John Burroughs Junior High between 6th and Wilshire and just east of Highland — had a great collection.

        • Whichever public library was closest to Kelton and Olympic was the one I got them from.

          • scooplew

            Was that the one across the street from L.A. High?

          • I thought it was Rancho Park, but I dunno. I rode my bike out of my driveway on Kelton Ave, turned right on Olympic, and rode for some distance. I was 10 – 11 at the time. 🙂

      • john galt
        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Half.com has them available for under $5, including shipping.

    • scooplew

      Link: Where is that link?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It’s in his initial post above, Scoop — click on ” great evening planned”

  • scooplew

    Cincinnati’s Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer off the Giants’ Sergio Romo in the bottom of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie. Reds lead 4-3 heading into the top of the ninth in Cincy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Let’s hope for no bottom of the 9th in Cincy . . . or LA!

    • john galt

      That’s not an earthquake, folks, that’s WBBsAs jumping up and down…

  • scooplew

    Reds beat the Giants, 4-3.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just heard Kersh is clean-shaven . . . trying anything to get out of this funk?
    Whatever it takes, can’t wait to get him back in beast-Kersh mode.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anderson proved to be a DODGEr there . . . now let’s get some runs!

  • john galt

    One in three Pederson hits a homer; same odds on striking out.

    • john galt

      Now you see why I gave up gambling years ago…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A-Gon, again!

  • package206

    Nice going Grandal.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s only outhitting Kemp by 30 points now, and out-OPSing him by merely 250 points.

      • package206

        He can’t carry Kemp’s lunch bucket.

        • WBBsAs

          He doesn’t have to do so, so long as he continues to out-perform Kemp (whom I like very much, by the way).

          • package206

            I am sorry but I just can’t make myself cheer for a dope head.

          • WBBsAs

            He served the sentence for his offense (a relatively minor one).

          • package206

            I would not call 50 game suspension a minor infraction. I also believe it is hard for a leopard to change his spots.

          • WBBsAs

            That is the standard penalty for a first offense, and he served requisite punishment. You’d give everybody life without parole?

          • package206

            I would never have traded for him. Its one thing to get something you did not know but to trade for a known user is not very smart in my opinion.

          • WBBsAs

            Trading from surplus to get something you need is smart. I presume they did due diligence before even considering it seriously.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s how to help yourself!

  • WBBsAs

    Gnice to see the Gnats below .500, where they rightfully belong.

    • WinnipegDave

      A thing of beauty indeed.

    • foul tip

      Gnaturally.

  • foul tip

    Hard to tell just from Gameday, but results of that inning make it look like Anderson is settling in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Might have been a rare time when sliding into first would have worked. SVS got tagged on his head.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tulo not having a great night. And for that, I am thankful.
    Anderson having a great night. And for that I am thankful.

  • WBBsAs

    Hanley just hit his first 2B of the season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice 2 out rally to score here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rain delay.
    We;re getting some of the storm LA has.
    Since I’m still fighting my storm of a virus (tho with new meds today!), I will hopefully be in sleep city when this game resumes.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sleep well friend!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, Dave.

  • RBI

    Feel better, Bob_in_Vegas! there’s a mighty wind a’blowin’ in the desert!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Don’t I know it, RBI! Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    How frustrated would the Rockies’ fans be if the Rockies lose another rain shortened game to the Dodgers?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Brett and game and pray for rain?

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Well, I’m off to sleep or Netflix or a book – something. Hope the Dodgers win.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now it’s raining singles.

  • Nicasio did a good job getting out of that jam.

  • RBI

    Anyone have eyes on AGon’s steal?

    • WBBsAs

      It was not a smart move, but it was close.

      • RBI

        Thanks. I would have liked to see that!

        • WBBsAs

          No, be glad you didn’t.

  • RBI

    Three more outs, guys.

  • RBI

    Two more outs. Go, Yimi, go!

  • RBI

    Uh-oh.

  • RBI

    One more.

  • How could you take that, Blackmon? Don’t grumble!

  • Argh!

    • RBI

      What happened? Gameday froze!

    • RBI

      Never mind. I saw. I had a bad feeling about this inning.

  • scooplew

    I stayed up for this?

    • RBI

      Think how they feel!

      • scooplew

        True.

  • Rollins, Kendrick, A-Gon, and Van Slyke to follow. All of ’em have home run power. We’re not done yet.

  • Grins.

    Tie it up, guys. We’re not gonna get to 100 comments unless we go to extra innings.

  • RBI

    Up to AGon.

  • RBI

    Now what?!?! Another rain delay? They couldn’t have done that four batters ago?

  • Unintentional intentional walk to A-Gon?

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think so.

  • RBI

    Make em pay, SVS!

  • RBI

    Scotty missed at least two right down the middle.

  • Rats. Let that one get away. Oh well, Yimi. Hang in there. You’ve been very good so far.

    • RBI

      Tough circumstances. Sitting that long, etc.

  • scooplew

    Kenley can’t return soon enough.

  • scooplew

    Kershaw tomorrow. Greinke Saturday?

  • RBI

    You can’t say the Rockies weren’t due.

    • No. What was it, a nine-game or an eleven-game losing streak?

      • RBI

        Eleven.

        • Almost hard even to begrudge them the win. Almost.

    • WBBsAs

      One of the beauties of baseball is that the worst teams can – and often do – beat the best teams.

  • scooplew

    Perhaps Pederson needs a day or two off.

    • RBI

      He does seem to be pressing.

    • john galt

      Naw, he’s just trying to make Package 206 happy…

  • scooplew

    I’d like to see Guerrero at shortstop tomorrow.

  • scooplew

    0-2 when we score precisely four runs—an insignificant piece of meaningless trivia.

    • No, no — it’s an omen! 😉

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah, scoring precisely 4 runs sucks.

        Back to back 5-4 crummy losses stings, but man this team – I bet they bounce back right quick.

  • foul tip

    There may have been some things done on this before, but nice tip of the hat to Vin:

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2015/05/15/vin-scully-receives-respect-from-unlikely-source/

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I sure hope I remember to look for this next time I’m at DS.
      Thanks for sharing it!

  • NPUT