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.

107 thoughts on “Game 34, 2015

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

  1. 0-2 when we score precisely four runs—an insignificant piece of meaningless trivia.

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

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          • 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.

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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’.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  15. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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.

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