Game 35, 2015

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

Clayton Kershaw goes for victory number 100 for the fifth time. His last time out he was roughed up (or nibbled to death) by the Rockies for five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He didn’t figure in the decision as the Dodgers recovered to win 9-5 at Coors Field. His opponent will be Eddie Butler, who pitched and lost the rain-shortened game last week, also at Coors.

The Dodgers could activate Kenley Jansen as early as today. Whether he’s immediately thrown into the closer role is up in the air.

Sports Illustrated has a nice story about the Dodgers’ defense and how it’s improved, particularly with Joc Pederson in center field.

Lineup when available.

  • package206

    Pederson CF
    Rollins SS
    Kendrick 2B
    AGon 1B
    Turner 3B
    Grandal C
    Ethier RF
    SVS LF
    Kershaw P

    Courtesy of Rotowire

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like Grandal for the offense, but wonder of AJ handling Kersh will help him get this monkey off his back. I believe they each caught for him in the last four attempts.

      • package206

        Not sure but I think you are right. Personally, I would like Ellis in each time Kershaw pitches. He really researchs the hitters or so I have read. This has nothing to do with Grandal.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Claytions main issue sems to be babip at .364, about 80 points higher than the average, which gives him a WHIP of about .3 higher than it should probably be. Other than that his peripherals are similar to his CY season in 2012. If AJ brings him luck, bring him on!

  • package206

    Just looking at the stats, it appears that it is clearly time to get Rollins out of the lineup. All you pro Rollins people can’t even use defense as a reason to continue to play him. I also don’t think he just needs to be moved down in the lineup. Get him out!

    • john galt

      Fine with me but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Neither Mattingly nor the FO seems to give a dang what we think.

      • scooplew

        I am with you both on Rollins. He is hitting .140 since April 14. He batted .185 in April and is hitting .156 in May. Sit him…..Pederson could use a day off. After batting .298 in April, he is hitting .180 in May, including .136 in his last six games. However, he hasn’t struck out in his last two games.

        • package206

          He has now.

          • foul tip

            That HR looks like maybe he took offense to you guys dissing him….

            But agreed that he needs to perk up. His pedigree means he’ll have a long leash. But the team won’t wait forever. If he keeps slumping and Seager continues to mash in the minors, he may be up before too long.

            Seager seemed to hit a wall when he first got to AAA but has picked it up a bit since. He has absolutely destroyed every level of the minors until now.

            They’ve given Rolins a day or two off lately. Maybe that’ll help.

  • From a fantasy viewpoint, the Dodgers are making it really difficult to find pitchers to start against them.

    The starting pitcher going against the Dodgers has recorded a quality
    start just 13 times in 34 games. That is a quality start percentage of
    just 38.2 percent; starters have a 48.6 percent QS rate against the rest
    of the league. The Dodgers have put up five runs or more on the
    starting pitcher 10 times, meaning a meltdown is nearly as likely as a
    quality start.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Clay K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Double play time!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Clay KK!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — almost out of it!

  • Jack Dawkins

    I won’t mind Kid K’s slow start at all this year if it means we have seen the last of that scraggly beard. I’m thinking is wife is happy too.

    • WBBsAs

      It makes him look a bit Amish.

      • Jack Dawkins

        He looks so much better tonight without it. Professional. If you can’t grow a SVS type of beard, it’s best to just eschew it altogether.

        • Amen. Mine is as curly as Turner’s. I shaved it years ago.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I agree . . . but didn’t want to sound like my mom when I had facial hair (mine was trimmed — nothing like Kersh’s).
      I figured if he was winning with it, go with whatever look he wants.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    May that be the closest CO comes to scoring tonight!
    Now let’s get some runs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rollins Redemption!

  • WBBsAs

    On my iPad, the closed captioning erroneously refers to the “Nats” as “Gnats.”

    • foul tip

      Maybe they’ve been monitoring your comments about That Team Up North.

      • package206

        Naa, he can’t spell Giants. Just kidding.

  • package206

    That was a bonehead play by Kendrick.

  • scooplew

    Washington got four in the first at San Diego on five singles and a walk. The Padres didn’t score in the first, Kemp hitting into a DP to end the inning. He is now hitting .269.

    • WBBsAs

      Brandon Belt tied Kemp in the HR derby today. They are both on a pace to hit almost five.

      • Meanwhile Ethier has exceeded his total of last year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Andre!

  • package206

    Do it Dre!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Kemp just made a very nice catch in RF.

  • Jack Dawkins

    That inning only took 36 minutes.

    • WinnipegDave

      It was painful to follow.

  • package206

    I see where Dee Gordon had a 3 for 5 game tonight and is now hitting .433 for the Marlins.

    • WBBsAs

      I see where Jimmy Rollins homered tonight.

      • package206

        Guess that is pretty big news, no more than Rollins hits.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently LA was hurt by a baserunning blunder last night as well. May those occurrences, this losing streak, and Kersh’s non-Win streak all end tonight!

  • WinnipegDave

    Mostly good inning for Kershaw. Much better than the first.

    • WBBsAs

      Yeah, but Drew Stubbs should be an automatic K.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Doesn’t seem to be as many automatic Ks for Kersh this year — even tho he has a lot.

  • foul tip

    Downright unsporting of CK to throw that curve to an opposing pitcher.

  • WinnipegDave

    My hope for tonight is that Kershaw’s era is lower than Butler’s by the end of the game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I used to be concerned about his ERA and other stats . . . right now, I just want him to get the W.

      • Jack Dawkins

        I’m in the Al Davis camp, Just Win Baby. I don’t care who gets the W as long as it’s one of our guys.

        • WBBsAs

          You should refrain from aligning yourself with a Mafioso extortionist.

      • WinnipegDave

        Obviously the win is what matters. I just figure if Kershaw pitches well, and Butler gives up a bunch of runs – well, that would help the prime directive.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I like that thinking!

  • package206

    Now that is the Rollins I know.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Waste not, want not.”
    The first is true tonight . . . hopefully not the latter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT — again!

    • WinnipegDave

      Surprised Butler pitched to him with first base open.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So was Vin — but he said Grandal is a lefty.

  • Tulo got yanked? Hurt again?

    • WinnipegDave

      Or just wasn’t playing well?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Vin said ‘something’s not right.’

      • WBBsAs

        Frankly, he’s looked awful at the plate.

    • john galt

      Trade???

      • WBBsAs

        Seems doubtful. He’s so fragile, would be a risky acquisition.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dre!
    That’s 4 — need more, for a couple of reasons.

    • WinnipegDave

      May as well just go ahead and score that next run this inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Works for me!

  • WinnipegDave

    Who do the Rockies prefer to face – Joc or Jimmy?

    • WinnipegDave

      Well Joc hit hard but with no result.

  • WBBsAs

    The last few days, Joc’s made hard contact without getting hits.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep. Which must be frustrating as a hitter, but is reassuring to be seeing the ball and making good, solid contact.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh sounds stronger.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rollins says hello

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta plate Rollins (at least) . . .

  • WBBsAs

    I do remember Lou Johnson, who barely beat out Drysdale for the team HR lead in ’65.

    • Bob_Hendley

      In 1958, Don hit a dinger every 10.2 PAs. Babe Ruth, another pitcher, hit one for every 14.9 PA in his career.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Run #5!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Which is great but the double play really puts a damper on a much bigger inning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True — but at least they got the run!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rox seem to think that they are in Coors and not facing Clayton (how in the world did they let that 5th run score and go for the DP?)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Vin just said, “no bloody way”, during one of his stories.

    • WinnipegDave

      In regards to?

      • Bob_Hendley

        A fellow invented a bike that steered like a tiler on a boat and offered people a hundred bucks if they could ride it to him standing 20 feet way. No one could do it. No bloody way, says Vin.

        • WinnipegDave

          Awesome story. Can just hear Vin’s tone and inflection as he told it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Clay!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KKKKKKKKKershaw!

    • WinnipegDave

      I recall enjoying this version of Kershaw last year. 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ditto!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Clayton’s K rate at 11.4 coming into the game is about 2 K/9 higher than his career average and 0,5 higher than last season.

        • WinnipegDave

          Cool. But I’ll also be happy to see him go deep into the game tonight and get the win.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I am sure we all would, but K rate hasn’t really been the issue.

  • Tulo injured leg.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seeing eye single for Joc.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ditto Rollins. Triple away from cycle.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rollins, again! (hope that becomes repetitive!)

    • Jack Dawkins

      That was his easiest hit of the year. They had shifted the infield to the left side, with only the first baseman on the right side holding the runner on. Rollins found the Grand Canyon on the right side.

    • package206

      Hey Bob, is it true that you are a blackjack dealer?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They wouldn’t let me be one — my favorite number is 22!
        (actually 13)
        I used to like playing video 21 but I don’t think those exist anymore . . . so i limit myself to video poker.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love the 2 out hitting this inning. And another run!

  • WBBsAs

    Rollins now needs a triple for the cycle.

  • package206

    Anybody seen RBI?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Never.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I did meet her once, at the LCS game vs. Wainwright that the Dodgers won.
        Right now, I think she’s still retreating in the desert.

        • foul tip

          Really? You didn’t make THAT bad an impression on her, did you? ;-])

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Ha!

    • RBI

      I’m here! Was at a Joshua Tree music Festival tonight. Didgeridoos and dreadlocks. Research. Glad to be back in my Best Western room!

  • WinnipegDave

    No hits for the Dodgers that last inning. Gives Clayton a chance to catch up to the hit total with strike outs thrown.

  • WinnipegDave

    I hope – in a good way – this is the last batter that Kershaw faces tonight.

  • foul tip
    • Bob_Hendley

      Great post!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The infamous 7th inning wall for Clay . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      Should have let him pitch to Blackmon IMHO – give him a chance to finish the inning. He does have a 5 run lead still to work with.

      • WinnipegDave

        Kershaw’s era with 2 out in the inning: 3.71. Still 2 outs in the inning and his era is right back to where he started the night: 4.24.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Third reliever in as many games to fail . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      Weird that the pen would crumble all at the same time like that – one after another.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Like hitting (or not) . . . wonder if it’s all confidence?

  • RBI

    Maybe I should go back to the festival. Team fell apart the moment I checked in!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh looked like last year for most of the game . . . unfortunately, the bullpen is looking like last year as well. 🙁

    • RBI

      I know! What happened to them?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    GarKia!

  • RBI

    I’d feel safer with a few more runs right about now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley sighting!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley coming in!

  • RBI

    Kenley. Long time…

  • RBI

    Hey, I just found the game on the tv! Yay! And Cargo just got on first. Boo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon . . . !!

    • RBI

      Bad time to let a ball get past.

  • WinnipegDave

    Think this will be a bad idea bringing Kenley into the fire like this. Everything breaking Colorado’s way right now.

    • RBI

      I know.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think better than the 9th. And good starting the inning.
      And since he just got the second out with his 3rd K, HE is doing fine.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fire jumper! Good use of him. Like Donnie’s call.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley! (actually KK, but it don’t count where it counts)

    • RBI

      KKKKenley.

  • RBI

    One more, Kenley!

  • RBI

    Kenley’s looking better with every batter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WelKome bacK, K-enley!

  • foul tip

    Kenley seems serious about this restoring order in the bullpen thing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ‘Just follow me, guys.’

  • Four Ks in one inning!

  • WinnipegDave

    I stand corrected. Jansen certainly threw strikes right there. Hope Howell or whoever pitches the ninth does as well.

  • RBI

    Get the triple, Jimmy!

  • WBBsAs

    Four hits for Rollins. I hope and expect he won’t get another shot at the cycle tonight.

  • foul tip

    Kenley with the rare 1 0 0 0 0 4 linescore for his IP.

    Wonder if Don will bring him back out. Doubtful. Don’t think he’s ever gone more than 4 outs…has he?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m glad he didn’t press him.
      And I hope I don’t second-guess that!

      • RBI

        Ummm.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wants the lefty matchups.

    • john galt

      Try the Chrome Browser. I’ve used it for several years now. It’s far better than FireFox or Internet Explorer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Ks keep koming!

  • WinnipegDave

    Liberatore with a strike out. Only Paco didn’t get at least one tonight. If he had, this game would be a lot less close.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Bullpen!

    • RBI

      So frustrating.

      • WinnipegDave

        It all starts with pulling Kershaw too soon in my opinion. Should have been allowed to have a longer chance to finish the 7th with a 5 run lead.

        • john galt

          Strongly agree. Mattingly and most other managers repeat that mistake over and over.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No more fireworks until after the game!

  • foul tip

    The pen was/is due for some regression. But you could hope it wouldn’t be all at once.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    End with a DP right here . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    I miss Baez.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas, por favor!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow . . .double steal!

    • john galt

      Or gnuts…

  • RBI

    This is making me nuts.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NiKasio!

  • RBI

    Oh thank goodness! Kershaw gets his 100th!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now to unwind and get to sleep . . . after the 7th, I knew I shouldn’t even try!

    • RBI

      My stomach is in kkknots!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So much for a retreat being a calming experience.
        It probably is — the Dodgers aren’t!

      • foul tip

        If the game were v SF and WBB around, he’d probably say it was in gnots.

        • RBI

          Ha!

        • WBBsAs

          At least it was gnever gnotted up.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win. But what a dumb couple of innings.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Dumb that numbed.

  • foul tip

    Nicasio may turn out to be the 8th inning guy. He’s been the most consistent lately.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Five relievers, seven outs. Oy!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Never thought I’d be soo happy for Kershaw to be 2-2.

  • foul tip

    You just would not think that when the Dodgers K 18 the other team would score 4 runs.

    And kinda would think that when they punch out 14 like on Thursday, they’d have a good chance to win. Which they did, until…

    Baseball.

  • foul tip

    From the Twitter smiles dept.–

    Brandon McCarthy
    @BMcCarthy32

    @BrettAnderson35 it’s crazy that between you, me, Greinke & @ClaytonKersh22 that we now have two 100 game winners, 4 Cy Youngs and an MVP

    1:25 AM – 16 May 2015

    • Left unsaid: “And a bucketful of season-ending injuries.”

    • john galt

      And how much money some of them have been paid for producing so little. Laughing all the way to the bank, I suppose.

      • foul tip

        Any pro athlete wants to play and excel at the highest level possible. Highly likely both hate that they’ve been hurt and unable to do so rather than laugh about being richly paid for not.

        • john galt

          I’m sure they are…And if they have any sense of humor at all, they see the irony in their situation.

  • foul tip

    Thinkbluela wants to know why DM let RH Yimi face LH masher CarGo in the rain delay game, with disastrous results. This from a manager whose prime directive seems to be avoiding such matchups. Very legit question, given that lefties were available and CarGo doing terribly v them.

    The answer, classic Mattinglyspeak, could be shortened to “I screwed up.” Won’t hear that, tho.

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2015/05/15/dodgers-lose-soggy-heartbreaker-to-last-place-rockies/

    • WBBsAs

      Until very recently, Yimi’s been effective against everybody. He came back and got a tough out last night when it counted.

  • foul tip

    Despite Rollins’ good game last night, Chad of DD is not impressed, sees ominous signs.

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/05/16/jimmy-rollins-bad-luck-may-not-explain-all-his-struggles-at-the-plate/.

    In fairness, TBLA notes Rollins is 9-for-26 (.346) with 3 XBH hits his last 7 games.

    Another slow starter doing better–straight from the medical ward–is Brett Anderson.

    Jon W. says for the month of May, Anderson has a 1.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts against 19 baserunners in 16 1/3 innings. Opponents have a .645 OPS against him.

    • WBBsAs

      Ironically, Anderson’s been rained out of the opportunity to go deeper into games.

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