Game 39, 2015

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC Bay Area

Brett Anderson goes to the mound for the Dodgers. He’s 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA, and his last two starts have been his best for his new team. He’ll face Tim Lincecum, who’s 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA, in somewhat of a rebound from his poor showings of the last three seasons. He’s 10-8 with a 3.45 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, which is pretty good compared to Anderson’s 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA against the Giants.

Fun fact: The Dodgers and Giants entered Tuesday night’s series opener 69-69 in games played at AT&T Park.

Non-funny fact: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery tomorrow. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in LA.

Further info on Ryu: this is exploratory surgery to try to determine the cause of the inflammation he’s had all spring.

Lineup:

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The fun fact was more fun until this year, Link!

    • Hey, it’s 69-70 going into tonight’s game, and I like our chances against Lincecum.

  • There’s another link and a little more info on Ryu’s surgery in the original post.

  • foul tip

    From Cary Osborne at Jon’s place on the under-appreciated Ryu, who’d get a lot more notice except for being on the same team as Kershaw and Greinke:

    “It’s a big hit considering how between 2013 and 2014 Ryu was among baseball’s 20 best starting pitchers in that time frame.

    “Here are Ryu’s numbers among all MLB pitchers in that span:

    ERA: 3.17 (22nd)
    FIP: 2.97 (10th)
    WAR: 7.4 (tied for 18th)

    “Among NL pitchers, he ranked fourth in fielding independent pitching, eighth in ERA and tied for eighth in WAR.”

    http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/

    Think it was DM who said how good Ryu is would become obvious if he hit the open market.

  • john galt

    I imagine WBBsAs is at the game in some kind of disguise.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve been to the Phone Booth a few times, but I’ve had enough. I preferred Candlestick.

      I will go see the Dodgers when they come to Oakland, which is a better place for a game.

    • package206

      Maybe a private eye.

  • foul tip

    DD maintains a weekly chart of reliever usage by pitch count. Drawing any conclusions from it probably isn’t a good idea for several reasons. But based just on last week, DM may be using all 3 lefties only as LOOGYs. Which if so might need some adapting:

    JP, 7 total pitches for the week. Lipitor, 17. Paco, 22. At least they’re not being overused. I’ve wondered if DM isn’t going too far the other direction on using Paco and Howell, considering their heavy usage and respective late season fades the last couple years.

    Totals for righty relievers: Kenley, 26. YIMI, 36, Hatcher, 47, Nicasio, 62. Santos, 71. Leaving out Kenley, who was just activated, Yimi was least used at 36 pitches. Yet the most used lefty had 22.

    Explainable to a degree because there are fewer LH batters. More to it than that? Who knows?

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/05/19/dodgers-giants-may-19-2015-the-curious-case-of-carlos-frias/

  • RBI

    I hope they find and fix what ails Ryu. Here’s also hoping tonight’s game is better than last night’s. Pederson’s Pop will be watching again, and hopefully he’ll see more pop from his son!

    • package206

      Calling RBI!!

  • WBBsAs

    Not blacked out tonight.

    • Good! I hope the game lives up to it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Lotta pressure! WBBsAs will only be satisfied if Timmy ends up like Charlie Brown on the mound after one of those line drives.

  • scooplew

    Possible Rule 8 violation: a slumping Pederson in the leadoff spot and a .200 Rollins in the No. 2 hole do not make my heart fill with glee.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Joc hitting the ball well lately but suffering from .167 babip over last 100 PAs. (he has cut down on Ks at the same time).

  • WinnipegDave

    I read somewhere the Dodgers only have won 2 out of 10 replay challenges so far this year.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m surprised to see that overturned. Great play by Uribe, though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope that is a positive sign for the Dodgers tonight, winning that challenge.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strange to see Timmy not be able to reach 90 mph on his fastball.

    • WBBsAs

      After this season, he’ll hang around for a few years trying to find a spot, but he’ll never do much more.

  • WBBsAs

    Note to Dodger batters: If you don’t swing at pitches over your head, Lincescum will walk you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why is this beginning to feel like last nights game?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good pitching?

      • WinnipegDave

        I was thinking lack of hits for the Dodgers and lucky hits for the Giants.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Oh, so you weren’t really asking.

          • WinnipegDave

            Guilty as charged. My question was rhetorical in nature.

          • Bob_Hendley

            My answer was provocative in tone.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Whether they are or not, the Dodger bats have made the pitchers in the last four games (including all 5 of them last night) look great.

  • Why was the balk rule invented?

    • WinnipegDave

      To annoy Don Mattingly.

  • scooplew

    Gee whiz. Two runs in our last 23 innings.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Much longer than that.

      • scooplew

        You’re right. It’s two in the last 32 innings.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Plus last night’s shutout.

          • scooplew

            I had blocked that out of my mind.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Don’t blame you!

    • Bob_Hendley

      We are keeping the giants offense in check however. They averaged ten runs a game in their previous series against the Reds.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The problem is Dodger bats were equally missing vs. the Rockies as well.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Jeez, just looking for a silver lining… it only three games (and counting)

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sorry for bringing in the cloud. Yes, the pitching has been great for LA — except for that stretch for the bullpen, which seemingly sent the offense packing.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Just need to weather this downturn and you do that with good pitching

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sadder than the lack of offense: Vin’s time on the radio is up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A-Gon is as ineffective as everyone else. I’m wondering if he’s consciously hung up on getting RBI 1,000 . . . like Kersh was perhaps on win 100.

  • Adrian probably thinks for ten pitches he should have gotten more than a popup.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Before, everyone was hitting.
    Now, no one is.
    I would think it’s easier to fall into group funk than group feast since the former leads to pressing and possibly everyone trying to do it themselves.
    Anyone with personal experience from playing days have a thought?

    • package206

      You didn’t think that the early hitting would last did you?? Gotta come back to earth some time. I just hope it returns soon.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No, but that’s not the question.
        And I agree with your hope.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good hitting can build on itself, as managers throw in the towel and start bringing in the back end of the pen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Grand-al beginning . . . c’mon, Dre!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Need another WP!

  • WinnipegDave

    A runner at third. Feeling almost giddy.

    • WBBsAs

      You may have spoken too soon.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sorry. You may be right.

        • Bob_Hendley

          You both are wrong, so far. (Update: dang)

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Dave is right — I DID feel giddy.
            Now it’s worse.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad they aren’t pinch hitting for Anderson.

  • WinnipegDave

    Up to Joc!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dave, your haiku is coming true with each (lackluster) effort by the offense.

    • WinnipegDave

      Perhaps I should write a new, hopeful haiku to try and help turn it around.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It worked for RBI when she gave up her other monicker.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Results not there, but “lackluster effort”?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Fair enough . . . lackluster result.

  • John_from_Aus

    really!

  • Boy, was that feeble.

  • package206

    Donnie needs to sit Jimmy down.

  • WinnipegDave

    A haiku:
    The Dodger bats will
    Soon arise and scorch the earth
    To sooth weary souls

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Brett — bear down!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As if it wasn’t tough enough for them to score, now they’re fighting the elements.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating that the top of the 6th and the bottom of the 6th were so similar and yet so different.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Microcosm of where the teams are. And indicative of why they’ve won 3 WS titles in 5 years.

      • scooplew

        Sad but true.

  • scooplew

    So much for our playing for the scoreless tie….I just got back from taking my dog for a walk. thinking that eventually the other team will score. And so it did.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal deserved much better. Similar to Gonzalez’s long fly ball last night.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And the opposite of Kike’s play . . . tho that 2nd run was just a spare.

  • scooplew

    With apologies to WinnipegDave:
    Our pitching is great
    The hitting nonexistent
    So tough losses mount

    • WinnipegDave

      No apologies required. That sums it up brilliantly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    21 innings since last scored.

  • package206

    Just 16 hits in the last 3 games and so far in this one. Not much hitting for sure. Perhaps the powers that be have a plan we don’t know about?

    • scooplew

      I know their plan. Rollins bats second tomorrow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        To quote Danny DeVito’s character from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” — hope no!

      • package206

        I think Donnie came up with that one all by himself.

  • scooplew

    Despite how the Dodgers are playing lately, I continue to follow them without pause, making me a glutton for punishment. If we lose this one in the fashion we are playing, I will take a baseball glutton-free day tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      We’re Dodger-holics . . . by definition, we’re gluttons for punishment!
      I’m flying to Phoenix manana for my nephew’s graduation, so I know I’ll be limited in following the game . . . which is just as good.

      • scooplew

        Is your nephew a good hitter?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          🙂
          He was great at flag football.
          Couldn’t get him interested in baseball.

          • scooplew

            Where is he graduating from?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Chaparral High, in Scottsdale.
            I graduated from Chaparral High, Las Vegas.

          • WinnipegDave

            I know you will have a great day tomorrow. Wonderful moments creating lasting memories.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Nice . . . and poetic (tho not haiku-ish)!

          • scooplew

            We didn’t take class trips when I was in high school. But my daughter went to Disneyland.

          • scooplew

            I expect you will have a good weekend with family.
            I wonder how many Chaparral highs there are in the country.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Good question.
            Actually, it’s just an up-and-back trip. He’s going to one of those lock-ins immediately after the ceremony, sleeping all day Saturday and leaving for Europe on a class trip on Sunday.

          • Europe for a class trip?!? Wow! We did NYC from DC.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I know — one of the schools where I work goes from LV to SoCal.
            The other goes to DC.

  • scooplew

    Looking for a silver lining: The pitching of Bolsinger, Frias and Anderson in the last three games has been tremendous.

    • Bob_Hendley

      and so far we have won one and lost one. We didn’t hit in the last game in Coors, but the other team scored 7 runs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    This is the place to do it, but aren’t people over reacting?

    • package206

      That’s one way to explain it.

    • scooplew

      Perhaps we are, but this is such a reversal to how we played prior to last Saturday night I think we are in a bit of shock coupled with dismay and disgust. Also, the fact that it is against the Giants compounds the situation.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It IS a marathon, not a sprint . . . but don’t you feel the same frustrations?

      • Bob_Hendley

        I love to win, but when the valleys amount to 6-4 over the last ten games..or even 5-5, I don’t think that people are being realistic.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          As mentioned before, it’s magnified when it’s against the Giants . . . moreso when they are the closest competitor and each game counts for two in the standings.

          • RBI

            Not to mention the fans… Grrrr.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shaking head . . .
    Now they need two just to tie.

    • WinnipegDave

      This really does feel like yesterday’s game – complete with wild pitches.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It’s “Groundhog Day” – Dodger Version.
        Don’t know what lesson they need to learn, other than moving Rollins.

    • package206

      Make that 4.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yeah, how much brighter things were a half inning ago!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just what Kersh doesn’t need, pressure to throw a shutout and hope for a tie — somehow — just to not lose another 3 in SF. (Yes, I’m throwing in the towel for tonight.)

    • package206

      The team of a few weeks ago would never give up on a small 4 run lead by the opposition.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Absolutely true. Which is why it’s harder when they can’t score 4 in four games.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Bring those guys back!

  • WinnipegDave

    At least it now feels different than last night.

    The mounting disappointment and frustration can be eased a bit if Kershaw can out-duel Bumgarner tomorrow afternoon.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I believe he trails in head-to-head matchups with Bumgarner.
      But I’m hoping his last win gets him back to being the Kersh we expect . . . AND the bat come alive.

      • scooplew

        If we can’t score against Hudson and Lincecum, I don’t like our chances against Bumgarner.

        • WinnipegDave

          But that’s the beauty of baseball: get shut down by De La Rosa but possibly score at will versus Bumgarner.

      • foul tip

        Kershaw has been the far superior pitcher head to head, but SF has won 3 of 4 of their meetings.

        http://twicsy.com/i/mw3odi

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          All that counts is who scores more.
          Kersh beat himself up when he gave up 2 but he was only given 1 in support.
          That’s an awful lot of pressure to put on yourself, knowing any mistake could be the game.
          This goes back to the ’60’s and the story that when Drysdale heard about Sandy’s perfect game (Don went ahead of the team to the next city), he said something like ‘Yeah, but did we win?’

  • package206

    That away Turner, show em what you’re made of.

  • package206

    RBI, you can chime in anytime!

    • RBI

      Hey, did that exercising/cooking thing, and then had to catch up with my husband on the past ten days.

      • WinnipegDave

        Time well spent!

      • package206

        That is understandable for sure!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Howie!
    C’mon, A-Gon!

  • package206

    Now we got it goin on!!

  • package206

    Anybody feeling it yet??

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not really.

      • package206

        OK then Bob, bring your mojo tomorrow afternoon.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Will do!

  • Rats!

  • scooplew

    You can all tell me tomorrow how we scored five in the top of the ninth and then Jansen shut down the Giants in the bottom. I’m done for tonight.

    • package206

      I am getting up in 4 hours but you don’t see me giving up.

      • RBI

        I’ve been watching in disgusted silence.

        • package206

          I know you aren’t giving up?

          • RBI

            No, not at all. But I am finding the Giants particularly irritating this year.

        • package206

          No winning yell tonight!

      • scooplew

        OK, OK, I came back. Now, I can go to bed without any false hopes. G’night, all.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Outside of Anderson’s good start, the only good thing about this game is its fast pace.
    (Of course, i said that last night, then it started dragging — but this is much further along.)

    • package206

      If the game goes by quick does it mean the Dodgers are not hitting and scoring runs??

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It usually means neither team is doing much, including bringing in relievers.

        • package206

          Donnie never brings in relievers at the right time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Neanderthal chant begins again in cultured San Fran.

    • RBI

      Just hating on the Gnats tonight.

      • WinnipegDave

        I really am usually a person with a gentle and kind demeanour. However, tonight I feel less charitable.

  • WinnipegDave

    For all my handwringing over the last few games, I must stated that I still have great faith in this Dodger team to win vast numbers of games this season. And for the foreseeable future seasons as well.

    • John_from_Aus

      every team goes through slumps, and as I think it was Bob who said it, we are 5-5 in our last (I think) thats not too bad at all.
      I think we were being spoiled earlier in the season with all the great hitting

      • Bob_Hendley

        For all my trying to keep this current slide in perspective, I dislike intensely losing to the giants!

  • john galt

    Day game today, I like that. i seldom last past the second inning on night games.

  • foul tip

    I don’t see games, so hadn’t seen AG2’s foray into acting after trapping that ball.

    Academy Award fail.

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/05/21/125696064

    • john galt

      It is usually pretty close to a catch when fielders try to fool the ump, but that one was so obvious most players would never try to fake it. I wouldn’t even call it a trap, it was a clean one hop catch. Forget Hollywood, AG.

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