Game 42, 2015

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, FSSD

Right-hander Mike Bolsinger tries to continue his early-season success (he’s 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings, all starts) against right-hander Ian Kennedy, who’s had a slow start. He’s 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA over 6 starts and a 2-1 K/BB ratio.

Grandal wasn’t scheduled to play today anyway, according to Mattingly, but now they’re going to monitor him for concussion and rest him at least until tomorrow. If it’s determined he has been concussed he’ll likely go on the 7-day DL, which was instituted in 2011 for just this kind of circumstance.

Of note to the strikeout-obsessed: “Pederson has struck out four times in his past 39 plate appearances (10.3 percent). Prior to that in 2015, he had struck out 43 times in 127 plate appearances (33.9 percent).”

Fun fact: There was some wondering about one-pitch winners and whether a reliever could win a game without throwing a pitch. It reminded me of Tippy Martinez of the Orioles, who picked off three runners in the tenth inning of a game against the Blue Jays in 1983. Infielder Lenn Sakata had been pressed into duty as the catcher because the Os had used both their starter and his backup in the rally in the ninth to tie the game. Sensibly, the Jays thought they could run on Sakata. The first three guys got on base, and Martinez picked off each one (see Roger Angell’s “Season Ticket” for another description). To make it even sweeter, Martinez got the win when Sakata homered in the bottom of the tenth.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Remember that O’s game fondly.

    • Did you look at the link under “game” above? That’s the box score; all those wonderful role players the Os had back then were in the game: Lowenstein, Roenicke, T-Bone Shelby, Rich Dauer, Al Bumbry, Danny Ford, some guy named Ripken and another one named Murray…

      • Bob_Hendley

        They were my adopted team when I moved to DC in ’78.

        • Ah, when DC didn’t have a team because the Senators moved to Texas in 1972. I saw that expansion team in the 60s at Griffith Stadium before they moved.

  • foul tip

    It’s official.

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    @Dodgers
    Today, the #Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 7-day concussion DL and recalled catcher Austin Barnes from @okc_dodgers.

    4:47 PM – 23 May 2015

    • package206

      Nice to give Ellis some starts.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s the charitable thing to do, even though A.J. can no longer hit and is an increasing liability behind the plate. Look for Austin Barnes to get his share of starts while Grandal recovers.

        • package206

          How can you call Ellis a liability when he has no errors and no Passed Balls? Compared to Grandal’s error and 4 passed balls? Seriously, are you able to evaluate stats?

          • WBBsAs

            You need to stop cherry-picking the most basic and meaningless numbers. Those figures are statistically insignificant.

          • package206

            Errors and passed balls are insignificant for a catcher?? Surely you jest?

  • WBBsAs

    In case you missed it: Game won without throwing a pitch, last accomplished in 2009: http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/

  • package206

    I am looking for Bolsinger to have another outstanding start.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox give Gnats six-run lead, Gnats gnow trying to return the favor.

  • WBBsAs

    After his hot start, Hanley has gone this entire month without an RBI, and is now hitting .255.

    • package206

      Yea, about 60 points higher than Rollins.

      • WBBsAs

        Rollins can at least play SS. Hanley can’t even play LF.

        • package206

          Let’s see, Rollins has 6 errors so far with about 25% of season completed. That would compute out to 24 for the year. Pretty bad.

          • WBBsAs

            Well, then, I’ll project Matt Kemp to finish the season with four homers.

          • package206

            The way he is hitting right now, he may not get 4 HRs.

        • package206

          How can you even compare the two players. Hanley as 10HRs which you always love to quote for other players and he has 22 RBIs compared to 4HRs and 13 RBIs? Not even close.

  • foul tip

    AJE best in MLB at game calling:

    By Jon Weisman

    Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis — who was thrust into action midway through Friday’s 2-1 victory over San Diego after Yasmani Grandal was injured — has taken some grief in recent times for not being a strong pitch framer. However, according to a report by Harry Pavlidis for ESPN.com, Ellis ranks No. 1 in Major League Baseball in a new statistic measuring game calling: game-calling runs above average (GCAA).

    Here’s a fun task: Try quantifying something as ephemeral as game-calling. Well, after a decade of research, that’s just what we’ve managed to do — by crafting a statistical model that attempts to quantify the value of everything from stolen-base prevention and directing pace of play to identifying hitter tendencies like swing behavior in various game situations and knowing which batters expand hit zones in RBI opportunities. Sound complicated? Oh, it is. But based on these factors, and controlling for others, we can now quantify, in runs saved, how well catchers manage their pitchers. …

    … Ellis is the best game caller in the business, and now we can actually prove it. His game-calling alone saved the Dodgers 38 runs from 2012 to 2014, though he gave back 19 of those runs with everything else he did behind the plate (see below). Does it hurt to be Ellis? At times, perhaps. But at least now, when that ninth foul tip slaps his once-unheralded (but now-appreciated) inner thigh, it might not sting quite so much.

    There’s not a whole lot of detail in describing the methodology behind GCAA, so we’ll see how it stands up to scrutiny. Update: On his Twitter feed, Pavlidis has been adding to the discussion.

    • package206

      Very good Information Foul Tip!! Glad you found and posted it. Thanks!

      • WBBsAs

        So, you can continue to be pleased that Grandal suffered a concussion.

        • package206

          Why WBB, that’s not nice.

  • foul tip

    Most here may now be aware of this, but Ryu has pitched hurt thru this same injury his entire Dodger career. Jon W sums it succinctly:

    “Hyun-Jin Ryu spoke to reporters post-surgery Friday, and revealed that there was knowledge about his labrum tear two years and 344 innings of 3.17 ERA ago.”
    ——————————————–
    ”Ryu, his left arm in a sling during a Dodger Stadium news conference, said he was always able to pitch with it and figured he’d be able to again after it flared up in Spring Training,” wrote Gurnick.

    Yep, that means the Dodgers knew about it when they signed him. Different FO then, but Ned followed up his expensive and disastrous Jason Schmidt medical gamble with another on Ryu–but with light-years better results, even if Ryu is shelved for the rest of the year.

    Gurnick’s account: http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/126055742/dodgers-hyun-jin-ryu-had-shoulder-issue-since-2012

    • package206

      Kinda like Olivera huh??

    • WBBsAs

      Ryu’s contract is far smaller than Schmidt’s, and he’s much younger. They’ve already gotten two him years out of him,and the chance of his returning to productivity is far greater than it ever was with Schmidt.

      • foul tip

        Could have been phrased better, edited. Wasn’t trying to say Ryu signing also was disastrous. Obviously it wasn’t, even if Ned did get lucky. You’d think he’d have been gunshy after ignoring clear serious medical issues with Schmidt and getting bit in the posterior.

        Ryu’s cost was $27.5 mil posting fee, then 6/$36. Schmidt was 3/$47. Ryu has worked out far better, even if he never pitches again for the team. Which won’t be known for a while. Pitchers coming back from labrum surgery have a mixed record, tho Ryu’s has been described more as a cleanup than something major. We can hope.

  • Jon also re-tells (at least I think I read this at Dodger Thoughts at one time or another) the Derrel Thomas emergency catcher story, which lasted 30+ innings while Yeager and Scioscia were both ailing.

  • I don’t know what happened to last year’s bubble machine, but Kiké Hernandez has found a rally banana.

    I just saw Alanna Rizzo interview him. He’s a character. “I trust my teammates, but sometimes you need a little more, so I’ll get the banana then.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Last night’s performance should prove once again — if such proof were needed — the worth of Greinke to the Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!

  • WBBsAs

    That was not a K.

  • RBI

    Good start! Just got here!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kemp again hurts Dodgers with the glove.
    Tho it took a good play, they still failed to get a clutch hit with a RISP.
    But thankful for the run they DID get.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Clutch-hit-time now!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Help yourself, Bolsy!

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. with the de facto bunt.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    More RISP frustration.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      0/5, per Vin.

    • WBBsAs

      Joc’s always in scoring position.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True, but we can’t count on HRs . . . the previous 5 games proved that.
        It’s soo much easier with a single or more in those RISPs.

  • WBBsAs

    Kennedy throwin’ lotsa pitches, but to little avail.

  • WBBsAs

    Ballslinger looking strong again.

    • foul tip

      Was about to say that your nickname for him has been very fitting.

      • WBBsAs

        I am cautiously optimistic about him. I liked John Ely, too.

        • foul tip

          Unfortunately the hitters eventually liked Ely too, after a few good starts.

          • WBBsAs

            That’s why the caveat.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      So Matt hits for a higher batting average. Interesting to note. (Totally joking.)

    • package206

      Glad to see that you got somebody to help you with stats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bummer — no additional runs and here comes Steiner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Link – I recall watching (on CBC TV) that O’s vs Jay’s game you mention above in the lead. The Jays were close to first but really tailed off after that loss. Wasn’t a huge Toronto fan but I recall being frustrated watching them get picked of first base three times in a row.

    • I didn’t see it but Sakata is a Hawai’i guy so we heard about it. Imagine if there had been an ESPN!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MiKe!

    • WinnipegDave

      He’s dealin’ right now.

  • RBI

    Matty looking frustrated and a little lost at the plate.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      With the change of laundry, I don’t mind at all!

  • foul tip

    Those with eyes…..is his curve Ballslinger’s best pitch? DM has said he can “really spin a ball,” whatever that means.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Vin likes it, but I haven’t seen it.

    • WBBsAs

      Just got a swinging strike and a looking strike off Jupton, followed by weak soft liner.

  • foul tip

    Joc a very strong ROY candidate if he maintains his level of play anywhere near his start.

    • WinnipegDave

      If he hits 45+ home runs with close to 100 RBI’s that would be tough to beat.

      • foul tip

        With that kind of numbers, he might be in MVP territory too.
        .

      • package206

        Don’t know if he can make 45+ HRs but I bet he makes 200 SOs.

        • See paragraph three above, package.

          • package206

            He has struck out twice more tonight. Just my opinion.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And provided half the runs.

  • RBI

    Bolsinger fooling ’em left and right.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thank goodness, with the still-silent (all Joc-ing aside) bats.

      • WinnipegDave

        Groan! Lol 🙂

    • foul tip

      Gamdeday says he cruised thru that inning in 11 pitches, 10 of them curves, 9 of those for strikes.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. increasingly helpless at the plate.

    • package206

      Perhaps he needs to take a little something to enhance his performance like the other guy.

      • WBBsAs

        In a perfect world, A.J. would get younger and healthier.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    MiKKKKKe!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats — the pitchers are going to sue you for lack of support . . . how about doing something about that?!!!

    • RBI

      That run was for you.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I share it with all of us!

  • RBI

    Good line, BobinVegas!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A-Gon’s HR & RBI freeze is comparable to Kersh’s struggle to get win #100.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT — run-scoring hit with a RISP!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Agon on 2nd is barely a RISP. On first…?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Do it today like you did it last night, Andre!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently Bundy made a clutch call to send A-Gon . . . talk about being rusty, he hasn’t had many visitors to 3rd!

    • WBBsAs

      Jupton was slow to pick up the ball off the ground as well, and made a bad throw.

      • RBI

        And bobbled it.

        • WBBsAs

          It could be argued that AGon scored on an error.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I ain’t gonna throw it back!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Apparently, that’s what Bundy saw.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo just pointed out this started with 2 outs . . . that’s a great sign!

  • RBI

    I am a Dodgers and Rockies fan tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bottom of the 9th!
    Bats — how about turning this into a non-save situation . . . please?

    • RBI

      New pitcher. We’ll see!

    • RBI

      Next inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    I think I figured out what’s wrong with Clayton Kershaw!

    He and Mike Bolsinger apparently switched bodies.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      That DOES explain a lot!

  • WBBsAs

    I’d let him start the ninth but have Kenley ready.

  • WinnipegDave

    How crazy nerve-wracking/exciting would this game be if the lead off single never happened for the Padres?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely!
      But still nervous . . .remember, this tailspin started after the bats got lots of runs, then the bullpen blew it.

  • package206

    That’s 50 for the season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And 10 HRs, right?
      So at that ratio, 200Ks = 40 HRs . . . the team would probably happily take that.

      • WinnipegDave

        12 home runs and counting.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Then that’s an even better ratio . . . I believe Shawn Greene was the last Dodger to hit 48 HRs, or close to it.

          • WBBsAs

            The only one.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Adrian Beltre says hello.

    • WBBsAs

      You ready to dump him, then?

      • package206

        No, not ready to dump him but I just enjoy all the excuse making for something that is not good in my opinion.

        • WBBsAs

          You’d rather have Kemp, then?

          • package206

            I would rather Joc not strike out so much.

          • RBI

            I’m sure Joc feels the same. His at bats are like the little girl with the little curl. When they’re good they’re very very good. When they’re bad…

          • package206

            Their horrid.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t think that anyone considers K-ing as good, so not sure who you are railing against. Here, we have indicated that is not actually a major flaw, given his other contributions. He has less Ks as Stanton and as many dingers and ranks 6th in the NL in OPS going into tonight’s game.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox take a 2-1 lead after four in Denver.

    • RBI

      Go Rox! Go KJ!

  • RBI

    I hope we don’t regret pulling Bolsinger. He had totally gotten in their heads, including Bud Black.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Make it moot, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas!

  • RBI

    Woo/HOO!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yell it, RBI!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Wow. One-hitters make for quick games!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Wow” is right — I just saw the time!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Especially when the other offense doesn’t score many.
      But after three shutouts in a row and no more than 1 for four in a row, this is an offensive breakout!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Still could’ve had some better hitting, but a win is a win . . . and ANOTHER great outing by Bolsinger!
    And KJ’s not too shabby, either.

  • RBI

    Bolsinger very humble and did a GREAT job.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No doubt re latter, very nice to hear re former.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who needs hits with RISP?

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, the Rox lead the Gnats 5-3 going to the ninth.

  • WBBsAs

    Somebody asked about Bolsinger’s curveball. Eric Stephen has the answer: “Of his 92 pitches, a whopping 52 were curve balls, his best pitch, and 34 of those were strikes. Bolsinger otherwise topped out at 89.4 mph…”

  • WBBsAs

    Rox flatten Gnats in game two.

  • john galt

    Pederson, CF

    Rollins, SS

    Kendrick, 2B

    Gonzalez, 1B

    Ethier, RF

    Guerrero, 3B

    Hernandez, LF

    Barnes, C

    Frias, P

    Kid catcher gets a start today, not surprisingly. Other than that, usual lineup. I wonder why Hernandez in left and Guerrero at third?

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