Game 43, 2015

Padres at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Carlos Frias brings a 3-1 record and a 2.55 ERA to the hill on a Sunday day game. He’ll face James Shields, who hasn’t lost this season and has won five of his nine starts, posting a 3.74 ERA along the way. Because Shields has spent his career in the AL until this year, only two Dodgers have extensive records against him: A-Gon has 28 ABs hitting .357 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI, and Howie Kendrick has 17 ABs hitting a whopping .471 with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

Lineup when available.


We get our first look at Austin Barnes behind the plate. He’s 25 years old, he’s caught 9 of 23 base stealers and he’s had 3 passed balls. He’s got a slash line of .290/.390/.430 with 5 doubles, 3 homers and 13 RBI.

  • john galt

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      Experience trumps? Alex has more than twice as much experience at third in the Bigs than Kike! Like Pedro, this Guerrero is likely to do less damage at third

      • He even started out the year hitting like that other Guerrero. He’s cooled off since,though.

        Hernandez is a comic. Check out his Twitter feed.

        • WBBsAs

          Quique is super simpático. Destined to be a fan favorite (unless he goes to Philly for Hamels).

          • john galt

            That is a real possibility and I’ll not like it…

          • WBBsAs

            Quique himself wouldn’t be enough to bring Hamels, but he could certainly be part of a package. He’s shown talent, and is young enough to have more upside. He’s versatile, and had a very impressive spring training.

  • WBBsAs
  • Great start. Good grief.

    • WBBsAs

      This is not auspicious.

  • WBBsAs

    Shields has to show the form that’s provided 13 gopher balls so far this year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember those days this year when a 4-run deficit didn’t bring thoughts of two games to equal it?

  • Frias is not fooling anyone today. Time for the long men in the bullpen to get up, I think.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Frias was the long man, no? Santos seems to be the go to guy now when we have no hope of winning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bases loaded AGAIN . . . and not a ball thrown by the bullpen??!!
    Must be sacrificing Frias.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looks like this is an even quicker “game” than last night . . . unfortunately.

  • WBBsAs

    Don wants to get Frías an AB.

  • 8-0 in the second inning with James Shields pitching for the team that’s ahead. Guess I’ll go to the beach.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Already at the beach, so I guess I will just bury my head in the sand.

      • WinnipegDave

        Vin just said the Dodgers should have gone to the beach today and it wouldn’t have been any worse.

        • WBBsAs

          He’s literally correct.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Frias’ ERA wouldn’t have skyrocketed.

  • WinnipegDave

    There might be a bottom of the ninth today. Just saying.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’d take that bet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining Dept.: This tailspin started with the bullpen tanking. Perhaps it ends with a starter having such a disastrous game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really feel for families who have saved and planned to attend this game . . . and get this.

    • WBBsAs

      At least, the worst baseball game is better than the best soccer game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I MUCH preferred watching USA on TV last World Cup. I DON’T plan to be around for the end of this thing.

        • WinnipegDave

          I’m planning on going to the Women’s World Cup as some of the games will be in Winnipeg.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Good for you!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Mostly agree, except when Messi is playing or my team Racing de Avellaneda.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Suffering together as a family has its merits (along with a Dodger dog).

  • WinnipegDave

    Man, if this was Kershaw pitching I would be in great despair. For some reason it hurts fair less for it to be Frias taking the beating.

  • WBBsAs

    Frías improving every inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Perhaps the Dodger offense will improve every inning as well. Start with one run here, 2 or 3 the next, followed by 4 or 5 – and suddenly they are right back in it!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Since they have scored only 5 runs since last Sunday (inclusive), you’re back to president of the Optimists Club, Dave. 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hear,hear! (My short reign was a disaster)

          • WinnipegDave

            I’ll buy the first round of whatever everyone is drinking to celebrate.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Stevia-sweetened cherry Kool-Aid.

          • WinnipegDave

            I just had a glass of almond milk myself.

  • WinnipegDave

    Make good contact Austin!

  • Bob_Hendley

    What sort of reception will he (Frias) get when he comes to bat?

  • Oh, poor Barnes. Being called out on strikes in your first ML AB is not what kids growing up have in mind.

    • WBBsAs

      Pretty borderline strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    And so it begins. Joc with the lead off walk.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “You just keep thinking those thoughts, Butch — that’s what you’re good at.”

      • WinnipegDave

        What’s that from? I can’t place it but it seems so familiar.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
          Other great lines from William Goldman, as I recall them:
          (after the train blows up and money flies everywhere:) “Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?”
          __________
          (while being tracked by the Super Posse:)
          ‘I think we lost them. Do you?’
          “I will if you will.”
          ____________
          (trapped by the Posse on a cliff)
          ‘Jump!’
          ‘No — I can’t swim!’
          ‘The fall will probably kill you!”

          • WinnipegDave

            Right – should have figured that out with the Butch reference. Love some the other quotes – especially the dynamite one.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I forgot the one that applies to you . . . ‘I’ve got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals.’

      • Bob_Hendley

        Who are those guys following us? (bloody giants).

        • package206

          I was thinking “Well Ollie, another fine mess you’ve gotten me into”

        • WBBsAs

          Dodgers won’t need to go to Argentina to run away from the Gnats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guess we’ll never know if the offense is deflated by the score or still mired in their collective slump.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m more of a both/and kind of guy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just hoping we don’t break out today and score 7 runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    I do wonder when the Dodgers will have a game like the Pads are enjoying today? Perhaps versus the Braves. (Wow – for some reason I thought the Rockies were coming into LA next until I double checked the schedule. For some reason it made more sense that the Dodgers would be able to break out against Colorado.)

  • I suppose it wasn’t reasonable to think Frias could continue to emulate Fernando in his rookie season, but what an unhappy game for him and for all of us, team and fans.

    • WinnipegDave

      Admittedly winning Friday and Saturday takes a bit of the sting out of it for me.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Agreed, but it seems like FOREVER since they gained any ground on the Giants . . . can only happy for a rainout in CO, I guess.

        • WBBsAs

          Is it rained out? Ideally they would start and, after four or five delays and eight pitchers, the Gnats would lose around midnight.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Don’t know if it’s been called, just delayed.
            But I like your scenario better.

  • WinnipegDave

    On the positive side, I don’t think batting Rollins second will have any negative effect on today’s game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      Still . . .

  • package206

    Well, hopefully the Dodgers will get a solid start from Anderson tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And SOME offensive support.

      • package206

        Bob, you been around long enough to know that teams go through things like this. I know it is uncomfortable but still it happens. It is easier for me to forget these type of games than it is for a walk off against the Dodgers.

        • WinnipegDave

          I almost always laugh off these types of games. I never laugh when a walk off loss happens to the Dodgers.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m not worried about his game, Package — and I agree about which is more painful.
          I’m talking about the last week’s nearly non-existent offense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — two hits for LA, and both for Rollins. Yes, things CAN get worse, if that means he stays in the two-slot.
    Or maybe it means he’s breaking out.

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    I really don’t understand what Farhan Zaidi is trying to do here….
    1. McCarthy & Ryu – fall 100% on Zaidi & medical staff… Bad luck? Yes… but, ‘bad bets’….
    2. Rollins is old…. He’s ‘kinda settled in’… but, he’s smooth & relatively slow in the field.
    3. Why make a move at 2B when we really needed more help at P and 3B ???
    Gordon was progressing just fine…. He was cheap, and a terror on the base paths.
    In that sense… a ‘game changer’ …. Howie is not.
    4. Too many “Jack of all trades/ master of none” guys like Turner, Hernandez – in starting lineup night in and night out.
    5. Grandal’s been ok..To me, he’s got to show me more than a few dingers. Easy to top AJ.
    6. Carl Crawford… I would have rather them “pay to trade” Carl than Dan Haren @ this point.
    7. Each pitcher they picked up.. “WHO???” – not that impressed with any of them.
    ….
    Sure, they played well to start a young season and get out to a lead with a bunch of games vs. the Padres, D-backs, and Rockies – but, “You can’t win the circuit if you can’t beat the champion” … Just like in boxing. The Giants are still better… just look at the rings on their fingers. Until this team gets accomplishes that… To me, they’re nothing but just ‘ talented pretenders with glass jaws … ‘ – Obligatory IMHO.

    • WinnipegDave

      How does Ryu fall on the new FO?

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Hey Dave…. 🙂

        – When he came over… they said this guy’s pitched a ton of innings in Korea.
        – He’s missed time in both seasons due to injury….
        – He’s over-weight…
        – He’s 28 and according to the telecast last week, they said it wasn’t a total ‘shocker’ as they knew he’s had shoulder issues to contend with since before they signed him in 2013.

        So, all I’m saying is…. it was frustrating for me to hear people say… “The Dodgers have 3 solid starters… Kershaw, Grienke, & Ryu… They just need a #4 and a #5 guy, and they’ll be set.”

        To me, I would have looked at Ryu as a 50% guy in that I would have not counted on him to pitch an entire season, and if he did… it would be a bonus.
        And, I would have set my sights (and pocket book) higher in the P – dept.

    • WBBsAs

      1. Nobody expected this from Ryu, who had two excellent seasons.
      2. Rollins is fine in the field, better recently with bat, but I personally would hit him lower.
      3. Dodgers sold high on Dee and got a lot back, including Quique, Barnes and Hatcher. At season’s end, Kendrick’s numbers likely to be better than Dee’s.
      4. No other team has the depth the Dodgers do.
      5. Grandal’s been more than OK. He’s been excellent.
      6. Haren had value to other team(s). Crawford has none.
      7. Bolsinger’s been excellent, though he needs to prove himself over a longer stretch. The new relievers have been good to excellent, with a few glitches.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Your answer to #6 is great, WBB…. 🙂

        • WBBsAs

          Given the present surplus, Crawford doesn’t have a lot of value to the Dodgers at present either.

    • package206

      Don’t know if I agree everywhere but I have to say that Bolsinger looks like he might be a keeper.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        I’d really like to think so, package….. Only time will tell… but, he looked great last night.

        • package206

          I think you will have to give credit for Ryu to Ned as he has been with the Dodgers over 2 years.

          • JonnyTAFKAJ

            Good point….

            But, it’s not like I don’t think he’s a good pitcher….
            I just don’t have faith in him pitching a full season…
            So, I would have been better prepared. That’s all. |

    • WinnipegDave

      I do love the longer post on your Dodger perspective however – even if I disagree.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Thanks Dave…. I hope you and your family are having a great weekend…. 🙂

    • Howard Fox

      I am with you 100% on all this. It is looking more and more like lots of moves just for the sake of making moves and making it the new regime’s team. But while chopping things up, nothing was done to address the issues keeping this team from advancing.

  • Ah, it’s too overcast for the beach. Oh well, the laundry’s done and the bed’s freshly made.

    • WinnipegDave

      And besides – it’s rally time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AG!

  • Blast that double play!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, time to fire up the BBQ for dinner.

    • package206

      Just brush away the snow and cook, right?

      • WinnipegDave

        It snowed on Monday but the last 2 or 3 days it has been 27 degrees Celsius. By comparison it is only about 20 in LA right now.

    • package206

      Whatcha cooking, Ribs?

      • WinnipegDave

        Pork tenderloin.

  • RBI

    I’m in Ojai watching Tibetan Buddhist monks build/create a sand mandala. Very peaceful. Good thing, because every time I look, the Padres have loaded the bases.

    • package206

      Good for you! Whatever works for stress.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sounds wonderful!

      • WinnipegDave

        The sand mandala – not the Pads hitting.

        • RBI

          Research in lieu of following a Dodger Game can be fun, especially on days like today.

  • package206

    There will be no yell from RBI today.

    • RBI

      See below…

  • John_from_Aus

    just checked in ……and just checked out 🙂

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go very quietly in third, still trail 1-0.

  • WinnipegDave

    We don’t win.

  • WBBsAs

    Possibly the most forgettable single game of the season.

    • John_from_Aus

      forgotten already (mainly because I didn’t see it)

  • John_from_Aus

    Now 3-0 Rockies!

  • WBBsAs

    Rox comparably clobbering the Gnats so far, 9-0 in the fifth.

  • Now 10-0 Rockies. Thanks, guys.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnice to see the Gnats depleting their bullpen this weekend just to offer us some comforting Schadenfreude on an otherwise lost Sunday.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnot only did the Gnats get a delayed departure from Denver, but they have a day game in Milwaukee tomorrow. Hopefully the weather causes flight delays.

  • foul tip

    Just one bad game, and as DM said, it can happen to anybody.

    But sometimes a game can be summed in just a few box score lines:

    “Frias pitched to 2 batters in 5th

    Gamescores: Shields 61, Frias -4”

    Wonder what’s record low gamescore territory…..

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure how “accurate” this measure is on the low end. After all, last year he gave up 8 runs in 0.2 innings and managed a “0” game score.

  • Howard Fox

    And finally some good news.

    Charter is buying Time Warner. That means Charter subscribers will get the Dodger games. And I, it just so happens, have Charter.

    • WBBsAs

      Good, I guess. How many more subscribers will the Dodgers reach then, and how soon?

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