Game 44, 2015

Braves at Dodgers, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, SPSO

Lefty Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.61 ERA) will face the Braves for the first time in his career. He’ll face Williams Perez, a right-handed Venezuelan who’s making his second start in the big leagues and his fourth appearance overall. He hasn’t gotten any decisions yet. His ERA has dropped considerably from the 108.00 it was after his first stint against major league competition, when he went 1/3 of an inning while giving up two hits, walking two, and allowing four earned runs. His last time out was his first start; he went five innings, gave up one run, six hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Anderson has done pretty well against right-handed hitters, who have a combined .689 OPS against him. Against lefties he’s had poorer luck: he’s faced 61 of them and they’ve amassed an .803 OPS. Unfortunately, the Braves lean left-handed, so we’ll see.

Update: The LA Times reports that Charter Communications has made a $195/share offer to buy Time Warner. If that deal goes through then all Southern California Charter subscribers might be able to watch the Dodgers on the Sports Net LA channel. It still needs regulatory approval, though, so don’t hold your breath. Thanks to Howard Fox in the comments to Game 43 for this news.

Lineup:

  • foul tip

    Met 3B Wright out with spinal stenosis, which can end a career. Hope it doesn’t. But it may afford a chance for the Dodgers to trade an extra 3B for one of the Mets’ excess starters–especially with Olivera on the way to add to the infield logjam.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/david-wright-diagnosed-with-spinal-stenosis–return-date-remains-uncertain-001059460.html

    • WBBsAs

      I think Uribe’s the only one they’d trade, and he wouldn’t bring much.

  • foul tip

    Following up, Uribe is buried right now. Given his age and FA contract status, he might not bring as much as one of the others. But his defense is known throughout baseball, and he’s not a black hole offensively.

    Don’t think they want to trade Turner, and AlexG’s contract makes him unlikely–unless that provision making him a FA following any season in which he’s traded could be bought out…
    His bat plays, but he seems below average defensively, so…

    • WBBsAs

      If Olivera’s the real deal, Turner would have more trade value than Uribe, but it’s hard to say that with no empirical proof of Olivera’s talents at the major league level.

  • foul tip

    Also, it’d seem to make sense to use Uribe as late game defensive replacement, for obvious reasons. In addition, some late inning defensive gems of the type he’s known for might increase his trade value.

    Maybe the situations haven’t been such that they wanted to do it. Or maybe they’ve decided against it for some reason. Unlikely they’ve not thought of it.

    • john galt

      In what little I’ve seen Uribe play this season, he seems to have lost a step or three on defense as well as offense. That may be one reason he’s collecting splinters.

      • WBBsAs

        He deserved a shot, just as Luis Cruz did a couple years ago, but others have overtaken him.

  • foul tip

    I actually get to see the game tonight, thanks to Fox Sports South being on our cable.

    So I can see a game at Dodger Stadium from 2000 miles away, yet most Dodger fans in LA can’t.

    What was that old syndicated cartoon…”Strange as it Seems”

    • Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” works too.

    • package206

      Foul Tip, are you in the Brave zone too??

      • foul tip

        Yep, Nashville market. Murfreesboro TN specifically.

        Get some Reds TV here, and a bit of St. L. ATL is closest and dominant, but there are or were some Reds fans. Fair lot of Cards fans due to tradition.

        That run of 14 consecutive division titles made a lot of Braves fans around here.

        • package206

          Do you like their announcers??

          • foul tip

            Unless they’re noticeably awful, to me a team’s announcers are kind of just there, just part of the game. But I don’t hear many.

            I’ve been impressed with one of the Reds’ guys. Sounds a bit like Al Michaels. Name may be Thom Brennaman, son of HOF father Marty.

        • package206

          I know the feeling. Those Brave fans love their team for sure.

  • package206

    Well, I am stuck with the Brave broadcasters for the Brave series.

    • WBBsAs

      My condolences.

      • package206

        I shouldn’t complain because I can still see the game. I also have MLB extra innings so I never miss a Dodger game but I really appreciate Vinny so very much.

        • WBBsAs

          I have MLBTV, so most but not quite all of the Gnatgames are blacked out for me.

          • package206

            That’s a good thing isn’t it??

          • WBBsAs

            I couldn’t care less about the Gnats, but I would watch them playing the Dodgers. Unfortunately, the most interesting A’s are also blacked out.

    • foul tip

      No one approaches Vin, but IMO the Braves’ guys have done a workman-like, pleasant-enough job the few times I’ve heard them, all v the Dodgers.

      • package206

        Having heard most of the voices on all MLB teams, IMO those guys are near the bottom. No excitement in those voices.

        • Simpson no, but Chip Caray surely inherited something from Dad and Grandpa.

          • package206

            True.

        • WBBsAs

          You don’t need excitement. You need the ability to describe the action, and put it into context.

  • package206

    I got to ease up on the Kid. He will do better.

  • package206

    Well, its not like I haven’t seen Puig do that about a million times.

    • WBBsAs

      That was Mattingly’s fault, and Rollins’s.

  • package206

    DRE!!!!!!!!!!

  • package206

    Link, are you still on the beach?

    • No. Contemplating tonight’s menu.

      • package206

        Something with red wine would be good.

        • WBBsAs

          I feel awful after a barbecue, but am recuperating with help from a Chilean Carmenere.

  • RBI

    Greetings, all. A special shout-out to any of you who have served in the military.

  • RBI

    Another brisk game so far.

    • package206

      Get those lungs cleared out as I am feeling it!

    • I’d rather have a long game with the Dodgers scoring about eight runs just to break out of their slump. 😉

  • RBI

    Crazy catch to rob Gonzo of a pop fly single.

    • package206

      A really fine play.

  • scooplew

    Just got home after the weekend away. Can’t understand why DM had Rollins bunting on the first pitch after Pederson got the flare double. As it turns out, it didn’t cost us a run as Rollins scored. As I live in Giants’ country, I think that Bochy is good for about five wlns a year because of his managing acumen. I would put Mattingly in the minus-five category. Perhaps I am being too generous on one hand and too harsh on the other, but I think that Bochy gets the most of his talent.

    • RBI

      Inexplicable, at times.

    • WBBsAs

      It probably cost the Dodgers a big inning.

  • foul tip

    SVS weak grounder to 2B on a 3-0 count. Ugh.

    I had just as soon the Dodgers find a way to do much more in bases-loaded situations. Reminds me of last year.

    • scooplew

      After a routine fly ball on a 3-1 count with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning.

      • John_from_Aus

        sure with bases loaded at 3-0 you take a pitch

        • WBBsAs

          Not necessarily, but you need to be absolutely certain you can drive the ball.

  • John_from_Aus

    and we manage to shoot ourself in the foot again

  • foul tip

    There’s an announcing pet peeve of mine. Just must comment on first beachball, etc. Kinda like they’re required to say it.

    Stay tuned for obligatory reference to fans leaving in the 7th inning after arriving in the 3rd.

  • RBI

    Boo. Hiss.

  • RBI

    I’m about to exercise, but i will be watching, have no fears. And yelling, no doubt. One way or other.

    • foul tip

      Any danger of Rule 1 violations? ;-])

      • RBI

        Yes, sir.

  • package206

    I wish Donnie had played Alex instead of SVS.

    • Alex has not been hitting like he did in the first month.

      • WBBsAs

        SVS ain’t been hitting much lately either.

      • package206

        I think he could have gotten something in with two tries with the bases juiced.

        • WBBsAs

          Not necessarily.

          • package206

            Just a feeling WBB.

          • Bob_Hendley

            There are no feelings in baseball!

          • package206

            I’m sorry, where can I read about that.

          • foul tip
          • package206

            So you think that a gut feeling is never any good??

          • Bob_Hendley

            I believe in Bochy’s gut.

          • package206

            Anyone can have a reasonable gut feeling, not just Bochy.

          • package206

            How about Alex has 5 more HRs than SVS and his overall hitting stats are better than SVS???

          • Bob_Hendley

            That’s not a feeling.

          • package206

            Its my feeling.

  • package206

    That should be an error on Kendrick.

    • WBBsAs

      No, but he should have stopped it and kept the run from scoring.

      • package206

        E4!!!

        • WBBsAs

          As Vin said, he would not have thrown Freeman out.

          • package206

            We will never know but Kendrick could not even catch it.

          • WBBsAs

            I’ll trust Vin judgement on that one. It may have been a makeable stop, but it was not an error.

  • foul tip

    If the Dodgers had just one more hitter with AGon’s smooth consistency, they probably would score a lot more runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    What the heck. Was I the only one who didn’t know tonight’s game started earlier than normal? You guys having a holiday down there or something?

    • Oops.

      • WinnipegDave

        I really did think it was a 7:10 (9:10 my time) start. Good thing I will be around for the Dodgers comeback. 🙂

        • And an earlier ending by the clock, too. Barring extra innings.

  • Okay team. Let’s get some runs.

  • WBBsAs

    That was a pretty good play by Kendrick, though.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. is now 5-for-43 on the season.

  • scooplew

    When a role player is called upon to play regularly or semi-regularly, he is often exposed. I think we are seeing that with SVS, who is now 4-for-32 since his average was about .370. This club really needs Puig back and a Puig who is hitting.

    • WBBsAs

      SVS is better than he’s shown recently, but Puig’s return will be important.

      • package206

        So is Ellis.

        • WBBsAs

          As a hitter, Ellis is washed up. I wish that weren’t the case, but he’s now an aging role player who may not be back next year.

          • scooplew

            I don’t think we can afford to keep him on the roster this season as the back-up catcher.

          • WBBsAs

            Once a week, A.J. is OK.

      • package206

        Can you tell me why SVS is better than he has shown but Ellis is not better than he has shown?

        • WBBsAs

          SVS is in his prime. A.J. is declining fast.

          • package206

            According to you.

          • WBBsAs

            I can count.

          • package206

            People decline at different times. There is no set age.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He is obviously getting more playing time against righties with Puig out. He is actually hitting them pretty well. Where he is lagging is against lefties, which he used to cream. Now his splits are the same.

  • scooplew

    Strong performance by Anderson.

  • foul tip

    Well, not to worry overmuch about loading the bases again, I suppose.

  • Another bunt into a force play. Man.

  • WBBsAs

    Donnieball.

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    Very dirty play…. yes…. ‘dirty play’ on that slide by Uribe at 3B….

    Sliding purposefully inside of the bag on a bang/bang force out with his portly 200-plus frame sliding into and potentially over that kid’s skinny, outstretched leg. No… it wasn’t as if he was trying to cleanly knock the ball loose from the 3B…

    Instead, he was trying to make an intentionally dangerous play.

    Low class.

    • Uribear? C’mon. Vinnie didn’t say anything like that, and he’s in the park.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Hey…. I’ve historically …. absolutely loved …. Uribear!

        But, I’ve got to give a little ‘tough love’ on this one.

        He could have ended that kid’s career in one play….
        That’s what happens when you’re old, and slow, and having every indication of losing your job.

        If I’m the Braves…. Uribear is definitely getting ‘domed’ in this series…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least Anderson is off the hook.

    • Deserved better.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Without a doubt.
        But avoided worse.

  • package206

    Well guess what? Kendrick just made the same play he botched before.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — PLEASE!
    No bottom of the 9th!

  • package206

    Let’ go Dre!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You called it!!!!!

      • package206

        That’s the same guy WBB wanted to get rid of.

        • WBBsAs

          He was awful last year. I’m glad to see him doing well, but he’s really a platoon player who’s moved ahead of Crawford on the depth chart.

          • package206

            He’s hitting better than Puig.

          • WBBsAs

            Puig hasn’t even entered his prime, while Dre has passed his. Dre is almost helpless v. lefties.

          • package206

            Donnie wouldn’t play him. He needs to play everyday.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s a .200 hitter v. lefties.

          • He played CF for a while last year, but he wasn’t going to replace Puig in right.

          • package206

            I agree Link. It is hard to find him a spot. What about LF when Puig returns with Alex at 3b??

          • WBBsAs

            He’ll platoon with Guerrero and SVS.

          • package206

            No Platoon.

  • Yabba dabba doo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ANDRE!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    DREamy!

  • package206

    Don’t think the Braves want Kenley much??

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep it going. Let’s get some more here.

  • foul tip

    SVS looks lost at bat, almost detached.

    • package206

      Hey foul tip, that was a gut feeling I had when Dre hit the HR.

      • foul tip

        Kinda like a hunch that works out, huh?

        • package206

          Something like that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He can be streaky (and end up looking like that at times).

  • foul tip

    AJ still drawing walks, at least.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AG — again!

  • package206

    See why I wanted Donnie to play Alex. Gut feeling!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I believe that your gut was informed by the numbers you presented.

      • package206

        Its magic.

        • Bob_Hendley

          We will make you President of the Magic.

          • package206

            Ha Ha

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn this into a non-save situation!
    This is the offense we were used to, biding their team before coming up with the runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh man! The runs are back, the home runs are back and hopefully the winning is back too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Rollins!???????

    • package206

      No gut feeling on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Welcome back Dodgers! We missed you!

  • foul tip

    This has turned into a full-blown party. Great to be able to see it.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure felt like it, but seems not much comes easily to the Dodgers.

  • package206

    Has anyone seen RBI??

    • WinnipegDave

      She’s exercising and following the game. I’m sure she knows she’s almost needed.

      • foul tip

        No more danger of Rule 1 violations in her kitchen. ;-])

        • RBI

          Don’t be so sure about that…

  • foul tip

    Braves crew just said the Dodgers hit 3 HR in the 8th, had hit 3 the previous 83 innings.

  • package206

    Hatcher is no good. Just my gut.

    • WBBsAs

      I wouldn’t write him off. He was very good with the Fish last year, and his K numbers are impressive. The one hit off him tonight was a cheap bloop.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gonna need Kenley after all, I’m afraid.

  • package206

    GET HIM OUT!!!!!

  • RBI

    KJ time, after all.

    • package206

      Did you hear me call you?

      • RBI

        Yes, I believe I did!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!

  • RBI

    One more, Mighty K.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • package206

    Got it done!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • RBI

    How do I love thee, Kenley? Let me count the ways.

    • WinnipegDave

      Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3. My kinda counting in terms of Kenley.

  • RBI

    Ethier started off a new run of home runs, I hope.

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    Despite the “W”…. How long does the ” Hatcher Experiment ” last ????

    • WBBsAs

      He throws very hard, has high strikeout numbers, few walks. Good chance he’ll improve.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        Ok… WBB… So, if I’m reading you… the word is ” Patience “… with Mr. Hatcher.
        ….
        Ok.. fair enough. I hope he can get in some kind of rhythm which will carry him though 2015…. 🙂

        • WBBsAs

          Yeah, in low leverage situations. He was very good with the Fish last year. ERA can be very misleading for relievers who’ve thrown just a few innings.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He is dealing with a babip of .395, so has a healthy FIP of 2.03. Certainly wouldn’t can him at this point, but hope that Baez gets well soon. Peralta is out there somewhere as well, so options are available at some point.

      • package206

        He has a 5.02 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. In other words, he’s terrible.

  • scooplew

    We needed that tonight!

  • scooplew

    Friend of mine — big Dodgers fan — is at the Oklahoma City at Salt Lake City game tonight and reports that Seager has hit two long home runs.

    • WBBsAs

      Not quite Denver, but SLC is 4,327 feet above sea level.

      • package206

        Didn’t matter for Joc, huh?

        • WBBsAs

          Huh?

          • package206

            I think the ball flies pretty good in New Mexico too.

          • WBBsAs

            Joc did equally well outside ABQ, and is doing pretty well at sea level now.

    • foul tip

      Great to hear. He had kinda hit a wall at AAA after demolishing the rest of the minors.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers acquired a pitcher named Hatcher
    Whom they felt had considerable stature
    But he has shown us this season
    There may be good reason
    That on the mound I’d prefer Margaret Thatcher

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      Between that limerick and Dave’s haikus, this is turning into Poetry Corner.

      • scooplew

        I am pleased to be included in WinnipegDave’s category.

        • package206

          Is it snowing at your house too?

          • scooplew

            No. Is it snowing today in Winnipeg?

          • package206

            Check with Dave but I think it snows a bunch.

          • scooplew

            It snows/hails on the Monterey Peninsula once every few years, then melts quickly.

          • WinnipegDave

            I put the air conditioner in the bedroom window tonight because it has been so hot the last few days. And yes, it did snow one week ago.

        • WinnipegDave

          I love the limerick. And anyone is more than welcome to be in my category. There are far more talented writers here than I. But it’s fun to dabble with some poetry.

  • scooplew

    Seager’s two homers tonight were his first two in AAA, in this, his 22nd game with Oklahoma City. The team is called the Dodgers and the cap is neat, says OK.LA

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, missed some excitement late on 🙂

  • foul tip

    Talked Uribe trade last night. Now one with Braves for Callaspo and minor leaguers seems in works.

    One of those, OK, head across the field to the other dugout, dude…if it’s finalized.

    Callaspo can refuse; seen unlikely. Free agent signee has the right to reject trades before June 15th (There’s a name that leads to obvious word play if he doesn’t do well.)

    https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/603218004030152704

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3336&position=2B/3B

    • john galt

      I hope there’s some benefit to Uribe in this, I really can’t see much good coming to either of the clubs. Ho-hum…

    • WBBsAs

      It sounds as if this may be falling apart. Uribe still has some value, Callaspo very little, but the Dodgers could just cut Callaspo loose. They might get some minor league depth out of it.

    • john galt

      Callaspo seems to have rejected it. I would say it was fun while it lasted but that would be a lie, truth is, who cares? Maybe somebody will see that Uribe is available cheap and offer something.

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