Game 45, 2015

Braves at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, SPSO, ESPN

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t yet found his Cy Young form this season. He’s posted a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 4.32, roughly two runs per game higher than his norm. On paper the Braves should be a team he’d be happy to face, as they’re collectively hitting a chilly .151 against him. He’ll face Julio Teheran, who’s got a 4-1 record and a 3.91 ERA.

Apparently there was a lot of discussion between the Dodgers and the Braves during which the Dodgers offered Juan Uribe for up to three minor leaguers, but it fell through when the Braves’ utility infielder Alberto Callaspo vetoed the deal for as-yet-unknown reasons. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement a player who signs a contract as a free agent can reject a trade if it’s before the calendar date June 15. There’s some speculation about his refusal to be sent to LA at the article behind that first link.

Offloading Uribe to a place where he could play regularly is a laudable goal, but for another reserve infielder? I suspect the Dodgers really wanted the three minor leaguers, several of whom were reportedly pitchers.

Lineup when available.

  • package206

    Here’s my guess as to why Alberto vetoed the trade. Starting at 200, 250,300.350,400 450 PA, he gets 200k bucks each. If he comes to LA he probably would play very little or the Dodgers would cut him loose. If he stays a Brave he would probably get many more PAs. Just my opinion.

    • WBBsAs

      They would have cut him loose very quickly, but he might find another team, such as the Gnats (for whom he’d become an All-Star, of course).

  • WBBsAs

    Dodger castoffs are not doing well this month: http://i.imgur.com/HUfh2wf.png

  • John_from_Aus

    Good to see Rollins now above the Mendoza line (now to try and stay there)

  • foul tip

    Couple interesting stats: Alex G has 8 HR in only 81 AB, a 1 in 10 ratio. SSS warning, but that’s a pace pf 50 HR in 500 AB.

    And there can’t be too many times a pitcher’s ERA has been lower than his WHIP, SSS warning again. Bolsinger has a 0.71 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s been better than expected, but I wouldn’t put any money on that projection.

      • foul tip

        That’s why the SSS disclaimer. Not a prediction, not at all likely. Fun with numbers.

  • foul tip

    Wonder whose idea it was to run 3 and 2. As said on the broadcast, Rollins is not as fast as he was, and the ATL catcher has a cannon.

    • WBBsAs

      Running is not a bad idea there. Taking strike three is.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Sounds like the Uribe trade is back on and perhaps completed. If true, I wonder who the minor league players are.

    • foul tip

      Link?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ken Rosenthal reported.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Sure, let’s throw in Link.

        • foul tip

          BTBNL?

          A blogger to be named later?

        • Hey!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw is off to a solid start. 5 or 6 more innings like that and then we may have something.

    • WinnipegDave

      Teheran matching him almost pitch for pitch however.

  • foul tip

    If the Dodgers just forget about bunting, it might be a good thing. Lately ugly when they try to.

    • WBBsAs

      Having the pitcher bunt is defensible. Such poor execution is not.

  • I refuse to go to Atlanta, as is my right as a veteran blogger.

    • WinnipegDave

      We would still vote you a share if the Dodgers go to the WS.

    • foul tip

      Cite your right not to be subjected to Atlanta traffic jams and excessive humidity.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw’s line is all 4’s and 0’s. Even his ERA: 4.04.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I remember this.

  • WinnipegDave

    Speaking of 4’s and 0’s!

  • WinnipegDave

    This has been a good inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw at 47 pitches. I wonder where the next 47 or so will find us?

  • foul tip

    Don’t see the team very much. But If Alex G has that kind of plate coverage most of the time, he’s likely to hit a ton. Kinda like already.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay – first hit for Atlanta. Let’s limit them to not much more than that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kendrick flashing some leather

  • John_from_Aus

    just checking in, what a difference between the craziness at the bottom of the third compared to the wonderful bottom of the fourth

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes that’s true. Glad to have you around – however brief it is!

      • John_from_Aus

        for 8 minutes until my class comes back after lunch

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! That’s why they walked Agon last inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not that it helped them then. And not walking him didn’t help them now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I was always high on Stils.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t know if it is reasonable or not, but I’m concerned about how Kershaw will do in the 7th inning.

  • RBI

    So happy to come home from a commitment and see this score. Kershaw! Offense! Let’s hope it continues.

    • WinnipegDave

      It does make one feel better about the Dodger team in general.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would dearly love to see Kershaw finish this inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to imagine otherwise (even if he lets in a couple of runs).

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. Way to strand the runner at third!

    • RBI

      Vintage Kershaw.

  • RBI

    Okay, bullpen, hold ’em to nought.

  • package206

    Withrow rumored to be in the trade per Ken Rosenthal.

    • WBBsAs

      Good arm, if properly rehabbed, but fungible.

  • package206

    I wish Santos was in this trade but I know he’s not.

  • package206

    Santos is terrible.

    • RBI

      Not that terrible!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Certainly a low leverage guy, but of his eleven appearances only one terrible outing and a couple of less than effective ones. A vet who occupies the bottom of the pen.

      • package206

        The Los Angeles Dodgers should be able to do better than him. Of course I could probably add to that with a few others.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha! Santos will go back to the farm when Brandon League returns.

          • package206

            He should have never been brought up!!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Bullpen fodder. Anyone better than him in the organization is probably best served getting work in elsewhere at this point.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Very sad to see Uribear go. For two years, he drove me crazy, and then he won me over, big time.

    • Yeah. But if he gets to play more he may get a good contract with some team next year.

    • WBBsAs

      I disliked his signing from the first, but came around to respect him. He also seems to understand the business of baseball, so he won’t resent going elsewhere.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m still curious as to who the Dodgers will be getting back for Uribe/Withrow.

  • John_from_Aus
    • WinnipegDave

      I guess if we can trade them a pitcher who is recovering from TJ surgery, then they can trade us a pitcher who just pitched 34 pitches over the last 3 and 2/3 innings of tonight’s game. Still, it seems weird that they would be pitching Stults at all tonight if he was always meant to be part of this trade.

      • WBBsAs

        That is odd. Uribe is surplus, but none of the Barves’ players involved seems to be particularly significant.

        • package206

          None of us can claim to be as smart as the FO.

          • WBBsAs

            As smart, maybe or maybe not. As knowledgeable, none of us is.

          • package206

            Usually if you’re more knowledgeable, you don’t make stupid moves IMO.

          • WBBsAs

            They’ve made a lot of smart moves. Others are still in progress.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I am guessing that they are trying to manage the 25, what with Puig on the way back (?)

          • WBBsAs

            Possibly. I would say that a healthy Withrow is the best of the bunch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stults will drive Donnie nuts. Even when he is “on” he is a nibbler. Still recall the 2008 game in Coors, with Dodgers leading 12-1 in the third. Stults had let in a second run with two outs, so Joe pulled him because his nibbling style was driving him crazy.

    • john galt

      That isn’t a drive, it’s a putt. Actually, I think Mattingly is immensely more tolerant that Torre. Mattingly is a nibbling type manager.

  • package206

    Well, it now looks like the Dodgers have only Puig and Agon left of the starters for last year’s team. Mission almost accomplished.

    • WBBsAs

      And the team is better, and far deeper, than last year’s.

      • package206

        Its a long season. We shall see.

    • john galt

      You forgot Ellis. This will be his last year as a Dodger player, next year he’s a coach or he’s working elsewhere. You know, these guys are good at house cleaning…

      • package206

        I meant the starters and I believe Grandal is now the starter.

        • WBBsAs

          Ellis was a starter, but he’s damaged goods though he could still hang around as a backup despite his age (tougher on a catcher). His tragedy is that the previous regime chose to sign retreads throughout his prime years.

          • package206

            Maybe he should have taken some PEDs like the starter. He might still be the #1 guy.

          • WBBsAs

            Grandal manned up and served his sentence – unlike, say, B*nds, who had his “best friend” serve his sentence for him. You appear to believe in eternal punishment for youthful mistakes.

          • package206

            I don’t call it youthful mistakes, I call it cheating.

        • john galt

          The phrase was “starters from last year’s team”. check it out…

          • package206

            Should have said “Still starting. Sorry.

    • WBBsAs

      On the other hand, they reacquired old friend Stults, which should please you.

      • package206

        He wasn’t any good when the team had him before.

  • john galt

    MLBTR says Callaspo received a “stipend” to change his mind. Good for him, the clubs pay a lot of money but they mess with peoples lives too. They can afford it and he deserves it, he contracted to play in Atlanta and now they change their mind. Best wishes for Uribe in Atlanta and let’s move Callaspo out quickly. Nothing personal, we just don’t need him.

  • john galt

    I still can’t make any sense at all of last night’s trade, apparently no one else can either. Only good note I see is that Uribe can get some playing time, and if that is why they traded him, well and good. But why take useless players back in return? Why not simply “give” him to them for one low minor player to make it legal? If they can spin these players out for anything at all, I’ll be shocked.

    • Not useless, surely. Minor league roster fillers, bargaining chips for future deals, etc.

      What I’m puzzled by is why the Braves wanted Uribear, since they’ve got a third baseman about to come off the DL next week.

      The Braves’ MLB beat writer seems to think it’s a good deal for them.

      • WBBsAs

        Maybe the Barves don’t think that much of Chris Johnson and are wary of his recovery.

      • john galt

        House man

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