Game 47, 2015

Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, FS-M

The Dodgers hope Mike Bolsinger can come close to duplicating his last outing, when he gave up only one hit and got 23 consecutive hitters out at one stage of the game. He’s 3-0 with a Kershaw-like ERA of 0.71. He also grew up a Cubs fan, so he’s got a built-in dislike of the Cardinals. The Redbirds send out 36-year-old 154-game winner John Lackey, who’s 2-3 with a 3.18 ERA.

Lineup when available.

  • package206

    Let’s find out if Mike is the real deal??

  • WBBsAs

    It’ll be difficult to even come close to matching an outing that few major league pitchers have ever equaled. Nobody should be expect him to be that good again, but tonight’s game will neither make nor break him.

  • RBI

    I like his attitude, and his skill at fooling bats so far. We’ll see how this game goes. I will miss the first few hours, alas, so I’m counting on you guys to hold down the fort.

  • foul tip
  • RBI

    Gnats gnipping at our heels.

    • foul tip

      Yeah, You gnever gnow what will happen. Gnarly.

    • WBBsAs

      Your spelling is improving.

  • Cheap enough after a leadoff double followed by a single.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and the walk. Bases loaded, none out and give up only one — and that on the DP.
      Hopefully the awakened bats show up today.

    • WBBsAs

      With Puig in RF, it woulda been a single or out at second. Maybe out at second if Dre hadn’t juggled it.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        As Vin points out, ““Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ “

        • Alternatively, “if wishes were horses then beggars would ride.” Or, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a helluva Christmas.”

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And the contemporary “It is what it is.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unfortunately, this has a playoff feel from recent years: decent pitching job, MIA bats.

  • foul tip

    Going just from Gameday, it looks pretty much like Lackey is just toying with the Dodgers. Right?

  • Bolsinger’s got doubles-itis, it seems. Four already.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. helpless at the plate.

    • package206

      What goes around, comes around sir.

      • WBBsAs

        You may soon run out of non sequiturs.

  • Okay, guys, this is your best chance. Don’t blow it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – quiet night for the Dodger offense so far. And quiet night here so far as well.
    Time to turn it around on both counts.

  • Feeble, again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perhaps not tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    The extra playing time isn’t helping A.J. at all. He’s toast.

    • package206

      He only had one more SO than Pederson and that was good for Pederson.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, a very decent outing by Ballslinger, even if less spectacular than his last game.

  • scooplew

    I just got home from umpiring a baseball game. I see that Bolsinger’s strong pitching may go to waste, that Ellis is not just toast, but burnt toast, and that the Cardinals remain our nemesis. We have scored more than three uns only twice in our last 12 games, including tonight thus far. Those were the first two games in the series with the Braves.

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s always tomorrow…

  • john galt

    Ellis ejected. Why didn’t he kick him out two innings ago? Anybody can make an out.

  • Blast.

  • scooplew

    I know it will get better, but right now we look hapless, helpless and hopeless. This is depressing, even more so given how the Giants are playing.

    • WBBsAs

      The Gnats will fall back to earth.

  • WinnipegDave

    Long at bat by Jon Jay there. No Alex Cora but still fairly long.

  • Starting the day the Cards were up one game in the series, 1026 – 1025. So said the Post-Dispatch, anyway.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was disappointing.

    • RBI

      Ug. Ly.

  • john galt

    What a shame to waste a quite decent pitching performance last night. I imagine after AJ’s pathetic display we’ll probably see the kid catcher today. IMO we ought to keep him up all year (unless we acquire a better option), make AJ a catching or assistant pitching coach or something. That way he could still help the team and we could re-activate him in case of injury to our other catchers. Rollins is another question. He’s almost good enough to keep playing. Almost. If Seager stays hot another week, dump Callaspo (to the Giants!) and bring up Seager. It’s easy to criticize the manager for a lot of his decisions but I think the Heisey situation sheds a lot of light on things. It seems apparent to me that the FO is dictating some of the things the manager does. We just don’t know how many. They admittedly want to micromanage the roster and other team operations, it’s not a big leap to think they’d micromanage the manager!

    • foul tip

      Ballslinger continues to surprise on the upside behind that self-taught curve and so far has maintained the control he needs to be effective without a lot of velocity. Grandal is scheduled to be back today. Heisey is playing because SVS has back issues, tho supposedly not enough for the DL. Agreed that this FO won’t hesitate to make its wishes known–forcefully, if they think it’s necessary and DM resists. Their style is control freak central, which we’ll eventually see the outcome of.

      Yesterday Rollins said in so many words he knows the lay of the land.

      http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-dodgers-jimmy-rollins-corey-seager-shortstop-052915

      • john galt

        I was/am skeptical about SVS’s bad back, Dodger Management has little or no credibility with me. I was really referring to those times when they bring Heisey up to replace Pederson for one game. I should have made that more clear. I have no doubt he would hit better if he played a lot more often here but to fly him 1500 miles for 3 or 4 at-bats is an exercise in futility. Ethier or SVS could surely play center for one game, they have before, and ethier of them probably has ten times the likelihood of getting a hit or two, under the circumstances. This is a circumstance of the FO thinking up a cute wrinkle manipulating the roster rules and doing it just to prove they can. Trouble is, it just don’t help any…

        • foul tip

          The team also says OF-capable K. Hernandez isn’t 100% healthy, so that also figures in the latest Heisey appearance.

      • package206

        That is pretty good Foul tip–Control Freak Central–HaHa!! Right on.

    • package206

      You know John, the management keeps saying it wants to be ready for the post season and knowing that Ellis hit over .500 in the post season makes me want to keep him. I still say playing him regularly would help his hitting as he is already superior in defense.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        It’s nice to think about the postseason . . . but you have to reach it first! . . . Not being a Debbie Downer, just checking in from the Counting Chickens Dept.

      • john galt

        Bob is right. And being good in the offseason (in the past!!!) doesn’t impress me at all if you can’t help getting there. And regular playing time would definitely be a plus, it would force a decision one way or another. Look at his entire career, with the exception of a year or so, he’s always been a poor hitter. There was a reason he was in the minors all those years.

        • WBBsAs

          A.J.’s getting regular playing time, and making the least of it. Even had he gotten the opportunity to play in his prime years – thanks, Ned, for wasting them with retreads! – he never had anything close to Grandal’s talent. It’s doubtful he’ll be back next year.

          • package206

            If Grandal was half the superstar you think he is, he would be better than anyone. Sorry his defense sucks!!

          • WBBsAs

            So, you prefer an aging, injury-prone .145 hitter to a far more talented youngster?

          • package206

            It’s better than a cheating dopehead.

          • WBBsAs

            If you prefer losing to forgiving a repentant “sinner,” and would rather go with a truly fringe player at a key position, I suppose I understand you, though I’ll never agree.

          • package206

            The team is getting more and more fringe players. I just can’t understand why you would think a guy who hit .241 last year and his defensive numbers are worse than Ellis would think that he is an all star? There are many, many better catchers in MLB.

          • john galt

            Package, I’m sure you take pride in taking a position and holding it against all assaults of reason, but don’t forget credibility.

          • package206

            Not sure I understand your thought?

          • WBBsAs

            Nor do you appear to understand basic statistical analysis, let alone what your eyes should tell you.

          • package206

            Careful WBB.

          • john galt

            Neither do I. Just ignore it. Don’t remember what I was trying to say but in reading it now it gives an impression I didn’t intend..

          • WBBsAs

            Again, if you prefer someone who’s over the hill to a young and improving player with far greater potential than A.J. ever had – 15 dingers while playing half his game in an extreme pitchers’ park – by all means sign A.J. to a five-year extension at a far higher price.

          • package206

            There were 52 catchers with a better batting avg last year than Grandal. There were 19 with a better OBP, 24 with better SLG. The fielding had Grandal leading the league in PB and there were 64 catchers with a better FPCT. All of this and Grandal has been tagged with a character flaw taking PEDs and suspended. It doesn’t matter whether I forgive him or not. The fact is he is not that good. Ellis is a fine backup and he is hindered by not playing much. I do not understand why he is run down when others are also performing poorly that you never note.

          • WBBsAs

            With more opportunity to play, A.J.’s been even worse. You remain good, however, at cherry-picking the most superficial stats to condemn Grandal. At present, among all catchers with more than 100 ABs, Grandal is 2nd in OPS, sixth in runs scored, third in BB, sixth in BA., sixth in slugging. A.J.’s at or near the bottom in everything.

          • package206

            You forgot to mention his fielding? Speaking of cherry picking.

          • WBBsAs

            Admittedly, multiple meaningful stats may not be useful to you.

          • WBBsAs

            As I said, you’re good at noting the most basic and meaningless stats. Fielding percentage for catchers and 1B, for instance, is next to useless.

        • package206

          Why John? Are you saying that you think the Dodgers might not make the post season??

          • john galt

            Of course they might not!!! That can be said of every team in the league.

          • package206

            Yes and that reality is closer than many believe.

        • foul tip

          Several would say the team kept making the wrong decision to send him down. Those who played C instead of AJ those years surely didn’t do much.

          By his own admission, he got good at taking walks because he couldn’t hit in the majors and knew it. But he did get better.

          He was pretty adequate offensively for a C in 2012 and 2013, when he got 423 and 390 AB, respectively. He probably was never 100% injury-free last year and fell off sharply until the playoffs, when he was one of the few who hit well.

          So, did age catch up with him? Or did he pick up bad habits that won’t go away unless he plays more? (Unlikely.) Or both?

          His b-ref stats show a marked decline, albeit in greatly-reduced AB the last 2 years.

          http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/ellisaj01.shtml

    • Howard Fox

      hmmm….send Callaspo to the Giants, that will revitalize his career under Bochy…
      so, where are we on the wild card chase, since we are out of first…

  • foul tip

    Zack Lee pulled after 3 innings last night at AAA. Not in trouble at all–only one batter over minimum.

    So, it appears he may start one of the doubleheader games in CO Tuesday.

    ABQ altitude seemed to mess with him, so naturally his first MLB start may be in Denver. Wonderful.

    But starting him then would keep the 5 man rotation on schedule.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats are annoying when they’re flying around your face, but their life span is short.

    • foul tip

      “The Gnat Catcher – Home
      To eliminate gnats from your home, remove the food source. Eliminate rottin…
      gnatcatcher.weebly.com

      Obviously should be done, since according to this site some varieties suck blood and can spread diseases such as river blindness. And who knew that black flies really are gnats?

      These guys can help. And they’re already in CA.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_gnatcatcher

      Apparently the importance of CA gnat-catching is well-known–

      “…to help ensure that this species will not disappear from its former range. California gnatcatchers are a focal species in many regional habitat conservation planning efforts.”

  • foul tip

    OK, after this enough time on the Dodgers for a while–

    1) For those interested in Dodger history, which is most of us–the 1968 Dodger MLB draft is considered the greatest ever–period. Not just for the Dodgers. They branched out and used some football draft tools for the first time in baseball.

    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/127539444/dodgers-draft-in-1968-was-the-greatest-ever

    2) Repost from last night. Going by number of thread posts then, few saw it. About Vin’s long-time right-hand man, a job many Dodger fans would give their eyeteeth for. Long, but the kind of thing many here will like.

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2015/05/29/boyd-robertson-vin-scullys-right-hand-man-literally/

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