Game 48, 2015

Dodgers at Cardinals, 4:15PM PT, TV: Fox

The Dodgers hope Carlos Frias does better today than he did in his last appearance when he gave up 10 runs to the Padres in just four innings. He’s 3-2 with a 5.34 ERA after that game, which pushed his ERA up from a very good 2.55. He’ll face Michael Wacha, who has emerged as St. Louis’s new ace in Adam Wainwright’s absence. Wacha is 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA.

Lineup:


Note that Grandal has returned from OKC (Heisey was sent back) and Van Slyke’s back has seemingly healed enough for him to play. Also note that Rollins has been dropped to 8th in the order and Turner is now hitting second.

109 thoughts on “Game 48, 2015

    • It’s sure trying something new — and new is needed for this offense!

    • Never any guarantees in baseball, but the lineup looks substantially stronger than yesterday’s.

      • Other than dropping Rollins in the order. No change much. We will miss Guerrero.

        • I think dropping Rollins is HUGE, plus Grandal is back.
          SOMEthing needs to shake them after four consecutive road shutouts.

        • I might have stuck with Guerrero over SVS, but A.J. will undoubtedly contribute more on the bench than he ever could at the plate.

  1. From the fresh roadkill dept.–Friday the Dodgers were shut out for the 4th time in their last 4 road games. Last road run 8th inning May 10 at Coors, 37 consecutive scoreless road innings ago..

    Dodgers have scored 3 runs or fewer 10 of their last 12 overall, a stretch that has yielded a 5-7 record. Friday they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 6 on base

    No Dodger outfielder had a hit Friday.

    The only explanation possible is that the second Dodger team plane–the one with the outfielders’ bats on it–didn’t arrive by game time Friday. Surely it has by now, and they will make good use of its contents today and Sunday.

  2. Random things from Jon W.–

    Carlos Frias’ game score of -4 last time out was the worst in Los Angeles Dodger history and the worst in the franchise since Johnny Babich’s record -21, when he gave up 13 runs on 16 hits and two walks with one strikeout 80 years ago, June 23, 1935.

    In his 61-inning MLB career, Frias has allowed 39 runs — 18 of those runs in the 4 2/3 combined innings of his starts Sunday against San Diego and September 17 in Colorado. In his remaining 56 1/3 innings, Frias has allowed only 21 runs.
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    Tho he’s most often been good to decent, when he implodes it’s spectacular. If he keeps up the Jekyll /Hyde act, management is likely to weigh the implosions more heavily than the successes and turn elsewhere.

    Let’s hope for good Frias tonight, and a much-needed road W.

    • Both Ballslinger and Frías have plenty to prove, but the former’s been more consistent to this point.

  3. Whatever chance Frias had of righting the boat washed away in the 2 hour delay. Best for us if they call the game now and re-schedule.

  4. This rain delay is allowing me to listen to the Blackhawk – Duck ice hockey game. My 9 year old son is pretty crazy about the Hawks – 3 Winnipeg born players on the team, including Toews.

      • The good thing is that even if he is hitting well, you will be right 7 out of 10 times!

      • These days, A.J. strikes out more than he hits routine grounders – except when those routine grounders are potential DPs.

    • Nope, Fox doesn’t want anybody to have too much baseball. It’s blacked out on MLBTV.

    • Gives you something to do, if all you have is Gameday. I tend to spend my time focusing on pitch counts for whatever reason.

  5. Wow! Quite a battle as seen through Gameday. Agon didn’t want the walk.

  6. AGon with the HBP. Just missed hitting a run-scoring double earlier.

  7. Can the Dodgers get the trifecta: a hit, a run and a second run for the lead?

  8. I was just thinking of the Dodger-Cards game from several summers ago. SVS hit a 3 run home run and the Dodgers stunned the Cards 5-4. Jansen threw heat and closed out the bottom of the ninth.

        • No takers? It was a ranking British General, called Boy Browning because he was married to the poetess, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

          • Just re-read William Goldman’s great book “Adventures in the Screen Trade.” He adapted the screenplay of”Bridge” and the creators were stunned that American critics didn’t like the movie because too many of the incidents were unbelievable . . . yet they were all based on history.

  9. Oh so sweet. I didn’t even get a chance to say I was hoping for a double play before it happened. Except in my head it was in French – double jeu.

    • Beautiful bunt.
      And now another hit. It’s like we are a good hitting team now or something.

  10. Oh man – that could have been another run or two right there. AGon lost a double with that catch.

  11. Deepest Carlos has gone before is 97 pitches over six innings. Hook being prepared.

  12. “Coaching visit to mound” is one of the better things to see on Gameday when the Dodgers bat.

    Especially in StL.

  13. I was exercising, listening to the game on the radio. Hearing the Grandal HR called was like the oppo-Steiner experience.

  14. Especially satisfying that it was Wacha. Their best, vs. our worst (as of the last game.) Baseball is so strange.

    • Hopefully that game was an anomaly, where he was kept out there despite having a bad game in order to save the pen. Not counting that game, he has an ERA of 2.55 over 24 innings, not including tonight.

      • Still a lot to prove for both Ballslinger and Frías, but both appear to have shown potential.

    • It reminds me of the LCS game we attended two years ago — LA down 0-2, Ryu going against Wainwright . . . and the Dodgers won.

  15. That was a sweet win, solid and mostly well played (except for the 2 errors). I like beating the Cards in St. Louis.

  16. So if the Giants lose to the Braves, do we go crazy with the excitement of being in first place like some San Fran fans may have done last night?

    My guess is no.

  17. New Old Friend Uribe just hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who lead the Giants, 8-0, in the 9th.

  18. Here’s hoping that we hold serve tomorrow and finish the month in first place. I believe the Dodger – Card game is free for me on gameday tv tomorrow, so I look forward to watching Anderson gutting out a win – hopefully.

    • Getting another win against a “quality” team is crucial. Before tonight, they were 2-8 (I believe) vs. teams above .500.
      That seems to indicate the overall good record is more areflection on the schedule than the quality of the team.

  19. Pitch seven innings of ball and give up no earned runs and what happens to your ERA? It falls from 5.34 to 4.29. Good for young Carlos.

    • And Wacha, previously tied with Zach for NL lead, goes from 1.48 to 2.27.

  20. Package will be distraught to see that Grandal is starting for the second consecutive day.