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.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Is everybody happy?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

    • WBBsAs

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

      • package206

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

        • Bob_in_Vegas

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

        • WBBsAs

          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.

  • foul tip

    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.

    • Worse, they were on a Greyhound bus, not air at all.

  • foul tip

    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.

    • WBBsAs

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

  • package206

    game delayed.

    • That may explain why I’m getting Red Sox – Rangers on my TV on Fox.

      • WBBsAs

        Sawx on Fawx – it doesn’t get much worse than that.

        • One good thing — the opponent isn’t the Yankees.

      • package206

        Me too! Just called Directv and they said it would come on after delay.

  • john galt

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Frias could replicate his May 19 game (six innings 1 run), but unless the bats wake up we still lose like we did that one (2-0 to the giants).

      • john galt

        Your crystal ball is out of the hock shop, I see.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Kill me now!

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

  • WinnipegDave

    Game on?

    • Gameday seems to indicate so.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s what I’m seeing too.

  • WBBsAs

    Worst of both worlds: blacked out and Steinered.

    • package206

      Routine ground ball out for Grandal. Hmm.

      • Bob_Hendley

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

        • WBBsAs

          Package appears to really enjoy picking his cherries.

      • WBBsAs

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

  • And down a run in the first.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have no luck at all.

  • Guys! Two errors in two innings, one of which cost poor Frias a run? Boo!

    • WBBsAs

      When talking about poor playing conditions, even Steiner’s not always wrong.

      • Pfft. I completely forgot about the rain. Okay, I forgive Van Slyke and Kendrick.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No eyes, was Jay stupid or aggressive (are the Cards ever stupid?)

      • WBBsAs

        It sounds as if Jay was stupid, but according to Steiner (apply grain of salt).

  • I doubt Fox is going to come to this game after the Rangers get finished whitewashing the Sox, darn it.

    • WBBsAs

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

  • It’s amusing to watch a pitcher’s ERA drop AB by AB on Gameday. Frias is now under 5.

    • Bob_Hendley

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

      • WinnipegDave

        I follow both of those things as well!

  • WBBsAs

    In this AB, Grandal does what A.J. used to be able to do.

  • Wacha seems a bit wild. 43 strikes to 32 balls before Scott.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha!

  • Frias pitching a darned good game himself.

  • WinnipegDave

    A hit. A veritable hit!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wacha general goes around 100 pitches, so entering that area.

  • Bob_Hendley

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

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    A run, lord a run!

  • WinnipegDave

    A run!

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    In play runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    BAM! Oh yeah! Welcome back Grandal!!!

  • john galt

    Para-medics headed to Package’s house…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Saw Wacha’s ERA go up on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wacha’s game score went from 65 to 51 on that one pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang, we are only in the sixth inning. Hatcher time?

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A bridge too far?

      • john galt

        Cornelius Ryan. In the movie, who said those words?

        • john galt

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

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            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.

      • WinnipegDave

        Great cast for that movie.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J., of course, would have hit a slam in that situation.

    • john galt

      You have a delicate touch…

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frias may have thought the no hitter was still in play.

    • WinnipegDave

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

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

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

  • WinnipegDave

    Callaspo joins in the fun!

  • foul tip

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

    Especially in StL.

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS back acting up?

    • WinnipegDave

      Not a bad idea to pull him, on a rainy night in St. Louis.

  • foul tip

    Maybe, just maybe, this Callaspo guy can be of help.

  • Okay,, Yimi, bear down.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lock it down Liberatore.

  • RBI

    Hey, all. Better game tonight, eh?

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely. In almost every possible way.

  • RBI

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

    • WinnipegDave

      He was sooo understated when he called it. Like he was bored or distracted or something.

      • RBI

        Maybe he’d given up hope.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha ha. Or didn’t want to wake the Card fans from their slumber…

    • WBBsAs

      He probably thought it was fouled straight back. He’s done that before.

  • RBI

    Okay, Libertore. Two more…

  • WinnipegDave

    Make it one more!

  • RBI

    Okey, Libertore. One more.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

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

    • And no hits till the sixth to boot.

    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

      • WBBsAs

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

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

    • RBI

      No, but I like the idea.

    • WBBsAs

      No, but it does mean order has been restored in the universe.

  • scooplew

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

    • RBI

      Glad for him, and us.

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      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.

  • 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.

    • Bob_Hendley

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

  • WBBsAs

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

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