Game 58, 2015

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Old friend Rubby De La Rosa pitched 61 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2011-2012 before being traded to Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford deal. He was traded to the D-Backs last winter and will take the hill for the D-Backs tonight, sporting a record of 4-2 and a 5.09 ERA. He’s had four consecutive no-decisions but has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts including seven his last time out.

The Dodgers counter with Mike Bolsinger, who’s been a really pleasant surprise. He’s 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA despite giving up four runs in five innings in his last start.

The Dodgers have beaten the D-Backs six consecutive times in Dodger Stadium including a three-game sweep in April.

In other news, MLB’s draft begins today and the D-Backs have the first pick.

Lineup:

Hmm. No Puig. I wonder if there’s anything wrong with him or if they’re just being cautious with the hamstring.

62 thoughts on “Game 58, 2015

  1. Hope the Dodgers are now in or at least entering a good long stretch of solid play. They could stand to have an extended winning streak – or at least winning the next several series. It would soothe my Dodger nerves.

    • By my rough count they have lost 5 of 18 series so far this year. Four of those, of course have been particularly memorable (two to giants and two to Cards). Then there were these very Snakes very early in the season (don’t really remember that one, except Kershaw getting pounded).

      • They have also had a few ties that I wish had been series wins – namely against Milwaukee and Colorado. But thanks for the count Bob. I didn’t realize they had won so many series already.

        • Ha! I focused on losses not wins! Ties on the road are not so bad (Brewers and Rox), but would have preferred not to tie Rox at home.

    • Since they just lost 5 of 7 to the Birds and split with the Rox, they have a one-game winning streak at present. So the best-case scenario appears to be “entering a good long stretch of solid play.”

  2. Ballslinger’s looking like the real thing. Had to work a little that inning, though.

  3. Enjoyable to see them score 9 runs, but overall I’m still a bit gun shy with this team’s offense ability to produce regularly.

    • What a difference from playing the Cards — in LA plate effectiveness and opposition’s play in the field.

      • Holliday no great shakes in LF either. (Typically cuts his WAR in half from defensive weaknesses)

  4. From Dodgers just now: Dodgers select Walker Buehler with 24th overall Draft pick

    The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected Vanderbilt University
    right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler with their first pick (24th overall)
    in the 2015 MLB Draft, presented by Bowman.

    The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder went 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 14 starts this
    season for Vanderbilt, which is heading to the College World Series

  5. Wow — Vin just gave a disturbing stat: all last year, when leading after 7 innings, LA lost 7 times.
    So far this year, they’ve already done it SIX times.
    And the offense doesn’t come back. (My comment, not Vin’s.)

  6. Just busing back from the games. It was so much fun. Never imagined growing up I would see FIFA World Cup matches in Winnipeg. Sorry dear friends, the crowd was so pro-US, I couldn’t help but cheer for the (down-)underdogs of Australia. My phone is almost dead so I will post more when I get home.

      • I thought of you – and our next door neighbours who moved from the Gold Coast to Winnipeg a few years ago. Australia had some great early chances, but struggled to keep pace with the US in the second half. It was a very strange experience to be at home and having a very large portion of the 31,000 cheering U-S-A and “I believe/I believe that we will win” – which was the rally cry for the Men’s National Team at their last World Cup. Still, overall today was in my top 3 of sporting experiences ever (thus far).

  7. Dodgers select Buehler out of Vanderbilt. A very good Right handed pitcher.

    • Just reading some reports and it would seem that the Dodgers drafted a top 5-10 talent with this pick. Comparing it to last years draft of Holmes – or even better.

  8. If you’ve got an ESPN Insider account (if you get the magazine you probably are an Insider) you can read Buster Olney’s analysis of Zack Greinke and his contract decision at the end of the year when the current one has an opt-out provision. Olney makes no predictions.

  9. Seems to me Mattingly has showed a pattern of playing a guy his first day off the DL, then resting the next day.

      • I think I’d prefer the cautious approach with Puig, especially since he did some hard running the past couple days.

  10. 20 minutes until the start of USA vs Australia in the Women’s World Cup. I am watching live here in Winnipeg – and the stadium is filled with USA’ers! This afternoon I saw a thrilling match between Nigeria and Sweden which ended in a very fitting 3-3 tie.