Game 59, 2015

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

The D-Backs send out LHP Robbie Ray, who’s 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings in his second partial season in the big leagues. He’s thrown a lot of pitches in each of his two starts, which is why he’s gone no longer than six innings in either of them. He’ll face the Dodgers’ Carlos Frias, who’s 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He’d been perking along with an under-2.50 ERA until a disastrous start against the Padres on May 24 when he gave up 10 earned runs in 4 innings.

Here’s a list of the Dodgers’ first ten draft picks. Begin your wild speculations now.

Lineup:

Joc Pederson sits down for the first time this season. Ethier sits because Ray is a lefty. Turner probably sits because he hit a ball hard off his knee in last night’s game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc sits on a night honoring him?
    Hopefully he’ll respond like Manny did on his bobblehead night.
    On second thought, I hope this is a runaway victory like last night — I need the sleep!

    • package206

      Gotta get those right handed bats in there. Donnie thinks he is very bright. Robbie Ray doesn’t impress me as being dominant over rightys or leftys.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Suggests that the FO is not making the line up, as some are claiming?

  • foul tip

    Balllslinger continues to defy conventional wisdom, thriving on an upper echelon MLB pitching staff with basically just 2 pitches–neither of which even hit 90 last night, says Gameday.

    From what I can tell, that self-taught curve maybe should count as more than one pitch. Hitters know it’s coming, still can’t hit it. Dunno if his cutter is quality or mostly just to keep them from sitting on that curve.

    Wonder what the Dodgers did to help him. More than that, not hard to think AJ was involved like he was last year with Beckett, telling Josh then to throw his curve more because batters couldn’t hit it. Which he did. And they couldn’t. Wouldn’t be at all surprising if there wasn’t a similar AJ/Ballslinger conversation, complete with charts and lots of detail, like with Josh. And, so far, very similar results.

    When AJ is no longer a player, surely a FO as smart as this one will have a place for him.

  • foul tip

    From the my $.02 dept.–

    I think the Dodger decision to let Aardsma opt out despite good OKC numbers came down to…

    a) they didn’t think he was an upgrade over the current pen, especially after injured guys return.

    b) Ravin and his 100 mph arm also were available. Old days Aardsma sat high 90s but 91-93 at OKC. As this FO sees relief pitchers, pretty easy choice since they weren’t about to bring up both.

    c) probaby some concern over Aardsma’s durability, age, and injury history. Injury history alone doesn’t seem to dissuade the Dodgers. But they may have thought his risk greater than likely reward, given a) and b).

    • WBBsAs

      Sounds reasonable. I don’t Ravin will be up for long when the injured guys start returning, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Brilliant throw by Grandal to catch Inciarte.

    • package206

      His throws aren’t too bad, he just can’t catch.

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes may learn not to run on Grandal.

    • john galt

      No bites today, huh?

    • package206

      Here’s one, Grandal should have caught that ball!!

    • package206

      Looks like he is having trouble hitting too.

      • WBBsAs

        His offensive numbers dwarf A.J.’s.

  • package206

    Tonight’s question from the package is: Did Donnie make tonight’s lineup by himself or did he have help?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Who doesn’t need help?

      • package206

        When you make the money Donnie makes, he shouldn’t.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Everyone needs help.

          • package206

            I never needed help to do my job.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Klayton makes $32 million a year and has 3 CYAs, yet I guess he values help from AJ and Honey because he wants to be better.

          • package206

            If that is the case, why put in Grandal?

          • Bob_Hendley

            AJ doesn’t have to be behind the plate to help Klayton.

          • package206

            Clayton can throw to any catcher and be successful.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Then what is your point? You raised the issue of Grandal.

          • package206

            My point is Grandal is not the player that some say he is. You may think he is great. I don’t. Listen, you said everybody needed help. I disagree. You brought up Clayton needing help from Honey and AJ. I disagree. He doesn’t need either to be successful in my opinion.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Grandal doesn’t have to be great. He has an OPS+ of 132. AJ is at OPS+ 16. Ask Klayton if he values AJ’s and Honey’s help. The one’s that really need help are usually the one’s who deny such.

          • package206

            You ask Clayton if he values Grandal? Who made you judge and jury of who needs help?

          • Bob_Hendley

            You are the one who suggested that since you didn’t need help why should anyone else, particularly if they make a lot of money. Why exactly did you pose this question?

          • package206

            It appears that you really don’t want to know why I would raise the question. You would rather just question why I wrote the question. Maybe my questions make you uncomfortable as a fan.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You got me!

  • package206

    Hey WBB, I saw where the Giants had a no hitter tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Who do you root for, other than your own opinions?

      • package206

        I root for many people other than my opinions.

        • WBBsAs

          Just not for the Dodgers.

          • package206

            Including the Dodgers. Just not players who are cheating dopeheads.

    • WBBsAs

      So? Lots of mediocre (and even bad) pitchers have thrown no-hitters.

      • package206

        You just won’t give the guy credit for throwing a good game?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice catch by Puig.

  • RBI

    Just checked in. Another low scoring game. Go Dodgers!

  • RBI

    So, this Ray looks like a pretty good lefty. Yes?

  • RBI

    Kendrick!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie wowie!

  • RBI

    Good job, Frias and Libertore.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was an effective relief job right there. Now the problem often comes when Mattingly tries to stretch a pitcher too far.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If anything he seems to have a quick hook. Circumstances probably dictate.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice running by Puig (as well as hitting).

  • WinnipegDave

    So will Joc be first off the bench to pinch hit?

    • WinnipegDave

      Not here for Kendrick, but maybe next inning if need be.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Howie x3!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie again!

  • RBI

    Howie!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a very timely base hit by Kendrick!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice if that continues for everyone.

      • WinnipegDave

        Agreed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guererro hitting in front of Grandal seems unusual.

    • package206

      You must be right.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Donnie likes his lefty-righty and this is two righties in a row. Grandal of course switches. So with Heisy and Puig up front, a very righty flavored line up.

        • package206

          That is very profound. You must have given this much thought?

          • Bob_Hendley

            I had help from the FO.

          • package206

            No, you wouldn’t have needed a FO to come up with that one.

          • Bob_Hendley

            And yet you criticized Donnie earlier in the thread for loading up with righties, when you thought that Ray didn’t merit such. Do you think Donnie needs help? Yours in particular?

          • package206

            Donnie doesn’t need any help as he has all he needs, but he might consider hiring you.

          • Are you trying to annoy, package?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Package:”Donnie thinks he is very bright. Robbie Ray doesn’t impress me as being dominant over rightys or leftys.” You need to help Donnie out, Package.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like it could be a Kenley night tonight!

    • RBI

      Warming up!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ for the win – err save I guess!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Liberatore with the 3 pitch win.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Another quick game tonight. I haven’t seen the overall numbers, but I’m wondering if the length of games has decreased noticbly or not (say 10 minutes or more).

  • WinnipegDave

    Another series win!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal’s throwing really kept that game from getting away in the early innings.

    • john galt

      Who won the game between you and Package?

      • WBBsAs

        Package appears not to know when to cut his losses.

    • john galt

      He values AJ for his past performance, future coaching qualities, and all-around good guy, but he’s ignoring what time and effort have done to erode his athletic abilities. I give him credit for having that admirable outlook but baseball is, unfortunately, a business and the past counts for little or nothing. I just see no point in hassling him. It’s not like myself and all other baseball fans don’t live in glass houses ourselves…

      • WBBsAs

        I too value A.J., but I can’t overlook stupidity (or willful ignorance) in defence of him.

  • WBBsAs
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    • john galt

      Just a big lottery after the first two rounds. There is this guy writes on Dodger Digest, his total interest, maybe even his reason for living, is minor league players and those eligible for the draft. In the past couple of weeks he posted 4 events (?)(they usually post twice a day) totally about potential draftees he had researched and thought the Dodgers might (should) draft at least some of them. You could tell he had put in a lot of time on it and he really cared. Not one player he touted was drafted by the Dodgers (or anyone else as far as I know)… I wonder if he was crushed? I really expected some of his picks might make it and even I feel bad about that. I will probably never again read anything he says, I might bail out of Internet sports entirely. It is such a useless pursuit.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s a harmless hobby. Lower round picks, in any event, are a crapshoot, as witness Mike Piazza. Plenty of high draft picks fail, plenty of lower picks flourish.

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