Game 60, 2015

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

The Dodgers send Brett Anderson out to find his third win. He deserves better than he’s gotten from his teammates: he’s 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA, but he’s only given up more than three runs once in eleven starts. Run support has been missing.

His opponent will be Jeremy Hellickson, who’s 4-3 with a 4.88 ERA. That’s a little misleading: his last four outings have been quality starts and he’s won three of them.

The Dodgers have beaten the D-Backs eight straight.

Lineup:

Turner’s knee must still be hurting.

  • WBBsAs

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  • john galt

    Where’s all the usual fans who show up at game time?

  • (Taps mike)

    Is this thing on?

  • A question for WinnipegDave when he gets here: Is driving the Trans-Canada highway east from Vancouver to his town and beyond a scenic trip? I’m tempted to try that before I get too old.

    • john galt

      I would put money on that. I’ve also heard that the railway line crossing Canada east to west is spectacular as well.

      • scooplew

        I’ve taken it from Vancouver to Calgary a couple of times. Spectacular is correct.

    • john galt
    • WinnipegDave

      Just got in from a staff party. Full disclosure: I’ve never gone the whole way across the Trans Canada from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Done it numerous times as far as Calgary – but that is the less scenic part of the drive, since it is straight and flat. I love the prairies, big open skies – but it does make it a bit monotonous. The drive through the foothills and then the mountains I’m sure is amazing. I’ve only flown when going to Vancouver. Anyway, it’s a fun idea, traveling across Canada. Just don’t take the train – unless you have a very large pile of cash just begging to be used up.

  • john galt

    Two Dodger fans and a Giant-hater who believes the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  • john galt

    Guerrero???

  • scooplew

    In my mind, the occasional homer does not overcome the fact that Rollins can’t raise his average above .210 as the season reaches the 3/8th point.

  • scooplew

    Was that a suicide squeeze or a safety squeeze?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      According to Vin, it was a SNAFU by AZ C — he didn’t even look Andre back.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. I was hoping that Donnie had actually tried a suicide squeeze. I guess I will have to wait a while longer for that.

  • scooplew

    With that homer, Puig is now 7-for-13 since his return from the DL.

    • WinnipegDave

      That helps the offense get well!

      • scooplew

        Precisely. Only 56 at bats, but he is hitting .339 at this moment.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc flashing the leather and robbed a would be home run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He gives for the Dodgers AND he takes away, for them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Noticed that Joc’s defense has yet to translate into high values in the advanced fielding measures. He has a dWAR of 0.1, as compared to Trout with a 0.8. He has certainly seemed solid and on a few occasions spectacular to my untrained eye.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers have the offense going tonight. And the starting pitching has been good for the last 5 games, since the second game of the Cardinals series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice to see it happening.
      Hopefully they can eventually do it against the “quality” teams as well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Quality coming up TEX, giants and Cubs!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Scary thought, especially when tonight’s “laugher” has turned into a nail-biter.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep. Next up are the Pads. Hard to think of them as a quality team, but not including games against us (we are 6-3) they are playing at .519 clip, which would have them wedged between the Nats and the Mets in the East Division.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the rotation keeps rolling 1-5 over the next week and a half, then neither Kershaw or Greinke would be in line for a start against the Giants when they come to LA June 19-21.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If the rotation keeps pitching the way they have, the question will — as usual — fall on the shoulders of the offense (and bullpen).

      • WinnipegDave

        I agree but still – it would be nice to have your two strongest pitching in that series.

        • WinnipegDave

          Anyway, before I get to far ahead of myself – lots of games to play between now and then.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So much for the solid Anderson.

    • WinnipegDave

      I guess this is his second worst start this year. Going to have to rely on the bullpen tonight for sure.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        REALLY scary thought.
        AND the pace has regressed to the norm . . . dragging. I may have to hit the sack without knowing the outcome.

        • WinnipegDave

          I was just thinking that exact thing. Tonight’s game won’t be done in 2.5 hours. I might make it to midnight CST, but not much longer.

  • WBBsAs

    Missed the start of the game because we had to take my nephew to SFO (awful airport). The last I saw, Puig had homered to put the Dodgers up 4-1.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Those were the days, my friend . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seen/heard this before: bullpen comes in, defensive lapses, (lead disappears) . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining: sets up the DP.

  • WBBsAs

    Nicasio doesn’t seem to have much except for the fastball. It’s not enough to blow people away, and he can’t fool anybody with his other pitches.

    • RBI

      Maybe the blister will turn out to be a blessing.

  • RBI

    Nice to hear some Nancy B. in the background as Nicasio comes out for an unknown injury.

  • RBI

    Let’s get Pollack out, okay?

  • WBBsAs

    Bad throw by Ethier, couldn’t be cut off.

  • WinnipegDave

    How deep is our bullpen right now that Mattingly can change pitchers after every batter – even though we are still in the 6th inning?

    • WBBsAs

      I expect he wanted Nicasio to go two innings, but that didn’t exactly work out as planned.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes, but that shouldn’t mean he then proceeds to use 2 pitchers to face 2 batters.

        • WBBsAs

          Don’t expect too much out of Don.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha ha! Alright, advice received.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He did what he needed to do to try to shut them down when the Snakes had a great opportunity.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    GarKia!
    C’mon, bats, get some more!

  • WinnipegDave

    What a big strike out right there!

    • WBBsAs

      Next inning he gets Goldschmidt. That’ll be more of a test.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Batter-per-batter, yes . . . but with the tying and go-ahead runs a hit away, that was huge enough.

      • WinnipegDave

        At least there won’t be runners on 2nd and 3rd when Goldschmidt bats. Or Thomas either for that matter.

  • RBI

    Callaspo! Okay, Hernandez. Push another one over home plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Callaspo having a good night thus far. Leaping catch and several hits.

    • WinnipegDave

      In other words, like the old tv commercial used to say: ooh Alberto! I think it was for shampoo or something.

      • Maybe Alberto VO 5.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s it!!

  • RBI

    We look a little perkier with Yasiel back.

  • RBI

    Big run.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s the way to do it, guys!

  • RBI

    Pederson is so due…

  • RBI

    Joc needs to refind his inner chi at the plate. His swing is either tentative or wild.

    • WBBsAs

      Still, his OBP for the night is .500.

    • WinnipegDave

      Reminds me of the 3 bears: too hard, too soft or just right.

  • RBI

    Goldschmidt is unreal. What is that, four for four?

    • WBBsAs

      He’s one of the league’s best players. Tomás is looking like a real hitter tonight too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Might give that run right back.

  • RBI

    Classic Vinnie. Puig hiding behind his mitt after Goldie takes third, Vinnie, “Come on. We know you’re in there.”

  • RBI

    We seriously need a DP here. Okay, Yimi?

    • WBBsAs

      A pair of K’s would do.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Less suspense with a DP.

        • WinnipegDave

          And likely fewer pitches as well.

      • RBI

        Wow. Great catch by Joc, and a perfect throw, but run scores anyway…

        • WBBsAs

          Accurate, but not the strongest throw.

          • RBI

            Ah, I guess you’re right. I was enjoying the accuracy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot. But at least two outs.

    • RBI

      Really fine fielding by Joc.

  • RBI

    Okay, Puig. For the cycle… Triple, please.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — AND bring him in!

    • WBBsAs

      Triple and a throwing error.

      • RBI

        Ha!

  • RBI

    Two four-for-fours tonight! One for them, one for us.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Let Puig score again like Goldie.

  • RBI

    Ouch! That ball went up under the Ump’s mask.

  • WBBsAs

    OK, just get it to Kenley.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Callaspo not known for his glove. (Well, really not known for anything).

    • WBBsAs

      He’s had some respectable years. Decent bench player is his ceiling right now.

  • WBBsAs

    Good but less than overpowering inning from Howell.

    • Bob_Hendley

      His MO. (his 0.59 ERA comes with a WHIP of 1.3)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was bound to happen.
    This game is a disaster for the Dodgers: what started out so well could end up . . .

    But it ain’t over yet!

    • Bob_Hendley

      You are still awake!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yeah . . . and seems like I will be sleepless for a while, thank you Blue!

      • WBBsAs

        I’d like to go to bed after Joc hits the walkoff.

    • WinnipegDave

      No – it could go to extra innings!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, had to happen sooner or later. Too bad when we only had a one run lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Weren’t going to let Puig beat them. Up to AGon and company now.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’d be very happy with back to back walks.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Happy away!

    • WinnipegDave

      Call me happy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Patience Howie! Wait for a good pitch.

  • Yabba dabba do!

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    This Puig guy fitting in well.

    • Nice to have him back.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        History might be repeating itself — except LA is in a much better position than when he came up two years ago.

      • Bob_Hendley

        In the giddiness surrounding our performance till mid-May, it’s like we almost forgot just what a jewel we have in Yasiel.

    • WBBsAs

      He might be a keeper.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just like they planned all along. Fall behind in the first, race ahead, see the lead slip away, blown save by Jansen and then finally a walk off to complete the series sweep.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And you said you’re not a writer? 🙂
      Let’s put that script into production for the rest of the season . . . tho I wouldn’t mind some legitimate laughers in favor of LA!

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s Hollywood. These things write themselves sometimes. (No disrespect intended to all the hard working script writers.)

        • RBI

          You talkin’ to me?!

  • Bob_Hendley

    After 60 games last season we were at 31-29. We wouldn’t get to 10 games over .500, where we are now, until the end of the end of June when we took 3 out of 4 from the Cards.

    • foul tip

      “when we took 3 out of 4 from the Cards”

      If you ask many casual Dodger fans, all you’ll hear is “we can’t beat the Cards or Giants.” I think you also pointed out that LA has won the regular season series v SL the last 4 years.

      They only seem to remember key losses and not things like this. You’d think they would want to hold onto the good memories, not just the bad.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I think that not having won the WS since 1988 has a lot to do with that. We focus on what we perceive as the fatal flaw such as “we can’t beat the Cards” or before that “we can’t beat the Fillies”.

        • And we curse the very memory of Matt Stairs.

    • WBBsAs
      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! I figure I put in my time, if not effort.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I knew the Dodgers were going to play the Padres next, but it didn’t hit me that they would play in San Diego until I heard they were going to bus there today. . . . Wait a minute — I’M going to San Diego tomorrow. And hey — isn’t it time for Kershaw to pitch again?

    Long story short, I’m going to tomorrow’s game and will (if all goes according to plan) see The Kid in person for my first time.

    Go Kersh . . . go Dodgers!

    • Good for you, Bob!

    • RBI

      That’s so great! Representing for the Elysian Fields crowd.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And hopefully staying in touch.
        From what I remember listening the last time LA played in Petco, Dodger fans are close to half the crowd (at least half of the noisy crowd).

        • WinnipegDave

          That is so cool. Enjoy the game and be kind to the Padre fans. Hopefully they will be good hosts and the Dodgers will win.

  • foul tip

    Jon W entire post on CK after his last start. Short & sweet–

    By Jon Weisman

    “Clayton Kershaw through D-Day 2014: 3.32 ERA, .241 opponents’ batting average, .272 opponents’ on-base percentage, .392 opponents’ slugging percentage, .664 opponents’ OPS, 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Clayton Kershaw through D-Day 2015: 3.36 ERA, .221 opponents’ batting average, .272 opponents’ on-base percentage, .339 opponents’ slugging percentage, .611 opponents’ OPS, 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Tonight, Kershaw went eight innings, allowed one hit (a clean second-inning single by Randal Grichuk), walked two, hit Matt Carpenter with a pitch and struck out 11, giving him 101 for the year.

    In his past three games, Kershaw has pitched 22 innings, allowing two runs (0.82 ERA) on 14 baserunners while striking out 28.

    Fun fact: Kershaw has had a lower ERA in the second half of every season of his career.

    Any questions?”

  • According to Mark Saxon of ESPN the Dodgers are looking at Jordan Zimmerman, Joey Cueto and David Price as mid-season acquisitions to rebuild their rotation. They have a few more chips to play after a few prospects beyond Urias and Seager have shown themselves to be legitimate while down on the farm, says Saxon.

    • foul tip

      Easy to understand the thinking on getting at least one starter for the stretch. If Anderson’s health holds, he’s an entirely acceptable #3 for postseason.

      If not and he’s out and Ballslinger and Frias are only options….yikes. They’ve both done well so far. But doing nothing runs the risk factor off the scale.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats and Lincescum blow lead, lose to Metropolitans, fly across country to face well-rested Snakes at The Phone Booth tomorrow. Chase Anderson v. BadGums.

  • foul tip

    Interesting take on the team from Mark Timmons. Comments generally good quality too.

    Timmons: “Last year, the Dodgers had Hanley Ramirez who had a skillet for a glove and the range of Betty Crocker.”

    From a commenter: “Lowering the bar might not be the answer but after some games, going to one seems like a good idea.”

    http://www.ladodgertalk.com/2015/06/lets-get-real/

    • john galt

      Package would love Timmons’ quote.

      • foul tip

        Yeah. If you hear what sounds like thunder from South Carolina, likely it’s him.

      • WBBsAs

        Timmon probably overvalues Hanley’s glove (which is playing worse in LF that it did at SS).

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