Game 66, 2015

Rangers at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, FSSW

It’s a battle of lefties. Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.21 ERA) starts against the Rangers, the team he grew up following. The team from Texas counters with Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 3.03 ERA). This will be Kershaw’s first time pitching against the Rangers, while Rodriguez has a 5-5 record with a 2.64 ERA in 12 career starts against the Dodgers as an Astro and a Pirate.

The Dodgers activated Scott Van Slyke from the DL and placed Chris Hatcher on it with a shoulder strain.

Lineup:

Joc Pederson gets a rest, as does André Ethier.

  • WBBsAs

    Old friend/casual acquaintance Clint Robinson is batting fourth for the Nats (gnot the Gnats).

    • foul tip

      Lit up Tampa last night, so got another shot at them. Decent production in 80-odd AB, hot lately.

      And is parked in LF tonight. 2015 Games by Position:
      1B (3)
      LF (11)
      RF (4)
      RP (1)

      I remember his appearance as a reliever.

  • WBBsAs
  • package206

    I know some think I dislike Joc but I have always said that I will say when a member of the team does well and Joc has done well. My next question is why would the team play Heisey and Ellis in the same game even though both are right handed? I get Ellis but not Heisey. Why is it always necessary to play all the subs when Kersh pitches?

    • WBBsAs

      Because they’re facing a lefty, and Joc’s not been hitting much lately? It does make sense to get A.J. some AB’s v. a soft-tossing lefty who can’t overpower him.

      • package206

        Grandal is hitting .277 right now but his defense is not good. Jury is still out on his character unless you don’t think it counts?

        • WBBsAs

          Grandal has OBP of .386 and an OPS of .863, with eight HRs. A.J. has an OBP of .261, an OPS of .458, and zero HRs. Tell me how many games Grandal has cost the team with his supposedly poor defense and bad character.

          • package206

            Stop comparing Ellis’s hitting with Grandal. You are smart enough to know that Ellis has not had near the opportunity to play as Grandal. At least Ellis is of good character.

          • WBBsAs

            A.J.’s passed ball got a rally started tonight. His character sure helped there.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m sure Kersh has a lot to say in AJ playing when he takes the mound. He was campaigning mightily last year to make sure AJ was here this year.

    • RBI

      It does seem as if Clayton is getting the B-Team more often than the A-Team.

      • package206

        Don’t know exactly how to get those lineups but it would be interesting.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Perhaps go back every 5th game post from Link?

          • Search the blog for Kershaw. Search box in upper right.

          • package206

            It is too difficult to analyze . Everybody and their brother would jump on me for say this or that player was a sub or should have played a certain game. No Thanks.

          • Bob_Hendley

            As I recall Torre used to basically have a subs game every Sunday. That’s one approach. Another is to sub when you have your stronger pitchers on the mound.

          • package206

            Doesn’t that hurt the stronger pitchers from winning?

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s trying to optimize over a long season. Your stronger pitchers by definition let in fewer runs, so, in theory, you can score fewer runs and still win.

  • WBBsAs

    We have house guests from Colombia, so I’ll only be able to look in occasionally tonight.

    • scooplew

      Are any of them of major league baseball calibre? Perhaps a hitter or two?

      • WBBsAs

        Two of them are infants, and the lone male is a US journalist who runs the AP in Bogotá.

        • scooplew

          Shucks.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Big wheels keep on spinning . . . 5th verse, same as the first.

    • RBI

      How could AGon not advance the runners?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Silver Lining: It wasn’t a DP.

      • WBBsAs

        Well, at least he didn’t GIDP.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Jinx — you owe me a water!

  • RBI

    So frustrating, so far…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Now THAT’S a song we all know well . . . unfortunately.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least got an out out of that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Besides his natural competitive nature, I’m sure Kersh knows he can’t count on many runs to “support” him and has to shut them down.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is the 2nd game in a row there’s been a SB vs. Kersh — surprising to me.

  • RBI

    LA WO D. (Wasted opportunities )

  • RBI

    I am not impressed with Heisy in CF so far.

  • RBI

    Violating rules on the elliptical.

  • RBI

    Anybody out there?

    • WBBsAs

      Looking in occasionally and not liking what I’m seeing.

    • package206

      Bet you would really love to give a victory yell tonight, huh?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Started re-watching the first season of “The Newsroom” — less frustrating than the Dodgers these days.

  • scooplew

    I went to the Dodgers-Padres games last Saturday and Sunday at Petco, my first visit there. A few observations:

    As many Dodger fans as Padre fans. Great sight lines. Enthusiastic crowds although I
    think the loudspeakers leading the “Beat L.A.” chants were over the
    top. Let the fans do that spontaneously. (I have never chanted “Beat S.D.” or “Beat S.F.”). We had first
    level seats between home and first on Saturday, but the slope between
    the rows was so slight we couldn’t see well because of a large guy in
    front of us. We moved down. On Sunday we sat on
    the top deck and I liked those seats a lot. Similar to the top deck at Dodger Stadium. Food and souvenir stands are everywhere, but couldn’t find a program to buy and was told they don’t sell traditional programs. A simple scorecard was free, however. Park needs more escalators. It was
    quite a shlep to the top deck, although my buddy, who has a bad knee, used an elevator.
    Overall, enjoyable, and as my friend’s timeshare was a few blocks away
    we walked to Petco for both games. Great to be able to walk to a downtown stadium.

    And Pederson is a great outfielder.

  • RBI

    Poor Kersh. Can’t catch a break.

    • scooplew

      What happened?

      • RBI

        Passed ball on a strikeout. Balk call on a pick off at second. Single brought him in.

  • scooplew

    Gameday is frozen at 1-0 Rangers. I wish that were still the score.

    • Stuck for me too. What is the score?

      • package206

        4-0 Rangers.

  • RBI

    See comment below…

  • scooplew

    Since starting 22-10, the Dodgers have gone 15-18, yet have lost only three games off our lead.

  • scooplew

    Some numbers on Ellis:
    –2008/2009: Cups of coffee, total of 13 at bats.
    –2010: .278 in 108 ABs.
    –2011: .271 in 85 ABs.
    –2012: 270 in 423 ABs
    –2013: .238 in 390 ABs.
    –2014: .191 in 283 ABs.
    –2015: .164 in 61 ABs (before tonight).

  • AJ. and Kershaw both get hits and the next three guys can’t drive them in. Man.

  • package206

    Heisey, now there is a player to DFA. What a pickup!

    • 24 at bats all season means he’s hardly had a decent shot.

      • package206

        Since he only has 24ABs, he must not be needed. So why not free up a roster space for say Corey Seager????

        • scooplew

          I have no problem with DFA of Heisey, but I wouldn’t bring up Seager unless he becomes a starter.

          • package206

            You don’t think he would benefit from a little time with Rollins before he takes over next year. If not , why?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Probably benefit more from playing regularly in the minors and then coming up in September, when Rollins will have a whole month with him.

          • package206

            I agree with the thought but Rollins isn’t exactly knocking the cover off the baseball. Perhaps he needs a little rest.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Probably. They can start giving Quique a few more starts and see how that works out first. At OPS+ 95, he is just a little bit below average with the bat.

  • Over 100 pitches in six innings.

  • package206

    YEA!! SVS

  • package206

    Nice hit Alex! Too bad Donnie doesn’t understand you should play much,much more.

  • package206

    C’mon RBI, get in the game. Just Kidding. The Dodgers got a good chance to pull this one out!

    • RBI

      I was cooking and watching! Go Joc!

  • package206

    Atta boy Puig. Good eye!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodger website on the blink again — shows the game in the bottom of the 2nd.

    • RBI

      4-3 now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks — that verifies Steiner . . . always need to corroborate him!
        I’m surprised with the 3-run outburst for LA but saddened by Kersh giving up 4. He said he wasn’t hurt in Friday’s game, but it sure looked like he was struggling after he was hit, missing wide out and in. I hope he’s not adjusting to an injury.
        Of course, he also had 117 pitches in that game.

  • RBI

    I’m happy to see Joc back in Center Field.

  • WBBsAs

    So, I see A.J.’s passed ball got a rally started for the Rangers.

    • RBI

      The balk was what killed us.

      • WBBsAs

        Without the PB, there’s nobody on base for the balk.

    • RBI

      Gnats lost.

  • RBI

    Good job, bullpen! Keep it up. Now. Score. Some. Runs.

  • RBI

    Ugh.

  • Yahoo sports has something like Gameday, by the way.

    • WBBsAs

      Gameday is working again.

  • RBI

    My team is killin’ me right now.

  • Baserunner!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Pure tease . . . they’re getting REALLY good at that.

  • RBI

    Boo.
    HOO.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Headline: Dodgers score 3 runs.
    Headline: Kershaw gives up 4.
    Ravin is doing the Garcia arc — good at getting them out, then good at having them go out.

  • John_from_Aus

    just checked though the play by play, wow, lots of missed opportunities

  • Dodgers 9 LOB in the first six innings.

    • RBI

      Thinking alike again, Link.

      • Actually paraphrasing Jerry Hairston on the postgame show on the tube. 😉

  • RBI

    You can’t leave nine men on base and win. We’re not hitting. We’re pressing. And no one seems to be able to advance a runner. Except Kershaw and his bunt.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Silver Lining: we actually had men on base.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That just exacerbates the frustration: the potential is there. They are not living up to it like they did at the beginning of the year.
        This reminds me of the two Ramirez situations: before Manny came, there was no clutch hitting. And when Hanley went down in the playoffs, so did the LA scoring.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining: Return of SVS.

  • Howard Fox

    and the DM watch begins…………it is inevitable, and not unwarranted……
    I have never understood why the “rest” rotation for the lineup is always all or nothing. Never rest just one regular, let’s disrupt the entire lineup…Pederson, Ethier, Rollins, Grandal…..why not rest just one each day and keep the rest intact?
    We still cannot beat a winning team….and we cannot win on the road….not a formula for going deep in the playoffs, but what do I know….maybe we are sandbagging them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think that Donnie was trying to be strategic and take advantage of facing a southpaw. SVS/Either is a platoon situation, Ellis gets his weekly start with Clayton on the mound, Rollins probably needs more “rest” than he has been getting. Joc has appeared in all but one of the team’s games this year and got two PAs in this one as well. Grandal got a PA as well.

      • Howard Fox

        You are probably right, but it just seems that all these substitutions seem always to converge on the same game, somehow.

        Ellis, yes. Rollins, no loss there. But Ethier and Joc together. If it was me, you figure AGon, Howie, the 3 outfielders, and the third baseman whoever that is…..to me that is one substitution a game…6 games with one regular out with everyone getting a day off each week.

  • WBBsAs

    About the only lasting pleasure from last night was reviewing the way Pagán turned a routine fly ball into a triple that beat BadGums in Seattle.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Careful, you are talking about an All Star CF here.

      • WBBsAs

        You misspelled “overrated jerk.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    FWIW, Stark at ESPN is predicting that Cueto and Chapman end up as Dodgers.

    • john galt

      They would be welcome editions, even if they can’t hit. We have good players, what we don’t have is a manager who can use them correctly and get their best performance from them. Time for Mattingly to go back to Evansville.

    • WBBsAs

      I doubt Chapman wants to be a set-up guy.

      • john galt

        Maybe Jensen is the set-up gut. Maybe Jensen is traded. Maybe it doesn’t happen. That’s my guess. This is a smokescreen.

        • WBBsAs

          Jansen (with an “a”) would not want a demotion (nor would his agent want him to have one). It would be the most guaranteed means of ensuring his free agent departure.

          • Howard Fox

            Well, we can say with certainty which team he will not be joining as a free agent….Colorado.

          • john galt

            Why should he be different? This FO does not intend there be any long-term Dodgers. Keep them till their value (and salary) starts to get high, then trade them for prospects. That was the MO in Tampa and Oakland, that’s the way it’ll be here…

          • It was the way Walter O’Malley ran the Dodgers too, remember. The famous infield was traded away piece-by-piece, and each had several more productive years elsewhere.

      • Howard Fox

        It doesn’t matter which is the setup guy and which is the closer, you need a lead in the late innings for it to matter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Once again, the Dodgers turn to their best pitcher of the year in hopes to stop a skid.

    If Zack comes through again — and that still means he needs support from the “hitters” — the front office should negotiate for him immediately.
    Of course, Zack might choose to seek a team more likely to make AND advance in the playoffs.

    • john galt

      FO compares $ cost per win with pitchers like Zack, versus $ cost per win with pitchers like Anderson, Frias, Bolsinger et al of that ilk. Now really, who do you think they are going to sign?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Since no Dodger pitcher has won the last three games — including Kersh — they “should” look beyond that

        • Howard Fox

          the “should” do a lot of things IMO

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