Game 73, 2015

Dodgers at Cubs, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN2

Another battle of righthanders today, as Chicago native Mike Bolsinger goes for the Dodgers while Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs. Bolsinger is 4-2 with a 2.87 ERA; Hendricks is 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA. Hendricks has made six starts at Wrigley and remains winless, while Bolsinger is winless on the road and 1-2 in his last five starts.

Lineup:

Kendrick gets a night off before a getaway day game.

45 thoughts on “Game 73, 2015

  1. With an OPS of .605 over the past 21 games, Howie certainly merits at least a day off. Quique has manged an OPS .836 during his last 17 appearances.

    • Quique stills has lots of upside and has shown a lot in limited playing time. Though I’m impressed with what Dee has done so far this year, Quique’s four years younger, with far greater versatility.

  2. I’m calling it: the Dodgers go 6-3 in their next 9 games and finish the first half with a 45-36 record.

  3. What are the odds that one run is enough for tonight’s game? Let’s get more Dodgers.

  4. Free agent righty Chris Perez has been hit with a 50-game suspension, the league announced (h/t to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy). The penalty was assessed for use of a drug of abuse, with the length based on the fact that this is Perez’s second such offense.

  5. Saw “In Play Runs” and feared the worse. A run scoring grounded into double play is about the best one could ask for considering the above words.

    • I’ve liked Ballslinger so far but, in this case at least, Don made the right decision.

  6. Dodgers have been lulled to sleep since Turner’s home run. The good news so far is: After getting zero runs on three hits last night, they are a much more effective four runs on four hits tonight.

  7. Grandal slams his bat down after his at bat. If only he thought to swing during his at bat. He started with 3 straight balls, followed by 3 straight called strikes. That was not a good ab.

    • Anything to get the ball to Jansen with the lead. The Dodger starters have not helped the situation at all recently, by throwing way too many pitches in too few innings.

  8. Incredible! Makes final out of game trying to stretch a single with Rizzo and Bryant coming up. And his run would have meant nothing.

  9. In the last 6 games, the Dodgers have scored 24 runs and given up 24 runs. However, they are only 2-4 in that time.

  10. Dodgers overextended themselves last night, so one or none runs today. Early game, 11:20 A California time, which is 08:20 A in Hawaii. Bet Link misses it…

  11. The question today is whether Link will manage to put up a thread by 8 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time.

    • The whole “Review” philosophy is flawed. I can see where there are plays where none of the cameras give an absolutely correct view to call, but as long as they ignore the daily mis-called balls and strikes, they may as well ignore the other calls too. No excuse, there is electronic-visual equipment that is capable of totally accurate calls on pitch placement, the umpire’s responsibility should be limited to swing-no swing, fair or foul, and tag plays. That should be enough to keep them busy.

  12. From TBLA: “Turner is hitting a robust .353/.397/.647 with a team-leading 16 RBI in June, with his five home runs setting a new career high for a single month. The old record was four home runs, set by Turner last month.

    “The career-high 10 home runs on the season give the Dodgers five players with double-digit home runs on the season, the first time they have done that since 2000.”