Game 79, 2015

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Senor Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) for the Dodgers and Senor De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA) for the D-Backs. This is the third time Frias has started against the Arizona team, and he gave up only one run in those previous twelve innings. De La Rosa has also started twice against the Dodgers, but he’s been pretty bad, giving up fourteen runs in ten innings.

Lineup when available.

  • john galt

    LATD”

    Today’s subject is… Dave Stewart. Honestly, prior to it’s happening, how many of you said to yourself, “I wonder why Dave Stewart isn’t a GM?”. I could not have been more surprised by it (rumors disregarded). I liked Stewart as a ballplayer. I had nothing against him as an agent. (He repped Matt Kemp among others) He wasn’t Scott Boras but he wasn’t some of the dingalings who have become agents lately either. But with no experience, why would anyone hire him as a GM? Especially Phoenix. If it were Oakland or some large city with a large black population, I could see it as a fan connection. But why Phoenix? I bet they have White, Mexican, and Indian populations larger than Black. Some of his trades and signings have been real head-scratchers. So I’m stumped. If you know, please explain.

    • Howard Fox

      hmmm…very un-PC of you

      • john galt

        How so? I have nothing against anyone of any color. Is it now wrong to admit that some people have different skin colors?

        • Howard Fox

          no, its ok to recognize that, as long as you don’t make a federal case out of it…oh wait…it is a federal case….in fact everything is….don’t get me started….

          • scooplew

            I don’t think Dave Stewart’s skin color had anything to do with why he was hired or why he should have or should not have been hired. Thankfully, those days are pretty much behind us. For the record, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area has more African-Americans than four other major league cities in the United States: Denver, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle. Toronto has about the same number as Phoenix. In Canada, black people are sometimes referred to as Black Canadians or African-Canadians, according to my research, but Dave of Winnipeg may want to correct that.

          • Howard Fox

            all this is very interesting, of course, but does not explain why the Dodgers cannot hit in the clutch or the bullpen cannot hold a lead

          • WBBsAs

            I am currently transcribing an interview on Afro-Uruguayans (about eight percent of the population there).

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes, either are acceptable but Black Canadian is certainly more common (at very least in Winnipeg). As a father of an adopted son from Ethiopia, it is also most common even in my own home. I would add that my wife and I are humbled and honoured to be connected to Ethiopia in such a special way – so yea Africa!

  • WBBsAs

    Dee just hit a three-run inside-the-parker off Vogelscheiße, Fish now gulping Gnats 4-2 in the third.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Very good for two reasons, especially the score vs. that opponent.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just finished watching the 2nd half of women’s World Cup, as US beat Germany, 2-0.

    I started cringing when I heard that rhythmic, irritating chant — but then i realized they weren’t say “Beat LA” . . . but “U-S-A!” I REALLY liked hearing THAT chant!

    • WBBsAs

      Just hearing about soccer helped me catch a little nap before baseball. Better than Ambien.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Means more when you care.
        But glad you were able to sleep.
        It;s actually more intense than baseball — there’s NO downtime, including commercial breaks at the half-innings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2nd day in a row I can’t access game audio (at least pre-game) from the Android At Bat app. Today I CAN get Gameday Audio on my PC.

    Anyone else have that problem?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If at first you don’t succeed with the DP . . .

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal does it again!

  • scooplew

    Since going 5-for-10 with RISP in the first game of the series vs. the Marlins, the Dodgers 2-for-27 with RISP including the first four innings tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Unfortunately, the first game was the anomaly — and a frustrating tease.

  • Oh fine, Carlos.

  • RBI

    Carlos not doing any aspect of his job well right now.

    • WBBsAs

      I think he’s approaching the end of his rotation days.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Makes sense, but who takes his place?

      • Bob_Hendley

        He may not make it to the 6th, but still working on quality start. Last outing he blanked Cubs over five. But if we can upgrade our 5th, by all means

    • package206

      Hey RBI.

  • RBI

    Off to the kitchen to sauté some shrimp. May we score some runs while I cook.

  • RBI

    That was the worst strike two instead of ball four call on Howie I’ve seen in a while.

  • scooplew

    I think Frias is too inconsistent to remain in the rotation. The question is who should replace him.

    • package206

      Multi billion dollar ownership group and can’t get enough quality starters.

      • RBI

        A pitcher! A pitcher! My kingdom for a pitcher!

        • WBBsAs

          They’ll get one. I’m hoping Cueto.

          • package206

            Never happen.

          • RBI

            Why not?

          • package206

            I just think the owership will settle for a more cost effective starter, not a top of the line starter.

          • scooplew

            I think, unfortunately, that package is right. This ownership is cheap in some strange ways.

          • package206

            I am drawing this conclusion on what has been done so far in the past. They got rid of a starter (Haren) who in my opinion was better than the two they picked up. McCarthy and Anderson.

          • Bob_Hendley

            The numbers indicated that Anderson has pitched better than Haren so far this season.

          • package206

            Which numbers are you refering?

          • Bob_Hendley

            ERA, FIP, ERA+.

          • package206

            Agreed this year’s era of 3.38 for Haren is slightly above Anderson’s 3.13 but he has not pitched as many innings. I don’t compare FIP and ERA+. Anderson’s 4-4 record is not as good as Haren’s 6-5 record. Also, Haren’s WHIP of 1.01 is far and away better than Anderson’s 1.29. All in all, not too much difference. Certainly not enough to claim Anderson as a better pitcher.

          • Bob_Hendley

            OK, but you reached a conclusion about Dodger management based on your opinion that Haren was better than Anderson. How strong is that conclusion if in fact they performed more or less the same?

          • package206

            My point is that owership has not brought in really top tier pitchers that have been available. Dan Haren was the team’s 5th starter, every bit as good or better than what we have seen so far for a 3rd and 4th starter as they have had plenty of time to obtain more help in the absence of Ryu.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You said that your argument was based upon the past, i.e., the off season when they got rid of Haren and got Anderson and McCarthy. Now you are saying that because they have yet to replace Ryu they are not going to? You could be right, but your “never happen” is not very convincing.

          • package206

            I am saying they haven’t done anything and my argument is based on the past.

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s a good question. So far starting pitching has not be a weakness compared to other teams (Dodgers rate 2-3 in several categories), We’ll see if the owners want to make a big improvement in that area.

    • WBBsAs

      They will be picking up another good starter before the deadline.

  • RBI

    How ‘s the D-back’s pen?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Better than their starters.

  • RBI

    Okay, bullpen. Let’s put yesterday behind you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for a run or two.

  • WinnipegDave

    Last night the Dodgers were burned by at least one lead off walk. Let’s see if it will cost AZ tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t bunt SVS. Hit away man. Hit away.

    • scooplew

      After that strikeout, SVS has now has 1 sacrifice bunt in 572 major league plate appearances.

  • scooplew

    A narrow range: From the end of play on May 15 through the end of play yesterday, Rollins’ batting average has been between .192 and .215., his OBP between .259 and .284.

    • package206

      Not very good performance. He should be removed from the everyday lineup.

      • WBBsAs

        For whom? I’d be open to giving Quique more time at SS.

        • package206

          Anybody the Dodgers has that can play SS or bring up Seager.

          • scooplew

            What about Guerrero or Turner? Defense too shaky in both cases?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Pitchers would revolt. We have a strong enough line up where having Rollins at SS most of the time shouldn’t be a problem. Rather, shouldn’t be the problem that we focus on.

          • package206

            I highly doubt the pitchers would revolt. After all Rollins has not played well this season on offense or defense.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Defense would be much weaker.

          • package206

            His 6 errors this year say different. His arm strenght is worse as well as his range. He is old.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Turner has played 15 games at SS for the Dodgers and has 5 errors.

          • package206

            I think Turner’s bat would overcome the recent play of Rollins and I do not think the error rate would be that high.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That’s 5 errors on the balls he got to. Very limited range and knee issues.

          • package206

            OK, you keep Rollins and good luck with a worn out SS. He is only taking up roster space.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yes, now look at 2014: 15 games, 4 errors at SS.

          • package206

            I never was talking about 2014 but you go ahead and keep Rollins as your SS.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You’re being silly, now. The discussion was as regards Turners defensive abilities at SS. Over the past two years that he has been with us he has committed 5 errors in 16 games. (you already said that I could have Rollins).

          • package206

            I cannot make you see that Rollins has played maybe the worst ball of his career and in my opinion to continue to load the lineup with that type of performance can only hurt the team. Just my opinion and you have made it abundantly clear you would not want a change.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I don’t want Turner or Guerrero there (and I do think that the pitchers would revolt!)

          • package206

            I also said to bring up Seager. I do believe that wasting Guerrero’s bat is not good.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Could be sooner, but my guess is that Seager will be a September call up.

          • package206

            Sorry but the Dodger’s stats say Rollins has played 1 game at SS with error.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I though you gave up on me and I got to keep Rollins (check out 2014)?

          • package206

            Just wanted the facts correct.

          • Bob_Hendley

            ? I assumed that you meant “Turner” and not “Rollins” since that is who we were talking about. Turner has in fact played 16 games at SS for the Dodgers in 2014-15 and has committed 5 errors.

          • package206

            According to the Dodger stats, Turner has played 1 game at SS in 2015 and has 1 error. The Dodger web page.

          • WBBsAs

            Neither one is a SS. Guerrero not even in an emergency.

  • RBI

    Great at bat, Joc!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need at least one more hit this inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How about another one?

      • WinnipegDave

        Sure, why not. I mean I’ve got nothing better to do tonight than to listen to the Dodgers string some hits and runs together this inning.

  • scooplew

    Time to erase a lot of frustration right now.

  • RBI

    Even better at bat from Howie!

    • scooplew

      Bravo! A hit with RISP.

      • RBI

        Been a while…

  • scooplew

    Gonzalez is frequently failing to deliver lately on 2-0, 3-1 counts.

    • WBBsAs

      ???

      • Bob_Hendley

        “is slow”?

        • WBBsAs

          Faster than A.J., though…

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a waste. It felt like the pitchers would have walked more of the hitters if the Dodgers had laid off a few more pitches. Bad luck that Turner just missed his but so many 3 ball counts turned into outs that inning.

  • scooplew

    So which bullpen unfolds tonight, Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde?

    • WinnipegDave

      So far, the good doctor is here tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice Juan! Double play!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice outfield defense!

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the 9th! Dodgers are 360 feet away from handing the lead to Jansen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Joc wonders if 460 feet will do?

  • RBI

    Wow! Highly suspect strike zone there, ump.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Joc has a beef.

      • RBI

        Two of those were ankle-high.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very low and inside for 3rd strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew. Glad SVS made that catch. And same thoughts for Joc’s catch as well.

  • RBI

    I just told my husband he needed to get us a run, and he did!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh wow! Howie!

  • RBI

    Howie!!!

  • RBI

    I’m greedy. I want an insurance run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive . . .

      • RBI

        There you are!

  • WinnipegDave

    Rough night for Turner. 0-5.

    • RBI

      A little over eager at the plate tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Turner hadn’t gone 0-5 all season (0-4 3 times)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Que grande es Grandal!

  • RBI

    Yes!!! Grandal!!!

  • RBI

    Liking these at bats, boys! Their bullpen’s turn to melt down.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal continues to deliver.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonderful! That’s a great lead.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It ain’t Coors, so yes.

  • RBI

    Where’s Bob_in_Vegas? He’d be loving this scoring.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Went away but came back in time to see the comments here, then check Gameday.
      Most impressive is Grandal’s double . . . HRs are nice, but the situational hitting will turn this team around.

      • RBI

        Very skilled at bat.

      • WBBsAs

        As Package despairs…

  • scooplew

    On fire: Including tonight, Kendrick is 12-for-21 in his last five games, raising his average from .276 to .298.

    • RBI

      He has so much confidence at the plate right now. You can see it.

  • RBI

    That’s two. One more, KJ.

  • Bob_Hendley

    First walk of the season for Kenley.

    • RBI

      Better pitch than the strike called on Joc, by far.

    • scooplew

      I can handle the first walk of the season for Kenley, just not the first walk off for Kenley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looks like whatever affected the bullpen yesterday was passed to KJ.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can we just move Goldie off the field and into the HoF?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Or into Dodger blue?

      • WBBsAs

        His biggest shortcoming ever was his failure to sign with the Dodgers when they drafted him.

  • WinnipegDave

    That doubled KJ’s ERA. From 0.55 to 1.10.

  • RBI

    I have to say, these D-backs don’t give up easily!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • RBI

    C’mon KJ!!!! Yes!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Up 1 1/2. Woo-HOO!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A win is a win, but this was especially nice.

    • RBI

      I agree. I was in a bad mood all day after yesterday’s.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good way to move into July 1st and Canada Day!

  • RBI

    I have to say, I was really impressed with how the bullpen came back today.

    • foul tip

      The previous game was the anomaly, fortunately.

  • scooplew

    It was great to have the cushion that Grandal supplied for the rare misstep by Jansen.

  • RBI

    Also, spectacular defense today.

  • RBI

    Good night, all. One more, and then a well-earned day off. For all of us!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Interesting develops in Anaheim on a theme that has been discussed here regarding FO-manager relations. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13178960/jerry-dipoto-appears-as-los-angeles-angels-general-manager

    • john galt

      I have no idea how much a GM makes, it must be 7 figures, but how in the heck do you quit a job that pays that well?

      • package206

        Too bad for Jerry. All managers don’t have to use FO information and techniques.

      • foul tip

        Reads like the Angels quit him after a power struggle with Scioscia.

    • package206

      Guess all managers don’t use sabermetrics and other FO info to run the team?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not clear to me that it is about Scioscia being anti-sabremetrics and not using them, as much as it is an issue of who manages the players and how and what information is conveyed to them. But that is just my reading

        • package206

          Not sure which article you read but if you did not read http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-angels-mike-scioscia-front-office-tensions-jerry-dipoto-ken-rosenthal-062915 , it appears to be more statistical info and scouting reports.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Does anything in either article indicate that Scioscia doesn’t use sabremetrics? Not understanding how you get that out of these articles.

          • package206

            I will not respond as you are determined not to understand.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You are probably right, as I certainly don’t understand what I said that deserved a response like that. I just asked a question. If you don’t want to respond, that’s fine.

  • WBBsAs
  • john galt
  • foul tip

    Anyone have a link to the great throw that LF extraordinaire Alex G made to nail the runner at home the other day? My usual places didn’t, and that should be preserved for posterity.

    • john galt

      What day was it?

      • foul tip

        6/25 Dodger 4-0 win over Cubs

        “Chris Coghlan tried scoring from second on Miguel Montero’s two-out hit in the fourth but Alex Guerrero cut him down at home plate with a strong throw from left field to keep Chicago off the board.”

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