Game 86, 2015

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

Clayton Kershaw tries to even his record at 6-6. He’s pitched much better than that record indicates, including a 2.67 ERA in his last four starts with 35 Ks in 27 innings, games in which he got three losses for his trouble.

He’ll face rookie lefty Adam Morgan, who will be making his third big league start. He went 5 2/3 innings in his first game and got the win, and then went 7 innings in his second and got a loss. He’s 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA.

Lineup when available.

Pederson has been dropped down in the order, probably due to his recent slump.

  • Seager and Urias sit atop mid-year prospect lists.

    • WBBsAs

      Seager will almost certainly up before season’s end, Urias possibl (though he’ll need some time to get back in pitching shape following his surgery).

      • Surgery was for a growth on his eyelid. You think his arm strength was affected by that? 😉

        • WBBsAs

          A layoff without pitching to hitters under game conditions is always going to affect a pitcher. They’re going to be very conservative with a pitcher of his age and potential.

        • Bob_Hendley

          The surgery seemed to have been welcomed by the FO as a way to slow down his innings build up a bit.

  • WBBsAs

    DeGrom mowing down the Gnats, who have only two hits through eight. Mets lead 2-0.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose, with Busted Poseur on the bench for second straight day with hamstring problems. Good chance Grandal starts the ASG, I would think.

  • scooplew

    WBBsAs: Regarding your question about Monterey restaurants:
    Seafood — Passionfish in Pacific Grove, which is pricey. Old Fisherman’s Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf, favored by locals, good view of the marina depending upon where you sit.
    Mexican — Pepper’s in Pacific Grove. After that, there are many Mexican restaurants throughout the Monterey Peninsula.
    Peruvian — I know of none locally and couldn’t find any on the Internet.
    Have fun. I will be out of town. If you haven’t been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium it is worth the visit, but it has gotten quite expensive.
    I am going to the Dodgers-A’s game of Wednesday afternoon, August 19, at the Coliseum. If you are going perhaps we could meet.

    • WBBsAs

      I am also going with a friend that day. You can find my email address at http://www.southernconetravel.com

      • scooplew

        I will in touch. I am going with some friends but I don’t know the seat locations yet.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Free mlb-tv game.

  • WBBsAs

    Adams Morgan? That’s where I lived in DC.

    • Heh. Our Fairfax County subdivision was Tall Oaks.

      • WBBsAs

        I walked through Rock Creek Park to work every morning when the weather permitted.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think you may have lived in Mount Pleasant (where I live), given the coordinates you provided in the past (and just around the corner from where Walter Johnson lived at one point), but I may be wrong.

      • WBBsAs

        Actually, you’re right, but very close to Adams Morgan.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep, almost across the street.

  • john galt

    Ha! They got greedy. They were marking down that GIDP before they fielded the ball. Many a slip between cup and lip…

  • Arrrrgh!

  • Bob_Hendley

    AJ!

  • Yay, A.J.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I actually saw his last regular season dinger in September 2014 in Wrigley.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s gaining on Grandal.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just got home and found out that tonight’s game is free on MLB.tv! Get to watch Kersh and listen to Vin!

    • O Canada! 😉

      • WinnipegDave

        My home and native land!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Scoop. Just picked up a bunch of Dave Margoshes books from the library – including Wiseman’s Wager and some of his poetry. I know you said Wager was one of your fav’s – but what was the other one you mentioned?

    • scooplew

      He has a few collections of short stories. The one that I liked the most, although I like most everything he has written, is A Book of Great Worth. This is the one that is a collection of linked short stories and somewhat autobiographical. I am curious about your thoughts, and I welcome any recommendations you may have about who to read.

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh good – I picked that one up as well. I go on vacation at the start of next week, so I will have time to do some reading then. I will certainly let you know what I think of them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dave, have you every come across a piece of fiction called “Northern Lights” by Howard Norman. It was recommended by a friend, but since it was her ex-BF, I was looking for a second opinion before picking it up.

      • WinnipegDave

        I haven’t – but it sounds very Canadian! I’ll see if I can track it down.

        • Excellent reviews at Amazon.com

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Link! I tracked it down on my library’s website.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Well, I guess I don’t have any choice now.

      • WinnipegDave

        Wow – you guys are putting me to shame. Just looked up Northern Lights and see it is set in northern Manitoba! I need to read Howard Norman after Margoshes.

    • Think it was A Book of Great Worth.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rollins chasing Hanley.

  • WinnipegDave

    AJ still hitting tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why do the Phillies have my wife’s initials – SLB – on the front of their jerseys?

    • Honor former owner Sally L Buck.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Link. That makes more sense than honouring my wife for some reason. Not that she isn’t worth honouring!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig a bit unfortunate there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Clayton with a nice pitch count so far.

  • scooplew

    WinnipegDave: Quill and Quire magazine compared Margoshes to Mordecai Richler: http://coteaubooks.com/index.php?id=828

    • WinnipegDave

      Cool. But who is Richler? Just kidding – I’m definitely familiar with him and his works.

      • scooplew

        You had me there for a second.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t let them back in the game here Kershaw.

  • package206

    Well how about Ellis? He has now surpassed Rollins in BA. .218 to .213

    • WinnipegDave

      Yah but I think Rollins is probably still a little better playing shortstop than A. J. would be. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice to see this little surge from the two of them. In fact, AJ in his last 24 PA has an OPS of 1.012 before tonight!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh has given up 3 hits in the last inning plus.

    • WinnipegDave

      Make that 4 hits.

  • RBI

    Vintage Kershaw game tonight. And I love that AJ got two runs for his buddy!

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s so fun watching him pitch when he is dealing like he is tonight. Glad to see this game on MLB this evening.

  • package206

    Kershaw’s ERA has shrunk below 3.00 to 2.90.

    • WinnipegDave

      First number starting with 2 is more familiar when talking about Kershaw and ERA.

    • RBI

      Hey, Package!

      • package206

        Hey RBI!!

        • RBI

          Having fun watching Kersh?

          • package206

            He is my fav. He and Koufax adorn my screensaver.

          • package206

            No tickets tonight?

          • RBI

            Now this would have been a fun game to watch from ten rows back! Last night was great, but there were some definite little league moments from our side…

    • Bob_Hendley

      A gem in the making!

      • package206

        Don’t know if Donnie will let him come out for the 9th?

        • WinnipegDave

          He’s at 103 or 104 pitches. I’d say he is done.

          • WinnipegDave

            And yet it looks like he will hit. Amazing how often I am wrong about these things.

  • RBI

    Nothing to do with a pitch like that curve ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Smooth as silk – Kershaw.

  • RBI

    Complete game?

    • package206

      Shutout!!

  • RBI

    Kershaw almost got a base hit!

    • WinnipegDave

      He was robbed!

  • RBI

    The Phillies’ bullpen looks sharper than ours.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Coming into this game, in his last 8 games Clayton has an ERA of 1.78, .827 WHIP and a K rate of 14.9/9. (W-L 3-3).

    • WinnipegDave

      So – ERA lowered but k rate down and WHIP up so far tonight.

  • RBI

    Okay, CK, close ’em down.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ruiz is despicable.

    • WBBsAs

      He could easily qualify as a Gnat.

      • Bob_Hendley

        His nickname “Chooch” is well earned.

        • WBBsAs

          Sin comentario…

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh just needs to strike out the next three batters.

  • RBI

    I hope he doesn’t get overtired here….

    • package206

      Take some deep breaths RBI and get those lungs ready for the yell.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fast ball is still clocked at 94 mph.

  • RBI

    Go Clayton! One more out!

  • 88 strikes to 31 balls. amazing.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • RBI

    Brilliant job.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The King is back!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! Oh yeah!!

  • package206

    I know everyone knows we are watching history!!

    • RBI

      That was pure magic.

  • WinnipegDave

    160 strike outs for the year. He is certainly on pace for 300.

    • WBBsAs

      I wouldn’t count on that.

  • scooplew

    The best .500 pitcher in baseball.

    • RBI

      Maybe ever!

  • package206

    I cannot figure out why he is not on the All Star squad?

    • RBI

      Ridiculous.

      • scooplew

        As far as I’m concerned, let him take a long, restful break rather than pitch one inning in Cincinnati next Tuesday. He can be off for eight days now and start the first game after the break.

        • WinnipegDave

          What? You don’t want to see the AS beside his name for 3025 on his baseball reference page? Just kidding. I would be fine with him taking a .breather as well. What will be will be I guess.

    • Bob_Hendley

      First nine games ERA 4.32.

      • package206

        If Jeter made the AL team last year then Kershaw should be in this one.

        • Bob_Hendley

          That was just to honor one of the game’s greats on his way out.

  • scooplew

    He should be about 13-3.

  • scooplew

    ERA down to 2.85.

  • scooplew

    And a five-game lead again, with Greinke pitching tomorrow and the Giants idle.

  • WinnipegDave

    There hasn’t been a 300K pitcher since Randy Johnson with 334 in 2002.

  • John_from_Aus

    I see normality has been returned

  • foul tip

    A Jon post, in entirety:

    “On May 25, Clayton Kershaw had a 4.32 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, and A.J. Ellis had a .208 on-base percentage and .140 slugging percentage.

    “Since May 26, Kershaw has a 1.53 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, and Ellis has a .467 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.”

    He included this, from Eric Stephen:

    Eric Stephen@truebluela

    A.J. Ellis said, with no home runs, teammates joked that he was sponsored by Coke Zero. Said now he hoped to move up to Uno.

    12:12 AM – 9 Jul 2015

  • foul tip

    Also from Eric S:

    Eric Stephen@truebluela

    The Dodgers have hit 10 home runs total in 7 HR Derby appearances. Hee Seop Choi has 5 of them

    5:15 PM – 8 Jul 2015

    • WinnipegDave

      It has been a nightmarishly bad performance for Dodger players.

  • foul tip

    Pretty good game summary:

    http://imgur.com/U9S65Kd.jpg

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s what we get for giving him so many PA!

    • john galt

      His sins are being signed by previous administration, and being smart enough( Hell, who isn’t smarter than Ned???) to sign a contract that cramps the club. It goes without saying that I’m no expert, but from what I’ve seen, he can play third as good as Callaspo and left field much better than Crawford. I can understand if the club would rather move him and use someone else, what I can’t understand is why they are using him in such a way as to discredit his value. That undermines their own best interest. On a side note, you got to hand it to that Ned. Counting Guerrero, Arrebuena (can’t spell that),Ethier, Crawford (by trade), Andruw Jones plus other mistakes that don’t come to mind right now, he made more bad deals than any two previous GMs.

      • WBBsAs

        Guerrero is horrendous in LF, while Crawford is adequate. Callaspo is a decent 3B, but I would have liked to see Guerrero get a bit more chance there – the little I’ve seen him, he’s looked OK. But, yes, Ned bears plenty of blame for a contract that doesn’t really allow the team to trade him.

        • john galt

          I think he looks pretty good for an infielder who never played there before this spring. We’re going to disagree on Crawford, he’s terrible. Over and above that weak noodle of an arm, he has no baseball sense, doesn’t even know where to aim his weak throw. He offends my sense of right. I shall buy drinks for the house when he is gone.

  • WinnipegDave

    Clayton Kershaw’s career ERA dropped from 2.53 to 2.51 after last night’s game. That seems like a lot for just one (amazingly pitched shutout) game.

  • john galt

    The Angels are supposed to be looking for a left-handed bat, and also shopping Wilson who has a bad contract. Why not Crawford for Wilson?

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