Game 87, 2015

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

Zack Greinke brings his 27 2/3 scoreless-inning streak to the game against Severino Gonzalez. Greinke is 7-2 with a 1.48 ERA and headed for the All Star Game. Rookie right-hander Gonzalez rejoins the Phillies’ rotation for Thursday night’s series finale against the Dodgers. He is 3-2 with an 8.28 ERA in six starts and has been unable to pitch more than 5 1/3 innings in any of them, but the Phillies would rather give him another look than right-hander Kevin Correia, whom they designated for assignment Tuesday.

Lineup when available.

Turner gets a night off, Puig drops down to sixth.

  • john galt

    Was Kershaw going all the way last night, throwing 120 some pitches, a statement of Mattingly’s confidence in Kenly?

    • WBBsAs

      It was a statement that Kershaw was pitching a shutout with a comfortable lead, and that it was his last start before the All-Star break, so he’ll have plenty of rest before his next start.

      • john galt

        So Kenly was not offended?

      • john galt

        No thought of injury?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wouldn’t typically use Jansen with a 5 run lead in any event, unless he had gone 4-5 days without appearing.

  • There was some discussion about the complete game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Innings pitched as the most important stat. I think I like the sounds of that.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Pederson leading off tonight. And a Turner rest game.

    • Danke schön.

      • WBBsAs

        Bitte schön.

  • Thirty consecutive scoreless innings for Zack.

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke is pitching great obviously but still lots of pitches thrown so far tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      Moderate pitch count of 69 through five.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big spot here. Puig could do some damage.

  • WinnipegDave

    Zack makes it through the 5th at 69 pitches. Keep on rolling man.

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is like the polar opposite of Monday night’s game – low scoring and efficient on time.

    • WinnipegDave

      A bit less low scoring now! AGon with the blast. Yummy!

  • WBBsAs

    Only 75 pitches through six.

  • RBI

    Greinke is phenomenal.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wouldn’t it be great if Cole Hamels beat San Fran tomorrow night – and then got traded to the Dodgers on the weekend?

      • WinnipegDave

        Sorry, I’m so sleepy. Didn’t realize I was replying to you RBI. I meant to do a new comment.

        • RBI

          Who, me? Who, you? I am sleepy as well…

  • WinnipegDave

    Well – Gonzalez made it past 5 1/3, all the way to 5 2/3. Sometimes baseball is so predictable.

  • WinnipegDave

    Apparently the Phillies’ bullpen ERA is better than the Dodgers’. But Greinke’s ERA is better than them all!

    • WinnipegDave

      Just reminded myself of that old joke about the mediocre pitcher who was bragging to his friends. He tells them that his ERA is better than Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver and Pedro Martinez added together.

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh man, I’m telling jokes to myself on the internet. I may need help.

        • Nah. You’re okay.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Link!

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t throw out your back with too big a swing there Zack!

    • RBI

      Hats off to him!

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! Well played RBI.

  • WinnipegDave

    Question – are more people (and by people, I mean you dear friends in LA) able to see the Dodgers on tv these days? Or are most of you still blocked from watching?

    • RBI

      We’ve had TW all year, so… But it ain’t cheap.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ahh, and there’s the rub, I suppose.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love first pitch outs to the first batter of innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    How tense/excited we would be right now if Zack hit given up one less hit this evening.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig has awoken!

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke has some nice symmetry: 8 innings pitched, 8 strike outs, 88 game score.

  • RBI

    Puig! I heard on the radio that Mark McGuire worked with him today, to get his legs more involved.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not too shabby the last 2 nights – 17 innings, 9 hits, 21 k’s, no runs against. That could play pretty well against all comers.

    • WBBsAs

      Most other comers will be better than the Fillies.

      • WinnipegDave

        True, but would their pitching be better than Kershaw and Greinke?

        • WBBsAs

          Only the Nats (gnot the Gnats) come close.

          • WinnipegDave

            Agreed.

  • WinnipegDave

    And suddenly the bullpen is fairly well rested.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Will be needed for the weekend, no doubt..

  • John_from_Aus

    great to see Puig back to a bit of form

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

    • package206

      Hey RBI, your up in one half of an inning. Hurry!

  • WinnipegDave

    That must be the best game Greinke has pitched as a Dodger. At very least the best 8 inning game with LA.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He had a game score of 90 (tonight was 88), July 13, 2013 in a 2 hit GC shutout of the Rox. Best GS this year was 78. His scoring is generally low using this measure because normally not a big K guy.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Bob. Good research as usual.

  • Hooray!

  • WinnipegDave

    Interesting that the article that Link posted about Kershaw’s complete game mentioned that Greinke approaches things more pragmatically and is perfectly willing to exit after 100 pitches. Or in tonight’s case, after 94 pitches.

    • Zack is older. 😉

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! And wiser?

  • Bob_Hendley

    A hot Puig would make us very competitive.

    • WinnipegDave

      Imagine if Pederson got going as well!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Greinke down to 1.39 ERA. No one has had a better full season ERA since Gibson in 1968 with 1.12

  • WinnipegDave

    Night all. Good to get the series win at home versus the worst team in baseball. Hope we can do the same against the NL Central’s last place Brewers – but they have won something like 12 out of their last 16 games, so they are hotter than the Dodgers currently.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They recently swept both the fillies and the Reds, so some grain of salt in their surge. But, I guess a grain of salt for ourselves as well.

      • WBBsAs

        The Cerveceros have some hitters, but their pitching is still suspect.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Pen doesn’t seem too bad, so need to get to them early and often.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Snakes tied for second in the division with giants, both at .500. Now, if the D-Backs win another game and the giants lose all of a sudden we will have a winning record against >.500 clubs.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Gnats” again.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I assume that your capitalization is ironic.

        • WBBsAs

          No, I capitalize it out of respect.

  • john galt
  • NPUT