Game 89, 2015

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

Taking the place of Carlos Frias, who’s been on the DL since July 1 with lower back tightness, is the Dodgers’ latest reclamation project Brandon Beachy. He’ll be making his first major league start in nearly two years. He last pitched for the Atlanta Braves in August 2013, then had Tommy John surgery (for the second time!) in March of 2014 and has been rehabbing ever since. In four years with the Braves he was 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA. None of those numbers mean a thing now.

Sports Illustrated’s current issue (July 6, 2015) has an illuminating article which cites a study showing that only 67% of pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery fully recover. And a different statistician cites his numbers to indicate that one of every two pitchers who undergo the surgery throws fewer than 100 innings in the rest of his career.

For Beachy’s sake let’s hope he fits in the “more than 100 innings” category.

His opponent will be rookie right-hander Taylor Jungmann, who’s 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six big league starts.

Lineup when available.

  • Further to the discussion of A-Gon and his GIDP numbers, here’s a list of the single-season records for that dubious distinction. The most in a season has been 36, set by Jim Rice in 1984. Rice came close again the next year, hitting into 35 DPs. The third guy on the list at 32 surprises me, because Billy Butler was a pretty darned fast runner. Adrian has hit into 28 once and 24 twice during his career. Howie Kendrick has hit into as many as 26 once.

    • package206

      Howie also has 11 this year.

    • WinnipegDave

      I love those lists that have the career, progressive, active and season by season records. I spend far too much time looking at that stuff. We should all be tracking Albert Pujols to see how far up the all time list he can go, Currently, he is in 9th spot with 304 GIDP, with Julio Franco in his sights at #8 with 312. He has been averaging 22 a year, so he could conceivably pass Cal Ripken’s 350 GDIP and move into first place on the list within a couple of years.

      • Bob_Hendley

        You are weird.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha. I legitimately laughed out loud when I read that! 🙂

          And didn’t necessarily disagree with you.

  • package206

    Today’s Lineup
    Pederson CF
    Kendrick 2B
    Turner 3B
    AGon 1B
    Grandal C
    Puig RF
    Ethier LF
    Rollins SS
    Beachy P

    Courtesy of Rotowire

  • package206

    Noticed that old friend Juan Uribe is hitting .289 with 6 HRs in 130abs. Nice to see him do well as he is a good guy. He also had a HR today making his total 7HRs.

    • john galt

      Brilliant move the FO made, tricking Atlanta into giving us Callaspo for him…

      • The reason was mostly that Turner was hitting so well and playing third so well that Juan was not getting much playing time. They traded him to a place where he would get time and got a utility guy in return. We didn’t complain a lot at the time.

        • john galt

          Some of us didn’t complain because we thought it was best for Juan. It was still a dumb deal.

          • Turner .304/.375/.537

            Uribe: .301/.363/.496

            Worked out for both teams and players, I’d say.

          • john galt

            Not contesting Turner’s superiority, just saying we gave up more than we got back. If we need a pinch-hitter, WHO do YOU want coming off the bench, Uribe or Callaspo?

          • Um, Guerrero? You remember that he was being platooned occasionally at 3b as well.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I think that logjam at 3rd base was the major consideration. Don’ think that the club was necessarily trying to do Uribear a favor as much as trying to get something for him with the notion that Olivera would be available soon and they would likely need to DFA Uribear at that time in any event. It wasn’t as if he was tearing the hide off the ball (OPS 68 at age 36). and it’s not as if there was a big market for him. With Callapso, as a switch hitter, they got more flexibility for resting Turner. My beef is that we gave up on Withrow.

          • package206

            Sorry, I don’t think there is a good spin you can put on that one.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You have the advantage of hindsight.

          • john galt

            Your statement would work if they had traded Turner to us for Uribe, but we already had both of them. We traded a good player for a not-so-good player. The only excuse that works for me is that we did it for Juan’s benefit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Beachy getting out of a mini jam there, which is good to see.

  • WinnipegDave

    So, I asked Jon at Dodger Insider earlier today if he knew what the heck was in SVS’s non-glove hand when he made that sprawling catch last night. Unfortunately Jon said he didn’t see it so he didn’t know. The mystery remains – unless one of you fine people figured it out.

    • Jon’s got access. He could look at the video (it’s on Dodgers.com) and ask. C’mon, Jon!

      • WinnipegDave

        I wish I had linked it like you did last night. But I mentioned that it was viewable online, but haven’t heard back on that. My guess, Jon is a busy guy and has better things to do than solve Scooby-Doo type mysteries.

        • The job plus a family life. What a concept!

          • WinnipegDave

            Perhaps Link, you or someone else, more closely – geographically and
            relationally – connected to Jon, could get Jon to take a look!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Boy, if a Dodger Insider can’t tell us, who can!?

  • RBI

    Yasmani is not the brightest base runner sometimes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Beachy is in tough again. And likely down 1-0.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well, not for the moment anyway. Runners on 2nd and 3rd.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No eyes, what was the challenge about?

    • WinnipegDave

      Whether the runner should have been allowed to score on the ground rule double, since it hit off of Ethier’s knee. It’s all a wash now with the 3 run double by Gomez.

      • WinnipegDave

        My mistake – apparently it was whether or not the ball hit the wall before bouncing off Ethier. That is, whether it was a ground rule double or a home run.

  • RBI

    Ooph. Welcome back to the big leagues, Beachy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Boy, that was a meatball that Beachy tossed up there.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess we will need a 4 run seventh rather than just 3.

  • Dee dislocated a thumb and will miss the ASG.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bummer.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would also take a 4 run fourth inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    And yet, another double play the Dodger hit into.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Team ranks (seems like the right word) second to the Braves in the NL in that category.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes, I see what you did there. Takes base runners to be a contender in this fight however. So good news/bad news kinda thing.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Dodgers rank only 9th in baserunners in the NL, just above the league average. Braves rank second.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha – your superior stats defeat my glib comments.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yes, but the remark stimulated the search and brought us all greater understanding of the team’s performance.

          • WinnipegDave

            I’ll split the royalties with you 75-25 – with you taking the lion’s share obviously.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I think that “reeks” is the right word, actually.

  • WinnipegDave

    Enough with the hitting the ball over Ethier’s head and off the wall already Brewers.

  • RBI

    Nice inning by Tsao.

    • package206

      Hey RBI.

      • RBI

        Hey, Package.

        • package206

          Tried to let you know to do the yell but figured you were busy. Glad you showed after I left.

          • RBI

            I was watching, just not posting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We sure are swinging early and often. Guy has less than sixty pitches (they must look good).

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad to see the Giants losing their game as well.

    • RBI

      Gnats closing the gap. Ours is widening.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig with the cannon to throw out the runner at second base!

  • RBI

    Brewers are not playing like a last place team.

    • package206

      Do you think that is all for Beachy?

  • package206

    Ouch!!

  • RBI

    I loathe Parra, whatever team he is on. He just kills us.

  • RBI

    Still only have 2 hits. Whoa.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phils only up by one now against San Fran.

  • package206

    Time for another reliever!!

    • RBI

      Why not?!

      • package206

        I think most are satisfied with this bullpen but it sure seems like they get hit very often.

        • RBI

          Not our night tonight, for sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    Full disclosure – I have the game on the radio but I am watching slinky videos youtube. Earlier tonight I was listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast and the episode was on the slinky. Some fascinating stuff, including the crazy fact that the bottom of a slinky remains motionless when you extend the whole slinky and drop it. That is, it remains motionless until the top of the slinky compresses down to where the bottom is. Anyway, it looks very cool and has kept me more entertained than the Dodger game this evening.

    And now the Giants are winning in their game to boot.

    • package206

      Too many whiteouts. HA!

      • WinnipegDave

        Go Jets go.

  • RBI

    Hate to say it, but I think that’s the game.

    • WinnipegDave

      So glad we won last night. Still have a chance to win the series tomorrow afternoon.

  • RBI

    Jungman only at 70 pitches.

  • RBI

    I hate Parra. Did I mention that?

    • package206

      I think you vaguely mentioned Parra.

  • A run!

  • WinnipegDave

    Get ’em tomorrow, Mr. Anderson.

  • RBI

    No Woo, only woe.

    • WinnipegDave

      Boo-hoo…

  • john galt

    Another day, another loss. But four days of not losing coming up… It would be nice to see Seager, Olivera, and a couple of non-reclamation-project pitchers next Friday.

    • They still have the third-best record in all of MLB.

      • john galt

        Are you happy with them?

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