Game 93, 2015

Dodgers at Nationals, 10:35AM PT, TV: SPNLA, TBS, MASN

Two of the best pitchers in the game this season have at it: Zack Greinke (8-2 with a microscopic 1.39 ERA) for the Dodgers versus Max Scherzer (10-7 with a 2.11 ERA) for the Nats. Greinke has a 35 2/3-inning scoreless streak (the HR in the All Star Game doesn’t count). Scherzer has a different kind of streak: he hasn’t walked a batter since June 14.

Some interesting things about these teams:

Over the past two seasons, the Dodgers and Nationals have been two of baseball’s best teams after the All-Star break. In 2013 and ’14, the Dodgers were a league-best 85-48 (.639) from the Midsummer Classic forward. The Nationals were 83-53 (.610), third-best.

Another thing we Dodger fans might not have realized: since Adrian Gonzalez came to the Dodgers in mid-2012 no one in the NL has knocked in more runners than he has. How many? 296.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    On my way to the park with Princess Leia wig on, for now.

    • WBBsAs

      I hope the R’s don’t shut down the sunshine budget.

    • foul tip

      Did you get in free for wearing that thing, or something? ;-])

      • Certainly not! Miss a chance to make a lot of money? Perish the thought!

        • foul tip

          Maybe he will.

          Imagine those wearing costumes think they’re in a sauna, if they didn’t before. Wonder what the heat index is at the park?

  • foul tip

    I see Clayton Greinke is dealing, as usual.

    He’s like a surgeon out there, carving up hitters, striking out a bunch.

    Nats not even making much contact. And helping with a TOOTBLAN.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Zack Kershaw.”

      • foul tip

        Zack Kershaw is more like the Terminator than a surgeon, overpowering and striking out those who dare face him–or are compelled to do so. Hitters just had no chance yesterday, very little so far today.

        Aces 1A and 1B,

  • WinnipegDave

    If this was mid to late September, it’s possible that this game could decide the Cy Young Award.
    It still might.

  • foul tip

    For once a Dodger bunt pays off.

    • WBBsAs

      Purely by accident.

      • foul tip

        Yep, it took a Nats screwup to score. But at least Dre was on 3rd because of the bunt.

        If DM is going to call them, nice when one helps out every once in a while.

        Think I’ve read where the revered Joe Maddon calls a bunch of them.

        • WinnipegDave

          And then Callaspo gets a single which would have driven in Ethier anyway.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay, we have something going here. 1st and 2nd with no one out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig has batted 3 times today – all three times struck out swinging. And he has batted with a total of 6 batters on base. If the Dodgers don’t win, he is the batter with the most opportunities to do damage. Hopefully, one run will be enough this afternoon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yikes. Grandal really got stung with that foul ball off his mask.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Greinke has matched Kershaw for scoreless innings.

  • Eight hits and only one run? Guys, Zack deserves more run support in this game!

    • WinnipegDave

      Make that 10 hits and only one run.

  • WinnipegDave

    Even a fly ball here would score a run.

  • foul tip

    Didn’t come thru there. bit you could have won a bet over the winter that Dre would hit cleanup for the Dodgers in a meaningful game on July 19, 2015. As it stands, his double led to the only run so far.

    • WBBsAs

      Bewildering with lefty killer SVS on the bench.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would love to see Ellis work out a walk at very least here.

  • AAAAARGH!

  • WinnipegDave

    And Greinke got to stand around on base through all of that dross.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Learned a new word today. You’re in mining country, right?

  • WinnipegDave

    And the first batter in Harper.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sweet! Greinke strikes out Harper.

  • 98 pitches now. Zack, get the last guy in this inning and hope for more runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. Now it is up to the bullpen to hold them over the next two innings. No 2 run home runs allowed!

    • foul tip

      Or even one. ;-])

      • WinnipegDave

        Right you are!

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke’s next start is against the Mets – who are not the highest scoring team. He could get to potentially 50 scoreless innings through that game. And then the chase would be on.
    Still a long way away, but getting closer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig is really lost out there with the bat right now.

    • John_from_Aus

      He was fine with the bat yesterday

      • WinnipegDave

        Cool. I missed most of yesterday’s game.

  • Is Puig ever gonna get his hitting stroke back?

    • WinnipegDave

      At some point, I’m guessing he will. I certainly don’t think they should trade him – but can see why some people – out of pure frustration with him – could suggest it.

      • I just hope he’s listening to Valentin and McGwire. His average has dropped off and his power’s been non-existent.

        • foul tip

          Mac has been trying to get him to use his lower body more, says he’s all arms and hands at times.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Crazy talk (by those “some people”).

    • foul tip

      When he gets so over-eager, believe I’ve seen him do better after watching from the bench for a game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – I’m very surprised Greinke is still pitching here!

    • WinnipegDave

      It is the bottom of the order, but still…

  • WinnipegDave

    This has to be his last batter. Doesn’t it?

    • 119 pitches. I would think so, given the heat and humidity. I was surprised he came out for the 8th, frankly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew. Feel like the Dodgers got away with one there – pitching Greinke that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke’s season ERA down to a cool 1.30.
    I wonder how much his career ERA has gone down during this scoreless streak?

  • Guerrero, Turner, SVS, Hernandez still on the bench to pinch-hit for Zack.

  • John_from_Aus

    I’d feel much better with some insurance runs here

    • WinnipegDave

      Me too John. Good start by Turner.

      • John_from_Aus

        Kenley warming up I assume?

  • John_from_Aus

    nice!

  • WinnipegDave

    This inning is clearly not over yet, but now at 12 hits and 1 run.

  • Kendrick bunting? The guy was 3 for 4 at the time!

    • John_from_Aus

      I actually like the move

      • If he hadn’t already had three hits I’d have liked it more.

        • John_from_Aus

          they didn’t want to push their luck 🙂

          • You’re probably right. But also Don loves to bunt. 😉

  • WinnipegDave

    Up to Ethier or a pinch hitter now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

  • Makes up for the K last at bat. Yay Andre!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ethier is the hitting star today!

  • WinnipegDave

    Having Grandal injured means they can’t pitch hit for Ellis here.

    • John_from_Aus

      Did it look serious?

      • Foul ball off the jaw below the mask.

        • John_from_Aus

          Ouch

  • foul tip

    Andre Ethier, cleanup hitter. Involved in the game’s only 2 runs. ;-])

  • AJ too!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ellis with the hit! Didn’t need to pinch hit for him after all!!

  • foul tip

    Had a feeling about AJ, who’s been much better with the stick of late.

    • WBBsAs

      If Grandal’s out for any length of time, he’ll have to be.

    • Bob_Hendley

      OPS 1.033 over the past month (30 PA).

  • John_from_Aus

    Good, I can get ready for work reasonably relaxed

  • John_from_Aus

    Time for some Puig of old

    • foul tip

      At least making some contact…now a hit & 2 RBI. Maybe that’ll get him going.

      • John_from_Aus

        that will do (a grand slam would have been nicer)

  • WinnipegDave

    This inning is so much better than the first 8!

  • 4Ks and a single. Weird game Puig’s had.

  • John_from_Aus

    I bet Grienke is feeling a whole lot better (and Kenley)

  • foul tip

    No question the Dodgers should win this game. Odds are they hold on.

  • C’mon, Jimmy, join the party.

  • foul tip

    Anyone know how much Zack’s velo fell off as the game went on? That’s not his game, but just wondering how much the heat & humidity drained him as things went along. Almost has to have.

    • Well, he struck out 2 of the last 3 guys he faced, so he still had enough for that.

    • WinnipegDave

      He was still throwing 92, 93 in that last inning. It was more his location that was an issue.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many base runners this game for the Dodgers. Felt like half the game the bases were loaded.

  • WinnipegDave

    If only baseball was transitive. That is, the Dodgers got 7 hits and a walk against Scherzer. Therefore, they should do that much or more against any of the Braves pitchers…

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

    Ladies and gents, we got ourselves a couple of fine pitchers!

    • And if we could get Cueto from the Reds…

      • foul tip

        Or Hamels from Phil since his contract runs 2 more years. But, oh, what he’d cost.

        Not likely Urias or Seager, but beyond that…

        Still, prospects are prospects. Most don’t have a lot of impact.

        • “Can you say crapshoot, Class?” I can’t even remember all the sure things who weren’t. Joe Charboneau, David Clyde, even some Dodgers. Greg Brock was going to help us forget Steve Garvey. Right.

          • WBBsAs

            I generally agree, but remember Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson.

          • Smoltz for Doyle Alexander. Ernie Broglio for Lou Brock. In the Dodgers’ own history, DeLino DeShields for Pedro Martinez. Paul Konerko for Jeff Shaw (although we got a couple of good years from Shaw, I’d rather have had Konerko for 15 or so).

          • WBBsAs

            Dodgers had Karros at the time, so it didn’t look as if there were room for Konerko. In retrospect, shoulda traded Karros.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Without Doyle Tigers probably don’t win their division. He went 9-0 and they won it by two games, so wouldn’t include him in a list that has Ernie Broglio and DeLino DeShields.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start to the 10 game road trip. Be great if they could win 4 or 5 more before heading back to LA.

  • foul tip

    15 hits, 5 runs. Sounds like good station-to-station hitting. However…

    • WBBsAs

      It was in the ninth.

      • foul tip

        Yeah, Talking just about linescore and trying not to bemoan the bases-loaded earlier scratches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke definitely out pitched Scherzer.
    And I’m so glad that the Dodger’s bullpen out pitched the National’s bullpen today!

    • WBBsAs

      Howell had a five-run lead to work with.

  • john galt

    Dodger Insider @DodgerInsider
    Combined July ERA for Kershaw and Greinke: 0.19. One run in 47 innings.
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    • WinnipegDave

      So, if this keeps up – which one wins pitcher of the month?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Well, both just got co-pitcher of the week.

    • foul tip

      Jon W seems to have quite the following.

  • john galt

    Crawford to be activated tomorrow, who goes? Dodger Digest thinks it might be SVS because he has options. Personally, I think I’d rather have been playing SVS over Puig. Maybe Callaspo, maybe a phantom injury. Grandal no broken bones, but putting him on DL doesn’t help, we’d still need to add a catcher. Maybe something will happen with Guerrero…

    • foul tip

      Akex G. said recently in so many words that to get more PT he’d accept a buyout of that onerous clause in his contract, either from LA or an acquiring team.

      Dodgers have made it plain he’s not in their plans. So sitting him like they have and getting him to react this way may have been what they tried to orchestrate.

      Wonder what kind of hitter he actually is. Not the one who terrorized the league early on, but also not likely the one who has cooled off so drastically of late.

      • john galt

        I’m glad he’s seeing the light. I like him but it is obvious we don’t need him, with Seager and Olivero waiting for roster space and our over-filled outfield. But I’m betting on the FO to come up with something creative to solve our problems…

  • foul tip

    Bob H got to see some very enjoyable games and some great Dodger pitching, along with a potent 9th inning offensively today.

    After he rehydrates, maybe he’ll tell us about it. ;-])

    • Heh. Surely he had an adult beverage or two at the stadium! Particularly when there are so many choices available!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nice thing about the heat, despite partaking in numerous beverages never had to leave my seat. Sweated it all out!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just got back. What a joy with the pitching the last two games. Zach got a game score of 86 today, following Kershaw’s 90. Nats are clearly undermanned with injuries (Clint Robinson batting cleanup!).

      • WBBsAs

        The Nats’ lineup is unimpressive except for Harper.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They basically only have their number 3 hitter Harper out there, Span (1), Rendon (2), Werth (4) and Zimmerman (5) out. Escobar hits OK for a second baseman, but is playing third base.

  • foul tip

    Admittedly wishful thinking here. But if the team did land Hamels or one of the other FA stud starters, and IF Zack re-signs or doesn’t opt out (unlikely but possible), how’s this for starters next year…..Kersh, Zack, Hamels, Ryu, McCarthy/Anderson/pretty much anyone?

    Sound like a WS-winning rotation?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Urias says hello (hola). I can see Zach wanting $30-35 million and at least 5 years at 32 years of age. He has the sort of stuff that can serve him well as he ages, but, if I had to bet, I would say that we need to savor him now. I can see the FO perhaps picking up an innings eater, if they can’t get Hamels for a reasonable amount. And then looking at other options in the off season.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Wir haben jetzt ein Lineup für heute: https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/623214157458903040

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