Game 95, 2015

Dodgers at Braves, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, SportsSouth

Brett Anderson is 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA and he’s making his 19th start of the season for the Dodgers. He hasn’t made that many in a year since he made exactly that number for the As five years ago. He’s been on a pretty good run in his last six starts: he’s allowed three runs or fewer in each of them.

Anderson’s opponent will be fellow lefty Alex Wood, who’s 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA and coming off a horrible last start. He gave up seven earned runs and ten hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies. This is Wood’s third year in the big leagues, all with the Braves. Lifetime he’s 20-20 with a 3.15 ERA.

Carl Crawford comes off the DL today and will be a fourth or fifth outfielder, and he says he’s okay with that.

Lineup when available.

Barnes starts at catcher for the second day in a row. Grandal’s jaw must still be hurting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who go down?

    • foul tip
      • Bob_Hendley

        With Beachy not panning out, at least in the short run, I can see the FO looking for a couple month of a 3-4th innings eater (and hopefully another arm in the pen).

        • foul tip

          Dodger folks seem to think his stuff is still good enough despite some loss of velo, but command is iffy. In 8 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 5 K. He’s come back a long way, but it takes a really long time to get all the way back from TJ–for those who actually do. And he’s had 2 of them.

          Needs to be at AAA a while longer. Not sure they’d have called him up yet if Frias hadn’t been out and timing didn’t lend itself to giving him a shot.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Won’t make us forget Ryu, but Anderson has moved up admirably from 5th to 3rd starter.

  • foul tip

    How much do the Dodgers weigh BA? Not much.

    Said Schebler: “They don’t look at average.”

    Said fellow Triple-A callup Kiké Hernandez, who has stuck in the majors: “They definitely don’t.”

    “Players are going to get bent out of shape about numbers,” Kapler said this week. “It’s inevitable. It’s always going to be that way. We just want them to get bent out of shape about the right ones.”

    The things the Dodgers look at, the ‘real predictors,’ are exit velocities, weighted Runs Created (wRC+), weighted on-base average (wOBA), strikeout-walk ratios, first-pitch strike percentage, 1-1 count strike percentage, swing percentage on strikes and chase rate on balls.

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kapler-665814-dodgers-schebler.html

    • But most fans aren’t familiar with all those metrics, or if they are they rarely know how they’re calculated, so fans fall back on the familiar ones they’ve known all their lives to judge. So we shudder when AJ comes up, and we think Jimmy Rollins is washed up, and we complain about Joc’s strikeouts and low BA.

      • foul tip

        The players aren’t familiar with them either, with some exceptions. Changing the thinking is a work in progress.

      • package206

        Yea, you basically nailed it. That is about the way it is.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s good to see Quique get a game at short in place of Rollins.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not so good there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gomes fooled everyone (how did Steiner call it?)

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner thought it was a foul straight back.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Anderson has the most pickoffs in the NL.

  • scooplew

    Turner: five straight hits, 9-for-12, 12-for-19.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Infield playing back on that one?

  • scooplew

    Without Hernandez’ error, would we have gotten a DP on the first grounder that scored a run?

    • Bob_Hendley

      At least one out. They gave Maybin a hit.

      • John_from_Aus

        errors usually hurt, but I believe we have the least in all baseball this year so far?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep.

      • scooplew

        Thanks.

  • John_from_Aus

    happy that stayed only at 2

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gomes keeps trying to fool people.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice!!

  • foul tip

    Most here may have seen this, but worth another look and a few more chuckles.

    In the old days this for sure would have made TWIB (This Week In Baseball).

    https://twitter.com/ChadMoriyama/status/623292236793450496

  • John_from_Aus

    time for Joc to deliver

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright 2-2. Game on.

    • John_from_Aus

      happy we are even, would have been happier if Joc had hit even a bloop single last time around

      • WinnipegDave

        Still waiting for Joc to wake up a bit more.

        • scooplew

          Joc’s batting average by month:
          April — .298
          May — .236
          June — .222
          July — .161 (before tonight)

          • Bob_Hendley

            Believe that OPS+ gives a better picture of his contribution with the bat
            April – 199
            May – 139
            June -145
            July – 31

          • scooplew

            By virtually any set of stats, it’s not pretty.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sure, but OPS+ shows that he was contributing 40-45% higher than league average in May-June, so the big problem has been July, where he was been contributing only one-third as much as the average hitter.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Does moving the runner over to third count? (more productive than a K at least)

  • scooplew

    Markakis got his first homer of the year last night, his first triple of the year tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    These Braves are annoying me. What with their scoring runs and everything.

  • Bah! What’s worse than the Dodgers losing on the road and their pitcher getting hurt?

    Getting an estimate for $1850 to replace the front struts and three tires on your Mini. That makes about $4400 I’ve had to spend on this thing in the two years since I bought it for $6000. I’ve only put about 5K miles on it in those two years, too.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How does one get to a situation where three tires need to be replaced? (maybe I don’t want to ask)

      • One had one replaced in January and was feeling poor after Christmas bills and didn’t replace the others at the time. I was told when I bought the car they were newly-installed Run Flat tires, which turned out to be untrue. They were ordinary radials. I was also told there was no spare because they were run Flat tires, which was also untrue. The spare is hidden under the chassis of the car.

        They want to do the rear struts now too, but that would add $600 more to the bill.

        The guy just called and said they don’t have the same model tire as the one they put on in January so he’ll put four that match on for the price of three.

        • WinnipegDave

          Small mercies Link. Small mercies.

          • scooplew

            I had a mechanic tell me years ago that I needed new struts on a station wagon. I took the vehicle to another mechanic, who said I didn’t need them. Can you take the mini to another mechanic for a second opinion? Never replaced them and didn’t have a problem with that.

          • foul tip

            If a car really needs struts, it will let you know. Shimmying over bumps, riding rough. Almost never much of a safety issue no matter what someone may say, because they will get to riding so badly people will replace them first.

            A good test is to push down hard and sharply on corners of the car a few times, then turn loose. A bounce or 1 1/2, you’re fine. Several bounces, they need attention. Repeat 3-4 times to get consistent results.

            But it’s a simple repair. Any mechanic worthy of the name can do it in no time with the right equipment, which almost all shops will have.

            Such a quick and easy job for most vehicles that disreputable shops often push unneeded jobs because of ripoff pricing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great Tsao! Dodgers tie it up.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow, the third view seems to show his fingers still in the air. (but it’s a little fuzzy)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uribear I love you, but please strikeout. (Baez the guy to do it)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Baez’ third base skills come into play on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many base runners and opportunities for both teams.

    • Bob_Hendley

      3 1/2 hour game?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang. His first two Ks of the night.

  • scooplew

    Been gone for a while. What was the nature of Anderson’s injury?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Leg or foot, as I recall.

    • foul tip

      Some type of Achilles problem. But he seemed to walk off OK.

      • WBBsAs

        He seemed to be walking normally, but the pressure of pitching on it is a different matter entirely. I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses a start, but the first report said there’s no tear.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Peralta, the human game delay.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah he makes exciting games a bit boring.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe CC will be a small extra spark for the Dodgers soon. Not that hitting has been a big problem, but lots of station to station running.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Here’s your man! (not really a steal situation)

  • foul tip

    Puig now gnawing on his bat? Wonder how it wooda tasted?

    • scooplew

      Good one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hit that a ton (good sign, if not good result) after an earlier dinger.

  • RE: Car repair
    There’s a link in the update to this post to a video of the nice noisy struts and mounts, along with the worn tires. Trust me, when you hear this, you’ll agree something was really wrong.

    I bought the car not from a lot but from a neighbor of my sister’s. He’s the guy who gave me the wrong dope about the tires.

    • foul tip

      Does indeed appear you had/have issues. Yes, bad struts will wear out tires pretty quick.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique with the strong arm.

  • WinnipegDave

    Only need 1 (or 2) in the ninth tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not sure I love Callaspo instead of Hernandez there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looking for any edge at this point. Alberto a little bit better against righties.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Andre. We need a base runner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – that ended quickly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers will be fortunate to go 5-5 on this road trip.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You might be right.

  • scooplew

    In many respects, somewhat of a desultory season despite our being in first place.

    • Bob_Hendley

      September was our big month last year. Hopefully these guys can pull it together.

      • WinnipegDave

        I thought August was the big month and then they kinda had the parachute up in September.

        • Bob_Hendley

          You may be thinking July-August 2013.

          • WinnipegDave

            What you said.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well, clearly I was wrong. They had a mediocre Aug and a strong Sept. It was obviously 2013 that I was thinking of.

    • WinnipegDave

      First place but slightly wobbly. It does happen. I guess for all that, all the Dodgers need is another stretch where they win say 14 out of 20 – and then go back to .500 baseball again.

  • WinnipegDave

    My goodness Link another early one for you tomorrow. Are you working on the post now to have it ready for the morning?

    • I’m about to start, yep. Fortunately WordPress has a schedule function so I can write it up and tell it to post at a designated time.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hendley on the East Coast waiting. Plowing through Molly’s book. A tidbit, Hanley was named Hamlet, but the recorder spelled the name wrong in the DR.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Anderson in walking boot to have MRI today. “It’s one of the few parts of my body I haven’t hurt before, ever, so I don’t really know if it’s anything major,” Get on the phone, Ned! Oh, wait…

  • john galt

    Great move, FO. Now that you have another injured pitcher, the price on all the pitchers you might have traded for just jumped 25%.

    • Bob_Hendley

      There is no action yet by anybody, as buyers-and sellers are trying to identify themselves.

    • WBBsAs

      This morning’s news on Anderson sounds pretty positive.