Game 98, 2015

Dodgers at Mets, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN

In Zack Greinke’s absence (no official word yet from the Dodgers about any newborn child) rookie Ian Thomas starts for the Dodgers against Jon Niese of the Mets. Thomas came over from the Braves with Callaspo in return for Juan Uribe in a six-player deal at the end of May of this year. This will be his first major league start after 23 relief appearances. Niese has been excellent over the past two months; he’s gone at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts while compiling a 2.00 ERA. Overall he’s 5-8 with a 3.36 ERA.

Update: Congrats to Mrs. Greinke and her husband Zack: 19″, 6 pounds, 5 ounces baby boy!

Lineup when available.

  • scooplew

    I wonder what our overall record is in games started by spot starters who are called up from the minors, which will be the case today, or in games started by someone from the bullpen who is then followed by other relievers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Can you tell a pitcher by his spots? Ballslinger and Frias had spot starts and then stuck. Their combined record is 10-8.

      • WBBsAs

        Ballslinger has been a find. What surprises me – and still concerns me – is that he throws so many curveballs but surrenders few homers. The more you throw, the higher probability of a hanger, I would think.

      • The panther is like a leopard,

        Except it hasn’t been peppered.
        Should you behold a panther crouch,

        Prepare to say Ouch.

        Better yet, if called by a panther,

        Don’t anther.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Love Nash.

      • scooplew

        I saw your point, but I consider B and F part of the regular rotation. I am referring to the likes of Baker, Beachy, Huff. I am heading out to a local game. I will try to track this down later.

        • Bob_Hendley

          My point is that the record you are searching for is likely to be negative, in that if the spot starter had done well, he may have stuck in the Bigs like Ballslinger/Frias. Neither was part of the rotation before they got their spot start.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I count 8 of those games. Dodger record in such is 3-5.

  • john galt

    Word is, everyone on the Padre roster is available. OK, how about Price and Kimbrel for Crawford, money, et al? Now WBBsAs will tell me why that is a dumb idea. He does enjoy that…

    • WBBsAs

      Nobody wants Crawford, though he has some limited value to the Dodgers, and that Pads can get a much better deal for Kimbrel. The Padres will not trade Price to the Dodgers in any event, because Price is not a Padre.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Guessing he might have meant Shields. In any event, would imagine that the Pads are looking to go in a different direction now that their original strategy has not worked. Probably looking for prospects. Not sure that Dodgers want would want to be saddled by Shields’ contract, but it’s an interesting proposal.

        • john galt

          Minus Crawford’s Salary equals…

          • Bob_Hendley

            Didn’t bother to do the math, because they won’t take CC and his salary. They want prospects and salary relief.

  • John_from_Aus

    Neise is also a late withdrawal due the same reason as Grienke – Via espn (couldn’t paste the link for some reason)

    • John_from_Aus

      update – they have just updated the tweet to say, no that’s not correct and he will still pitch

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, Niese made it, but maybe he didn’t get much sleep last night.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great to score first (subject to challenge)!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Met announcers talking about possibility of Uribear moving to NY.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We are all over this guy (rumored to be possible Dodger acquisition).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner says “I used to play here!”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig! Need to run up the score and hope the pen holds on. (kinda feel for the guy, whose wife is expecting).

  • package206

    This one has the makings of a laugher.

  • foul tip

    Team scoring matches inning so far…1,2,3. On pace for 39 after 9. Wonder what’s the most a team ever scored in 9 innings? Not that the record is in danger.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Like the math.

      • foul tip

        39+6 already scored, or 45. Probably like that math better. ;-])

  • Bob_Hendley

    “I am somebody!” yells Justin.

  • foul tip

    Read somewhere fairly recently the Dodgers might have been considering Niese. Oops…

  • John_from_Aus

    Just came back, very nice

  • foul tip

    Some years the Mets are helpless v starting LHP. The tradition continues tonight v Thomas.

    As of July 9 they were 12-20 against left-handed starters this year.

  • foul tip

    Link, saw your question about who was the human rain delay too late. But you answered it.

    Also. pretty sure I heard Don Sutton as broadcaster refer to Alejandro Pena that way during a game long ago. Pena gave new meaning to “deliberate.”

  • package206

    I am sorry but Mattingly should have left Thomas in there. Why let that bullpen take charge of a game that should be won easily??

    • WBBsAs

      There’s a case to be made there, but I don’t think Thomas has gone very deep in games.

    • Bob_Hendley

      With 81 pitches maybe could have gone another inning. While that would be more or less “normal”, this guy has only recently been starting and in the minors. Have to give it to the pen at some point.

  • RBI

    Just finished my first draft of the latest manuscript! Yippee. A win would be icing on the cake. Go Blue.

    • WBBsAs

      Could you remind of the title of your mystery series?

      • Here’s the Amazon page.

        • WBBsAs

          Muito obrigado.

      • RBI

        You may not like them, WBB. Lots of Buddhism and ooga-booga. ☺️

        • WBBsAs

          Admittedly, I lean toward Nordic noir, Ian Rankin and James Ellroy.

          • RBI

            This one’s pretty dark, as mindful mysteries go…

          • WBBsAs

            I do like Robert Crais, whose humor makes him not quite so dark. I also like Michael Connelly, who is of course rather darker.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rollins, Met killer.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes sure looks like a kid. Doesn’t have that grizzly catcher look yet.

    • WBBsAs

      Neither does Grandal, except for the Trump overcomb.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He has a jaw, however.

  • You ladies and germs did good while I was out grocery shopping.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No major spats.

      • 6-2 lead when I walked in. That’s what I was thinking of.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Knew what you were getting at. Just reporting back, sir.

          • Well done, lad.

            (My ex-Navy Captain father used to have a line he’d use to get things moving: “Whatever you’re doing, Lieutenant, do it faster.”)

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS on his back!

    • foul tip

      ??? Didn’t see and not able to follow closely.

      • Bob_Hendley

        In the ninth, he corralled a grounder about ten feet behind first and ended up on his back (so add another 6 feet) and then made a great toss to the pitcher running over to cover.

      • See next post. The GIF of this play is there.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! That’s Woo plus HOO plus !!!

  • foul tip

    7 pitch 9th inning for Ravin, 6 strikes. Do that consistently and he’d have a spot in the pen.

    Course, it was the Mets, down 5 going in.

    • WBBsAs

      With his fastball, he’s gonna have to strike out guys.

      • foul tip

        Maybe he was trying to and got luckier.

        IIRC, a lot of recent contact off him has left the park or been XBH.

  • foul tip

    It’s official.

    Los Angeles Dodgers@Dodgers

    RHP Zach Lee will start for the Dodgers tonight. A corresponding move will be made later this afternoon.
    11:45 AM – 25 Jul 2015

    Oh, for him to do as well as Thomas last night.
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    Also, Jon W. — http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2015/07/25/zach-lee-to-make-mlb-debut-for-dodgers/

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