Game 99, 2015

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

Righty Zach Lee, Los Angeles’ first-round pick in the 2010 Draft out of McKinney High School in Texas, will start for the Dodgers in his major league debut. He’s 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19 ERA) will start for the Mets. He’s walked at least four batters in each of his past three starts, two of them losses.

Scott Van Slyke made a heckuva play in the ninth inning of last night’s game:

Lineup when available.

A-Gon sits, Crawford gets his first start since his return from an extended stay on the DL this season, and Puig gets the day off. Puig’s about seven years younger than Ethier, so you’d think Andre would get the day off instead, but no. Mattingly works in mysterious ways.

Whoops. Updated lineup:

A-Gon says his neck is well enough to allow him to play, I guess, so Turner shifts to third base and Callaspo sits.

  • WBBsAs
    • Guy hits home run, gets following day off. Okay.

      • WBBsAs

        AGon off two straight days.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Agon is the mystery. Ethier not so much, and in particular with Agon sitting,as another lefthanded bat in the line up against the righty Harvey. (Puig OPS .719 against righties, Dre .861). Turner, BTW, is smashing righties at 1.064 versus .627 against lefties.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve heard scant info about a minor injury.

  • John_from_Aus

    Puig is not going anywhere I see, I’m pleased with that
    (somehow I can’t copy and paste links at the moment)

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Dodger-to-be Cole Hamels has just no-hitted the Cubbies.

    • foul tip

      So much for a couple bad outings lately.

      So, Philly now thinks he’s worth at least 2 additional prospects. Some team might agree.

      • WBBsAs

        Rubén Amaro might think that, but no other GM will agree with him.

  • foul tip

    The most important pitch a pitcher can throw is strike one. Settle down, dude.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Murph thinking the same thing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump squeezy with the rook.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Couldn’t go worse than this (but no dingers).

    • WBBsAs

      The Mutts haven’t hit a single ball hard this inning.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, that’s what I meant.

  • foul tip

    Unfortunately, Zach seems to be the cure for the Mets’ anemic offense. Even if some not-so-good luck was involved, from what I gather.

    Maybe he’ll settle in.

    • WBBsAs

      With a little luck, that could have been a scoreless inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      His glove didn’t help. Almost got in the way of that last one as well.

      • WBBsAs

        He should have made that play.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc-Grandal, nice combo.

  • WBBsAs

    Zach is hardly overpowering anybody. He’ll be very lucky to go five.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Be nice to see him K someone other than the pitcher.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc impersonating Puig.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, the slide was better than Puig’s.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Think Lee needs to get this guy to stay in the game (is anyone up in the pen?)

  • 80 pitches, four innings. That’s a lotta work.

    • WBBsAs

      Even though they didn’t hit him hard in the first, there have been plenty of hard-hit balls since. I wouldn’t write him off entirely, but I can’t say I’m impressed.

      • 4 2/3 innings isn’t much of a yardstick.

        • WBBsAs

          I agree, but he didn’t show the kind of stuff that says, “He’ll be lots better next time out.”

          • If the kid’s career in the bigs ended right now for some awful reason he’d have a lifetime ERA of 113.50.

          • WBBsAs

            Make that 13.50

          • Gameday had it wrong, then. Well, if you die with a career ERA of 13.50 they may still let you into heaven. 113.50? I’m not so sure.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You get in on the basis of generosity

  • Tsao isn’t showing us much tonight either.

  • The weakest-hitting team in the league has 14 hits so far this evening.

  • John_from_Aus

    Checks back in, checks back out 🙂

  • It’s a good thing I got my enrollment card for Medicare this week. I’m gonna need therapy by the end of the season if this keeps up.

  • WBBsAs

    This game has become utterly unwatchable.

  • No WooHoos tonight, I’m afraid. Oh well, new papa Greinke tomorrow.

    • RBI

      This game has been painful.

      • WBBsAs

        Actually, it was more tedious than painful.

  • Bob_Hendley

    If there was a game to mostly miss, this was it. The Mets scored a week worth of runs. They needed to get it out the there system before facing Zach (Greinke).

    • foul tip

      Amazing how many times a team that gets blown out comes back to win its next game, at least ones I follow. Seems to hold true in all sports, not just baseball. [He says, hopefully.]

      • WBBsAs

        It should help to have Greinke going, though I’d have some concern about his rest after nurturing a new-born in between flying cross-country twice. But not much seems to faze him.

    • WBBsAs

      One bright spot. Joc seems to have shaken his slump.

      • foul tip

        Another was Rollins’ third straight game with a HR, continuing his history of torching the Mets when with Philly. Think it’s to the point that Met fans boo him when he’s announced.

    • foul tip

      It certainly was ug-Lee.

      • Bob_Hendley

        ex-Zach Lee.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cueto gone, to KC. (not yet confirmed by club)

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