Game 104, 2015

Angels at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS1, FSW

Kershaw is scheduled to pitch after two scratches with a sore hip. He still has his 29-inning scoreless streak. His opponent will be rookie Andrew Heaney, who’s been everything the Angels (and Dodgers) hoped he would be when he was traded from the latter to the former for Howie Kendrick. In his first six starts this season he’s gone 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA.

Let’s hope Albert Pujols doesn’t come up in a spot where he can do damage. Lifetime he’s hit .455 against Kershaw and has a .586 on-base percentage in 29 plate appearances.

Lineup:

I’ve seen no explanation for Pederson’s absence from the lineup.

  • package206

    Let’s hope Wood’s WHIP improves from 1.41

    • Bob_Hendley

      Even then it’s better than Frias, who he is replacing.

      • WBBsAs

        And Wood has a much better career WHIP, 1.267.

  • WinnipegDave

    Apparently Kershaw didn’t want to pitch until I got back into wifi range. Just getting on a short flight but then I will be home hopefully before the game is over.

  • WinnipegDave

    Also – good job everyone on keeping the Dodgers in first place! I just spent some time reading about the trades. It looks like an interesting (meaning good) collection of players. I think Woods will be a nice addition to the rotation for the next few seasons.

    • John_from_Aus

      Had a nice time? Highlights?

  • john galt

    I think his excessive strikeout percentage, along with his low contact rate, is reason enough. I wonder if anyone asked for him in the recent trading session?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Despite the month long slump, Joc ranks second in hitting among all NL center fielders.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc’s sitting v. another lefty starter, and a couple days off should do him good. I was surprised he didn’t come in for defense in the ninth last night, though. Meanwhile, Quique’s pretty good v. lefties.

  • Pujols singles off Kershaw. Not a surprise!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mike was right.

  • package206

    Hey WBB, who do you have today?? I have Vinny. Yea! Hope you don’t have Steiner.

    • WBBsAs

      No Steiner, fortunately.

  • Oh no! The dreaded “bases loaded” situation!

    Was it two years ago that we couldn’t hit with all three sacks full, or was it last year?

    • package206

      Must have been Ned’s fault, huh?

    • Bob_Hendley

      2013.

    • WBBsAs

      This year it’s “runner on second, nobody out.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Heaney hasn’t topped 100 pitches yet this year, so next inning could be his last,

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go SVS!

  • This may be your best shot, guys, so don’t mess it up, please?

  • Well, a sac fly is better than a K, but more would have been helpful, SVS.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He rode it pretty well. Such that they are taking the guy out now thankful that they missed a bullet on that one..

      • I’m on Gameday at the moment so I didn’t see how far it went.

        • WBBsAs

          A few feet short. De Jesus felt for the wall, but it was not a difficult play.

    • package206

      With Kersh pitching, one may be enough.

      • WBBsAs

        Kershaw’s had to work fairly hard today, though – 88 pitches through six – and Kenley’s probably not available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal delivers!

    • Man, he’s doing what we thought Puig would do at the start of the year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It worked out that they brought in the righty to face Puig, which turned Grandal over to his power side.

        • WBBsAs

          RH Grandal is a singles hitter.

    • John_from_Aus

      Nice!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal is grand.

  • WinnipegDave

    3 runs is a much nicer lead than 1. Just arrived home and happy to see the Dodgers in front. Kershaw needs to keep dealing for one more inning and then hand it over to the new guy in the bullpen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Is today when we see Johnson? (never impressed with him as an O, despite all the saves).

    • WBBsAs

      Kenley’s probably a no because of tough inning yesterday and recovery from a virus. I think Johnson’s a passable middle reliever, but no more.

      • package206

        I know you think Johnson is the man because the team wouldn’t have gotten him if he wasn’t. Right?

        • WBBsAs

          I think Johnson is a usable middle reliever.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Seems to have been doing a good job at that for the Braves this year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Donnie had him up alongside Kenley, so he may at some point audition him as a righty set-up man as an option to Baez.

  • WinnipegDave

    What’s wrong with Turner? How long has he been out for?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Leg infection. 15-day DL. Last played July 26.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Bob.

  • John_from_Aus

    at 114 pitches, I assume the hip is just fine

    • package206

      I expect to hear tomorrow about that. I sure hope it is.

      • John_from_Aus

        surely if there was any doubt, he would have been removed as soon as we went up 3-0

        • package206

          Agreed. I just didn’t know if it might tighten up or something.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Clayton was decoying. (and gets a standing O out of it).

  • WBBsAs

    Very surprised to hear Kenley’s coming in. Lotsa pitches yesterday, and not feeling well.

    • Bob_Hendley

      As well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw gets the big round of applause.

  • package206

    Kenley’s velocity looks low to me.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Radar showing 92-93, which just about how fast he pitches these days. Last one 94mph.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 on and no one out? That’s not the Jansen we know and love. This is trouble with Trout and Pujols coming up next.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep (gulp)

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh man, we could have really used that ball being fair.

  • package206

    That’s one of em.

    • WinnipegDave

      But now the hard stuff begins.

  • Bob_Hendley

    There’s one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh wow! Striking out Trout is huge!

  • package206

    He should have caught that one!

    • WinnipegDave

      Apparently he was playing deep. If he goes all out and miss it, that’s even worse.

      • WBBsAs

        I also thought it was catchable, but a failed catch could have been disastrous.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Made the right play in my mind. Missing the catch could have been a disaster.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay – let’s just stop them at 1 here. One more out to go.

  • package206

    WOW!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! Great game against a good team.

  • john galt

    Fedex has been DFAed. Think the Dodgers might pick him up for OKC?

    • package206

      Na, part of the old regime.

    • WBBsAs

      Why bother?

  • package206

    Woo Hoo!! for RBI!!!

    • RBI

      Thank you! Just chimed in late.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go silently in first v. Hamels, Llaneros have two-our rally going in bottom of inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Hamels now making it look as if Wood is a far better choice. Llaneros trail Gnats 3-2 in third.

    • package206

      Hamels is winning 5-3 in the 6th.

      • WBBsAs

        Jeff Bannister appears to have learned bullpen management from Mattingly, though.

    • package206

      I have to give you credit. You will always back the FO no matter what. I will back my Dodgers also but not the FO which cannibolizes the team for its own credit. I know you are a better baseball man than that. The Dodgers could have gotten better talent than they did for sure.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Gotta give to get and based upon their needs and desire to retain prospects the Dodgers did quite well. While I am sure that Hamels would have been quite welcome at the right price, given that he is controlled for several years, they decided to retain Seager and Urias. I think that Cueto and Price as rentals were less attractive. The teams that got these guys were far more desperate for them, as they don’t have the number 1 and 2 that we have in Kershaw and Greinke, and they were more willing to sell the farm. We had needs at the back end of the rotation and both guys we got, relatively cheap, are clearly upgrades. ESPN ranked the best “sellers” and the top three were Fillies, Tigers and Reds and this is because of the prospects they received.

        • package206

          Nothing I could say would cause you to change or alter your opinion of the FO. Not only that but there are others that follow your lead.

          • Bob_Hendley

            This is all you’ve got?

          • I don’t think anyone can be accused of following anyone else’s “lead” when it comes to the front office. We might reasonably be accused of believing the FO has one agenda, and that’s to put the best team on the field and win the World Series consistent with using money sensibly. They’ve got the highest payroll in either league, package. They’re not cheapskates.

          • foul tip

            For anyone really interested in details the financial aspects of the trades, this may help. Bottom line: more resource reallocation than new outlay.

            And this insight: “”For us, it’s a trade off between talent and taking on money when you can. In our situation, with our directive to build up the farm system to a point where we can operate at a level of sustainability which we are comfortable at in the long term, there are times it makes sense to substitute cash for players,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Friday. “In the three-way deal there was obviously some money changing hands where we felt it was advantageous to do that.”

            http://www.truebluela.com/2015/8/1/9083139/dodgers-trade-marlins-braves-pirates-payroll-details

          • package206

            You can’t tell me paying 80 mil on players you don’t have sensible. Or at least not any more sensible than buying a elite player.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Please substantiate that number, if you are going to keep throwing it out here. if you just want to rant there are other forums for that.

          • package206

            You don’t get to tell me where I can post.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Merely a suggestion.

      • WBBsAs

        Exactly. At the deadline, the FO should have come away with Hamels, Price and Cueto to round out the rotation, and Chapman and Kimbrel to set up for Kenley. Tulo and C├ęspedes would have been nice bench pieces.

        • package206

          The part you keep leaving out is the Dodgers are paying over 80 million bucks to players that they no longer have. What’s wrong with paying and playing top players?? I don’t think this team is better than last year but even if they are, they are not 80 million bucks better.

          • WBBsAs

            They got rid of deadwood like Kemp, for instance, replacing him with the underpaid Grandal. Perhaps they should have traded Seager and Urias for Sabathia, ARod and Teixeira, who have not yet reached their prime.

          • package206

            I would have been satisfied with one more elite pitcher. Hamels, Cueto or Price. Although they have two, it is cutting it real close.

          • WBBsAs

            Nobody else has better.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sure, I assume we all would, but at what price?

          • Bob_Hendley

            What is the basis for the $80 million figure? Would you be kind enough to show all the work you put into coming up with a figure like that? And which of any of those players should have been retained?

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    Got to see most of the game, but BBQ started at the same time as the last KJ out. Great game, I thought.

    • WBBsAs

      Mattingly’s bullpen management made the ninth too interesting.

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