Game 106, 2015

Dodgers at Phillies, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN

Jimmie Rollins returns to the town where he holds records for most hits, most doubles, and third-most runs in Phillie history. He did that while playing 1,047 games for them.

The Dodgers’ new acquisition Alex Wood makes his first start for the team after going 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA for the Braves. He last pitched on July 27 against the Orioles, giving up no runs, three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. His opponent will be Hawai’i-born Jerome Williams, who’s 3-8 with a 6.36 ERA and who had a horrible last outing, giving up ten hits and four runs in only 4 2/3 innings.

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116 thoughts on “Game 106, 2015

  1. 2 out of 3 is still very possible for the Dodgers. (Trying to stay positive.)

  2. I guess not as embarrassing losing to the Phillies these days. Still highly frustrating though.

  3. If the Dodgers lose, I’m blaming this one on Turner. I think his bat would have made the difference (sorry perhaps I should type differense for WBB) to some of those Dodger rallies.

  4. Bringing Callaspo to pinch hit/defensive purposes for Guerrero when trailing by 4 – and batting – speaks to how off Guerrero has been at bat recently.

  5. The 2015 Dodger bullpen speciality: Giving up home runs.
    So many home runs.

    • Seeing as we are four runs behind, that feeling would seem to have some basis in fact. 😉

      • Yah. I try not to let facts prevent me from stating obvious interpretations of the story line.

  6. Dodgers playing constipated baseball tonight. Bases jammed but having a hard time getting runners home.

    • Yah, but he got his base hit at the wrong time tonight. Otherwise he would be winning.

  7. Three guys in the fillies booth, who have nothing better to do than talk to each other. I guess when your team is in last place they are trying to provide entertainment.

  8. Phew. He just stopped short of swinging through on that last pitch. Bases loaded – no one out. Time to score some runs.

    • Gaaah. So inept at scoring tonight. Strike out. Then first pitch 5-3 double play.

  9. Via Jon W., a good look at tonight’s new Dodger starter:

    Over the weekend, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt watched Wood’s first bullpen session in awe.

    “Some of his changeups were almost like splits that went almost straight down,” Honeycutt said. “I said to him, ‘Geez, that’s filthy.’”

    “He goes, ‘Yeah.’”

    • Stats aren’t everything, but this sentence from that article is eye-opening:

      he has produced more big-league value, by Wins Above Replacement, than
      any of the other 1,237 players selected in the 2012 draft.

  10. Joc could well have a big game against right-hander Jerome Williams and his high ERA. By the time Pederson comes to bat for the first time, we could well have put three or four runs on the board. Here’s hoping.

  11. Next topic: Is (has) Alex Guerrero shown enough with his hitting to justify keeping him in LA in spite of his fielding? (To be honest, his defense hasn’t looked that bad to me, but what do I know???) Should we send him down to learn to field and get regular at bats, risking him demanding his release? Suggestions?

    • Can’t send him down without his permission. His contract makes him virtually untradeable. His offense has some value, I think, but Ned put handcuffs on his successors in this case.

      • No. We are responsible for his contract but we can release him if we choose. I was speaking of giving him that choice, release or go to OKC. I think he, like most of us, would take the release, with the money, and take his chances on finding happiness with another club which would only have to pay the legal minimum of his salary. Not good for us but the alternative is having a player of limited usage on the 25 man roster for several more years. If he hits, we can stand it; If he doesn’t, they will have to consider eating the money. Best thing is to trade him for whatever they can get, maybe just some salary relief… After all, we just dumped $28 MM with Olivera…

        • He’s had some value, so I wouldn’t cut him loose. Olivera had more value, partly because of his contract flexibility, and brought back a great deal more in trade, so they didn’t “dump” any money for him.

    • Certainly not something to do in the short term, with Justin out, Let’s see how he does over the next week or so. After that we start getting close to roster expansion in any event, so maybe we wait to off season?

  12. LAT’D: I wonder if Hamels or Price would have been possible if Pederson had been available?

    • Different front office team, but I remember how long they hung on to Greg Brock thinking he’d blossom as a hitter. It never quite happened. Brock wasn’t close to Joc’s talent defensively, so I suspect they’ll give him quite a bit of rope. He’s still a kid with only 1,641 minor league plate appearances in all, only 445 of them at the AAA level.

      • As a first baseman you are supposed to hit a ton. Great fielding CF, like SS, can get away with something less, which is part of the problem. Sending him down as an approach to help him with his hitting would be a blow to our defense. Unless Tony Gwynn Jr is available so would trading him.

        • Could you please provide which center fielders suffer no hitting but are great. In thinking of great centerfielders, I can only think on Mays, Mantle, DiMaggio, Snider, among others and now guys like Trout and McCutchen among others who I would consider great. If he can’t hit, might as well kept Kemp in right and played Dre.

          • Not sure what you are trying to get at, but CF is a critical defensive position. The fellows you mention were great hitters as well.

          • You inferred that the Center Field position could be done by a player with less hitting than others in the lineup. Maybe I didn’t understand? My point was that I did not know that and which players with less than stellar hitting but great played center field?

          • A well played CF provides for run prevention that can compensate for run production. Names of CF who played great defense and who were not among, say, the best 6 hiitters on a team would include guys like Garry Maddax and Paul Blair.

          • So are you saying that Joc can survive by hitting poorly and defensively play good?

          • Well, I would be happy if he could put up a 120 OPS+ and I certainly think he has the potential to do that if not more. I suppose he might “survive” with less than that, but depends on what options the Dodgers might have to upgrade and what sort of production they are getting from other slots.

          • All I know is hitting .223 is not getting it done, potential or not. If not for the 21 dingers of which most were hit in the 1st month or so he is not getting it nearly done with the bat.

          • The point is that one can hit .223 and still contribute. Let’s hope he gets back to helping out with his bat.

          • This team does not need anyone who can only hit .223. This team is run by a multi billion dollar company that can can afford any player it wants. The only reason they would is lack of leadership by the FO. They must win this year to have any credibility.

          • All this to just so you can end up ranting about the FO again (and again and again)? BTW, you might better understand baseball if you got away from evaluating players based upon BA alone.

          • I don’t evaluate players on BA alone. I just don’t use a bunch of sabermetrics. No matter what either of us use. The bottom line is winning. If this team does not do better than last year, then all the moves made so far mean nothing because anyone can say they have players in the minors that will make them better. What happens years down the road does not count in this exercise. This exercise is about this year.

          • Well, you are not going to be happy with this FO, because they define the exercise beyond one year results.

          • I don’t know what you heard but all I heard was breaking up the team would result in the Dodgers winning the WS next year because it was more flexible and nimble and the chemistry was better. They have gutted much of the team and that is what they think will get it done. Yes they do define this exercise beyond one year results but this year is job one.

          • Well, there were a lot of sportswriters fawning over them and their moves. But that is what they do.

    • That trade would be something to think about but I don’t think the Phils or Tigers would have done that trade.