Game 133, 2015

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Dodgers send out Mat Latos, who’s 4-9 with a 4.76 ERA overall and 0-2 with a 6.05 ERA since coming over to the Dodgers. Worse, he hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in any of his last three starts. I think it’s fair to say he has not performed to their expectations. He’ll be opposed by Colin Rea of the Padres, who’s 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA in his rookie season.

The Dodgers have an 8-4 lead in the season series and the Padres lost three players to injury during Tuesday’s game: starting first baseman Yonder Alonso (back tightness), catcher Derek Norris (hyperextension of left shoulder and elbow) and reliever Shawn Kelley (right forearm tightness).

Lineup when available.

Check out the Dodgers’ repostings of tweets sent out by Brandon McCarthy, Kiké Hernandez and Brett Anderson, all reflecting on Kershaw’s performance last night.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      It is a strange one.

  • foul tip

    So, tonight’s game features the Los Angeles Hamstrings v the San Diego Padres, right?

  • WBBsAs

    Rox score four off Vogelscheiße in the first in Denver.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Glad to see that they continue to bury themselves

      • WBBsAs

        Fails to last the fourth, now 7-2 Rox.

        • Lincecum had hip surgery today, too.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s done for.

  • Latos needs a winter to recover/work on his game, I think.

    • WBBsAs

      He won’t be a Dodger next season.

      • If we want to get any value for him we still want him to recover.

        • WBBsAs

          He’ll be a free agent, and Dodgers won’t bother with him.

          • john galt

            They shouldn’t have bothered in July.

          • WBBsAs

            Minor risk worth taking, didn’t really cost anything.

          • john galt

            Olivera???

          • Bob_Hendley

            Three lower level minor leaguers

          • WBBsAs

            Got Wood, Avilán and Peraza in the Olivera deal. A real steal.

          • RBI

            I think it cost us four games. Bolsinger was a much better bet.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ballslinger was taxing the pen and they sought someone who might throw more innings. Hasn’t worked out. We still have Ballslinger.

    • john galt

      I think he is miscast as a starter. Wonder how he’d do as a set-up man?

  • RBI

    Latos looks lost. So do his tats.

    • foul tip

      He’s been tattooed by the Friars tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Amazing how blissfully unconcerned I am with this game. Thanks Colorado for beating up on SF.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yah Seager!

  • RBI

    Corey! Congratulations!

    • foul tip

      Bet we know where that ball is going.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice from Corey!

  • RBI

    Joc hammered that.

  • RBI

    Glad the pitcher is okay.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m satisfied. First fielding chance, first hit (extra base hit), and first run for Seager.

    • Bob_Hendley

      RBIs were nice as well.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep.

        • Bob_Hendley

          First DP would have been nice.

  • RBI

    Nice to see Crawford and Utley heating up.

  • WinnipegDave

    5 seems like a good number for Seager. Uribe, Nomar, etc before him. Who else?

    • scooplew

      Norm Larker was the first L.A. Dodger to wear #5. He barely lost the 1960 batting crown to Dick Groat, .325 to .323. Groat was the MVP that season, Larker finished 15th, just behind Warren Spahn and ahead of Stan Musial. Other L.A. Dodgers to have worn #5 include Jim Lefebvre, Mike Marshall (the non-pitcher), Dave Hansen, manager Davey Johnson, Hee-Seop Choi and Nomar Garciaparra. Sandy Amoros and Carl Furillo each wore it for one season in Brooklyn, Cookie Lavagetto for many years.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Scoop. Great stuff.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox flatten Gnats, 11-3.

    • WinnipegDave

      Magic number: 23. And could go down to 22.

  • RBI

    Sacks full. No outs. Gnats lost. Seager’s called up. Life could be worse.

    • WinnipegDave

      My jaw hurts a little bit but I see your point. 😉

      • RBI

        From tension? Smiling?

        • WinnipegDave

          Uhh, from falling asleep funny on the couch actually.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager has a chance for his first RBI now too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dude! Smokin’!

  • WinnipegDave

    2998 to go.

  • Bob_Hendley

    He either had the green light, or doesn’t know the signs yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Raise your hand if you are glad the Dodgers called up Seager.

  • RBI

    Seager! Seager!

    • WinnipegDave

      Seaver? As in Tom?

      • RBI

        As in clumsy thumbs. Thank goodness for the edit function.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha – very true!

  • RBI

    Joc caught on air dropping the F-bomb twice, after his foul ball was caught…

  • John_from_Aus

    peeked at score earlier when down 0-4, nice comeback!

  • RBI

    See Chase run!

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley wanted to keep running all the way home I think.

  • WinnipegDave

    Re: Seager. You know you are hustling to make plays when you have both the green grass stains and the brown dirt smeared across your jersey!

    • John_from_Aus

      it’s like a kid getting to play in a new sandpit for the first time

  • RBI

    Okay Pedro. DP, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      Got it – I think!

      • WinnipegDave

        Apparently not. Upton’s look was priceless. Review did not work at all there.

    • WBBsAs

      He got the DP, but he didn’t…

      Worst call since the imperfect game.

      • RBI

        Ha! Maybe Utley should be a foot off next time. Then he’d get the neighborhood call.

  • RBI

    Worst DP missed call I have ever ever seen. Even Upton was rolling his eyes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bad call all around.

    • RBI

      Horrific.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Love Upton’s reaction!

        • RBI

          Classic.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin-Justin conversation at 3rd.

    • WinnipegDave

      Turner: See my slide last night?
      Upton: Slide? Who needs to slide?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Baez needs to get this guy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not that.

  • RBI

    That run is on the umpire.

    • WBBsAs

      That was truly egregious.

    • WinnipegDave

      Umps line – 1 error, 1 run and 1 blown review.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT just missed that one. Just.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just in not out!

      • WinnipegDave

        Very clever. I like it!

    • WBBsAs

      Not hit all that hard.

  • RBI

    That blown call makes me want to win this one even more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Twice blown it was.

      • RBI

        And now we’re only up by one… I would protest the game if we lose by one.

  • RBI

    Think Mattingly will lodge a protest if we lose? Can he even do that?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good question.

    • WBBsAs

      You cannot protest a judgement call. Any rule interpretation call must be protested at the moment it takes place. So the answer is no.

      • RBI

        Ah. Thanks. So we’d better just win then.

  • RBI

    Okay, Johnson. Time to get Upton out.

  • RBI

    Somehow I knew this was coming. They’re up by one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just when I was beginning to trust Johnson.

    • RBI

      I know. That pitch was asking to be hit out.

      • WBBsAs

        Supposedly a groundball pitcher.

  • RBI

    Nomar was making the point that the blown call really broke our momentum. Should have been a quick clean inning. Instead…

  • WBBsAs

    Worst game of the year, potentially, but the sweep of the Gnats makes it easier to handle.

    • RBI

      Worst because of our playing? Or the call?

      • WBBsAs

        Because of the call. That changed everything.

        • RBI

          Yes. I agree.

    • RBI

      And the Gnats loss.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The bats tonight have proven that the bullpen is the weakest link on this team.

    • WBBsAs

      The Mattingly School of Bullpen Management is the weakest link.

      • RBI

        Nicasio is good tonight.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Was.

          • RBI

            Was, is right! Geeze.

        • WBBsAs

          You spoke too soon.

  • RBI

    I think it’s important we get at least one back in the ninth, just for the sake of morale. Four would be even better.

  • scooplew

    Johnson’s ERA as a Dodger — up to the minute — is 13.90.

    • RBI

      Wow. That is not good.

  • WinnipegDave

    This team just doesn’t win when Seager plays. He is clearly the culprit.

    • scooplew

      Ha!

  • scooplew

    Solid debut by Seager. Another day off the schedule, as the lead remains the same.

    • RBI

      But the bullpen! Yikes!

  • WinnipegDave

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda but didn’t. However to me, it was the one game in this series that looked most like a loss going in. Let down from the sweep plus starting pitcher.

    • RBI

      Good point.

  • RBI

    I found this game so frustrating, even with Seager doing so well. Why are we still using Latos? Why is our bullpen so uneven?

  • Jerry Hairston Jr. is on the postgame and he is LIVID. He thinks the ump who made that safe call at 2nd in the 6th should be relieved of his duties. Judging from the replays I’ve seen on the tube, Upton was clearly out, so I don’t blame him for being angry.

    • RBI

      Ha! Here we go again.

    • RBI

      I love his passion.

  • RBI

    Jerry Hairston is hot under the collar over this call. I mean, HOT! Gotta love him.

  • Looking at the box score, Latos threw strikes (40 of 54 pitches), but they were almost TOO good, seems like. 8 hits and four runs in four innings. Peralta, Baez, Howell and Avilan did okay, but Johnson (again) did not. Neither did Nicasio.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you are saying there is a bit of a drop off in quality from strike throwing Kershaw to strike throwing Latos.

      • I think so.

        • WinnipegDave

          Me too!

      • SI Best and Worst 2015 trade deadline deals.

        Latos and Johnson both make the “Worst” category. Here’s the blurb on Latos:

        However, since turning in a quality start in his Los Angeles debut on
        Aug. 2, he has been awful, failing to complete the fifth inning in any
        of his last four starts and posting a 8.31 ERA over that quartet, three
        of them Dodgers defeats.

        Latos has had abysmal luck on balls in play over those four starts,
        but he has also seen his velocity decline once again, dropping back down
        below 92 mph on his average fastball, which is his worst showing in
        that department since before his disabled list stint earlier this
        season.

  • Bolsinger tomorrow, we’re told.

  • Here’s that second-base play.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice to know the SD announcers knew he was safe even before the replay was done.
      Homers.

      • I suppose it’s possible that Utley’s front foot missed by about an inch, but I don’t see how the ump could have told that at game speed.

        • RBI

          An inch! Compared to most double plays? And to me, his foot is grazing the length of the base. According to Mattingly, the ump “doesn’t believe in the neighborhood play.” So I could understand if there was any visible gap whatsoever, even though this ump is deciding things on his own here. But not on that play.

      • Bob_Hendley

        What a lack of perspective.

  • john galt

    I posted about “the neighbourhood play” several months ago and predicted it would hurt some team in a critical situation. Last night wasn’t a critical situation, but the Dodgers, and every other team should force reviews until the umps start calling the plays right. I don’t care whether they allow it or not, but if they do, they should amend the rule book and call it the same for every team in every situation. Makes more sense to me to not allow it, the fielder actually touches the base or the runner is safe. But the call must be consistent.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Last night was sort of a Catch-22. Neighborhood plays are not supposed to be reviewable. This ump appeared to make a bad call, but NY didn’t think that there was enough evidence to overturn his call. My understanding is that they were not judging on whether it should have been a neighborhood play.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to imagine that MLB would do away with the neighborhood play, given the injury risks. Witness the recent Posey Rule.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • WinnipegDave

      Yes – he went full Votto last night.

      • Notice that Uribe did him one better (21 pitches, no swings) in 2010?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Uribear doing something like that constitutes a minor miracle (get the Vatican on line!)

  • WBBsAs

    Counter-factual history is a risky endeavor, but I think there’s a reasonable case to be made that the missed call at second was all the difference in the game. If Báez gets through the sixth unscored upon, the Dodgers still have a three-run lead and the Pads are at a different spot in the batting order when Howell comes out to pitch the seventh (if indeed it’s Howell at all, with Norris due up). That doesn’t excuse the bullpen from what ensued in the actual game, but it makes the circumstances vastly different.

    What I find perplexing is that Conroy appears to have said that the play at second was automatically safe – there was apparently no way for Utley to get an out, whether he was near the base or on it. The call was at least as bad as Jim Joyce’s imperfect game blunder, or the Todd Helton play in Colorado.

  • foul tip

    Greinke’s serial killer stare may be rubbing off on Kershaw. How’d you like to be a batter, knowing how futile your attempt to hit him is very likely to be, then look out and see this look on his face?

    https://mlblogsdodgers.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/kershaw-scrutiny.jpg?w=1110&h=888

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