Game 136, 2015

Dodgers at Padres, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.43 ERA) goes for the Dodgers, while Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15 ERA) pitches for the Padres. Anderson is looking for his third straight win and fourth in his last five starts. He’ll have to do it against a lineup he’s mostly never seen; the last time he faced the Padres was in 2009 when he was with Oakland. Cashner’s record is a little misleading; he’s had 22 unearned runs scored against him in his 26 starts.

Anderson is in uncharted territory. He’s pitched more innings (152 1/3) than he has since his rookie year in 2009 when he threw 175 1/3. He’s got more quality starts this year (16) than he’s ever had in a season. The difference is that he’s been healthy all year.

“It takes a while to get this body going,” Anderson joked. “I have to get here a little bit earlier than most guys and do my core stuff and back stuff. It’s not fun, but it’s one of those necessary evils. I’d rather not have to do it, but it’s the cards I was dealt with.”

Lineup:


Huh. Turner at second, Seager at third. Oh well, why not?

  • WBBsAs

    Lineup roulette worked OK the last two days.

  • scooplew

    Turner has started two games at 2nd base this year. He started 12 at 2nd last season. I am glad that Grandal (0-for 33) is getting the day off. Clearly, he has to be hurting physically.

    • WBBsAs

      I think Grandal would get this day off whether or not he’s hurting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc saved a run there.

  • It appears the current Red Sox ownership learned how to manage a business from Frank and Jamie McCourt. As the essay says, first Beltre, now Orsillo. What they have done to play-by-play guy Orsillo reminds me of what the Dodgers under McCourt did to Ross Porter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad the Dodgers have the early lead. No guarantees but they record when scoring first is very good.

    • WinnipegDave

      Man. I had just finished typing about the Dodgers lead.

      • scooplew

        It’s your fault!

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. Although, I did say no guarantees!

  • WBBsAs

    Great. I get here just in time to see Steiner call one accurately for a change.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nats are now behind Mets by 4.0, making up 2.5 games in past 5 days.

    • WBBsAs

      And they play the Mutts starting tomorrow.

      • WinnipegDave

        Makes one think. SF could come back at the Dodgers yet this month.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maybe we can get 6 innings out of Brett today. He rarely goes over 100.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Little bit too much running.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s been better than the not running from the first few months.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Still need to be smart on the situation. That said, not sure that many of the recent SBs have contributed to an actual run.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – runs are hard to come by today. Hold fast there Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by JT at second!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Getting to the ball was only topped by the great throw from Justin.

  • WinnipegDave

    Uh-oh. Anderson coming out injured.

    • RBI

      What happened? (No eyes… Babysitting my grandson.)

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not clear. On his follow through. Appears to be his calf. Didn’t go into the clubhouse, however.

        • WinnipegDave

          Perhaps just a cramp. Hopefully.

  • WinnipegDave

    That defense is rocking today!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not sure why they boo Agon. He didn’t trade himself to Boston and he didn’t trade himself to LA.

    • foul tip

      Many sports fans are allergic to logic.

  • WinnipegDave

    Slow paced Sunday afternoon ball game. Love to see Turner come through with an RBI here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jimmy almost went too far!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why does it take 2 umps to talk to NY on the replays?

    • scooplew

      Great question.

    • WBBsAs

      Stereo.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

    • One to interpret New York dialect.

    • john galt

      Obviously to make sure the correct message is understood. But for that matter, why no four? Doesn’t cost any more and they really have nothing to do until the ruling is made.

      • WinnipegDave

        Headsets cost money my friend.

        • john galt

          Do they try to conserve on baseballs? Or anything else?

          • WinnipegDave

            Sorry – I was totes tongue in cheekin’ you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Defense is the difference in this game for sure.

  • scooplew

    That must have been one heckuva throwing error. Can someone describe what happened?

    • WinnipegDave

      Pitcher airmailed Ethier’s slow roller over the head of the 1st baseman.

      • scooplew

        The result is the same as a bases-loaded triple.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes sir.

        • Andre would prefer that. This way, no RBIs. “I don’t care as long as we win,” he’ll say. He might even mean it, but in the back of his mind he’s saying “man, I should have hit that better.”

  • WBBsAs

    Avilán has been quietly excellent.

  • WinnipegDave

    No controversies around 2B yet today.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another good day in the outfield for Ethier.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many lead off men getting on today for the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Twelve pitch out for Turner. Workin’ the count!

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez coming in for bottom 9.

    • Someday I’ll get used to that being Pedro. I see “Baez” and think Joan.

      • WinnipegDave

        She could close a show too.

        • WBBsAs

          Pedro throws more heat.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! Magic number 19.

    • RBI

      Really? 19? That seems do-able!

      • WinnipegDave

        I know right. Dodgers got to be good for at least 13 wins (out of 26) and I’m sure the Giants have 6 losses left in them.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nice math.

        • john galt

          I don’t know, you better check with WBB about that…

          • WBBsAs

            The Gnats could win half their remaining games, and may be able to fight off the Dbags and Padres (SF is closer to fourth than to first).

  • WinnipegDave

    20 games over .500.

    • foul tip

      Season high? IMO, 20 over is the mark of a championship caliber club.

      • WBBsAs

        91-71 is good, no doubt, but not necessarily impressive. Still, the Mariners won 116 games in 2001 (70 games over .500!), and what good did that do them?

        • foul tip

          20 over–or more–guarantees absolutely nothing.

          I do think a team that hits that benchmark or plays .600 ball has made a statement that it’s a serious contender to win it all. Not too many teams get to either place in a given year.

          • WBBsAs

            Teams with worse records have made it to the Series (I’m talking about you, 1973 Mets).

          • Bob_Hendley

            Recalling the 2009 club. They hit the 20 over mark on June 6. Saw them win in DC on Sept 27 to reach 92-61. They went on to Pittsburgh where they lost 3 of 4 and then lost 2 more in San Diego. Lost the next day to the Rox before clinching against them the next day and then beating them again to finish at 95-67. Quite a ride.

  • W00T!

  • Angels tomorrow at 6:05PM PT at The Big A, if they still call that stadium that. Down the 5, anyway.

    • john galt

      I lived less than 10 miles from the stadium, went to one game in the 38 years I lived there. Went to Dodger Stadium, about 40 miles away (?) maybe 6 times. Television, even radio, was more enjoyable.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ve never been to see the Anaheimers. I went to Dodger Stadium last year for the first time in many years. I live relatively close to The Phone Booth, but never go there any more – Candlestick was far better, and the Oakland Coliseum still is.

        • I doubt you’d get too many people to agree that those two are better than the one downtown.

          I’ve seen the Angels maybe once, at the old Wrigley Field in LA in their original season.

          • WBBsAs

            The Phone Booth is a distinctly unpleasant place. Candlestick was fun, and the Coliseum is good-natured.

          • What’s wrong with AT&T? Too gentrified and pricey?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Always have a place in my heart for Memorial Stadium, even though Camden Yards is a great experience. Less so for JFK. Really like Nationals Park.

  • From ESPN postgame: “DODGERS: 2B Howie Kendrick (left hamstring) will join the club in Anaheim and could be activated by the end of the week.”

    Additionally, Anderson had a cramp in his left calf. At least, that’s all that’s being reported so far.

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