Game 138, 2015

Dodgers at Angels, 7:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSW

Kershaw versus Heaney. The prime-time pitcher versus the rookie. Heaney, briefly a Dodger last winter, is 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA. Kershaw is 12-6 with a 2.18 ERA.

Kershaw will want to be wary of Pujols, who is hitting .440 off the Dodgers’ ace and has a .563 on-base percentage, the third-highest mark by anyone with at least 10 at-bats against him.

Lineup when available.

Load up with right-handed hitters!

  • WBBsAs

    Package is going to love this Joc-less lineup: https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/641369725327511552

    • package206

      Happy days are here again.

      • WBBsAs

        Resting Grandal is a good idea for the moment, but A.J. is only a short-term expedient. Barnes needs to get some playing time.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guerrero sighting!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Match the player with their Sept. OPS+: Joc, Dre, Justin, Agon; 125, 103, 81, 59.

    • package206

      Check those same stats for July and Aug. 7 games in Sept. is hardly a big enough sample size to say anything.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Dwell in the past to your heart’s desire. I am all about the present and future promise of Joc.

  • John_from_Aus

    Somehow the work email filter is letting me in today!

    • package206

      Hey John, what’s shakin??

      • John_from_Aus

        been a bit crazy at home and at work, but I always keep an eye on the scores. Liking our ever increasing lead in the division, as well as our better play of late

  • For the tennis buffs, Serena Williams just beat her sister Venus in four sets to advance at the US Open. On to the semifinals for her.

  • That’s one way to start a game. Way to go, Ruggiano!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase has been lights out so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy lineup tonight.
    How bad does Washington feel after blowing a 7-1 lead to the Mets?

    • Bob_Hendley

      My buddy went, not looking forward to seeing him tomorrow.

    • John_from_Aus

      I am happy that it looks like there are going to be many different teams in the playoffs this year (such as the Astros, Mets, Cubs, Pirates). It makes the playoffs much more interesting

      • WinnipegDave

        Not that I’m rooting for them, but don’t forget the Blue Jays. Royals still seem “new” as well. I have a friend who is convinced it will be 1985 all over again: Jays vs Royals in AL and Cards vs Dodgers in the NL.

        • WBBsAs

          1985 with better results, presumably.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw strikes out Trout for the 3rd out. During that at bat, he threw over to try and pick Calhoun off first base. I know it’s great picking runners off, but I’m not sure I would want to face Trout again right away the next inning. It’s like having another half AB to have to try and get him out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Heaney at 75 pitches through 4. Kershaw seems to have gotten over his first inning blip – not just the HR, but lots of missed location on his pitches.

    • package206

      Hey Dave, you going for ice cream tonight?

      • WinnipegDave

        The whole family had ice cream sandwhiches at home after dinner.

        • package206

          Yea!!

          • WinnipegDave

            :).

          • scooplew

            Ice cream was great here today in Carmel Valley, where it was 98 degrees. Heat wave expected to continue for at least one more day.

          • package206

            Tell me, is it really as dry out there as I hear?

          • RBI

            Yes, at least where I live.

          • package206

            You live in L.A., right?

          • RBI

            Yes. Hollywood, under the sign.

          • package206

            Cool!!

          • RBI

            Hot, at least this week!

          • package206

            Dad used to talk about some of the dirt roads in LA. Bet there are none now.

          • RBI

            Actually hot, this week. (Like our team!)

          • scooplew

            Yes, extremely dry. Our plants are drying up and dying.

    • WinnipegDave

      Should keep my mouth shut. Kershaw bounced 2 or 3 more pitches that inning. The ump is calling low strikes but not that low.

  • package206

    Gotta have a few more runs for insurance for Kersh.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would like a bunch more so that he doesn’t have to stay in any throw more than 100 pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not often you get back to back double play balls. Utley messed up the first one but got the second.

  • package206

    Bye Rollins! Seager is the real deal.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager showing something!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager looking so comfortable hitting line drives. And fielding. And throwing.
    Basically looks quite at ease in general.

    • John_from_Aus

      just wait until he starts hitting home runs

    • Bob_Hendley

      Let’s just hope he doesn’t have a slump.

    • WBBsAs

      Not quite so much fielding tonight. A couple pretty sloppy errors.

  • package206

    That should be enough runs for Kersh but I am not so sure about the bullpen?

  • WinnipegDave

    Said it last night and I will say it again tonight: The Dodgers have owned the middle innings (5,6,7) over the last week or two.

  • package206

    Routine catch for Heisey in CF.

  • scooplew

    I hope Kershaw goes just 6 or, at the most, 7 after the 132-pitch outing last Wednesday.

    • WinnipegDave

      I would say one more inning (7th) but knowing Kershaw he will want to pitch the 8th as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Kershaw rolls through this inning he could still be under 100 pitches.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kid having a little bit of trouble in the field.

    • package206

      Give him a break. He will be fine.

      • WBBsAs

        Maybe not, but Joc will pick him up.

        • package206

          Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! Joc can’t hit.

          • WBBsAs

            Joc’s hitting again, and his defense has always been elite.

          • package206

            What player are you watching?

          • WBBsAs

            Your posts continue to be a fact-free zone.

          • package206

            All you have to do is look at anything on Joc’s stats.

          • WBBsAs
      • Bob_Hendley

        Rollins will help him out. Seemed to be rushing.

  • RBI

    I just can’t figure out balks.

    • WinnipegDave

      And it seemed like such a delayed call. Usually the balk call is instantaneous to the balk movement itself.

  • RBI

    Time to pull Kershaw.

  • RBI

    Costly errors. Poor kid.

    • package206

      He will be fine.

      • WBBsAs

        But the Dodgers could have gotten Hamels or Price for him!

        • package206

          I never said for them to trade Seager.

          • Bob_Hendley

            But that is who they wanted, yet you kept busting the chops of the FO for not getting one of those guys?

          • package206

            The FO never wanted Price, Hamels, or Cueto at any price.

          • WBBsAs

            I daresay the FO would have given up A.J. for one of them.

          • package206

            Nah, Ellis is too good.

          • WBBsAs

            Now you’ve crossed over into the delusional.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Silly response.

          • package206

            Truth. Name one big name player they have aquired?

          • WBBsAs

            Gee, they sure blundered by passing on Max Scherzer, didn’t they?

          • package206

            Yes.

          • WBBsAs

            Of course. Scherzer has made all the difference for the Nats. In a particularly clutch performance yesterday, he held the Mets to only five earned in five innings and, in the end, Washington only lost by three.

          • Bob_Hendley

            They were in play, but FO wouldn’t give up Seager and Urias.

          • package206

            I think they led you to believe that but I don’t think there was ever any true interest. I mean they could have given up the farm and probably got one but they were never serious in my opinion.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Jays had to give up their number 1 prospect for Price. Rangers had to give up three of their top five for Hamels

          • package206

            Just thinking of their moves and what they have done so far and I think it is fair to say that they won’t pick up a big name player unless he is all but given to them or they have to anchor the rotatation with a number 1.

          • WBBsAs

            In fairness, Ned could have gotten Joaquín Benoit for him.

  • RBI

    Okay, Clay. Shut Cole down.

  • RBI

    Yes!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got a break on that one!

    • RBI

      We’ll certainly take it.

  • WinnipegDave

    20 pitches and one stressful inning for Kershaw.

    • RBI

      I think that’s it for him.

  • RBI

    How about Crawford stealing third?!? Who are these guys?

  • scooplew

    I have been a contributor to this blog for many years. I enjoy the fact that we share a passion for the Dodgers, through thick and think, and we engage in meaningful exchanges. Lately, however, I feel that some of us are violating three of the precepts of this site, specifically:
    2. personally attacking other commenters

    3. baiting other commenters

    4. arguing for the sake of arguing
    That is detracting from my enjoyment.

    • WinnipegDave

      I don’t mind witty reparté but I agree that at times it feels more adversarial around here than it needs to – especially considering how well the team we are all rooting for is doing.

    • RBI

      Me, too.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sometimes I think of Monty Python’s argument sketch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad to see ths infield d really come through in the 8th. Seager had a routine play for the 3rd out but good for him to have that chance to get the errors behind him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s go Dre! Get Kenley to sit down.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez to start – and hopefully finish – the 9th.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dang, Kenley up.

      • RBI

        Shame.

  • RBI

    Would love this to be a one-two-three ninth.

    • RBI

      Guess not.

  • WinnipegDave

    Every time Baez pitch I mentally call him By-Bye Baez. Tonight he went bye-bye and not the hitters.

  • RBI

    Ump not giving Kenley the benefit of the doubt on ball three.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ball one was surely a strike.

      • RBI

        I missed seeing that one.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So did the ump.

  • RBI

    Oh, brother. Never easy for Kershaw to get the win this year, is it?

  • RBI

    Go Kenley!

  • RBI

    What a play by AGon!

    • WinnipegDave

      Not impressed with Utley’s little side arm flip tosses to first.

  • RBI

    Every time I turn around, it’s Cole Calhoun at the plate.

  • scooplew

    Fourth outing in five days for Jansen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uno mas!

  • John_from_Aus

    I’ll take the RBI groundout

  • Bob_Hendley

    Never seen Kenley throw wide ones like that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo!

  • RBI

    Yea!!!!!! Woo-HOO!!!!

  • RBI

    Angels keep playing us hard. I have to admire them for that. But SO glad we won.

  • scooplew

    Whew!

    • RBI

      Yes, indeed!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win. Magic number 16.

  • I saw the last two outs. I think I’m glad I didn’t see the 7th inning. I’ll take the win, though.

  • package206

    Good Morning Everyone
    In light of Scooplew’s comment last night regarding enjoyment of commenting on the blog. I have decided to discontinue my commenting for now. It was never my intent to make anyone not enjoy commenting. Even though I do not think that I alone caused this action, I feel that I am a part of it as it has caused 2 of my favorite commenters (RBI and Dave) to have the same sentiments. I am very sorry. Unfortunately opposing opinions are not the best form of commenting here. Best of luck to the Dodgers and all of you.

    • john galt

      Hate to see this, Package. I agreed with their sentiments, and while I don’t know who they had in mind as bullies, I’m pretty sure they didn’t want the victim punished. If you leave, another victim will have to be selected. Double shame. These two have the most to offer here with their baseball knowledge and active minds, they just need to be nice to people.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s rare, and unfortunate, when someone chooses martyrdom.

    • WBBsAs

      It is disappointing when someone consistently ignores Rule No. 8, especially with no evidence to back it up.

    • RBI

      Package, my intention was not to have you leave the site! I really enjoy having you here – you are a favorite of mine. But I haven’t enjoyed the ongoing bickering. It’s always the same basic argument, and no, you are not the only participant. It takes two, and in some cases three or four, to dance this particular tango. Sniping is the norm on blog sites, and ours is still relatively mild. But I came to DodgerThoughts years ago precisely because of the rules, and friendliness, and high level of baseball IQ. I have changed from a fan to a knowledgable fan because of all you guys. I love the history. I love the passion. I love the sometimes contrary opinions. I just don’t love the repetitious arguing and attacking about the same few players and decisions, over and over. It’s like siblings poking each other in the back seat when you’re trying to drive and enjoy the view. A view which, somewhat to my surprise and joy, is pretty great right now. I hope you stay and enjoy the rest of this crazy ride with us! Who knows? Maybe we’ll take it all the way. (Though my old team, the Mets, are scaring the hell out of me right now…) That’s just my long-winded two cents on the subject.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just reading this now and feel very sad. I haven’t always agreed with you package, but I recall asking you in the off-season last winter why it was that you held the opinions you do. You said it was because you want the best for the Dodgers and just want to see them win. I knew from that point on that whether I agreed or disagreed with your point of view about the team and how it was run, etc., that I liked you as another passionate Dodger fan. And I have certainly appreciated some of the non-Dodger chats about food, weather, life that has mixed into our conversations. I’m sad that my comment last night about the back and forth arguments was not more clear about it not reflecting my appreciation for the people behind the posts. I feel sad that the comment instead had the effect of pushing you away. I will miss chatting with you if you do go and hope you will have a change of heart and return.

    • RBI

      Package, I miss you! Won’t you please come back?

      • package206

        RBI, I miss ya’all also and I am considering returning. I just needed to clear my head and decide how to proceed as some think attacking commenters is OK. I have trouble not responding to that kind of response from some. I just don’t want to offend the good folks on the site and their enjoyment and excitement for the Dodgers.. Thank You for your friendship and concern.

  • WBBsAs

    Cubcasters are acknowledging Koufax’s perfecto today (while also recalling Hendley’s opposing one-hitter).

  • I don’t want anyone to leave unhappily. I do wish that the subjects of Joc’s strikeouts v. Kemp’s defensive liabilities, Kendrick’s abilities v. Dee Gordon’s, and Grandal’s one-time suspension could be avoided, as well as the motives of the Dodgers’ front office. The mention of any one of those things immediately stirs up the fire in people who feel differently than the original mentioner.

    Let’s just all try to enjoy the season we’ve got with the players we’ve got, please?

    • WBBsAs

      The Dee/Kendrick issue is one on which reasonable people can differ.

      • john galt

        I hope this isn’t gasoline but gentlemen can disagree on any issue. The key is to be nice to each other. When we realize the other person is not going to change his mind, and we aren’t either, it’s time to drop the subject and back off, not say something to make him more angry. It’s a lost cause for both of you. WBB, we’ve clashed on several occasions. Yet I consider you perhaps the most intelligent and have the broadest interests of anyone on the blog, but you certainly have your faults. I think you are essential to the continuation of the blog, if we want it to remain an interesting place to visit. I hope it will continue in a more polite manner.

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