Game 140, 2015

Dodgers at D-Backs, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Alex Wood (10-9, 3.51 ERA) goes for the Dodgers against Robbie Ray (3-11, 3.72 ERA). Wood had his best outing as a Dodger in his last start, going seven scoreless innings against the Padres. Lefty Ray’s record doesn’t show it, but of his 18 starts this season, 8 have been quality ones.

Lineup when available.

Stack the lineup with right-handed hitters against the lefty.

Other news:

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    So over at DoDi, Dustin lays out his picks for the Dodger postseason roster (playoffs not a lock yet, but here’s hoping). For position player he says it comes down to Puig (if healthy) vs Seager, but I would rather see it come down to Seager vs Utley – and I would chose Seager. If healthy, either Hernandez or Peraza can back up Kendrick (who has to be back long before then, doesn’t he?). Which then leaves Seager to back up/start over Rollins at short or Turner at third. Basically, it comes down to rather having Seager at third over Utley. I don’t see Chase making the throws from there as easily as Corey.

    • Audit

      Totally agree with you. But the baseball reality is the old guy, whether he can play or not, will get the slot over the young player. Has always been this way.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes – sigh – but I even showed my work and everything so it feels like the Dodgers should agree with me.

      • “Veteran Presence”

        See Myth Number Three here at Grantland in 2014.

      • WBBsAs

        In fairness, Utley has played well since becoming a Dodger. Seager is clearly a star of the (near) future, but he could also tank quickly. His AAA numbers were decent but not truly impressive.

        • Audit

          Utley has played decently. Seager has played better. Either of them could play well or badly in the postseason. I am always in favor of the old folks getting out of the way and letting the young show what they can do. I believe that is the natural way of things.

          • WBBsAs

            I think you can make a case for either one. I’d rather not have to choose between them.

          • Audit

            Good news for you: You won;t Nor will I. That job goes to Friedman, who will probably surprise us by selecting Heisey instead of the others….

          • WBBsAs

            It will not be Friedman’s decision. It will be the result of consultations between the front office and the field staff, including Mattingly.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think the real trade off, if healthy, is Puig versus Peraza, and at this point see no contest. Peraza would be a third string 2nd baseman and pinch runner,

      • WinnipegDave

        Hmm, if it does come down to those two then it seems like the Dodgers are in pretty good shape. Because in the infield I would rank both Seager and Utley ahead of Peraza – even given his pinch running capabilities.
        Again, all of this is dependent on a healthy Puig.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yeah, I think that the fellow who wrote the article set up the wrong trade off to get people excited.

  • ESPN’s Mark Saxon profiles Corey Seager.

  • scooplew

    Yes, we have an 8 1/2-game lead (great link to Fellini’s movie the other day, WBBsAs), and yes our magic number is 15, but as a lifelong Dodgers fan I have a tendency to worry. Here’s what I am worrying about: While our starting pitching has been great lately (and all year with Greinke and Kershaw) and our relievers have improved, many of the players who led us much of the season are slumping or on the DL, e.g. Gonzalez, Turner, Grandal, Kendrick, Puig and Hernandez. Rollins has not had a good year. Utley has been no better than OK since we got him. Ellis has improved. Van Slyke has had a couple of good games lately. Pederson is not hitting much for average but is outstanding in centerfield and walks a lot. Will Donnie do the right thing and include at least a couple of the new faces who have sparkled — Seager, Schebler, Ruggiano — on the post-season roster (assuming we reach the playoffs) or will he be the conservative skipper he has been most of the season? I know several of you have addressed this earlier today.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It may not last, but Chase as a Dodger has a higher OPS+ than Howie, 124 versus 109. So not sure where this idea comes from that Utley is not performing (several commenters below) or yours that he is no better than OK. That said, it is certainly true that the most recent upturn in offense has been led by the newly acquired vets (including Utley) and call ups.

      • WinnipegDave

        Of course, choosing players because of how they have done over a three week period is always a bit risky. Choose a different three weeks from earlier in the season and you have Alex Guerrero as your starting left fielder.

      • WinnipegDave

        I’ll be honest and say the numbers surprise me about Chase. I think I somehow lumped him in with Gonzalez, Turner and Grandal as a guy who was slumping/underperforming.
        I’m happy to be corrected and hope it continues close to that level.

    • WinnipegDave

      I guess the long and short of it is to get the injured guys (Kendrick, Rollins and especially Grandal, Hernandez and Puig) healthy. The best would be to have the most possible healthy options in which to make up a playoff roster. If they make it, he adds a bit superstitiously.

    • Bob_Hendley

      As of today, I think that Seager makes it. Schebler loses out to Dre and CC as a left handed hitting outfielder. Ruggiano would need to make it over Puig/SVS as a right handed hitting outfielder. Let’s see if he keeps it up!

  • Okay, now this took a little courage. John Danks, leprechaun.

  • WinnipegDave

    So, I guess I had sorta gotten used to lead off home runs. Missed not getting one tonight.

  • Super interesting game in Texas. Colby Lewis.

  • RBI

    Well, that’s an inauspicious start.

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner wasn’t quite sure…until he saw Castillo touch home plate.

  • RBI

    Okay, Wood. Time to settle down, fella.

  • Long-relievers to the bullpen, stat.

    • RBI

      All his pitches have been strikes up in the zone, or balls.

  • RBI

    Better pull him now.

  • WBBsAs

    MLBTV Gameday scoreboard committing major Rule No. 9 violation.

  • Um, if it takes getting to the pitcher to get the third out this is going to be a long and ugly game.

  • This may not be the Dodgers’ game. Lineout into an unassisted double-play? Rats.

    • WBBsAs

      A.J. avoids the GIDP, though.

  • Audit

    Third no-hitter of the year?

  • WinnipegDave

    Yikes – I leave for a bit to put my son to bed and I return to see it’s basically a blowout already.

    • Audit

      It was all that talk of playoff rosters that caused it…

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh man, I hope not.

  • Exit Wood, disconsolate.

    • WinnipegDave

      Definitely it was knotty Wood tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Worst outing of Wood’s career for sure. 8-0 and the Dodgers are getting their clocks cleaned.

  • WBBsAs

    Steiner can’t even add 6+2.

    • Shell shock.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not everyone can do higher arithmetic like that. Talking big numbers.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, Peevey (sic) has put the Padres ahead with a gopher ball to Jupton.

  • WinnipegDave

    10-0 DBacks. Time for Netflix.
    Not really but man, could use the story telling of Vin Scully to get me through this game.

    • WBBsAs

      However bad things are, they can only get worse with Steiner.

    • I switched to Jeopardy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, pull the starters and put in the bench and scrubs. Oh wait…

  • WinnipegDave

    Who are people rooting for – if anyone in particular – in the race for the 2nd AL Wild Card spot – Texas, Minnesota, LA?

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers are not in the AL.

      • WinnipegDave

        But their World Series opponent is.

        • WBBsAs

          There is no LA team in the AL.

          • WinnipegDave

            So you don’t watch anything but the Dodgers when it comes to mlb? Not the WS or any playoffs after the Dodgers are eliminated?

          • WBBsAs

            I could watch to the end of time without seeing an AL team from LA.

          • WinnipegDave

            What does that have to do with who you would like to see in the AL wild card?The fact that the Angels are in Anahiem and not LA doesn’t really come into play when answering that particular question.

          • WBBsAs

            I was answering the question you asked.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh good.
            So, which team were you rooting for? Just kidding. Have a good night WBB.

          • WinnipegDave

            Now that I think about this, it might not be true. It is entirely possible that before the end of time there is an AL team in LA.

      • foul tip

        ???

    • Current W/C standings from ESPN.

      I vote for the Twins. They haven’t been in in quite a while.

      If somebody knocked the Yankees out it wouldn’t break my heart.

      • WinnipegDave

        They have my vote as well. Proximity and underdog status.

        • Last times in were 2009-10, when they got swept by the Yankees each time in the ALDS.

  • The D-Back pitcher has made the third out in each of the first two innings. That can’t be a very common occurrence. Get Elias Sports Bureau on the line, quick!

  • WinnipegDave

    That’s quite a linescore:
    LA 0/0/1
    AZ 10/10/0
    After 2 innings of play.

  • Umpire Wolf leaves game for some reason.

    • WinnipegDave

      Got smacked hard by a foul ball that rung his bell pretty good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Guerrero pulls up lame running to first and grabs the back of his leg. Likely hamstring injury. Rollins in as PR.

    • RBI

      Year of the hamstring.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Dodgers aren’t careful this game could really start to get away from them.

  • RBI

    Hey. No HR that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Around this time last year, the eventual World Series winner lost a game 17-0.

  • WBBsAs

    Anyway, buenas noches a todos.

    • WinnipegDave

      Spanish truly is a beautiful language.
      Night WBB.

  • RBI

    Me, too. Switching to a movie with my husband.

    • WinnipegDave

      Enjoy!

  • Bob_Hendley

    If there was a game for me to miss, this certainly was the one. I am feeling lucky.

  • Hey! Ruggiano hit a grand slam in the ninth. That might be the first one of the year.

    • WinnipegDave

      Guerrero hit a game saving almost walk-off except it was an away game 2 out top of the ninth grand slam against Colorado on I believe June 1st. Dodgers won 10-9.

      • WinnipegDave

        So much for my details. It was June 2nd and they won 9-8.

  • Audit

    Interesting concept: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-angels-andrew-heaney-first-in-mlb-to-sell-stock-in-himself-091015 Anybody want to buy some Corey Seager stock? Matt Latos must be a penny stock…

  • Audit

    Anyone read the Dodger Digest Wrap Up last night? It would’ve taken maybe 5 seconds. Guy don’t want to write a blog, he should just quit, not to try half-a**ed fake it….

    • WBBsAs

      After last night, what more would you have wanted to read?

      • Audit

        Writer’s job to find something interesting to write. That was very unprofessional. I suppose that is the difference between owning a blog where you write when you want to and working for a an electronic or print organization where you are committed to coming up with a minimum story on schedule. What it does is lessen the visitor’s inclination to go there again.

        • WBBsAs

          Blogs are, almost by definition, non-professional. This one, you might notice, includes no game summary whatsoever.

          • Audit

            We aren’t disagreeing, just not getting anywhere. I’m back to my original thought, If he wasn’t going to write about the game, why bring it up at all?

          • Just as a point of interest, I don’t bother with a summary on the theory that everyone reading saw or heard the game. Also, I have other things I’m required to do at the same time games usually end. Cleaning up the kitchen after cooking and eating, for some.

  • Audit

    WBB, is it OK if I post the lineup?
    Crawford, LF
    Utley, 2B
    Gonzalez, 1B
    Turner, 3B
    Ethier, RF
    Seager, SS
    Grandal, C
    Pederson, CF
    Bolsinger, P

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