Game 143, 2015

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Kershaw v. Gray. One’s 13-6 with a 2.15 ERA, the other is 0-0 with a 5.17 ERA. His team is 1-6 in his seven starts since he was called up. Looks like a walkover, right? No bets. Kershaw could have an off night, and the Rockies have some hot hitters in Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez.

Here’s a sign:

The Rockies are 7-26 against left-handed starters and are expected to face three lefties in Los Angeles: Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood.

Lineup:

  • package206

    This lineup should work pretty good against the Rockies.

    • Audit

      Jinxed by Package.

      • package206

        Grrrr!

        • RBI

          I’m going to the game. Hopefully I won’t be the jinx! Keep your fingers crossed.

          • package206

            Hope you have a great time!!

  • RBI

    David and Goliath. Always tricky for Goliath…

    • package206

      It will always be hard for me to understand all these lineup changes day after day, but hey if it works I guess it has merit.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s easy. You have a roster with great depth, and you play guys who have proved their abilities and sit guys who have proved inabilities (e.g., Ethier v. lefties) to give them the greatest chance of success.

  • WBBsAs

    Gray went higher in the draft (third) than Kershaw did (seventh) in the same year.

  • scooplew

    The strange season of Yasmani Grandal:
    His first 9 games — 6-for-36, ,167 batting average
    His next 82 games — 74-for-247, .300
    His last 12 games — 0-for-36, .000
    Cumulative, 103 games — 80-for-319, .251

    • WBBsAs

      He’ll be back, but it’s not clear when. Recent swings have looked better.

  • scooplew

    2006 June Draft, First 15 Picks
    1. Luke Hochevar, RHP, Royals
    2. Greg Reynolds, RHP, Rockies
    3. Evan Longoria, 3B, Devil Rays
    4. Brad Lincoln, RHP, Pirates
    5. Brandon Morrow, RHP, Mariners
    6. Andrew Miller, LHP, Tigers
    7. Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Dodgers
    8. Drew Stubbs, OF, Reds
    9. Billy Rowell, 3B, Orioles
    10. Tim Lincecum, RHP, Giants
    11. Max Scherzer, RHP, Diamondbacks
    12. Kasey Kiker, LHP, Rangers
    13. Tyler Colvin, OF, Cubs
    14. Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays
    15. Chris Marrero, OF, Nationals

    Among all 44 first-round picks that year, including compensation picks, here are the leaders in WAR: Kersahw 47.6, Longoria 42.8, Scherzer 30.0, Lincecum 22.6, and Ian Kennedy, 21st by Yankees, from Phillies, 10.4.
    Hochevar was drafted twice by the Dodgers, in the 39th round of the 2002 amateur draft, and in the 1st round (40th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft, but did not sign with them.

  • scooplew

    Jon Gray, Colorado’s starting pitcher tonight, was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. Kris Bryant of the Cubs was second, Mark Appel, a RHP, was taken first by the Astros.

  • There was some discussion of Puig’s whereabouts until it was learned he was working out on a specific machine called an Alter G which was available at the Dodgers’ facilities at Camelback Ranch but not at Chase Field. Here’s an Alter G machine.

    • Audit

      I think I understand the concept. It would allow one to exercise leg muscles without the stress of supporting body weight. If you can’t afford one of those machines, a bicycle does pretty much the same thing.

  • Egad! Clayton gave up a run!

    • Audit

      I told you already, Package jinxed us.

      • 22 pitches in the first inning for Mr Kershaw. Hope that doesn’t hurt down the road.

      • package206

        You mean that if you feel good about the lineup and write about it, it is a jinx?

        • Audit

          JUst kidding, Package. Feel good and write often.

    • WBBsAs

      Season over!

  • Audit

    Predicting we’re going to do well against a certain team or pitcher is a no-no, like talking about a no-hitter.

    • RBI

      Really? How about thinking it?

      • Audit

        Don’t pay any attention to what I say, I don’t know what I’m talking about….

        • RBI

          … and I’m paranoid about jinxing the game.

          • Audit

            None of us here have an iota of influence over the game. Say, do, or think whatever you like, it won’t change the game one whit. I would think it presumptuous to think I could influence the gain, and I would certainly try to use it to my financial advantage. Mea culpa…

          • RBI

            No apologies necessary! Really! I am notorious in my household for my magical thinking.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc scorches one!

    • Audit

      And gets scorched back trying to steal. His moma taught him better than that…

      • RBI

        He wasn’t even trying. Just too far off first.

    • RBI

      Funny to watch out here. Picked off part not so funny.

  • RBI

    I have to resign myself to being nervous from now until there are no magic numbers left. I’m at the game, and full of butterflies.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not a great start on offense or defense for the Dodgers.

      • RBI

        Sloppy so far, for sure.

      • Bob_Hendley

        What was the defensive lapse? (I did see good plays by Seager and Joc)

        • WinnipegDave

          Giving up a run! Kershaw not making his pitches in the first inning.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Oh, defense in a general sense.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yup.

    • WinnipegDave

      That sky looks dark out there tonight.

      • RBI

        Predicting rain early tomorrow morning.

        • The rain is needed everywhere, but couldn’t it go up north where the fires are?

    • package206

      We have good luck, RBI is at the game!

      • RBI

        Thanks for the vote of confidence Package. Wish you were here!

  • WinnipegDave

    Can we give Kershaw a pass on the first inning and make the second inning the start of the game?

    • Audit

      In golf that’s a Mulligan.

      • package206

        gotta count em all!

  • WinnipegDave

    You at the game with your son RBI?

    • RBI

      Just me tonight. No takers. Too bad you guys all live elsewhere.

      • WinnipegDave

        Someday I’ll get there. Someday.

        • package206

          When you get there, bet you are up and down getting ice cream?

          • WinnipegDave

            I’ll just sneak a tub and a spoon in to save me the walk!

          • RBI

            Not crazy about the ice cream here. Picky about that, too.

      • package206

        Hard to believe you can’t someone to use that ticket? They are scarce, aren’t they?

        • RBI

          I’m very picky. And not everyone wants to stay until the last out.

          • WinnipegDave

            What part of the park are you tonight?

          • RBI

            Same as almost always. Reserve section 4, Row U. Fourth level up behind home plate.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager likes big league pitching.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seags!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Por poco…

  • WBBsAs

    Very encouraging swing from Grandal, game tied.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just missed it. Kershaw gets a chance to unbreak the tie.

  • RBI

    Make em pay, Kershaw!

  • Clayton’s not having a good year with the bat.

  • RBI

    Walking pitcher=not good.

    • WinnipegDave

      2 walks is already a lot for Kershaw.

      • RBI

        He’s not at his sharpest, but we’ll see. The game is young.

  • package206

    That’s the ticket!

  • RBI

    Double play = good.

  • scooplew

    I don’t think we are going to get much help from Cincy this week vs. San Francisco. The Reds are weak. They are trailing 3-0 tonight in the third.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the Dodgers get Pittsburgh. Make it through the week with still at least a 5 game lead and then things even out schedule wise (whatever difference that makes).

      • scooplew

        I would like to be up by no fewer than six games when we begin the four-game series vs. the Giants two weeks from tonight.

      • scooplew

        Dodgers are at home this week for three vs. the Rockies and three vs. the Pirates. Giants are at home this week for three vs. the Reds and three vs. the DBacks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lots of pitches for Kershaw tonight.

    • RBI

      He doesn’t have an out pitch working tonight.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s it exactly.

  • RBI

    Grandal missing the foul tip there. too many pitches for Kershaw.

    • package206

      How much does a ticket cost in the lower level now?

      • Audit

        I don’t think there is a standard price. I’ve seen ticket prices listed all over the lot (so to speak), like car dealers do.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 or 3 very long outs tonight against Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal 1 for his last 1 now!

    • scooplew

      Well said.

    • RBI

      Two solid hits.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Schebler can do some damage here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Make them regret not walking you Scott!

  • RBI

    Terrible at bat by Schebler.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sigh.

  • RBI

    Tough play. Need another DP, STAT.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What a jerk.

    • RBI

      And so pleased with himself.

  • package206

    Can’t believe that guy tried to pull the ball from AGon?

    • WBBsAs

      He was within his rights to do so, as he did not reach over onto the field. He was not smart to do so, though.

      • package206

        He must not have had that right as Vin just said he was ejected.

        • WinnipegDave

          I think it was how he tried to grab the ball rather forcefully from AGon after the catch was made.

          • package206

            That is what I saw too.

  • package206

    Red Sox fan, it figures.

    • WinnipegDave

      If only the Dodgers had been up at bat the crowd would have cheered.

  • WinnipegDave

    Please don’t walk the pitcher again Clayton.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for more runs. 2 or 3 would go nicely right now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now that’s the way to do it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed.

  • RBI

    Beautiful piece of hitting by Agon to find the gap.

    • package206

      Bet that was pretty at the game?

      • RBI

        Perfection.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need. One. More. Hit.

    • Bob_Hendley

      and now another.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha. Yes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CarGo has kept a couple of balls from reaching the fence.

    • RBI

      He’s fun to watch.

  • package206

    Atta boy Justin!!

  • RBI

    Turner for the RBI!

  • WBBsAs

    Turner appears to be coming back to life.

  • RBI

    Sacks full for you-know-who…

    • WinnipegDave

      Two years ago, you-know-who would have been Puig.

      • RBI

        Too bad, but exciting nonetheless.

        • WinnipegDave

          Got under it obviously.

          • RBI

            Exactly.

  • WBBsAs

    Gray looked impressive for the Rox.

    • WinnipegDave

      Future Dodger.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope Gray gets his very first decision tonight.

  • RBI

    Good inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Means he’ll get out there for at least one more. Low k game but take the innings and the lead.

      • Bob_Hendley

        No Kenley tonight, I am guessing so some runs would be nice.

        • WBBsAs

          No way. Mattingly almost Torre’d him last night.

  • RBI

    Schebler forgot how to hit suddenly.

  • RBI

    Colorado playing musical pitchers.

  • RBI

    Just get through these next couple of guys, Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just feel asleep on my couch for a moment there. What’s Kershaw pitch count at?

    • package206

      105

      • WinnipegDave

        Hmmm. One more inning I guess.

        • package206

          Don’t think they should overuse Kersh this late in the season.

  • RBI

    Close but no cigar.

    • WinnipegDave

      Almost bounced out of his glove.

  • RBI

    Kershaw is done.

    • WinnipegDave

      What? I thought he was going back in?

      • RBI

        Nope. Avilan.

        • WinnipegDave

          Vin misspoke right at the end of the inning then. Said “time for Kershaw to go to work.”

  • RBI

    Oh brother. Here we go. Fasten your seatbelts, the bullpen has arrived.

    • package206

      There goes my BP.

      • RBI

        Need a GIDP, pretty please.

  • WinnipegDave

    Avilan looks like Dwight’s brother or cousin Mose from The Office.

    • WBBsAs

      He looks vaguely Amish.

      • WinnipegDave

        That might be it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great inning by the pen!!

  • RBI

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

  • WinnipegDave

    So Hatcher for the ninth?

    • RBI

      Looks like it.

  • RBI

    Insurance run(s) please.

    • WinnipegDave

      Colorado pitcher has an era over 8, so it’s possible.

  • RBI

    Pitch went from 98 to 82. No wonder SVS was fooled.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bingo!

  • RBI

    Schebler remembered!

    • WinnipegDave

      What you said! Ha – just teasing… Glad he remembered!

  • WinnipegDave

    Scott!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump must be in a hurry. That third strike to Alex was a foot off the plate.

    • WinnipegDave

      The catcher sprinted off the field that’s for sure. Didn’t want the ump to second guess himself (not that an ump would on balls and strikes).

      • Bob_Hendley

        Had to run to catch the ball and just kept on going.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha. Basically.

  • WinnipegDave

    Schebler > Arenado.

  • RBI

    What a play!!!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    12 numbers away from magic time!

  • WBBsAs

    Great pick by AGon there!

  • WinnipegDave

    This probably sounds crazy, but I don’t think Kershaw did anything to help his Cy Young chances tonight.

    • scooplew

      I think we’ve been spoiled by Kershaw. For most any other pitcher this would be a gem: 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB 5 K. And he lowered his ERA. I don’t think he hurt his Cy Young chances, but I think Greinke has the inside track.

      • RBI

        I agree with all of this.

        • package206

          RBI, are you going to show today??

      • Kershaw says HE thinks Zack has the best shot at it.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes we have been spoiled by him – wonderfully and obviously. However, on one level that doesn’t matter or come into play in terms of this years battle for Cy Young. The competition is so tight that compared to Greinke and Arenetta (spelling?), this was not an award winning start. Kershaw has so many “hidden” stats (non-traditional) going for him but didn’t greatly improve on either the trad stats (k’s, era, etc) or those more hidden ones (k/9, k’s/walk, xFIP).

        • WinnipegDave

          It’s interesting that in many ways Kershaw has pitched better this year than last but likely won’t get the hardware to go with it. I realize that the only hardware that matters to him (and really for me as well) is the championship trophy/ring. However, the 12 year old fan boy in me wants Kershaw to keep racking up the Cy Young awards as well!

  • Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Late!

    Watched the post-game show after cleaning off the Abby-dog’s paws. Nice to see Kershaw get another win and see another rookie HR. And the replay of A-Gon and his wrestling match with the fan in the box seats was amusing.

  • Audit

    I’m going to hate to lose Schebler but we likely will in the next year or so. We already have 3 left-handed outfielders on the 25 man roster and I can’t see any of them being moved, although I’d switch him for Crawford in a heartbeat. I can’t see anyone taking Crawford even if we sent Matt Kemp money with him. Ruggiano actually has a better chance of sticking (I know he is a free agent) because I think they will trade SVS this off-season. Not advocating it, just guessing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ruggiano isn’t an FA until 2017. SVS is pretty valuable to the Dodgers, even though he has suffered at the plate recently, in still hitting lefties hard and ability to spell Agon at first. He is going to arbitration, so he will cost the Dodgers substantially more than the current half million bucks, but probably less than a replacement might cost (don’t see anyone readily available on the farm). Why do you think he will be traded?

      • Audit

        FO HiJinks…

        • package206

          It’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the off season.

          • Audit

            Ain’t that the truth! Anyone who says they expected the trades and signings the FO did last year would be a liar.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think Schebler’s ever been considered a top prospect, but neither was SVS, who once got DFA’s and any team could have claimed him. What we’ve seen of Schebler is encouraging, but hardly definitive. I don’t see them dumping him, in any event – both Crawford and Ethier contracts expire within a couple years, and that will probably be the end of their Dodger careers.

      • Audit

        No doubt.

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