Game 149, 2015

Point of fact: up until this Pirates series the Dodgers had won seven consecutive series. They’ve been playing very well. Sometimes we don’t realize it.

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Brett Anderson is 9-8 with a 3.35 ERA and hunting win number 10. The lefty hasn’t won that many since his rookie year of 2009, thanks to injuries. He’s made four starts against the D-Backs this season, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. His opponent will be Jhoulys Chacin, who’s 0-1 with a 2.95 ERA in the big leagues this season. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Diamondbacks in June. He pitched for the Rockies for six years amassing a record of 38-48 and an ERA of 3.78.

Lineup when available.

The grand experiment of putting Chase Utley at third base begins.

  • Audit

    One dumb Mattingly move yesterday I still feel bad about. Don’t remember the inning but bases were loaded, one out, Pederson at bat. The Genius pinch hit for him with the kid catcher, Barnes. The way Joc is hitting, I can understand hitting for him…IF you have a better hitter available. I would even have understood using Greinke to hit for him, but not Barnes. Joc is just about the most likely player on the team to hit a homerun. Darn good chance he might strike out. But if he grounds out, he’s not as likely to be doubled up at first as Barnes. And a run would have scored. We were probably twice as likely to score somehow if Joc hits versus Barnes.

    • package206

      Based on Joc’s BA, I would think he was more likely to strike out. I certainly don’t think with him batting that he is twice as likely to get a hit.

      • Audit

        My point was that even without getting a hit, (with a fly ball, walk, or groundout), he was still more likely than Barnes to get the run in. And even if he struck out, the inning was still alive.

        • package206

          Joc’s MO is he either walks, strikes out or hits a HR. His HRs have been few and far between lately and he may have gotten a walk but he doesn’t put the ball in play all that often. Joc is hitting .218 and Barnes at .250.

          • Audit

            “Putting the ball in play” is what killed the inning for us. A strikeout would have left us with another chance. And even if Joc grounded out, with his speed it likely wouldn’t have been a double play. Every advantage was with Joc over Barnes.

          • package206

            All that speed that Joc possesses has netted the Dodgers a grand total of 4 stolen bases in 7 attempts even though he has batted leadoff a lot. I understand why Donnie made that decision. Hindsight is always 20/20.

          • Audit

            You may understand why Donnie made that decision (I wouldn’t be proud of that fact) but you haven’t any understanding at all of my explanation why we would most likely have been better off with Joc hitting rather than Barnes. I’ll let it die, no point in debating further.

          • package206

            Your explanation is that you feel Joc would have had a better chance of scoring a run than Barnes but I don’t understand why you think Joc would not have hit into a DP. I also don’t think that getting a SO is OK. Bet you didn’t think Barnes would have hit into a DP. Maybe he would have SO or got out but not a DP. Barnes is right handed and his average is better than Joc’s and that is why he was pinch hit by Barnes.

          • RBI

            I have to respectfully disagree. Joc has been hitting better lately. Meanwhile Barnes has looked totally overmatched to me. I would have preferred just about anybody to Austin there, including sticking with Joc. The minute I saw it was Austin my heart sank and I thought “here comes a double play.” So in my case it was premonition, as opposed to hindsight!

          • package206

            I admire your loyality to Joc but respectfully disagree. Your premonition is pretty good so I understand your position.

          • RBI

            We’ll never know what ol’ Joc would have done. But given his track record since the AS games, your point of view also makes sense.

          • WBBsAs

            You’re half right. Barnes’s average means very little in this case, but his right-handedness was significant. That said, Joc could easily have drawn a walk to get the Dodgers even.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Stealing is a different art than getting quickly to first.

          • package206

            They are different but both take speed.

          • Bob_Hendley

            But you are trying to measure Joc’s speed based on his steal rate, no?

          • package206

            I am just saying that if Joc is so fast he should have had more steals especially when I hear that his OBP is always good.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Would think that those of us who have seen him in around 140 games this year realize that he is fast. Have seen much less of Barnes, but understand that he is not your typical plodding catcher. Still Joc is surely faster than he is and has the step advantage of being a left handed batter.

          • package206

            My point was never that one player was faster than another.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That was Audit’s point and as I understood it you were trying to provide evidence to question it.

          • package206

            My point was just that I understand not hitting Joc.

          • WBBsAs

            OBP and steals have no correlation whatsoever.

          • package206

            i am simply saying that he is on base with walks and such that he should have plenty of opportunity.

          • WBBsAs

            Lots of players get walks and don’t steal bases.

          • Audit

            To point, Agon.

          • package206

            True but as many of you think that he has exceptional speed so I am suggesting that he should steal more often.

          • WBBsAs

            Having speed and stealing bases are not identical skills, though there may be some correlation.

          • Audit

            Do you doubt he has a good OBP?

          • package206

            No or at least not early in the year. Julys .488 and Augusts 644 are nothing to write home about.

          • Audit

            I think you are thinking of OPS there. Average OBP is somewhere between .325 and .350. Anyone who is around .400 OBP is very good.

          • package206

            I was thinking OPS, sorry. Joc’s July OBP was in the 200s, All is related to walks, I think.

          • package206

            I believe Joc’s is .353 OBP for the year is somewhat distorted by his early season success.

          • Audit

            Now that has to be true.

          • WBBsAs

            Perhaps you think Eric Karros was fast, then.

          • package206

            I don’t have an opinion of Eric Karros.

          • WBBsAs

            But Karros had all those SBs so, by your standards, he was fast.

          • package206

            Is there some reason you want to create discontent?

          • WBBsAs

            Is there some reason you cannot accept constructive criticism?

          • package206

            I can accept criticism. You are not offering any, just off the wall stuff. I told you that I had no opinion of Karros but you insist on describing what you think are my standards. You are trying to stir up hate and discontent, Sir.

          • WBBsAs

            Actually, you have a knee-jerk response to criticism of any kind, even when it’s facetious.

          • package206

            As I said, you are not offering any. It doesn’t matter what I write or some others write, it is most always attacked. I know it will be attacked before I post it. I have even tried to agree with you and you attack that.

    • RBI

      Yes, that really bothered me as well. Mattingly’s lefty-righty obsession sometimes causes him to check his common sense at the door.

    • WBBsAs

      I often disagree with Mattingly’s strategy, and probably would have left Joc in the game. It surprised me a little, though, that SVS could be healthy enough to start (and hit a dinger) Sunday, but unable to PH on Saturday.

  • package206

    Crawford LF
    Utley 3B
    AGon 1B
    Kendrick 2B
    Ethier RF
    Seager SS
    Grandal C
    Pederson CF
    Anderson P

    Lineup courtesy of Rotowire

  • package206

    Looks like Utley gets a try at 3rd base.

    • RBI

      I hope Justin’s knee heals fast! That said, we’ll see how Utley does.

      • package206

        Me too. I think Utley will do a decent job at 3rd.

  • scooplew

    I have no problem with the Utley at third base experiment. Given his performance as a Dodger, however, I do have a problem with him continuing to bat near the top of the lineup. I’d rather see him batting sixth or lower.

    • package206

      Who are you thinking should be higher to replace Utley?

      • scooplew

        I would have swapped Seager with Utley in the lineup or moved up Ethier to second and batted Seager fifth and Utley sixth.

        • package206

          My thought exactly.

          • scooplew

            Great minds, as they say.

            Hopefully, we will win tonight with the lineup Donnie decreed. I would feel much better with an eight-game lead and eight up in the (all important) loss column than seven and seven.

          • package206

            Right, we need to make hay against Arizona but it will be hard. I will feel better when its wrapped up. You never know about those Gnats.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Beating the Mets is what I am hoping for.

  • scooplew

    The Giants are idle today. We play Arizona. Starting tomorrow, the Dodgers and the Giants each play 13 straight days through the end of the regular season, Sunday, Oct. 4, including the four in San Francisco next Monday through Thursday.

    • package206

      Even though I think the Dodgers will do well, I know it will be a tough stretch.

      • WBBsAs

        There may be minor glitches, but it’s likely to be routine.

      • RBI

        I will be anxious no matter what!

        • scooplew

          One of the last times I think that I was truly not anxious about the Dodgers was sitting behind the A’s dugout in the bottom of the 9th inning in the fifth game of the 1988 World Series with Hershiser dealing. I still have my ticket.

  • package206

    What’s for supper, RBI and where is Dave?

    • RBI

      Salad and penne arrabbiata pasta. No ice cream, sadly.

      • package206

        Ha! on the ice cream.

        • scooplew

          My wife and I have become ice cream drumsticks junkies. Reminds me of my youth (although I wasn’t married then).

          • package206

            I try to stay away from it myself but I stumble sometimes.

      • package206

        RBI, your not done with the dishes yet??

  • WBBsAs

    MLBTV is not working for tonight’s game.

  • 50+ comments before the game even begins? Gracious sakes alive!

  • WinnipegDave

    In the life is good category: I have the Dodger game with Vin announcing on tv. Lying on my couch and joining my favourite Dodger community online.
    And yes, I might have some ice cream later this evening.

    • package206

      You are a Hoot!!! Hahahaha

    • package206

      Do you have Vin tonight on TV?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes.

        • package206

          Do you have extra innings??

          • WinnipegDave

            MLB.tv

  • WinnipegDave

    Should Anderson just walk Goldie here?

    • WinnipegDave

      Guess not!

  • Audit

    You have to give Utley credit for one thing: He makes Rollins look good.

  • package206

    AGon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    AGone!

  • WBBsAs

    Pollock made a great effort on that.

  • WinnipegDave

    That helps loosen up the back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok Seager – let’s do some damage here.

  • package206

    Seager is awesome!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed!

    • WBBsAs

      But he’s no Price or Cueto!

  • WinnipegDave

    The cutoff man fell down catching the throw from the outfield. Ethier might have scored had they sent him.

  • package206

    The Dbacks got out cheap.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah, one more hit would have made it 4-0. Or if the home run had been later in the sequence of hits.

  • WBBsAs

    That did not appear to be a strike or a swing.

    • WinnipegDave

      I too was trying to figure if it was the swing or the called strike that got Grandal.

      • WBBsAs

        I would say it was neither.

        • Audit

          It was the Ump.

  • package206

    Utley looked funny making that play at 3rd. Good play however.

    • WinnipegDave

      His throws are always a bit strained or funny even from second in my humble opinion.

  • Adrian has 87 RBI this year. He’s gone over 100 every year but one since 2007, and in the one he missed he had 99. That’s 1053 for his career. He’s 13th among active players.

    Top five:
    1.Alex Rodriguez
    2052

    2.Albert Pujols
    1688

    3.David Ortiz
    1631

    4.Adrian Beltre
    1446

    5.Miguel Cabrera
    1442

    Miggie’s only been in MLB 13 years.

    • WinnipegDave

      So he needs to average one/game to get to 100.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ah Beltre. We could have used him tonight!

      • Hall of Famer, I’ll betcha.

        • WinnipegDave

          One of the few 3rd basemen in there when he does go in – I guess as a Ranger?

          • I’d say yes. His years in Seattle were excellent but quiet because the team wasn’t very good.

          • package206

            He was pretty good with the Dodgers too.

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely.

          • Yeah, if they’d been willing to pay him, we could have had a 3rd base spot filled by a HoFer for the past ten years or so.

          • package206

            That’s what happens when you trade away your good players.

          • It wasn’t a trade. He declared free agency and got more money than Dodgers Mgmt was willing to spend.

          • package206

            I remember now. That too.

          • WinnipegDave

            Safeco reduced his raw numbers.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He had a funny exchange with Felix yesterday, which I posted OT.

          • Saw it. I don’t think he thought it was funny at the time, but probably later.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice smooth swing by Anderson on that hit.

    • WBBsAs

      Rather unusual for him. He can’t even bunt.

  • Audit

    Please have Utley sacrifice instead of hitting into a double play…

    • package206

      Cmon Audit, have faith.

      • Audit

        At least he only struck out. Sometimes that’s better than “putting the ball in play”.

        • package206

          Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice golf swing by Utley.

    • package206

      A little hitch at the top though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for more RBI’s for Gonzo?

  • package206

    Don’t think the Dodgers should leave the Dbacks hanging around.

  • package206

    RBI, where are you?? I know you aren’t on the east coast.

  • Stop giving up hits, Anderson! You won’t be around long if you keep this up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Snakes have one of the better offenses in the NL. We are gunna have to score some runs.

      • package206

        Last year the Dodgers had a good offense.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Pretty much still at the top of the NL this year.

          • package206

            Pretty far off last year.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Don’t believe that is correct. What numbers are you looking at?

          • package206

            Avg, Runs, hits, doubles, rbis

          • Bob_Hendley

            Those being the categories you saw that were far better last year?

          • package206

            Certainly some of them.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just need a long out to left to complete the hat trick.

    • package206

      Guess you finally finished the chocolate chip?

      • WinnipegDave

        All we have right now is – wait for it – cotton candy.

        • package206

          What? No Tutti Frutti?

          • WinnipegDave

            Not even Butter Pecan.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot!

  • package206

    Not Good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Man – Anderson did not listen to Link’s earlier comment about not giving up hits.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get this third out here.

  • package206

    Dodged a bullet that time.

    • WinnipegDave

      Very fortunate!

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like Joc has been stuck on 52 RBI’s forever.

  • Audit

    I think the Gameday Operator must be an old guy with a prostate problem…

    • package206

      hahahahahaha

  • WinnipegDave

    Great play by Hill to get CC.

  • package206

    I told ya. You just can’t let the Dbacks hang around.

  • package206

    Better get somebody up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wait – I think we just saw HR, double by Arizona.

  • WBBsAs

    Anderson tossing BP now.

    • package206

      Yea, better find a different guy.

  • scooplew

    Being killed for two straight games by solo homers which, I realize, are better than two-run homers, three-run homers and grand slams.

    • package206

      Takes you a long time to eat ice cream, huh?

      • scooplew

        Is your context that Anderson, like my ice cream, is melting down?

  • Audit

    Anderson is going to give up one more run before he leaves the game, that is his M.O. The question then becomes whether or not the Dodger offense can make up for that as well as any subsequent runs the bullpen allows. My guess is…Not tonight.

    • RBI

      You sure called that one right!

  • WinnipegDave

    The ground balls seemed to be finding holes. Like over the fence.

    • package206

      Good one Dave.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks.

  • WBBsAs

    Just serving it up.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least the order of hits help the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    This is not great.

    • WinnipegDave

      I can’t believe it is only 4-2. Feels like more tbh.

      • RBI

        It is…

      • WinnipegDave

        Never mind.

    • package206

      Where have you been. We need help!

      • RBI

        I had to go to a neighborhood association meeting. About as fun as this game…

  • WBBsAs

    Utley should have taken the play at the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Too bad it wasn’t Latos pitching. Then we could have really had something to collectively grumble about.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrr.

  • RBI

    Wish we had their bats.

    • package206

      It’s not like we can’t afford them.

      • RBI

        Ha! Funny.

        • package206

          Some will not find that funny.

      • WBBsAs

        Of course. The Snakes would be happy to send Goldschmidt west in a cost-cutting measure.

  • RBI

    Pollack getting praise from Vinny. I am not as gracious.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s very good.

      • RBI

        Yes, but do I have to like that fact?

        • WinnipegDave

          Better tag would have had him.

          • RBI

            Yes, I saw that on the replay.

          • WBBsAs

            I doubt that.

          • WinnipegDave

            The throw beat the runner.

          • WBBsAs

            The throw wasn’t quite on line.

          • WinnipegDave

            And yet if Kendrick hadn’t missed down low on the sweep tag the out would have happened.

          • WBBsAs

            He got the throw but had to move the glove. Pollock made a fine slide.

          • WinnipegDave

            Let’s just say we see it a bit differently.

          • WBBsAs

            The throw was good, but I thought Joc got to the ball a bit slowly.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes you are certainly right about that. He was slow in picking it up.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He is probably the second best CF in the NL. Right after your fav McClutch.

          • RBI

            I was just thinking that. I enjoy McCutch a lot more, for no rational reason.

          • package206

            Cutch is a great centerfielder.

          • Bob_Hendley

            If we had to face him 18 times a season instead of six he would probably get on our nerves as well.

          • RBI

            Good point.

          • WBBsAs

            Cutch is more charismatic, but I’m not sure he’s that much better.

        • package206

          No

  • RBI

    C’mon Baez! Get the out!

  • RBI

    That foul ball by Ethier sure looked fair.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers on a negative roll of scoring first and losing. Tonight would be the third game in a row and their last four losses. Statistically that means nothing but it is still a bit frustrating.

  • RBI

    Go Corey go!

  • WinnipegDave

    Now is the time for a run or three.

  • scooplew

    The longest journey can begin with a 90-foot walk.

  • RBI

    Phooey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal walk and Joc HR would work alright.

  • RBI

    Double-phooey.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a waste.

  • RBI

    Bad at bat. And no Ruggiano on the bench to go to. Triple, make that quadruple phooey.

    • package206

      When are you headed to another game?

      • RBI

        Wednesday.

        • package206

          You lucky girl!

          • RBI

            Yes, and I know it!

          • package206

            Who is your lucky companion for that game?

          • RBI

            Not sure yet. Either my son or my daughter.

          • package206

            Surprized they don’t fight over that ticket. Quality time spent with Momma. That’s what it’s all about RBI.

          • RBI

            Grumpy Momma tonight.

          • package206

            I know, your Dodger Sons aren’t getting it done.

        • WinnipegDave

          Greinke hopefully gives you a good show.

  • package206

    Missed a good chance there.

    • RBI

      Maybe our last one. But maybe not…(trying to stay positive).

      • package206

        Thata Girl!!

  • RBI

    Six hits ain’t gonna win this one.

    • scooplew

      And none since the second inning.

  • RBI

    Vinny: Diamondbacks eliminated and loose as a goose. Meanwhile Dodgers haunted by seven. Supposed to be a lucky number.

  • scooplew

    Frustration mounting.

    • WinnipegDave

      For you or the team or both?

  • RBI

    Can’t get a clean inning against these guys.

    • WBBsAs

      You expected a clean inning from Jim Johnson?

      • package206

        Good One WBB!!

      • RBI

        One can hope.

      • RBI

        So WBBsAS, at what point am I allowed to panic?

    • WinnipegDave

      Because they are a dirty team?

      • RBI

        Everyone’s a comedian tonight… I WANT SOME DODGER RUNS!!!!

        • package206

          WOW RBI, say it like you mean it!!

  • package206

    Ya know, I’m not liking this game much.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hear ya man. This was supposed to be the feel good part of my day.

      • package206

        Na, that’s ice cream.

  • RBI

    A hit would be nice.

    • WinnipegDave

      How about a HBP?

  • package206

    Carl, get in the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RBI

      Arghhhh!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Scoring 6 runs against Pittsburgh feels like forever a go.

  • package206

    Let’s go Adrian!! Gotta call em by their 1st name when you are frustrated!

  • RBI

    Utley didn’t exactly leap away on that HBP.

  • RBI

    Everybody is pressing.

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought AZ bullpen would be softer than Pittsburgh’s.

    • RBI

      Usually they are.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado would have let that one drop.

  • RBI

    When I got home, we were up 2-0. Seems like a dream.

  • RBI

    No runs, no hits. Again.

  • scooplew

    A somnambulistic effort.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. I know it’s put me to sleep a couple of times tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many solo home runs against. 5 in two games.

  • RBI

    Kershaw needs to speak up again. Urgency is needed, guys. Nobody is going to roll over for us.

    • package206

      We are sending you on Wednesday to get it done, OK?

  • RBI

    I used to like the number seven. Like, this morning.

  • package206

    Let’s go Corey!!

    • RBI

      He heard you.

  • RBI

    Grandal!!!! Thank goodness! I am totally shocked.

    • WBBsAs

      First RH dinger of the year.

      • RBI

        And first solid hit in a while, yes?

        • WBBsAs

          No, a few games ago he had two hard-hit singles.

          • RBI

            I must have been back East.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hmmm. Maybe we can keep on coming?

    • RBI

      Yes, please.

  • RBI

    Pollack almost caught that thing. I would have violated Rule One big time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Redonkulous.

    • RBI

      Which part?

      • WinnipegDave

        SVS line out.

  • RBI

    Pure reaction. Would have gone right up the middle.

  • RBI

    Two down is better than four.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just off the end of the bat. Hudson got away twice there.

  • RBI

    Who’s left on the bench?

    • WinnipegDave

      Won’t it be nice when Kik√© is back? That will help the bench more than Heisey.

      • package206

        A real plus for sure.

      • RBI

        Missing Turner’s offense as well.

    • WinnipegDave

      The catchers?

  • RBI

    Another DBack hit. Pretty discouraging.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ditto on that next hit.

  • RBI

    Remember when we used to get all those pop fly singles and seeing eye hits?

  • RBI

    Better throw and he was way out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bad throw to second.

  • RBI

    All we had to do was hold them, and we had a chance. But it’s not looking good.

  • WinnipegDave

    After that bunt in the air fell untouched I would say that AZ has had all the breaks, but they were called out for running outside the baseline that cost them a run.

    • RBI

      So all but one.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least Jansen is well rested.

    • RBI

      If we ever need him again.

  • RBI

    We are doomed.

    • package206

      Bet the fans are all leaving, huh?

      • RBI

        They’re very quiet, for sure.

  • RBI

    17 hits for Arizona. Maybe that’s their quota for all four games.

  • RBI

    Vinny is also being funny, but even he isn’t making me laugh. I may need to stop posting, lest I violate further rules.

    • package206

      You didn’t say anything about a no hitter.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s an all-hitter.

        • package206

          Ah hahahahahaha

  • WinnipegDave

    You just know AZ will regret leaving the bases loaded there as Goldie strikes out.
    Or not.

    • package206

      Dave, can you pitch?

      • WinnipegDave

        I can only toss zingy one-liners.

        • RBI

          And we are the better for it!

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks!

          • package206

            You are getting a little bit punchy. hahaha

  • RBI

    Side-winding pitchers also annoy me.

    • package206

      When Momma’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy.

      • RBI

        Now that made me laugh!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      How do you feel about rangy outfielders?

      • RBI

        See below.

        • WinnipegDave

          How about warm puppies then?

          • RBI

            Nope. Not tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Vin should have just prerecorded the phrase “little chopper to (insert infielder)”. It would have saved his vocal chords a lot of work.

  • RBI

    Well, he gave it a good rip.

  • RBI

    AGon! Another hit!

  • package206

    Wow, its over!

  • WinnipegDave

    Boo-hoo!

    • RBI

      Indeed.

      • package206

        Just remember what I said about Momma.

        • WinnipegDave

          True!

  • RBI

    We are stuck at seven. Stuck, I say!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh well. I enjoyed building this giant thread with everyone tonight.

    • package206

      Me too Dave.

      • RBI

        Me, three. Couldn’t do it without all of you.

  • RBI

    Anderson really didn’t get it done tonight. I sure hope Wood comes through tomorrow night again. DBacks playing really tough right now.

    • package206

      We can’t send you to the ballpark on a loss. Its dangerous.

    • WBBsAs

      The Dbags have young talent, I expect them to finish ahead of the Gnats gnext year.

  • RBI

    For those of you who remember this from two years ago, I may have to resort to painting my toenails blue again, and sooner rather than later.

  • scooplew

    I could paint my hair blue, but that would require not much paint.

  • scooplew

    Remember the main song from the musical Annie.

    • John_from_Aus

      good point, but some other options are “Something was missing”, ‘Maybe’ or “it’s the hard knock life’

  • RBI

    Bed time for me. I won’t be able to watch or listen until an hour or so into the game tomorrow. Go Dodgers!

  • Judging from the comments, everybody was frustrated all night long. I’m glad I was cooking, eating and cleaning up, I think, even if I did have to empty the dishwasher at 5:00PM since I forgot I’d turned it on yesterday.

  • Audit

    I think an interesting project for next year would be to keep a chart giving the hitters and the pitchers a score in each game. Only two grades, “P” for pass, and “F” for fail. The number is three. If the pitchers hold the opposition to three runs or less, they get a “P”. More than three is an “F”. The hitters get an “F” for scoring three runs or less, a “P” for four or more. I think the hitters this year would have a lot of “F”s, and the pitchers might have more “P”s than actual team wins because of all the low scoring games they have thrown.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Record is 85-64: Hitters have 78 P and 71 F; Pitchers 85 P and 64 F.

      • Audit

        That was quick, you come in handy sometimes. Is it amazing that the pitchers are right on track?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Well, to paraphrase Yogi: pitching is 90% of baseball and the other half is hitting.

          • Audit

            Don’t tell that to Package…

          • package206

            Huh?

          • package206

            By the way, where did you get the number 3 to use in your P-F test? Wonder what happens if you use say 2 or 4?

          • Audit

            I just thought it was a good number to differentiate between a good pitching performance and a less than good performance. Using two would give you less passing grades, using four would give you more. I think I made a good guess with three.

      • Audit

        The hitters have scored three runs or less in 71 games this year? That sounds bad.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I would call it average. Indeed, very average. The Dodger’s average is 4.1, which is also the NL average. It suggests two things. One, the importance of pitching, where LA is at 3.6. The Cards for example actually score less at 4.0, but their pitching (and defense because it measures run prevention) is at 3.2. If you look at the top seven teams in run prevention you will see StL, LAD, Pitt, SF, NYM and Cubs. It also suggests that a “good” offense as commonly measured by OPS+ does not necessarily translate into more scoring. I believe that Jon looked into at one point. The Dodger offense, as measured by OPS+ is and has been for much of the season the best in the NL. If I recall, he suggested that luck (bad) had something to do with it. But, it could be more fundamental. While we are first in OBP, we are next to last in number of hits. Our being second in BB shows that a BB is not always equal to a hit when it comes to scoring runs. We do make up for this a bit in that we are second in slugging, i.e., we get more out of our hits.

  • package206

    Lineup for tonight’s game

    Ruggiano LF
    Kendrick 2B
    AGon 1B
    Van Slyke RF
    Seager SS
    Ellis C
    Heisey CF
    Guerrero 3B
    Wood P (11-10 3.63)

    Lineup courtesy Rotowire

    Really, don’t they think its about time to settle on a lineup for the playoffs and give the ABs to folks who are going to play and not guys like Heisey who probably won’t make the roster??

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, it’s time they put the healthiest possible lineup out there until guys like Quique, Peraza and perhaps Puig get back.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not to speak of Justin. And not to speak of Rollins, who may never get his place back.

    • Audit

      Heisey has friends in high places.

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