Game 162, 2015

Padres at Dodgers, 12:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD. The game is available to stream free out of market on MLB.TV.

Clayton Kershaw makes his 33rd start for the Dodgers this season hunting for 300 strikeouts (he needs six) and his 17th win. He’s also put up an ERA of 2.16. The Padres’ lefty Frank Garces will make his first major league start but only go one inning. San Diego wants to look at several relievers one last time to see who they might want to keep around next season.

Don Mattingly says Puig won’t start today but will either pinch-hit or be part of a double-switch. I assume that’s an attempt to save his hamstrings from too much effort too soon.

Playoff talk can continue in the Pre-postseason thread below.

Lineup when available.

88 thoughts on “Game 162, 2015

  1. It was mentioned here before but I still have to say I’m very happy for Dee Gordon’s success this season. I hope he keeps it up.

  2. It doesn’t mean much except for those of us who enjoy Schadenfreude, but the Rox have tied the Gnats in the gninth on a three-run dinger that may have cost Gnatt Cain a chance at his last major league win ever.

    • Which either means the Dodgers and Rockies are tied for team HRs or the Dodgers are still one ahead.

  3. So the Mets – who aren’t so much into scoring runs these days – now have 1-0 lead on Nats. Granderson HR.

  4. So, given that Kershaw only pitched 3.2 innings, I presume he is starting Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday with Greinke going in Game 2 on Saturday. Or was that the plan for some time?

  5. We know one thing for certain: Whatever the bullpen does today, it won’t cost Kershaw a win again.

  6. Ooph. Not exactly what we wanted or needed, Avilan. But 300 for Kersh! And dingers for Joc, et al!!

  7. With three homers today the Dodgers now have 187 this season, which ties for the eighth most in the history of the franchise dating back to the 1884 season. The next rung on the ladder is 191 homers. This is also the fifth most since they moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. The single-season record is 211 set by the 2000 Dodgers.

  8. Seager and the Say Hey Kid (Heisey) with the blasts to give the Dodgers some more breathing room.

  9. Sixty years ago today, October 4,1955, the Dodgers won their only World Series in Brooklyn by beating the Yankees in the seventh game, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium. Johnny Podres pitched a complete-game eight-hitter. And Sandy Amoros made one of the greatest World Series catches of all time to preserve the lead.

    • I’m very much on board with Schebler making it as well. More than Ruggs for this round even.

  10. Kershaw becomes the eighth left-handed pitcher starting with the 1900 season to record at least 300 strikeouts in a season:
    Randy Johnson 6 times, Sandy Koufax 3, Rube Waddell 2, Sam McDowell 2, Vida Blue 1, Mickey Lolich 1, Steve Carlton 1, Clayton Kershaw 1.
    Kershaw also is the first pitcher, lefty or righty, to strikeout at least 300 in a season since Johnson and Chuck Schilling both did it in 2002.

  11. I recall Kershaw saying that the thing that he most valued was leading the league/majors in innings pitched.
    Did he accomplish that today?

  12. First homer, extra-base hit and RBI for Pederson since Sept. 12. Great of Rollins to start him against a lefty.

  13. With two Ks in the first, Kershaw now has 296 strikeouts, trying to become only the second Dodger pitcher to fan at least 300 in a season. Koufax did it three times.

  14. Rollins in as manager. Disappointing not to have Ellis in that role, with Barnes behind the plate. Perhaps when Kershaw comes out, Ellis will as well and then Barnes would make an appearance.

    • AJ will have more chances, Rollins not likely, at least with the Dodgers. See it as a bow to him and his career.

  15. I don’t know who made it out but here is the lineup:
    Crawford, LF
    Utley, 2B
    Gonzalez, 1B
    Ethier, RF
    Seager, SS
    Ellis, C
    Guerrero, 3B
    Pederson, CF
    Kershaw, P