Game 11, 2016

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC Bay Area, MLBN Free Game (out of area only)

Kersh v. MadBum for the ninth time. The Dodgers’ lefty is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA this season, and Bumgarner is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. ‘Nuff said.

Giants catcher Buster Posey has stepped into the batter’s box against Kershaw more times than any player in the Major Leagues, but he has struggled with a .228/.256/.329 line in 75 plate appearances. That’s his worst OPS against any pitcher with a minimum of 25 plate appearances.

The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez has fared even worse against Bumgarner. The first baseman’s .151/.191/.200 in 47 plate appearances adds up to his worst OPS against any of the 49 pitchers he’s faced 25 times or more in his career.

It’s Jackie Robinson Day around the majors, so every player will be wearing uniform number 42. Jackie’s wife Rachel and daughter Sharon will be at Dodger Stadium for the game, and I hope you saw the Ken Burns documentary about Jackie earlier this week on PBS. As far as I’m concerned, Rachel was the star. There’s one oddity about this celebration, though; there are fewer African-American players in baseball now than there were 10 or 15 years ago, and this season there are only fourteen black pitchers in all of baseball. Where are the Bob Gibsons and Dave Stewarts and Vida Blues and Doc Goodens and Fergie Jenkins and Mudcat Grants? Gone to the NBA?

Lineup:

Even this early in the season it’s becoming very apparent that Dave Roberts is not averse to platooning or playing the matchup game. There are very few if any lefties in his lineup against the left-handed Bumgarner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Haven’t seen the giants [sic] line up yet, but last time against Clayton Bochy did not start either Crawford or Panik, both lefties.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We won the off-season! (never to soon to declare victory, particularly when you are ahead). Ok, only twice through the rotations, but Dodger starters have 80% QS, as compared to SF 40% and Snakes 30%. For game scores it’s Dodgers 61, SF 46 and Snakes 42 (NL average 52).

    Now the pen, meh. Though it’s not like our rivals have been gangbusters either. For inherited runners scoring, LA 53%, Snakes 50% and SF 40% (NL average 40%). Successful save opportunities are at LA 57%, Snakes 50% and SF 67% (NL average 66%)

  • WBBsAs

    It’s hard to settle on who’s the least likeable Gnat, so we’ll have to go with two: a pitcher (BadGums) and a position player (Pagán, though Brandi Crawford’s a close runner-up).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not sure that you all have access to this article in BP on everything you wanted to know about the challenges of the FOs in Australia.

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28899

    • WBBsAs

      No problem reading it here in BA.

      Anecdotally, I spent a flight from LAX to Melbourne in proximity to Steve Phillips before he was the Mets’ GM (and before he disgraced himself).

    • John_from_Aus

      Interesting article, thanks

      • Bob_Hendley

        Thought you might find this of interest. Cheers.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Kabooom!

  • Jack Dawkins

    That ball to Kiki was sure grooved in the heart of the zone. It went half way up the Pavilion just to the left of the batter’s eye seats.

  • Kiké channeling Ricky Henderson.

  • WinnipegDave

    Watching the game on MLB.tv. Pleasure to watch Kershaw.
    Although this inning is stupid.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Clayton being nibbled to death.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Keystone Kops inning in the making.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yep. Stupid.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hernandez to the rescue.

  • WinnipegDave

    Always fun to see all the number 42’s. Watched the first few innings with my 10 year old. He doesn’t really love baseball but we have read about Robinson so it was more interesting to him.

    • RBI

      He’s ten already? Time flies.

      • WinnipegDave

        So very true. Pre-adolescence is a whole new ball game. Have had a few of “those talks” to help him navigate the changes that are beginning to happen.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Dang, that one went about as far as the first one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hernandez to the rescue!

  • WBBsAs

    Quique owns BadGums!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Bum grooved that one right down the middle as well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique carrying the game on his shoulders.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopefully this inning is a little cleaner for the Dodgers.

    • WinnipegDave

      And so it came to pass.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s push a few across here this inning. 2 on and no outs.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Not a defensive clinic for either team tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see SF have the jitters too.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Pence bobbled the ball and let in a second run.

  • WBBsAs

    The more I see of Tomlinson the Gnat, the more I like him.

  • WinnipegDave

    We will take it all. SF is always a danger to come back.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Wow, another error on a double play ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha ha! Love seeing this!

  • Jack Dawkins

    You can score a lot of runs if you are given 7 outs.

  • WinnipegDave

    What fun. Oh joy! Oh bliss!

  • WinnipegDave

    Butter and egg man hopefully can do his thing here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by AJ.

  • RBI

    Hi all! Dinner cooked and eaten. Nice game so far. Comedy of errors, more theirs than ours, happily.

    • WinnipegDave

      What was on the menu?

      • RBI

        Grilled swordfish, oven roasted Brussel sprouts and rosemary potatoes, and sliced tomatoes. Happy husband.

        • WinnipegDave

          Wow. Sounds delish!

          • RBI

            Not always like this over here, believe me.

          • WinnipegDave

            I completely understand!

    • WBBsAs

      We got back from dinner at the Jardín Japonés around 11:30, just in time for me to catch Quique’s second dinger.

      • RBI

        Good timing!

  • WinnipegDave

    Curve ball not hitting the spots but setting up the fastball well.
    And then he gets Blanco on a beauty of a curve!

  • RBI

    Pagan still drives me nuts. Something about his glare.

  • RBI

    Oh man, wish we could shut them down right about now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Got the right man on the mound to do it.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Our turn for an ugly inning. Must be something in the water tonight.

    • RBI

      Never easy against these guys.

  • WinnipegDave

    A $40,000 scooter? Doesn’t that seem like a lot for scooter?

    • WinnipegDave

      Apparently Pence had one.

      • RBI

        Gold-plated?

        • WinnipegDave

          I guess so.

  • RBI

    I wonder how often Kerhaw has had two wild pitches in one game?

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially 2 run scoring wild pitches.

      • RBI

        Right. I forgot about that. He’ll be angry at himself.

    • WinnipegDave

      Vin said this was the first time for Kershaw with 2 in a game.

  • RBI

    This inning not nearly as much fun.

  • RBI

    DP, please.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many pitches this inning. Almost at 30.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Surprisingly, Bum has been more efficient and has only 82 compared to Clayton’s 93.

      • RBI

        Hopefully not by the time this inning is over.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Oops, you are right Clayton has one more inning

  • RBI

    Finally!

  • RBI

    Yup. According to Vinny, first time in Kershaw’s career that he has two wild pitches in one game.

  • RBI

    Got one back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Like Little League: Everybody hits!

    • RBI

      Like little league in more than one way.

      • WinnipegDave

        Zing!

  • WBBsAs

    Culberson has been a really useful player so far into the season.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thompson as well.

      • WBBsAs

        Culberson looked good in the spring. Thompson did not. That said, I expect Thompson will be a Dodger for a longer time.

        • WinnipegDave

          And where was Culberson from again? Just part of the Dodger farm system or did we pick him up in a trade recently. I don’t recall.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Old Rox player as I recall.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Bob.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Picked up as FA, but was originally a first round draft pick of the giants [sic] in 2007.

          • WinnipegDave

            Well, so far so good.

          • WBBsAs

            Originally a Gnat.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Thompson had some good plate appearances in spring, despite poor results, but he actually didn’t look comfortable in center.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Some were questioning here when he started last week against Bum.

      • WBBsAs

        Both times, he’s delivered. Seems a solid bench player, but probably fungible.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I guess so, just so he isn’t replaced by Tomlinson.

  • WBBsAs

    Tomlinson is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • RBI

      What we needed. A quick inning.

  • RBI

    Puig a little hasty there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let this be a quick and quiet inning for Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Smooth play and strong arm by Culberson.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ditto AJ!

  • RBI

    Pence with the wild dive.

  • RBI

    Howie with the wild swing.

  • WinnipegDave

    And Turner with the wild dash (almost). Darted down the line but then put on the breaks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hatcher mixed his pitches and looked great.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kiké the easy pick at this point for player of the game.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Always gnice to see the Gnats drop from first to third.

  • RBI

    Another team win! (Hernandez notwithstanding.)

    • WinnipegDave

      I would say two teams. Feels like SF gave a helping hand as well. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Zach having a Greinke-like night for the Snakes but not much run support against the Pads.

  • RBI

    Night all. See you tomorrow!

  • Back from an unexpected trip out late this afternoon. I saw both of Kiké’s HRs but nothing else. Yahoo!

  • foul tip

    Good tongue-in-cheek tweet from Chad of DoDi:

    “@ChadMoriyama

    When will Dave Roberts WAKE UP and start future All-Star Charlie Culberson over BUST Corey Seager? Must be the FO nerds”

    Link: think Chad lives in Honolulu. You two Dodger bloggers ever cross paths?

    • WBBsAs

      Chad must have meant “future HOFer Charlie Culberson.”

    • No, but my activities all take place within about 5 miles of my house. I expect Chad is a little more out-and-about.

  • foul tip

    There was talk earlier of CK working on a changeup. You guys with eyes–has he thrown any in games?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Still seems to use the 12-6 curve ball as his change up.

      • foul tip

        Story a bit back at dodgers.com quoted him as trying to cultivate one but not liking the results so far and AJ saying CK being Ck, he would keep at until he did. Like he did with his self-taught slider.

        They were talking pure change, not curve. He long ago mastered the curve.

        I commented at the time that maybe he could ask Maddux, whose change was a major weapon. CK with a great change plus his other 3 pitches is a tantalizing thought for Dodger fans and a potential even worse nightmare for hitters.

        Good that he’s thinking ahead to the days when he won’t be so overpowering, tough as that is to think about.

  • WBBsAs

    Just had a deafening thunderclap right overhead, and huge raindrops are starting to fall.

  • WBBsAs

    Per MLBTR (edited for spelling): “Up-the-middle Gnats regulars Brandi Crawford and Joe Panic are both dealing with seemingly-minor hip issues, and there doesn’t appear to be much cause for concern so long as they can manage those matters with a bit of rest. The loss of Adrian certainly complicates things, but Kelby Tomlinson remains on hand and is capable of playing short, second, or third.”

    It’s unfortunate they can’t use Kelby simultaneously at all three.

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