Game 19, 2016

Dodgers at Rockies, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTS Sports

The Dodgers ask Alex Wood to do better at Coors Field than he has in the past. He’s made three starts and given up 15 earned runs on 21 hits in 11 innings in his career there. He’s 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and more walks (8) than strikeouts (7) so far this season. His opponent will be Jordan Lyles, who’s 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts with only 6 walks in his three starts this year.

In other words, this could be an all-staff game from each team, and runs may be easily come by. If they are, you can bet these two guys will be in the middle of it as long as the starters remain in the game:

Yasiel Puig is a career .571 hitter (4-for-7) against Lyles, with a home run and three RBIs.

Nolan Arenado has only faced Wood nine times, but he’s done his damage, hitting a pair of home runs and plating five while batting .333.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Back in Buenos Aires, no family obligations today, I can actually watch the game.

  • scooplew

    Now Lyles needs to groove one to Kendrick.

    • WBBsAs

      Fine with me if he keeps walking people.

  • WinnipegDave

    I know the Dodgers didn’t score there but I would take my chances with getting 3 walks in a row in future innings!

  • WinnipegDave

    In regards to Link’s post up top – it is funny imagining the Dodgers actually have the conversation and asking Wood to do better. “Look Kid, we like you a lot and think you are great. But Kid – you have an ERA over 5 here and we are asking you to do better…”

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, it’s clear Lyle is not thinking about a perfect game at this point.

    • WBBsAs

      Diminished expectations have him going for a no-hitter (not a Rule No. 9 violation).

  • WinnipegDave

    2 and 3 no outs. Let’s get something out of this please.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another walk and the bases are loaded. Puig unloads them a bit. 3-0 Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    4-0. Over to Woods.

  • Okay, Alex, throw strikes and get through innings quickly.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s not listening.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc with the big fly. 5-1 now.

  • WBBsAs

    Package continues to be disappointed with Joc, undoubtedly.

  • Wood needs to work on his baserunning skills if he’s gonna hit the ball hard.

  • HLKLA

    Wood pitching in Coors is scaring me quite a bit.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s been decent so far today, and the offense is backing him up.

    • WinnipegDave

      To quote Sondheim “Into the Woods and out of the Woods and happy ever after.”

  • WinnipegDave

    I like the start of this game. On pace for a 21-3 win.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like Arenado heard my thoughts yesterday about switching over to admiring Manny Machado and took it personally.

  • RBI

    So far, liking Wood much more this game. Offense also good. But that was a serious misplay by Trace in the outfield.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood almost walked Para – and that might have been a better option as he then drives Colorado’s second run.

    • WBBsAs

      Thompson butchered the ball, though.

  • RBI

    I guess the wind was a big factor.

  • WinnipegDave

    Come on Woods. Lets end this inning now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes – I know he has had some bad breaks this inning with the fly ball and the shift and now the bunt base hit.

  • WBBsAs

    Even if it’s not all his fault, Wood’s pitch count and ball-strike ratio are not encouraging.

    • Somewhere, some Koufax fans circa 1955-1960 are nodding.

      Not to say Alex is gonna ever come close to the latter six years of Sandy’s career, but we tend to forget how mediocre he looked for the first six.

      • WinnipegDave

        So we need an old backup catcher to tell Wood not to throw as hard in order to get more control of his pitches?

        • I don’t know if the same answer would work for Wood, but something has to if we’re going to get the value from him we hope to.

      • WBBsAs

        Part of the problem was that, as a so-called “bonus baby,” Sandy had to spend years on the major league bench instead of learning to pitch in the minors. That retarded his development.

        • WinnipegDave

          So Sandy was kinda their version of our current day Alex Guerrero?!

          • WBBsAs

            It was a baseball rule at that time. He was not the only one.

          • No. He certainly wasn’t. The guys in pink on this chart were the ones who were bonus babies. Four of ’em made it to the HoF: Killebrew, Catfish Hunter, Sandy and Al Kaline.

  • RBI

    Ugh. This inning should have been over three batters ago.

  • RBI

    Yasiel!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew! Puig to the rescue!

  • WinnipegDave

    Now lets score some more.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig almost Kemped himself there.

  • Ha! Steiner on that fly ball: “Puig caught it about six, seven steps in front of the wall and the wall breathed a big sigh of relief.”

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner gets it wrong once again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good Wood this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Rockies lose this game and series – it doesn’t appear that it will be on the backs of their bullpen. Can’t seem to make much noise against them.
    I would be happy to be proven wrong on this…

  • WinnipegDave

    Need one more clean or at least scoreless inning from Wood here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Maybe I should have said a clean inning from the defense as well! Gonzo with the rare error not helping Wood’s cause.

      • WinnipegDave

        Or maybe they aren’t ruling it an error!

  • Lead in danger here in a big way.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Coors, Jake…

  • WBBsAs

    The wheels appear to be coming off…

  • WinnipegDave

    Need your basic around the horn triple play here.

    • WBBsAs

      Too late for that.

  • If the Dodgers hold on to win this will be amusing. If not, it’ll still be amusing. (Puig goes to high school prom in Denver.)

  • HLKLA

    I am peeking through my fingers at this game. It is way to scary!

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree! Shallow breathing over here too.

    • RBI

      I literally couldn’t watch. But phew!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

  • WBBsAs

    Nice recovery by Báez.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Checking in. DP would be nice here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thompson!

  • Nice catch, Trayce!

    • WBBsAs

      Partial redemption, at least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes! Paints the corner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Two more innings in this wild ride of a game.

    • I need to go out to get a haircut, guys. Finish off the 8th and 9th quickly.

  • WBBsAs

    Down 5-4, Gnats load bases with nobody out, fail to score as Pagán GIDPs 1-2-3 and Panic looks at called strike three.

    • scooplew

      Pagan also caused the Giants one or two runs earlier when he lost a fly ball in the sun and it bounced about 15 feet away. Giants announcer Jon Miller noted that he was wearing his sunglasses on the top of his cap, “more like an accessory,” and that it was the second fly ball he had lost in this series.

      • WBBsAs

        It gets better.

  • scooplew

    Can we find the bridge to Jansen today, or is there no such bridge out there?

    • WBBsAs

      It’ll be Hatcher.

    • RBI

      Very shaky bridge indeed. Kind of like the swinging rope bridge on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland.

      • scooplew

        Brings back good memories.

        • RBI

          Better than this inning from Hatcher.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose, Snakes losing.

    • RBI

      Dodgers hanging on by less than a thread.

  • RBI

    Boy, these Rockies play us hard. Oh brother. Down by one now – another error in the outfield.

  • RBI

    From 7-1 to 8-7, and more on the horizon, I fear.

  • RBI

    Poor Link – he got a haircut and so did his team’s lead.

    • No, I haven’t left yet. I’m waiting till the game’s over.

      • RBI

        Oh for goodness sake. We just crumpled like a wet towel on this one.

        • Maybe I’ll give up. Odds we’ll get three or more runs to tie in the top of the 9th look slim.

  • This ball park is a bad place.

    • WBBsAs

      I like Coors, because it’s not a cookie-cutter ballpark. Baseball needs such diversity, but it’s true there are some nightmare games.

      • Yeah, but it’s haunted or jinxed or something.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Probably the first time that someone has said anything nice about Coors.

        • RBI

          The announcers were chatting early on about how Jim Leyland was brought to his knees by one season at Coors, and almost gave up baseball altogether…

        • WBBsAs

          Also, a great setting, with mountains nearby, and lively neighborhood.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I could do without the purple dinosaur.

          • WBBsAs

            Not so bad as some mascots.

  • scooplew

    Horrendous meltdown by the Dodgers pen, again and again. Let’s hear Friedman/Zaidi address this one. Sign mediocre pitchers and your results and worse than mediocre.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Actually the pen had been on a nice roll lately. Something like ERA 1.25 over the past 33 innings.

      • scooplew

        Maybe I am too annoyed to be rational and all of you right. As someone once said: My mind is made up; don’t confuse me with the facts. However, unless we pull this one out, in our eight losses (if we lose today), we have blown leads of 4-0, 2-0, 5-0, 1-0, 3-0 and 7-1 in six of the games. In the other two losses, we never had the lead.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Apparently the Rox pen has been horrendous and have chosen this game against us to look invincible.

    • The bullpen has been very good for about ten days straight. Blame this on the Dodgers’ offense going silent after the third inning. Not a single hit since then.

    • WBBsAs

      Before today, the pen had allowed five runs in its last 33 innings. That’s very good.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is prolonged agony for sure today.

  • Hershiser, congratulating new announcer Davis on catching the ball bouncing off Cargo’s glove: “Nice catch seeing that, Joe. Young eyes in the booth!”

  • WinnipegDave

    So if it comes to it – would you rather have AJ or Culberson as the pinch hitter?

    • scooplew

      Don Newcombe.

      • WinnipegDave

        Nice

  • WinnipegDave

    Where is Alex Guerrero when you need him?

  • WinnipegDave

    10-8 and pinch hitter time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go AJ!

  • WinnipegDave

    We need one more hit!

  • William Tell Overture time! https://youtu.be/YIbYCOiETx0

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can you imagine being a Rox fan and sitting through 81 games like this?

    • No, no, a thousand times no.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m not sure this needed to be a compound sentence.

  • 10-10!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh baby!

  • Hooboy!

  • WinnipegDave

    More runs!

  • Monday in the booth: “This is been a crazy last 35-40 minutes.” Can’t argue with that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Link’s hair is growing!

    • And losing its gray as the Dodgers retake the lead!

  • scooplew

    Remarkable how my mood can swing 180 degrees in the baseball blink of an eye. Now, I just don’t want it to swing 180 degrees again.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dude!

  • Seager aiming for RoY honors, I think.

    • WinnipegDave

      But probably trailing Maeda at this point.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Insurance!

  • HLKLA

    Spreading my fingers a little more now!

  • WinnipegDave

    And that friends – is how to get to 100 comments. Coors Field game for the win…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can’t wait for Weisman’s recap on this one (fingers crossed).

  • scooplew

    Colorado reliever McGee had entered the game with all four of his team’s saves and a 1.80 ERA.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes I think he is still a good reliever to be honest. Just an off day for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    So we are saying that today’s game is crazier than this one from last year? http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/COL/COL201506022.shtml

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry – really not trying for click bate. It is the 4 run 9th for a 9-8 win in Colorado.

  • WinnipegDave

    A 4 pitch walk is perhaps not the best sign.

    • Bob_Hendley

      First of the season.

  • RBI

    I have to go!!! Arggghhh!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopefully Jansen’s heart rate is fine today. Doesn’t he have some issues here sometimes?

  • scooplew

    That’s one.

  • scooplew

    That’s two.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • WinnipegDave

      Big time!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I understand that in Dubai they don’t understand the Flintstones. but Abu Dhabi do!

      • WinnipegDave

        Oman – that was a bad pun.

        • WinnipegDave

          Or Yemen – that was a great pun.

  • WinnipegDave

    All things considered Blanton is a fine recipient of the W. 2 outs
    on one pitch is definitely the most efficient pitcher today!

    • “A touch, Watson, a definite touch!”

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh man Link that’s great!

        • Grins. I was given The Complete Sherlock Holmes when I was 14. That’s the one with the Christopher Morley foreword.

  • scooplew

    And that’s three! Wooo and Whew!

  • Off to get my hair cut at last!

  • HLKLA

    Putting the paper bag I was breathing into away until we return to Coors.

    • WinnipegDave

      Exhale!

  • scooplew

    Enjoyed chatting with you all today. Thanks.

    • WinnipegDave

      You too Scoop!

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers absolutely should have lost this game.
    The Dodgers absolutely deserved to win this game.

  • WinnipegDave

    And the band plays on in Arizona and it is playing in 2/4 time. The Dbacks have come from 4 runs down to send it to extra’s and then from 2 runs down to keep it tied after 12. Now in the 13th, they need to score 2 more times as they are trailing 12-10, a very familiar score.

    And now it is done. Dbacks lose. The Dodgers gain a game on every team in the West today.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers gain on every other team in the division.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    That was some game.

  • foul tip

    Only 4 games and all that, but Latos very much showing why LA signed him last year.

    Oh, to have gotten anything like this version of him. Baseball.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/30196/mat-latos

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