Game 20, 2016

Marlins at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F

Don Mattingly returns to Dodger Stadium with a team that’s lost 11 of its first 17 games. The Marlins are not very good right now, and they face the added burden of being in the same division as the Washington Nationals, so they’re already 7 1/2 games behind in the NL East. They do have Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez, and they have some guy named Bonds as their new hitting coach with Frank Menechino as his assistant. Fun fact: back in 2001 Bonds and Menechino swung at the lowest percentage of pitches of all major leaguers and still reached base at a combined .447 rate. One was more successful than the other: Bonds hit 73 home runs that season; Menechino’s slash line was .242/.369/.374.

They’ll send lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. He’s 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts. When he was with the Orioles he faced the Dodgers in 2013 and got a win. The Dodgers will counter with the second of their two surprising starters, Ross Stripling, who has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings but hasn’t gotten a decision yet. Stripling stumbled his last time out in Atlanta when he gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Lineup when available.

Huh. Utley gets a day off. Fine. Gonzalez gets a day off. Okay, but I didn’t know Grandal even owned a first-baseman’s mitt. Pederson and Seager also get days off, presumably because the Marlins are starting a lefty.

  • WBBsAs

    Here’s hoping B*nds gets a richly deserved round of boos from the Dodger Stadium crowd. I should be here right around game time, but not sure how long I’ll be able to stick around before falling asleep.

    • scooplew

      Are you still in South America?

      • WBBsAs

        Yes, for another month or so.

  • Bob_Hendley

    They’ve got Dee for heaven’s sake!

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers got a lot back. Dee was fungible.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not really the point.

        • WBBsAs

          I sorta liked Dee, but I don’t miss him.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I don’t miss Donnie.

          • WBBsAs

            Tampoco.

  • Lineup posted.

  • Old friend now-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi is in the midst of a six-inning interesting game in Texas.

    • Bob_Hendley

      U-less!

  • HLKLA

    Going to bed, will have to wait until morning to see the results.

  • I got my hair cut yesterday, but neither my mother nor my sister have noticed it yet. I always play this game and it usually takes three or four days.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I shaved off my beard and my wife asked me if I had new glasses.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

    • WinnipegDave

      Funny to think about what it is that finally tips them off!

  • RBI

    I am at the game. The weather is cool and blustery. I have on my Dodger fleece!

    • WinnipegDave

      Enjoy (the game – and the fleece!)

      • scooplew

        Just don’t let the Dodgers fleece you. I traveled from the Monterey Peninsula to attend Opening Day with two boyhood friends. It’s a tradition. I bought a beer — for $11.50.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok – this is wildly off topic but does anyone have anything to say about having a rabbit as pet? My wife is thinking of getting our currently pet-less family a lion head rabbit.

    • WinnipegDave

      Although – is it any more off topic than haircuts? 😉

    • RBI

      I am currently against anything that requires cleaning up after… I have two such quadrupeds, and I am over it.

    • For those who’ve never heard of nor seen one: Wikipedia has a picture.

      “In most cases the Lionhead is a friendly and well mannered pet. It is possible to train a Lionhead as they are very smart creatures. They can comprehend certain orders like come, play, and eat.”

      Lots of pictures at the North American Lionhead Rabbit Club. You knew there had to be one, right?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t they just sit around and wrinkle their noses and look cute, but then run off if you let them out in the yard?

    • RBI

      Also, we have many coyotes in my neighborhood. But that’s a cute bunny, I must say!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers getting some good licks this inning at least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stripling has a good idea on how to bunt.

  • scooplew

    This is Grandal’s 46th MLB game at first base, 36th as a starter. I just looked it up.

  • RBI

    That one was hard hit. And of course by Stanton.

    • WBBsAs

      No shame in surrendering a dinger to Giancarlo. It seems as if Stripling has a fairly high pitch count so far, though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He seems lucky that he has not surrendered more. A stronger opposing team might have really teed off on him tonight.

  • RBI

    Pretty!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yah Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    Getting a haircut for the win! (Thompson just got one this morning apparently)

  • RBI

    Two dingers!

  • RBI

    I miss Dee less this year.

    • WBBsAs

      I enjoyed Dee, but I don’t really miss him.

  • WBBsAs

    Just tuned in in time to miss both dingers, but I’ll see replays as I watch the rest of the game from bed. It’s almost 12:30 here.

    • RBI

      And look who’s up.

  • RBI

    That was a catcher trying to catch a first base foul ball. Can’t give Stanton an extra strike.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The ump already gave him one.

      • RBI

        So true! Looked right down the middle from here.

  • RBI

    93 pitches for Stripling.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I guess Ross gets another inning since it will be the bottom of the order and the team could use the inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A bridge too far.

    • RBI

      He was really out of steam this inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chen may not let us see it for awhile, the the Fish pen is not very good based on IRS and BS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great recovery by Thompson!

  • RBI

    I’ll tell you who I do miss – Nancy Bee.

  • RBI

    Rockies down 6-1 in the 8th. Gnats up 3-1 in the 4th.

  • RBI

    That’s a strike, yet the other one wasn’t, to Stanton? The at bat that led to a run?

  • RBI

    I am freezing. May not make it to nine. I never leave early, but my nose is ice cold.

  • RBI

    Hello? Anybody out there?

    • WinnipegDave

      Hey RBI. I have been listening but working on some emails. Sorry to leave you out there in the cold.

    • scooplew

      Hang in there, if possible, so you can let us know in detail how the Dodgers pulled it out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Down one run with 4 outs left? Should be no problem after yesterday’s game!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rojas had a dWAR for us in 2014 of 1.8 in only 85 games. An exceptional fielding SS.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, there you go.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 pinch hitters: Joc and then I guess AGon.

  • WinnipegDave

    A walk. Now we need Gonzalez to drive him in with a double.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I want a dinger, if you don’t mind.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s what Seager is for!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ah well. We tried.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to sleep my friends. Tomorrow should be better!

  • RBI

    Not the comeback Scooplew wanted. And I have to confess I slipped out before the ninth.

    • scooplew

      We’ll get them tomorrow with Kershaw!

  • RBI

    Home and toasty.

    • WinnipegDave

      How long did it take from stadium to home?

      • RBI

        20 minutes. Not bad.

        • WinnipegDave

          Wow – that does seem quick. Always nice to get home in good time.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Wow! I live about 5.5 miles from National Stadium here in DC and it takes me at least 20 minutes to get home with little traffic.

  • Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

  • WBBsAs

    I watched the bottom on the ninth from bed, and it seemed to me as if Ramos was really getting the benefit of the low strike.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Our batters weren’t too happy about that.

    • RBI

      From my admittedly high-up vantage point at the stadium, several of the ump’s calls were off.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Old friend Jimmy Rollins off to a good start and has taken over as starting SS with Chisox.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Zach had another poor outing (7 runs in 6.2 innings), but the Snakes managed to pull off the win.

    • WBBsAs

      Not exactly a quality start (unless you define a quality start as one that you win).

    • RBI

      Such a difference from last year. Ant theories as to why?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Haven’t seen anything from the national blogs, but will check out the Snake blog as well (were I am guessing they are fit to be tied).

      • Bob_Hendley

        This from the Snake Pit: “He rattled off a couple of examples of ones he’d like back — a pitch to Yadier Molina, his last one of the game to Hazelbaker — then said, “Besides that, pretty decent.” But Greinke seemed at least willing to consider the thought that good pitches in other parks might not be good pitches at Chase Field. Greinke managed one of the better pitching seasons in recent baseball history last year by relentlessly pounding the outer third of the plate. But, this season, Greinke has been burned a few times at Chase despite hitting his spot on the outside corner. It happened at least a couple of more times on Monday night”.

        For me, the evidence that it is Chase is mixed. In 10 games prior to this season pitching in Chase Field he had an ERA of 3.34. In 3 games this season he is at 10.10. Although in his 2 non-Chase start this year (Pet Shop and Phone Booth) he has ERA 1.93.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Were it really shows up is in dingers. Prior to this year, Zach had given up 8 HR in 62 innings at Chase. This year 5 in 16 innings (and zero in his non-Chase outings).

  • RBI

    0-2 so far when I am attending games at the stadium. Package must be disappointed in the RBI mojo this year. I know I am! Too early to paint the toes blue?

    • WBBsAs

      Package just couldn’t handle a team about to win its fourth straight division championship, presently on a pace for 97 victories.

      • He had a difference of opinion with about five of us, but he’s recused himself from this season so far. No need to keep lambasting him.

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