Game 21, 2016

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

Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.50 ERA) is matched against Tom Koehler (1-2, 4.80 ERA). Koehler’s pitched 15 innings this season, walking seven and striking out 12. Kershaw’s gone 30 innings, walking three and striking out 30.

Lineup when available.

Obviously Crawford has been reinstated from the DL. They optioned Zach Lee to OK City to make room for him.

  • HLKLA

    Seems like we always under achieve when we play against some of these high era guys.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to go by early season stats, but Koehler has been about average over his career, so he, on average, gives up about 3 earned runs over about 6 innings. Hopefully we can get 4-5 runs off of him.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    It’s 11 p.m. and, with unseasonably cold weather here – 41° F will be tonight’s low – I’m gonna crash with the sniffles after taking a cold remedy. Will watch as long as I can before dozing off.

    • I hope that cold remedy includes brandy.

      • WBBsAs

        We don’t keep hard liquor around, only wine.

  • Free run from Koehler on 3 walks and a passed ball.

    • Jack Dawkins

      The third walk was after the run scored. It was a passed ball with an error on the throw to third by the catcher.

    • Jack Dawkins

      And now comes the second gift on a second wild pitch.

    • WBBsAs

      Ibid.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice gifts!

  • Giving Kershaw 2 runs for free is not advisable.

  • WBBsAs

    Crawford butchers one.

    • Jack Dawkins

      It wasn’t the prettiest attempt, but I think it is excusable. He was running full out parallel to the wall.

      • WBBsAs

        It was a terrible route, very poor judgement.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Agree, not sure there was an alternative route other than running parallel to the wall.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton!

  • WBBsAs

    Off to bed, if I fall asleep early I expect to read of a Dodger victory in the morning.

  • WinnipegDave

    And as WBBsAs leaves, i arrive for the late shift. Nice to see the 2-0 lead already. Of course, scoring first has not really been the Dodgers issue this year.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh with the deke and the basehit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodger offense going into that phase of the game where they don’t do much.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw seems to be dealing effectively tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Almost untouchable.

      • WinnipegDave

        Crawford may wish that was literally true by the end of the night.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Maybe Yelich catches that ball, but not too many other left fielders

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw is on his game tonight!

    • John_from_Aus

      Helping himself nicely

  • WinnipegDave

    Jam shot for a bloop base hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    And now a Dee Gordon special – the infield hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw’s ERA jumps from 1.27 to 1.53. Tough inning for Clayton.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh.

    • John_from_Aus

      When I saw ‘ugh’ before the score came up on gameday, I feared the worst

  • WinnipegDave

    Dwerp

  • RBI

    Oh brother. Stanton just kills us.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Reversal of fortune.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Double ugh.

  • RBI

    Worm turning.

  • RBI

    Clay is really struggling now. Such a strange game.

  • RBI

    Okay. Time to get some back, boys!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why do we have so much trouble this season holding an early lead? Doesn’t seem to matter if it is starters (top of the rotation or back end). middle relievers, set up guys or closer. Okay maybe not Jansen – but everyone else for sure.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Cuz the other team gets to bat as well? Not certain how to evaluate these numbers, but our W-L record if we have a lead at the start of the second is 4-2. For subsequent innings it’s 5-4, 5-3, 6-3, 8-4, 8-3, 9-1, and 8-0.

      • WinnipegDave

        So always a winning record after each inning we lead. Yet it feels like we race out in front and then fall behind in more games than would be typical. It is true the other team gets to bat as well. However, we don’t stop batting either and it feels like we have trouble scoring after losing the lead – Sunday’s game notwithstanding.

        • Bob_Hendley

          The other team getting to bat was tongue-in-cheek.

          • WinnipegDave

            Fair enough 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not sure what “typical” is (hence my observation about not knowing quite how to evaluate the numbers). Our W-L if we begin the 2nd behind is 0-2, and subsequent innings are 1-2, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2, 2-5, 1-5, and 2-7.

          • WinnipegDave

            So the upshot is the Dodgers are a 12-8 team and life isn’t too bad?

          • Bob_Hendley

            12-8 is a 97 win pace. 12-9 is 92 wins.

          • WinnipegDave

            And I promise I will only mention this when it happens. So if it doesn’t happen too often, then all will be well. 🙂

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha! If we win 93 games this year, it means that we will lose 69. You have a preference as to how we lose those 69? 😉

          • WinnipegDave

            When I’m away because of work or holidays and can’t follow them as closely would be good. Less painful for me.
            But yes, I see your point – and it is a good one!

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s not that how we lose is unimportant, as it suggest areas of weakness that the GM/Doc might try to resolve, but if you win 93 it indicates that you have strengths as well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Some more numbers. For comebacks/blown leads we are 6/6. Largest blown lead is 5 runs, largest comeback is 3 runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    This game is less fun that about an hour a go. Good thing I have a new bunny to amuse me.

    • RBI

      You got the bunny? That makes me hoppy, er, happy!

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks! It makes our family happy as well. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pretty miserable (and no bunny).

      • WinnipegDave

        You could try the food version of our bunny’s new name – Fudge. Perhaps that would help.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice hit by Joc. Need more base runners.

    • John_from_Aus

      while there is life, there is hope

      • WinnipegDave

        So true. I know I complain a bit but I am an optimist at heart.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Utley draws a walk and Seager hits a double and Turner singles, then this game gets very interesting…

  • WinnipegDave

    Ah well. It always seems to hurt a bit more when Kershaw takes the loss. But there is always tomorrow! See you all then.

  • Drat. We were seemingly sailing along and I switched to news, then back to the game at the top of the hour only to see Kershaw still pitching but the score 5-3. I watched for about two minutes, enough to figure out Stanton had hurt us again with an HR. Switched back to news and served up our soup and sandwiches.

    It’s ridiculous, but I just don’t expect Kershaw to lose.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I never expect Clayton to lose either, but when he does I expect it to be 1-0.

  • WBBsAs

    That game was the downer of the season so far. While Kershaw had a bad inning, the offense had a bad game.

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