Game 23, 2016

Marlins at Dodgers, TV: SPNLA, FS-F

The Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda makes his fifth MLB start today, and he’s already a record-setter:

Maeda (3-0, 0.36 ERA) has made four starts and allowed a total of one run, becoming the first pitcher since at least 1913 to begin a career in that fashion. The Japanese right-hander is only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw at least 25 innings in his first four Major League starts while allowing no more than one run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his last start Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field, finishing with 6 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third win of the season.

He’ll face right-hander Jose Fernandez, who was the NL’s 2013 Rookie of the Year but then needed Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. He started his recovery in August of 2015 but suffered a biceps strain and didn’t come back until mid-September. He’s 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA this year and hasn’t shown that he can pitch well consistently on the road. He has a career record of 5-10 with a 3.81 ERA away from Miami. He did beat the Dodgers once at Dodger Stadium in 2013.

If you think Stanton kills the Dodgers in Los Angeles, you’re right.

In 18 career games at the ballpark, Stanton is 21-for-66 (.318) with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. In this series alone, he’s 4-for-10 (.400) with three homers, one double, six RBIs and three walks.

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Catching Bunny Wailer in concert and then the ballgame.

  • John_from_Aus

    That is a better start

  • WBBsAs

    That’s encouraging.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig crushes one!

    • “singles on a popup to Dee Gordon.” What the heck? I missed it.

      • WBBsAs

        A low popup over the pitcher’s head that Dee couldn’t get too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fun to see Maeda out duelling Fernandez. At least through the first four.

  • WinnipegDave

    Packing tonight, as I leave 5:30 tomorrow morning. I’m going to Alberta to direct a camp for 45 university students. Not sure how much wifi there will be at camp but I will try and check in every once in a while.

    • WBBsAs

      Please welcome Calgary Ted Cruz to your camp, and keep him there!

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh don’t be shy. It was the USA that made him what he is today. He’s all yours!

        • WBBsAs

          He deserves to experience the torture of universal health care!

          • scooplew

            Rule 5 violation.

          • WBBsAs

            Just a gentle ribbing of our Canadian brother.

          • scooplew

            OK.

    • scooplew

      Sounds great. Might be mentally healthy not to check in on the Dodgers for a while.

  • scooplew

    Maeda: 82 pitches through six innings. That’s pretty good. If he can go two more innings successfully and without too many pitches, we can go to Jansen.

  • WBBsAs

    The more I see of Maeda, the more I like him.

  • scooplew

    You can only ask your starting pitchers to walk a tightrope for so long.

  • scooplew

    Gordon singles on the first pitch to tie the game. Prado singles on the first pitch to untie the game. Oh, brother.

  • WBBsAs

    I stayed up because I had some work to finish, and now I wish I’d postponed it until the morning.

  • scooplew

    And yet another in our relentless pattern of blowing leads. It seems that there is no lead, big or small, that we cannot blow in the first month of the season.

  • scooplew

    Utley running the bases like a LIttle Leaguer.

    • John_from_Aus

      so in other words we should have loaded bases

      • scooplew

        Yes. Gordon booted the grounder allowing Gonzalez to reach first and, temporarily, loading the bases, but Utley took a huge turn around second and was caught off the bag.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure what he was thinking.

  • John_from_Aus

    game HQ says ‘Gonzalez safe at first on error by second baseman Gordon, Hern├índez to third, Utley advanced to second on Gordon error, Utley tagged out at second attempting to advance on play’

    sounds like a comedy of errors

    • RBI

      Pretty sad to watch. And now Stanton does his thing. I think it’s the Mattingly curse.

  • John_from_Aus

    and that tops it off

    • RBI

      Ugh.

  • RBI

    Not lovin’ the slump we are in right now.

  • scooplew

    Since hitting the two homers and double off Bumgarner, Hernandez has gone 2-for-23.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems like the least of our problems (still managed to get six BB for a .308 OBP).

      • scooplew

        You’re right. We have many, many problems now, But a solid weekend series could put many of them in the rear view mirror. Still, losing four at home to the Marlins?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep, pretty miserable.

  • scooplew

    He seemed less fearful when he was Mike Stanton.

  • RBI

    That was not a strike, and not Yasiel’s fault.

  • RBI

    And where oh where is Nancy Bee?

  • RBI

    This is embarrassing. 4 game sweep? By the Marlins?

  • RBI

    Kenley must be feeling rusty. And itchy.

  • scooplew

    I wish Carl Crawford no harm, but I think we are marginally a better team when he is not on the active roster.

    • RBI

      He seems a bit lost right now, offensively and defensively.

      • scooplew

        On Gordon’s single to left that tied the game, if Crawford had even a mediocre arm there could have been a play at the plate.

  • To top off the evening, MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games for testing positive for two PEDs, “exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol…”

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  • WBBsAs

    Surely some of our dear departed Dee fans will put in an appearance today, to defend him against those scurrilous accusations, and deplore that the Dodgers did not lock him up on a long contract extension.