Game 24, 2016

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Dodgers look to Alex Wood (1-2, 6.00 ERA) to halt their unexpected 4-game losing streak. Wood has struggled so far this season, but he’s been better at home than on the road. The Dodgers hope that continues tonight. The Padres send out Cesar Vargas, a right-handed rookie who made his major league debut last weekend. He went five innings and gave up just one run but didn’t get the decision.

In this series there are a couple of guys playing against teams which traded them who have been successful doing so: Matt Kemp is hitting .310/.364/.408 in 19 games against Los Angeles. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has had similar success against his old club, batting .316/.360/.540 in 69 games.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Any team that has Melvin Upton Jr. hitting fourth is hard to take seriously.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Would nice to see Woody give an uplifting performance, though not really the pitching that has been the problem lately (apart form Clayton!).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pretty incredible the amount of ground balls that Wood induces.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Matty cuts down his trade mate Grandal

  • WBBsAs

    This is becoming unbearable.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Maybe we can score a run the old fashioned way, a dinger, which doesn’t require RISP.

  • scooplew

    Four hits for the Dodgers, four posts for our blog.

    • WBBsAs

      I was out at one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants, checking the scores on my phone. I enjoyed the Mets’ 12-run inning, but Schadenfreude only goes so far – I want Peevy to stay in the Gnats’ rotation, and I want the Dodgers to score some runs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At least we have Vin to listen to.

      • WBBsAs

        AND…baseball is not soccer.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Vargas – PPP. He is from Puebla, Mexico. PPP is a polular deragatory Mexican appelation for poblanos. The first two P’s are curse words

  • WBBsAs

    Well, that’s a welcome change of pace.

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go! Grandal and right handed to boot.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Alex not getting ground balls lately.

    • Bob_Hendley

      There we go.

  • WBBsAs

    I’ll say good night, because I’ll watch the rest in bed on the iPad.

  • RBI

    Hi all. This lack of offense makes me very grumpy, and I don’t want to inflict my grumpiness on everyone.

  • RBI

    Also, Dee Gordon? Really?!?!?!

  • RBI

    The baseball gods are not through with us yet.

  • RBI

    See what I mean?

  • scooplew

    There a million ways to lose. We are just scratching the surface.

    • RBI

      Ha!

  • RBI

    Girding myself for a 5 game losing streak.

    • scooplew

      Let’s hope it stops at that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Snake bitten.

  • RBI

    We make the lowliest teams look hot.

  • scooplew

    And I was hoping that Kemp wouldn’t hit a sac fly. Wish granted.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Glum.

  • (Cheerily)

    Hi everybody! Great game tonigh…oh. Again with the losing? Has the offense taken April off?

    Glum indeed.

  • Some reasonably good news on the injury front. Ethier starts the Ultra G (Alter G?) machine soon, while Ryu and McCarthy throw bullpen sessions tomorrow and Bolsinger and Guerrero play extended spring training games next week.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s unprecedented for me to turn off the game after eight innings, but the last two nights have been intolerable. On the bright side, Wood pitched well, though it was the Padres.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Team meeting hasn’t worked yet. They still seem to be pressing and distracted at the same time. Tough times.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s frustrating that a team with so many good hitters produces so many easy grounders and popups without working the count.

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