Game 8, 2016 (aka Opening Day at Dodger Stadium)

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A, MLBN (out of market only)

The visiting D-Backs send Patrick Corbin (0-1, 5.14 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00 ERA). The next run Maeda gives up will be the first one of his American MLB career. All the runs Corbin gave up in his first start were via home runs; the Dodgers only have three so far this season so he may be safe. On the other hand, Maeda has one of the Dodgers’ HRs; Corbin may need to be careful pitching to him.

The Dodgers are expected to activate Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal from the disabled list for this game, which means they’ll have to put two players on it or send two down to Oklahoma City. I hope I don’t have to type that too often. I still think of Albuquerque as the location of the AAA affiliate, even though Las Vegas was the site for a few years recently.

Lineup when available.

And there’s this news from Ken Gurnick as well: “Roberts said Van Slyke on DL. Grandal active.”

  • WBBsAs

    SVS on the 15-day DL with back stiffness. Grandal and Kendrick return from the dead. Kendrick could see some time in LF, where he played a bit with the Angles.

  • RBI

    So happy to be here, on behalf of Link and friends…

    • Good for you!

      I really think it would have been more poetic and suitable for Vin’s style if they’d named it Vin Scully “Way,” but maybe that’s just me.

  • RBI

    Go Dodgers!

  • WBBsAs

    New Dbags unis pretty ugly, but still gno match for the Gnats.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dreadful.

      • WBBsAs

        Indeed, but at least they’re not pumpkin and black.

    • I was just gonna say. Those are some really bad uniforms. The color is awful.

      • WBBsAs

        They appear to be camouflage for an Appalachian coal mine.

      • RBI

        Chain gang unis.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s 5:30 p.m. in Buenos Aires, and I can open that bottle of Torront├ęs in the fridge, even though it’s a cool autumn afternoon.

  • I’m hearing Vin on the radio. Boy, does this bring back memories.

    • RBI

      Me, too!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice K. Need another one here to try to get out unscathed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That will do.

  • RBI

    He went around!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not really. (with benefit of slo-mo replay)

      • RBI

        Ha! Try telling that to this crowd!

        • Bob_Hendley

          You all were sure rooting on that one! Nice.

    • WBBsAs

      Your wishfulness is showing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice all around to get out of it.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nice escape, but pitch count sneaking higher. With the disarray in the bullpen these days, that does not lead to an unsettled mind.

    • WBBsAs

      The bullpen is better than it’s shown so far, but I’d like to see Maeda go at least seven.

  • RBI

    Squeeze!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice call on the squeeze.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Safety variety?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Well, AJ not the one to beat it out.

      • Nope, suicide. Howie was 45 feet down the line when AJ made contact.

        On Day 2 of the Ken Burns Jackie Robinson documentary Howie MIGHT have made it stealing home like #42, but he’d probably have been meat.

    • WBBsAs

      The only bunt Mattingly refused to use.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pop up city for the Bums.so far today.

  • RBI

    Good eye, Seager!

    • WBBsAs

      You’re being a future person.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Roy doesn’t seem to have too much trouble with the southpaw.

  • WBBsAs

    6:30 p.m., and it’s already getting dark in Buenos Aires. The trees on our block still have their leaves, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Maybe the best throw I’ve ever seen from A.J.

    • RBI

      It was perfect.

      • WBBsAs

        Not quite, but there in plenty of time for the tag.

        • RBI

          I am going to be like this all day, WBBsAs.

  • HLKLA

    Just checking in. Let’s go Dodgers!

  • RBI

    Wow. What a play!

  • RBI

    Puig has an incredible arm.

    • WBBsAs

      And, sometimes, he can hit the cutoff.

      • RBI

        He seems much more energized this year.

  • RBI

    The material on the backs of the Dbacks uniforms are darker than the fronts, so they all look like they are drenched in sweat…

  • RBI

    Baez! Boo!

    • Broaden it. Bullpen! Boo!

    • WBBsAs

      It wasn’t that bad a pitch, almost in the dirt. It got too much of the plate, though.

      • RBI

        I know. He was pitching pretty well. But still…

  • Lovely story about Vin from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Appeared in today’s edition.

  • You hate to lose a shutout, but it wouldn’t matter if the Dodgers were up four or five runs. Tying the game when you lose it is more painful.

  • RBI

    And then there are bunts like that…

  • WBBsAs

    A bad choice with team’s slowest runner on first.

    • RBI

      Plus the bunt was hard hit.

  • Oh, man. This bullpen is not living up to expectations, or maybe not up to management’s expectations. The fans may have expected this.

    • RBI

      Feels very familiar. Coleman did his job, at least.

  • RBI

    Really? Serve one up to Goldschmidt?

  • RBI

    When oh when will we get the bullpen we can trust to make outs?

  • RBI

    I hope they were right to walk Lamb to get to Tomas.

    • WBBsAs

      Probably

      • RBI

        And yet, to then load the bases?

  • RBI

    Arghhhh!!!!!

  • RBI

    Okay Dodgers offense. Time to wake up!

  • RBI

    Too bad. Good start of the inning that fizzled out.

  • RBI

    Another HBP?

  • RBI

    Oh man. Et tu, Coleman?

  • RBI

    Bullpen meltdown is the story of 2016, so far.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bright side? Relatively easier to fix at this point if it keeps up this way, as compared to offense and starters.

  • HLKLA

    Oh brother!

  • WBBsAs

    Almost five percent of the regular season is over. Push the panic button!

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