Game 9, 2016

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Old friend Rubby De La Rosa has had horrid luck against the Dodgers, going 0-3 with an 11.21 ERA against them in his career. Overall he’s 22-25 with a 4.61 ERA in his five previous seasons in the big leagues. Alex Wood has similar career stats: he’s 26-27 with a 3.36 ERA in three previous seasons.

Lineup when available.

I hadn’t thought of getting both Kendrick’s and Utley’s bats in the lineup in quite this way, but…we also see Yasmani Grandal making his first start of the season after he came off the DL Tuesday.

Here are some highlights from Opening Day:

First, Mr. Puig at second base switching hands on the base.

Now, here are the two throws to get Castillo at home, Puig to Turner to Ellis.

  • WBBsAs

    Link, I would not call 4.61 and 3.36 “similar stats.”

    • The way Alex is going, by the time he has 5 years in service he might get there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers having trouble turning two.

  • WinnipegDave

    I remember when I thought Rubby De La Rosa was the bee’s knees and the cat’s pyjamas all rolled into one.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or at least, thought he would be/could be those things.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers get the double play this inning though. Now let’s get a few runs.
    Although, every game they have lost they have had a lead so…

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot. Kendrick just missed getting a double.

  • WinnipegDave

    Surprised that we can’t get anything going against Rubby yet. Maybe second time through the lineup.

    • Somewhere a D-Backs fan is saying the same thing about Wood.

      • WinnipegDave

        That fan can be quiet now. I don’t want to hear them say anything.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers getting killed by the long ball over the last 6 games.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe Wood can channel his inner Maeda this at bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seems like the Dodgers are winning all kinds of reviews so far this season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Our 4th home run! We are on fire. Lol.

  • WBBsAs

    Wood has been decent, if less than dominant, so far against a tough offensive team. Encouraging outing on his part, but Dodger offense needs to do more.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yea sloppy play from the other team!

    • WBBsAs

      Ahmed owed us one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just checking in from Mexico City in time to see the two Snakes errors.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s 1 a.m. in Buenos Aires, and my nephew and his wife just left after dinner.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Did they go to the movies or out dancing?

        • WBBsAs

          Actually, they’re going home, but it’s in San Telmo, way across town from us in Palermo. Too late for the Subte, so they’ll probably take the bus.

          • Bob_Hendley

            A bit, but pretty straight shot as I recall – Libertador to Leandro Alem to Colon

          • WBBsAs

            They live closer to Avenida 9 de Julio. They’ll catch the bus on Las Heras, from which it takes something of a zigzag route.

          • Nice map for the Subte. 13th subway ever built. That’s impressive.

  • WinnipegDave

    A few more innings and we can hand it over to the bullpen. Won’t that be fun?!

  • RBI

    Cooked and then ate during this game. Wood seems to be getting sharper and sharper. Weird.

  • RBI

    I hope I don’t jinx Wood with that comment.

    • WinnipegDave

      Kinda a knock on wood scenario.
      Sigh – I can’t get away from telling dad jokes.

      • RBI

        I liked it.

        • WinnipegDave

          You are a very kind soul then.

      • Bob_Hendley

        What was the knock on Wood, anyway?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good show for Wood.

  • RBI

    Good job, Alex.

  • WBBsAs

    In the end (if it is indeed the end), what the Dodgers have been hoping for from Wood.

  • RBI

    Utley determined to stay in the lineup.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ouch

  • RBI

    Hands are so tricky. Bones and more bones.

  • RBI

    Too bad, Yasiel.

  • RBI

    Wood for another inning!? Guess we’re not the only ones who have bullpen jitters.

    • WinnipegDave

      He must be batter by batter. And have Hatcher ready to go…

      • RBI

        Or Pedro Baez.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep. You are right.

  • RBI

    Phooey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ground ball please.

    • RBI

      Pedro becoming a bit of a head case, maybe? Thoughts?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Didn’t look at all comfortable out there.

        • RBI

          I agree.

      • WinnipegDave

        Saw him in the dugout after giving up the homerun yesterday and he looked like he he was wrestling with a few internal demons.

        • RBI

          I felt that tonight. Wonder how a pitcher snaps out of that?

          • WinnipegDave

            Strikes out the side in the next appearance? I don’t know but I’m hoping this is where Roberts can shine as a manager in getting Baez out of his psychological funk.

          • RBI

            Yes, he does seem to really want to encourage his players.

  • RBI

    I sure would love Pedro to come out of this inning clean.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley fire jumping.

    • John_from_Aus

      interesting use of Kenley here

      • RBI

        And, it worked!

        • John_from_Aus

          and should have enough left for the 9th

      • Bob_Hendley

        Donnie would never do this. He would have saved Kenley for the ninth to pitch to lesser batters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Is this one of those (very rare) time when Jansen pitches the more pressurized 8th (given the runners on base and the batters faced) – but not the 9th?
    Using your best relief pitcher at the right time is a very smart thing. Don’t worry about the Save stat.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think he will at least start the 9th

  • Bob_Hendley

    Goldie was still thinking about his flyout.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m gonna watch the ninth from bed on the iPad. It’s 2:15 a.m. here now.

    • RBI

      Glad you can have sweet dreams now.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Framed!

  • RBI

    KJ gets the five out save!

  • RBI

    Kenley talking about picking up the bullpen tonight. Teamwork. I like it.

  • WinnipegDave

    See you all tomorrow/later today.

  • Just watched the offensive highlights. The guys on the set were pretty giddy.

  • HLKLA

    Good win for the Dodgers!

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      Great article. Tendency of most fans wanting to pin the tail on the goat, as it were and ignore the complexity of the game and what goes into winning or losing. Darling gets to suffer alone, while poor Billy Bucks… I succumb at moments myself. While I would like to think I am above those sorry Sox fans or those of the Cubbies (Bateman, anyone?), I still blame that Maier kid for the O’s losing to the Yanks. (and like to think that the O’s drafted him just so that he would mire in the minors as penance).

      • When I think about it I’m still angry at Walter Alston and Stan Williams and Ed Roebuck for blowing Game Three in the ninth inning of the 1962 playoffs against the Giants.

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