Game 28, 2016

Dodgers at Rays, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Alex Wood (1-2, 4.82 ERA) goes against Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.60 ERA). The two lefties are both coming off good starts their last times out.

Manager Roberts says we should expect to see Justin Turner at DH and someone other than Pederson in CF. He thinks Smyly’s rising fast ball might be tough on the young lefthanded hitter.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guessing that Chase gets a start with Quique in LF and Kendrick at third (saves Howie from running on astro turf in the outfield and takes advantage of his greater experience as infielder on said surface. As Link noted a few threads ago, missing SVS.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nope , it’s Culberson at 3rd and Howie at 2nd.

    • WBBsAs

      The absence of Ethier and SVS has affected the offensive depth.

  • WBBsAs

    Just awoke from a nap to see that Peevy got clubbed again, and the Dodgers can retake first place this evening.

  • WBBsAs

    When will Link change the name of this blog to “Vin Scully Way?”

    • When I have a reliable network connection. Arrrrgh!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Smyly is awful good.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Woody not looking too shabby either.

      • WBBsAs

        Except for the dinger, excellent command so far.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig appears to have come back to life.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Smyly bounced. Didn’t realize that he had accumulated so many pitches.

    • WBBsAs

      Wood, by contrast, has been pretty efficient – except for the dingers.

  • Wood: 1 HR all season. Tonight, 3. He’s so inconsistent!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha!

    • Bob_Hendley

      As they say, if you are a good pitcher it is better to be consistent. if you are not a good pitcher, it’s better to be inconsistent.

    • Bob_Hendley

      In contrast, Baez has given up 3 dingers this season and one tonight (so far).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tying run at the plate!

  • C’mon, Joc, one swing ties the game! (But don’t think that way. Just hit the ball hard somewhere.)

  • Sac fly’s better than a K, anyway.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s do it CC!

    • There is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Crawford has struck out.

      • RBI

        He had to swing. The ump was calling that high strike all night.

  • RBI

    That was a weird inning. BP meltdowns left and right.

  • RBI

    No eyes. Who’s injured?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Grandal, but just something to ice later.

      • RBI

        Thanks.

  • RBI

    Oh well.

  • John_from_Aus

    At least we are getting some runs from the bats

    • WBBsAs

      Not really – only eight hits, and a bunch of walks.

      • Bob_Hendley

        While they pile up over the course of a season the difference between the better hitting teams and the worse is one more hit per game with the range basically between 8 and 9 in the NL.

        • WBBsAs

          It was not an impressive performance. Still very poor with runners in scoring position.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sure, but they scored 10 runs in 2 games, the same amount that they scored in the previous six.

  • It takes a full travel day to get from Tampa to Toronto? You don’t even go into a different time zone!

    • WBBsAs

      Canada’s another dimension, though.

  • HLKLA

    I am guessing that when we get some of our injured pitchers back, Wood may be out of a starting position.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably, though he really shows potential.

  • WBBsAs

    Just when think the back end of the Gnats’ rotation can’t get any worse…

    Please, Bochy, continue to run Peavy and Gnatt Cain out there every fifth day.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stat has its limitation, but QS for LA 54%; SF 47%; ARI 33%.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer getting knocked around by the Cubbies today.

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