Game 29, 2016

Dodgers at Blue Jays, 4:07PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.41 ERA) goes to Canada for presumably the first time in his life and the poor guy has to work. He’ll pitch tonight against Marcus Stroman (4-0, 3.77 ERA). Maeda had an extra two days of rest thanks to the oddities of the schedule and all the Jays’ right-handed bats. It was decided he matched up better against the Canadian team than against the Rays.

Roberts says Kendrick will DH today and Gonzalez will fulfill those duties tomorrow.

The Dodgers have a center fielder named Logan Landon playing for the low-A Great Lakes Loons, and yesterday he did this:

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Decent catch.

  • WBBsAs

    Stroman is really good. Very tough matchup for Maeda.

  • scooplew

    Would like to see us put up at least a 6-spot. We’ve scored more than 5 runs only twice in the last 17 games.

    • WBBsAs

      So would I, but Stroman’s awfully good.

      • scooplew

        Maeda’s ERA is about 3.5, however.

      • Maeda has been awfully good this season too.

        • WBBsAs

          I like Maeda a lot, but Stroman impresses me more with his combination of youth and talent.

  • WBBsAs

    Incredible throw by Puig to get Barney on what looked to be an easy double. He missed the cutoff, though.

    • scooplew

      His fourth assist of the young season.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda is a magician.

    • His Cy Young Award equivalents in Japan weren’t handed out like lollipops, that’s for sure.

  • WBBsAs

    Maeda’s thrown lots more pitches than Stroman and, when you throw that many, you’ll eventually make a mistake.

    • Maeda left with 102 thrown. Stroman’s thrown 106.

      Giving up a dinger to Bautista puts him in lots of good company.

      • WBBsAs

        Stroman went deeper into the game, but lost it quickly.

  • Lucked out there. Not really Liberatore’s day.

  • 8 hits, 2 runs. Where are all our HRs?

    • Bob_Hendley

      It’s not as if we have even shown much warning-track power.

  • Oh, fudge. Killed by the dinger. Blanton’s ERA jumped from 0.77 to 2.77 in one swing.

  • RBI

    Making soup, violating rules. That’s me.

    • What rule?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Guessing #1.

        • RBI

          Yup. See above. In my defense, I was alone.

      • RBI

        When Blanton gave up the dinger… Let’s just say I didn’t say “fudge,” more than once.

        • Rule-breaking doesn’t occur unless it’s typed into a comment box. 😉

  • RBI

    C’mon, CC! Be a hero!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tying run at plate!

  • See it our way, NYC!

  • A bunt? Really?

    • RBI

      It was gutsy, but to no avail…

  • RBI

    Wow. I didn’t see that bunt coming.

  • RBI

    Phooey. Not sure that walk was a good idea, with Pilar hitting in the 400s. Hindsight.

  • I know our RISP numbers are better than we think, but it sure FEELS like we miss three or four scoring chances every game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am thinking that they are pretty bad.

      • #18, a little below the middle. Stats. I don’t think they include today’s games yet.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Checked. We are at BA .251 compared to NL average of .261, but it is better than our overall BA, which is .241

  • RBI

    We played well, which makes this even more frustrating. Two bad pitches, with their men on.

    • WBBsAs

      Not really. Except for one inning, the offense continued to fizzle. Maeda pitched well, though, and Joc appeared to learn from his first two ABs.

      • RBI

        Defense wasn’t half bad either…

        • WBBsAs

          Puig’s throw was worth the price of admission.

  • WBBsAs

    I wonder whether those of us on Hawaiian time have failed to realize this is an afternoon game that starts in about 15 minutes (2:07 p.m. Buenos Aires time).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc seems to have gotten it together!

    • WBBsAs

      He’s been steady.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mr. Milk&Eggs delivers.

    • WBBsAs

      Manteca (mantequilla) con huevos.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yes, manteca is a different thing in Mexico. (huevos as well – blanquillos)

        • WBBsAs

          But huevos are not.

        • WBBsAs

          Depende del contexto.

  • NPUT! Sorry for the delay, folks, I didn’t notice this was a day game.