Game 31, 2016

Dodgers at Jays, 10:10AM PT, TV: SPNLA

Ross Stripling (0-2, 4.33 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.64 ERA) goes for the Blue Jays. Estrada’s gotten only 10 runs to work with in his five starts this year while Stripling has seen his ERA climb every start since his first, when he threw 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and was pulled due to a predetermined pitch count. In two of his last three starts he hasn’t made it to the fifth inning. It’s not for lack of determination, though:


Gonzalez will be the Dodgers’ DH, but the first base job is between Utley and Turner. Meanwhile, Russell Martin returns to the catching position for the Jays; he took Dickey’s start off.

From pink bats to specially-designed uniform logos to honorary bat girls to “Pink Out” days in the stands all of MLB will celebrate Mother’s Day in one way or another.

Someone please post the lineup in the comments if I don’t get to it before the game starts (7:10AM my time).

53 thoughts on “Game 31, 2016

  1. Dodgers retake first place, by percentage points, as Rox swat Gnats 2-0.

    • Joc is swinging harder for the last 10 days or so and it is resulting in more home runs and strike outs. I hear / read that he continues to keep in his swings the key elements that he has been working on so it isn’t like he is totally reverting to last year.

      He needs to keep hitting home runs as the team doesn’t have other players that seem to be able to hit them often enough. Pitchers have to be very careful with him and therefore he is a stressful at bat for them. Now if he will let his home runs come mostly from pitchers mistakes and be prepared to hit line drives up the middle on most pitches he will get, he should continue to do well.

    • He’s had an up-and-down start to his season, hasn’t he? Near no-hitter the first time, then three or four where he’s barely gotten to the fifth inning, and now today.

        • Or coming back. When Ryu and McCarthy get healthy they’ll probably bump the 2 & 3 starters down to 4 & 5 and it’ll be decision time for Roberts et. al.

  2. Lack of reliable 7th/8th inning relievers could mean that Jansen is overworked. Not good to contemplate.

    • More like underworked. If we don’t get to the 9th with a tie or the lead he is probably not going to pitch. Hasn’t worked very much at all on this road trip, for example.

  3. Joc’s OPS today (for those keeping score): 1.250 on three whiffs and a homer.

      • It was more an observation of his frustration over a number of calls that were either strikes or too close to take. He had a pretty good week with a hit in every game on the road trip and a couple of multi-hit games and a dinger yesterday.

    • Orel and Nomar said yesterday that he’d improved his stroke. He still strikes out too much, they said, but the swing is shorter and contact is better.

    • Normally use PA, so it’s 33.6%. Still high, but one-third of the time he steps to the plate (rather than appearing to be 40% of the time)

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wives, moms, daughters and daughters-in-law in each of your families. We’ve got my sister coming over in an hour or so with takeout Eggs Benedict. Ah, Hollandaise!

  5. I just wished Happy Mother’s Day on the phone to my mother, who is halfway between 95 and 96. Tomorrow is the birthday of my wife of 36 years. And our daughter called to wish her mom Happy Birthday’s Day. So, now you know about the three most important women in my life. Happy Mother’s Day to all.

  6. With all due respect to my mother and my wife (also a mother), pink is patronizing.

  7. Utley 2B
    Seager SS
    Turner 3B
    Gonzalez DH
    Grandal C
    Kendrick 1B
    Pedersen CF
    Crawford LF
    Thompson RF
    (Stripling P)

  8. After shrimp risotto for lunch – with a Patsy Cline soundtrack in Buenos Aires! – it’s time for Dodger baseball.

      • I’ve driven it many times. In 1991, we saw three other vehicles in four days on the southernmost segment. That’s now mostly paved.

        • I have done the northern section, Mendoza-Salta, a couple of times, and the Esquel – El Bolson part in the south. Just lovely.