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:

Stripling

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).

  • WBBsAs

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

    • Saw an episode of Globe Trekker the other night which featured a road trip from north to south on Ruta 40 in Argentina. It was fascinating but looked arduous.

      • WBBsAs

        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.

        • Bob_Hendley

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

  • scooplew

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

    • Thank you.

      • scooplew

        You’re welcome. And thank you for tirelessly and consistently running this blog.

        • Tirelessly? I’m exhausted! 😉

          • scooplew

            Ha!

  • WBBsAs

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

  • scooplew

    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.

  • 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!

  • scooplew

    Pederson now has 31 Ks in 78 AB — 39.7 percent.

    • WBBsAs

      But also an OPS of .924, which is exceptional.

      • scooplew

        WBBsAs: Point taken (and just emphasized).

      • Bob_Hendley

        Top 15 in the NL.

    • 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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      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)

  • Stripling and the Dodgers can take a lot of hope away from his showing today.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc gets the Dodgers even!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin is fightin’ it.

    • WBBsAs

      He took a good pitch for strike three.

    • HLKLA

      Are we finally seeing the Justin Turner that the Mets saw?

      • Bob_Hendley

        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.

  • Two runs! Two runs!

  • scooplew

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    OK Pedro, would be nice to see back-to-back good outings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo for the 4 out save!

  • scooplew

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

      • scooplew

        True, but asking him to get seven outs in about 24 hours is what concerns me.

        • Bob_Hendley

          OK, but he has thrown only 20 pitches on the road trip.

          • scooplew

            Well, it looks like I am outvoted on this one.

        • WBBsAs

          He hadn’t pitched four days until yesterday.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now, if we can break it open here, he can sit down.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Utley with the gem!

  • WBBsAs

    The Chutley signing looks better every day.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager looking comfortable out there.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers still not taking advantage of their opportunities.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Kenley!

  • RBI

    I was not thinking we’d win this one.

  • scooplew

    Very nice. And a happy rest of the Mother’s Day to you all.

  • WBBsAs

    Hatcher gets the win!

  • RBI

    Stripling pitched his heart out.

    • 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.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s work-in-progress, what you might expect from a youngster.

        • 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.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc’s OPS now at .942.

    • Bumsrap

      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.

  • WBBsAs

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

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