Game 34, 2016

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

It’ll be Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.58 ERA and 49 Ks) for the Mets and Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA only 35 Ks) for the Dodgers. Syndergaard hasn’t won in his last three starts, while Maeda has lost and gotten no decision in his last two. Something’s Gotta Give.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    Storen escapes the tenth, but if the Jays don’t score here I doubt his ability to get through another scoreless inning.

  • foul tip

    Haven’t been able to comment for a while. But at least wanted to post this gem from Blue Jay manager Gibbons from right after Maeda faced his club . Gives a good idea how Maeda does what he’s doing–

    “”He has a great, late-breaking slider. He lives on the edges,” Gibbons said of Maeda. “His fastball reads 90 mph, but with all the breaking pitches, it plays a lot better than that. He was pretty dominating, he really was. He’s having a [heck] of a year, he really is. It was a heck of a pitched game.”

  • HLKLA

    Heading to bed, so I hope i wake up to another Dodger win!

  • WinnipegDave

    So Bob H – how did you enjoy the Nats/Tigers game? Not much to talk about I guess…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just got back! Wow.

      • WinnipegDave

        Must have been so exciting! Were you rooting hard for 21?

        • Bob_Hendley

          For sure. Wanted Rendon just to sit on the grounder.

          • WinnipegDave

            You could have been stuck on 19 because the Nats fielder almost caught a foul ball earlier in the inning. The ball landed in the stands and then the batter struck out a pitch or two later.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, Vizquel, Tigers first base coach, was teasing Zimmerman on that one). BTW, saw Vizquel misplay a ball that came his way. He was chagrined when the crowd got on him and pretended to remove a rock in the path which he blamed.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers doing that leaving runners on base thing again. But it is still good to move through the lineup and cause Thor (as if Noah is not enough of a significant name) to throw extra pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    I love the fact that the relatively obscure pitcher named Tom Cheney holds the record for most strikeouts in a game (of any length). He threw 16 innings of 1 run ball and struck out 21. Got to figure that someday that record will be tied or perhaps broken they way strikeouts are on the rise currently. However he did it back in September 12, 1962 and no pitcher has matched or surpassed him yet.

    • WinnipegDave

      I mention all this because Scherzer struck out 20 earlier tonight in Washington.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just checked Baseball Reference for Cheney’s game score for that night –
      a very amazing 115.
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL196209120.shtml

    • Bob_Hendley

      Faced 62 batters. If he averaged only three pitches per batter (they didn’t record pitch counts back then) that’s 186 pitches.

      • WinnipegDave

        I recall reading Tom Boswell writing about this game in one of his books. Man, I loved reading Angell and Boswell when I was a kid/young man.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda is wonderful.

  • RBI

    Back at the stadium, but I’m afraid it may mean we lose, so pretend I’m at home, ‘kay?

    • WinnipegDave

      So you are comfy on the couch eating some popcorn, remote control in hand. Sounds fine to me. Nothing to worry about at all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda only gives up solo home runs. And hits them too so I guess he understands how it happens.

    • RBI

      Bummer that it was Thor. Mets fans went nuts.

      • WinnipegDave

        Didn’t realize there were so many Met supporters there but on the radio I could hear a fair bit of cheering and was surprised.

  • RBI

    Corey!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Corey! Man it would be great if his bat continued to come alive this month,

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandel!! In the battle of solo home runs we are winning 2-1!

  • WinnipegDave

    So apparently the Pads have no problems with the Cubs. They win both ends of a double-header 7-4 and 1-0. Revenge of 1984.

    • WinnipegDave

      Uhh except the Padres won that series too. Nice one Dave. (smh)

  • RBI

    Two dingers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just back from seeing Scherzer mow down 20 batters with strikeouts. 80% of his pitches were strikes. (he hit 97 on the radar in the ninth-really pumped up).

    • RBI

      Wow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Have you been to any other games where that kind of historical significance happened?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Heh, heh.

  • RBI

    Yasmani with the dinger and then the fumble.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh nuts.

  • RBI

    Curses!

  • Bob_Hendley

    My goodness.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda has outpitched Syndergaard. Except when pitching to Syndergaard.

    • RBI

      Not so much this inning.

      • WinnipegDave

        I still stay Maeda is wonderful.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ridiculous.

  • John_from_Aus

    That is just cruel

  • John_from_Aus

    If there was a fourth out in baseball, I bet it just would have been ‘grounded out to third’

  • RBI

    I’m not here! I’m not here!

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry RBI it may still turn around tonight, However, it does look like you will have to wait another night to see them win “at home”.

  • RBI

    Hatcher? Dave Roberts living dangerously on his Bobblehead night.

  • WinnipegDave

    Law of averages says Noah will not get a third home run here. With the bases loaded.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Will he be arrested if he does?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. By the police of averages.

        • WinnipegDave

          aka the mod squad

  • RBI

    Best inning he’s pitched all season.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatch to the rescue!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice k by Coleman. Dodger still in this.

    • WinnipegDave

      However: Will this be another night where the 2 run barrier comes into play? It would be the 6th straight game if it does.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Though they have the dreaded deuce.

      • WinnipegDave

        We are in lock step tonight it would appear.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Only because you made me so painfully aware.

          • WinnipegDave

            Well, the law of averages would say – ah nevermind…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice!

  • RBI

    Another loud Puig out.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just missed it.

  • RBI

    I wish we could get Thor out of there, but it’s not looking likely.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tying run at the plate.

    • WinnipegDave

      But not for long.

  • RBI

    Just what we didn’t need.

  • scooplew

    Hindsight is 20-20, but I wonder why Kendrick, hovering around ,200, was put in the 3 slot tonight against this pitcher.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Been on the upswing and hitting .320 since the start of the road trip.

  • RBI

    Three more outs for us to turn this around. Crazy that their pitcher’s offense is what has made all the difference so far.

  • RBI

    Blanton just dodged two bullets. Smart of Grandal to go talk to him.

  • RBI

    Bullpen’s been lights out.

  • WinnipegDave

    So, we need a base runner.

  • RBI

    No Noah?

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start Gonzo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hello, Mr. Nasty!

    • WinnipegDave

      Who is that?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Familia’s nickname. Senhor Sucio.

        • WinnipegDave

          Okay, Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to channel the Royals from last years World Series.

  • scooplew

    I didn’t expect our bats to do much against the Mets, so I am not surprised by these three games . . . thus far.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would be fine with double, single here. Or single, double would work as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, there goes the dreaded 2 barrier. Unfortunately, it looks like it wont help the Dodgers to have broken it.

  • WinnipegDave

    9 one run games tonight.

  • RBI

    Bah! Humbug!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hurmph. That was a silly loss. 4 rbi’s by the opposing pitcher is a dumb way to lose.

    • RBI

      Exactly.

  • I switched the TV back to SPNLA just in time to hear Orel and Jerry tell me Thor knocked in all four runs with home runs. Last time that happened to the Dodgers it was by Lou Burdette of the Braves. The Milwaukee Braves.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m deeply disappointed at your letting me down.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry WBBsAs. ~ hangs head in shame ~ We should have listened to you when you told us to pitch around Thor. We thought you were joking because he was 0-8 with 6 k’s.

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