Game 35, 2016

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

Save us, Clayton! That’s what the Dodgers are saying to their superhero Mr. Kershaw, (4-1, 2.04 ERA) as they ask him to salvage a split in the series with the Mets. He’ll face Bartolo Colon, whose 3-1, 2.82 ERA record was overshadowed this week by the first home run of his career the other night.

Things to think about:

David Wright, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda lead the current Mets in plate appearances against Kershaw. In 124 combined plate appearances, they’re hitting .142/.224/.150 against him. Wright holds the sole extra-base hit of the group, a double.


55 thoughts on “Game 35, 2016

  1. I don’t know why I take it so personally but I always feel like Kershaw needs to “respond” to other starting pitchers’ results. Whether it’s Arietta’s no hitter or Scherzer’s 20 k’s, I want Kershaw to throw a perfect game or strikeout 21. Preferably in the same game, in multiple starts.
    As if baseball works like that. I know it doesn’t. (But in regards to Kershaw – maybe it should.)

  2. Oh-so wise Twitter user Brett Anderson recently–

    Brett Anderson

    I had a 62:1 k/bb ratio my junior year of high school and @ClaytonKersh22 is at 64:3 so far this year in the MLB…pretty much the same.

    2:59 PM – 7 May 2016

  3. Some recent stats noted by in a post pushing for bringing up Urias. My point is not about Urias but about the quoted ERA and record of this year’s starters after CK and Maeda, Which no doubt have changed slightly since the posting. But still…

    “I’m sure that there are many who say ‘What’s the rush?’ and I get that. But realistically, aside from Kershaw and Maeda, the rest of the Dodgers rotation is a collective 3-7 with a combined ERA of 5.11 and 80 strikeouts as compared to Kershaw and Maeda’s combined 6-2 record and insane 1.73 ERA with 82 strikeouts.”

  4. After a fine entrecot de tres pimientas and a really good glass of Tannat, I’ll be watching on the iPad as I lie in bed. We’ll see whether I make it to the end of a game that’s starting at 11 p.m. The MLBTV feeds a bit blurry.

  5. I have to admire Barltolo’s durability, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him knocked out early tonight. And with that, I’ll retire to bed.

  6. Houston is having a rough go of it to start this season and got hammered again tonight 11-1. They are 4-12 on the road. But I would gladly take their home record of 10-10 for the Dodgers.

  7. Kershaw slowing down on the strikeouts but becoming more efficient with his pitches.

  8. My wife and I just finished a dinner of turkey burgers with all the trimmings, including avocado — nothing to compare with WBBsAs’ South American repast this evening — and I went to Gameday and was pleasantly surprised at the score.

  9. With Greinke facing the Giants tonight I was torn over whom to root more AGAINST, and I decided that would be Greinke. How do some of you feel?

    • I understand your dilemma and thought about it myself earlier tonight. Then I gave my head a shake and said – never the Giants. Unless a Giant win helps the Dodgers clinch a playoff spot (which would be a sweet scenario), then never the Giants.

      • Besides – not that it is playing out like this tonight – one can always root for a starting pitcher to do poorly but still have their team win.

        • I will admit that the nightmare experience would be to have to sit through a NYY vs SF World Series such as the one in 1962. But I think even then never the Giants.

          • I was in my first year of high school then, still hurting from the Dodgers’ collapse at the end of the regular season and then in the 9th inning of the third and final playoff game vs. the Giants. The World Series, however, was quickly overshadowed by the Cuban Missile Crisis, which followed on the heels of the 7th game.

          • I was negative 8 years old and have only read about both of those events.

          • It was particularly scary for the country — but as a young teen I wasn’t worried. Looking back, it was probably the closest that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. ever came to going to war. There was a run on food in supermarkets in L.A. with entire shelves cleaned out.

  10. Kerhsaw: 88 pitches through 7 innings, an average of 12.6 per inning, which is very good.

  11. Not to be greedy but would like to see Kershaw get one more k to make it to double digits again tonight.

  12. Pretty crazy when you get 13 strikeouts and give up only 1 walk and your k/bb goes down.

  13. He is remarkable.
    Hard to say that it was imperative to get a win at this point in the season, but we will be playing three games at home vs. the Cardinals this weekend without either Maeda or Kershaw starting.

  14. And nice to see Kershaw’s era back to where it seems most natural – starting with a 1.

  15. I made it through five, but then you slackers let the offense fizzle out.

  16. Missed the game while flying to Europe for about six weeks in Italy and Portugal. Unlikely to be live on the blog much during that period, but with you guys and gals in spirit.

      • Was quite something. Crowd also gave Zimmermann a very warm welcome back, which I found quite touching in this day and age. I expect Zach to receive a similar reception at DS.

  17. Always a pleasure to wake up in the morning and see a win for the Dodgers happened.

  18. It’s gratifying to see the Dodgers alone in first place again, even if only by percentage points, but disappointing that Greinke let us down v. the Gnats.