Game 51, 2016

Dodgers at Mets, 5:00PM PT, TV: ESPN2

Sunday Night Baseball in Queens features Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) starting for the Dodgers and Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44 ERA) starting for the Mets. Kershaw has already thrown three shutouts this month, so it’s not impossible he could get another.

Kershaw is 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA and has held Mets’ hitters to a .185 average over 10 career starts. Colon has had rather less success against the Dodgers: 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA. Of course, the rosters don’t remain static: if you were 3-0 against a team five years ago the odds are good that very few of the guys you beat then remain on the team this season. On the other hand, in Colon’s long career Utley (10 hits in 20 ABs, three for extra bases) and Gonzalez (12 for 27 with two home runs) have hurt him.

Lineup when available.

Despite what that says, Howie Kendrick is in LF.

115 thoughts on “Game 51, 2016

  1. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Barves are teeing off on the Gnats’ Smegma in the early going.

  2. Glad to hear AJ say he had “playoff-type jitters” for the game “even though it is just May”.
    Makes me feel better about my nervousness tonight!

  3. Hard to believe we were one more 9th inning run on Friday night short of sweeping the Mets in NYC.

  4. I’ll take the win and the series win and the season win against the Mets.
    But still wanted Kershaw to get the W by his name.

  5. Man Puig. I’m glad Gonzo came through because Puig is not helping tonight.

  6. Yikes. Pulling Kersh for KJ, with Granderson up. Even though I like it, yikes.

  7. That nervous feeling I had at the beginning – which had left me for a while – has come roaring back.

  8. So we are playing the Cubbies next, who have won 24 in a row? I like our odds, even given the pitching imbalance. Unless we’re in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead land…

  9. Steiner continues to have difficulty describing routine infield grounders.

  10. These guys are praising Kershaw to the skies and rightly so, but they might spare a few words for our rookie shortstop, who’s 2 for 3 with a run scored tonight and has fielded his position well.

  11. “That ball had more English than the Queen.” Not a bad line by Steiner.

    • More than half of them that last at bat. Or actually I’m not sure about that…

      • That to me is Kershaw’s most significant and amazing stat. To lead the league in strikeouts and have such a low average pitch count/inning is incredible.

  12. Feeling nervous for some reason. Too high expectations are dangerous.

    • At first I couldn’t find the game, because of UCLA softball. But then I found a second ESPN channel.

  13. I think it would be tough to shut out the Mets, but let’s hope it can happen.