Game 72, 2016

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, ESPN

The hype has already begun for this game, and it’s only natural. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg hasn’t lost a game yet this year while winning ten; Los Angeles’s Clayton Kershaw has lost one game while also winning ten. In ERA Kershaw has the edge, giving up a measly 1.58 earned runs per nine innings; Strasburg has given up 2.90 earned runs per nine innings.

The Dodgers may activate Yasiel Puig today. If they do they’ll have to send someone down to OKC. Update: Nope, tomorrow, says Roberts.

In other news:

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Strasburg scratched and, instead of a Nat, we get ex-Gnat Yusmeiro Petit.

  • RHP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from tonight’s start vs. LAD with an upper back strain. RHP Yusmeiro Petit will start.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why no Vin tonight? Usually he does the first three innings on radio.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s on MLBTV. Are you stuck with Steiner? If so, I sympathize.

      • WinnipegDave

        Usually I get Vin for three on Gameday audio and then Rick and Charlie for the reminder of the game. But tonight it’s the pair right from the start.

        • WBBsAs

          You don’t subscribe to video, then?

          By the way, Vin explains he came with a sore throat because he really wanted to see Strasberg v. Kershaw. He says he’ll croak his way through the broadcast (disconcerting wording).

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks for the update. Poor Vin! And then the matchup didn’t even happen.

            No, I can’t justify paying for MLB.tv throughout the whole season. I usually wait until Aug or Sept when it goes down to about $20 or less and then I purchase it.

          • WBBsAs

            I can’t do without it now. It’s easier since we cut the cable with Comcast.

  • WBBsAs

    ¡Turner todavía en fuego!

  • Posey’s hurt was just a cramp.

    • WBBsAs

      Still, at some point he’ll injure himself again.

  • Nice barehanded grab off Posey’s bat.

    • WBBsAs

      The Poseur’s been losing his bat a lot lately.

  • WinnipegDave

    They are making Kershaw work a bit. 33 through 2.

  • WinnipegDave

    I have never liked Petit. Never.

    • WinnipegDave

      I recall the streak of perfect innings pitched he had – something like 45 or 46 consecutive batters retired.

      • Wikipedia: “In 2014, Petit retired 46 consecutive batters to set a new Major League record.”

    • WBBsAs

      Surprising the Gnats let him go. He’d be in their rotation now.

  • RBI

    Turner is back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Jocularity!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Double the fun for Seager going the other way!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nuts.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw gets out of the jam with only one run scored.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chutley with the RBI hit. Still looking for run scored #1000. Come on Seager!

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder how many Kershaw wins Jansen has saved? I guess there is a way to track win/save combos like that on BR, but I don’t know how to do it.

    • I poked around the site some and don’t see a simple way, so I emailed ’em to ask. Don’t expect an answer anytime soon.

    • Bob_Hendley

      By my count 33.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • WinnipegDave

      And congrats to Kenley Jansen on the saves record for LA.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers now have fourth-best record in baseball.

    • WinnipegDave

      You must mean in the NL. Because every division leader in both leagues are still better than the Dodgers.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah it looks like LA is tied with Toronto for the 9th best record in MLB at 39-33. But indeed are the 4th best (1st wild card leader) in the NL.

      • WBBsAs

        Technically, you’re right, but DH leagues don’t count.

    • John_from_Aus

      wow, i didn’t realise that

      • John_from_Aus

        and now leading the wild card standings

      • WBBsAs

        I meant fourth-best in NL.

  • Yee-Haw! Coupled with the Giants’ loss, maybe we’ll start making up ground now!

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