Game 81, 2016

Dodgers at Brewers, 11:10AM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

It’s a battle of righthanders as the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (6-5, 2.91 ERA) goes against the Brewers’ Zach Davies (5-3, 3.74 ERA). This will be the last time the two teams meet this year, right at the Dodgers’ halfway point of their season. Maeda faced the Brewers on June 19 and gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings but got no decision. Davies faced the Dodgers on June 17 and gave up just one run in seven innings, also getting no decision.

Joc Pederson is unlikely for this game due to his sore shoulder. Meanwhile Kershaw has gone on the 15-Day DL. Here’s the interesting part:

Kershaw had been receiving treatment for the condition for two weeks, but reported more discomfort Monday after losing to the Pirates on Sunday night.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    After one inning tied for yesterday’s hits (and also still tied in runs department).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thompson slams one!

  • Trayce may be coming out of the doldrums.

    • WBBsAs

      Rookies have ups and downs, but he should be able to make adjustments.

  • HLKLA

    We still left a man in scoring position in the second inning. I hope we are not going to make a habit out of this.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Perhaps little consolation, but we actually hit better with RISP (OPS .713) than otherwise (.667).

  • Bumsrap

    Game 81 X 2 = 162

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yes sir!

    • WBBsAs

      Yas, sir!

  • WBBsAs

    Who told Steiner that strikeouts always require the use of passive voice?

  • Norris, 31, is 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) this season
    for Atlanta, but has pitched better of late. He is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA
    in 30 1/3 June innings.

    • Bumsrap

      What is his average number of innings pitched per game?

      • Bob_Hendley

        5.2

        • Bumsrap

          Acceptable

          • Bob_Hendley

            Making $2.5 million on one year contract with Braves.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda actually has a lower pitch count than Davies at this point. Six innings seem doable, perhaps seven!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Slugger Seager.

    • Go vote for him for the ASG! I have!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Done that as well.

  • Norris’s 2016 season Game Logs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Did Steiner just call AGon out stealing?

    • WBBsAs

      You expected Steiner to get something right?

    • Bumsrap

      He would have been out had not kendrick walked

  • HLKLA

    Much better inning this time. A Gon scores from second base no less. Did they give him oxygen in the dugout afterward?

    • WBBsAs

      AGon once scored from third on a double.

  • Bumsrap

    Without researching who Philip Pfeifer (LHP) and Caleb Dirks (RHP) are, I like the trade. Nice to have a couple of million dollars to throw around.

    • Bumsrap

      And, we get another outfielder.

      • HLKLA

        Dirks came from Atlanta last year. He was pitching lights out in Tulsa.

        • Bumsrap

          Both pitchers were being used as relievers though.

  • Be nice if Puig got hot just as Turner and A-Gon start to do so (if they do).

    • WBBsAs

      Puig’s been pretty good since coming back off DL.

      • Yep, but wouldn’t it be nice if he reverted to the way he was that first summer?

        • WBBsAs

          He’s shown signs.

  • RBI

    Hi All. Great job by Maeda. Offense continues to dangle hotness at us all, but this is an encouraging game nevertheless. And Bud Norris — kudos to the FO for taking immediate action. The only cloud on the horizon is I’m going to the Saturday night game, and my son is out of town. So….

  • HLKLA

    Fien did a great job in his two innings.

    • WBBsAs

      He did a Fien job.

    • WBBsAs

      I notice you corrected your spelling, but I was curious about the name itself. “Fein” is a German/Jewish surname but, I see elsewhere, that “Fien” appears to be Dutch. The German pronunciation (I speak German) would be the same as English “Fine,” but I don’t know enough Dutch to suggest anything other than the “Feen” that we hear from Steiner (not to imply that Steiner knows anything whatsoever).

  • Bumsrap

    Do Dodgers still need Gray?

  • Bumsrap

    Thompson making contact again. Be nice if he were to also get his groove back. Sounds like a 60’s movie.

  • HLKLA

    Good win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • Halfway through with a 44-37 record, which would be fine with me if it weren’t for the team up North having such an excellent year itself. The Giants have given up seven or more runs in each of their last four games, so maybe they’re not invincible after all.

    • WBBsAs

      After the Atléticos finish their sweep by beating the Confederate Loudmouth tonight, things will look even better.

      • RBI

        Well, sadly, maybe not.

    • WinnipegDave

      I went back and checked: I predicted 42 wins in the first half, 50 wins in the second.

      • WBBsAs

        You’re a pessimist, then.

  • WBBsAs

    Marcus Semien homers off BadGums in the first, and the Atléticos lead 1-0.

  • WBBsAs
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