Game 100, 2016

One hundredth game of the year? Really?

Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:08PM PT, TV: ESPN

Wily veteran Scott Kazmir (8-3, 4.30 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers in the rubber match of this three game series against a longtime (like, 1890 longtime) enemy. The Dodgers have gone 8-3 in Kazmir’s last 11 starts, and he’s had a 3.84 ERA during that stretch. The Cardinals are asking a rookie named Mike Mayers to make his ML debut tonight. He’s 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA between AA and AAA ball this season, so he’s not chum thrown to the sharks.

A tale of two pitching staffs: Mayers will be the sixth starter for the Cardinals all season long. The Dodgers have used a dozen.

Lineup when available.

It’s Van Slyke’s birthday, so of course he gets the day off.

  • HLKLA

    Six starters all season. The Dodgers would call that, last week!

  • scooplew

    Yankees beat the Giants, 5-2, today. Old friend Nathan Eovaldi got the win. Giants went 1-7 on the road trip. Samardzija (9-6) took the loss, allowing 5 ER in 5.2 IP. His ERA in his last 6 starts is 7.29 — 27 ER in 33.1 IP. The Giants signed him in off-season for five years for $90 million.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Smegma.”

      • scooplew

        Don’t like insulting nicknames in sports or politics . . . or most anyplace else

        • WBBsAs

          Whatever you call him, a mediocre pitcher with a horrendous contract whom I’m happy to see on the Gnatstaff.

          • scooplew

            That, I totally agree with. I was surprised by the contract that he received. Outrageous. Many years ago, a friend and Notre Dame grad took me to a game in South Bend. Samardzija was a great receiver and helped the Fighting Irish rally to beat UCLA. Perhaps he should have stayed with football. Or, given how he has done with the Giants this season, I am not disappointed that he stayed with baseball.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You are telling a guy with a $90 million contract in baseball that he should have played football?

          • Ha! Here, have a life sentence of CTE and dementia and a career that lasts an average of four years. It’ll be so much more fun than that boring baseball game.

          • WBBsAs

            Football is a suicide mission. If I had had a son, I would never have permitted him to play it.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s had a respectable career, in a sport with less physical risk than football – even if he should suffer elbow or shoulder problems. Bo Jackson might have had a great baseball career had he given up football.

  • scooplew

    Tonight’s lineup, followed by batting average in July
    2B — Utley, .276
    SS — Seager, .333
    3B — Turner, .324
    1B — Gonzalez, 304
    LF — Kendrick, .375
    C — Grandal, .327
    RF — Toles, .391
    CF — Pederson, .158
    P — Kazmir, .000 (0-for-5)…2-0, 2.25 ERA

    • Hmm. Joc’s the obvious outlier there. How the heck have we lost any games this month when we’ve been hitting that well?

      • scooplew

        We’re 11-7 in July. Turn the result around on a couple of devastating blown save losses and we’d be 13-5.

    • Bumsrap

      and now .238

  • Sacks full, none out in the first. Runs! Get some runs!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ask and ye shall receive, occasionally.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grand salami!

  • Woohoo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie with a hustle double.

  • RBI

    Adrian!!!!! (just checked on Gameday)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kaz helping himself!

  • RBI

    Wow. Rookie pitcher getting schooled.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, we did get 6 runs off of Strasburg as well in the first three innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh my. Just tuned in. Miss a little and miss a lot apparently!

  • Kazmir can’t avoid first-inning difficulties, it seems.

    • RBI

      One run ain’t so terrible.

      • Not when you’ve got six runs already. 😉

  • WinnipegDave

    Imagine if Gonzo really started to heat up. Man that would be so good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Howie!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wowie Howie!

  • HLKLA

    Nice to see them put up runs in both innings. Let us hope that continues through out the game.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Think it’s at the point where we can ask the pitchers to do their part.

      • Bob_Hendley

        And Kaz gives up the dinger…

        • HLKLA

          Sigh.

  • ESPN Radio guys suggesting Matt Kemp moves to the Indians at the trade deadline. No evidence to back it up, just a 9-1 game in the 2nd inning.

    • HLKLA

      Who wants to bother with making statements based on facts?

  • Kazmir, get a grip!

  • WBBsAs

    Can Kazmir stand prosperity?

    • I hope so. Of all games he should be able to go deep into this would seem to be it.

  • John_from_Aus

    9-3 already! nice surprise

  • 56 pitches in two innings for Kazmir. Drat it, can’t our starters go deeper than this?

  • 79 pitches through 4, oops, five innings, no, four innings. Dratted linescore and broadcasters confused me.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And pretty warm on there.

  • Two LOB! Boo!

  • Darn it. Bases loaded, none out and you hit into a DP. That’s no way to celebrate your birthday, Scott.

    • WinnipegDave

      You win.

  • WinnipegDave

    Happy Birthday SVS. Not much to celebrate with that at bat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump wants to get home.

  • John_from_Aus

    just came back and its still 9-3, looks like I didn’t miss much

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, if he is ever to let in a run, now seems to be the time unless Blanton saves his bacon.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Close the book on Libby. ERA went from .56 to 1.35.

  • WBBsAs

    This game should not be this close.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sad to say but – it would be really good if the Dodgers could score some more runs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice catch Joc.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager plays a pretty good short.

  • John_from_Aus

    I wonder if at 9-1 up, Kenley started changing back into his street clothes?

  • John_from_Aus

    unfortunately I’m off to class, so hopefully an easy 9th here

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! 5-4 on the crazy road trip and 3 back of SF.

    • RBI

      I thought we did better than that…

      • WinnipegDave

        1-2 vs AZ, 2-1 vs Wash, 2-1 vs St. Lou.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Minor quibble – if the Dodgers had won the two games on this trip that Jansen had blown saves – they would have gone 7-2. And the team would be 1 game back of SF. And they would have a real shot at getting to 60 wins ahead of SF like I predicted several weeks ago. Sigh.

    OK – done with that. Onwards and upwards.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just watched video on Joc’s catch. It was amazing how he went up and then juggled it on shoulder/back, then in and out and back into his hands. Oh wait, that might be the catch of his cap and not the catch of the ball I was watching.

  • Cooking and switched back to see it had gotten to 9-6. I thought my eggs might curdle. Fortunately I turned back on before I served up to see Kenley had one down in the ninth, and I figured he couldn’t blow another save so soon. Guess I was right.

  • Bob_Hendley

    With Peavy going against the Reds’ best starter, might we hope to be 2 1/2 back by Tuesday? The giants don’t appear to be the 103 win team that they were at the break. I doubt that they are the 96 win team projected today. After the Cincy series, of the next 26 games for them 23 are against >.500 clubs, including us.

  • WBBsAs

    According to Dodgers Digest, “FanGraphs has the Dodgers at 49.9 percent to win the NL West, while the Gnats are at 50.1 percent.” (Quotation edited for spelling).

  • WBBsAs

    In case any of you heard Joe Davis refer to Firpo Marberry as baseball’s first specialist relief pitcher the other day, here’s where Marberry got his nickname (because of a physical resemblance): http://southernconeguidebooks.blogspot.com/2008/07/taking-gloves-off-putting-them-back-on.html

  • HLKLA

    Not sure I like the Urias for Sale rumors.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a judgement call. I can’t imagine the pressure of working in the front office at this time of the year.

      • WinnipegDave

        I likely over value top prospects but I do wonder if many players – especially hitters – peak at 25 or younger. So, I would be sad to see Bellinger, Verdugo and a few others go.

        And if Kershaw is not coming back this year, I certainly would be less likely to go all in on a prospects for star talent trade this season.

        • Bob_Hendley

          If we are talking Sale here, he has three more years, presumably his prime, at about $13 million per, so it would be more than a one-season rental. And, compared to the Hamels deal it would be a steal (younger, lower salary and not requiring Seager and Urias).

  • WinnipegDave

    2 1/2 back. SF loses 7-5 to Cincinati.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Need to visit McCovey Cove for a little schadenfreude! http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/

      • WBBsAs

        Quote of the night from Grant (edited for spelling): “This is probably the real Jeff Smarmy. This is probably the real Jake Peevy. Tomorrow night, we’ll get to watch the real Gnatt Cain. Those three pitchers will make as much as the entire Rays 25-man roster this year, and they will never ever stop allowing home runs.”

    • WBBsAs

      Also gnice that Gnatt Cain will take the mound for SF tonight.

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