Game 101, 2016

Rays at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, Fox Sports Sun, MLBN (out-of-network only)

The visitors in this interleague matchup send Chris Archer (5-13, 4.60 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ Bud Norris (5-9, 4.56 ERA). Archer had his first quality start in a month his last time out, going six innings while giving up two runs on four hits. This will be his first career start against the Dodgers. He and his team haven’t done well in his starts recently: “The Rays are 2-10 in Archer’s last 12 starts, and he owns a 4.74 ERA in 74 innings with opponents hitting .248 against him over that stretch.” Norris lost in relief in the 16-inning game last Friday night against the Cardinals, and he also lost his last start when he gave up six runs on seven hits to the Nats July 20.

Yasiel Puig is still suffering from a sore hamstring and Roberts suggested he may have to go on the 15-day DL if he’s not back today. He’s not in the lineup but there’s been no Twitter announcement of his de-activation.

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66 thoughts on “Game 101, 2016

    • Not sure – is that Norris you are talking about? If so then yes he certainly has.

      • Nud Borris, as Reverend Spooner would call him (“The Lord is a shoving leopard”).

        • Spoonerisms are so fun. I have to be careful using them too much at home though. My son is a bit dyslexic and can get words mixed up without meaning too. My purposely changing words around doesn’t help him.

          But Nud Borris is a great one.

  1. Game moving along to this point. Which means it is likely to go extra innings or something.

  2. Crazy game in Toronto. SD hit a 3 run HR and – in the top of the 12th inning – a 2 run HR. Toronto on the other hand, scored in various ways like passed ball and – in the bottom of the 12th – bases loaded walk, fielders choice and wild pitch to win 7-6.

  3. Not bad pitching but still would like to see the starter go a full 7 more regularly. 104 pitches through 6 1/3 is a lot of pitches for that point in the game.

      • Not that many for a 8+ inning start, but a fair number for less than 7.
        Good point about pitching on Saturday. I had just recalled that as well.

  4. Well, we knew it was coming. Just didn’t know by whom and whether anyone would be on base.

  5. It was close to the plate, but Grandal not in a position to make a good throw.

  6. Walking Pearce is good. We can still get out of this hopefully with no more runs being scored.

  7. I’m quite sure Howie would gladly take a win over a chance to continue his hitting streak tonight.

  8. Well Kenley. Close it out today and hopefully we don’t need you to pitch tomorrow.

  9. Kenley rarely gets it up to 96 mph these days, but did on that one hitting the batter.

  10. Miller is definitely the one to get. Don’t Longiria to come up again tonight.

  11. Tough loss for Archer. Only 1 earned run – although didn’t help himself with a throwing error that contributed to the 2 run inning against him. And giving up the game winning HR.

    • Archer impressed me. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Dodger uniform, depending on the cost.

  12. Dodgers 16-8 since Kershaw last pitched. And realistically could have been 18-6. How long is this sustainable?

  13. Just saw the replay on the Rays 2nd run on the passed ball. Glad it didn’t cost the Dodgers the game, because it looked like he missed touching the plate.

  14. Reds tried but could only score 1 in the 9th. SF wins 9-7. Back to 2 1/2 games behind.

    • In reality, the Gnats tried to give it away, but the Reds refused to take it.

    • Doc having to juggle relievers to deal with recent difficulties in the normal rotation. Blanton OPS against of 825 in last 4 games (.375 Babip) and Libby 1.000 in last 3 games (.571 Babip). And Kenley merely being good .695 in last 4 games. Baez .091 in last 4 games and Avilan .333 in last 3 games have stepped it up, however.

  15. Wow! I am really late to the party. These west coast games are just too late for me, and it looks like my finger nails would not have survived the seventh and ninth innings anyway. I did stay up later than usual to observe the ISS (International Space Station) fly over though.