Game 102, 2016

Rays at Dodgers, 12:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, Fox Sports Sun

Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.61 ERA) makes his fifth start since his return from Tommy John surgery. He won his first two starts and has gotten no decision in the last two, despite pitching well and going at least 6 innings in each one. His opponent will be Matt Moore (6-7, 4.31 ERA), whose last four starts have also been pretty good; he’s posted a 3.00 ERA and has gone at least six innings in every start during that span.

Here’s a tidbit from a larger discussion of whether a shorter baseball season (only a few games shorter, to be sure) might make sense:

This year, the Dodgers are the kings of killing offense late in games. From the seventh through ninth innings, batters against their pitchers have hit just .190, posted a .255 OBP, struck out in 27% of their plate appearances and scored only 80 runs in 94 games.

Dave Roberts thinks Puig will be back Wednesday. Meanwhile, his shoes have offended the high-minded executives (read: guardians of shoe contracts) at MLB.

Lineup when available.

39 thoughts on “Game 102, 2016

  1. Losing one of two to the Devil Rays is better than losing two of three to the Reds.

  2. Some crazy good defense there by Rays. AJ almost had a stolen base and HR today.

  3. Pen has kept them close. Now for some runs. Doesn’t even have to be the old-fashioned way.

  4. Jay Bruce has done it again, with a dinger off BadGums to put the Reds ahead 2-1 in the seventh.

  5. Reds tie it up off BadGums, with help from an error by Pagán, at The Phone Booth.

  6. McCarthy gone after 83 pitches in four innings. Out of gas, injured or precautionary move?

      • They were just showing some photos, of the Brooklyn days and Vin noted that he remembered being there and it was 60 years ago, but that he can’t remember yesterday.

  7. I suddenly understand. Kershaw hasn’t really left. He just morphed into McCarthy.
    Vote Claydon McKersharthy for Cy Young.

  8. McCarthy averaging about 15 pitches per inning. Wonder how many Doc lets him toss today? 85?

  9. Today is Wednesday, Link, and Puig is not back – did Roberts mean next week?