Game 105, 2016

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Bud Norris (6-9, 4.27 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and Patrick Corbin (4-9, 5.31 ERA) pitches for the D-Backs. It’s a rematch for these two pitchers: between the two of them they gave up 10 earned runs and 15 hits in nine combined innings in a 13-7 Dodgers win on July 15.

Roberts said Yasiel Puig will start on Sunday for the first time in a week. There have been several different rumors about a possible trade including Puig, so I’m wondering if this is a showcase game for him. CBS Sports came up with eight different teams to which he might be traded. He’s also been rumored to be part of a three-team deal with the Reds for Jay Bruce.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is one home run away from joining the 300-homer club. He would become the seventh active player to reach 300 homers and 400 doubles. The other six are Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre, and Carlos Beltran.

Pretty good company, I’d say. I think five of the six are locks for the Hall of Fame, and A-Rod would be were it not for his PED use.

Lineup when available.

  • HLKLA

    Pretty quiet on the trade front so far, but with our FO team you never know what will happen. Austin Barnes’ name has surfaced recently.

  • WBBsAs

    Highly unlikely AGon will be an HOFer – rather, the Hall of the Very Very Good. Improbable that he’ll reach 400. Right now, he’s more of a James Loney (who’s resuscitated his career with the Metropolitans, though).

    • I didn’t mean to imply he was HoF quality, really. I just meant the people he was joining with those numbers have gone on to have HoF careers. I think he’s a little long in the tooth to make up for lost time.

      • WBBsAs

        At one point, when he was hitting 40 HRs at The Litter Box, it was a plausible projection. Not any longer, but he’s still good.

        • Bob_Hendley

          His numbers are comparable to Tony Perez age 22-34. Tony, however, played another ten years. Didn’t do all that much during that period as an average league hitter, but he did accumulate some counting stats and the goodwill of writers to end up in the HOF.

  • Man, I just looked at that lineup. Unusual, to say the least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looks like adios Bud.

  • RBI

    Uh oh. Bud not looking good.

  • RBI

    Bye bye Bud. Hello Ross.

    • WBBsAs

      What happened to Nud?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Felt something twinge I guess.

  • RBI

    Taylor is a little shaky at second so far.

  • Bob_Hendley

    SVS has a nice big foot.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But not big enough.

  • RBI

    He looked safe to me on the slo-mo replay. Anyone else get a look?

    • WBBsAs

      It probably falls into the “too close to overturn” category.

    • Bob_Hendley

      As Vin said, he looked out by a toe nail.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Welcome back Quique.

  • RBI

    Nice SO, Stripling.

  • Guys, you’re supposed to beat the last-place teams easily and split with your equals. What part of this equation eludes you?

  • Norris: muscle tightness in back.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That was weird. Recall Berroa catching a ball in his shirt once.

    • WBBsAs

      Bizarre.

  • RBI

    Such a weird play, and call. I don’t understand why you send the third base guy home.

    • WBBsAs

      The bases were loaded.

      • RBI

        So they assume he would have come home on a wild pitch?

        • It was initially called a balk, which would force the guy at third to go home. Then they went to catcher’s interference (Timmermann, where are you?) and now a WP.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Game getting a bizarro feel to it.

  • WBBsAs

    Today, Jake Lamb has taken over the lead in errors by an NL third basemen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig got some wood on that one.

    • WBBsAs

      It also helps to have Tomás in LF.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yes, to help turn good wood into a hit.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yasmanee!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, this the way I like to see the Dodgers going against AZ.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig is alive!

    • Bob_Hendley

      He had been around OPS+ 115 since coming back from the DL, so not a flop. But high expectations due to his potential.

      • WBBsAs

        Even so, he hadn’t been on the field much lately.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wait – why was Maeda pinch running for the Dodgers fastest runner? I think I missed something on Toles single. Did he injure himself?

    • Steiner & Monday speculating he’s sore from running into the wall face-first last night (he needed some stitches).

      • WinnipegDave

        Then why was he batting in the first place? Sigh, sometimes I just don’t understand.

        • scooplew

          You’re not the only one.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not all that unusual a guy deemed ok to bat though not to run the bases (see Gibson, Kirk)

          • WinnipegDave

            If I recall correctly, there was one time that Gibson went up to bat injured, got a hit – and didn’t need a pinch runner. 😉

          • I remember that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    RF didn’t move an inch on that one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager! Had a feeling there.

    • scooplew

      This kid is really good. And he is only 22.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s got a shot at 200 hits this year.

        • scooplew

          Have we had (m)any rookies with 200 hits?

          • None of our Rookie of the Year players had as many as 200 hits. That’s not the entire set of players, but it has to be close.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Belive that it has been done 14 times, the last time by Ichiro in 2001.

        • He’s fifth in the league in hits right now, or possibly fourth after today’s outburst.

  • WBBsAs

    Hathaway’s not quite ready to step in for Inspector Morse.

  • WBBsAs

    This is the best possible situation for facing Goldschmidt.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice when the Dodgers score in 5 straight innings. #gettingspoiled

  • WinnipegDave

    AZ is like a sweet tonic today.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc is warming up…

  • RBI

    And now, Joc!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • scooplew

    Johnny Frederick holds the Dodgers rookie record for hits with 206 set in 1929. I am trying to track down if other Dodgers rookies had at least 200 hits.

    • As I said here, none of the Dodgers’ RoY award-winners had 200. I looked them up.

  • With three hits today Seager jumped into the top ten in total hits MLB-wide and fourth in the NL.

  • HLKLA

    Two touchdowns beats a field goal every time.

  • Bob_Hendley

    With Wade Miley going to the O’s, SVS praying for a ’66 WS rematch. In 21 PA against him, Scotty has 5 dingers, 3 doubles and 3 BB, adding up to OPS 1.968!

    • HLKLA

      I hope that rematch comes with better results than in ’66.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Well, pretty hard for it to be worse, so there is that.

        • HLKLA

          True. Were you living out that way then?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Didn’t move to the East Coast until 1978. Quickly adopted the O’s as my AL fallback team and thoroughly enjoyed the Weaver years at Memorial Stadium.

  • Bob_Hendley

    See that Seth Smith (Mariner, ex-Rox) is now being mentioned as another option for left handed hitting outfielder, along with Bruce and Reddick. The latter would be the cheapest, cuz he would be a free agent rental. Dre has two more years on his contract, so may be that is all the Dodgers would want in order to remain flexible.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • HLKLA

      That was an amazing catch.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry Bob. I didn’t refresh the page before I posted.
      After some more reflection, we clearly didn’t give up front line guys (Urias, JDL, Verdugo and Bellinger) so the overpay is not too bad.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Reddick and Hill for Montos, Holmes and Cotton.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like an overpay for 2 month rentals. Of course if we get 3 full months of Reddick and Hill, then it lessens the cost a fair bit. Definitely a sellers market out there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Gotta give to get. Give: Something that we have a lot of. Get: Those two players have generated WAR 5.1 this year.

    • It may be, but they’re pretty cheap and they may be amenable to signing longer contracts after the season if both sides are happy with the two months’ performance.

  • HLKLA

    I always hate to give up young players, which goes with my hoarder nature, but I like this trade because it provides us with two valuable pieces that can offer immediate help. Maybe we will not see Howie in left field so much now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully Hill gets of the DL very soon. Howie has done fine in LF, but it will be great to have 3 natural outfielders out there. And Howie/Utley should be a good tandum at 2nd.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Believe he is due to come off Friday or Saturday.

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