Game 92, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Bud Norris (4-7, 3.98 ERA) makes his third start for the Dodgers. Since he’s 0-7 with a 13.92 ERA in his career against Arizona and is 0-4 at Chase Field he seems an odd choice for Manager Dave Roberts, but maybe he’s got a hunch. Norris will face Patrick Corbin (4-7, 4.94 ERA), who hasn’t made it past the sixth inning in any of his last three starts and has a 6.91 ERA in those games to boot. He’s a little better career-wise against the Dodgers, posting a 3.83 ERA in 11 games.

This is the first of thirteen games these two teams play against one another in the remainder of the season.

Joc Pederson is headed for Oklahoma City for a rehab assignment. Clayton Kershaw threw 60 pitches in the bullpen Wednesday. Other DL denizens’ news at Jon’s place.

Lineup when available.

89 thoughts on “Game 92, 2016

  1. Amazing what they are pointing out as regards Turner. At this point, he is only 3 dingers behind 2015 totals and 16 rbis shy.

  2. Dodgers need to get about 5 hits here now so Taylor can have another chance in the ninth.

  3. Going to bed now secure in the notion that the Dodgers will prevail (if that is not the case, I wouldn’t want to see it anyway).

  4. Gnat losing at The Litter Box, as BadGums has surrendered two dingers and several other hits in five innings, 86 pitches.

  5. Taylor will get another at bat tonight. It could end up being one of the more unlikely/unexpected cycles, that’s for sure.

  6. Remind me who Taylor is again? I mean – what the heck? Where did he come from tonight?

  7. Bumgarner’s, dare I say it, struggling a little. 3-1 and 70 pitches, bottom of the 4th.

  8. Norris threw 98 pitches in 5 innings. It is good that our bullpen is extremely well rested.

    • Done (as he seems to be as well at this point with high 90s pitch count)

  9. A cautionary paragraph from Tom Verducci at SI regarding Matt Harvey of the Mets, now out for the rest of the season with thoracic outlet surgery :

    The team has given Harvey extra rest, for instance, in 57% of his career
    starts. Only twice did manager Terry Collins allow him to throw more
    than 116 pitches, and both occasions happened back in 2013; Harvey has
    averaged only 97 pitches per start. And yet on Opening Day next year,
    Harvey will be a 28-year-old pitcher with a 29–28 career record, only
    519 2/3 innings pitched, two major arm surgeries and still no guarantee
    of future earnings.

    • Mind you, a 28-year-old is considered to be in his prime. Koufax was 26 when he began his phenomenal five-year-run, and 29 the year he struck out 382 batters in 335 innings.

        • I expect that Sandy’s career would have been at least three or four years longer in that case.

          • It’s astonishing to think of Warren Spahn, who retired at age 44 and threw a no-hitter at age 40.

          • He was 42 when he pitched the epic game against Marichal. 15.1 shutout innings before they reached him for a run! Led the NL that year with 22 CG.

          • I think how the Dodgers treated him financially, after he pitched repeatedly in pain and on short rest for them, played a big role in his decision to retire at the age of 30.That perspective is reinforced in two new books that I am reading: The Last Innocent, by Michael Leahy, and The Arm, by Jeff Passan. Both are excellent.

          • Well, he and Drysdale had to hold out going into the ’66 season (his last) to pry money out of Buzzi’s hands.

  10. For Norris, most of that is from 2012 and before. Guessing that we have a different Bud, I hope.

    • I hope you are right about a different Bud tonight, but those numbers are sure scary, including a career ERA of 15.07 at Chase Field.

  11. When we start getting our pitchers back from the DL, it will be interesting to see how the rotation plays out. We might possibly see some traded as well.

    • With so many just off or coming of the DL, Norris is probably the only one tradeable to another contender at this point.