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.

  • HLKLA

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

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

  • Bob_Hendley

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

    • scooplew

      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.

    • WBBsAs

      A Bud wiser (as opposed to sadder).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to Nats-Bucs (Strasburg on the mound). See yawl later.

    • Enjoy!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Strasburgh was very good. Now 13-0. (Given our wild card situation, nice to see them beat the Filibusteros).

  • 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.

    • WBBsAs

      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.

      • But with no surgeries behind him.

        I wonder how often he wondered how he’d have done with modern sports medicine to help.

        • WBBsAs

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

          • Since he was only 30 when he quit…he might have made it ten more years if he’d had the benefit of even 1980s medical help.

          • WBBsAs

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

          • Bob_Hendley

            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.

          • scooplew

            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.

          • Bob_Hendley

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

  • WBBsAs

    Turner goes deep in the first!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers keep chipping away. 2-0 is a nice start.

  • But now 2 – 2.

  • And now 3-2 the bad guys lead. Come on, Bud, get ’em out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor made!

  • Bob_Hendley

    2 with a chance for more.

    • Bob_Hendley

      and done by Howie!

  • WinnipegDave

    I like the Dodgers’ moxie tonight.

    • RBI

      I agree. In it to win it, so far…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig does great.

  • RBI

    Puig!

  • RBI

    Let’s see if Norris can beat the D-back curse this inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Done. (now a couple more)

      • RBI

        And then some.

  • Bob_Hendley

    This Buds for us!

  • RBI

    Norris looks like he’s having fun out there, after a rocky third inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bud doing it all.

  • RBI

    Get the third out, Bud.

    • Bob_Hendley

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

  • scooplew

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

  • RBI

    Puig is so much more patient at the plate lately, I hardly recognize him.

  • WinnipegDave

    More runs. More.
    Just for fun.

    • RBI

      Their reliever doing an impressive job shutting us down.

      • RBI

        Until….

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank you Chris Taylor. Thank you Dodgers.

  • RBI

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

  • RBI

    Taylor!!!!! Grand slam!!!!

  • RBI

    All he needs is a single now…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grand Salami from Taylor! (single away from cycle).

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • RBI

      Acquired from the Mariners in June.

      • WinnipegDave

        Riiight! Zach Lee, we hardly knew you.

        • WinnipegDave

          And thanks for the reminder RBI.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pads ahead 4-1 in the 5th (Bad Gums at 84 pitches)

  • RBI

    We look sharp!

  • WBBsAs

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    No Dre until mid-August.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh this crazy game.

  • RBI

    Everybody hitting the cover off the ball tonight. Unfortunately, them, too.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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).

    • RBI

      Night night.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pad pen not very strong, but hope that one turns out OK as well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I lied. Want to see Taylor hit before going to bed.

  • scooplew

    Hope we can win this without having to use Jansen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go. Taylor up.

    • WinnipegDave

      Crazy. Trying to bunt for it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They gave it to him (3rd base was playing back).

        • RBI

          A little more angle and he had it.

      • WBBsAs

        It was a good choice. 3B was playing nearly on the OF grass.

  • scooplew

    Bumgarner goes out after six innings, losing 4-1. His ERA goes above 2.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

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

  • John_from_Aus

    Puig is getting himself back into some form

  • RBI

    Gnats lose, 4-1.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! ( sorry, false alarm, somebody forgot we were at an away game…)

    • John_from_Aus

      are you allowed to woo-hoo on games other than our own? 🙂

      • RBI

        No. Oops.

        • John_from_Aus

          I’ll allow it 🙂

          • Bob_Hendley

            Seems appropriate, given the circumstances.

        • Wait a minute. Those are self-imposed rules. This blog has no such stricture.

          • RBI

            I know, but they are my rules with myself nevertheless.

    • John_from_Aus

      Ah, I thought it was as the Giants lost

  • RBI

    5 1/2 back sure feels better than 6 1/2 back.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! For real.

  • RBI

    5 1/2 back! For real.

  • Big night for the rookie, huh? Good for him.

  • WBBsAs

    I wonder whether Taylor is an “impact player.”

  • WBBsAs
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