Game 94, 2016

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

The Dodgers ask Kenta Maeda (8-6, 2.95 ERA) to win the rubber match of the series. The last time he faced the D-Backs in Chase Field he was hit on the leg by a line drive off Paul Goldschmidt’s bat and had to leave the game. He’ll face Robbie Ray (4-8, 4.81 ERA). Ray is on a downslope; he’s lost three of his last four starts and hasn’t won since June 17. He has pitched reasonably well against the Dodgers in his career, putting up a 2.40 ERA in five career starts against them.

Not that we need to be reminded, but

Goldschmidt’s homer on Friday night was his 24th against the Dodgers since he debuted on Aug. 1, 2011. That’s 11 more than any other player against L.A. in that span. His 71 RBIs against the Dodgers are also the most in that stretch.

Lineup:

This will be Puig’s first start in center field since the last game of the 2014 season. In possibly related news, Joc Pederson is expected to make his final rehab start with OKC today and be reactivated for Tuesday’s game in DC.

137 thoughts on “Game 94, 2016

  1. Brisbee is the best, especially when the Gnats lose, but he is wrong about
    one thing: the balk-off was hysterically funny, and I’ve re-watched it
    several times. I’ll never tire of it.

  2. Following up on the Goldschmidt note, Joe Adcock of the Braves hit 13 homers against the Dodgers in only 17 games and 56 plate appearances in 1956.

    • It could have been worse, given that Maeda gave up four straight hits after one out. Let’s see what we can do against Ray.

      • Perhaps that’s a factor, but Ellis hardly hits regardless of the strike zone. He is heading for his second season in the last three below .200. Grandal doesn’t hit much for average, but he has some pop. All in all, if Lucroy is available for a reasonable price we should try to acquire him.

        • I agree, I’m only commenting that probably four of the strikes called with bases loaded were borderline, (three of them to AJ, plus the strike three call to Walters) leaning toward balls. Makes it harder.

  3. Pfui. When your pitcher is the only of the three guys up who manages to make contact after you load the bases you’re not likely to score.

  4. Being a Dodgers fan means you always are riding a roller coaster. So is that any different for fans of other clubs?

  5. We are getting hammered, but Maeda isn’t pitching as badly as the score indicates. Except for the first inning, he’s been pretty decent. (Although that curveball did stay up, I guess.)

  6. It has to be discouraging for a pitcher when the Dodger hitters are in the mode that they were in yesterday and are in again today.

  7. In his three ABs today, all strikeouts, Ellis has managed two foul balls. Barnes is hitting .296 at Oklahoma City.

  8. Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson and his arm problems are a major part of Jeff Passan’s new book, The Arm.

  9. Jackson only at 72 pitches (but has been relieving the past couple of years)

  10. Both the Dodgers and the giants are behind by 4 runs! (now if we had a couple more innings like they do…)

  11. Rats! Dodgers lose a game they should have won (yesterday) and lose a game they couldn’t steal (today). What a waste.

      • I hope it is cooler for you this year when they come to DC, than it was last year when we were out there. I also hope that they were able to fix the lights!

        • Ha! You have changed your handle, BfV. Looks like they will be steamers again this year.

  12. We’ll see Strasburg (versus Ryu on Weds), but no Scherzer against the Nats this week.

  13. Well the late rally makes me feel worse about today’s game (so close!) but better about the team in general.

    • If we end up behind the Giants by two games in the standings at the end of the year I’m gonna remember this series, not fondly. We could have picked up three games on them.

      • If the Dodgers pick up a game every three days, they’ll win the division by 15 games or so.

  14. From July 28 through August 25 the giants are really going to be tested with a stretch that includes 7 games with the Nats, Mets 4, Pitt 3, O’s 3, Fish 3, LA 3.

  15. Interesting rumor has Dodgers and Marlins interested in a minor league pitcher in Arizona’s system named Shelby Miller.