Game 96, 2016

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN-2

Bud Norris (5-7, 4.17 ERA) will make his fourth start for the Dodgers; he’s given up seven runs in 16 innings in the first three. He’ll face Gio Gonzalez (5-8, 4.70 ERA), whose July has been an improvement over his June; in his last start he went 5 2/3 innings against the Mets and gave up two runs, the fewest he’d allowed in any start since May.

Rumors have it the Dodgers are hunting a front-line pitcher like the Rays’ Chris Archer, now that Kershaw’s return is delayed, Ryu is back on the DL and Alex Wood’s elbow needed surgery which puts him out for eight weeks.

The team is obviously very highly-strung as we head down the stretch of the season:

Lineup:

  • dalegribel

    Both Taylor and Culberson better than one of them plus Utley, even though it’s vs. a lefty?

    • scooplew

      I was thinking the same thing, but I looked at the numbers:
      Utley in career: vs. lefties — .258, .361, 444. 805; vs. righties — .289, .365, .487, .852.
      This season: vs. lefties — .188, .220, .271, .491; vs. righties — .281, .369, .411, .780.
      Career vs. Gonzalez, a lefty — .150, .190, .150, .340 — 3 singles in 20 ABs, 1 BB, 2 K’s.

      • And obviously Seager’s stomach virus hasn’t subsided.

      • dalegribel

        That really lays it out doesn’t it? Thanks

        • scooplew

          I expect we will see Utley at some point in this game.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers hitting .289 in July, tops in the NL.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to the park!

    • WBBsAs

      Do you need to change trains to get to the park?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nope.

        • WBBsAs

          How long does it take (I haven’t been to DC in more than 20 years)?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Station to station 15-20 minutes.

  • John_from_Aus

    Even though we need another starter, I would be reluctant to let go of Puig to do it (but I’m not sure who else though)

    • scooplew

      That is a tough decision. He still has so much promise, but he has basically just been OK at the plate this season. Puig’s fielding and understanding of hitting the cutoff man have improved. He is not showboating. It we could get a solid starting pitcher and something else valuable, I’d probably make the trade.

      • The other thing is that he’s awfully inexpensive for his talent level.

        • Bob_Hendley

          With upside to boot.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We should use the well stock farm to do that at this point. Otherwise we would need another outfielder in any event.

  • scooplew

    Kendrick in July: .418/.491/.600/1.092

  • scooplew

    When the count went to 3-1 on Harper, that’s exactly what I thought would happen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep, very predictable.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s hardly the only pitcher to do so.

      • Bob_Hendley

        For that reason.

  • Ack! Kershaw may need surgery for his back!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ugh!

      • John_from_Aus

        not a great scenario

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guy behind me says that they are saying it’s within the realm of possibilities at this point.

    • WinnipegDave

      Does that change anyone’s thoughts here about trying to make (a) major trade(s)? Anyone wonder if they shouldn’t sell the farm (so to speak) to get a major player or two if Kershaw is out for the year? Wouldn’t it make more sense to hold on and wait til next year? Just a thought.

      • WinnipegDave

        Not saying to be sellers, but just maybe not all in buyers either.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need to get one run here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Gio might just walk everyone to get to Norris.

      • WBBsAs

        Nope.

        • WinnipegDave

          🙂

  • WBBsAs

    Almost like that hit he beat the Gnats with…

    • WinnipegDave

      Definitely take it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good inning. Lots of pitches by Gio and got one run.

  • WBBsAs

    Old friend Hanley homers off Gnatt Cain, and Sawx lead 3-0 in the third.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good job HanRam!

  • scooplew

    As far as I’m concerned the Kershaw situation casts a pall over everything and makes each game seem somewhat irrelevant. I will acknowledge that I am often a doom-and-gloom guy.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m not exactly Mr. Positive about the news either. So frustrating.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s cause for concern, but not yet desperation.

      • scooplew

        I will take your message to heart and try to keep the faith.

        • WBBsAs

          Faith is useless. Follow the evidence, which does not yet indicate a wheelchair in his (near) future.

          • WinnipegDave

            I disagree.

          • WBBsAs

            When you want to appear to be doing something, faith is the option.

          • scooplew

            When I remarked about keeping the faith, I forget to whom I was responding.

        • John_from_Aus

          also how many years have we had him generally injury free? we have been very fortunate. It would be worse if our record was something like 60-35 and we were have the best season ever and then he got injured

        • WinnipegDave

          Faith, hope and love – and the world’s your oyster. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems like a bit of an overreaction. How can games be irrelevant?

      • scooplew

        Overeaction? Perhaps. But if Kershaw does not return at all this season, or if he is out for a long period, I do not think we have any chance of reaching the post-season. So, the individual games would seem rather meaningless.

        • Bob_Hendley

          If one had reacted that way when he first went down they would have missed a lot of great baseball.

  • WBBsAs

    Daniel Murphy is no longer hitting 1.000!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Started in the playoffs against us an never stopped.

  • WBBsAs

    Hanley does it again, and the Sawx now lead the Gnats 8-0.

    • WinnipegDave

      So enjoyable!

  • WinnipegDave

    Norris has pitched good to strong tonight. Just the one blip in the first.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Quite a blip.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Oops now a couple more.

  • scooplew

    Giants have just put up a 5-spot in the 4th and are still hitting with none out. It is now 8-5 Red Sox.

    • WinnipegDave

      Whelp.

      And the Nats are now homer happy in this game.

      • scooplew

        Five homers at Fenway in 3+ innings.

  • RBI

    Don’t like the way the tides are turning, here or in Boston.

    • scooplew

      Isn’t that the truth.

  • scooplew

    The first seven batters for the Giants reached base in the 4th, five of them scoring, before Ross relieved Pomeranz and retired Pagan, Belt and Posey. Still 8-5 Red Sox. It is enjoyable to watch a game on TV from Fenway

    • John_from_Aus

      it may be enjoyable, but I’m going to get really cranky if they rally all the way from 8 down to win 🙂

      It was great to see a game live there many years ago

    • WBBsAs

      Watching the Gnats is gnever enjoyable, unless they’re getting walloped.

      • scooplew

        I appreciate the layout and idiosyncracies of Fenway regardless of who is playing. There is great atmosphere, both inside and outside the stadium. I have attended two games there, about 45 years apart. The first was in 1969 or 1970, the second two years ago. Even bought a Green Monster T-shirt there in 2014.

        • WBBsAs

          I went to a game there in the mid-1980s, got a free parking spot just outside the park, and a walk-up ticket.

          • Post-Broken Curse is a little different, from what I’ve read.

  • This is going down the tubes rather quickly.

  • John_from_Aus

    a steal of hope really tops it off

  • And now it’s a one-run game up north in Fenway.

  • WBBsAs

    This reminded me of the Dodgers pitching staff. pic.twitter.com/CpKxeP0qoR— Ned2point0 (@Ned2point0) July 21, 2016

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie now at 12, no?

    • WBBsAs

      Indeed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guy just made a pretty good catch of that dinger a couple rows behind me.

  • Bob_Hendley

    giants lost, so there is that.

  • WBBsAs

    Thoughtful of old friend Hanley to keep pouring it on.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Day game after a night game! I am beat (thank goodness I don’t have to play – though available to pinch hit as needed).

  • Bob_Hendley

    The Harper 451 ft dinger was the biggest one I have ever witnessed since Adam Dunn hit one off of Clayton 460 ft to the same area (actually hit two three-run homers off of Kershaw that day in 2010).

  • WBBsAs

    I wonder when Link will wake up and realize the starting time of today’s game?

    • Ahem. I wrote and scheduled the post for this morning’s game last night.

  • WBBsAs

    Hatcher moved to the 60-day DL, essentially ending his season.

  • WBBsAs

    Good start, thanks to AGon and Turner!

  • WBBsAs

    Turner owns Strasburg!