Game 98, 2016

Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-M

Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.69 ERA) has come back from TJ surgery much more strongly than I expected. Tonight he’s up against Michael Wacha (5-7, 4.45 ERA), whose 2016 season has been disappointing after his outstanding 2015 one.

JT is having much too much fun with Animal, who thinks the Dodgers need a drummer:

Video deleted as it kept restarting randomly.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin was very animated at third base yesterday, chatting up the ump and 3rd base coach between pitches.

    • WBBsAs

      And he got moved up in the order today…

      • Bob_Hendley

        Back to his usual slot.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal and Seager back in the lineup, Puig listed as a substitute:

    Seager back at SS. pic.twitter.com/fdO5iRGuUG— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 22, 2016

    • Shouldn’t that push-pin be Blue?

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s St Louie Jake.

        • scooplew

          How did you get the picture? Are they posted somewhere (besides the dugout)?

  • WBBsAs

    Yanquis making BadGums work hard, but leaving too many on base, lead Gnats 2-0 after two.

  • HLKLA

    Hey, I can watch this one on FS-MW. Though it is tough to listen to Cardinal announcers.

    • WBBsAs

      Could be worse. It could be Gnatcasters. Or even Steiner, for that matter.

    • WBBsAs

      Where in the Midwest are you?

      • HLKLA

        Iowa.

  • Is the JT/Animal video restarting for you guys whether it’s clicked or not? This is strange.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Worked fine for me.

      • Oh, me too. But it kept restarting every ten minutes or so. I just deleted it.

  • HLKLA

    This inning has promise.

    • HLKLA

      Or not.

      • scooplew

        Promise fulfilled, but for the wrong team.

  • WBBsAs

    Busted Poseur has come out of game in New York, in early innings.

  • HLKLA

    Walks and sloppy outfield play do not mix well.

    • WBBsAs

      First inning all year that McCarthy has struggled at all.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats scoreless through six, and will now face to face Yanquis’ brutally efficient bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers hitting Wacha but not much to show for it.

  • WinnipegDave

    The linescore of:
    1 run 6 hits 1 error vs 2 runs 1 hit 0 errors
    just doesn’t look right.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Dodgers! Time to score some more runs.

  • WBBsAs

    According to reports, the Busted Poseur left the Gnats’ game with a busted foot. How seriously busted not yet clear.

  • A-Gon is not having a good power year. He’s averaged 28 HRs per season throughout his career; he’s got seven in 93 games this season. His RBI total is a little below halfway to his average 103 per season.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s a big loss for the team this year. It’s also why I hope Bellinger is not included in any potential trade. I would rather trade JDL even though I think he will be a very good pitcher.

      • WBBsAs

        I don’t think Bellinger’s going anywhere. He’s the obvious replacement for AGon when the latter’s contract expires.

      • Who’s JDL?

        • WBBsAs

          José de León, and I hope he’s not getting traded.

          • Right. I went to Jon’s blog and found him.

          • WinnipegDave

            If forced to choose would you rather trade Bellinger or JDL? My thought is the team’s best first base minor leaguer is more valuable than one of many starting pitchers.

          • WBBsAs

            Somebody else. The farm is deep.

          • WinnipegDave

            Nope – Cleveland or Tampa or some team asks for at least one. So you now forfeit a trade for a front line starting pitcher.

      • I remember thinking Greg Brock would do fine as Garvey’s replacement.

        • HLKLA

          You and a lot of other people.

        • WBBsAs

          I never thought that. Bellinger looks much more talented.

  • HLKLA

    Howie!

    • WinnipegDave

      Man I go for one quick bathroom break and I miss all the action!

      • WinnipegDave

        Sorry if that is tmi.

  • HLKLA

    Pederson had a pathetic at bat!

    • WBBsAs

      …but SVS had a fine one.

  • WBBsAs

    Yanqui pen melts down v. mediocre Gnatbats, tied in bottom of eighth.

    • Yanks go up 3-2 on groundout/error by Crawford.

  • HLKLA

    Two more left on. There is a pattern here.

    • WinnipegDave

      And still more LOB. I don’t know how a team can really work on something like this. Simple to say get more hits. Certainly don’t want less. Part of the problem is Dodgers lack of speed on the bases. Very station to station, not many stolen bases or going first to third it seems like.

      • WinnipegDave

        That and sequencing. Home run, single, ground rule double leaves more runners and results in less runs than ground rule double, single, home run. The Dodger’s sequencing has been astoundingly unfortunate in this game and the one against Arizona.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s actually more about hitting RISP. They hit better in those situations than average, but the spread is only average within the NL.

        • WinnipegDave

          True.

  • HLKLA

    Seager is 4/4.

    • And now replaced on the bases by the slow guy.

    • WBBsAs

      And won 300 games.

  • HLKLA

    McCarthy coming out due to injury.

    • WinnipegDave

      Likely cramping but still frustrating.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t say elbow please.

      • Elbow, you mean?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep. No eyes or ears on this one. Gameday on mute at dinner party.

          • RBI

            Mild leg cramps, playing it safe.

  • WinnipegDave

    At least the Giants lost.

    • We’re tied here, not losing by six. 😉

    • Bob_Hendley

      Have they won since ASG?

  • RBI

    Dang. Thought JT might get that.

  • HLKLA

    Wow!

  • This line score — Dodgers 11 hits, Cardinals 3?

  • HLKLA

    Cardinals do the “Full Dodger.”

  • scooplew

    Liberatore should be honored as baseball’s best unknown player. He has been unscored upon in 41 of his 42 appearances this season, including 28 in a row.

  • WinnipegDave

    Really need to score in the top of the ninth.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT. Thank you!

  • HLKLA

    JT!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go for their seventh straight tomorrow.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bring it home Kenley!

  • HLKLA

    Rats!

  • WinnipegDave

    Crickey! Oh no.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dang!

  • RBI

    Arggghhh!

  • RBI

    Bad pitch.

    • scooplew

      First pitch fastball?

  • scooplew

    Pederson is overdue to hit one out.

  • HLKLA

    Seriously? A Rule 5 pitcher strikes out two and shuts us down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Must show some promise, otherwise the Cards wouldn’t be trying to carry him on 25 man for the season on a team that rates 5th best for ERA+ in the NL.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Turnabout is fair play. Our journeyman just called up shuts them down for two innings (StL rated second in NL in OPS+)

  • John_from_Aus

    Why couldn’t Gyorko do that last time

  • WinnipegDave

    Once again I say – time to score Dodgers. Let’s do this.

  • WBBsAs

    Impressive outing by Dayton.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes indeed.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice. Lead off walk.

  • WinnipegDave

    Up to the hamstrunged Puig now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice, StL fans booing Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez – don’t scare me like that.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or should I say Steiner?

  • WBBsAs

    Very fine play by SVS.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is like waiting for Godot.

    • WBBsAs

      Oh, hi there, Godot, how’s the family?

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s have a replay of the first inning right here right now.

  • WinnipegDave

    So is Howell going to be the long man tonight? Or will it be Avilan?

  • RBI

    I’m leaving at the crack of dawn. Let’s win this thing, Dodgers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Austin doing his best.

      • John_from_Aus

        its a very respectable 3 pm here

        • RBI

          Advantage. Australia.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • John_from_Aus

    and so it continues

    • WinnipegDave

      This feels like it is not going to end. Well.

      • RBI

        I know…

  • John_from_Aus

    uh oh

    • WinnipegDave

      And Norris had him struck out.

  • RBI

    Wow. What a terrible call on that Norris pitch. Might be our demise.

  • John_from_Aus

    Double Play!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice DP!

  • WinnipegDave

    The funny thing is I was just thinking of this game earlier today. I recall listening to Vin while washing a boat load of dishes. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN200907290.shtml

  • RBI

    Happy birthday, Nomar!

  • WinnipegDave

    Stop swinging at the first pitch! It’s not working.

    • RBI

      Everybody vewwy tiwrd.

  • RBI

    I’ll bet Kenley feels awful about this.

  • WinnipegDave

    There are only two ways I will be satisfied with this game: the Dodgers win (obviously) or it sets a record for longest game.

    • RBI

      Don’t say that!

      • WinnipegDave

        Doesn’t matter now.

  • RBI

    Well, phooey.

  • John_from_Aus

    very unsatisfied

  • WinnipegDave

    I don’t really care for the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • WBBsAs

      Birds, at least, eat Gnats.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes!

  • WinnipegDave

    3 back seemed so reasonable, so close several hours ago.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is where Jon was so good. Tapping into his emotions to help us deal with ours. I hope he has something good at Dodger Insider about this tomorrow (later today).

  • John_from_Aus

    see you all next time

  • I saw the ending. It’s a fine pass when you have to ask a guy who threw 90 pitches only two days ago to save your bacon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I bailed out in the 14th, but dreamed that the Dodger won.

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