Game 99, 2016

Dodgers at Cardinals, 4:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-M

Kenta Maeda (8-7, 3.25 ERA) tries to bounce back from a poor start his last time out against the D-Backs in which he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’ll face Mike Leake (7-7, 4.00 ERA), who has won his last two starts.

Also: “Dodgers have recalled RHP Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Grant Dayton to OKC.”

Lineup when available.

  • WinnipegDave

    This has been a very up and down road trip but still a chance to finish it 5-4 if we win today and tomorrow. But really, could have been at 5 wins already.

  • scooplew

    Pitches thrown in last three games:
    Norris — 113 (90 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, 23 on Friday)
    McCarthy — 85 (0, 0, 85)
    Urias — 77 (0, 77, 0) — now at OKC
    Blanton — 48 (0, 32, 16)
    Howell — 38 (20, 5, 13)
    Coleman — 36 (12, 14, 20)
    Jansen — 35 (0, 21, 14)
    Avilan — 33 (27, 6, 0)
    Baez — 32 (0, 23, 9)
    Dayton — 32 (0, 0, 32) — MLB debut yesterday; had last pitched 7-18 for OKC
    Liberatore — 24 (0. 12. 12)
    Maeda — 0 (starts today)
    Kazmir — 0 (starts tomorrow)

    • Lotta hard work by both the bullpen and you. Maeda, throw a complete game today!

      • scooplew

        Thanks. It would be great if the only number that had to be added today was Maeda’s in a complete-game.

  • WBBsAs

    Yanquis making Cueto work hard, but nothing to show for it yet. Crawford makes his fourth error in 12 innings.

  • 1st & 3rd nobody out. Come on Dodgers, get at least one run out of this.

  • Well, that’s a start. Keep it up, offense.

  • WBBsAs

    The ’65 Dodgers are back!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another dinner party so following under the table and saw the 4 runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess the Dodgers worked on hitting with RISP since last night!

  • WBBsAs

    Toles looks like a real find!

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda doing his part so far. 42 pitches through 4 innings is great!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love the pitch count. The dinger, not so much.

  • Heard this earlier from Monday or Steiner. The record between these teams since they first met in 1890 is Dodgers 1,020 – Cardinals 1,019.

    • WBBsAs

      Don’t believe a word Steiner says.

      • WinnipegDave

        Except,of course, when it is the truth.

        • WBBsAs

          For Steiner, “mistake” and “truth” are synonyms.

          • WinnipegDave

            So you are comparing him to what – a 7 year old boy?!

          • WBBsAs

            In terms of his judgement, yes.

    • WinnipegDave

      So we are winning!

  • 20-something pitches in that inning. It’s like Maeda runs out of gas or fine tuning or something in the fifth inning, every game. He averages 5 2/3 innings per game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gonzo!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ll join the Toles fan club today as well.

    • WBBsAs

      Impressive in small sample size.

  • WinnipegDave

    Giants won. Losing streak snapped at 6.

    • WBBsAs

      No, the Yanquis lost.

      • WinnipegDave

        You had me scratching my head for a second! Crazy mind tricks. ­čÖé

      • WinnipegDave

        Well, admittedly I almost always like when the NYY lose.

  • WBBsAs

    A glass of Pinot Grigio, followed by a glass of Pinot Noir.

  • Get somebody up in the bullpen right now, Roberts. Maeda has hit his ending point again.

    He’s got to work on conditioning in the offseason; he’s got to be able to go longer than five innings. I wonder if it’s a result of the once-a-week game schedule Japanese pitchers typically keep to.

  • WinnipegDave

    Do you think the Dodgers brought up Stripling to start or for long relief? Might need to throw him in today if Maeda continues to struggle in this inning.

    • I think he’s a long-relief stopgap like Dayton was.

      • WBBsAs

        Dayton’s a bit old – 28 – but he’s been really impressive in the minors, striking out nearly half the batters he’s faced. Could be a late bloomer.

        • HLKLA

          I would like to see them bring him back up in the near future.

          • WBBsAs

            He’ll almost certainly be back in September, perhaps earlier.

  • Okay, Avilan, stop this in the bud. And Maeda goes his customary 5 2/3 innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      So frustrating. 50 pitches in the last 1 2/3 innings. 50!

    • HLKLA

      Done!

  • WinnipegDave

    Imaging that the players traded in return are very similar, would people rather have Archer or Sale?

    • HLKLA

      Sales seems like a head case, so I would pass on him.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes. Today’s stunt was a bit out there for sure.

        • I’ve always thought the throwback unis are kinda fun and I’d enjoy wearing them (presumably they’re no longer flannel) a few times a year.

          • WBBsAs

            All the pullover jerseys ever should be shredded (or, alternatively, recycled as diapers).

  • HLKLA

    Okay late to the party, but at least we have scored some runs today!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice work Avilan.

  • Howie’s average is up to .272. That’s amazing considering where he was a few weeks ago.

  • Off to the lettuce store. Back in a while.

    • WBBsAs

      You have a specialist lettuce store in Hawai’i?

      • Not that I know of, but I need lettuce for taco salad, so I was headed for Safeway.

        • WinnipegDave

          We had taco salad as well tonight. Of course that was 3 hours ago.

          • I’m sure it was good!

          • WinnipegDave

            It was good. I’m no chef, but I can put together an edible taco salad.

          • Ours was too, even though I cheated with pre-grated cheese, grape tomatoes, pre-formed corn chips out of a bag and McCormick taco seasoning. I diced my own onions, though!

          • WBBsAs

            Authentic Canadian cuisine!

  • HLKLA

    See Jansen. It can be done.

    • WinnipegDave

      Zing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How quickly they turn.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    I hope Stripling goes two for us.

  • HLKLA

    Cardinal announcers discussing Stripling’s game where he did not give up a hit against them but was taken out. They suggested that since he was going to comeout anyway, he should have grooved a pitch to a hitter.

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Yahoo! Lettuce and coffee purchased, game won!

  • I think everyone was worried about Tropical Storm Darby and so held off on shopping; now that the thing has been downgraded to “ordinary” they all came out to Safeway. What a crowd! Every register full, and they weren’t buying storm prep stuff, but meat and veg instead.

    • HLKLA

      That happens here right before a big snowstorm hits us!

  • WBBsAs

    Nice to have a low-drama game for a change.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed. Even though Maeda didn’t help the pen too much, it felt less stressful all around.

  • HLKLA

    According to our local news last night, Chris Sale cut up the Whitesox throw back uniforms, making them unwearable. Where was Sale and his scissors when the Astros had those bizarre uniforms in the 70’s?

  • WBBsAs

    Gnice to see the Gnats regain their form in Gnew York.

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