Game 120, 2016

Dodgers at Phillies, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-P

The Dodgers go for a series sweep with rookie RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.07 ERA). He’ll face RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.82 ERA), who’s like Dodgers’ pitchers in that he gets in trouble in the sixth inning when the opposing batters get their third look at him. His ERA for that inning this year is 12.71. Stripling has, this season, shown himself to be better in a long relief role; he’s made three long-relief appearances in July, posting a 1.54 ERA over 11 2/3 innings. Over his 10 starts this season, Stripling has a 4.61 ERA.

A.J. Ellis writes a column for ESPN about Vin Scully.

Pitching notes from Jon Weisman. Highlights/lowlights: Kershaw may throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and Ryu is not expected to pitch again this season.

Lineup when available.

61 thoughts on “Game 120, 2016

  1. I’m on board with Stripling in the rotation. Of all the rookie starters (including Urías), he’s looked the best prepared, and most poised.

  2. Can’t figure out why Roberts keeps batting Reddick cleanup. Wouldn’t Pederson or Gonzalez be a better choice?

    • Reddick has also batted second. He’s been hitting the ball well, but they’ve not been falling in.

      • Yeah, True Blue says that despite maintaining a line drive rate of 27%, his babip has dipped to .205 down from .297 with the A’s, so bad luck involved. Jon also posted on this.

    • Ha! With Justin Turner cleaning things up maybe Doc thinks that he needs an additional lead off guy.

  3. Utley 2B
    Seager SS
    Turner 3B
    Reddick RF — .170/.228/.189/.417 — no homers, no RBIs in 13 games
    Gonzalez 1B
    Grandal C
    Pederson CF
    Kendrick LF
    Stripling P

  4. If the Dodgers and Phillies have any love of (almost) mathematical progression then it would be great if the final scores in the series went from 15-5 to 7-2 to 3-1.

  5. Once Seager got to second, it looks like they did not want to throw a good pitch to Turner.

  6. Borderline calls going against the Dodgers and for the Phillies the last few innings.

  7. Dayton doing well in his appearances, but guess that he will be sent down for Libby.

  8. That error by Utley looms large. It cost only one run, but that might be all it takes.

  9. That was played poorly by Turner and very poorly by Seager. Looked like he was just jogging after that ball.

    • DeGrom allows a leadoff double, but then K’s Pagán and Belt, then Busted Poseur grounds out.

      I expect Mets are likelier to score off BadGums than Gnats are to score off DeGrom.

      That said, Mets have a pretty unimpressive lineup.

  10. So to recap. What started out as a typical Dodger win turned into a Giants type loss.
    Of course, any loss is a Giant type of loss.