Game 126, 2016

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: ESPN, SPNLA, CSBA

Rich Hill is scheduled to make his first start for the Dodgers since his acquisition at the trade deadline three weeks ago. He’s had blister troubles, and if you wonder how those are treated in the big leagues, read on. Mike Petriello has some excellent analysis of Hill’s “stuff.”

Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA, all with Oakland before the trade. His opponent will be Johnny Cueto, who’s 14-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

Winning Game One of this series means even if the Giants come back and win the next two games the Dodgers are still in first place, albeit tied. I like that better than tied now after a loss.

Happy news from and for the Segedin family.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    OT – reacting to the Dylan Hernandez interview with Belt and more specifically to Dylan’s notion that the Dodgers are somehow “lucky” to be in first because of the giants’ second half swoon, luck runs both ways. http://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/17377501/the-giants-had-their-first-half-fortune-mlb This is an Insider piece which uses differences in OPS for and OPS against to arrive at the conclusion that the giants were lucky in the first half and have been unlucky in the second half and that these sorts of numbers tend to even out over the long course of a season. The giants, according to this formula, currently have about three wins more than they “should” have so they are actually lucky that they are not further behind.

    • WBBsAs

      The Gnats continue to play over their heads.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to Nats-O’s, so may be a little late joining tonight, but will be scoreboard watching!

  • WinnipegDave

    That, without a doubt, is the best blister related article I have ever read.

  • scooplew

    I would have started Toles over Reddick. Hope I am proven wrong, however.

  • Added another link to the description of Hill above.

  • WinnipegDave

    Am I dreaming or is Rich Hill actually pitching for the Dodgers tonight.
    He looked good on the first inning. Here’s hoping he can go 6 or – dare I say it – 7 innings tonight.
    Anyone know if he is on a pitch count on today’s game?

    • WBBsAs

      I think every Dodger starter is on a pitch count.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yah but you know what I mean. Coming back from injury maybe he will be limited to 80 pitches rather than 110. That’s what I’m asking about.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cueto also looked sharp in his first inning.

    • WBBsAs

      I wish I could see it.

  • Hill, so far so good.

    • WBBsAs

      I have no video, but Vin’s descriptions suggest the Gnats aren’t hitting anything very hard.

      • Pretty accurate.

      • RBI

        He is mixing pitches up in an interesting way.

  • RBI

    Cueto and Hill both pitching really well. Cueto is better, so far.

  • WBBsAs

    All of a sudden, there’s this grating voice that wasn’t there the first three innings.

    • RBI

      Sorry.

  • RBI

    Gnats not liking some of these calls. They are quick to find fault, methinks.

  • RBI

    Hill has a pretty effective breaking ball for a strike.

    • Read Petriello’s article above.

      • RBI

        Yup. I see what he’s talking about.

  • RBI

    JT!!!!

  • RBI

    First hit was a good ‘un.

  • HLKLA

    Just checking in before I call it a night. This looks to be the opposite of last nights game, but what you would expect with the two starting pitchers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just tuning in. Hill seems to be as advertised so far. Must be figgitying in the pen not quite knowing what to do with themselves at this point.

  • WinnipegDave

    Reddick meet the 8 spot. 8 spot, here is your new occupant.

    • RBI

      Ha! Good call.

  • WBBsAs

    HIlls’ efficiency is startling.

    • RBI

      So not used to this, since Kershaw hurt his back.

  • RBI

    Okay, top of the lineup, do your thing.

  • RBI

    Hill is done. Uh oh.

    • WinnipegDave

      Can’t believe Doc is pulling him already.
      And Baez is warming up…

      • RBI

        Maybe afraid of the blister reappearing?

        • WBBsAs

          Caution may be appropriate here.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yeah, its only a game against SF with the lead in the division razor thin. Wink, wink.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Our pen can usually handle the 7-9th. Need to coddle this fellow, who hasn’t pitched in a month.

  • RBI

    Let’s get Cueto out of the game as well.

  • RBI

    Dang. Just a fly ball out for AGon..

  • RBI

    I am suddenly nervous.

    More nervous, I should say.

  • RBI

    All right! Cueto gone as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok Reddick. You can turn this around. Help out your old A’s mate tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Uggh.

      • RBI

        And 11 is my lucky number.

        • WinnipegDave

          Solid pick for a lucky number. Not over done like 7.

          • RBI

            Birthday number, plus I loved being that age.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I thought the first rule was of ten.

          • WinnipegDave

            First (1) plus ten (10) = 11

          • RBI

            Clever. I’ll go with that.

  • RBI

    Pederson flailing tonight.

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      He is SO funny.

    • WinnipegDave

      And he followed it up by suggesting that if SF hits 10 balls to the warning track, they get a free sandwich!

  • RBI

    Why is Pagan so shifty-eyed?

    • WBBsAs

      He’s just sleazy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Vin remarked on his piercing gaze.

      • RBI

        He’s nicer than me.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He’s nicer than just about anyone.

  • RBI

    Dig deep, Blanton.

  • RBI

    Wow, that “swing” call was pretty close…

    • WBBsAs

      It was well-deserved, even though I didn’t see it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      About as close as it gets, but bat crossed in front of the plate.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big spot for our Grant. Oops,just a visit by Doc.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sandwiches for everyone!

    • WinnipegDave

      Nomm nomm nomm.

  • WinnipegDave

    Roberts with the big cheer when that ball was caught.

    • WBBsAs

      Was it a tough catch? (I’m blacked out tonight).

      • WinnipegDave

        Not tough but long. Reddick was basically right up against the wall.

      • RBI

        Not particularly, but warning track length. (See sandwich, below.)

  • RBI

    We need good Kenley here, please.

  • RBI

    Big out, that first one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey Bob. This game is a bit lower scoring than the one you saw. That one must have taken a while to play out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Went fairly fast for such a high score. It wasn’t as close as the final score, either.

  • RBI

    Bigger out, that second one.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was going to tease you that the second was bigger.
      Of course the third out… well it is like the three billy goats.

      • RBI

        And we got it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • RBI

    WOO-HOO!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    So, we end this series either 2 games up – OR 4!

  • WBBsAs

    Now for the sweep…

  • WinnipegDave

    Grant with another great recap of a SF loss: http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2016/8/24/12637358/giants-lose-dodgers-win
    Short, sweet and to the point.

  • RBI

    Hill was lights out, and leaving Blanton to get that last out in the 8th was the Dave Roberts move of the game, in my opinion.

  • RBI

    Roberts praising Hill right now.

    • WinnipegDave

      And Blanton too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow, what a debut for Hill! Up there with A-gon hitting an HR in his first Dodger AB.
    So far 1 & 1 with the Oakland deal (poor Josh!).

    Go, Dodgers — win for Vin!

  • Yee-haw!

  • HLKLA

    Loved Jon’s headline for Dodgers Insider.

  • HLKLA

    Missed most of the game. My wife had relatives visiting from California. I held my own with her cousin’s husband who is a nuclear physicist and manages the particle accelerator up near Stanford. My strategy was to let him talk and i would just nod my head. We did have one thing in common. He is thinking about retiring because the Dept. Of Energy ( their major source of funding) is constantly looking over his shoulder. I left teaching when they hired all these teachers who did nothing but come into your room and critique you rather than help you with the students who were struggling.. Stepping down from my soapbox now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love your strategy for keeping up with the nuclear physicist – smile more, talk less and nod lots.

  • WBBsAs

    Who woulda thunk that consistently throwing strikes to weak hitters would be a winning strategy?

  • NPUT