Game 127, 2016

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CS-BA

The Dodgers send rookie RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04 ERA) out to face the Giants for the first time since his MLB debut when he pitched 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball on April 8 of this year.

Moore (7-10, 4.18 ERA) was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline last month. He’s made four starts, walked 22, struck out 17 and posted a 4.70 ERA in 23 innings for them since then.

A-Gon is on a 17-game hitting streak. Utley has a sore foot and may be replaced by Kendrick at 2B. Howie is 6-14 with a double against Moore over his career.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I expect that, v. a LHP, Utley would probably get the day off anyway. He did against BadGums on Tuesday.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably, if only to have an excuse to get him out and make him rest his foot. Moore, however, isn’t the sort of lefty that has big splits, like Bum.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      That did not just happen. So crazy.

      • RBI

        This trade makes me want to cry. I love AJ so much. I want him back! Wahhhh. (If we go all the way, does he share in the spoils?)

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          RBI, I believe the players vote who all get what % of a share . . . and I’m sure they will include him!

          AJ is quoted as saying “but that’s gone in a blink of the eye, without a chance to feel finality to it, and it rips your heart out,” — never played MLB, but I’ve had relationships like that!

          Agree with what’s said above — he was a class act and it’s a shame, but I think the move bolsters the team.

          • HLKLA

            Was it not AJ that was quoted about the Dodger post season share only amounting to $11.00 per player because of the number of players they have had to use?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Certainly not an elegant way to ease out the beloved AJ, and for Ruiz the nemesis of all people! But, great trade.

  • I sure hope Clayton’s not too upset about AJ’s trade to Philly.

    • WBBsAs

      The real pity is that A.J. had to back up mediocre veterans during his prime. That’s not to suggest that he would have been an All-Star, but certainly an upgrade on washouts like Barajas. That’s the fault of the McCourt regime.

      I expect that A.J. would have been gone in the off-season anyway – Barnes is the logical backup to Grandal, though Ruiz could be more valuable in the short term. After his playing career is over, I expect A.J. returns to the Dodgers in some capacity.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s almost a wonder if AJ just thought about retiring instead of doing the trade.

        • Bob_Hendley

          If he had, might not be welcoming arms for him to return to the Dodgers in the future.

  • WBBsAs

    The post-A.J. era has begun, and Segedin’s had enough of changing diapers already: https://twitter.com/alannarizzo/status/768953295918342144

  • Bumsrap

    Thursday 8/25 10:10pm
    Ross Stripling (R)
    vs. Giants – Matt Moore (L)
    1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
    2. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
    3. Corey Seager (L) SS
    4. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    7. Rob Segedin (R) RF
    8. Ross Stripling (R) P
    9. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B

    • WBBsAs

      Culberson’s now hitting ninth?

  • Bumsrap

    Might as well bring Puig back. Just going with best players without regard to intangibles.

    • WBBsAs

      I want to see Puig back when rosters expand.

  • HLKLA

    I was hoping AJ could just finish out the year as a Dodger and retire. I really liked the guy. I hope he comes back to the organization this winter as a coach.

  • WBBsAs

    From Dustin Nosler on Dodgers Digest: “My brain likes this trade (borderline loves it). My heart hates it.”

  • WBBsAs

    Pretty easy first for Stripling.

  • WBBsAs

    So long as he cheers when the Dodgers blank the Gnats, it’s all OK.

  • RBI

    Not looking like our A team offensively.

  • RBI

    Bah!

  • RBI

    Double bah!

  • RBI

    Mama not happy tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      I had forgotten that line from earlier. Which is kinda good cause I guess it means you haven’t said it recently.
      But ya not happy tonight. I get it.

      • RBI

        I get very attached to players. And as the Buddha said, attachment leads to suffering.

  • WBBsAs

    Flash-in-the-Panik briefly regains previous form.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seems like your luck from earlier in the season is coming back to haunt you. Dodgers need to metaphorically roll an 11 to get back in this one. Or at least get a hit.

    • RBI

      I’m already grumpy, but a come from behind win would definitely help.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s weird. I’m sitting at home watching the game, listening to Vin and am not enjoying it. And it is only partly because of the game. Mostly stunned and saddened about AJ. Hmmph I’m angry with the FO to be honest.

        • RBI

          Yes, me, too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Do the Dodger batters have an early reservation after the game somewhere ?

    • RBI

      I think they are sad, like me.

    • RBI

      See? That error from JT? AJ fallout. Okay, I’ll stop now. Violating some rule or other.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Vent — much safer than road rage . . . especially on the LA freeways!

  • WinnipegDave

    Suddenly, winning 1-0 yesterday is more troubling. Feels like the beginning of a power outage for the Dodger offence. Right before they transition from playing the worst team in baseball* to the best**.

    *Arbitrary end points
    **Also arbitrary end points.

    • RBI

      Cueto had a lot to do with yesterday.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very true.

        Tooting my own horn here, but I gave myself a slight smile by labelling SF the worst team in baseball. Made me feel better for a brief moment.

        • RBI

          Ah. I missed that. Well played.

        • WBBsAs

          They are the worst, if not necessarily in the standings.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Followed by a lefty, which normally gives them fits.

        • RBI

          Worse than fits tonight. Interesting fits.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Only got 4 hits and 1 run off of him last time. AJ got his SB in that game.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is a stupid game tonight. Just stupid. Stupid.

    Yes I am 4 years old and know but don’t care that it’s not nice to say the word stupid.

    • RBI

      Now you made ME feel better.

    • WBBsAs

      No, it’s just tedious, to this point.

      • WinnipegDave

        Nope pretty sure it’s stupid. For example, JT and his normally fine fielding – decides not to catch a soft liner, let’s it bounce instead, tries to make a bare handed play and messes up. Which eventually allows SF to score another run.

        • WinnipegDave

          And ps WBBsAs – it’s a losing game trying to correct an obstinate 4 year old. You have logical reasoning on your side, but 4 year old are immune to that line of thinking.

  • RBI

    Gnats fan just got escorted out for flipping everybody off. A She. And a shrieker.

    • WinnipegDave

      More excitement in the stands than on the field.

      • WinnipegDave

        And hopefully a turning point for the game.

  • RBI

    We. Need. A. Hit.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A bit more than that, actually.

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree. I’m currently much more obsessed over the middle zero than the first one in the runs, hits, errors line score.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Making him work a bit.

  • RBI

    We are rapidly approaching insult-to-injury territory.

    • WinnipegDave

      We are also rapidly moving further away from 18 runs and 21 hits that happened on Monday.

      • RBI

        What a crazy game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodger bats and batters clearly staging a one day protest over the AJ trade.

    Oh goodness, I certainly hope it’s only one day…

    • RBI

      Not going to be easy tomorrow either.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Entering the Sterling zone.

  • WinnipegDave

    Make the pitch count rise with lots of foul balls!

    • RBI

      And so they did!

  • Bob_Hendley

    He won’t pitch the ninth, so might as well pull him.

    • RBI

      You don’t think so?

      • WinnipegDave

        Best chance to keep this game interesting is to bring in a reliever. However, I hope they don’t pull him.

        • RBI

          He’s up to bat.

      • Bob_Hendley

        At this rate it might take 130 pitches to get through the 9th. Seems like a lot to ask.

        • RBI

          Bochy’s asking.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Don’t think, however, that he will allow him to make 20 more pitches like he did last inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Any mixed emotions RBI? Have you ever seen a full interesting game live?

    • RBI

      No. But I can’t see him doing it tonight. And if he does, well, ask me then.

    • RBI

      Actually, I would like him to walk three, and then we get a GS. Too much to ask?

      • WinnipegDave

        Not. At. All.

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost would have laughed if Moore had to run the bases this inning. Of course that might have been easier for him than sitting by himself in the dugout.

  • RBI

    Here we go…

  • WinnipegDave

    Could come down to Seager.

  • RBI

    Wow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sad face emoji.

  • RBI

    Cray cray.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love it!

      • WinnipegDave

        Now let’s win it, he says very optimistically.

  • RBI

    I liked that ending

    • WinnipegDave

      Now I don’t have to ask you about mixed emotions.

  • WBBsAs

    Now for a blown save, and a stunning Dodger victory.

  • RBI

    What a weird game, and night.

  • WBBsAs

    It was, in the end, a tedious game – but it could have been worse.

    • WinnipegDave

      Attaboy, WBBsAs. You tell ’em.

  • Jeepers. I turned back to the game just in time to see Seager’s bloop. I had no idea it was the only hit the Dodgers got all game.

  • HLKLA

    I crawled out from under the earth’s crust this morning to see how we did and I guess not so well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What a gut wrenching day. Wow! The fans and team dealing on our side with the loss of the beloved AJ. Bochy winning with a mid-season acquired pitcher finally showing his stuff after 4 less than stellar starts, but agonizing over leaving him out there to eventually throw 30% more pitches than he is used to with his reconstructed arm. Did I mention that Stripling, he of the 7.1 innings no-no against these very giants, on the mound for the Dodgers? The Dodgers not doing Bochy or Moore any favors by running up the pitch count and waiting until the last possible at bat to dash the hopes for the no-no with Seager, on his bobblehead night, flaring a single. The giants win (giants win, giants win…), but we won the battle?

    • Bob_Hendley

      BP on Bochy’s decision to let Moore try to grab a piece of history. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=30216

      • HLKLA

        It was a tough choice. I think the Dodgers did the right things when the same situation occurred with Stripling on the mound earlier this year.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Stripling was an easier call, given the score and obviously being out of gas. Moore’s effectiveness was declining, but they had a four run lead, so more margin to keep him in.

      • WBBsAs

        Potentially foolish call on Bochy’s part. We’ll see it Moore’s UCL lasts the rest of the season.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ethier went 2-4 in his rehab debut for Cucamonga.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hard to fathom that he missed April – Aug and may be able to return for September. Seemed for so long like he wasn’t going to play at all this year.

      • WBBsAs

        I figured he was done for the year. Yet another LH bat.

  • RBI

    I woke up this morning still sad about AJ, but also mad. The FO could have handled this so much better. No opportunity for fans to say thank you to AJ, no opportunity for the players to process before facing their toughest rivals. There must be a better way. Why not at least wait until after the Giants/Dodgers series to make the trade? I realize we are facing two more lefties this weekend, but does that truly supersede any consideration of AJ’s, Kersh’s, the team’s and the fans’ feelings? I guess we shall see.

    • WBBsAs
      • RBI

        Interesting. I wonder if they will play him more than we did? But I think he would have rather stayed where he was, and seen where this year took us. Certainly, I would have preferred that. Let’s hope the FO doesn’t rue the day. Like Joni says, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t what what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?…”

        • Bob_Hendley

          Much more likely to rue the day if they had not gotten Ruiz when they had a chance.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I blame Grandal for his surge that has made him a key offensive player at this point,magnifying the drop off when Ellis started. Indeed, Doc has gone more and more to Yas, even against lefthanders, and he has responded. Problem is that he is getting too much work at this point, AJ has only started nine games since the ASG because of Doc’s reluctance in using him. Along with being overworked, the risk of injury to Grandal and not having a real fallback must have been in the FO’s mind when they accepted to let AJ go to pick up Ruiz.

  • RBI

    Any opinions on whether or not the FO will consider bringing Puig back up? I hear he’s hitting the cover off the ball.

    • WBBsAs

      I think it makes sense. Even if they do want to dump him, leaving him off the September callups would lower his trade value.

      • RBI

        Agree.

      • HLKLA

        They have to call him up if they are serious about winning.

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