Game 144, 2016

Dodgers at Yankees, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, YES, MLBN (free game, out-of-market only)

Youth versus experience is the feature here in a battle of lefties. The Dodgers send out just-turned-twenty Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA) to face the Yankees’ forty-something C.C. Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA). “Sabathia was already pitching in the Major Leagues when Urias was 4 years old.” The Yankee pitcher has made 479 starts in his career but only two of them against the Dodgers, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. Urias made his first big league start in Queens against the Mets in May, so he’s pitched in the big town before.

Lineup when available.

Kendrick at 3B, Puig in LF, Kiké in CF, Segedin in RF. Let’s shake things up!

  • WinnipegDave

    Love to see Urias get the win. Could be his last start of the year.

  • WBBsAs

    ITFDB!

  • WBBsAs

    I forget who might have asked yesterday, but https://twitter.com/BillShaikin/status/775805535845097473

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was asking if that final regular-season game would be a 9-inning simulcast . . . that answer is even more important with this sad news.

      • WinnipegDave

        So sad. I really enjoyed the idea of not knowing how many more games Vin had left. That it was dependent on how deep the Dodgers went into the playoffs.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Ditto.
          But not “jinx!”
          I guess he likes the idea that it’s Dodgers/Giants for the finale.

          • WinnipegDave

            It kinda sorta ruins the whole “Win for Vin” idea. Certainly the “Win with Vin” is out the window.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Excellent point.

    • Bumsrap

      From Jon Wiseman:

      the significance of his final day, October 2.

      … He then connected the day he was walking home from school and heard about a World Series game that cemented him as a baseball fan (a Giants fan at the time, to be honest) and changed his life.

      “That little boy saw that World Series linescore — October 2, 1936,” Scully said. “My last game, my wonderful last game after 67 years with the ballclub, will be against the San Francisco Giants. It will be October the 2nd, 2016. Exactly 80 years from when that little kid saw that Giants score.” …

  • Bob_Hendley

    IIRC Jim Gentile used to wear a pad on his back because of his backswing.

  • scooplew

    Puig hurting during that at bat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like how Julio came back on Sanchez after falling behind 3-0.

    • WinnipegDave

      Some good low strikes called by the Ump on on pitches 4 and 5.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    We were 180 feet away from being up 2-0.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Julio threw a strike to first (but not to home).

    • WBBsAs

      Julito appears to have better (or at least quicker) move than Kershaw.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Last year Jose Quintana threw about two games to first with 189 pickoff attempts. he got one. Klayton threw over 127 times and nabbed 4.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Old friend U-less was very efficient at 5% (80 throws 4 pickoffs) Klayton was at 3.2%

  • scooplew

    Back in our strikeout mode.

  • WinnipegDave

    C.C. Is not as advertised. I thought he was supposed to be a home run producing pitcher.

    • At the plate.

      • WBBsAs

        I think it’s been a long time since his last one.

        • Bob_Hendley

          2008, when he had 2 in 53 PA (only 3 total in his career, however).

    • Bob_Hendley

      He is not the worst on the Yanks, with three of the other five starters having higher dinger rates.

  • WinnipegDave

    Urias not quite as sharp and not quite as lucky as sometimes. Not a good combo.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice K by Urias.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good show Julio!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m guessing Urias won’t get a chance to win this – both because of the score and likely not going a full 5 innings.

    • If that happens I can hear Roberts muttering “another ‘lift the pitcher early’ decision. I didn’t sign up for all of these things.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Should have another inning in him (when he gets out of this mess)

      • WinnipegDave

        There is no way Roberts let’s him go a full 5.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not even out of the 4th.

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder if the 11 days between starts has left him rusty.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He seems fine (what are you seeing?)

      • WinnipegDave

        He is not sharp on his pitches. Lots of deep counts on batters like his first few starts of the year. Of late he had gone much deeper into games than 3 and 2/3 on 80 pitches.

      • Coleman in in relief.

      • WinnipegDave

        You thought he was as good tonight as his last 5 or so starts?

        • Bob_Hendley

          He seemed fine to me. Very few balls hit hard.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s true about the soft contact. And he was the victim of some well placed bloop shots. However, I thought he wasn’t finishing batters and was all over the strike zone. But scoreless outing none the less!

      • WBBsAs

        He was definitely not sharp, unable to put away mediocre hitters like Headley.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, that settles that.

  • Phew!

  • WinnipegDave

    At least we kept NY scoreless.

  • WinnipegDave

    How are the Dodgers ever going to win a potential playoff series if they are stacked up against left handed pitching?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lefties are a challenge, but few teams among the contenders have more than one southpaw starter, so “stacked up” seems a stretch.

      • WinnipegDave

        Helpful. Very helpful.

        • scooplew

          I hope Hendley has it nailed.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha! Concerned as well, just thought that “stacked up” didn’t really describe the challenge.

      • WBBsAs

        However, LH relievers could be a serious issue, even if there’s only one Chapman (whose handedness appears pretty irrelevant).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yeah, no one hits Chapman. The Cubbies probably have the most formidable stack of lefties to throw at us among the NL contenders. Along with Chapman they have Lester, Montgomery and Wood.

          • WBBsAs

            I can remember when the Dodgers lacked LH bats, and went out and got Shawn Green.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope for a shutout and play for the tie.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No pressure on Dodger starters!
        “Good news — you’re starting tomorrow! Bad news — they’re throwing a lefty at us.”

  • WinnipegDave

    Ross Stripling coming in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well if Urias is done for the season, congrats to him on a fine opening act.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perhaps a Dodger rookie can still pick up the win tonight.

  • scooplew

    Our batters seem to be move between meek and mighty, but we are four games up.

    • WBBsAs

      Meekest v. LHPs.

      • John_from_Aus

        worse batting average and OPS in the majors against lefties according to writer Doug Padilla

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And not a state secret.

    • Bob_Hendley

      On average not too bad. Third in the NL in OPS+ behind Cubbies and Cards.

      • WBBsAs

        No, but the inability to hit LHPs is a serious concern.

  • WinnipegDave

    One difference between last night’s game and tonight’s – NY is much sharper on defence.

    • WBBsAs

      …and they know how to spell the word.

  • WinnipegDave

    All good things must come to an end.

    • WinnipegDave

      And all bad things must happen again.

      • WinnipegDave

        And again.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Two good things, at least we don’t have to face Miller and Chapman.

  • Bah.

    • WinnipegDave

      Perfect comment for tonight’s game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And Sunday’s.
        And Friday’s.
        Which — as depressing as “average” is, means LA is up for a good game manana.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s hope San Diego can continue their dominance of the Giants.

    • RBI

      Gnats imploded in top of the 9th. Given up 5 runs so far. Was 4-1, is now 6-4. Good call.

      • WinnipegDave

        I love you Ryan Schimpf – whoever you may be!

        • John_from_Aus

          I’d never heard of him either

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just wishful thinking — which disappeared when i saw it was 4-1 in the 9th. (Still, the Pads are doing SOMEthing right!)
        Then I thought it was an error in the paper that LA is still 4 GA.
        It’s soo much nicer when LA wins and the only question is if they’ll increase the lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost Grant Brisbee time! 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

    • RBI

      Can’t wait to read this one…

      • WinnipegDave

        Yesterday’s was about SF’s most boring game, losing 4-0 to the Padres. I’m guessing this one might be one of the more excruciating games.

  • scooplew

    Final: Padres 6, Giants 4
    San Diego wins it when Schimpf hits a two-out, two-strike, three-run homer to erase a 4-3 deficit. When inning began Giants led 4-1.

    • RBI

      Those fans must be losing their minds.

  • WinnipegDave

    Magic number down to 15.

  • foul tip

    Checking in this morning to post this tweet from Bob Timmermann:

    “Giants get food poisoning after consuming bad Schimpf cocktail.”
    Sep 14, 2016 12:46 am

    Also a link to this, revealing his outlook these days. Good perspective.

    http://bobtimmermann.tumblr.com/post/148963648609/losses-changes-passings

  • WBBsAs

    I turned off baseball after the Dodger game ended last night but, this morning, I was agreeably surprised to read about the Gnats’ unanticipated thoughtfulness.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Though they certainly deserve it, those giants can’t be that unlucky forever. I wouldn’t want to face them if they make the playoffs (what is the opposite of “knock on wood”?).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree, especially in an even-numbered year.
      Feel the same about the Cards — they thrive on postseason.

    • WBBsAs

      In truth, the Gnats have been extraordinarily lucky to be where they are now. Their reality is far closer to their second-half performance than it is to their first.

  • Bob_Hendley
  • WBBsAs

    My favorite quotation from Grant’s recap: “This blown save came on a three-run homer from Ryan Schimpf, a 28-year-old rookie who was a minor-league free agent in November. Anybody could have had him. Instead, he has more home runs in the second half than anyone on the Gnats has all year.” The Busted Poseur, by contrast, has not homered since mid-July.

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