Game 147, 2016

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

RHP Kenta Maeda (14-9, 3.28 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP (and old friend) Zack Greinke (12-6, 4.54 ERA) goes for the D-Backs. It’s hard to believe Greinke’s ERA is nearly three runs higher this year than it was last year when he pitched for the Dodgers. He’s gone against them twice this year with vastly different results. On September 5 he gave up eight runs on five homers to them in just 4 2/3 innings, while on June 13 he gave up only two runs in 7 2/3 innings and got the win. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have won seven of Maeda’s last nine starts. He’s pitching on four days rest for the first time since August 9, which may have an impact on him.

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204 thoughts on “Game 147, 2016

  1. I just got home from work. So tired this week that when I put the game I zone right out. Not sure how much – or how well – I will contribute here tonight.

  2. It’s interesting. The D-backs offense right now is the offense I was afraid they’d be, but didn’t show up until very recently. The offense Greinke, too, expected.

  3. Okay, just checking in before I call it a day. Slim lead, but I hope we can score a few more runs.

  4. I’m in favour of Brock Stewart starting instead of Bud Norris. That seems like an upgrade.

  5. Dodger bats haven’t really clicked since that first game in NYC.
    Hopefully the pitching carries them until they start hitting again.

      • For a long time, the same was true of the pitching — that seems to be stronger now.
        Hopefully, it’s like a plane — I’ve heard that the vast majority of the flight time, a plane is off course . . . yet (for the most part) they land where they’re supposed to.
        In the Dodgers’ case, hopefully everything comes into sync to get them into and through the playoffs.

  6. It looks most definitely that we will need to win to keep our four-game lead. The Giants are battering the Cardinals, 8-1, in the fourth inning.

  7. People made a thing out of Chavez Ravin. Chavez Ravin Fields I guess is too redundant to comment about.

  8. Back to the bats — Mo said they’re 4 for 41 with RISP on this road trip.
    That explains 3-4.

    • I doubt it.
      I’ll be in San Diego Monday to Thursday, then back here for work next weekend — would’ve liked to’ve been there for Vin’s weekend, but I’ll take consolation in knowing I was there for what I believe was his first bobblehead night a couple of years ago.

      • Gotta be honest, RBI — the thought of bucking that LA traffic getting to the stadium just makes me cringe.

        On the other hand, the last two times I came down for playoff games, I came straight from Vegas and went south from Pasadena — that was a great, relatively straight shot!

        I think of that traffic every time you say you’re there.

  9. We’re like a tiring prizefighter ahead on points struggling to reach the 15th round before being knocked out.

  10. Grandal wishing some of the strikes called against him would have been called for him when Maeda was pitching.

  11. And next inning the heavy hitters are back up. Geeze, guys. Make it hard on yourself, why don’t you?

  12. Why does it feel like the Dodgers have a 0% of scoring this inning (well the D’backs have like a 50% chance)?

    • Valium? Yoga? Meditation? Go on vacation to someplace where baseball is unknown?
      Nah. We’re counting on you to remain a part of these group therapy sessions.

      • Ha! I already meditate every day and do yoga three times a week (including tonight). So this is my best self already. Drugs are off the table, too. Guess it’s daily doses of Elysian Fields for me!

        • Double doses, I expect, for all of us. As for me, I am umpiring a doubleheader tomorrow and will miss (at least) the first part of the game. When I finally see the score, I hope it is something like 4-0 Dodgers.

      • Not so dramatic. We split those with them and all we have to do is win 3 more out of 9, whereas they would have to win 7 out of nine. (check my math,please)

  13. It’s a right to the jaw, and a left to the nose, and a right to the chest. The Dodgers are clinging to the ropes. Trying to hang on. And it’s another right to the jaw and THERE’S THE BELL! The Dodgers win this game on points!

  14. Four up with 15 to go. On this road trip it’s been lose-win-lose-win-lose-win-lose-win. Let’s break the pattern tomorrow night.

  15. Well, I missed the tension, such as it was. My wife and I spent the evening at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, where we saw (and heard) The Mavericks and Lucinda Williams in the open-air amphitheater. I only saw the scores as we drove back from San José to Oakland.