Game 150, 2016

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

It’s a battle of left-handed aces, with Clayton Kershaw (11-3, 1.81 ERA) making his third start since coming off the DL. He’ll face Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 2.66 ERA), who’s not been ace-like against the Dodgers this season, going 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against them.

This may not be all we need to know about the Giants’ bullpen, but it’s significant:

The Giants’ bullpen has matched a franchise record set in 2004 and ’05 with 28 blown saves this season. Santiago Casilla has nine blown saves alone.

Unlikely masher department: Kiké Hernandez is hitting .579 with three home runs in 19 at-bats against Bumgarner.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    I dispute the description of BadGums as an “ace.” Had he been on the Dodgers last year, he would have been no better than their No. 3 starter, and this year he’s not even as good as Cueto. Neither of them is remotely close to a healthy Kershaw. Several of the Cubbies’ starters are better than either of them.

    • The press has told me he’s an ace. Ergo, he’s an ace.

      No?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Play the hand that is dealt you? I have always understood “ace” as being the best pitcher on a given team’s staff. Mad Bum no longer fits that billing.

        • WBBsAs

          He had a Jack Morris-like post-season run, and is living off that reputation. Morris himself was a good pitcher, but his press was also better than his career.

  • Eric Stephen previews tonight’s matchup between the two pitchers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique is actually a known masher of southpaws with, as noted, career OPS of 1.842 against Mad Bum, as well as 1.313 against Robbie Ray and .917 against Lester. Last year he led all NLers hitters (with more than 5 PA) against southpaw with OPS 1.215. Obviously having a major down year to date, he has still managed to have OPS+ 101 agin’ them. Perhaps more telling this is second to only Yas among team regulars from the right side against lefties. Justin, for example, only has OPS+ 67.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hopefully we can put SF out of their misery soon. Or out of our misery soon. Either way, it feels like we are going up against a wounded animal which can be dangerous. Funny to call them wounded I know, when LA has had all the injuries. But I think you know what I mean.

  • WBBsAs

    This evening, in Denver, Carlos Martínez of the Redbirds threw 35 pitches in the first inning, but escaped with a single run.

  • HLKLA

    Do we want to hire De Jon Watson back?

    • scooplew

      Why? Did he lose his job?

      • HLKLA

        Arizona let him go. I thought he was a good FO person when he was with the Dodgers.

        • WBBsAs

          Probably only the beginning of the Dbags’ purge.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Farm director. Can’t see him getting that job back, at least.

  • WBBsAs

    I have to say that, though we own a Prius, I detest the new Busted Poseur commercial. At first, though, I was amused when it appeared he was seated in a wheelchair.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s a bit cruel don’t you think? And a little too close to home considering Campy.

      • WBBsAs

        Well, he is injury-prone. Campy had an accident.

        • WinnipegDave

          Exactly – a car crash. Seemed a little gauche to me considering it was a car commercial.

          • WBBsAs

            The Poseur gets injured because he never learned how to play his position properly.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            One would hope that wouldn’t be cause for less compassion.

  • WBBsAs

    Another blackout, but Vin’s voice is still better than any video, even if it’s only for three innings.

  • HLKLA

    I am headed to sleep. I will have to check in the morning to see what our magic number will be.

    • WBBsAs

      Expect it to be Steve Yeager.

    • Bob_Hendley

      East coaster?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Puigie.

    • Bumsrap

      Can’t say that about Kike’ yet though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Very eager, but Mad Bum won’t throw him a fastball over the plate and Quique hasn’t adjusted to that.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a really stupid run. He just dribbled it past Kershaw in the first place to get his single.

    • Bumsrap

      And then the catcher with the bad elbow throws the ball into CF to let the runner go to third. What is it about Grandal that he plays hurt even though he hasn’t shown an ability to do so well.

  • RBI

    These dinky hits are killing me!

    • Bob_Hendley

      But it was nice of Pence to hit that one hard so that the Dodgers could get the DP.

    • WBBsAs

      They’re Gnatballs.

  • RBI

    Strike zone is expanding this inning big time.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope it stays that way when Kershaw is pitching.

      • RBI

        And yet, no.

  • RBI

    That looked like a strike three against Pagan, though.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well, yeah. I guess if you consider a pitch thrown right down the middle of the plate a strike, then sure. Pagan disagrees with you, the ump and everyone else however.

      • RBI

        Along with Pence, my least favorite Gnat.

  • RBI

    Sweet catch by Puig.

  • RBI

    Let’s get some runs, now, Boys in Blue!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw clearly still not being allowed to go maximum distance quite yet.

    • WinnipegDave

      Which is fine. Build for October I say.

  • WinnipegDave

    Our BABIP is not great tonight.

  • RBI

    Kiké cannot see that slider without swinging at it…and almost hit one out!

    • WinnipegDave

      So many near misses tonight.

      • RBI

        And they’ve been getting some weird breaks. Like last night’s game – inches falling their way.

  • RBI

    Great, Bumgarner. Throw at his head, knock him down, then ask if he went around.

  • RBI

    Corey, hold up on that pitch, would you please?

  • WinnipegDave

    It is painful to see all this near misses. Like that one with Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.

  • RBI

    We would get the lights out Bumgarner.

  • RBI

    Pray we can get to their bullpen, but not looking likely at the moment.

  • RBI

    I hate this team.

  • RBI

    Kenley loves it. Puig got under Bumgarner’s skin.

  • RBI

    Bumgarner almost shoved Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope that lights a spark under the Dodgers.

    • RBI

      I agree.

  • RBI

    Bumgarner clearly can’t stand Puig for some reason. And now Bumgarner is out, pinch hit for.

    • WinnipegDave

      So the Dodgers have 2 innings of SF bullpen. Here’s hoping…

      • RBI

        Hold them here. Dudgeons are high.

    • WBBsAs

      BadGums is a flagrant racist.

      • RBI

        Watching him mouth at Puig, I actually wondered about that.

  • scooplew

    Can the Giants bullpen be our saving grace tonight?

  • scooplew

    In our last two home games against the Giants’ Moore and Bumgarner we have two hits in 16 innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s go time.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Micah in now?

    • WinnipegDave

      Pinch running for Ruiz.

      • Bob_Hendley

        My first thought after the hit.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Dodgers, clap clap, clap clap clap.

  • RBI

    We need 9th inning magic on our side, collapse on theirs.

    • WBBsAs

      They have a track record of ninth-inning collapses.

  • RBI

    I so want to win this one. Breathe in, breathe out, RBI.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the next one. And the one after that…

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, if this game is tied after 9 – Blanton hasn’t thrown many pitches and could go in the 10th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Glad to see you’re still President of the Optimists Club, Dave!

      • WinnipegDave

        Here’s the thing – you never know. 🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          So true!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Well, that sounds a little pessimistic.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha – it sorta does. Even saying “being tied” could be viewed as less than optimal optimism.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great start!

  • RBI

    Bochy doing his one pitcher per batter thing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Perhaps we can do the one hit per pitcher thing to mess it up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just waiting for and dreaming of In Play Run(s).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, these are the guys we want up there.

  • WinnipegDave

    That works too!

    • WinnipegDave

      In Play, No Outs

    • RBI

      We finally got the inch on our side.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe not for you all, but here the clock just struck midnight. For the Giants hopefully.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grant is being fitted for a straightjacket at this point.

    • RBI

      Hilarious.

      • Bob_Hendley

        A little longer on the sleeves, please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hoping for scoring here and no Blanton cuz no 10th!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably Kenley if there is a 10th.

  • RBI

    Wow. 100 mph.

  • WinnipegDave

    YES!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Looked away, then saw what you wanted on Gameday — nice call!

  • RBI

    Tie game! Tie game!

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnatpen delivers!

  • RBI

    Kershaw doesn’t get an L!

    • WinnipegDave

      And MadBum a W.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thought the same.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Vin – giants drive to their knees again by their bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought Seager might have made it to 3rd but better safe than sorry I guess.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t make the first or third out at third.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bake a cake!

  • RBI

    Butter and egg man, time to deliver.

    • WBBsAs

      Time for an omelette!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A-gon AGAIN!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!!!

  • WBBsAs

    I want to hear an interview with BadGums!

  • Bob_Hendley

    On my!

  • WinnipegDave

    So good! I love it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember when the Dodgers couldn’t win anything when they trailed after 7?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Besides the 2-game swing and beating Bumgarner, what a perfect antidote to yesterday’s loss!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grant need to rise to the occasion for this one.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s the kind that’ll keep him up all night, I think.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really hope the only question left for the final series of the season is what Vin will say.

  • RBI

    Certainly one of the most exciting games of the year.

  • RBI

    It would have been horrible to lose on a wild pitch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good night everyone. That was fun and I hope it is just as good tomorrow night!

  • RBI

    I was sure Bochy would leave Bumgarner in for the 8th. Do you think it was because of the dust up?

    • Bob_Hendley

      After the encounter with Puig, sure Bochy felt that it was best to end Bum’s night

      • Bumsrap

        Actually I called it a night before that incident. Enjoyed the tape this morning though.

  • scooplew

    Well, as my late father used to say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle,” which means the truly unexpected has happened. He took me to my first baseball game 61 years ago at Ebbets Field. (My father, not the monkey!).

  • RBI

    Pence really blew that AGon fly ball.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So, we win 3 of the next 12 and the giants lose 3 of the next 12, that’s all she wrote.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      To play off of Scoop’s father’s saying .. . ” . . . and Bob’s your uncle.”

    • WBBsAs

      The Redbirds are now tied with the Gnats in the “wild card” race. Mets still a game ahead.

  • WBBsAs

    Just saw the replay of AGon’s game-winner, and Pence really butchered it. A catch would have probably only delayed the Gnats’ agony, though.

  • RBI

    Well, what a nice way to end the evening.

  • WBBsAs

    Andrew Baggarly of the San José Mercury (edited for spelling: “The combination of testosterone and incidental eye contact cost the Gnats their ace, and perhaps the last of their vigor in the NL West.”

  • HLKLA

    Good morning everyone. I actually read Jon’s story of the dust up first. Sounds like it was an interesting game, in a non no hitter way.

  • WBBsAs

    I expect BadGums got a goon (sic) night’s sleep…

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    I have a new favorite Giants video to watch, to replace the “balk off” one.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Gnats,” though…

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