Game 153, 2016

Here’s an interesting point about Vinnie’s broadcasting style: Bob Costas pointed this out to Jason Stark, and Stark repeats it here: the production follows him. He doesn’t get directed “Okay, now insert a 10-second blurb about the upcoming homestand or bobblehead day.” Nope, he tells his stories and the guys in the truck just follow along.

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Brett Anderson makes his third start of the year for the Dodgers after first recovering from back surgery and then going on the DL for blisters. He’s 0-2 with a 24.75 ERA in the four innings he’s pitched this season. His opponent will be Tyler Chatwood, who’s 11-9 with a 4.13 ERA this year. He’s given up five home runs in his last four starts and given up at least six runs in three of the four.

Lineup when available.

Howie instead of Turner at 3B has a ripple effect: it puts Toles in LF.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I suspect that we will see a couple of our rookie starters in the role of long men over the next two days, much like Urias last night, bridging to the 6th or 7th. Regardless of how well Anderson or Kaz might do, they are sure to have limited innings.

    • WBBsAs

      After yesterday’s results, I am less concerned about the return of Anderson and Kazmir. I’d still prefer Stewart and De León, though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Kaz gave the Dodgers a pretty good run from July to late August, presumably before he got injured, with 8 starts befitting a 4th starter, so can understand why the FO wants to take another look at him. Anderson on the other hand…

  • WBBsAs

    La alineación contra los Rocallosos: https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/779080957684887552

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thanks for that info, Link.
    It’s clear Vin’s been leading the way and the rest of the world has followed for decades!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From the Dodger site — http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/202767748/vin-scullys-last-game-at-dodger-stadium/

    MLB.com and the MLB.com At Bat app will stream the eighth and ninth innings live as Scully says his final goodbyes to Dodger Stadium — the ballpark that has served as his place of work since the team began playing there in 1962.

    I was hoping for the whole game to be simulcast . . . while that may still happen, as least I can get it here.

  • WBBsAs

    Metcasters are joking about Esperanto and the metric system.

  • HLKLA

    I would prefer that the Dodgers use the rookie starters. I have always felt uneasy during Kazmir starts and I saw Anderson pitch in Iowa ( pre blister) and was not impressed with his stuff.

  • WBBsAs

    The Metropolitanos seem to really want the Cards and Gnats to make the post-season.

  • WBBsAs

    Pretty fine first by Anderson.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just as we all expected I’m sure – especially against the hard hitting Rockies. (wink, wink)

      • WBBsAs

        At sea level (nudge, nudge).

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha ha! Love it.

          • WBBsAs

            Say no more!

  • A little trouble in the second.

  • WinnipegDave

    Intensity is waaay down from the SF series. It feels like spring training in comparison to the playoff like feel of those games.

  • Grandal trying to rally the troops.

  • scooplew

    Anderson gives up three earned runs in two innings and actually LOWERS his ERA for the year from 24.75 to 21.00. Yes, I know. It is a very small sample, but still.

    • 6 IP all year for the poor guy.

    • WBBsAs

      I suspect we’re seeing one of his last performances as a Dodger.

      • I think he’s got a three-year deal and this is year one.

        • Bob_Hendley

          That’s Kaz. Anderson had the QO.

        • WBBsAs

          Nope. He took the Dodgers’ qualifying offer (which didn’t seem so bad at the time), and will be a free agent again. The Dodgers will not make him another one, especially given their abundance of young pitching.

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be helpful if SD wins a few games now vs SF. This Rockies series might not go completely smoothly for the Dodgers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Smooth is overrated

  • WinnipegDave

    Well except for that little roller past Anderson last inning this would be a 2-1 game. Let’s get it back.

    • Bumsrap

      Anderson has to have one face plant for the game to be official.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ll go with the Ump on that last pitch to Seager. It was close, but it like it painted the inside corner of the plate.

  • WBBsAs

    I can’t believe what Chutley just did.

  • WinnipegDave

    Text book play by Utley. Field an easy grounder, bobble it, fall down, scramble to get it, and flip it behind your back to throw out the runner!

  • scooplew

    Yasmani Grandal’s season struck a chord and sent me digging through Dodger archives:
    2016 — Grandal: 26 HRs, 65 RBIs, .226
    1999 — Todd Hundley: 24, 55, .207
    1956 — Roy Campanella: 20, 73, .219
    (OPS hadn’t been invited in the last millenium.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      The calendar was not invented until whenever, but we still use it to measure the passage of time, even the years before it was invented. Hundley OPS+ 87, Campy 88, Grandal 115.

  • WinnipegDave

    Needed to do more with 2 on and no outs there Dodgers.

    • scooplew

      Absolutely.

  • WinnipegDave

    What a tough putting by Anderson to evaluate. Has he pitched well enough to get a playoff spot?

    • WinnipegDave

      With a little luck it could have been 3-2 instead of 4-1.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers don’t owe you anything Cardullo. You had a good birthday on us if you recall.

  • scooplew

    The Mets, fresh from being at home by the Braves in a three-game series, blew a 4-3 lead and trailed 6-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th. They tied it on a two-run homer by Jose Reyes. The Phillies got two in the top of the 11th to take an 8-6 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer for tne Mets in the bottom of the inning and they won 9-8.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow! What a game that must have been. Those fans choose the right game to go to!

  • WinnipegDave

    Games moving along nicely. Just not smoothly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well there was some of the luck I mentioned earlier. But they only score 1 despite all the help.

  • WinnipegDave

    Toles has been busy out in left. Also – hope Joc is okay after crashing into the wall a few innings ago.
    Time to check out the Rockies bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Watching the game on my phone and hit the volume button just as Ethier got that hit. The screen got filled and I only saw the ball go over the wall but didn’t see it bounce. Thought it was a home run!

  • John_from_Aus

    here’s our chance, we need it too

  • John_from_Aus

    need to add on here, particularly with SF ahead

    • scooplew

      Yasmani heard you, all the way from Australia.

    • WBBsAs

      To paraphrase Charlie Dressen, “The Gnats is dead.”

  • John_from_Aus

    slam time!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Que Grandal es!

  • scooplew

    Are you kidding me? Wow!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal making it easy to pick player of the game once again.

  • WinnipegDave

    A well rested Jansen arrives in one more inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    AGon on the ball!

    • WBBsAs

      Smarter than LeMahieu!

      • Bumsrap

        LeMahieu is still trying to figure it out. I can’t help him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo doing a lot of smiling tonight. The Utley play and now that unassisted double play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager looked pained by that fly ball being caught.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rockies took a beating on that very high strike 3 call to Arenando. Both he and Weiss get tossed.

    • WBBsAs

      Arenado really got jobbed on that one.

      • WinnipegDave

        Without a doubt. The Ump will be upset with himself when (if?) he looks at that one.

        • WBBsAs

          Arenado got angry but, in a post-game statement, he acknowledged that umpiring is a tough job.

      • Bumsrap

        I feel bad about it.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Very nice comeback.

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely.

  • WinnipegDave

    Magic number 4. Just keep winning Dodgers!

    • Bob_Hendley

      So you are saying that the giants could win out and all the Dodgers would have to do is win 4 of 9?

      • scooplew

        That is correct. The Giants are 81-72, so the best they could finish is 90-72. The Dodgers are 87-66. Four more wins would give us 91 victories.

        • WinnipegDave

          I think he was joshing me as a carry over from last night. 🙂

        • WBBsAs

          I want the Dodgers to clinch before going to SF – ideally, this weekend, to coincide with Vin’s adios – and then end the Gnats’ season at The Phone Booth.

  • scooplew

    Twenty-one games over .500 for the first time this season.

  • RBI

    Back from the opera! Woo-HOO ! ! ! !

    • Bumsrap

      Not sure what you are Woo-HOOing. The opera being over or the Dodgers winning.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!
        I enjoy pop or rock opera, but I only went to one “real” opera, a college production of “The Magic Flute.” Let’s just say that my date and I jumped at the chance to leave at intermission. . . . I DID see a filmed version of a production of “Carmen,” but that gets’ the benefit of a variety of camera angles and editing.

      • RBI

        The win! Saw Placido Domingo in MacBeth and it was magnificent.

  • Yabba dabba doo!

  • Nice story about Vinnie and umpires.

  • HLKLA

    Nice to see the Dodgers were able to rally and pull this one out!

  • HLKLA

    I see Vin’s call of Henry Aaron’s record breaking home run was voted # 3. I was driving home from work in Cerritos on the 605 freeway headed to Norwalk when that happened. From his description, the picture in my mind came very close to the actual events when I saw the replay later.

  • WBBsAs

    In Chicago this morning, the Redbirds are playing as if they’d rather be on the golf course.

    • HLKLA

      Exactly! Sloppy defense, getting picked off first by the catcher.

      • WBBsAs

        Molina looking like a rookie – or perhaps an old-timer – behind the plate.

  • NPUT