Game 155, 2016

Rockies at Dodgers, 6:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

This will be Clayton Kershaw’s (11-3, 1.79 ERA) fourth start since his return from the DL. In his previous three he’s gone from two earned runs allowed in three innings to zero in five, and then zero in six. In his last start he threw 88 pitches, so he’s close to fully recovered from his back problem (we all hope). Opposing him will be Chad Bettis (13-7, 4.79 ERA), who is on a roll himself: he’s given up three earned runs or fewer in every start he’s made in the last month.

In case you missed it, here’s Kirk Gibson doing commentary on Vinnie’s call of his 1988 World Series Game One home run.

Lineup when available.

  • HLKLA

    Here is hoping CK can go seven.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — or more, if it’s interesting.

      • HLKLA

        Do you think they would let him, even in an interesting game?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Good point — and I really believe Kersh has the big picture in mind.
          Depends on the pitch count.

          I think Roberts has done an incredible job with all the injuries this team has endured . . . and his first year, in such a spotlight!

          • HLKLA

            I am impressed with Roberts as well. I also give credit to the FO for obtaining the incredible depth that has allowed the Dodgers to endure all the losses they have suffered.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            As maligned as they have been, that’s a good point. Dave can only work with what he has.

            And credit to the team for stepping up when Kersh went down, the exact turning point. Do we know if there was a team meeting around that time? I believe it also coincided with JT hitting.

          • WBBsAs

            Last year here, you would have been vigorously second-guessed for suggesting that even tentatively.

          • HLKLA

            Over and over and over again!

  • Rotation shuffled. McCathy tomorrow, Hill’s spot skipped to let him rest till next weekend.

  • Good start in the 2nd, guys.

  • Bumsrap

    Bettis certainly has slowed down. 49 pitches with one out in second

    • He’s old. He retired from the Steelers a few years back, remember?

      • Bumsrap

        Rams should have kept him

        • Rams should have done a lot of things years ago.

  • HLKLA

    Thanks to winning the challenge, Kershaw is pitching an interesting game.

  • WinnipegDave

    So far so good in LA.
    In SD, not so much.

    • WBBsAs

      What happens in SD doesn’t matter all that much – except to the Gnats.

  • HLKLA

    RISP is looking good for us tonight.

  • Kershaw averaging 15 pitches per inning. Probably not CG territory tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      CG not really a goal at this point for him.

  • RBI

    Hi all. Checking in, as I watch and exercise. Kershaw really looking great, considering it’s still only his third outing after the long long break. Mixed feelings about San Diego game, since I’d love to be at the stadium for the clinch, and I’m there tomorrow for Vin’s last game. (I don’t even like typing that…)

    • HLKLA

      Looks like one exclamation point tonight.

      • WBBsAs

        BadGums may be letting the Pads back into it, though.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not that it matters what happens in SD. ­čÖé

          • WBBsAs

            It matters to the Mets and Cards (and, personally, it would be delightful if he were the losing pitcher the night the Dodgers clinch).

          • RBI

            Still torn. But Dodgers looking good!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw should be good for one more inning. Outside shot at 2, but I don’t see Roberts pushing it at this point.

  • HLKLA

    Kershaw with the bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s been like water flowing downhill the last several games for the Dodgers. So easy. Wish it would be this good throughout October.

  • HLKLA

    One run game in SD.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well 5 pitch innings are fun. So now the 7th is looking like a good bet for Kershaw.

  • WBBsAs

    BadGums is gone, and the Pads get a shot at the Gnatpen.

  • HLKLA

    Reddick with the RBI.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He has put up OPS+ 148 in September coming into this game.

      • WinnipegDave

        Lots of hitters in the outfield now it seems.

        • Bob_Hendley

          You ain’t kindin’! Joc at 204 and Puig at 164.

          • WinnipegDave

            How about Toles?

          • Bob_Hendley

            46. Howie at 78.

          • WinnipegDave

            Wow. I would have that Toles to be in the 90’s. Obviously he hasn’t been nearly as hot as I imagined.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Been doing a lot of things that stand out (PHits, throwing runners out, fielding) that overshadow going 0-4 for a couple of games. Plus he was hot in late August so if you use the filter of the last 28 days his OPS+ jumps to 126.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads tie it up, as CF Manuel Margot gets his first major league hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like rainbows and horseshoes for the Dodgers tonight. Everything is coming up roses.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice roar for Dre.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats go silently in the eighth.

  • HLKLA

    Seager not having a good night.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave was that a PB?

    • WinnipegDave

      Both of them!

  • HLKLA

    Gonzalez making Butler work.

    • HLKLA

      And joins the hit parade.

  • WBBsAs

    I wish we could give the Pads a couple of these runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Just what I was thinking too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager not hitting as well tonight. Last September he was hotter than this year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Long season for the kid. Taylor can take over for a few games.

  • WinnipegDave

    So basically, this is opening day revisited.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh my gosh Josh!

  • HLKLA

    Slamie!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers trying to recreate the 18-4 score that Vin saw almost 80 years ago. Maybe he will be a Rockies fan when he retires.

  • HLKLA

    Okay, time to let Austin Barnes pitch.

  • HLKLA

    Okay the Chavez/Ravin(e) will work for me.

  • HLKLA

    The flight of the Valaika!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, now the Dodgers don’t have to donate a run to the Padres. The Rockies can air mail their run.

  • RBI

    Starting to feel a little sorry for the Rockies.

  • RBI

    Gnats just scored a run.

  • HLKLA

    Giants score in the tenth.

  • RBI

    Two more.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope the Dodgers win tomorrow.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Giants end up losing their game, Grant Brisbee’s column would be one for the ages.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO !

    • WinnipegDave

      How many exclamation marks will you use if they win tomorrow?

      • RBI

        Eleven. Right?

        • WinnipegDave

          Brilliant.

          • RBI

            Not my idea. Someone here yesterday (I’ll check). But thanks.

          • WinnipegDave

            Hmm, I guess I missed that yesterday.

          • RBI

            Bob_in_Vegas.

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • RBI

    Padres got a single. Bochy replacing the pitcher. Romo up.

  • RBI

    Watching the Gnats now.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “gnow.”

  • RBI

    Romeo is so twitchy!

    • WinnipegDave

      And not in a Johny Cueto kinda way either.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just need Myers to pop one out and the game would be tied.

  • WinnipegDave

    SD lost.

  • RBI

    I repeat. Woo-HOO !

    • WinnipegDave

      Can I ask – what’s your record at Dodger stadium this year?

      • RBI

        Good question. I don’t actually know, but it feels about even. Lost the first four, then won several, lost another, and one and one so far this past week. So, let’s say six and six?

        • WinnipegDave

          Here’s hoping for a winning record then!

  • Goodness gracious. I left the car when the game was 7-0 and came back 15 minutes later to 14-0. I should go out at supper time more often.

  • I guess we can’t ask the Padres to do all the work for us.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think the perfect script is for the Dodgers to win the title with their own victory tomorrow . . . and Vin calling it!

  • The Nats clinched the NL East tonight, and Bryce Harper wanted to keep all those adult beverages out of his hair. He found a swim cap with a rather famous name on it and wore that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sadly, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died in a boating accident. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article104071446.html

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bummer for Bums in particular, who closely followed this amazing hurler.

      • RBI

        So very very sad. A wonderful player to watch.

    • WBBsAs

      Really devastating – someone who was fun to watch, really brought joy to the game. Irreplaceable.

    • HLKLA

      Very sad.

    • Reminiscent of that boating accident in 1993 when Tim Crews and Steve Olin were killed and Bobby Ojeda badly injured.

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