Game 160, 2016

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, KTLA, CS-BA, MLB.TV free game

When the schedulers at MLB HQ in New York set this weekend’s games up they were surely hoping that the two long-time rivals would be neck-and-neck in the NL West division, and even up to two or three weeks ago that seemed like a wish that might come true. But the Giants’ bullpen continued its season-long collapse and it hasn’t been able to hold a lead to save its life. Somehow it has managed to blow 32 save opportunities this season. Thirty-two! Not all the blame rests with the pen, though; the Giants have been shut out 13 times this season, and nine of those games have been after the All-Star break.

Somehow, despite that, the Giants have a magic number of three to clinch a Wild Card spot. If they end up tied with the Cardinals those two teams would have to play a preliminary game just to determine who gets to play the other Wild Card winner in the one-game playoff, the winner of which gets the Cubs. The Mets are in this too, so it’s complicated.

Tonight it will be the Dodgers’ Rich Hill (12-5, 2.05 ERA) against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 2.71 ERA). Bumgarner was last seen by the Dodgers as he yelled at Yasiel Puig in the vicinity of first base on September 19 at Dodger Stadium. At the time he had a 1-0 lead through seven innings; he was pulled from the game at that point and the bullpen (there it is again) gave up three singles to tie the game and a game-winning double by Adrian González to win it for the Dodgers.

Hill hasn’t started a game since September 20, presumably in hopes his blistering fingers will fully heal. He’s expected to start Game Two of the NLDS and he needs to stay sharp. He may have a short leash this evening.

Lineup when available.

Adrian’s sinus infection must be ongoing.

  • Bumsrap

    It will be interesting to see if Joc gets back to back starts against lefties tonight because is he does and does okay that could mean the Dodgers could be leaning to keep Kike’ off the first round of the playoffs.

    According to Fangraphs for the month of September of all MLB players with 50 or more plate appearances, Joc ranks #2 in OPS and is tied for 6th in WAR. What a difference a year makes. Joc was clutch down the stretch and reinvented the #8 spot in the lineup.

    Matt Kemp was #9 and Adrian Beltre was #11 Trout was #24, Loney #111, Kris Bryant #169 in OPS.

    OPS: Pederson #2, Reddick was #22, Pug #31, Turner #57, Grandal #101, Seager #109, Utley #154, Gonzales #203, Kendrick #239

    WAR: Pederson #6, Turner #21, Seager #36, Reddick #38, Puig #91, Grandal #110, Utley #123.
    All other Dodger hitters below zero WAR

  • WBBsAs

    I’ll repeat something I mentioned on the other thread: All this weekend, in addition to the privilege of playing the Dodgers, SF is hosting http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/, with many of performances streamed live. Arguably the greatest outdoor musical festival ever, in Golden Gate Park, and it’s free. We usually go there in person, but this weekend we may not be able to make it.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I like the scenario Link mentioned: Cards and Giants tie in regular season and have to play to see who continues to play . . . with the record those teams have in the playoffs, I wouldn’t want to face them, no matter how the Dodgers have done vs. them this year. (and, frankly — especially since I’m not looking past the Nats — i don’t want either of them to win the Series.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Here is my rooting pecking order for winning the World Series:

      Dodgers
      Indians (I have a long standing Cleveland thing)
      Cubs
      Mariners (if they make the playoffs)
      Rangers
      Orioles
      Nationals
      Red Sox
      Tigers (if they make the playoffs)
      Blue Jays
      Mets

      Cardinals (if they make the playoffs)

      Giants

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’d go
        Dodgers
        Cubs
        Nats
        Indians (talk about going from 0 to 60 if Cleveland wins the Series the same year they took the NBA title!)

        • Pretty sure they won’t hit the trifecta. The Browns are junk as ever.

          • WinnipegDave

            I have been a Brown’s fan since 1985.
            Not always easy.

          • No. My sympathies.

  • HLKLA

    I never want to play the Giants in a playoff game in an even year.

    • WBBsAs

      I want the Gnats gnever to make the post-season, but I want their record to be good enough that their first-round draft pick remains unprotected.

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    • That’s cool. Mom loves the Bosch books, so I just requested it at my library. There are already 108 people ahead of me.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I love the Bosch series — as well as Lincoln Lawyer books. I’m currently reading “The Burning Room,” featuring Harry.

      • WinnipegDave

        I just put it on hold – spot 180 (but 80 copies so not so bad).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks — nice link . . . even if not from Link!

  • WBBsAs

    I want to see a Puig batflip off BadGums tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Has it started? Seems like MLB.tv is frozen or something.

    • WinnipegDave

      Never mind – it just started.

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be so nice to keep MadBum at 99 wins until next season.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Seager still has an outside chance at 200 hits. Sitting at 193 with his first inning single.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig with the hit and Seager with the hustle! 1-0 Dodgers!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ruiz with the bloop. 2-0.
    Nice start even with Turner getting thrown out going to third.

  • FYI, for anyone interested in Wild Card races, all games are free on MLB.TV (out-of-market) for the entire weekend.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So technically, the Dodger/Giant game should be available? Unless they figure Vegas is in the Bay Area market?

  • Bumsrap

    An out would be good

    • WinnipegDave

      If Hill got his glove on it, would have gotten 2 outs.

      • Bumsrap

        I was thinking 3

  • Bumsrap

    20 pitches and a 2 – 2 tie

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hill might be losing his #2 position.

    • Bumsrap

      Yes, can he keep the #3 position though?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hope so. Nothing against Urias, but the Dodgers are better when they’re all playing well.

      • WinnipegDave

        He will be the number 2. He won’t drop unless he is injured.

  • WinnipegDave

    Would love to see Hernandez lead off inning 2 with a HR.

    • WinnipegDave

      After a 10 pitch AB.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Walk is good.

        • WinnipegDave

          Indeed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nearly 40 minutes to play the 1st — you would think Baez had been out there! (At least slo-mo Pedro.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrr. That’s 2 outs made on the bases.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And off the base.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice rebound, Rich.

    • WinnipegDave

      Pitch count about the same for both pitchers as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can you imagine a play with Bumgarner trying to field the ball and coming close to Puig running down the line?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. Yes I could.

    • foul tip

      Yes, and also can imagine some serious cleat marks on Bum’s back. 😉

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill not as sharp tonight. But great k of Pence.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He got out of it!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Was it Hill who had the game in the last month or so where he started poorly — giving up 2 runs, i believe — then finished impressively strong?

        • WinnipegDave

          I don’t recall.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Probably thinking of someone else. Hill has given up more than 1 run only once, when he gave up 4 and went 5.1 innings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Only once more will Vin toss the radio ‘cast. 🙁

  • WBBsAs

    It’s time for…cringing with Steiner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Will Hill pitch in the 6th? He must be close to the end at 81 pitches.

    • WinnipegDave

      Meanwhile, back to back hits by the Dodgers

      • WBBsAs

        Back to back to back, you mean…

        • WinnipegDave

          I would take one more!

  • WinnipegDave

    3-2 Dodgers!

  • WinnipegDave

    McCarthy not really a reliever.

  • WBBsAs

    Totally tanking against the bottom of a weak order.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bringing in anyone else for McCarthy.

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder what the Dodgers record is with Ruiz behind the plate?

    • Bob_Hendley

      6-0

      • WinnipegDave

        Didn’t they lose the first game he was in – the one with Jansen and the wild pitches?

        • Bob_Hendley

          I am just joking. Have no idea. He usually starts against lefties so that might tell you something about how the Dodgers do when he starts.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Didn’t realize you were joking – I trust your stats so much.

          • Bob_Hendley

            It would be 5-3 by my count in games that he starts.

          • WinnipegDave

            Baseball reference has him at 6-7.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That is for every game he appears in whether as a PH or late innings sub.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill needed to go more than 5.

    • scooplew

      Not many of our starting pitchers have been going more than 5 or 6 for quite a while. And we won’t have 37 pitchers in the bullpen during the playoffs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Is this the worst inning of the year for the Dodgers? Sure feels like it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Anyway, I blame Utley. He came in this inning and he is just standing there at second base not helping out.

      And of course as I type that non serious statement – he catches the third out!

    • WinnipegDave

      Vin just confirmed my suspicions. The most runs they had given up before this was 5 (done numerious times).

  • scooplew

    Uh, but the auditions for the fourth starter in the playoffs are, well, not exactly going too well, you think?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Urias did well enough in his short stint.

      • scooplew

        Yes, but there seems to be doubt as to how many innings they will allow him to go. My simple solution to the search for the fourth starting pitcher in the playoffs, at least in the first round vs. Washington: Win the first three games behind Kershaw, Hill and Maeda.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nice plan. Plan B could be 5 innings of Urias and 4 more of Stripling.

  • scooplew

    The work of several players in the last few days is making it easier for Roberts and the FO to determine who WON’T make the post-season roster.

  • scooplew

    Kendrick is 4-for-37 since Sept. 18.

    • Bob_Hendley

      BAbip of .154 so he may be due.

      • scooplew

        Hope so.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not any real options at this point.

          • scooplew

            Yes, I agree.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s score 3 runs this inning and 4 the next.

  • WinnipegDave

    MadBum still out there. SF really hates their bullpen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Some egos at work here.

      • WinnipegDave

        But too scared to pitch against Puig. jk

        • Bob_Hendley

          Bochy thought better of that match up at this point.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love the shot of the Dodger flag flying at the top of the flag pole in SF.

  • WinnipegDave

    Poor Giants. They will be so sad when the Dodgers score all the runs in the 9th inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ouch. Getting hit on the hand would feel horrible.

  • WinnipegDave

    Of all the accolades I can imagine giving Vin – perhaps the biggest is this: still watching this game through to the end because of him.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hear hear!

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. 6 to tie.

  • WinnipegDave

    So is this one on Roberts for choosing to bring in McCarthy?

    • Bob_Hendley

      I thought Cooch was the designated goat?

  • WinnipegDave

    Well night everyone. October begins tomorrow and let’s hope for a good start to an amazing month!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back to the question I asked after they clinched — I sure hope the Dodgers have NOT been trying to get the #2 seed because they’re 1-3 in that stretch.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would think that their number one priority was to set the rotation and roster and give some guys a rest before the playoffs, which I agree with.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That was the other option.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers went 17-10 in September, our best winning percentage for any month. And we were 16-7 when it mattered.

  • Well, rats. I don’t think McCarthy is suited for long relief, based on this small sample size.

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