Game 161, 2016

Dodgers at Giants, 1:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, KTLA, CS-BA

It’s a mound mismatch, if you look at the records of the two starters. The Dodgers send out Clayton Kershaw (12-3, 1.65 ERA) to face the Giants’ rookie lefthander Ty Blach (0-0, 2.00 ERA). Kershaw has been pretty successful in the Giants’ home park; he’s 10-3 with a 1.30 ERA lifetime. This will be Blach’s second major league start, but he’s seen the Dodgers before: he pitched three scoreless innings against them on September 21. The Giants need to win badly: they’re a game ahead of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card and need both a win and a St. Louis loss today to clinch a spot in the postseason. If they get one but not the other they clinch a tiebreaker game in St. Louis.

Charlie Culberson asked Vin Scully to sign the bat Charlie hit the walkoff HR with last weekend.

Lineup:

  • HLKLA

    I really hope all the auditions are done, and they play the next two games to win.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I came to write that you can’t get more A-ish than this lineup (counting on Puig continuing as his post-exile self).

      But I agree about the auditions — you can’t turn winning on and off and it will be MUCH better to go into next week with a 2-game winning streak, than otherwise, especially since 1-3 since clinching.

  • WBBsAs

    For those of you who don’t have MLBTV, the game is streaming live at http://livestream.com/KTLA/live. I’m not sure I’ll be able to see the actual game myself, since I’m in a Gnatblackout zone,

  • WinnipegDave

    So October 1st happens to be my birthday. Always loved that it always started the best month for baseball (if not always for the Dodgers). Here’s hoping for a memorable October 2016!

    • Hau`oli Lā Hānau!

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks for the greetings comrades.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Happy Birthday!
      Hope the Dodgers help make it that!

  • WinnipegDave

    Quick first inning for Blach.

    • WBBsAs

      Even quicker for Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    So NYM won and ST Louis won as well.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not that I usually care, but I hope LA helps out StL– I like the idea of the two of them having to play in before the playoffs.

      • WinnipegDave

        True. At very least, I’m hoping SF and St. Louis tie for the last wild card spot.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh has to pitch a shutout to play for the tie.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The only good thing about the Dodgers rolling over is I’m going to try to take a quick nap when Vin leaves the radio . . . but I honestly would’ve waited!

    • WBBsAs

      You should be able to see the livestream on KTLA.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I went to the link you provided and it offered me different payment plans.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh boo on that. That’s too bad Bob.

          • WBBsAs

            Dunno why here’s not a problem.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’m trying it again.

          • WBBsAs

            Try livestream.com/KTLA first, and then hit the live button.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I got it working, finally — I left it alone and tried to doze and heard Vin call Pagan’s HR . . . good to hear Vin, bad for the news!

            Thanks again for the hint.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It didn’t matter for the team, but it would’ve been great to see what Kersh would’ve accomplished had he not been injured.
    That K/BB ratio is incredible!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A hit . . . shoot.

    • WinnipegDave

      I know. I had a small dream Vin might call one last perfect game. It was a million to one shot, but with Kershaw maybe it was more like a million to two.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — wake up while I try to take your place snoozing . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    So Posey complained last night to Ruiz that Hill was showing too much emotion on strikeouts.

    MadBum glares at Posey.

    • WBBsAs

      The Poseur is the The Enforceur.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gee whiz. Is today getaway day or something? This game is going fast. Not that I’m complaining too much seeing as how I have to go out for the evening in 1 hour.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was thinking the same thing. Didn’t see, but heard how quickly LA rolled over.
      This is what I’m afraid of in the postseason (actually always) — bats going MIA . . . especially since EVERYONE knows their weakness vs. southpaws.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Would’ve been nice (other than getting the out) to have had Blach on the basepath the whole inning. But maybe the long inning throws him.

    C’mon, bats!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seeing their lackluster at-bats is NOT more fun!
    But I get Vin.

    • WBBsAs

      You managed to get the stream?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes — I mentioned it below — thanks!

  • WinnipegDave

    I think I’m almost as sad about Clayton giving up a walk as giving up the HR.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree.

      Sadder he’s not getting any support.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Cards must be as frustrated with the Dodger bats as we are — probably more.
    Any right-handed Nats pitcher on the roster bubble should practice until they can reach the plate as a lefty.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Might as well get all their sloppy, lackluster play out of the way now.
    True, it hasn’t mattered, but they have not looked like a winning team since they clinched.
    And they haven’t been a winning team.

    • WBBsAs

      These games mean a lot more to the Gnats than they do to the Dodgers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sure — but 3 hits?
        Rushed at-bats?
        If they can flip a switch and win, great. But as a fan, it doesn’t feel good going into the playoffs looking like they have.

        • WBBsAs

          It’s a week until the playoffs. This happens all the time.

  • Bah. Annoying to get skunked like this by this team.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      (Guess it’s an official loss — my TV stream is still showing the “game.”)
      Better hope they don’t advance, if they make the playoffs.

  • Bumsrap

    I finally got caught up. Taped the game and started watching the beginning while the game was in the 4th. Glad tomorrow’s game does not determine the Division championship.

    I admit that I am enjoying the crowd and the Giants excitement about having another chance at a WS.

  • WBBsAs

    For those of you concerned about “momentum:” https://twitter.com/EricMoondog/status/782339634894213120

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That was the strike-shortened year, right? So it ended up being like these days: play two series before the WS.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you are saying the 1981 Dodgers had a better record over their last 6 games than this year’s playoff bound team. (He says while cherry picking arbitrary end points.)

      • WinnipegDave

        To be honest – the Gold Standard for reverse momentum leading into the playoffs are likely the 2000 NYY. They went 3-15 in their last 18 games, including 7 losses in a row to end the season.

        Unfortunately that didn’t stop them from winning the WS that year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Reading the recap http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/204463090/giants-clinch-wild-card-tie-with-cardinals/, I realized something much more than momentum or HFA involved in these games — the Dodgers had the chance to knock the Giants out of postseason and didn’t.
    I hope this isn’t similar to the games where they spin their wheels and are “o-fer” RISP — waste not, want not.

  • NPUT @ 1100PT.