Game 15, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers once again want you to forget everything you think you knew about starting pitching. So writes Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated this morning.

Hill has a “hot spot” on his finger? Shut him down (twice) so it doesn’t become a blister. Urias is perfectly healthy but is only 20 years old and needs to be protected so that he throws only about 165 innings during the regular season? Stash him in Oklahoma City and conserve his innings. (His starts have lasted 3 2/3 and 4 2/3 innings. He should join the Dodgers at the end of this month, with occasional rests during the season.) Kazmir has a bad hip? Let him take his time in extended spring.

I emailed a link to this newsletter from the LA Times’ Houston Mitchell to those of you on my mailing list earlier. If you like it and want to subscribe, there’s a box at the bottom of that page where you can sign up to get it directly.

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

LHP Kyle Freeland (1-1, 5.91 ERA) goes for the Rockies, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-2, 5.79 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. Freeland gave up one run in six innings and beat Ryu and the Dodgers earlier this month. Ryu’s velocity hasn’t gotten back to what it was in 2014 before his injuries and rehab, which may explain why he’s not gotten past the fifth inning and given up 12 hits and six runs including three HRs in his first two starts.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave likes healthy pitchers. Good luck with that. Half of all pitchers were on the DL last year and teams have been putting six per day of the DL so far this year. It’s tough work. Guessing that most would be happy to have only blisters.

  • Poor Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch four consecutive times at bat on Sunday and Monday.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Let’s see if he, and his body, can sustain it. Recall that one season Ron Hunt got plunked 50 times.

  • foul tip

    Dustin at DD thinks last night’s game lost due to roster mismanagement, seems to think FAZ blew it recalling Segedin instead of another reliever.

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2017/04/18/dodgers-poor-depth-management-cost-them-a-game-last-night/

    • Bob_Hendley

      Meh, although not a good matchup for Hatcher, hard to fault the pitching, when you score only two runs and Segedin contributed to one of those. Fellow wants to find a scapegoat, but misses the forest for the trees, in my opinion. How different is losing 2-1 to losing 4-2?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Houston Mitchell seems to attract the ranters, so I’ll forego. Blaming Honey for anything is a real stretch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I don’t believe in judging a book by its cover, but once I read Link’s initial post and the Dodgers are going against a lefty, I’m not too encouraged.

    • Mr. Peale? Mr. Norman Vincent Peale to the microphone, please?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I just got a text from him, Link — he said he positively thinks I may be right to be pessimistic.

        • Yikes! Texts from THE BEYOND!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Extra rates apply.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rough start for Ryu tonight. Dodgers will definitely need their hitting shoes on tonight.

  • RBI

    Somebody advance the runner. Just once. Please?

  • WinnipegDave

    Last year the Dodgers were 12-7. And 12-13. And 17-17. So not exactly lights out for the first month and a half then either.

    • scooplew

      I had forgotten that. I feel a bit better now. Thanks.

      • WinnipegDave

        No problem. Glad I could help. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Ryu must have had a pep talk with himself and has settled in a bit better now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Prognosis: Bunt by Ryu and single by Forsythe and we are back in business.

    • WinnipegDave

      Remind me not to prognosticate. Forsythe out of the game.

      • Bob_Hendley

        What happened? Just tuning in.

        • WBBsAs

          No word, but Forsythe got HBP’d on the foot and was limping a bit. I expect precautionary radiografías, but I’m speculating.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager, so hot just a few days ago.

    • WBBsAs

      It happens. I have confidence in his track record.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Beam it out, Scotty!

  • WinnipegDave

    Apparently HR’s are a good way to advance runners and score runs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ryu needs to pitch in a much bigger park.

      • WinnipegDave

        Grand Canyon or Yellowstone?

  • WinnipegDave

    Lead off walk to Seager. Good start.

    • WBBsAs

      HBP to Turner not so good.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dropping like flies?

    • WBBsAs

      Target practice for the Rox.

      • WinnipegDave

        Perhaps we could hit Arenado and LeMaheiu and see how Colorado likes it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Freeland tossed out of the game – by Bud Black.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Keep a knockin’.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to get out of that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I guess Ryu has earned another start, particularly with Hill out and Wood needing to take his slot next time around. But Wood knockin’ to get his own slot.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Interesting that it was Doc who called Rod to tell him he was being called up.

  • WBBsAs

    The long balls are discouraging, but Ryu also had seven K’s and threw 97 pitches, easily his longest outing so far. I wouldn’t write him off yet.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He didn’t lose much velocity, but didn’t have that much to lose. He has the stuff that might enable him to be effective in any event, but will need to adjust a little in his approach.

      • WBBsAs

        Chance he’ll gain a bit as he recovers arm strength.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Baez is fast!

  • scooplew

    Remarkably inconsistent hitting by this team thus far in this young season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What he said!

  • WinnipegDave

    Feel good about the bottom of the 9th.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner the tying run up at bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig. HR wins this thing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A little drama at least.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You called it (almost)

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal. Long double ties this thing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump no help.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo. Single ties this thing.

  • WinnipegDave

    So close. Dang.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver lining or just teasing us? Sure hope they can start hitting on a regular basis.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI has to remind them her old monicker has been retired — they need to do the same!

  • Turned the tube on just in time to see Grandal’s single. Elation! Then watched Adrian ground out. Despair!

    I need to smooth out my emotions.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Better said than done for Dodger fans so far this year.

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