Game 16, 2017

7-8. Bleargh.

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

Ah well. Redemption is the word of the day.

YALHP (Yet Another Left-Handed Pitcher) goes for the Rockies. In today’s case it’s Tyler Anderson (1-2, 8.59 ERA), who allowed five runs over five innings on April 9 against the Dodgers at Coors Field. He’ll face LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.53 ERA), who allowed four runs — including three homers — on eight hits on April 8 at Coors Field.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m quoting you, Link —

    YALHP — Bleargh

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      On the other hand (so to speak), maybe this constant diet of southpaws will at least give them the experience they obviously lack (and apparently didn’t seek to encounter).

  • WBBsAs

    Chris Taylor is now with the big club… https://twitter.com/BillShaikin/status/854830743796699137

  • 1. Enrique Hernandez (R) 3B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    6. Scott Van Slyke (R) LF
    7. Brett Eibner (R) CF
    8. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

    Intimidating

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig throwing better than Klayton, so far.

    • WBBsAs

      Blackmon woulda been out by 20 feet, at least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jeez, Rox and Snakes tied for best record in baseball.

  • WinnipegDave

    When was the last time Kershaw started a game with a walk?

    • Bob_Hendley

      LL?

      • WinnipegDave

        ??

        • Bob_Hendley

          Little League.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh man. Of course LL is Little League. Should have known that one.

          • WinnipegDave

            I was trying to figure out my Roman Numerals!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha! Like a Weisman post?

  • WBBsAs

    Clayton got squoze on Blackmon and Reynolds (who, in my opinion, should never even make contact off him).

  • Only one run. That could have been a lot worse.

  • WBBsAs

    Royals beat Gnats and BadGums 2-0. Shoulda done it in Game 7.

  • SVS!

  • WBBsAs

    SVS!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Scotty watty doo doo!

  • WinnipegDave

    SVS!

  • Bob_Hendley

    That nice short swing of his again.

  • Forsythe and Segedin both on 10-day DL with big toe problems. Hairline fracture for the former and ligament for the latter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw picking up the pace on getting outs with limited pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    A few years ago I looked at all of the runs Kershaw gave up and how many of them were on outs. I don’t recall the exact percentage but it was a noticeable amount. Like tonight’s run on the sad fly.

    • WBBsAs

      Sad fly…

      • WinnipegDave

        Ohh I like it WBB.

        • WinnipegDave

          Or don’t like it, as the case may be.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh good grief. I just now realized my post auto corrected to sad fly. I thought you had made that up WBB.

  • WBBsAs

    Kershaw has settled down since the first.

  • WinnipegDave

    People say that hockey is a more strenuous sport, more hard hitting and body contact, etc. It is to be sure, but it seems like only football, game in and game out, has so many injuries as baseball.

    • WBBsAs

      How about curling?

      • WinnipegDave

        I know you are joking, but man – I love curling.

        • WBBsAs

          OK, how about chess? Sprained eyebrows?

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

          • RBI

            Classic.

          • Carpal tunnel, from hitting the clock button.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The range of activities that a player has to engage in is greater for baseball as compared to football players, who are more specialized. This probably means that injuries that don’t limit football players ability to take the field would, on the other hand, require that a baseball player stay on the bench.

      • WinnipegDave

        Interesting thought.

  • WBBsAs

    Awesome today that Ichiro homered in what was probably his last AB ever in Seattle.

    • WinnipegDave

      So cool wasn’t it?!

  • RBI

    Hi all! Well, could be a lot worse. (I was so fed up last night I missed the ninth inning fireworks.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Meaning the Dodgers scoring a few runs in the ninth? Or were there actual fireworks after the game?

      • RBI

        Runs. But not enough!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw wants to swing away to get the lead for himself.

    • WinnipegDave

      But the bunt worked out just fine.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay. Hernandez hit was good. But I’m even more pleased that Seager kept it going.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels good to push 3 across there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw at 83 through 6. Should be good to go another full inning at least.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor made (it to second).

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh Bob. Just oh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can we keep Chris Taylor around? I love defensive specialists that also hit doubles.

  • scooplew

    Pederson seems to have regressed. I was there on Opening Day. He looked great. Not so much since.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Does not look on, but he did have a hit, BB and rbi last night

      • scooplew

        Yes, he did. I should have remembered that. But he is still hitting not much above .200. I would not platoon Pederson. The club needs to see if he can learn to hit lefties. Look at the history of left-handed hitting Dodger outfielders in about the last 30 years and many weren’t platooned, e.g. Ethier, Pierre, Butler, Gibson and Green. And before that the likes of Monday, Landreaux and Fairly.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They said they were going to ease Joc into that, but I think Doc has all hands on deck at this point against southpaws.

          • scooplew

            But all those hands are not carrying much lumber to the plate yet.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yet, Quique, who would normally platoon in CF has looked good lately, including the dinger the other night and a couple of hits tonight.

          • scooplew

            Having watched Quique for the last couple of years, I am not convinced that he will ever hit more than .250. However, his versatility in the field enhances his roster position. I also like his spirit. He reminds me of Scamp in the old Disney film The Lady and the Tramp.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Tough to be a regular if you can’t hit righties.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw just missed giving up a HR to Story. Steiner kept the suspense going for longer than he needed to.

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner’s the worst. I despise him.

      • WinnipegDave

        This would never happen of course but I would love to hear Joe Davis doing the first 3 innings on the radio like Vin used to do.

        • WBBsAs

          You need to get MLBTV. Davis is already good, and should get better.

          • WinnipegDave

            I get MLB.tv every year. But I wait until mid August when the price has gone down to $15 or $20.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Agree, he is pretty good, thank goodness.

          • RBI

            I like him as well.

    • WinnipegDave

      A tale well calculated to keep you in… Suspense!
      I love listening to that old radio show.

      • WinnipegDave

        You are always right with Auto Light. That and Roma Wines had the best ad spots on that show.

        • scooplew

          Who knows what The Shadow Knows?!

  • WinnipegDave

    What a lousy start by Kershaw. 7 innings / 5 hits / 2 earned runs / a walk(!) / 10 K’s.
    Whatta Bum.

  • WBBsAs

    Pads beat Snakes and Greinke 1-0.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pretty high leverage for Romo.

  • RBI

    Yikes. We need this K, KJ.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Reynolds normally obliges.

      • RBI

        Fly ball will do.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dave, did Steiner give you a scare on that one?

    • WinnipegDave

      Indeed he did!

  • WinnipegDave

    Closing time.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • scooplew

    We needed that key early-season win.

  • Huh. Anderson was warming up in the bullpen before the game and delayed his hike down to the dugout until Kershaw was about to throw his first pitch to their leadoff guy. Then he came strolling down in foul territory, rather than taking a tunnel that’s underneath the stands (Grandal mentioned the tunnel in a post-game interview). Clayton said that was about as disrespectful a thing as he’d seen on a baseball field. It looked like he was annoyed, which might explain why his concentration wasn’t so good, leading to the first inning bases-loaded situation.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hard to imagine Kershaw getting distracted like that and even more surprising having it effect his command and control of pitches.

      But then again baseball players can be touchy, superstitious, routine-oriented kinda guys.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Few, apparently, are as routine-oriented as Klayton.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Will we now see others trying some similar tactic?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Guessing that Grandal will punch the next guy who tires it.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I try to be nonviolent, but I had to laugh at that.

  • I didn’t stay up to watch the game last night. The 10:10 EST start time is one of the things that might get me to return to the west coast.

    I really enjoyed all the comments here. It makes for a good game analysis.

    • Bob_Hendley

      In Mexico, Central time, for now, but yeah, those 10pm start times are killers for us Eastcoasters.

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