Game 18, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07 ERA) goes for the Dodgers, YALHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96 ERA) for the D-Backs. If you’re counting, Ray is the 10th lefty to start against the Dodgers in 18 games.

Maeda pitched against the Diamondbacks Saturday night, giving up four runs on four hits in four innings. He has yet to settle in this season; the Dodgers are hoping extra bullpen and two extrad days of rest will get him on the right track. Ray faced the Dodgers Monday night, went six innings, gave up two runs, walked four, struck out ten and got no decision for his trouble.

Lineup when available.

So apparently Joc’s deemed not likely to succeed as well against the lefty Ray as he did leading off against the righty Walker last night. No Toles, no Utley, no Seager: I don’t quite understand Dave Roberts’ reasoning here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    While we couldn’t hit them, with the worst offensive numbers in the majors last year against southpaws, we almost broke even (if my memory is not too far off) at about 23-26. With the way we bashed righties, we were able to overcome this performance. As such, it is troubling that we are now seeing more than half of our games against lefties so far.

    • WBBsAs

      I think that’s easier for other managers to manipulate early in the season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        If I recall right, 30% of pitchers are lefties, which is about the percentage we faced last year.

  • WBBsAs

    On days like today, I still think I might be able to pitch in the majors… https://twitter.com/extrabaggs/status/855887538770370560

    • The distance is still 60′ 6″ and those guys hit the ball hard.

      • WBBsAs

        Tennis ball with a racquet, maybe…

  • Roof closed until mid game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Batting practice. When does game start?

  • That’s no way to start.

  • The ump might have taken a run from the Dodgers with that called strike on Joc.

  • WBBsAs

    Maeda’s not getting soft contact.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Couple nice defensive plays to save a run, so far.

  • WBBsAs

    At Coors, Denard Span does the full Kemp… https://twitter.com/PavlovicNBCS/status/855946707233853440

  • Bob_Hendley

    Being a little rude to their southpaw. Too bad they are getting to our righty.

  • Dratted double play.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ditto.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just when I was wondering if Maeda had found his groove he gives up a lead off single.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not to mention a two run home run.

    • WBBsAs

      None of the Snakes’ hits has been cheap.

  • WinnipegDave

    Are people pleased that Urias might be in the rotation soon?

  • WinnipegDave

    Methinks that Maeda does not have it tonight.

  • scooplew

    Just got home from umpiring a youth baseball DH and looked at Gameday. Simply put, right now we are not a very good team. Yes, it is early, but still, this is disappointing and frustrating.

  • scooplew

    Unless he is hurt, I think Seager needs to be in the lineup virtually every day. And we had a day off on Thursday. I don’t get it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We can concede the first half of this game.

    • scooplew

      Need a halftime pep talk and then recover an onside kick.

    • Puig’s previous big bouncer was a double play ball. Shift?

      Dodgers keep hitting hard ground balls to Lamb.

  • Joc time

  • Bob_Hendley

    Need to sit Joc next time this ump is behind the plate.

    • RBI

      Because of Joc? Or the ump?

      • I would say both.

      • Bob_Hendley

        The ump is not being too kindly to Joc with his calls.

        • When ump calls a fastball wide of the strike zone a strike and the pitcher comes right back with a two strike hard slider just wide of the strike zone, the hitter is in a very bad spot.

          • RBI

            Yes, I did see that. But was it the same in the previous at bat(s)?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Pretty much.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Austin opens the Barnes door.

    • I prefer Barnes over Grandal.

      • Bob_Hendley

        You are partial to Austins.

        • Only city in TX I might live.

  • RBI

    I think SVS could have come home on that double.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Likely would have sent him in just about any other situation.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still have a look at this game. Need a hit here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hard to imagine Gonzo beating a throw to first regardless of the circumstances.

    • WinnipegDave

      But I was wrong. So wrong.

  • Need a payback balk

  • WinnipegDave

    Lets go JT.

  • WinnipegDave

    Garggh!

  • RBI

    Rats.

  • RBI

    Okay Hatcher. Shut them down.

  • Which Hatcher will we get?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not throwing many straight fastballs.

      • Which means, we got the good Hatcher

        • WBBsAs

          For an inning.

  • Darn it, Justin.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Maeda’s era is a not so cool looking 8.05. Nowhere to go but down, I would hope.

  • Agon didn’t stay in the game after pinch hitting. Resting or hurting I wonder.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing it had something to do with where they would slot the pitcher.

  • I think Joc has been on base in every game he has played this year so this might be his last at bat tonight to keep the streak alive.

  • I shall watch the rest of the game in the morning. Night all.

    • Think positive thoughts!

      • Dodged that Dodger collapse. We saw both Hatchers.

  • scooplew

    Thar she blows!

  • WinnipegDave

    So many hits for AZ with RISP.

  • WinnipegDave

    It feels a bit one sided here. Like one team has given up and one team is still playing hard. Not good Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was even less fun than last night. Likely because last night was a thing that happened and so I had already used up all my “Ha ha the Dodgers had a bad game against AZ” for the week.

  • WBBsAs

    For tomorrow’s game I’ll be in the air, en route to Detroit and then Ann Arbor, where my daughter’s receiving her MSW. Be gone a week, looking in on occasion. In Michigan, I won’t be blacked out for the Gnatgames.

    • Congratulations to her on the MSW!

    • RBI

      Congrats!

  • Bah. I’m not worried yet, not after 18 games, but our starting pitching other than Kershaw and McCarthy (!) has not performed up to standard yet.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They are showing all the weaknesses of last year: not hitting with RISP and when they DO get the hits, the pitching lets them down . . . not going deep into games by SP . . . and the blisters of Hill.
      Hopefully they can turn things around, as they did last year.

  • NPUT @ 11:00AM PT

  • HLKLA

    At least we made Arizona work hard by making them play the whole game to get eleven runs rather than letting them score most of their runs in one inning like the previous night.

  • foul tip

    Grant, in his element:

    “The news broke about Bumgarner’s screwery, and everything was a blur. When it settled down, one of my first thoughts was, “At least Johnny Cueto is starting tonight.” The reasons why are obvious. That’s the co-ace. That’s the reason Giants fans shouldn’t be wearing floaties in a toilet, looking at the sky and wondering why, why, why. Cueto is fantastic, and he’ll pick us all up, the thought went.

    “Then he gave up a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run in the same inning.”

    http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2017/4/21/15392094/giants-no-what-are-you-doing-stop

  • foul tip

    More Grant:

    “Denard Span strained his shoulder colliding with the outfield fence, the second starting outfielder in the last week to hurt himself that way. The other starting outfielder hurt himself in the field on Friday, and he looked hurt after being forced into the game.”
    ==============================
    Edit. Not Grant, but more “what shoe drops next?” SF news from their Chronicle beat writer:

    “KANSAS CITY — Right-hander Kyle Crick, who was off to a good start in his first Triple-A season, as a reliever, has gone on Sacramento’s disabled list because of a freak injury.

    “Crick was hit in the head by a foul ball Sunday while sitting in the visiting dugout at Cashman Field in Las Vegas and sustained a concussion.”