Game 19, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.12 ERA) takes the mound for the Dodgers and RHP Shelby Miller (2-1, 3.50 ERA) does so for the D-Backs. Both pitchers had forgettable 2016 seasons — McCarthy with Tommy John surgery and Miller with poor performances all round (3-12, 6.15 ERA for the year with no wins at Chase Field).

McCarthy, 33, has bounced around the big leagues — the Dodgers are his sixth team. He’s never had a brilliant season but has been serviceable when healthy. His career record is 59-68 with a 4.13 ERA in 1069 innings.

Miller, 26, was a 15-game winner in 2013 and 2014 with the Cardinals before going to the Braves in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward. He had a horrible W-L record (6-17) but a good ERA (3.02) in 2015 with the Braves. He was traded to the D-Backs following that season. For his career he’s 37-48 with a 3.68 ERA in 694 innings.

The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Andrew Toles and Yasiel Puig are a combined 16-for-33 (.485) against Miller. On the other hand, before Saturday’s game Goldschmidt was a career .313 hitter (121-for-386) with 24 homers and 80 RBIs vs. the Dodgers.

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117 thoughts on “Game 19, 2017

  1. Jeez, a win would be nice, as we leave the Snakes and Rox behind for now, as they have been fast out of the gate and have the 2nd and 3rd best records in the NL. What follows will be a 29 game stretch where we plays almost entirely against teams with less than stellar records, though always tough against the giants. The Snakes seem to be the team that many pundits thought they would be last year, until Pollack got injured.

    • Here’s hoping . . .
      Of course the Dodgers are also one of those “teams with less than stellar records.”

  2. Pederson CF
    Seager SS
    Turmer 3B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Grandal C
    Toles LF
    Puig RF
    Utley 2B
    McCarthy P

    • Grandal came into the game at OPS+ 128 for the season. If Austin can provide that level of production for the season, we are in great shape.

          • Gameday is usually in the past . . . so I get messages from the future when I’m watching postings here. They’re nice when it’s good news . . . not when it’s like today. Or yesterday. Or the day before that. Or . . .

          • I saw your comment of here we go again and I said to my wife that Goldie is going to hit the next pitch for a homer. I actually did appreciate the heads up. Maybe I can work a bet into this.

          • Ha!
            That happened several years ago at a Super Bowl party at the home of friends. They had two huge screens but we learned the one in the dining room was about 7 seconds “ahead” of the main one, in the living room. We started messing with them, running in and yelling “First down!” then eventually cheering for no reason at all.

          • Always wanted to have a friend on the East Coast provide me with all the answers to Jeopardy one night, then seem like a genius when the show airs on the West Coast.

          • I’ve found that the audio delay can often be caused by having one TV on the HD channel and the other on the “regular” digital version of that channel.

    • Especially with inconsistent bats — tho they did their job these previous two games.

      • The five runs that we scored on both Friday and Saturday were good, particularly sine we have scored more only five times this season.

  3. Bellinger at OKC through yesterday — .339/.426/.662/.1.087 with 5 HRs and 14 RBIs.

  4. McCarthy shakes his head after striking out Lamb. Upset maybe with pitch count after needing about 15 to go through the last 2 batters.

  5. Admittedly, I am in a sour/dour mood today about our team, but how much longer does Utley get to play? He is now 1-for-26.

    • Probably a long leash. In the system at OKC the Dodgers have Sweeney, a switch hitter as possible utility guy. Calhoun, a lefty, is also there, but most think that he needs much more work and his defensive skills at second, let alone as a utility guy are suspect.

    • That was fun! Although only one was a gift – unless you are counting walking McCarthy.

      • I am.
        Actually any walk is a gift.
        And ANY run for the Dodgers these days is a gift.

          • It just seems that the Dodgers run the bases conservatively and the third base coach rarely takes risks. He might make the right call but on games that seem to drag and those with games that the Dodgers can’t get anything going, I would like them them to be more aggressive on the base paths.

          • I’ve always been a fan of “little ball” and making things happen.
            HRs are nice, but can’t be counted on.

  6. Dodgers break it open but MLB.tv shutdown on me – as did Gameday audio.
    Missed all the fun.

  7. They scored more in that inning than in 13 entire games this season.
    Contributing to the frustration is they started with that blowout game, raising expectations — speaking at least for myself.

  8. 12-pitch inning for McCarthy. He is at 86 pitches. Will he get the ball for the 7th inning?

  9. Giants, in being swept at Colorado, were outscored 26-8 in the three games. Lost today 8-0. They are going to be hungry when we arrive there tomorrow.

  10. Now that there appears to be two solid starters, perhaps we come up with a slogan for them,
    a la “Spahn & Sain, then pray for rain” ?

    Initial offerings:
    “Big Mac & Kersh, then you get worse”
    “Brandon & Clay, then pray you don’t play”
    “Kersh & Bran, then we need a plan”

  11. Yes!
    Salvaging a weekend of frustration (topped personally by my car’s starter apparently shot).

    • That win actually seemed more like one victory. Its significant is greater than normal.

  12. Ripley’s: McCarthy is tied with Kershaw for a team-leading three wins and has a lower ERA. Of course, he hasn’t pitched in Denver yet.

    • ERA+, which takes ballpark effects into account, give Mac a 167 and Klayton a 148 so far this season.

  13. Adrian, on his lack of power: “”Everything has been a work in progress,” said Gonzalez, who has battled forearm tendinitis since Spring Training started. “I’ve been hitting a lot of balls on the ground that have been outs. For me, it’s to hit the ball in the air. Thank God everything’s healing and I’m starting to feel better.”

    Huh. I hadn’t heard about the tendinitis. That might explain the dearth of home runs.

  14. Names. The last MLB player named Tom I can remember is Dee’s father Tom Gordon. Before that there were Brunansky and Seaver. Can anyone think of any current Toms?

      • Sheesh. Tom Wilhelmsen of the D-Backs has pitched against the Dodgers three times already this season, including yesterday and today.

        Tom Koehler has started six times for the Marlins against the Dodgers since 2014.

  15. Eric over at TBLA doesn’t think that a Cody call up is out of the question, if Joc were to go on the DL, with Toles sliding over to CF against righties.