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.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • scooplew

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

  • scooplew

    Dodger recall Liberatore, option Eibner.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers-D’Backs MLB.TV free game of the day.

  • scooplew

    Our bench today: Van Slyke, Hernandez, Taylor and Barnes.

  • Gonzales got all of that one. Yes, he has lost some power.

  • Look over your shoulder Yasmani and you can see all the way to Austin.

    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

      • Then he should have good trade value.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Always good to trade surplus strength, but Austin needs to sustain before something like that can be entertained by the FO.

          • Very true. I don’t know why I haven’t warmed up to Grandal. Maybe Mark Timmons hypes him too much.

          • Bob_Hendley

            As I recall, your issue is that he is injury prone because of his approach to catching.

          • For sure I used to think so. I also really didn’t like him playing through his injured shoulder in 2015. It seemed like AJ Ellis should have done most of the catching back then.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He doesn’t make out the lineup card.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here we go again . . .

    • Bob, What feed are you getting the game?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        1400 — the shopping station

        • You are about 15 seconds ahead of MLB.com

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            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.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            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.

          • We all have a little devil in us.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            They deserved it — they were Patriots fans. 🙂

          • Love it.

          • scooplew

            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.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’ve found radio broadcasts of a football game are ahead of TV.

  • scooplew

    One good, make that superb, starting pitcher won’t get us very far.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

      • scooplew

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

  • One out and 23 pitches in the first.

  • Seager found his arm.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Umps don’t seem to give Joc the new strike zone.

    • WinnipegDave

      Didn’t need it on his at bat this time.

  • scooplew

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

    • He’s played a little OF but I got the impression he was the prospective replacement for Adrian at 1B.

      • scooplew

        If Gonzo’s power doesn’t return, might that be this season?

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      Was getting back on a good track pitch-wise, until the Goldie at bat.

  • scooplew

    Grandal since Opening Day: 0 HRs, 1 RBI.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But with OBP .375, so still contributing during this down period.

      • scooplew

        And he just contributed again.

  • scooplew

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

      • scooplew

        Is Taylor, who bats right, an option?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Probably the best option at this point and forego an additional left handed bat. How is Dre doing, BTW?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two gift runs!!!

    • WinnipegDave

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

      • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gameday says injury delay. What’s up?

    • Bob_Hendley

      With Turner up, always scary.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Miller out.

  • scooplew

    What was the nature of the error and how did it figure in the scoring?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      SS didn’t handle the relay. The runner was going to be stopped at 3rd.

      • Goes without saying that the runner was going to be held at third so far this year.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          By the coach or subsequent batters?

          • 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.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

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

      • scooplew

        Thank you.

  • scooplew

    Reliever Delgado’s ERA is 7.71. How about a big inning?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive!

      • scooplew

        Wonderful! And so needed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas sir!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rally killer!

      • I helped a little bit.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I blame Scoop!

          • I will go along with that.

          • scooplew

            Mea Culpa!

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • Five consecutive home runs is what you missed.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now need several shutdown innings, starting right here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown!
    Nice to hear the large contingency at Dodger Stadium East.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.

  • I wonder what happened to Joc. Kike’ took his place in CF to start the bottom of the 6th.

    • Possible hamstring.

      • Steiner tells me he reported a tightness in his groin.

        • WBBsAs

          Without independent corroboration, never believe a word Steiner says.

  • scooplew

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

    • I want him to pitch 7 innings.

      • scooplew

        Me too. To emulate Kershaw.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And rest the ‘pen.

          • scooplew

            We got our wishes.

  • scooplew

    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.

    • I’ll send them a can of beans.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big Mac!

  • scooplew

    Reliever Wilhelmsen has an ERA of 7.11. How about a big inning. (Redux)

  • Attaboy McCarthy. Who’d a thunk you’d be our 2nd-most reliable starter so far this season?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      One of the few nice surprises.
      Perhaps the only one, so far this year?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pedro could be another.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pray for Julio en Mayo.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That would be great to come up with a slogan for a trio.
        Of course, the bats still need to be there . . . which they have, this weekend — that’s a silver lining.

    • scooplew

      Mac and Clay, then Oy Vey!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Love it!

        • scooplew

          And the same to your rhymes!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Clay, Mac and Julio, Wood be coolio.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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

    • scooplew

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

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    10-26 RISP for the series. Our problems were elsewhere for once.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It would be nice to reach a stretch when there aren’t any problem areas.

  • RBI

    Phew-HOO!!!!

  • 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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, he was out for most two weeks in ST.

  • 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?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Off the top of my head, no.

      • 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.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So the Wilhelmsen and Koehler households could have answered your question.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, here’s someone we won’t otherwise see for a while… https://twitter.com/denisebrownLA/status/855584465376100352

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