Game 2, 2017

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The visiting Padres send lefty Clayton Richard to the mound in hopes he’ll continue pitching as well as he did over the last two months of last season, when he induced ground balls at a 64 percent clip. The Dodgers hope Kenta Maeda does as well in his first start of 2017 as he did in his major league debut in Game Three of last season; he shut out the Padres for six innings and hit a home run. The Dodgers say he’s added a cutter to his repertoire this year.

A couple of interesting things about the Dodgers pitcher:

Maeda tossed three perfect frames and struck out four Angels in his Spring Training finale on Thursday. He needed just 29 pitches. In five spring starts, Maeda posted a 3.00 ERA and a .182 batting average against.

Among pitchers who gave up at least 300 batted balls last season, Maeda led the way by allowing just 28.2 percent to be hit with an exit velocity of 95 mph or harder. Teammate Clayton Kershaw was fourth in that category, at 31.0 percent.

Lineup when available.

Let the platooning begin. Joc sits against a lefty, Kiké plays. Toles sits against lefties too? I dunno. Certainly against this one.

40 thoughts on “Game 2, 2017

  1. Toles sits against lefties too?

    I know this is why they got Gutierrez, but clean-up? Really? Not really a fan of Toles leading off yesterday, either. He’s not what one would call a patient hitter. A good hitter, yes, but not a patient one.

    • SSS, but Toles and Seager led the team in OBP last year, so being a good hitter made up for a low BB rate (Seager was below average BB rate as well). Logan had a like BB rate (and a lower AVE) last year. It’s what we got.

    • Hard to say what the real thought was here. It is just game 2, so we can’t establish patterns yet. Perhaps it was to just get some guys into their first game before semi-regular lineups begin. That said, I’d agree that a reserve outfielder hitting fourth doesn’t seem optimal.
      As for Toles leading off, I’m impressed with Forsythe enough to feel his bat may well be better suited in the 3-6 range, which really does leave Toles as the best option.
      All told, it was one game. If it continues though, I’m against it.

  2. More surprised by Joc that Toles, afterall that is why they acquired Franklin. As regards Joc, they will probably pick and choose which southpaws he starts against to get him going. A lefty that induces ground balls at that rate probably not optimal for Joc.

  3. These 3 runs seem more troubling than the 3 the Padres scored yesterday.

    • If I recall correctly, your early season visits to Dodger Stadium last year – didn’t produce great team results…