Game 22, 2017

In case you missed it, here’s the most amazing play of the year thus far:

Dodgers at Giants, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC-Bay Area, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Lefty Alex Wood (1-0, 3.29 ERA) faces Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.25 ERA) in Game Three of the four-game set. It might be Wood’s last start for a while, because of this news:

followed by this remark: “Roberts said Urias is up to stay.”

Lineup when available.

Roberts keeps switching batting orders around for reasons I don’t understand. Bellinger’s leading off? Toles was leading off and now he’s hitting eighth? Utley’s hitting 0-for April and yet he’s at second base?

  • ESPN just laid off a bunch of on-air personalities and writers, including Dodger beat guys Doug Padilla and Mark Saxon. There are some other recognizable names in the NYT here.

    • HLKLA

      One of our local sportscasters who made the leap to ESPN was also let go today.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    THanks for the video link, Link.
    Know we know what being over the top in baseball is like!

  • WinnipegDave

    Curious what Utley’s batting floor is? It feels like he is in the 3rd parking lot below ground already.

  • For a Dodgers – Giants game, y’all are very quiet tonight.

    • RBI

      I was lifting lady-weights. Next, heating up homemade veggie soup for dinner. But I’m talking to the tv screen plenty!

      • I use a Vitamix to make veggie soup. Always amazes me that after 5 minutes of blade spinning the soup is piping hot.

  • RBI

    AGon made Cueto throw more than 3 pitches. Feels like a victory!

    • Takes Toles three at bats to do that.

  • RBI

    Keep up the good work, Alex.

  • Bob, what were you doing in Mexico?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Have a beach house in Puerto Escondido.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a lot of scoring so far this series. Column A is good pitching. Column B is poor hitting. Take your pick.

    • Column C.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well at least you didn’t choose the 5th Column.

        • I was looking for the all the above column.

  • RBI

    Cueto and Wood making this game quick so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      Quick and tense.

      • RBI

        Always tense for me!

    • RBI

      Darn autocorrect does not like Cueto’s name!

      • WinnipegDave

        Does it turn it into Cutie or something like that?

        • My guess is that it turns into Curtis.

        • RBI

          Curtis. Cutter. No Cutie yet!

  • Bellinger beginning to make contact with the up and in strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    This inning we should work more on the scoring aspect of the game. That would be fun.

    • WinnipegDave

      See? Fun right?

  • At this pace, Wood would need 108 pitches to complete 9 innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      Which sadly is about 20-25 too many for Wood.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager!

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad Seager wasn’t walked.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big moment here for Utley.

  • WinnipegDave

    That works!

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley doubled his average from.032 to.064!

  • WinnipegDave

    That works too!

  • WinnipegDave

    Toles speed for the run.

  • WBBsAs

    Just got back to Ann Arbor from ballgame in Detroit – 8-0 shutout for the Mariners, some good plays, glad I did it. Got cheap tickets on StubHub. Big thunderstorm on the drive back.

  • John_from_Aus

    for fun, lets add some more

  • WBBsAs

    Nearly midnight in Michigan, will be watching rest of game on the iPad in bed.

    • I am checking out as well. Hopefully a great game to visit in the morning.

  • RBI

    Ugh. Romo.

    • WinnipegDave

      Trying not to care. Trying not to worry. Just want the win.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s not (just) Baez. This game has really slowed down now.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Tension also does that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    At dinner party, so following under the table. Another tense one.

  • Jack Dawkins

    The pants only going down to the knee with orange below is a particularly unfortunate look on Morse.

    • RBI

      Didn’t stop him from hammering that high fast ball.

      • Jack Dawkins

        Salt meet wound.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yuck!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers are going to have to break their recent tendency to score in only one inning if they are to pull this one out.

  • RBI

    I feel sorry for Wood. Such a good outing, wasted.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great DP!

    • RBI

      Needed that!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Now need bats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats! Gotta break out of this funk SOME time (I hope!) — might as well be now!

    • RBI

      I’ve switched to game day. Too tense!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Isn’t that worse, especially knowing that it has already happened?

        • scooplew

          RBI: I also have switched to Gameday quite a bit lately. Frequently find games too tense to watch as well.

  • scooplew

    Just don’t put the ball on the ground, Gonzo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m trying to be optimistic, but with the lack of offensive output, prolonging the game only guarantees tiring the already-tired bullpen.

    • scooplew

      It’s not just lefthanders we aren’t hitting, it seems to be anybody on the mound. I know that we are playing only our 23rd game, but there are many signs that I don’t like. I have little or no confidence that any on the following will get a hit on most at bats: Utley, Barnes, Grandal, Gonzalez, Van Slyke, Toles or Pederson. That is way too many when we carry only 12 or 13 non-pitchers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        At the beginning of the year, there was talk of how potent the lineup was, with everyone a threat. Now they have to put an APB out for someone to hit in the clutch.

  • RBI

    This is why I stop watching. Easier to take when it’s little blue balls instead of hits.

    • scooplew

      Precisely.

  • scooplew

    Roberts plays very little little ball — the sacrifice or the squeeze or the hit-and-run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not just Dave — that seems to have been the same for Donnie and Joe as well.

      • scooplew

        Maybe it’s endemic to being manager of the Dodgers. Did Grady Little play much little ball? Or Davey Johnson? Or Jim Tracy? I can’t remember. Walt Alston was a master of it with a lineup that started with Wills and Gilliam. I miss that kind of baseball.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Amen.
          “Speed never slumps.”

          • scooplew

            And with us it seems that “slumps never slump.” I have vented enough for one evening.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Yes! — consistently inconsistent . . . deja vu all over again from last year. (They DID turn it around last year, with an SF collapse . . . this year as well?)

          • scooplew

            I hope so. Losing to the Giants in this fashion is worse than losing this way to any other team.

  • RBI

    Grumble grumble grumble.

  • RBI

    At least Arizona lost.

  • RBI

    Will he walk in the run?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Game’s over.
    What a waste.

  • RBI

    Night, all. It will get better.

    • scooplew

      I hope you are right, but I am not very sure.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No guarantees.
        Lots of hopes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustratingly inevitable.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure seems like a loooong time since they had a massive two-game winning streak.

  • scooplew

    Overall, it’s currently a rather uninspiring team outside of Kershaw, Wood, McCarthy, Seager, Turner and Jansen. Real unsettled in the outfield, questionable in middle relief (particularly lately) and lack of clutch hitting. Blowing a 3-0 lead after 6 and wasting a brilliant performance by Wood is galling.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig’s new approach is promising and Quique actually leads the team in OPS+. Barnes has looked good as well and Forsythe returns at some point. Sample size is small, but look more like a 90 win team, as implied by their Pythagorean, rather than the 74 win team suggested by projecting their current record.

  • Arrrggh!

  • scooplew

    Now we are seeing why the Giants didn’t keep Romo. Living in Giants country I saw a lot of tonight’s Romo last season. I enjoyed it then.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, seemed like a stretch at the time picking him up. Not much condolence, but Blanton doing as equally poorly with Washington.

  • Not what I wanted to wake up to this morning. Browsing through the innings the thing that bothered me the most was Grandal calling for a high fastball to Morse after Baez struck out the previous hitter with a great change up.

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