Game 30, 2017

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

RHP Kenta Maeda (2-2, 6.58 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. He lost to the Padres on April 4, but he’s since found a cut fastball and its use led to a very good outing against the Phillies last week: seven innings, five hits, two runs and a win. He’ll face RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.82 ERA), who hasn’t allowed a run in 14 2/3 innings at home this year.

The Dodgers are expected to activate Joc Pederson from the 10-day DL, which means someone has to be sent down to OKC to make room. Might be Bellinger, might be one of the relief pitchers. We’ll probably know by early afternoon.

On this day in Dodgers history:

  • 1955 In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field.
  • 1962 Bo Belinsky throws the first no-hitter in Angels history and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0. The 25 year-old southpaw is only the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
  • 2009 The Dodgers tie the major league record of 12 consecutive wins at home to start the season with their 3-1 victory over Arizona. L.A.’s 12-0 start at home equals the mark set by the Tigers in 1911.

Kershaw, McCarthy and Bill Shaikin try their hands at financial analysis of the Dodgers’ methods of acquiring starting pitching.

Lineup when available.

Note Bellinger is at 1B. Here’s why:

  • WBBsAs

    Part of Grant’s analysis of free agents the Gnats might have signed… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf0a0566f47e73fe8a4474ea73cd9ad2eb9bd50f189b73268f7ddbd1bcecf591.png

  • Bob_Hendley

    AGon to the DL.

    • WBBsAs

      It was overdue.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now, stupid Pads fans won’t be able to boo AGon this weekend. (he was traded by management, you twits).

  • WBBsAs

    Gnatt Cain gets gnocked around by the Rojos, and Bronson Arroyo is rolling over them… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/860678877491806209

    • Little early in the season for such bitterness.

      • WBBsAs

        In games (and seasons) like this one, Grant’s at his best.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump just a little bit inconsistent on the balls and strikes.

    • WBBsAs

      Indeed. Belinger took closer pitches for balls.

  • scooplew

    Cain allowed nine runs (all earned) on 10 hits and walked six in 3.1 innings tonight. His ERA rose from 2.30 to 4.70.

    • WBBsAs

      It was a thing of beauty.

  • Dodgers’ starting batting averages are not scaring anyone. Turner’s at .374 but nobody else is above .295.

    • Averages are so yesterday 🙂

  • scooplew

    Utley is respected, admired, a great presence in the clubhouose, a hard-nosed and old-fashioned ballplayer, but he can’t hit anymore. Make him a coach and open up a roster spot, which will be needed when Forsythe is ready to return.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That may well happen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    MLB.tv has stopped showing the little box with balls and strikes, at least on my feed. Can’t blame them.

  • Bob_Hendley

    We expect perfection from umps, but we can all have off nights. Pitchers not helping.

    • scooplew

      As someone who is in his 16th year of umpiring youth baseball, I appreciate your sentiment. The umpire is virtually never told that he made the correct call. That is what is expected, most of all by the umpire. So, if a borderline pitch is called a strike, particularly at a crucial moment, the coach of the team that felt it was a ball may grouse out loud. If the same pitch is called a ball, the other coach may voice dismay. It comes with the territory. And the pressure that I am under is so much less than MLB umpires face it barely registers. I enjoy it, get paid $40 to $60 per game and will make about $2,500 this year.

      • What is your take on electronic calling of balls and strikes Scooplew?

        • scooplew

          I don’t like the concept (and not solely because I enjoy umpiring). I think it would remove a very human element of the game. No two batters are exactly alike in the batter’s box. For starters, players range from about 5-foot-4 to about 6-foot-10. How about check swings? Stepping out of the batter’s box while hitting the ball? Asking for time just before the pitcher goes into his windup (and throws the ball)? Would the electronic calling factor in the crouch of each batter? What if he adjusted his stance during the at bat? The calculus is extensive. And never again would we see a Leo Durocher try to kick dirt on a Jocko Conlan and accidentally kick his shin guards (April 1961):

          https://www.thenationalpastimemuseum.com/article/replaying-volcanic-eruptions-legendary-managers (see section just beneath Conlan’s photo.

          Bumsrap: What is your opinion?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Not to mention the play at home (and brushing off the plate afterwards).

          • scooplew

            Or walking to the mound and telling the manager that the conference with the pitcher needs to wrap up. Of handing the catcher’s mask back to the catcher after he tries to catch a foul pop. Or thanking the ball boy for the balls. Or telling the manager to knock it off. Or checking to see if the runner ran out of the baseline. Or waving good-bye to Vin Scully at his last game. Or . . . Perhaps baseball would position someone at home plate who would be asked to do everything BUT call balls and strikes. Not a job that I would want. And I doubt if any MLB umpire would want it either.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ground balls up the line.

          • I keep the umpire behind the plate but use electronics for balls and strikes. Half swings would be called by the first and third base umpires regardless. Both hitter and catcher should be able to request first or third base umpire call.

            I have to assume there would be two or three settings for the strike zone that could be maybe remotely controlled by home plate umpire with a push of a button to adjust for height of strike zone.
            .
            I din’t know a hitter could change his strike zone by changing his stance. That would mean on a 3 – 0 count a hitter could sit on his heels before the pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenta is fooling everyone. Grandal, the ump, the batters and himself. Six straight Ks!

  • WBBsAs

    Adrián Pipp, or Wally González?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Classy Petco has bail bond ads behind homeplate.

    • WBBsAs

      If I recall correctly, it’s pretty close to the police station or the city jail.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Very close to where the police station was in my day.

        • WBBsAs

          I haven’t been to SD for a long time, though I might go this summer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Aladdin! After all he did free the genie from the lamp.

    • When the Dodgers were on Prime Ticket they had the same on the tube.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! He is a rookie after all.

  • scooplew

    Feeling a bit sour now, but do you feel that Grandal is the long-term solution behind the plate? I don’t. I don’t think that Barnes is either. Do we have anyone in the high minors who is on the horizon?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wilson almost broke camp with the Dodgers, but he is an older backup type. Farmer at Tulsa and Smith at Cucamonga are a few years off.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Smith is rated as the Dodgers 14th prospect and Farmer 22 over at TBLA.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That said, Grandal is a good catcher, but a streaky hitter. Hard to find another that is capable of 30 dingers that he gave us last year.

      • scooplew

        I will make a gentleman’s wager that he doesn’t reach 20 homers this season. And that he doesn’t hit above .230.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Even 20 homers is not to be sniffed at from the catcher’s position. If he was not so high in the line up, his failures would be less noticeable.

          • scooplew

            Good point. I’d feel better if he batted no higher than sixth. But I cringe when he is the clean-up hitter.

          • scooplew

            That’s the sound of me cringing. Grandal now has 24Ks in 83 ABs this season.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Last year he had 22 in his first 83. But something tells me you didn’t like him last year either.

          • scooplew

            To be honest, I have never been a big Grandal fan, but I would be happy to be convinced otherwise.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Last year Grandal had 3 home runs 30 games into the season, the same as this year.

          • scooplew

            Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up. LOL.

  • WBBsAs

    This inning seems interminable.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dismal game on the edge of getting worse.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Toles brings a smile.

    • scooplew

      And yet he never seems to smile.

      • WBBsAs

        He gets excited, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Great AB by Toles after failing to sac bunt.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig really stands far of the plate these days.

    • scooplew

      Yes. I wonder why. Batting coach instructions?

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor has been amazing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Getting hard to imagine him being sent down. (All eyes on Chase).

      • scooplew

        Taylor should play most every day, against righties and lefties, until Forsythe returns, and then his status should be reassessed.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t think they would do that to Chase.

          • scooplew

            It would be hard, but Utley is hitting .100. He has to have seen the writing on the wall.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Don’t disagree, but I think they would retire him before benching him.

          • scooplew

            Yes, they have too much respect for him, and it is well-deserved.

  • scooplew

    Stay with Baez until (and if) Padres threaten, and then bring in Jansen?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sounds like a good plan.

  • WBBsAs

    I think I’ll watch the rest in bed, on the iPad. Good night.

    • scooplew

      I hope the Dodgers allow you to have pleasant dreams.

  • scooplew

    Roberts clearly doesn’t want to use Jansen for more than one inning tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig — on the basepaths and in the field!

    • scooplew

      No sound, no vision. What did Yasiel do?

      • Caught the fly ball up against the wall, jumping and landing on his keister after he caught it.

        • scooplew

          Thanks. I will try to find it on the highlights.

  • He made that a little harder than he needed to, as Davis said. He could have just backed up to the wall and not had to jump. Nonetheless, nice way to end an inning, Yasiel.

  • scooplew

    Gameday acting weird. Just said Toles had doubled. Before the first pitch to him.

  • RBI

    Just got home. Why so long?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sloppy pitching.

      • scooplew

        The first six innings took 43 minutes, and then Baez came in in relief.

        • scooplew

          Seriously, 11 pitchers, including several in the middle of innings. It’s been a gritty game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice insurance run.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CODY!!!!

  • Holy cows!

  • RBI

    Well, that happened!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I don’t want to be ungrateful, but it sure would be nicer/easier if they could put these runs up earlier rather than later.
    Still . . . not throwing them back!

    • RBI

      But then I wouldn’t have seen the HR!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He could’ve had his solo shot for you, RBI.

  • That saved Turner having to run fast.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Game has been Hatcherized.

    • scooplew

      Ha!

      • scooplew

        But has it been Steinered?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats started slowly but definitely a group effort, clicking together.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sounds like Dodger Stadium South — of course, the SD fans left to catch the trolley.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • scooplew

    All wins are satisfying, but tonight’s seemed a bit more special.

  • scooplew

    After starting 1-for-10, Bellinger is 12-for-28 with four homers and seven RBIs.

  • scooplew

    G’night all. It was an enjoyable evening following the game and chatting with all of you.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They mentioned 100% chance for rain in SD Sunday. Vegas will be getting that storm as well — we’re expected to drop about 30 degrees from tomorrow — close to 100, to Sunday — 69.

    • I think it’s a 5:40 PM PT start tomorrow night, folks.

  • From the MLB wrap-up: “The game lasted four hours and 11 minutes, marking the longest nine-inning affair in Padres history.”

  • The Dodgers have moved Kershaw’s start up to tomorrow night rather than Friday due to the weather forecast.

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, they earlier said it was because McCarthy tweaked his left (non-throwing) shoulder in weight training.

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