Game 37, 2017

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:00 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

Lefty Alex Wood (3-0, 2.73 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers against lefty Tyler Anderson (2-3, 6.69 ERA). Anderson was scheduled to pitch the opening game of the series on Thursday but was pushed back because of leg soreness. Coors Field is not Wood’s favorite place to pitch: he’s 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in four starts and he’s allowed 20 earned runs in 16 innings there. Anderson is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts spanning 10 innings against the Dodgers this season.

What do pitching coaches do? Well:

“He’d gotten in a bad habit,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said of Wood’s time in Atlanta, when his velocity was about 4 mph slower than it is now. “His arm slot had really dropped. Didn’t have the angle with the fastball. We revamped his delivery more to what it was when he first got to the big leagues out of college, and he’s really been able to stay on that.”

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1947 During the pre-game infield practice, a barrage of racial slurs is directed at Jackie Robinson by the Cincinnati fans during the Dodgers’ first visit to Crosley Field this season. Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Southerner from Kentucky with friends attending the game and captain of the team, engages the black infielder in conversation, and then put his arm around his teammate’s shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd.
  • 1952 Larry Miggins hits the first of his two major league home runs, going deep off Preacher Roe in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 14-8 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The round-tripper hit by the Bronx-born outfielder, who had once shared his dream of playing in big leagues during a prep school assembly with a buddy with aspirations to be a baseball broadcaster, is called by an overwhelmed Vin Scully, Brooklyn’s play-by-play announcer who had wondered that day with his friend “what the odds against that would be.”

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    PeeWee’s embrance of Jackie was all the more stunning because he was from the Louisville area – part of Cincy’s fan base in redneck Kentucky.

    • scooplew

      There is a serious question about whether the embrace ever happened. No reporting of it at the time. No eyewitnesses that I know of who noted it at the time. It may be more apocryphal than real, but, hey, I choose to believe it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Perhaps the sportswriters were still at the bar, or an editor later didn’t think it appropriate for a game report on the sports page. 😉

        • scooplew

          Ken Burns examines it in his excellent two-part, four-hour documentary on Robinson. It is well worth watching, as is everything Burns has done, in my opinion.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Grant has reason to rejoice in the unexpected… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/863542440380248064

  • scooplew

    I thought tonight’s game was a 5 o’clock start our time. Was I wrong or is there some sort of a delay?

    • WBBsAs

      It was 5:10.

      • scooplew

        Gracias.

    • I mistyped the time above.

  • scooplew

    Anyone know why Puig isn’t starting against a lefty?

    • RBI

      He hasn’t been seeing the ball well lately. Maybe just a day off?

    • He has major reverse splits this year.

  • WBBsAs

    While acknowledging the worthiness of the cause, I hate the pink details on the uniforms. At least the Dodgers refrained from altering their caps.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Double your pleasure, double your fun!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes forces the hand with the steal. Maybe get more than lineup turning.

    • WBBsAs

      I love seeing a catcher’s SB. The new Roseboro!

    • I think Barnes is much more than a good OBP.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Got the edge on Hedge(s), as far as Austins go.

      • WBBsAs

        For a number of other teams, he might well be starting.

        • His double tonight was generated by a small swing. He seems to be settling in as a MLBer and is no longer forcing.

          • WBBsAs

            Clearly, he’s more than just a “backup catcher.”

          • I would like to see something like a 60 – 40 split of games between Granda and Barnes and who gets the 60 could change several times during the season.

          • WinnipegDave

            Wouldn’t that make it 50/50?

          • Bob_Hendley

            We can count on Grandal getting injured, no?

          • Si’, but will he stay in the lineup even with a cast on one of his arms?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice work by bottom of the lineup to get another run.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood better by more than 2 K/9 over Klayton at this point.

    • I wonder how long Wood has to be good before he is thought of as good.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Was pretty good last year before he got injured. But I know what you mean. A lot of flack when the FO acquired him.

        • Is there still talk that you are aware of that his mechanics make him injury prone. He does have a unique style.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Certainly has that tag.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      For a Dodger site – we sure do have a Giant writer fascination.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s a far better writer than the Gnats are a team.

        • WinnipegDave

          Absolutely. I appreciate good writing and Grant is very good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood K’s the side!

    • Dodgers strength sure is lefty dominant.

  • Seager, Pederson, Bellinger, Grandal, Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Urias, Verdugo. Lots of lefties plus Puig and Turner hit righties better than lefties as well.

  • scooplew

    Including the first three innings tonight, Wood has 26 Ks, two BBs in last 13 innings.

    • WBBsAs

      Going to be hard to pull him from the rotation.

      • WinnipegDave

        Let’s not. Send Hill to the pen or put Ryu on the DL or something.

      • scooplew

        Agreed. We have had many trips to the DL by starting pitchers — Hill (twice), Maeda, Ryu, Kazmir and McCarthy — but the FO has done a good job in stocking up on starters.

  • Further info re Wood and Ks.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s how you get in contention for Pitcher of the Month.

    • So, not even half.

      • scooplew

        Ha! What a slouch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Eibner!

    • WinnipegDave

      Auto correct kept changing Eibner to Winner!

  • Oh look! Squirrel!

  • scooplew

    WinnipegDave:
    From last night: I saw Bad Day at Black Rock decades ago and then watched it again a few years ago. Thought it was an excellent and important film, ahead of its time on social issues. What did you think? Had you seen it before?

    • Bob_Hendley

      A classic that I have yet to see.

  • WBBsAs

    Eibner utterly crushed that pitch. Even by Coors standards, a monster dinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    How did Kershaw only strike out 4 last night?

    • WBBsAs

      He’s become a soft-tosser.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

  • WBBsAs
    • 105 MPH is about 10 MPH over league average on balls-in-play. Its very good but not super good. Good launch angle. Joc’s ground ball that ws turned into a double play last night was 114 MPH. Glad it wasn’t me getting in front of that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump not too kind to Anderson.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Actually, erratic more than anything.

  • WinnipegDave

    Be nice to keep tacking on runs here this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Up comes Eibner with the bases loaded.

  • WinnipegDave

    Should have saved your HR for this at bat Brett.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ump squeezed Wood there – at least acorrding to MLB pitch tracker.

  • WinnipegDave

    Double digit K’s for Wood.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good fortune there on that DP.

  • WBBsAs

    Stepped out to the kitchen for a moment and missed the DP. Hard-hit?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. It was stung.

  • WBBsAs

    Great bit of hitting by JT!

  • WBBsAs

    Excellent inning by Fields, even with the full counts.

  • Chopped onions and peppers and potatoes and only two more comments in 20 minutes? Class, you’re not rowdy enough! Where’s RBI?

    • Exercising?

      • WinnipegDave

        I guess hard but yeah that’s a tough one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It’s Coors, so starting to sweat quietly, aware that good things can be dashed by bad things happening quickly.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was reading with my son – and watching the end of the Ottawa-Pittsburgh hockey game.

    • WinnipegDave

      What’s for dinner Link?

      • Sorry. I had to go off and actually cook it. Mom had a root canal Thursday and her mouth has been hurting, so instead of Saturday night steaks or burgers I made a hamburger hash. I figured that would be easy enough to chew. Diced russet potato, chopped red, green and yellow peppers, a lot of white onion and a pound of ground beef. Brown the beef, drain it, throw in the potatoes to soften and then add the beef and the veggies. S&P as needed/desired. Cook until it tastes done.

        She liked it and could eat it. I liked it too.

    • RBI

      I have been working with one eye on the iPad… Back in time for the ninth. Go Kenley!

      • John_from_Aus

        Putting kids to bed for daytime sleep, I have the other eye on the ipad

  • HLKLA

    Is it even possible to throw a shut out at Coors? How often had it been accomplished?

    • WBBsAs

      Nomo threw a no-no.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nomo pitched a 0 run no hitter there.

      • HLKLA

        That was an amazing accomplishment too!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dodgers did it in July 2014, according to the broadcast.

      • WBBsAs

        I was there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turnabout fair play. Arenado a bit frustrated.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner robbing Arenado

    • WBBsAs

      JT’s defence (as you’d write it in Canadia) has been brilliant.

  • WBBsAs

    Bucs behead the Snakes 4-3, so the Dodgers have a chance to gain on everybody except the Gnats today.

  • R-N-odd-0 didn’t like what was done onto him as he has done onto others

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring in Romo and save Jansen for later. Like next week later.

    • RBI

      At Coors? Dangerous.

      • WinnipegDave

        In my defense, I was thinking about Jansen’s heart issue that seemed to be an issue here in previous seasons.

        • RBI

          Ah, right! I forgot about that.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or do the other thing and don’t worry about what I think.

  • RBI

    What an amazing strike three pitch for the second out. A thing of beauty.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • HLKLA

    Yes!

  • WinnipegDave

    Tomorrow’s game – which will be a battle for first place and feature Urias vs Senatela – is MLB.tv’s free Game of the Day!

  • HLKLA

    I got juggling clubs today as a gift. I can already juggle three balls, so I guess I am ready to try the next level. Anyone have club juggling experience?

    • WinnipegDave

      I can do 3 balls (or oranges, apples, etc) with 2 hands and 2 balls with one hand (either right or left). I was taught by one of my Mathematics profs in my first year of university. But I haven’t tried clubs.

      • Bob_Hendley

        My accounting teacher taught me how to juggle the books.

    • RBI

      Ummm.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems challenging. How heavy are they (they look like bowling pins)?

      • HLKLA

        They are surprisingly light.

  • NPUT @ 11:00 AM PT