Game 42, 2017

Marlins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F

Miami has lost three in a row and 8 of its last ten (the Dodgers won their last game and 6 of their last ten). The Marlins have given up 35 more runs than they’ve scored (the Dodgers have scored 55 more than they’ve allowed). On the other hand, the Marlins swept a four-game series from the Dodgers last year in Los Angeles. This series is also four games. Cue ominous music.

RHP Edinson Volquez (0-5, 4.41 ERA) tries to dig himself and his team out of their respective holes. The Dodgers counter with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-5, 4.99 ERA). Volquez just came off the disabled list and went six innings against the Braves, giving up only four hits and two runs. Ryu’s last start was awful; he gave up 10 runs (only five earned), eight hits and six walks to the Rockies in Denver.

A-Gon has been activated from the 10-day DL and Scott Van Slyke has been optioned back to OKC.

If you find yourself in Chinatown and want to walk to Dodger Stadium, here’s the route. Expect a half-hour hike.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 1929 In the doubleheader played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the teams combine to score a record fifty runs when the Dodgers outlast the Phillies, 20-16, before dropping the nightcap to the home team 8-6. In the opener, Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick crosses the plate five times, giving him the major league mark of scoring eight runs in two consecutive games.
  • 1931 Dodgers’ outfielder Babe Herman hits for the cycle for the first of two times this season. In 1933, as a member of the Cubs, he will again hit for the cycle, making him and Bob Meusel the only major leaguers to have accomplished the feat three times since 1900.

Lineup when available.

Other than Utley in Forsyth’s spot at 2B, this could be the base starting lineup for the rest of the year if (HA!) everyone stayed healthy.

  • Thursday 5/18 10:10pm EST
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
    vs. Marlins – Edinson Volquez (R)

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
    5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    6. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    7. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P

    • Adrian is back. Joc still in the lineup. I guess that Joc will hit a HR before Adrian does. Even money maybe.

    • Did you delete your lineup comment? No need to.

  • HLKLA

    In response to a question from the last thread about Griffith leading off in 1988 and batting below .200, according to Baseball Reference he batted lead off 14 times with the last taking place in September.

    • WBBsAs

      Let’s not confuse Derrell Griffith and Alfredo Griffin (both did win rings as Dodgers, though).

      • HLKLA

        I have a Derrell Griffith baseball card..

        • scooplew

          Derrell Griffith brings back a lot of good memories. Called up in June, his rookie year was ’64, the year I got my driver’s license in L.A. I remember Vinnie liked him. Griffith could hit — .290 in 238 ABs, but he couldn’t field! He had 21 errors in 91 chances at third, a fielding percentage of .769. Counting some OF play, his overall fielding percentage was .827. In ’65, he hit .171 in only 41 ABs and the next year went 1-for-15, before being traded to the Mets in the off-season with Tommy Davis for Jim Hickman and Ron Hunt. I was a huge Davis fan and hated that trade. Griffith never played in the majors again.

          • WBBsAs

            I was a big Tommy D fan, too, but after the broken ankle he was never quite the same – though he lasted quite a while.

          • scooplew

            At a Dodgers Fantasy Camp I attended in Vero Beach, Tommy said that the doctors said he need far more time to recover fully, but that the Dodgers didn’t abide by that medical advice, hence he never again was the same player he had been. I think he was on a potential Hall of Fame path. Davis did have a fine career in the AL, mostly as a designated hitter. He is a genuine guy and a gentleman.

  • WBBsAs

    Twinkies take second game of DH v. Rox, so Dodgers can gain half a game tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    I watched the walking to Dodger Stadium video this afternoon. Surprisingly I got a bit emotional when they arrived at the Stadium.

    Man, I’ve got to get there some day!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Utley with OBP over the past week above .500, which may explain why he is leading off.

  • Is Ryu going to pitch himself out of the rotation tonight?

    • WBBsAs

      I wouldn’t write him off, but Dodgers do have other options.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc snow-cones one for the final out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, just one out of all that. Phew.

    • A little like the Dodger 1st.

  • Joc needed that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I like it.

  • Ryu lets Joc and Puig know that hitting Volquez is nothing to write home about.

  • Stripling to have competition as a pinch runner

  • Bob_Hendley

    Crazy to send Ryu there.

    • WBBsAs

      But it worked.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Something, something …blind squirrel.

    • Momentum.

  • WBBsAs

    Chutley is now above the Mendoza line.

    • Joc’s hit keeps him above it as well,

  • He runs, he leaps, Heeeeeese Superman.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The Ryu Show tonight!

    • WinnipegDave

      If he doesn’t stay in because of his pitching, maybe he will because of his defense.

      • Bob_Hendley

        And offense.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha. You didn’t fool me this time Steiner. As soon as you soft talked that hit as a fly ball to the outfield I knew it was gone.

  • HLKLA

    Ryu still trying to pitch himself out of a spot.

  • When does Ryu hit again. Lets get some excitement going again.

  • HLKLA

    Can we at least try to get Turner home this inning.

    • WBBsAs

      Consider it done.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think they always try.

  • HLKLA

    Thank you Adrian!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Delivering the eggs and butter.

  • HLKLA

    I would be happy if the Dodgers kept their 1-3-1-3 pattern going the rest of the game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc usually strikes out better than that.

  • scooplew

    Regarding the optioning of SVS. If you are sent down to the minors more than once in the same season, does each time count as a separate option?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Naw.

      • Bob_Hendley

        The measure is option years.

        • scooplew

          Thanks, Bob.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy night for Ryu.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He hits and runs and they hit him and get runs.

      • WinnipegDave

        Exactly.

  • HLKLA

    Pay back? Probably not with a runner already on.

  • WinnipegDave

    How many different ways can Ryu be hit, get a hit, etc?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Will always be known as the Ryu game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well, we know he can’t lose tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sadly might become the Turner injured game.

  • WBBsAs

    I didn’t expect to see Hatcher here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Normally Romo’s spot for the DP.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hatcher strikes out both batters he faced. #wonthetrade

  • WinnipegDave

    Anyone here cheering for Anaheim Ducks of Los Angeles in the NHL?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Crickets.

      • WinnipegDave

        No worries. I am simply honouring my civic duty to ask about hockey at least once during the playoffs.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Penguinos fan myself.

          • WinnipegDave

            Belated congrats from last year…

  • RBI

    Hi all. Finally home from three days away working. Go Dodgers! Ryu had quite a game, it looks like.

    • WinnipegDave

      Indeed he did. Thrill a minute/inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Working on a script or book or something else?

      • RBI

        Book plus pitching an eight hour series. Yikes.

        • WBBsAs

          Series based on a book?

          • RBI

            Yes, but not mine. A book called The Mirror Thief.

          • WinnipegDave

            Talk about a thrill a minute!

          • WBBsAs

            Writing a screenplay?

          • RBI

            Hoping to write eight hours! For television.

          • WBBsAs

            I read the NYT review, and that sounds like a challenge.

          • RBI

            It was/is! We wrote a 40 page treatment and pitched to nine companies. Will keep you posted!

    • WBBsAs

      Not exactly dominant, but interesting.

  • RBI

    Oh no. JT hurt.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner down.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh.

  • RBI

    Our best hitter down. Rats.

  • WBBsAs

    Looked like a hamstring.

  • WinnipegDave

    We aren’t exactly loaded with 3rd Basemen that are knocking down the door in the minors. Don’t know who the best option is.

    • WBBsAs

      Taylor’s been awfully good lately, but hasn’t played much 3B.

      • WinnipegDave

        It might work with Forsythe coming back.

        • scooplew

          What about Derrell Griffith?

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Segedin’s injury proving to be worse than initially thought.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Maybe time for Thompson to come back. Move Quique back into the infield.

      • WinnipegDave

        That would be my guess – the Hernandez part at least – as to what the Dodgers do. But I wouldn’t mind Taylor getting a chance as well.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They would be paired at 3rd and second until Logan is back.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew! Getting Stanton out there is large.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers 5 pitchers tonight: ERA’s starting with the numbers 4,3,2,1, and 0 (but not in that order).

  • WBBsAs

    I wanna see Kenley hit.

    • WinnipegDave

      Here he comes.

      • WBBsAs

        No bunting!

        • scooplew

          Well, it’s not the World Series.

  • RBI

    Kenley’s hit? Flat out hilarious.

  • WinnipegDave

    To balance out pitchers hitting tonight perhaps Puig could pitch if the Dodgers blow this open.

  • scooplew

    Jansen raises his career batting average to .333 (2-for-6).

  • WinnipegDave

    Is this the 4th or 5th time tonight the Dodgers have had the bases loaded?

    • WBBsAs

      Yes.

      • WinnipegDave

        Now 5th or 6th time!

  • scooplew

    How did Turner get hurt and how serious did it look?

    • WinnipegDave

      Rounding third base. Looked like a hamstring.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. And I think he took over the league lead in hitting tonight at .379.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Running the bases. Looked like a hammy so maybe a couple of weeks at least.

      • WBBsAs

        Presuming pulled rather than torn.

        • RBI

          Looked pulled not torn to me.

          • WBBsAs

            Sophisticated video diagnosis…

          • RBI

            More like armchair diagnostics from a glass-half-full kind of gal.

          • WBBsAs

            Wine glass half empty?

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a great night for Bellinger.

    • Bob_Hendley

      His team is winning.

      • WinnipegDave

        So it is a good night for Turner too?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Cody can come back tomorrow and pick up his team mates if they are not hittting. That’s the way it works. Unfortunately Justin can’t

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hit the ball hard twice, drove in a run and got a BB.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well the cutter seems to be working.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! Nine pitches. Boom.

  • scooplew

    Our relievers recorded 11 outs tonight, 10 of them by strikeout.

    • RBI

      How sweet it is, after last year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        …? Believe we had one of the best pens in the majors last year.

        • RBI

          Ah. Was it the previous year? Sorry, brain gone tonight…

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, 2015.

    • WinnipegDave

      Fish out of water were the Florida hitters.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers out of 3rd place in the division.

    • RBI

      Nice.

    • WBBsAs

      Tied for second.

  • scooplew

    Correction: Jansen raised his career batting average to .400 (2-for-5).

  • Yippie ki-yi-yay!

  • Saw the last out and the highlights. Ryu had a wild time out there, didn’t he? And Turner is hopefully just sore and not in need of surgery.

  • NPUT