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.

137 thoughts on “Game 42, 2017

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 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.