Game 43, 2017

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

The Marlins have caught on too: they’re trotting out YALHP Justin Nicolino (0-0, 1.50 ERA). He was just promoted from AAA and gave up one run in six innings against the Braves last week. On April 27, 2016 he threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Dodgers in his first start of the year. He’ll face the Dodgers’ Alex Wood (4-0, 2.27 ERA), the reigning NL Player of the Week. Part of Wood’s success can be attributed to a 37.4-percent strikeout rate over the last 30 days, second only to Red Sox ace Chris Sale.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • Nothing involving the Dodgers was very notable, but a future Dodger made his MLB debut on this date in:
  • 1984 Joining the club in St. Louis, Eric Davis makes his major league debut, grounding out to short as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 9-1 loss to the Redbirds. The 22 year-old rookie is forced to wear a numberless jersey when Cincinnati forgets to pack an extra road uniform. That seems emblematic of all the good he did the Dodgers when he played for them in 1992-1993

The Dodgers and JT dodged a serious bullet: his hamstring is merely strained. They’ve put him on the 10-day DL and brought up Eibner.

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105 thoughts on “Game 43, 2017

  1. I remember Chris Heisey, currently of the Nationals, complaining about his year with the Dodgers and all of the uncertainty of going back and forth between the minors and the Dodgers and how it affected his life and family. I sure hope Eibner does not have the same issues.

    • It’s part of the profession. On the bright side, you have a long off-season during which you don’t have to work – at one time, players had to have off-season jobs to get through.

    • I can sympathize, but on the other hand the goal is to force the big league team to keep you by being so good they don’t want to send you back down. I’m pretty sure Van Slyke didn’t expect to be sent down to OKC at this stage of his career, but lack of production and a lot of outfielders did it to him.

    • Got to be tough for sure. And if you are good and stick, your family is stuck in OKC so you don’t even see them when you are “home”.

  2. Rox running up the score on Reds, 9-1 in the sixth, but Redbirds have taken 1-0 lead over Gnats in the third. Snakes and Pads play later at The Litter Box.

  3. This, from ESPN, didn’t seem to get as much play as you’d think–


    .@Dodgers bullpen Thursday vs Marlins:3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 10 KIt’s 3rd time in last 100 years that a bullpen didn’t allow a hit and had 10 K

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  4. I thought it would be a while before I’d get Steinered again, but I was wrong.

  5. It may be the end of the line for Ichiro, unfortunately. He is hitting .167 in 48 ABs for the Marlins.

  6. Steiner is going on and on about a Franklin groundout to short. Calling it small ball.

  7. Just joining in. Looks like it has been a fun game so far. Taylor and Eibner rocking HRs and Wood pitching well.

    • Imagine if Wood turns out to be the strong number 2 starter that the Dodgers have had/wanted to pair with Kershaw. Like Greinke in 2015.

  8. Telecast showing bar above pen at DS. My favorite seats when the Dodgers are in DC are those right above the pen. Great view of Kershaw warming up to come in to relieve Kenley in game 7 of NLDS.

    • 83 pitches. Most he has thrown this season is 88. Threw only 77 in 6 shutout innings against the giants.

  9. So both AZ and Colorado have had 8 run innings tonight to hold serve on the Dodgers.

  10. If Stripling doesn’t make an out, Taylor would get one last shot of hitting a triple and getting the cycle.

  11. Joe Pos just wrote a piece about Atlanta “professionally” throwing at (and hitting) Batista.

  12. Gameday acting silliy. What’s happening in the 9th? (And thanks for everyone for getting the game to this point, 7-0. I just joined in.)

    • A little noise from the Fish after a melee over throwing at batters.

    • Gameday had Stanton getting hit by a pitch. He was thrown at but not hit. So Gameday had to go back and fix that up.