Game 50, 2017

Cubs at Dodgers, 4:15 PM PT, TV: Fox

RHP John Lackey (4-4, 4.82 ERA) goes for the Cubs in this late-afternoon game on Big Fox. His opponent will be the Dodgers’ RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 3.76 ERA). Lackey had a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out when he gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings against the Giants. McCarthy had his best outing of the year in his last start when he went six innings and gave up three hits to the Marlins. He beat the Cubs in April, too. In fact, in four career starts against the Baby Bears he’s 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a 1.20 WHIP. But wait! Lackey holds a 1.73 ERA against the Dodgers in 12 career starts!

This day in Dodgers’ history: The source site is unreachable so far today, so here’s an old game.

  • 1955 Oisk lost to The Barber 3-1, giving up all three runs in the 7th and 8th innings. The first was on a home run by Bobby Hofman, a lifetime .248 hitter with 32 career HRs to his credit. Oddly, Hofman was pinch-hitting for Davey Williams, a lifetime .252 hitter who also had 32 career HRs. The second and third runs were provided by the much more notable Willie Mays, who homered with a man on in the 8th.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    Let’s hope both starters are trending in the right direction.

    Meanwhile, the Cerveceros have knocked Greinke and lead the Snakes 5-0 in an interesting game in Milwaukee. Chase Anderson has thrown 111 pitches through seven.

    Update: game is no longer so interesting after leadoff single in eighth, and Anderson is out of game. Still, go Brewers!

  • Statcast leaders. Which Dodger has the ytd highest exit velocity?
    https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_leaderboard

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing Joc or Yasmani.

    • WBBsAs

      So, it is Joc.

    • Eibner?

    • It is Joc. He ranks #11 in entire MLB. The top of the third column (ave ev mph) has to be clicked to sort by that column.

  • Jack Dawkins

    These special uniforms annoy me.

  • In case you missed it, HoF pitcher Jim Bunning died today, as did Gregg Allman.

  • Bob, ¿estás disfrutando de la paella?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Still. Madrid, but on to the southern coast next week, where I am sure I will partake.

      • WBBsAs

        I love paella, but I’m allergic to mussels.

        • Is that the reason you never go to the gym?

          • Hey, I sacrificed myself on that one, don’t leave me hanging.

          • WBBsAs

            I can eat any other shellfish.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • Bob_Hendley

    The announcer is a little bit silly. Popping up off the bag has always been called, when it has been seen. Like with any play, the review allows it to be seen better than before.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Fox, Jake.

    • I don’t remember anybody coming off the bag when I played nor do I remember Wills having that problem. Players seem to slide later nowadays.

      • I went searching for the earliest known use of the term “pop-up slide” and discovered that Ty Cobb talks about using a “down-and-up” slide in his autobiography published in 1961 and describes it as what we now call a pop-up slide.

        • WinnipegDave

          That is cool.

        • Maybe some players always use the popup slide but shouldn’t it be reserved for when there is not a close play to avoid coming off the bag? Also, Seager almost got a knee in the mouth as he had to bend over to make the tag in front of the bag only to have the slider popup and bang into a vulnerable defender.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quique turns on the righty!

    • WBBsAs

      And Chutley goes the other way!

  • My MLB.com is experiencing buffering issues. Don’t know if is on my end or theirs yet.

    • WBBsAs

      Where are you? It happens to me on occasion, but it’s probably local.

      • New Hampshire.

        • I missed all three Dodger runs. Glad to see its 3 – 0 with bases loaded.

        • WBBsAs

          Since I’ve only ever spent part of one day in NH, I can’t speak for their coverage.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not happening here in Madrid.

  • Lacky is lacking something

    • WBBsAs

      Empathy?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dodgers last five wins against the Cubbies have been shutouts.

  • HLKLA

    Let’s go bullpen!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why did I think this game started at 8:10pm CT? I missed a lot of action!

  • WBBsAs

    Easy inning for Stripling.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Taylor is still hot. Fun to see! (Catching up on how the scoring happened.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Any reason why McCarthy pulled after 6 innings? He was still under 80 pitches.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Habit? Doc pulled him last time at 6 innings and 75 pitches. Except for Klayton, he always seems to pull starters no later than the 7th no matter the pitch count. He wants the pen to earn their salaries.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good point. So he might have been allowed to go one more but not today.

    • WBBsAs

      Apparently he stepped awkwardly covering first in the top of the inning.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ahh – thanks WBB.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Understand that he is getting an MRI on his right knee, where a problem was said to have developed during the 4th. Doc is calling it tendinitis.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc really likes Ross. No Avilan against the lefty.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Smoltz likes him as well.

  • HLKLA

    Not sure I would keep pitching the ball up against Schwarber. It worked out anyway.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Smoltz was saying that he wasn’t able to handle the ball up and in or keep it fair.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ross cost himself an extra 12 pitches that inning because of his throwing error – but he did get out of it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not available to pinch run either.

    • WBBsAs

      Fortunately, he’s well-rested.

      • Bob_Hendley

        And the long guy as well.

  • HLKLA

    Surprised with Stripling batting here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      According to Donnie it’s bad manners to try and score more runs at this point.

    • Bob_Hendley

      5 run lead no sense in using anyone else from the pen if you can help it.

  • HLKLA

    One out to go!

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    So the Cubs had 5 hits and no runs. Over the first 2 games.

    • WBBsAs

      And tomorrow they get to face Kershaw…

      • WinnipegDave

        See my prognosis above. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • WinnipegDave

    If the progression continues the Dodgers will win 6-0 tomorrow but give up an unsightly 4 hits!

    • Fibonacci had something to say about this, didn’t he?

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Yee-haw!

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes lost, and Rox are losing 3-0 to Cards (though it’s early at Coors).

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose to Cards, Dodgers now only 1-1/2 games out (1/2 behind Snakes).

  • NPUT @ 0800 HST, 1100PST

  • WinnipegDave

    Chase was motoring there!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hernandez over anxious and pop’s it up.