Game 72, 2017

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, SNY, ESPN (out-of-market only)

The Mets send LA native RHP Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) out to make his first ever start in California. He’ll face the Dodgers’ increasingly-consistent righthander Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.14 ERA).

Gsellmann has not had a good year and if not for injuries to other starters he’d probably be in the bullpen or in the minors trying to get his mojo back. Instead he’s started 12 games for the Mets this year and put up a 5.71 ERA while doing so. McCarthy, on the other hand, came back from a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder injury and has put up a 1.91 ERA in his last five starts.

For the statheads:

Entering Monday, no full-time starter had allowed a lower rate of “hard-hit” balls (those with exit velocities of at least 95 mph) than McCarthy’s 21.4 percent, and no pitcher had allowed a lower rate of barrels (the most favorable batted balls for hitters, yielding expected batting averages of at least .500 and slugging percentages of at least 1.500) than McCarthy’s 2.2 percent.

Here are videos of Bellinger’s five most memorable HRs in this young season, per CutFour.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2008 In recognition of their significant contributions to the community, the Dodgers become the first sports franchise to be honored by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The team receives an Award of Excellence star, which is placed in the Walk of Fame, which includes a constellation of celebrities, real and fictional, who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry.
  • 2009 Jeff Weaver beats his kid brother Jered when the visiting Dodgers best the Halos, 6-5, at Angel Stadium. The Northridge, California natives become the eighth set of siblings in major league history to start against one another.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Apropos of my note on Kenley in the earlier post, it’s remarkable that he’s had no 3-0 counts all season, and it’s been more than a month since he’s had any three-ball count.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    I probably will not stay up as late as I did last night to see if we win, but what a ride!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A smoother, surer ride would work for me tonight!

  • foul tip

    from Ryan Walton@RyanWaltonSBN

    Twitter back & forth between Ned Colletti and Jerry Hairston….

    Hairston said he rounds career avg to .260…

    NC: Did you round up by 50?
    JH: You’re the one who signed me.
    NC: That’s why I’m sitting here

  • From Dodger Insider:

    When McCarthy records his first out in his start Tuesday against the Mets, he’ll have thrown more innings this year than his past two years combined.

    [snip]

    McCarthy’s ERA (3.14), ERA+ (1.33) and WHIP (1.10) are all career-best marks for the pitcher

    In non-McCarthy news,

    The Dodgers announced they’ve signed 21 of their 40 selections in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including each of their picks in rounds 5–10. Fifth-round pick Riley Ottesen, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Utah, is the highest draft pick to sign.

    • WBBsAs

      Ottesen sounds like he might have come from Solvang.

  • foul tip

    Hadn’t heard of this site until the other day. Lots here for Dodger fans of all levels, all in one place. Good stuff.

    http://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-los-angeles-dodgers/

    • I just added it to the blogroll on the right (2017 Dodger Roster Resource). Thanks for the pointer.

  • WBBsAs

    What Bellinger’s doing is preposterous.

  • I don’t believe it.

  • RBI

    Wow!

  • RBI

    Scooplew, are you here?

  • I’m disappointed. I thought Bellinger had hit another grand slam, but no. That bum Seager had to clear the bases first with a homer of his own. 😉

    • RBI

      Two no doubters.

  • WinnipegDave

    “Cody Bellinger, you are ridiculous!” Joe Davis.
    The Bellinger power show continues.

    • John_from_Aus

      Btw i know he can bat, but is he a better 1st baseman or outfielder?

      • WinnipegDave

        1st I guess but strong arm so very good in left as well.

      • RBI

        Got them longggg legs, for stretching.

  • WinnipegDave

    On the 4 finger walk – do they add 4 phantom pitches to the pitchers total or just add the walk to his total without adding pitches?

    • RBI

      What an interesting question!

      • WinnipegDave

        My guess is they don’t add the pitches because they weren’t thrown – but I think they should because they are adding the walk to the stat line.
        I don’t know – this particular rule change is still really new to me I suppose. Takes some getting used to.

        • If a hitter pops one up in foul territory and it is dropped for an error does the hitter get credit for a base hit if he singles on the next pitch?

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely. But I think I’m missing the comparison here. Help me out.

          • No comparison. Just reminded me of a rule that seems funny to me.

        • WBBsAs

          It’s a stupid rule.

  • John_from_Aus

    Hey, I’ve just realised the game is on tv over here! (Tuned in just in time to see Grandal leave the bases loaded). There goes the mowing I was going to do this afternoon ( well for a while anyway)

  • RBI

    Good on ya!

  • John_from_Aus

    McCarthy looking sharp

  • Let Puig make a pitch to the Mets pitcher.

  • John_from_Aus

    Off speed should get Reyes here (2 ugly hacks)

    • John_from_Aus

      Or even better

      • WinnipegDave

        Reyes had his moment in the spotlight last night. More than enough for this series.

  • RBI

    So, I am in a Dodger suite (invited by a friend in the biz) behind first base, four levels up, and there was a kid here at his first game. Just got walloped in the chest by a foul ball, luckily on the descent. He’s okay. Got quite a tale to tell his friends at school tomorrow…oh, he held onto the ball.

    • WinnipegDave

      What a trooper!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Poor guy has it happen when school is out — bet this is the first time he wishes otherwise!

  • WinnipegDave

    Corey! I remember you! (Just forgot how to spell his name for a moment.)

  • RBI

    Seager looking fine.

  • John_from_Aus

    That is a heck of a play

    • WBBsAs

      Do you have MLBTV now, John?

      • John_from_Aus

        No I have Foxtel and one of the channels is espn.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If I’m figuring it properly, AZ taking 2 of 3 from CO benefits the Dodgers most .. . then LA taking care of business with both of them, whatever the situation.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Big Mac is pitching a much better game than Kersh.
    I wonder how much the big lead figured into last night’s travails.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas, sir!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure hope this hit parade continues vs. Rockies!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal!

  • RBI
    • WinnipegDave

      So fun! Great shirt Scoop!

      • WinnipegDave

        Was it hard to get from the suite to the regular seats? Or can you get around the Stadium fairly easily?

        • RBI

          Very easy. We took the stairs. So much fun chatting and getting the scoop from Scoop!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great pic!
      All of you need to be there for the CO series!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager!!! You don’t like being overshadowed I guess!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc & Puig need an early warning system between them!

    • WinnipegDave

      Crazy!

  • John_from_Aus

    Doubled our score since I have been out mowing, nice

  • WBBsAs

    Seager needs a slam to have the home-run cycle: solo shot, two-run and three-homers so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      2 more walks and he would have a shot this inning!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice catch

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice at bat puig

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    In the old days, Dodger bats would score 10 runs in a game, then not be able to reach that total cumulatively in another week . . . here it’s back to back. Again, may it continue thru the weekend!

  • John_from_Aus

    Excuse my ignorance, I had volume off due to sleeping children, why was that not a hit by pitch?

    • WBBsAs

      I thought so, but apparently it missed him – between the wickets, as Joe Davis said.

      • John_from_Aus

        Sound like cricket, thanks

    • WinnipegDave

      Went through the wickets. With the wickets being Joc’s legs.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice patience

  • RBI

    That counts too, Franklin!

  • WinnipegDave

    One more walk and Seager gets a chance for a GRAND SLAM!

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Salas here’s the plan. 4 wide ones to Logan – and then groove one down the middle for Seager.

  • RBI

    Corey’s got a chance!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager time!

  • John_from_Aus

    Joc wants him to get it too by staying at 3rd

  • RBI

    So close!

  • John_from_Aus

    I’ve never seen a crowd get so excited at the start over a ball that never made the warning track

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — except for my first game in Dodger Stadium, way up at the top and we thought every fly was going out!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seag-oh not quite!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dave should put Corey out for the start of the inning and take him out to receive the crowd’s appreciation.

    • WinnipegDave

      But he might still get one more AB tonight!!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        There’s that, too!

  • WinnipegDave

    Someday someone will hit 5 hrs in a game. Wonder what the standing Vegas line on that happening would be…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Reyes vs. Kershaw?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ouch. Too soon Bob! Lol.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yeah, I felt that after I wrote it.
          How about Seager/Bellingers vs. the world?

          • WinnipegDave

            I’m an optimist. Had a very, very small glimmer of hope Corey would do it tonight!

          • WinnipegDave

            But easier to do it on the road. Guaranteed 9 innings to hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager has 20 more career HR’s than Bellinger: 42-22. That’s counting tonight’s homers.

    • WinnipegDave

      In 202 more games.

  • RBI

    Brock Stewart is attacking the zone well.

  • WinnipegDave

    So according to Steiner – the Dodgers have hit 15 hrs in the last 4 games. Most ever in franchise history over a 4 game stretch.

  • RBI

    Smart to leave Stewart in. He’s pitching well. No need to waste another pitcher at this point.

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need Logan to get on again to give Corey another AB.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ah shucks. Logan down on strikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • WinnipegDave

      Which if you have been following tonight’s game at all, is no surprise.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    As my friend just texted, “close but no Seager” on the HR cycle tonight!

  • 12-0? Really? And it was Seager with the multiple HRs tonight?

    No wonder J-Hair was exhorting viewers to vote for Corey for the ASG in the postgame show!

  • Watched the game this morning from where I left off last night. Fun game. Joc would be appreciated more as a great CFer if Puig would stop getting in his way when Joc is about to make a great catch. Bellinger took away a chance for a great Joc catch as well in the same game that Puig collided with Joc.

  • HLKLA

    McCarthy showing Kershaw how it is done.

    • In that case, so did Stewart.

      • HLKLA

        True!

    • HLKLA

      Now we need 2016 Rich Hill to pitch tonight.

  • RBI

    Even though yesterday’s game was a blow-out, it never stopped being exciting.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s nice to have a no-drama game after other recent ones were closer than they should have been.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer with an interesting game in Miami. I’m hoping A.J. breaks it up.

  • WBBsAs

    A.J. breaks it up with an infield single! Then the Fish score two to take the lead.

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