Game 84, 2017

Dodgers at Padres, 1:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Dodgers ask RHP Kenta Maeda (6-3, 4.15 ERA) to pitch them to a sweep of the Padres, who’ll counter with RHP Jhoulys Chacin (6-7, 4.76 ERA).

Maeda had an excellent start his last time out, pitching seven shutout innings against the Angels last Wednesday. He faced the Padres and Chacin in San Diego in May, going five innings, allowing only one run and striking out eight in a no-decision. Chacin has been exceptional at home this season, putting up a 1.83 ERA at Petco Park. He had five consecutive quality starts in June. Against the Dodgers his results have been mixed: on Opening Day in LA they got nine runs off him in 3 1/3 innings, but in the May game against Maeda he held them to one run in 5 1/3 innings. He too got no decision.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1962 Johnny Podres ties a major league mark record, striking out eight consecutive batters in LA’s 5-1 victory over Philadelphia. The 29 year-old southpaw’s streak begins with the third out in the top fourth frame and ends after the first out in the seventh inning of the Dodger Stadium contest.
  • 1995 Dodger right hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game.

Today is also the anniversary of the 1963 16-inning marathon in which 42-year-old Warren Spahn and 25-year-old Juan Marichal pitched 15 scoreless innings against one another before Willie Mays homered in the 16th off Spahn.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Yep. We are different than the US and other countries. There is a collective awareness that should help move our nation towards more reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We are less verbal, more cautious, and less driven in general than other countries. C’est moi.

  • A-Gon may not be back till August.

  • Shaikin grumbles about Dodgers’ trade philosophy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The record of those three pitchers in the 2015 playoffs was 3-4 and only Hamels had an ERA of under 4. Not the sure thing he seems to think.

      • RBI

        He hasn’t had enough to complain about. Reaching.

        • WinnipegDave

          Perhaps Hill will be a good second half addition to our rotation.

          • HLKLA

            Possibly, and this is a stretch, Kazmir as well.

          • RBI

            Maybe Kazmir better in a stretch, like Hill?

          • foul tip

            Kazmir issues supposedly are hip, delivery problems caused by trying to adjust for the hip, and velocity topping out about 85–which ain’t a gonna get it, whatever the reason/s. Doc said not long ago he was back to low 90s, which might. But he’s started at least once in the low minors and didn’t have much zip.

            IMO best outcome for him is to show enough to become trade bait. He wasn’t all that last year, either. If he can’t recover to form of 2 years ago, he won’t add anything to the rotation except more congestion.

        • Bob_Hendley

          But isn’t hindsight supposed to be 20/20?

    • HLKLA

      I do not buy his premise at all.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Might actually catch a snippet of today’s game. 11:40 pm start for me.

    • WBBsAs

      In Spanakopitaland?

  • foul tip

    Liking what Hill has shown lately a lot. He credited the team with showing him how much better he does pitching from the stretch. He also added a cutter. You all with eyes or at least Gameday, how often is he using the cutter, or at least how much his last couple times out?

    • RBI

      He uses it not as often as the curve but quite effectively. Maybe 20%?

      • foul tip

        Thx. Wasn’t sure if it was all that effective or maybe just a show-me pitch. Great if he can depend on it.

        • RBI

          He had everything working yesterday. Fast ball was extra sharp, too.

          • foul tip

            Think he only sits around 90 or so with that, but his several kinds of curves and now the cutter make it play up faster when he goes to it. Looks like he might be getting back to the pitcher the Dodgers thought they were locking up for 3 years. Let’s hope.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cody has been quiet the last several games.

    • RBI

      Pitchers are getting wiser.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I hope what happened to Joc post-HR Derby doesn’t happen to Cody. If I remember right, Joc’s overall output really declined after that.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Decline was before the ASG.

          • foul tip

            Yes. But the narrative that the ASG game started or caused it has become gospel for a lot of fans. Fans of other teams also tend to blame the ASG game or HR derby if their all-star guys have second-half struggles. Easy answer, which is like lots of easy answers….not necessarily right or complete.

        • RBI

          Cody will adjust. I hope.

  • RBI

    Puig catch a beautiful thing.

  • RBI

    Watching Chacin is like watching an old warrior. Gotta tip the hat at his strike three slider to Taylor.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least Kenta put it in play.

  • RBI

    The movement on Chacin’s pitches is really impressive in these early innings.

  • RBI

    Maeda not pitching as well as Chacin so far. His fast balls are proving to be very hittable.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was close to Ay-yi-yi-bar.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No eyes. Was gunna ask if Puig had a shot.

      • RBI

        He shouldn’t have tried.

      • WinnipegDave

        No not really.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is could get out of hand quickly.

    • RBI

      Maeda really struggling.

    • WinnipegDave

      Unless the Dodgers flex their offensive muscle and roar back with 6 or 7 runs…

      • RBI

        Double play better than nothing!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They’re going to have to.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good (pitcher’s) friend, DP!
    Shut e’m down, Kenta!

  • WinnipegDave

    Not out of it yet.

  • RBI

    Just no bite to his pitches.

  • RBI

    We have tomorrow off, right?

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep. First off day in weeks.

  • WBBsAs

    Maeda ain’t got it today.

    • WinnipegDave

      Cue the long men in the bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, I’m going to have to hope the Dodgers find a way to score some runs. My family is out to have dinner with my parents.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bon appetit!

      • WinnipegDave

        Merci beaucoup!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Blue — chip away at this.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doesn’t have to be a slam to be grand here, Yasmani!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not . . .

  • RBI

    Phooey.

    • Can’t have a grand slam EVERY game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Personally, I would’ve been happy scoring at least one run any which way they could.

      • RBI

        Grounded out on ball four.

  • Utley has 999 career RBIs. Get at least one here, Chase.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive . . .

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      At least he drove up the pitch count.

    • No Disco on this blog!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And no clutch hits in this game . . . so far.

  • RBI

    Seven left on base so far. But the game is still young!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Apparently the Cubs had this problem last year — stretches where it was feast or famine (including the playoffs).
    Let’s hope the Dodger year mirrors last year’s Cubs completely!

  • HLKLA

    At the beginning of the year a four run deficit was troublesome, but possibly our offense will find a way through Chacin eventually.

    • RBI

      Or five.

      • WBBsAs

        Or not.

  • RBI

    Chacin has really skunked Cody with that slider.

  • RBI

    Our hope lies in their bullpen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    These “famine” games are bound to happen — but they’re easier to take when they’re against the ace of a winning team . . . and when they’re not happening in such close proximity.

    • What famine?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Being shut out when I wrote it, with lack of clutch hits, similar to the games vs. LAA.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Recalling that poor hitting stretch we had May 31 – June 7, when we scored 18 runs over 8 games, with 10 in one of them. Pitching saved us from complete disaster and we managed 3-5 record.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox blow another one to the Snakes, on a walk off by a weak hitter.

    • RBI

      Yup.

  • Off for ablutions. Get more runs while I’m gone!

  • HLKLA

    Well, thanks to Seager, we have two runs.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    Giants have quietly won six in a row.

    • WBBsAs

      And they’re still comfortably in the basement.

  • Neither Wood nor Turner have been picked to go to the ASG yet. Kershaw, Jansen, Bellinger & Seager have.

    Best record in the NL but only four players are All-Stars? How does that work?

  • Okay, this is one of the weirder side bets I’ve ever heard of: the Reds’ Joey Votto promised Zack Cosart he’d buy him a donkey if he was elected to the All Star Game. He was, beating Seager, so he’ll get his donkey.

    • HLKLA

      Are you saying someone lost their ass on this bet?

      • Not unless Votto is giving him one from his own herd. 😉

  • HLKLA

    Well, we did not get it done today.

  • Rather than woo-hoo this one is boo-hoo. 12 runners LOB.

    • RBI

      Coulda shoulda woulda game.

  • Turner is in the “final player vote” contest. Wood’s 9-0, sub 2.00 ERA is apparently not good enough to make him an All Star.

  • RBI

    I can’t seem to get worked up about the ASG this year. I really don’t care one way or the other. I’d rather our guys get the rest.

    • I don’t care about the game much. I do care that the players get the recognition they’ve earned.

      • RBI

        …in the form of a ring.

    • WBBsAs

      I haven’t care since 1994, the last interesting ASG.

  • HLKLA

    Maeda made his case to be left off the post season roster.

    • WBBsAs

      That’s a bit premature.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, the ASG roster for sure.

  • Did anybody notice that it is more fun when the Dodgers win?