Game 94, 2017

Dodgers at White Sox, 5:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, WGN

The Dodgers try to make it ten straight wins tonight in Chicago at what was once called “New Comiskey Park” and is now called “Guaranteed Rate Field.” Blech. That name is newer (2016) than the two teams by a long shot: the Dodgers were first established in the late 1800s and the White Sox were charter members of the American League in 1901.

The teams first met in the 1959 World Series when the Dodgers claimed the title in six games. The teams first got together during the regular season in 2003 with the White Sox taking two of three games. They haven’t played each other since Chicago took two of three in ’14. The White Sox hold a 16-11 advantage all-time over the Dodgers.

Is the Dodgers’ “surge” sustainable for the rest of the year?

The Dodgers send LHP Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 2.18 ERA) out tonight to face RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15 ERA). Kershaw has been on a roll; he’s won ten straight and his last loss was May 1. Gonzalez has been rehabbing shoulder joint inflammation since mid-June and has lost eight of his last nine decisions.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 The Red Sox send 21 year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), along with three minor leaguers due to a less-than-enthusiastic scouting report filed by Joe Cronin, the team’s current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his own job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
  • 1949 Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman’s statement makes it clear he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson’s belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country’s racial discrimination toward blacks.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jeez, thankfully that name is already taken.

  • scooplew

    Regarding the 1949 historical item above, Jackie Robinson later regretted his testimony regarding Paul Robeson:

    https://urbanintellectuals.com/2015/02/16/did-you-know-jackie-robinson-testified-against-paul-robeson-but-realized-his-error-later-in-life/

    • Jackie wasn’t all that removed from being a Lieutenant in the US Army at the time. That probably swayed his opinion some.

      • scooplew

        He was court-martialed and acquitted for refusing to move to the back of a military bus in 1944 at Fort Hood, Texas. I think it was called Camp Hood then.

  • That’s one of the few big league parks I’ve ever been to. I went to it the year it opened while in Chicago for a hotel software conference put on by the vendor my property used. We were way down the right field line and as high up as you can get a seat.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Planning this year to visit the new stadium in Atlanta to see our Bums n a couple of weeks. Will also take in Birmingham Barons and Montgomery Biscuits games. Also taking some visiting Argies to Camden Yards tomorrow, where I haven’t been since the Dodgers last played there.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers are now winning at a .688 clip. In the 134-year history of their franchise starting in 1884 (when Chester Arthur was president), as the Brooklyn Atlantics, Grays, Grooms, Bridegrooms, Superbas, Robins and Dodgers, and as the Los Angeles Dodgers, their highest season-ending winning percentage was .682 in 1953 as the Brooklyn Dodgers and in 1899 as the Brooklyn Superbas.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor fast.

  • John_from_Aus

    nice start

  • Good things don’t always result from a hard hit ball.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Crowd in awe of the curve.

    • Me too

      • Bob_Hendley

        Public Enemy #1.

        • Add the hitter to those that were impressed

  • Bob_Hendley

    In awe of Puig’s throw.

    • That fly ball seemed deep enough to move a runner along, most of the time.

  • Crowd enjoying Puig’s arm

  • Pitch count climbing for Klayton

  • HLKLA

    Kershaw seems to struggle in high humidity cities.

  • AZ getting Martinez helps them in playoffs against all the Dodger lefties

    • WBBsAs

      If they get that far…

  • Looks like Yankees are getting Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle

  • Joc working on the record for runners left on base

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bring him home, please.

  • Phoo.

  • Joc breathes easier

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Clutch bats are taking another day off.
    Looks like it’s up to Kersh and the bullpen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Or the non-clutch dinger or two.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I wouldn’t object to that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-ershaw!

    Red rover, red rover, send clutch bats right over!

    • Next time

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just goes to show you that you can’t be clutch if you can’t get anyone on.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and sometimes even when you do.
      Had to happen . . . and they still have a chance to win!

  • Well, what Joc said

  • That works

  • 93 pitches thru 6 innings for Clayton.

    • That should be enough

      • Hot and sticky as it is there, I’d think so. Gonzalez left with 101 pitches.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Guessing he goes more as he has had some time off.

        • Joe and Nomar haven’t mentioned anybody warming up

    • HLKLA

      I do not think they will give up Verdugo, but possibly some other top prospects.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hard to imagine he is worth 2,3 and 4 rated prospects. That’s more for a starter.

      • Rivero and McCutchen?

        • Bob_Hendley

          hmm. They probably don’y want Calhoun (three-way trade?), but Cutch may not be enough of an upgrade over our current left fielder.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nailed him by a nail.

    • I thought the Sox might be the ones that asked for the review trying to get another balk call on Kershaw

    • Steiner and Kennedy speculated that if he had a manicure today he was out, if not he was safe.

  • Call Bellinger 911 as that was the Dodger record when Bellinger joined the team.

  • RBI

    Hi all. I’ve been Harry Pottering at Universal with twin 9-year-olds all day, and I am one tired puppy. But two on, nobody out? That perked me up!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! You would have been perky for much of this game. No lack of base runners tonight.

    • You should have brought back a magic wand

  • scooplew

    I went to the A’s-Rays game last night in Oakland. The announced crowd was 9,736, which includes all tickets sold in advance. but I doubt if there were more than 5,500 people on hand. It was sad. No lines at any of the concession stands. It was the smallest A’s home crowd in over six years. Tampa Bay won, 3-2. The A’s got two hits including a homer from Khris Davis.

  • Bob_Hendley

    at this point would accept a DP, if a run were to score.

    • RBI

      Too late.
      One out.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Grandal was still up when I wrote this. ;).

        • Bob_Hendley

          A bridge too far.

  • Based on tonight’s BARISP, need an error or walk

  • RBI

    Wow. So this is what it’s been like all night?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Welcome to the nuthouse.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 times bases loaded – one run? Sure hope this futility doesn’t last past this game.
    And still they have a chance to win!

  • HLKLA

    Well, that did not end well.

  • Drat!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Second that.
      But I’m kind of numbed by the performances (and lack thereof) all night.

  • HLKLA

    The April Dodgers have reappeared.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Please disappear! Cody’s here and JT’s healthy!

  • Win streaks need pitching and hitting. Tonight it is pitching.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and D.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep. Gotta win these type games as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats stink but gloves glow!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Way to go Petey!

  • Good pitching for a third baseman, now let’s see how our catcher pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio just said Dodgers have the easiest schedule the rest of the way (among contenders, I believe).
    That’s good for the regular season, but then hope it’s not culture shock facing “quality” teams again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Phew!
    One out . . . that almost went out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Didn’t like the sound of that one off the bat!

    • And you are a 1000 miles away, just think how it sounded to Jansen

  • RBI

    Argh. Nervous.

  • Jansen tells Grandal he wants to try out his new change up

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!!

  • Woo–help me out here RBI

  • 15 wins for Klayton

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! Went to the slider for the K.

  • John_from_Aus

    i never possibly thought that the single in the 1st would be it for the day

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not for Taylor.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So with the hit and the steal, this was a Taylor-made win?

  • Yahoo!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m disappointed that the Dodgers didn’t gain any ground on the Snakes and Rox.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We will have to settle for one less game for them to catch up.

      • WBBsAs

        I haven’t checked the magic number lately…

        • Bob_Hendley

          60.

          • WBBsAs

            What’s the magic number to eliminate the Gnats?

          • Bob_Hendley

            40 for divsion title.. So soonest would be August 11.

          • WBBsAs

            Pity. It would be beautiful to see them eliminated in July (though the All-Star break would have been best).

  • HLKLA

    Remind me again why Puig is hitting eighth? Oh yeah.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looking at the numbers, the Dodgers splits by lineup slot relative to the rest of the NL are quite something. Opposition pitchers get no rest. OPS+, relative to the rest of the NL (=100) for 6-8 slots are 137, 121 and 128. The weakest slot if 5th at 73. There is a lot of shuffling of the 5-7 slots and some batters such as Taylor or Grandal do better in some rather than others. The next weakest is the 4th slot at 108, but this is basically a combination of Cody at 143 and AGone at 68.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A rather thorough look at expansion to Mexico City. https://theringer.com/mlb-expansion-mexico-city-drawbacks-7cbce43269ac For me, this would mean having another backup team besides the Nats. The article doesn’t look at the facilities, however. Neither Fray Nano (5,200) not Foro Sol (26,000) have the capacity, so a new stadium would have to be built, I would imagine. The Azteca, if it could be converted holds, 87,000 in its soccer configuration, but futbol has priority in Mexico.

    I did attend a Mets-Dodgers exhibition game in Foro Sol in 2003, and the balls flew out of their. Score was 19-6 and Piazza was in a Mets uniform. Also saw several WBC games there, including seeing Chapman pitch for the Cubanos (who K’ed old friend Trent of the Aussies, among others)

    • WBBsAs

      Ideally, there could be teams in DF and La Habana, but that would seem a long ways off.

  • WBBsAs

    JT now has enough plate appearances to qualify for the leaderboards… https://twitter.com/sosgsosg/status/887682887541182464

    • Bob_Hendley

      Baseball reference has had him at the top of its leaderboard for sometime, based on zero for however many PA’s needed to qualify. The asterisk has now been removed

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