Game 111, 2017

Dodgers at Mets, 5:00 PM PT, TV: ESPN

If the Dodgers win they’ll sweep the season series with the Metropolitans.

A win on Sunday would also give the Dodgers their first sweep in New York since July 20-22, 2012, and would give them their first season sweep of the Mets ever. The Dodgers took five of six games from New York in 1981, 2009, and 2013, and won 16 of 18 in 1962 and 1963, but have never dropped a seasonal bagel on the Big Apple.

The Dodgers send LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 3.83 ERA) to the mound to face LHP Steven Matz (2-4, 5.30 ERA). Ryu has been very good in his last four starts, giving up just six runs and striking out 23. He has been far better at home than on the road, however; he’s got a 4.25 ERA and opponents are hitting .295 against him in their own parks. Matz is 0-2 with a 12.21 ERA in four starts after the All-Star break.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1981 The players approved a split-season format necessitated by the seven-week strike. The Yankees, A’s, Phillies, and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions and will be automatically qualified for the divisional series.

Great moments in labor-management relations: In 1908 Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to participate in the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball. (Note: The Tigers got to the World Series anyway. They lost to the Cubs, the last time the Chicago team would win a World Series until 2016.)

Lineup:

  • Here’s a good way to end a potential rally in the ninth inning.

  • From TrueBlueLA: “Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start in the series finale, his second straight start on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. He was brilliant last weekend against the Giants, striking out seven in his seven scoreless frames.”

    Somehow I hadn’t noticed he was the starter last Sunday on SNB.

    That blog post also has some interesting data on how well-rested most of the Dodgers’ starters are and have been all season long.

    Only 35 times this season has a Dodgers pitcher started on regular four days rest, the fewest starts in baseball, and 12 of those were by Kershaw. The average in MLB this season is 50.4 starts per team on four days rest.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Last time the Dodgers won the WS, their season record against the Mets was 1-10, who the beat 4-3 in the NLCS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    http://ken.arneson.name/2017/08/sonny-gray-and-the-collective-bargaining-agreement/ Great read from Ken Arneson of Toaster fame. He looks at the success and failures of the A’s in relation to whether it was ahead or behind the curve to changes in the rules of the game, both on and particularly off the field

    • Somehow the As are going to finance their new stadium privately, they say. $3B is a lot of money to find without taxpayers’ help. I hope they’re right, because the Coliseum has been a horrid place for baseball for years.

      • Bob_Hendley

        So behind the curve in this regard, no? In that taxpayers in general seem a lot less willing to provide financial support than in the past.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s still a better place to watch a game than TPBTBNL, though.

        • I really would like to see a game at the Giants’ park just because the thing looks like it’s sited so beautifully.

          • WBBsAs

            I’ve concluded I’ll never go there again. Candlestick was far superior.

    • WBBsAs

      Ken lives nearby, in Alameda, though I’ve never met him. It’s Arneson, by the way – he’s a Swede.

  • foul tip

    Ryu is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 23 Ks in 25 IP in 4 lifetime starts v the Mets.

    IIRC he tends to rise to the occasion, topping StL in playoffs one year for one example. For another, In his last out v Bumgarner, he matched pitching lines exactly… 7 5 0 0 1 7 on 14 less pitches. Especially in light of battling back from shoulder and other injuries, would love to see him have an overpowering pitch to combine with his psychological and mental game …but didn’t happen. Could be among the best if he did have one.

    You never know with this FO, but they probably won’t re-sign Ryu with all the rising young starters and his increasing age and high mileage. But he’s trending up recently and may make their decision a tough one. His first couple years in LA he pitched more like a #2 than a 4 or 5.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve always liked Ryu, and his comeback is admirable even if he’s not what he once was – the Gnats have a poor offense and he benefited from multiple timely DPs, including Quique’s great throw to the plate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      One might say that his approach might be more sustainable as he ages, i, e. doesn’t have an overpowering pitch to lose. Not sure about high mileage, though. At least with the Dodgers has only average about 100 innings per year over four. He does have another year left, no?

      • foul tip

        Had the impression he pitched tons of innings in Korea. ??

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep. From age 19 to 25 averaged about 180 innings per year in Korea.

  • WBBsAs

    Fillies rally to smash the Rox in the ninth, while Gnats are leading the Snakes. Dodgers could gain ground on both.

    That said, with this big lead, it’s hard to care that much about what other teams are doing.

    • Watch the Nats and the Cubbies.

      • WBBsAs

        It wouldn’t bother me if the Cachorros failed to win their division, but the Cerveceros are getting some great pitching lately.

  • WBBsAs

    Link, were you ever in Hawai’i during the PCL years?

    • Me and the Islanders. I probably saw 40-50 games the summer of 1978 when I first got back to Hawai’i from Kwajalein.

      • WBBsAs

        When, as a kid, I was a Tacoma Giants fan, we heard radio re-creations that started at 11 p.m. Pacific time. One time I was stunned, after falling asleep early, to learn that Tacoma scored 11 runs in the ninth to beat the Islanders 11-8.

        I recall many of the PCL players you mention, most notably Carlos Bernier, who had a reputation as a bad guy. I also saw Bo Belinsky pitch for the Islanders in Tacoma.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rosario missed one of those yesterday, no?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Logan! (And Justin and Belli)

  • HLKLA

    Upon further review, Dodgers score two.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Barnes delivers again.

    • Mid-August

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha!

  • HLKLA

    Another review?

    • WBBsAs

      It seems he never touched the plate until he slid past it.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good job by their catcher.

      • Very good but almost violated the Posey rule.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Almost.

  • WBBsAs

    I got to the pub just in time to see the go-go Dodgers score.

  • HLKLA

    Good inning by Ryu!

  • RKU !!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hello friends. I’m getting a rare off day and see that a Dodger game is happening at a time I can follow along with it!
    Nice to see the team winning today – and this summer!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Monday morning?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep. 8:42am.

        • John_from_Aus

          10.59 am here, (but I’m at work) 🙁

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes – you are living further in the future than I am!

  • WinnipegDave

    I realize this is an old topic, but I am imagining that most here were pleased/excited by the trade for Darvish. Did anyone think they gave up too much for him?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Flipped a good prospect, but he didn’t have a clear path to the majors with the Dodgers.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes – I think it was good for Calhoun to end up in the AL.

      • WBBsAs

        Calhoun’s ready offensively, but has no position. The others are far away.

        • And from what I’ve read is not really good defensively anywhere, so his future might well be as a DH.

          The only downside to the Darvish deal is that he’s a free agent at the end of the season. But if they win it might cause him to decide he likes it in LA.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Will be looking for mega deal, however, so not sure he would fit into plans to dip under luxury tax threshold.

          • WinnipegDave

            Darvish being on the wrong side of 30 after this season, with stats that suggest he is declining is the only thing that would stop me from trying to grab him.

          • And then there is Kershaw, Hill, Stewart, Buehler, Ryu, McCarthy, Wood, Stripling, Kazmir, Maeda,

          • And Shohei Ohtani

          • WinnipegDave

            Sigh…

          • WinnipegDave

            Good point. And perhaps Urias will be back some point late next season.

  • HLKLA

    JT!

  • My goodness.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner says hi!

    • John_from_Aus

      I thought after 2 steals, he have nothing left to give

  • Bob_Hendley

    Coming out of his slump.

  • Bronchitis all gone

  • John_from_Aus

    If I’m dreaming, I hope i never wake up

  • HLKLA

    It was nice to score runs the old fashion way in the first, but now back to the Power!

  • WinnipegDave

    First HR I have seen for a few weeks!

    • WinnipegDave

      Fortunately that is not true for the Dodgers and the rest of you!

  • WinnipegDave

    How long has Kershaw been out for and when is he expected to return?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Couple weeks. No timetable but already throwing, though not off the mound.

      • WBBsAs

        The way they’re playing, no urgency.

        • Roberts said Clayton Kershaw, who has been rehabbing his lower back strain in Los Angeles while the team has been out East, will continue his recovery with the club in Arizona on Tuesday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series vs. the D-backs.

        • John_from_Aus

          They’d be silly to rush him back too soon

      • WinnipegDave

        Kershaw beginning to like mid-summer as a time for holidays apparently. Here’s hoping it just lengths his work in the fall.

  • WinnipegDave

    Matz is not long for this game.

  • Gonzalez, Wood injury news as well as Darvish throwing lefty.

    • A 3 pitch mix as a lefty. He might have pitched as a lefty against the Dodgers last year.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Logan.

  • WinnipegDave

    I spoke too soon. Matz has maybe found his groove.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig not too happy with the K. Haven’t seen much of that sort of fishing from him this year.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just had the joyful experience at looking at the Dodgers baseball reference page for this season. Not many red lines in the last 50 games…

  • WinnipegDave

    As I continue to catch up, I see yesterday’s game was filled with long balls. Every run scored was via the HR. Glad to see that our bats woke up late.

  • HLKLA

    Ryu taking it up a notch in this inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hasn’t forgotten how to pitch and has new pitches in his arsenal.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner disagreed rightly with two of those strike calls.

    • HLKLA

      Bellinger had a questionable one earlier as well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        As well. Ump has some place to be.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ryu has gotten a couple, though.

        • HLKLA

          True.

    • I’m all in on electronically called balls and strikes

  • WinnipegDave

    Not that I am hoping for the game to become closer but I am wondering if Jansen might pitch today. I see he hasn’t pitched in a week.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Could happen anyway with an off day tomorrow, just to keep him sharp.

      • WinnipegDave

        That was my thinking as well.

  • WBBsAs

    Ryu seems totally in control.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers are making it look too easy.

    • HLKLA

      Well, they ARE playing the Mets.

      • WBBsAs

        Yeah, but the Mutts ain’t the Gnats…

      • Bob_Hendley

        Mets tied with Cubbies for fifth in NL in R/G, so not that terrible on the offensive side. Certainly not to the extent to downgrade performances by Maeda and Ryu.

  • WBBsAs

    It might interest you, Hendley, that my neighborhood brewpub serves choripan. I chose cider over beer, which I don’t care for.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Choripan!

  • HLKLA

    So, is Taylor a one hit wonder? Does he start at 2b next year?

    • WBBsAs

      One hit? He’s had lotsa hits.

      • HLKLA

        Meaning will he have a good year next year or do the sophomore fadeaway?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not as if he is a rookie.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Who would you put in LF?

      • HLKLA

        Bellinger if Gonzales is healthy.

  • HLKLA

    Bellinger!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big Belli!

  • RBI

    Belli!!!!

  • RBI

    Been watching while exercising but have a meeting now so may have to delay my woo-hoo if it is called upon!

    • WBBsAs

      Meeting on a Sunday evening?

      • RBI

        Yeah. Only time we could do it! Glad the game started early!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love it! Farmer playing 3rd.

  • foul tip

    From dodgers.com–

    “I think some guys in the clubhouse here think I was on that team.” — Hill, age 37, on the current 43-7 run being the best since the 1912 New York Giants

  • WBBsAs

    Fine inning for the Cingrani reclamation project!

    • HLKLA

      He is the new Hatcher, only use him with a big lead or deficit.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hatch performing quite well in minor rehab. I would expect to see him again in the Bigs soon.

        • foul tip

          Likely. But wonder for how long…

          • Bob_Hendley

            Up to him.

      • WBBsAs

        Much younger, has had some success.

  • foul tip

    Is Citi becoming Dodger Stadium East? Not only do the Dodgers own the Mets with a 7-0 season sweep, but I’ve seen some beach balls on the loose. 😉

    Camera also showing lots of Dodger gear in the stands.

    • HLKLA

      They were talking on ESPN that the Dodgers are drawing well on the road.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Good turnout in Atlanta.

  • WBBsAs

    Can Kenley hold an eight-run lead?

  • HLKLA

    Kenley!

  • Yeehaw!

  • WinnipegDave

    Lost connection there right at the end but glad to see that we won!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • Off Day Monday.

  • I didn’t realize that was a one-hitter!

    • WBBsAs

      Better that it was a clean hit, relatively early in the game. Given his injury history, I don’t think Dodger mgmt wants Ryu to go nine – unless he can do it in fewer than 100 pitches. In any event, he looked dominant last night.

  • Ryu thinks the intra-staff competition is a good thing.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
  • Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:

    The franchise record for wins is 105, set by Brooklyn in 1953, back when the schedule was just 154 games. The 2017 club needs to finish just 27-24 to finish with 106 wins, a target that seems eminently doable.

    [snip]

    By winning percentage, the 1953 team is second-best in Dodgers history (.6818), trailing only the 1899 squad that finished 101-47 (.6824). Topping that would require 111 wins in 162 games, meaning a 32-19 finish (.627) for the 2017 club.

    Man, when you read it in print like that, it’s even more unbelievable than hearing it on the tube or the radio.

  • Ex-Met 1b Ike Davis is now pitching for the Dodgers’ AZL team. Actually, he’s thrown one inning in one game and struck out the side.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s spent most of the year at AAA and is now rehabbing. It may just be opportunistic.

  • Howie Rose is the Mets’ radio guy. He was annoyed with ESPN’s slow pace of getting the game started yesterday.

  • foul tip

    Fun numbers to crunch. Alternatively, what the Dodger impact players have done and continue to do:

    https://dodgers.mlblogs.com/a-25-man-plus-rosters-impact-on-a-historic-50-game-run-bb5553bb2820

    • WBBsAs

      We used to hear complaints that the Dodgers had no “impact players.”

      • foul tip

        Yeah. funny thing, that. Thought about it as I wrote.

        Simply amazing how many impact players can be home-grown, or maybe acquired by trade. Dodgers have racked up both ways.

        About the time FAZ took over, I remember reading that Friedman is rarely wrong about a player. Looking like that’s been borne out.

        This FO will miss on a few. All FOs do. But FAZ has been and will be right way more often than not.

  • foul tip

    From a Sunday recap, this seems to be missing a 5th pitch. What was/is it?

    “Ryu mixed five pitches to near perfection, earning two strikeouts each via the changeup, fourseam fastball, cutter and curveball.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Slider would be my guess. Normally the third most thrown pitch by him. But, then the math wouldn’t work, since he got only 8 Ks.

      • foul tip

        Could be no Ks on the slider but 2 each on the other 4.

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