Game 121, 2017

Dodgers at Tigers, 1:05 PM PT, TV: FS-D, FS1, SPNLA

The Dodgers send lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.63 ERA) to the hill to face the Tigers’ RHP Michael Fulmer (10-10, 3.78 ERA). The Dodgers are 6-1 in Ryu’s last seven starts (five of which ended before the sixth), and he’s got a 2.50 ERA in those games. Fulmer has lost four starts in a row and put up a 7.89 ERA in those games.

The Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson from the Mets for the proverbial player-to-be-named-later or cash. This may have an impact on Joc Pederson’s playing time, and it’s hard to see what they do with André Ethier when he presumably returns from his injuries in September. “The Dodgers designated pitcher Dylan Floro for assignment to make room for Granderson on the 40-man roster. They will have to make a corresponding transaction to make room on the active roster once Granderson joins the team.”

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner. The Phillies right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-14 record, beats Don Newcombe and the first place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2.
  • 1957 Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants’ president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball’s edict of banning announcements about relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play its home games in San Francisco next season. The club’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, who will become the chairman of the Mets, an expansion team located in New York to fill the National League void created by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.
  • 2004 Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.
  • 2008 The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.

On this day in 1951 Forty-three inch tall Eddie Gaedel walks on four pitches in his only major league appearance. Bill Veeck’s idea of playing the midget was legal at the time but is later outlawed.

Lineup when available.

Huh. Granderson’s arrival allows movement all over the lineup. I hope it works.

  • When the new kid arrives at school. Listen for the byplay between Utley and Kershaw at the end.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Until he changed laundry, Granderson — like all Mets and Mets fans — probably disliked/hated Chase. Now he’s going to appreciate him.

      • John_from_Aus

        I wonder if they just threw out (or burned) the Mets bag

    • HLKLA

      Wow, that was very interesting. It is a part of baseball that we do not normally see.

  • Joc rode his bat to Oklahoma. Hope he rides his bat back to Los Angeles quickly.

    • I’ve seen no official announcement of that yet. Have you?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I figure OKC gives him the chance to play every day, something Joc couldn’t have here, even without Granderson.

      • John_from_Aus

        It worked well for Puig when it happened to him

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Without a doubt.
          I think his was a true demotion, tho, to adjust his attitude.

          • John_from_Aus

            True

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And luckily it seems to have worked!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah. He was not actually hitting poorly before he was sent down. OPS+121 in July. He went 3-5 the day before he was sent down!

  • Darvish to 10-day DL with back tightness. Paredes back up. Darvish expected back to make a start against the Brewers next Sunday.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      YuCK!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo just said tomorrow brings the Dodgers’ interleague play to a close.
    Correction — we hope there’s another series in October!

  • WBBsAs

    Steve Garvey hitting lefty…

  • HLKLA

    Taylor hit the ball hard, but they got the DP.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RiuK!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Big boy K!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        A “You ain’t sending me back to the bullpen!” K.

  • HLKLA

    Probably wise to not let Upton get anything good to hit.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Fool me once . . . “

  • WBBsAs

    I become annoyed when the Dodgers are not ahead after 4-1/2 innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, they are the Komeback Kids.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RiuK Part 2!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ouch!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It spearheaded a rally several games ago.

    • Fulmer makes Taylor dive back to first. Cold blooded.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, that was a bit much.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not Belli!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Get Joc on the phone!?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That would be the quickest turn-around!

      • Once a player is sent to the minors, they are must remain there for at least 10 days before being recalled (with the exception of if they need to return due to an injury). Bellinger might have to go on the 10 day DL for Joc to get a call.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yep.

  • foul tip

    Two things from actually getting to see the team, uncommon for me:

    1) Ryu flat knows how to pitch, even without his best control. A craftsman out there.

    2) Dick Enberg has lost little if anything. Still one of the best ever in the booth.

    • I thought he’d retired?

      • foul tip

        Think so. But I think I saw him in the booth during one camera shot, along with Gibby. Maybe he still does some games. PxP freelancer for hire…or something. 😉 Sure sounds like him.

  • I hope that can be walked off, Cody.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen!

      • I’d pull him for the rest of the game. Put Puig in there.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Granderson may ask for a little bit more time before being next to the Wild Horse!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The game sure flies when no one scores!

  • Cody out but should have come out immediately.

  • Puig really stands far from home plate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sure has helped him.

      • Lets him extend his arms and makes that low and away slider that he has had trouble with look a long ways away.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Difference in two teams: no attempt at running to first on a dropped 3rd strike vs. Granderson running out what turns out to be a two-base error.

    Bring him home, Grandal!

  • WBBsAs

    I saw Willie Davis get a double like that one in Tacoma.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pitch count rising!

  • Grandy wearing #6. I couldn’t think of a Dodger that wore that number and after I looked it up, it appears that it is not a popular number.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Garvey, no?

      • Yep. That’s why WBBsAs said “Garvey hitting lefty” a couple of hours ago. Since I didn’t have the TV on at the time I was confused, but once I got the game on the tube I understood.

      • Oh yeah. My wife looked it up and read off a bunch of names and Garvey wasn’t one that I heard.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Eggs and butter!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I wonder what Vin would be saying about this team?

      • Bob_Hendley

        That would have been something!

      • Or what he would have said about Agon caught between first and second and Grandal down the line fron third and watching slow beat dumb.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kennedy called it — you give the Dodgers a break and they’ll take it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandy goes from first to third!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Now there’s two “Grandy”s . . . ain’t that grand?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Grandote!

        • WBBsAs

          En serio…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice strategy but wrong players!

  • WinnipegDave

    Back home after my 5 week sojourn in China. Happy to see the Dodgers went a very tidy 25-5 in my absence.

    And happy to see them touch home themselves in this game!

    • That was a fast 5 weeks. Welcome back.

      • WinnipegDave

        Time flies when you are having fun. It was fun there. And it seems like it must have been fun here at Elysian Fields as well!

        • Yeah, about the same.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          More fun with you here again — welcome back, Dave.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Speed Boy Ross!

    • WinnipegDave

      With the perfect toss on that throw.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Take that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Mild ankle sprain” for Cody. Whew!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Something cookin’.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ugh!

    • WinnipegDave

      More like ice cream now.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just squeaked it through for the 2 out RBI.

  • WinnipegDave

    Right field almost doing Dodger fielders in.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig grandstanded that a bit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow is no Stripling.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Solo shot can’t hurt us.

    • HLKLA

      i.e. Upton!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandy has hit several line drives today, but it is his pop up that yielded results

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandote!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers scoring late and often in this one.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 down.

  • Bob T, where are you? Catcher’s interference alert!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Woo-Hoo!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Wait – is RBI away? Isn’t that her trademark? Has there been a coup while I was away?

      • She’s eclipse-chasing in Wyoming with no internet access.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh yeah. That’s happening soon isn’t it?

  • WinnipegDave

    52-9. Nice run team.

  • WBBsAs

    Ho-hum…

    Still waiting for that 20-game lead, though.

  • Poor Ryu. He deserved the win.

    • WBBsAs

      Still threw an awful lotsa pitches for five innings, though.

      • WinnipegDave

        4 walks in 5 innings doesn’t help.

  • WBBsAs

    FYI…

    Each game, I wear my socks high in honor of #JackieRobinson. Today I did it in a @dodgers uniform -and it felt really special #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/x9xTWcpldp— Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) August 19, 2017

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s awesome.
      I hope for his, the team’s, and our sake (because that would mean his play is tremendous) that he’s a Dodger next April 15th and he gets to wear #42 in Dodger Blue.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s admirable, but he’s only a rental. There’s too much younger talent for them to re-sign an aging, expensive outfielder.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          You’re probably right, but many thought the same about Chase.

          • WBBsAs

            Andrew Toles will also be returning. Had he not been injured, he’d be getting a lot more playing time (though his presence might have delayed Bellinger’s arrival).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seems like I’ve been saying this often, but what a great win; let me count the ways: not spectacular, but steady starting pitching and great when the need called for it, shutdown bullpen, steady-to-spectacular D, and an offense which made things happen with hustle and power, including taking advantage of a gift given them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Overall, pitching has been spectacular with a team ERA of 3.15, more than half a run better than the second ranked Snakes. The defense makes it 3/4 of a run better than the Snakes at R/G of 3.33.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was talking only of today.
        Yes, they are definitely clicking on all cylinders.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, but just to point out that relative to the season some cylinders clicked more than others in this game. The offense “under-performed” by 2.12 runs and the pitching/defense “over-performed” by 3.30 runs.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Moreover, relative to NL average, the offense is 0.5 runs better. Relative to pitching and defense 1.3 runs better.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Dodgers (and Stephen Colbert) are a great remedy for the mood I’ve been in since Jan. 20..

  • WBBsAs

    He didn’t negate the possibility of amputation, though…

    Cody Bellinger said he will live. "No grave necessary," he said. He will get tomorrow off.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 19, 2017

  • WBBsAs

    One final tweet…

    The Dodgers are now 8-0 in 2017 when Curtis Granderson attends one of their games.— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) August 20, 2017

  • WBBsAs

    My dream has come true – as the Cerveceros beat the Snakes, the Dodgers now have a 20-game division lead.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good — hopefully mine comes true as well . . .
      My dream is that the Dodgers win 11 postseason games this year.

      • WBBsAs

        20-game lead was a short-term goal. In the post-season, I’m expecting eleven straight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And that team across the Bay can be eliminated from NL West division race on Sunday with either Dodger victory or a loss.

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