Game 135, 2017

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Dodgers send RHP Yu Darvish (8-10, 3.88 ERA) to the hill in the nightcap to face RHP Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.94 ERA). Darvish has been fighting his mechanics in his starts with the Dodgers after coming over from the Rangers. Lyles is making his Padres debut after being claimed off waivers from the Rockies.

Lineup when available.

Ethier gets his first start of the year on September 1. I wonder how excited he is.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At the airport now – – I would not have minded Extra Innings since my flight doesn’t leave until just before 7.
    Hopefully the Blue jump to a great lead by the time I land and Yu pitches like when we were introduced to him as a Blue

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      THAT was wishful thinking.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not an intimidating lineup, but an improvement over the day game.

    When was Puig moved from the number eight spot? How does that correlates with this losing stretch?

    • scooplew

      I think that they correlate closely.

      • WBBsAs

        Correlation is not causation.

        • scooplew

          When Puig was batting eighth we consistently had a reliable bat just ahead of the pitcher. That spot is otherwise problematical now.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And such problematic positions seem to be everywhere now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Aug. 20 was the Verlander game. I kind of lost track, but after the loss this afternoon, I believe that’s 5-8 since then . . . . which would mean 3-7 since the non-no-hitter, inclusive.

        To me, that’s a slump knocking on a tailspin. Regardless of leads — divisional, HFA, whatever — you don’t want that to continue. You gotta prove to yourself that you can win again . . . with AZ and DC on horizon.

        • scooplew

          I would like to see Doc stop with all the experimentation — tomorrow — and get back to the regular lineup. I am hoping that this will start to return to us to where we were, not that I expect the Dodgers to win 70 to 80 percent of their games.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Agree.

          • The regular lineup is not available. Seager hurt and Pederson 0fouring in OK.

  • HLKLA

    Calling it a day. I am hoping to check in tomorrow to find ou we split the double header.

  • Suppertime!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Darvish is not looking like the playoff help for Kershaw that he was advertised to be

    • WBBsAs

      Poor command, high pitch counts, and failure to put away weak hitters.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        These are the Padres, for Pete’s sake!

        • WBBsAs

          He’s had one good start but, even then, high pitch counts.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            KLAC pundits were saying he’s guaranteed to be in the postseason rotation, whereas those three who got bombed in AZ are not.

            Right now, it’s Kersh and Wood (hopefully healthy — both of them!), and ????

          • and Rain?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doc seems to be playing to win this game. They’re going to have to play that way . . . just to prove they can.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    An effective “Who?!” reliever today — yes, Castillo!

  • scooplew

    Bob in Vegas: What was the high temperature in Las Vegas today?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think they said 106. It’s only 93 now.
      San Diego itself was close to 90 (over that, where Dad lives) but with humidity.

      • scooplew

        I was told that we hit 107 in Carmel Valley today. It was 115 in King City, highest ever there.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          In June we had about four days of 115+, including tying the highest-ever here, 117.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dave, how soon can you leave the country? J/k . . . maybe.

    We know they did well until he returned.
    We also know they did well until AGon returned, sending Belli to the OF and DL.
    We know they did well when Puig was hitting 8th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio just said SP over last 8 games . .. ERA 7.96.
    Add anemic-to-impotent bats and we find ourselves where we are.

    • scooplew

      Take away Kershaw’s six innings of shutout ball last night and what would it be?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Worse.
        (I don’t know)

  • scooplew

    Morrow has started 113 games in his MLB career. Just sayin’

    • 50-43 with a 4.07 ERA for his 11-year career. He’s still only 32 years old.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Part of the triumvirate who saved the only Dodger win September — with no margin for any type of error.

  • RBI

    I want my old team back!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What she said!

  • RBI

    Seven pitches, three outs. Not gonna do it, guys.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kersh had an inning like that.

      Remember when they were talking about how everyone had quality at-bats and never gave up?

  • RBI

    Lots of hard hit balls right into their mitts. Regression to the mean, all in one fell swoop.

  • Phooey.

  • RBI

    Miserable.

  • RBI

    We’ve lost seven out of eight. Something has to give, right?

  • 1:40 PM PT tomorrow.

  • Howard Fox

    I have not posted here in quite a while. So here goes.

    The streak was something to behold, as a fan, it was incredible. The long time Dodger fan in me always had this nagging feeling we were peaking too soon. I hope this is not the case.

    On the recent losing streak, this too shall pass. We were never going to win 125 games. Better teams than ours haven’t won 125 games…the Big Red Machine, the Orioles with 4 20-game winners, the 27 Yankees….it’s a long season, it just doesn’t happen.

    Yu Darvish? omg…what were they thinking. I take Verlander in a heartbeat. We trying to win now or what? We didn’t need another broken down pitcher trying to find himself, not when we are preparing for a World Series run. This pitching staff is no better than the last two years, depending on Alex Wood. He is the key to whether we even make it to the promised land.

    Finally, teams build momentum, get in a rhythm. We kept pretty much the same lineup through the entire long winning streak. We need to put that lineup out there again and keep it out there. We have 4 weeks to find ourselves or we will lose to the Dbacks in the 5 game series.

    It’s 29 years and counting. I’m a long time fan of these bums. Please…please…don’t live down to my expectations.

    • RBI

      Thank you for this. I agree with everything and can only hope the D-backs are, in their own way, peaking early as well!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I don’t belief enough in Big Mo to favor that approach over Doc’s. As you say, we have four weeks and I think they are best used in preparing the team for the playoffs with Doc resting and testing personnel and match-ups.

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