Game 141, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet-RM

The Rockies send RHP German Marquez (10-6, 4.26 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ RHP Yu Darvish (8-11, 4.09 ERA) in game two of the series.

Marquez is a 22-year-old rookie who’s been getting hit early in counts in his last few starts as the league has begun to figure his patterns out. He gave up three runs in the sixth in his start Sunday against the D-Backs when they did just that. Darvish’s first two starts for the Dodgers were very good, but his last four have been pretty bad (6.16 ERA).

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.
  • 1957 Before their departure to play on the West Coast for next season, the Dodgers and Giants face one another for the final time in New York. The Jints beat the Bums at the Polo Grounds, 3-2, to finish the intense 68 year-old storied rivalry with a 656-606 advantage over Brooklyn in the battle between the boroughs.
  • 1967 The Mets, at the urging of their fans, honor former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who retired last season when arthritis ended his career prematurely at the age of 30. The Brooklyn-born southpaw, who threw a no-hitter against New York in 1962, started twenty games against the Amazins, compiling a 17-2 record that included 14 complete games and 5 shutouts.
  • 2007 Alex Rodriguez, hitting his 50th and 51st home runs, joins Babe Ruth (1920-54, 1921-59, 1927-60, 1928-54), Roger Maris (1961-61), and Mickey Mantle (1956-52, 1961-54) to become only the fourth player in Yankee history to hit 50 or more homers in a single season. The Yankee infielder’s second homer breaks the major league mark of 49 homers hit by a third baseman, shared with Mike Schmidt (Phillies-1980) and Adrian Beltre (Dodgers-2004).

Lineup when available.

  • Reposted from previous post’s comments:

    Grant is also maintaining equanimity about the Dodgers: The Dodgers will pull out of their hilarious doom spiral.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amusing.

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  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Link, I admire your professionalism in preparing this post each day.
    I would be tempted to say “Here’s who’s going, can they win today?”

    • Thank you. Habits are difficult to break. 😉

  • As you might imagine, Twitter has gone berserk at the prospect of Granderson leading off.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Isn’t that like starting with an out?
      (And I think I was his biggest cheerleader, that first week on the road.)

      • It starts the game out with 4.5 pitches to the lead off hitter and things go well, a walk.

  • Given Joc’s demotion, batting him sixth for the last two games says a lot about where Doc is at with the 7th and 8th hitters.

  • WBBsAs

    “You can explain Cuba without writers or painters, but not without baseball players.” https://twitter.com/el_pais/status/906333221717245953

  • Well, that’s a good riposte to the Rockies’ HR. But Darvish ought to spend some time in the batting cage. That first pitch was one even I could have hit out of the infield.

    • Out of the infield with the shift on or off?

      FOUR runs in first. Projects to 32 for the game.

      • Either. I coulda hit it over the shortstop’s head!

  • HLKLA

    Well, we have the offense going, but will the pitching be equal to the task?

    • WBBsAs

      Darvish looking better, but not really sharp.

  • WBBsAs

    Darvish getting the benefit of low strike.

  • Fourth inning, Padres 8 and Dbacks 0

    • WBBsAs

      When dog bites man…

  • Parra has taken two hits away from Joc.

  • WBBsAs

    Darvish still with subpar command, lots of long counts.

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    • scooplew

      That’s beautiful.

  • WBBsAs

    Disappointment of the day: Phlablo Sandoval broke his ofer and is now back above the Mendoza line at .201.

  • scooplew

    Is anything ever going to come easy for this team?

    • Al Campanis’ “The Dodger Way to Play Baseball” apparently covers more than good fundamentals.

  • scooplew

    Are people posting or am I having problems with this site?

    • John_from_Aus

      Maybe everyone is just as stunned as I am

      • scooplew

        OK, thanks.

        • John_from_Aus

          I think I’ll stop doing the outside chores, it was looking so much better before then

    • It was past my bedtime. Good morning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice outing for Baez.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Came out of a conference, called up At Bat and looked at Dodgers’ score first — great, 4 runs!
    Then I saw CO . . . and they had just posted the 4.
    COME ON!

    • scooplew

      It is frustrating, isn’t it?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Oh yeah . . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Has anyone seen anything from FO on why they went for Darvish? He had a great initial start for LA, but it seems he wasn’t much better than this at TX.

    • WBBsAs

      He has an impressive track record, going back years, and he was very good prior to the trade. I thought he was a worthwhile acquisition, but he’s been mostly awful to mediocre.

    • Wasn’t his surgery what caused his mechanics problems? Hopefully, once he gets his mechanics right, he will be that second ace the Dodgers want from the right side.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A break — cash it in!

  • scooplew

    San Diego leads Arizona, but only 10-6, in the bottom of the 7th. Arizona had earlier cut an 8-0 deficit to 8-6.

  • scooplew

    If we don’t win this one . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back in the day, they would cash in any gift given them.

  • scooplew

    Hernandez was on second with no outs, we are down by a run, so why wasn’t Granderson, barely hitting above .100 as a Dodger, bunting? It’s stuff like this that drives me up a wall about Roberts. Watching his managerial moves over the last two weeks is like watching Groundhog Day.

    • WBBsAs

      Granderson had three good ABs before this. Maybe he can’t bunt, but I might have hit for him v. a lefty.

      • scooplew

        Those were probably three of the four or five good ABs Granderson has had in the last week. Pinch-hitting for him would have been a good idea.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Normally, I think Doc wants to build confidence.
          But these aren’t normal times. These are times that need a victory.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just came home from work. Earlier I had seen it was 4-1 and rejoiced. But now I start watching and see it is 5-4. Yikes.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Know the feeling — but I didn’t have the temporary elation.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good news: Dodgers plated 4.
    Bad news: They’ve left a lot more.
    I don’t think they’re going to break this sluuuuuump with a game leaving us totally happy, other than the score. I think it’s going to be scrapping and clawing — ugly. (In other words, just about every game they’ve played the last two weeks.)

  • scooplew

    San Diego leads Arizona, 10-6, after eight innings.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The Pads are enjoying playing spoiler.

  • scooplew

    If we don’t score again tonight, it will mark the fifth straight game in which we scored in only one inning or didn’t score at all, all on this homestand. And, of course, it will mark our eighth straight loss.

    • WinnipegDave

      Interesting stat.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just as there were historic highs, we’re finding historic lows.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin!

    • WinnipegDave

      Close the Barnes door!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        But keep him in the lineup!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to hear Seager making plays!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go, Dodgers!
    No bottom of the 9th!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yea, Utley . . . chase him home!

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes lose, 10-6, to Pads. Small dent in the magic number.

  • scooplew

    This is the wrong spot for Grandal. Not a clutch hitter. (I’d be happy to eat my words, however.)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You are correct, sir.
      Unfortunately.

      • scooplew

        Grandal is simply woeful in “late and close situations.” This is when your team is tied, leads by one, or has the tying run at least in the on-deck circle. Grandal is now 11-for-71 in that area this year for a batting average of .155. If Roberts studied the probabilities of certain questionable players, such as Grandal, Granderson, Forsythe and Hernandez, instead of being oblivious to past history or playing a hunch, he’d have a better handle on things and we’d all be suffering less. He was fine for the first few months of the season when everything turned to gold. But in a period of trauma, he just isn’t doing it.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          My only thought is what I wrote below, that Doc wants to build their confidence (perhaps worked with Baez tonight).
          But this streak must be stopped!

        • But, if any team knows those stats, it would be the Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pads won!
    EDITED: Didn’t see it below. . . . But still happy!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They have not scored as many as they did with the stacked rookies game, last Saturday.

  • scooplew

    Barnes should be the first-string catcher. He is hitting about 90 points higher than Grandal against righties and about 10 points higher than Grandal gainst lefties. Grandal has considerably more power, but Grandal leads MLB in passed balls with 15. Grandal is slightly better in throwing out attempted base stealers. Barnes has better speed. Barnes is batting about 100 points higher in “late and close” situations, aka in the clutch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree.

      • I have been saying that for months.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Come. On. Bats!!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If I was as optimistic as Dave, I would say the Dodgers were waiting for the bottom of the 9th to win with a dramatic walk-off.

    • WinnipegDave

      I believe the Dodgers are waiting for the bottom of the 9th to win with a dramatic walk-off.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha.
        (But do you really?)

        • WinnipegDave

          Well – at very least they tie it up in the bottom of the 9th. 🙂

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Here’s hoping . . .

  • scooplew

    Remarkable relief pitching by Watson, Baez, Cingrani, Stripling and Fields: 4 2/3 shutout innings, one hit, eight strikeouts, two walks. But it will be all be in vain? Sure hope not.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I would suggest a bullpen game, but that would be one where the bats are TOTALLY silent. They can’t get the facets in sync or one to compensate for the other, save Kersh’s game a week ago.
      Was that only a week ago???!!!

      • scooplew

        Yes, a week ago, followed by eight losses in seven days, believe it or not.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner and Bellinger – back to back. That would be very fun.

    • WinnipegDave

      I mean Bellinger and Puig.

      • WinnipegDave

        Would you believe Puig and Joc?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    P. Yu

  • WinnipegDave

    D.Rat

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We wanted Darvish to be cut out of the same cloth as Kershaw. Unfortunately he emulated yesterday’s game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yup.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        On the other hand, radio mentioned the good stretch he had.
        If it IS mechanics, hopefully Honey can figure it out and they can spot it quicker when he’s slipping.

        • scooplew

          Maybe they should take Darvish into an highly recommended auto repair shop. They will have good mechanics there.

          • Right now, he couldn’t get a job there.

  • scooplew

    Four runs and three hits in the first inning, no runs and four hits the rest of the way, one-for-eight with RISP. As the 19th century American poet John Greenleaf Whittier wrote: “Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’ ” And that could apply to 13 of our last 14 games.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      🙁

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HFA disappearing quickly.

  • scooplew

    Roberts should not start Granderson (despite his one hit and one walk tonight), Grandal, Forsythe or Hernandez tomorrow, regardless of who the opposing starter is. But as Colorado’s Bettis is a righty, we will doubtlessly see the 7-for-66 as a Dodger Granderson in the lineup. Our front office can’t be pleased with things; do you think the two top honchos there ever sit down with Roberts and review things and make some suggestions?

  • scooplew

    In the good news department, Arizona’s loss means our magic number was cut to 12.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But HFA only 5 on Nats.

  • scooplew

    I wonder if the Dodgers have ever previously lost eight games in seven days without recording a victory. There would have to be at lest one doubleheader in that mix.

  • Darvish is really annoying me. I saw bits of that sixth inning and watched the lead disappear. I said terrible things about him.

    • scooplew

      Don’t worry. I am not sure how good his English is.

      • Heh. I didn’t say them so loudly he could hear them in LA either.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

      • Whatever it is, he needs to put more of it on his curve balls.

    • After watching the fifth this morning it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. Lots of balls finding their way to base hits whereas Dodger contact has been finding a glove.

  • Roberts on tonight’s game and Darvish’s performance.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They’ve now reached the point where no lead (haven’t been very many of those lately anyway!) is safe, from SP or, previously, bullpen.
    Or SP pitches shutout and is playing for a tie.
    Might as well just tune in Game Time + 3 hours . . . much less frustrating seeing end result vs. living through it.
    (I probably won’t follow my own advice.)

  • Howard Fox

    For some unknown reason, the FO seems to love Granderson. I just cannot see it. For all the knocks on others in the lineup when things were good, there was a certain chemistry that worked well, and they won. Or maybe the chemistry was because they won.

    Whatever it is, I never have understood the need of teams that are having wonderful seasons buying at the trade deadlines and changing the mix of a successful team. I would put Puig back in the 8 hole, trot Pederson out to CF, and put Taylor back in LF. And just leave it alone. I feel bad for the old guard…Ethier and Gonzo, but its a new day and the youngsters have been doing it all season, why change now?

    This audition thing, don’t understand that. You go with what brung you. You think Ethier needs to be on the bench during the post season? Great. But that will not be the deciding factor on how far we do or don’t go.

    • I have been thinking the same thing. I have rose colored glasses on when it comes to Joc but still, I think he looks great at the plate. He continues to have bad luck, at least compared to others, regarding balls that get caught.

      Thursday he had a blooper to left that Parra made a diving catch and a line drive to left that Parra made another great catch on. Last night he hit a line drive that the second baseman who was playing in short right field was able to jump up and catch.

      Meanwhile, Barnes gets a base hit with a swinging bunt.

      I still prefer Barnes at catcher over Grandal and prefer a platoon at second between Utley and Forsythe. Yes, put Taylor back into left and keep Joc in CF without a platoohn. Kike’ should give players a rest, pinch hit for the pitcher, and be the emergency whatever.

      Gonzales needs to go back on the DL. It would be great if he could pinch hit but who knows when his back is loose enough from game to game. That makes Granderson a pinch hitter, again for the pitcher.

      Next year, Taylor is the second baseman unless the Dodgers trade for Machado, then he can be our second baseman.

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  • WBBsAs

    Let’s have some additional perspective, from a reliable source we all know… https://twitter.com/jonweisman/status/906596969954426880

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    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Looks better than it has in a long time — especially the top 5.
      I agree that Barnes should be playing — for play in the field and batting.

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