Game 142, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet-RM

The Dodgers ask LHP Alex Wood (14-2, 2.57 ERA) to end their eight-game losing streak, and he might be just the guy to do it since his opponent is the Rockies. He’s 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA while striking out 17 over 12 innings vs. them this season. He’ll face RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 4.91 ERA), whose first two starts after returning from the DL and testicular cancer treatment were excellent, but whose last three starts have been poor. He’s posted a 7.63 ERA and allowed six home runs through 15 1/3 innings in those games.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1948 At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0. The Brooklyn 23 year-old right-hander had to endure a one-hour rain delay, as well as showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish his gem.
  • 1965 “And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.” – Vin Scully’s description Of Koufax’s gem. Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley’s one hit effort, 1-0. The Dodger Stadium gem is the southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter.

  • 2013 Juan Uribe homers in each of his first three trips to the plate in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over Arizona. Los Angeles goes yard six times in the Chavez Ravine contest, falling two shy of the franchise record established in 2002.


150 thoughts on “Game 142, 2017

  1. Repeating myself (I used to work in local TV, so re-runs are good!) — I like the first 5.
    I agree that Barnes should play over Grandal — for his D and O.

  2. I’ll be having dinner at a friends’ house, and he’ll have the game on for me, but I won’t be checking in here until – perhaps – much later.

  3. Not able to stay up and catch many of the games, but the Dodgers are with me all night. Been having nightmares lately. Nothing too vivid, but dreams of waking up to find that he the team has managed to lose again. When I do wake up, I hesitate a bit to get on the internet not wanting to spoil my morning. Alas! Well good luck to them and you guys tonight.

  4. On the Schadenfreude side, I am pleased to see that Phlablo Sandoval has once again dropped below the Mendoza line.

  5. I recall watching The Talented Mr. Ripley in the theatre. I loved the start of that movie and thought to myself this could be a really good film. It then started going bad. By the end of it I was just begging it (in my mind) to be over – as it just kept going from bad to worse.

    Not thinking about the Dodger season at all as I wrote that.

    Well, maybe a little.

  6. Hi all. Decided to look in from NY. So sorry we can’t get out of this gaping, neverending hole. I wish I knew what to do, but it is what it is. I may be saving a bundle on post-season tickets this year at this rate.

    • It is actually becoming the most horrifically (in baseball terms) interesting thing about this whole baseball season. How does a historically good team become an absolute rubber-necking train wreck?

      • I know what you mean. We’re like the little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead…

  7. So – should we switch to talking about musicals, or movies, or literature? Or music? Or fine arts?

  8. And to no one’s surprise anywhere – the Dbacks had a 4 run inning themselves to lead the Padres by a 4-0 score.

    • Nothing like playing the 2 wild card leaders and losing all that ground to both of them.

  9. Maybe a glimmer of hope. First the security guard and then the throwing error by Arenando.

  10. One sports Miracle tonight – – UNLV bounced back from that historical loss based on the point spread to win tonight.
    Maybe the Dodgers can score in more than one inning and hold the lead by the end of the game!

    • Since they scored in more than one inning, this might not be decided for another hour.
      But sure hope no bottom of the 9th!!

  11. It seems more often that bats tank at the same time rather than SP.
    Or is the one causing the other — starters feel pressure to be perfect since they’re not going to receive support? But isn’t that the way they should be pitching in postseason anyway, not wanting to give up anything?

  12. With all these stories about comparable losing streaks, it would be nice to compare additional stats: SP ERA, relievers’ ERA, BA, BAw/RISP, etc.

    I’m wondering if the other streaks were as catastrophic as this one seems.

  13. Where is Joe Davis tonight? Shouldn’t it be around now that he makes an announcement on the scoreboard that he will be coming back for at least one more year? 😉

  14. When they were struggling at the plate, we could still count on the Blue being good on D — but not lately.

  15. Hmm. That moment when you realize you have been the only one posting for the last 15 or 20 minutes.

  16. One more game at home, then three cities, including D.C.
    After their historic high and this horrendous low, they will need an incredible comeback in postseason to advance at all. (I’m conceding they will at least make the wild card game — odds are not so much that they will win their way in, but others will lose.)

  17. I’m numb.
    At this time in the past, I remember them not being able to beat the playoff-caliber teams. Now they can’t beat ANYONE.

  18. Giants fans are hoping this is going to be the highlight of their season.
    If LA doesn’t win in SF (even if they do), the visit to D.C. could be disastrous.

  19. First 9-game losing streak since the 99-loss season.
    “The higher the top, the longer the drop.”

  20. With EVERYTHING going wrong, the only possible silver lining is they are getting this out of their system.
    But I think this is indicative of pressing, which any team is wont to do in the playoffs.
    So . . . not very encouraging.
    But not giving up.

    • I don’t have a problem with that as much as the rule which allows the reliever who blows the save to then get the win.

  21. This losing streak hasn’t bugged me. Whether they win 95 games or 115 games, I have never doubted they would win the Division. The playoffs and WS is a new season.

    I would like CT3, Cory, JT, ROY, Puig, Joc, and Barnes to cement themselves into the lineup for the playoffs though and not just tiptoe into it and I would like to see Kersh and Yu to enter the playoffs pitching like aces.

    I suspect Wood has maxed out on his Ace innings and Hill will pitch like an Ace one game and a #5 the next.