Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN, NBCS-Bay Area
Righthander Yu Darvish (8-12, 4.25 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers, while LHP Matt Moore (5-13, 5.31 ERA) goes for the Giants.
Darvish had one excellent start after coming over from the Rangers at the trade deadline but has lost his last three starts. Moore has four quality starts in his last five, but he’s got a 7.02 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this year.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1925 In the first game of a twin bill, Robins’ (Dodgers) starter Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. The Brooklyn hurler had one-hit the team from the City of Brotherly Love five days earlier.
- 2005 During the six-run second inning uprising by Colorado, each Dodger outfielder commits an error. The fielding of Ricky Ledee (lf), Jose Cruz Jr. (right field), and Jayson Werth (cf) contributes to the 6-4 loss to the Rockies. (The Dodgers finished 71-91 that year, in fourth place in the division. The Rockies finished last.
Also, in 1902, Johnny Evers, acquired to replace second baseman Bobby Lowe, who broke his ankle, joins shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance on the Chicago infield, marking the first time the three Cubs’ infielders have played together. The legendary double play trio will be immortalized in Franklin Pierce Adams’ baseball poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” better known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance”. (And only one of the three really had any business even being considered for induction into the Hall of Fame, as far as I’m concerned. There were a bunch of romantics or cronies on the Veterans Committee in 1946.)
Tonight's Dodger lineup at Giants:
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On my way to the park. About 20 feet up the line from first, 8 rows back tonight wearing Vin t-shirt. Last year El Titan tossed us a ball.
Space news (no, not the 25-man or 40-man or playoff roster kind): the suicidal spacecraft kind. 0755EDT tomorrow, Cassini makes its Grand Finale into Saturn.
Thanks Link. That was a great read. Space continues to capture the imagination in exciting ways.
Here’s the story (and animated video) of her last transmission.
Even Cassini spaces out.
This is probably not helpful or useful information in light of the conversation below. However it is odd/unfortunate/potentially troubling that Dodgers have a losing record against only 3 teams this season: Arizona, Colorado, Washington.
To be clear, the Dodgers are only guaranteed a losing record vs AZ as they still could win season series vs Col and Wash.
In 1988, the Dodgers lost 10 of 11 regular-season games to the Mutts. They then won the NLCS four games to three.
That’s been the problem of late, the the regular season, as well as the playoffs — not winning vs. winning teams.
Hopefully it will end this postseason.
We do have winning records against both the Cubbies and Cleveland and as Dave points out those against Rox and Nats haven’t concluded. And, what WBBsAs said.
Incisive analysis of late-season performance and “momentum:” https://www.truebluela.com/2017/9/14/16290980/mlb-playoffs-momentum-regular-season-september-october
Here is the best part of that article
Teams with home field advantage won 42 of 80 division series (52.5%)
Teams with the better regular season record won 44 of 86 division series (51.2%)
Teams with the better record in the final 10 games won 39 of 71 division series (54.9%)
Teams with the better record in the final 20 games won 40 of 74 1st round series (54.1`%)
Teams with the better record in the final 30 games won 42 of 77 1st round series (54.5%)
Nothing really stands out here, to the author..
League championship series
Teams with home field advantage won 23 of 44 league championship series (52.3%)
Teams with the better regular season record won 24 of 43 league championship series (55.8%)
Teams with the better record in the final 10 games won 17 of 30 league championship series (56.7%)
Teams with the better record in the final 20 games won 21 of 39 league championship series (53.8%)
Teams with the better record in the final 30 games won 18 of 39 league championship series (46.2%)
Essentially, you win in October if you play well in October.
Good win last night. The long losing streak cured me of going to Baseball Reference page to see all the green lines compared to the red.
I have loved looking at that as well. So visually appealing – until late Aug.
But hopefully still lots more green to come.
Travel Day tomorrow. Rotation looks like Wood, HIll, Ryu. Sunday is the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game at 8:00PM EDT, 5:00PM PDT. 2:00PM HST.
That means that Kershaw will open the four-game series in Philly, followed by Darvish.
So, the old ESPN blackout again…
In case you missed it: Barnes, Hernandez to play more.
Roberts goes one-for-two with this decision, in my opinion. I like Barnes in the lineup as much as possible, but Hernandez continues to swing from the heels repeatedly without much success.
Except that he has more extra base hits than singles this season. Which must mean SOMEthing.
I like Kike’ against lefties and Barnes in most of the time. Now just need to get Joc in against righties and Granderson visiting on the bench with Grandal.
None of you even questioned my snide remark about Tinker-to-Evers-to Chance and the enshrinement of the DP combination into the Hall.
Giving you a pass, this time.
Dodgers’ six hits tonight: a single, three doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Night all. Back in L. A. tomorrow, blue toenails and all!
Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! !
There we go!
Thanks for the help.
We are all in this together. 🙂
First back-to-back Woo-HOOs in a long time.
Thought we might never see that again!
We need a streak of them.
Yu for 2!
lets finish this already
What is it with defensive indifference?!
Is Buehler pitching from a windup? (Same thing last night.) If not, why not TRY to get the runner(s)?
I can see if there’s a runner on 3rd, but otherwise?
I know. I have never liked that.
Grant has something to say about it… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e2950ef57a4e4ab35dbe1d12e8ab35086d0c829098497c12aa85cd1f7f1dcc7.png
The shortstop or the second baseman would have to break to the bag as soon as the runner did or the runner would beat them to the bag. That opens one side of the infield.
Meanwhile, Buehler gives up a run with two outs. Not good!
Deep breaths. We got this.
I am too traumatized by recent events.
Two weakly hit balls in the right (wrong) place.
I got a 2nd wind. And the Dodgers close to a 2nd win!
I’m so glad you stuck around.
caught stealing home?, that should make interesting viewing later
I assumed as such when it went catcher to second to catcher
Forcing the Giants to make a play, which they did.
Darvish was wheeling tonight.
Wait – Corey tried to steal home? Huh?
Magic nbr before this game to win NL West is eight.
Is there something missing here?
Dunno. What are you thinking?
I am so confused! I read your post above and I don’t understand it!
Going into tonight’s game it was eight.
Ohhh! If “to” had been “too” it would have been clearer I think.
Ah, now it is all clear!
Good game by Dervish.
One could argue, however, that it was only the Gnats.
Well I think I will head to bed. I have had some late nights recently and an early start tomorrow.
I’ll peek in every once in a while
I am reading you in NY. Eye lids very heavy. So if we should actually win another game, what is our magic number?
7? Or is it 8?
Exactly! I don’t know!
8 as of now.
Yup. I just checked that as well.
Yu Darvish another strong candidate for player of the game at this point.
Did the Panda come back to SF recently?
Maybe a month ago?
Cody working hard to be player of the game.
Keep bringing the heat Dodgers.
A Belli flop in McCovey Cove.
Welcome back the Cody of old
Now — Bring. Him. In!
So easy for the Dodgers to double – when there is no one on base.
I am willing to eat crow . . . just give me some buffalo sauce.
LoFo not bugging me tonight. He has been clean on D anyway.
And he had an RBI.
I’m sure we’d all prefer to be wrong about him.
I didn’t expect everything to turn around with a single W . . . but these are the Giants — the worst record in baseball AND playing like it.
Next up are the Nats . . . take advantage of opportunities when they come, bats!
Meanwhile, Yu keep pitching like this, Darvish!
Soo many chances, soo few runs.
More unfortunate base running.
could Puig have done any better at home or was it just one of those unfortunate plays?
He kinda broke for home on contact which meant he was dead to rights. But it was hit hard – just right at the SS.
Great — now the Dodgers are playing Nazis!
Bad base running this inning.
Puig! — but was he admiring his shot, causing the near-out?
They showed his hit on the slo-mo cam but they didn’t need to with the way he ran it out. That was slow in real time.
I wish he would keep his talent and adopt the hustle of Chase.
I think the low point of the season may have been last night when Kelby Tomlinson homered off Kershaw to give the Giants a brief 1-0 lead.
I’m so very glad it wasn’t Posey with a walk-off grand slam.
How could Pence get an error on the pop fly by Puig when he never touched it? Puig was given a hit on a very similar play last night.
Sandoval hitting .181 as a Giant. This is his last hurrah for the team that he never should have left.
It’s only two innings, but impressed with Yu!
I do — Yu, too.
I really thought you were going to say “Yu’re welcome”.
Yes. Moore or less.
They would be thrilled that they are only 2 down
I hate called third strikes with a passion.
For a moment I thought you meant you hate it when umps passionately (that is, with a flourish) call third strikes.
No, more along the line of “swing the bat!”
Yup. That was my second thought.
Now deja vu of the slump.
Waste not, want not . . . especially when they’re give you the chances!
Walk, HBP, WP, PB, or error also accepted.
Big moment here.
C’mon, Capt. JT!
Okay, now c’mon, Cody!
Double steal — a good kind of deja vu all over again . . . now bring them home!
Exchange these gifts for runs!
sounds like an interesting double play
I’d like to see the video. Pitcher to short to third to second.
Things going in their favor again!
Dave, you got me going on the 575 meter:
‘Twas long time coming
Two weeks of anxiety
Dodgers finally won
I’m done for the day as I have an early tee time tomorrow.
Might as well end happy!
True, I will hurry out of here.
Pitch count: Moore 32, Yu 0.
Great ratio! Wait, yu can’t divide by zero.
Back a few decades, one could divide a number on a hand cranked adding machine and the machine would grind away until someone unplugged it. So I hear 🙂
When my former employer 30 years ago took over the Westside Racquet Club in Cheviot Hills it had been using those old Burroughs billing machines. They probably looked like one of these, but I can’t remember clearly.
Kiké – 34 extra base hits to 25 singles for the entire season. Weird.
great at bat Austin!
Joe said that Doc said that Barnes will get at bats against lefties and righties. Sounded like Barnes might get more play then Grandal.
happy with that
I had predicted that would happen by mid August. Missed it by a month, or Doc did.
Now adjust the other Grandy down as well.
2, 2 out RBI’s – so far.
Bellinger, now Forsyth. Nice start, Dodgers!
Let’s hope the Dodgers decide to go after Cleveland’s win record.
That would run them into the playoffs – or next season.
Nothing wrong with that!
Scherzer got lit up by the Barves, which should help Kershaw’s Cy chances. Special mention to old friend Matt Kemp for a slam off Max.
Mixed feeling about Puig at 8, I can understand the thinking, but higher up will get him more at bats,as well as an opportunity to contribute earlier in the game
Way back before the nightmare, that wasn’t a consideration/need.
Good to see the Braves helping us out
Hope Dodgers take care of their own business and don’t need to rely on anyone.
The Indians won their 21st in a row today, setting a new AL record.
Dodgers going for two.
What a time to be alive.
Barnes is starting, which I welcome, but I’d rather see him in the No. 5 hole, not Forsythe, to better protect Bellinger.
Agree but LoFo does okay against lefties.
Granderson isn’t starting. Hurray.
And the hottest hitter back in #8.
Only thing better would be if Forsythe was Chased off.
Forsythe hits lefties better than Chutley.
I don’t mind Puig in the No. 8 hole, which we used to call the second cleanup spot. That is where he was hitting when the Dodgers were on their roll.
I agree! I like it all, and would like it even more with Chase for Forsythe.
Not going to happen against a lefty but very clever wording.