Game 147, 2017

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Dodgers currently lead the Nationals by five games in the race for best record in the National League.

LHP Alex Wood (14-3, 2.81 ERA) starts for the Dodgers. He’ll face RHP Edwin Jackson (5-5, 4.14 ERA), now on his twelfth team since he was drafted by the Dodgers in 2001.

Wood’s pitching has deteriorated in the second half of the season after an All-Star performance in the first half. In his last two starts he’s given up nine runs in eleven innings. He’s had a sternum injury, but I wonder if his arm is tired. He’s thrown 134 innings this season after only 60 the year before when he was recovering from elbow surgery mid-season. Jackson has made 10 starts for the Nats after coming over from the Orioles (short distance between moves, anyway) and has a 3.88 ERA in that stretch. His last two outings have been shaky: he’s given up nine earned runs in nine innings.

Here are Houston Mitchell’s suggestions for which players should be sitting and which playing.

What’s the deal with those Pantene 294 fans who travel to Dodgers games?

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader. Due to the bothersome insects and the impending darkness, the game is called, resulting in a 2-0 victory for the Dodgers over the Cubs.
  • 1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
  • 1978 Don Sutton, in front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. Los Angeles, with tonight’s attendance, becomes the major league first team in history to draw three million fans at home.
  • 1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

Lineup:

Ethier and Utley get starts.

  • scooplew

    Starting tonight, the next eight pitchers scheduled to start against the Dodgers are right-handers. So we will see how frequently Barnes starts. Regarding tonight’s lineup, I am glad that Ethier is in there over Granderson.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doc says he gets more starts against righties here on out. Tomorrow for sure I would imagine.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big Blue Dodger fan contingent here tonight. Big Red gets them on their feet!

  • WBBsAs

    So, my first opportunity to see the Dodgers in nearly a week, and I’m getting Steinered.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Werth was Steinered!

  • Good analysis by Mitchell. Thanks Link.

    “We went 65-27 in games Pederson started. Let’s see if we can get him back on track instead of Granderson. Or I’d play Ethier, who is hitting .267, and see if he can stand up to playing every day. The Dodgers are 6-17 when Granderson plays and 2-8 when Ethier plays.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      This is analysis? Joc played himself out the lineup and helped push for the acquisition of Grandy. Team records with this or that player in the lineup are really not the measure to use ( it ain’t basketball).

      • I was looking for a word and settled on analysis as that is what Mitchell was trying to do, I think. His point is that there are a number of players that have played themselves out of the lineup.

  • scooplew

    Edwin Jackson, in his major league debut on Sept. 9, 2003 with the Dodgers, beat Randy Jackson: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ARI/ARI200309090.shtml

    • WBBsAs

      I remember it… well, not in detail. He’s had a good but odd career – perhaps the ultimate journeyman.

    • I was at the game sitting behind home plate in awesome seats.

  • RBI

    Well this is a little bit of alright! JT!!! Puig!!! Utley with the double!

    • scooplew

      Dodgers now have 200 homers this season. The club record is 211, set in 2004.

  • scooplew

    Yasmani being Yasmani, at least in September.

  • WBBsAs

    Werth with the ultimate deke…

    • RBI

      Hahaha.

    • I don’t think he knew where the ball was and neither did the announcers on ESPN.

      • WBBsAs

        Not to mention Steiner…

        • Neither Orel nor Steiner lipread what Werth said. We miss Vin!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Murph seemed to be giving him a hard time about it.

  • RBI

    What in the world? Ethier with a crazy ground rule double! Werth missed the ball completely!

  • Bob_Hendley

    What the heck was that!?

    • I was hoping you could tell us. ESPN apparently is sitting high up in the stands.

      • So are the radio guys. Monday’s talking about looking down to see meals on airplane tray tables.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager!

  • Jackson still a Dodger.

  • RBI

    Corey!!!!!!!!!

  • RBI

    Dare I dare hope we are back?

    • I think teams were not eager to play the Dodgers during the losing streak because they thought a game like this was overdue.

      • scooplew

        Long overdue.

      • RBI

        I wish I had had that confidence.

  • scooplew

    Of our last 11 hits, starting with Wednesday night’s game vs. San Francisco, 10 are for extra bases.

  • John_from_Aus

    Wow, nice start

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Saw this post first, then heard 6-0 . . . NICE, indeed!

  • Kiké’s grandfather passed away so he’s on bereavement leave, in case you want him to pinch-hit.

    • scooplew

      That is sad. Where did he live?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Puerto Rico, I am guessing.

        • WBBsAs

          *Puelto Lico…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Looking forward to catching up on what happened.
    Saw Puig after Belli and figured he would ensure Cody would get good pitches.

    • scooplew

      That’s a good point, Protecting Bellinger in the lineup will be very important in the post-season. I don’t think it is something that either Forsythe or Grandal can do.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Have to let the pitchers know. Cody got 3 IBB the other night with Puig batting behind him.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just because it doesn’t work all the time doesn’t mean you don’t try it.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Lot to do with the handedness of the pitcher, though Puig is all over righthanders and Cody has the most dingers off of southpaws in the NL! Head scratcher for opposing managers.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            After three weeks of us scratching our heads, let the opposition do that again!

    • Did you see the Werth “catch”?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No eyes — hopefully that will be part of the video clips.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — proving once again that your screen name is definitely truth in advertising! Thanks, Link.

          • “That’s my job, mate!”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6 runs on 5 hits (and hopefully counting) — sure beats that 8-hit, 1-run performance on Kersh’s return!

  • WBBsAs

    I’ll be happy to watch a laugher tonight.

  • Washington not looking great on defense.

  • Jackson out but before leaving, ESPN said he has pitched for 12 teams, didn’t miss too many starts, and has earned over $80M in salary.

    • scooplew

      I should have practiced baseball more.

      • WBBsAs

        I should have been four inches taller, faster, and stronger.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Second time with the Nats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not only adding another run, this meant scoring in another inning . . . the GOOD kind of deja vu all over again!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Alex — shut ’em down!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thank you soo much!

  • Wood should have practiced his sacrifice bunting.

  • ESPN saying home plate umpires get reviewed on every game on how accurately they called balls and strikes. If baseball can use pitch tracking to grade umpires, it would seem that electronic pitch tracking could or should be used in games.

    • The umpires’ union would like to speak with you.

      • I was thinking about when I made that comment because the union lets umpires be graded by pitch track so they have already taken a step in that direction.

  • The Dodgers are going retro — they’re going to entrain to Philadelphia after the Sunday Night Game.

    • WBBsAs

      I took the train to Philly once, but from NYC.

      • scooplew

        The train trip across Southern Canada is marvelous.

        • WBBsAs

          To Philly?

    • scooplew

      There used to be a lot of poker played on those baseball train trips. Carl Erskine wrote one of his favorite harmonica tunes, Stan Musial Blues, on one of them because Musial just hammered him — .336/.430/.664/1.095 and 8 HRs in 116 ABs. Brooklyn fans used to say, “Here comes that man,” when Musial came up. Erskine plays a mean harmonica; his rendition of The National Anthem is special and haunting.,

  • From True Blue LA:

    In the 134-year history of the franchise, here is the complete list of Dodgers with 20 home runs as a shortstop in a season:

    Corey Seager (2016) 26
    Glenn Wright (1930) 22
    Corey Seager (2017) 20
    Seager is already the Los Angeles Dodgers all-time leader in career home runs as a shortstop with 49, before even completing two full seasons in the majors.

    Dating back to Brooklyn, only Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, with 122 home runs as shortstop, tops Seager. Reese played 16 seasons.

    Seager is 23 years old.

  • WBBsAs

    Between innings, you can watch the best soccer footage ever… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6yQf_hWL68

  • WBBsAs

    Something tells me the Dodgers will not face Edwin Jackson in the playoffs.

  • WinnipegDave

    At work late. Just saw the score.

    WOOT!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Less trouble than having to travel to China, huh?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! So true. I may have to work late through all of October!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Hopefully that will have to be a consideration!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Petey, the new Hatch?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not doing anything to help his case.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good spot for him. If he succeeds- fine. If he doesn’t – short hook and smaller chance of him being on the post-season roster.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Just so long as that leash IS short.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cringing with news of Baez.
    But this is the type of game to test his mettle (and hopefully not ours).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo: “Pedro Baez will be on a short leash.”
    Good!

  • RBI

    To be fair, his zone is pretty tight.

  • WBBsAs

    Báez has talent, but he appears to have lost it completely.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Werth is not the sort of batter for him to face, if he wants to get right.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Taylor, on the other hand…

      • RBI

        Ball 4 was clearly strike 3.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo: “Baez appears to be lost in space.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Pedro — get the K or double play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PedroK!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pedro likes to make things interesting . . . unfortunately.
    But nothing on the board!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just saw a replay of the Werth “play” on Ethier’s double.
    I appreciate how over the last 3 games the Dodgers have forced SF and Wash to have bad defense.

    • Bob_Hendley

      After playing the last 5 odd years in left, not used to right I am guessing.

  • WBBsAs

    Sometimes I want to call him “Pedo” (joke for Spanish-speakers only).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dre been getting some good wood.

  • WinnipegDave

    This has probably has already been mentioned – but the last time the Dodgers have scored 7 or more runs was Aug 22.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not only a great win, but we have the whole night ahead of us!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! !

  • HLKLA

    Good win. Six games up for best record in NL.

  • Giants – Diamondbacks Gameday. Tied at one going to the bottom of the 2nd in SF.

    • WBBsAs

      Don’t expect much from the Gnats. They’re shooting for that No. 1 draft pick.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great night at the park. Nat fans deflated pretty quickly, though they did muster a bit of applause whenever their team got a BB.

  • 7:00AM game time tomorrow out here. 10 AM on the West Coast, 1 PM in the East.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Getting ready to shove off.