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.

112 thoughts on “Game 147, 2017

  1. 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.

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

  2. 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.”

    • 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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