Game 153, 2017

Dodgers at Phillies, 10:05 AM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-P, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Dodgers have lost 20 of their past 25 games and can’t clinch until Friday at the earliest since the D-backs came back from a 6-2 deficit in Wednesday’s game to win 13-7 and have the day off Thursday.

The Dodgers ask RHP Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.21 ERA) to stop the bleeding and hold the Phillies and RHP Mark Leiter (3-6, 4.93 ERA) off.

Maeda’s last six starts have not been very good. He’s posted an ERA of 6.04 in those games and opponents are slugging .527 off him, and the Dodgers are 2-4 in those games. Leiter is a rookie who’s been both a starter and a long reliever this season. In his last three starts his ERA has jumped a full run.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1934 “If I’d-a known he was gonna throw one, I’d-a thrown one, too.” – Dizzy Dean, after his brother threw a no-hitter in the nightcap of a double-header. In the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, 22 year-old Cardinal hurler Paul Dean, called Daffy by his teammates, becomes the fifth rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Dodgers, 3-0. His brother Dizzy held Brooklyn hitless until the eighth inning in the opener, settling for a two-hitter in the team’s 13-0 blanking of the Bums.
  • 1952 In front of the second largest crowd this season, with many of the 8,822 fans rooting for the Dodgers, the Braves play their final home game in Boston. Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run at Braves Field in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee-bound club.
  • 1969 In a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the tenth inning at Candlestick Park, LA’s Pete Mikkelsen quickly retires the first two Giants batters, but then is ordered to intentionally walk Willie McCovey, who is 4-for-4 in the game. The Dodger reliever proceeds to issue free passes to the next two hitters unintentionally, loading the bases, and then loses the game when shortstop Maury Wills boots pinch-hitter Jim Davenport’s ground ball. I’m glad I didn’t hear that 10th inning.

Lineup when available.

Seager fouled a ball off his foot yesterday. X-rays were negative for breaks, but he’s getting a couple of days off.

112 thoughts on “Game 153, 2017

    • I would say this is similar to when Hanley was injured in the playoffs . . . but back then, they were winning until his injury.

  1. Not only is JT hurting and out, Belli is back in the OF, his address when he was injured before.

    • I think we have enough black clouds without you looking for more. It’s not as if he hasn’t played OF, 44 games this year and 175 in the minors.

  2. Dodgers pitchers seemingly don’t like leads when they’re pitching and do their best when confronted with such a situation to eliminate such things.

    • Going to be relieving. Maybe told him to go out there with three innings in mind and not to hold back (though that didn’t seem evident).

  3. Would be great to have Dre perform such that he is included in the postseason roster. Bittersweet would be that it might be at AGon’s expense.

  4. So what’s the word on Turner? Does it seem like he will be out for an extended period of time?

    • Monday tends to be tougher on the players than other Dodger announcers and probably has more influence on listeners who can’t otherwise see the game. I can often tell by comments here on how my fellow communitarians are following the game. Not that Grandal didn’t look bad on that one.

      • Well, he was a pretty darned good outfielder (forget the flag rescue; he could play the game). Most of the rest of them are too polite to criticize much. Orel has his moments, but Nomar is innocuous.

      • I agree about Monday being harder on players than the other announcers. I always got a kick out of Nomar when he would say a hitter was swing hard as he swung hard as well.

  5. I missed most of the ninth because an unavoidable Internet outage as a technician worked on our phone lines. Still, gratified to see the result.

  6. Interesting that the playoff roster might have so many with different roles than they had in the regular season and might have quite a few players that were not part of the team that got them on the SI cover.