Game 158, 2017

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Padres start RHP Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.45 ERA) against the Dodgers’ LHP Alex Wood (15-3, 2.71 ERA).

This is Lamet’s rookie season and it’s been a pretty good one. In his last 11 starts, he’s had a 3.08 ERA with 70 strikeouts. Wood has had a bit of a rocky road in his last few starts, but his last two have been excellent.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1908 Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach pitches two shutouts in the same day, whitewashing the Brooklyn Superbas in the opener 5-0 on a five-hitter and 3-0 on a three hits in the nightcap. The entire Washington Park doubleheader is played in less than three hours.
  • 1954 Willie Mays, with three hits in the season finale, wins the batting title, finishing the campaign with a .345 average. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ goes third to first in batting average with his performance passing teammate Don Mueller (.342) and Dodger center fielder Duke Snider (341).
  • 1975 Burt Hooton sets a Dodger record for starting pitchers by winning his twelfth consecutive game. The 25 year-old right-hander, who was traded to LA in May for Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn, accomplishes the feat by beating J.R. Richard and the Astros at Dodger Stadium, 3-2.
  • 1981 Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to throw five no-hitters when the Astros defeat the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 5-0. The Ryan Express, who will finish his 27-year major league career with a record seven no-hitters, previously has thrown hitless gems against the Royals (1973), Tigers (1973), Twins (1974), and Orioles (1975).

  • 1997 Dodger catcher Mike Piazza, in a 10-4 win over the Rockies, hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28 year-old backstop’s sixth-inning blast travels 496 feet and hits the left center field billboard between the scoreboard and the Rockpile.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    ¡Puig de vuelta!

    • y Gozales and Ethier.

      • WBBsAs

        Alineación nostálgica…

  • scooplew

    Gonzalez has to show something truly positive over the last five games to have a shot at making the post-season roster. He was not having a good season before he went on the DL
    (.255/.304/.339/.643 in 49 games), but, unfortunately, has been poor since his return (.194/.227/.323/.550 in 21 games). He is under contract next season.

    • WBBsAs

      I doubt he’ll make the post-season roster. I think Ethier has a leg up on him as a bench bat, since he’s hit well – albeit in a small sample size.

      • scooplew

        I’d like to see Ethier on the post-season roster. He brings history and experience and, from what I’ve seen late in the season, can still hit and play well in the field.
        I wonder where Gonzalez fits in next season’s plans.

        • WBBsAs

          That’s a tough one to deal with, since AGon’s been so injured he’s not been able to show much and his contract is so expensive. He’s not displacing Bellinger, clearly. I like AGon, but nobody’s likely to take him even at minimum salary.

        • Both are fragile and both best fit into the roster as pinch hitters. Do the Dodgers need two lefty pinch hitters? Utley can play first as can Turner. Plenty of depth for first.

          Farmer will probably make the roster to allow Doc to use Barnes as a pinch hitter when he is not starting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Unlikely Wood gets enough innings this year (needs 16) to be eligible, but would currently rank 5th on the NL ERA leaderboard. Klayton first, of course, but then Max, Strasburg and Gio (Nats!) followed by Zach.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turn back the clock night with both Gonzo and Ethier starting. Add them in to the mix with Turner and Utley and you got a lot of grizzle in tonight’s game. Too bad Hill is not pitching to make it really ancient out there.

    • scooplew

      Might be the oldest overall starting lineup we’ve had this season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thoughts on who you would rather see the Dodgers play if they advance to the NLCS: Washington or Chicago?
    Obviously either would be a rematch from last year but a longer series then the Dodgers-Nats 2016 NLDS match up.
    Personally – I would go with Chicago. Nice to try and overcome the team that eliminated them last year.

    • WinnipegDave

      Although now that I write all that I get nervous thinking about either of those teams – or any of the playoff series.

      • Six weeks ago we’d have won by acclamation.

        • scooplew

          I think that the key game to our season is the first NLDS game: Kershaw vs. ?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Yes. But hopefully the supporting starters will be stronger than years past so Kersh doesn’t have to carry (all) that weight on the long and winding road to the World Series.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yes, along those lines, while I don’t want to count chickens, Kershaw can take care of himself. More important would be the following two games and whether the starters and the offense show up such that Klayton is not obliged to start game 4, as in the past.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Exactly!

    • WBBsAs

      I think the Nats’ starting pitching and lineup are much stronger than the Cubbies’.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Harper back tonight.

  • scooplew

    A six-pitch first inning by Wood.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Starters are getting back to form.
      Yes, they’re weak opponents . . . but they were also losing to weak opponents before.

  • WinnipegDave

    Washington lost. Cleveland is down 8-6 in the ninth. Could be a good night in terms of HFA. (But Houston is winning big.)

    • HFA=Hederal Fousing Act.

      • WinnipegDave

        Do you find hederals need a lot of fousing these days? 🙂

    • WBBsAs

      The Spiders lost.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad to hear that Dave Roberts had a good fatherly conversation with Puig.

    • Grounded on the Rockies road trip?

  • WinnipegDave

    Woah! A double for Gonzo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play and strong throw by JT.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Cody! Let’s get #40 here tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice try by Myers, though he let the run in trying for the DP.

    • WBBsAs

      If he’d gone immediately home instead of touching the bag, he might have had him.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Probably.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley almost took out the ump’s knees.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wild Horse running hard.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How about that ankle!?

      • WinnipegDave

        Looking fine!

  • WBBsAs

    FedEx hit a pinch dinger off Robbie Ray tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Way to go Timmy!

  • WinnipegDave

    HR?

  • RBI

    How the heck do you score this?

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully just a double.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Under review.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tough one.

  • RBI

    Boo hiss.

  • WinnipegDave

    So if it is a home run then the fan didn’t interfer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Exactly.

      • WinnipegDave

        And to me it looked like the fan did reach out over the fence.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I guess the call is that it would have been a dinger anyway given the trajectory.

          • WinnipegDave

            But then no need to indicate fan interference. Just do the circle motion thing with your hand to indicate HR.

          • Bob_Hendley

            One would think.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yuck.

    • WinnipegDave

      So flukey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yippee!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grande!

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal sneaks one in. Almost as cheap as Villanueva’s.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hits about where the guy they ejected was sitting.

      • WBBsAs

        A bit closer to the foul line, I’d say.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He seemed to be coming from his right in front of another fan. (Double interference!)

          • Bob_Hendley

            Actually protecting the woman next to him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Poor direction; we didn’t get to see Cody’s throw.

  • RBI

    Good inning for Wood.

  • scooplew

    Hernandez has 62 hits, 37 of which are for extra bases. Extraordinary. Most valuable .210 hitter for the Dodgers that I can recall.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – funky delivery by the Pads pitcher.

    • WinnipegDave

      Even on his pick off throws.

    • RBI

      Looks like a future back issue in the making.

      • WBBsAs

        …or elbow issues.

      • WinnipegDave

        A physical therapists dream.

  • RBI

    Great throw by Belli! Outfield assist!

  • WinnipegDave

    What a throw!

  • RBI

    AGon!!!!! So great to see.

    • WinnipegDave

      To go with his double. The race is on for the post-season roster!

  • RBI

    Ethier wants his. Big swings.

  • RBI

    Everybody’s hitting suddenly. I like it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Why is this game taking so long? It’s 3 hours in and only the 7th inning!

    • RBI

      Lots of hits, maybe?

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s actually more that it feels like it should be further along.

        • RBI

          I came in late, so…

    • RBI

      Also quite a few walks.

      • WinnipegDave

        There it is. You are probably right on that.

        • RBI

          8 Dodger walks so far.

          • WinnipegDave

            Crikey.

    • Bob_Hendley

      20 hits and nine walks.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Make that 19 hits.

        • Now why is this game taking so long?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep. That will do it. I must say that when I went to the game with my son last week – even though it ended up 18-2 with lots of offense and pitching changes – it only took 2 hours 36 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • RBI

    Corey!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    So the playoffs start when? I think we might be ready now!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How about that!

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s a good way to make up for an error Corey!

  • RBI

    Okay. Time for a couple of one-two-three innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      There’s one!

    • WBBsAs

      It wouldn’t bother me if the Dodgers had another big inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go OK.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tonight feels like the end of a TV series – they are running out all the people who appeared in an episode.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NL HFA!

    • I want HFA all the way but I might get one more game in a better ETZ start if they don’g get it for the WS.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO! We clinch NL home field advantage! 101 !s.

  • WinnipegDave

    We won!
    Won hundred and won!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now I know to clear Oct. 14 on my schedule, with NLCS Home Game 1 . . . and hopefully heading to Dodger Stadium that day!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Most home wins in Los Angeles . . . which is really impressive for the Brooklyn team to do it in less total games. (The long skid at home this year didn’t help, but oh well.)

  • WooT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    OPS of the deplorables over the past 2 weeks: Grandy .910, Grande .976, Logan .997.

    • Streaky, Streakier, Streakiest

      • Bob_Hendley

        Agree, agree, but Logan has been pretty much mediocre on a consistent basis throughout the season offensively, except for the ability to get on base.

  • WBBsAs

    Ex-Dodger prospect Willie Calhoun has just hit his first career dinger, off Justin Verlander in Texas.

  • Everybody wants to hit in Colorado. Somebody could hit their way onto the playoff roster and somebody could hit their way off the playoff roster. And in Farmer’s case, the better Barnes and Grandal hit the better Farmer’s chances even if he doesn’t get another at bat.

  • NPUT