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.


111 thoughts on “Game 158, 2017

  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.)

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

  11. 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.