Game 4, 2019

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

25-year-old RHP Luke “Dream” Weaver debuts for the D-Backs in this day game, while 24-year-old RHP Walker Buehler does so for the Dodgers. Weaver came up with the Cardinals in 2016 and has a record of 15-17 with a 4.79 ERA in 233 career innings since then, including a 7-11, 4.95 ERA record last season. He came to Arizona in the Paul Goldschmidt trade last winter. Buehler came up with the Dodgers in 2017 and has compiled a 9-5, 2.95 ERA in 146 career innings since then. Buehler had a somewhat abbreviated spring training while saying his arm didn’t “feel right,” so it’s unclear how fully ready he is.

Three Dodgers or former Dodgers are featured in these defensive highlights from yesterday:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1948 At Ebbets Field No. 2, the Dodgers play their first exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, which will remain the team’s home for 61 years. Amidst much fanfare, including Governor Millard Caldwell throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Jackie Robinson homers in the first inning as Brooklyn beats its top farm club, the Montreal Royals, 5-4.
  • 2018 Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who goes 3-for-4 in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, becomes the first American Leaguer to have multiple extra-base hits in the first three games of the season. In 2015, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also accomplished the feat, collecting at least two hits in each of LA’s first three contests when he compiled ten hits his first 14 at-bats of the season.


86 thoughts on “Game 4, 2019

  1. Had to bailout before all heck let loose with Walker and Petey. Nice comeback.

  2. As of today, the Gnats are averaging 1.25 runs per game. Ideally, that number will decline over the next three days.

  3. In case WBBsAs missed it, the Dodgers have signed Steiner to a contract extension but for a reduced schedule. I didn’t realize it, but he is my age. He wants less road time. They’ve hired a guy named Tim Neverett to fill in; he comes off three years with the BoSox and seven with the Pirates.

    • It was such a slow off season I recall one of the Dodger podcasts spending a good portion of a show talking about this. However, I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it now.

  4. Two infield singles and a squibbler just past first base ties it up and then a hard line drive out puts the Dodgers ahead. Who needs home runs? Did I just invent a word?

  5. Dodgers are behind but still have the deep bench of Seager/JT/Barnsey to provide some punch before it is done.

  6. At least it is drizzling here in NH so I haven’t wasted a nice day with this game.

  7. I would not be the least bit surprised if Buehler goes on the IL as the Dodgers realize he is injured.

  8. Molly Knight is now writing for The Athletic. Someone offered her a seat in the blue seats behind home plate for Opening Day.

    She noticed a few things:

    • Cody Bellinger now walks up to The Eagles’ “Hotel California” for some wild reason!
    • I think A.J. Pollock walks up to “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, making him my favorite player of all time.
    • My Diet Coke came with a paper straw, and it was the first paper straw I’ve ever used that did not disintegrate. So it turns out I am pro-environment now.
    • The team’s blue high socks this year have three (3) white palm trees on them.
    • Alex Verdugo is now wearing Matt Kemp’s old number 27.
    • The organist, Dieter Ruehle, knows “Baby Shark,” so that’s a whole thing.
    • Corey Seager appears to be down to zero percent body fat. His shoulder-to-waist ratio makes him look like a sinewy Olympic swimmer compared to the dad bod of the lineup mates who flank him.

  9. Barnesy should frame this:

    National League Leaders
    1. Freddie Freeman, ATL .625
    1. Austin Barnes, LAD .625
    3. Kolten Wong, STL .600
    4. Joc Pederson, LAD .583
    5. Maikel Franco, PHI .500

    • I think this is Dave Roberts’ “Give Seager a day off every week until we know he’s fully recovered, and what the heck, JT is an old guy now so we’ll give him a day off too” approach to this team.

  10. Hello to all of my friends out there. I hope your winters went well. This is a remarkable start at the plate for the Dodgers, reminiscent of (but better than) a couple of starts during the Garvey-Lopes-Cey-Russell-Baker-Monday-Smith-Yeager era. I journeyed to L.A. to attend the Dodger opener Thursday with two old friends. It is an annual tradition that goes back about 20 years. I have been at many games where Dodger fans were more ecstatic by a win, but I have never been at a Dodger game at which the fans were so giddy, as home run followed home run. Looking forward to hearing from all of you and to the Dodgers moving on to the post-season and a World Series win. Yes, I know, that I am getting far ahead of myself.

    • What fun for you and everyone Scoop! Glad to hear your optimism about this season.