Game 56, 2019

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: SNY, SPNLA

The Mets send RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.93 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (5-1, 3.58 ERA). Syndergaard is not having a good season, whether due to mechanics as his manager thinks or due to “mental issues” as the pitcher himself thinks. Either way, he’s not been very good. He’s got a 5.02 ERA in his last nine starts (he’s made 11 this season). Buehler, on the other hand, has steadily improved his ERA (and W-L record) since his first three starts of the year, and even with a less-than-effective start against Cincinnati on May 18 when he gave up four runs (one earned) he’s given up just two earned runs in his last 19 innings while striking out 20 and walking just two.

Cody Bellinger = Babe Ruth? Maybe statistically.

Why can you get mahi-mahi tacos, crispy coconut shrimp, clam chowder, tri-tip nachos and a burrito packed with steak, shrimp and avocado at Petco Park in addition to the usual stadium chow? Mostly, more kitchens.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1905 According to legend, Dodger hurler Elmer Stricklett introduces the spitball, helping Brooklyn to beat the Giants, 4-3. Prior to the 1921 season, the spitball will be totally banned, except for 17 existing spitballers who are allowed to keep throwing the slippery pitch legally until they are retired, including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to legally throw a doctored pitch before retiring in 1934.
  • 1928 At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to pace the Giants to a 12-5 victory over the Robins (Dodgers). The New York first baseman is the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle.
  • 1956 In a 10-1 loss to the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Dale Long is held hitless by Don Newcombe, ending his consecutive-game home run streak. The Pirates’ first baseman had established a new major league mark by homering in the last eight Pittsburgh contests.
  • 1979 At Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Garvey, Gary Thomasson, Derrel Thomas, Joe Ferguson, and Davey Lopes set a team record by hitting seven home runs as the Dodgers crush the Reds, 17-6.
  • 2000 At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Shawn Green’s sixth inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.

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101 thoughts on “Game 56, 2019

  1. Fro the LA Times game story:

    when Diaz began the at-bat with a slider fell out of the strike zone, Verdugo unloaded a mighty hack.

    “I think I was like three feet away from hitting it,” Verdugo said. “After that, I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s not me. Let’s tone it back down.’”

  2. 3-2 Mets when I went to bed, so I figured there could be a comeback if the bullpen held. Which they sorta did, just not the guys I expected. The Rosario play in the ninth was a very Mets way to blow an out (although CT3 did get stuck on the wall the other night, so…).

    Looking forward to listening to Mets fans gripe on WFAN today.

  3. Following on Gameday all night under the table during a dinner party. It breaks up just after the top of the seventh, score 3-8. Now with the chance to watch, in my wisdom I decide to just go to bed.

  4. I went to bed and we were down 8-2. Woke up this morning and we actually won!

  5. My goodness, last time I checked in ages ago, we were down by a lot

  6. My goodness, last time I checked in ages ago, we were down by a lot

  7. Of course I remember the 4+1 game. But wasn’t there a game just a few years back where they hit 3 HRs in the ninth and then won it on an little dribbler of an infield hit?

  8. Who hits a home run first: Beaty or Smith? I guess the easier call is Beaty since he likely will get more ABs.

  9. Mets are on such a roll right now. Wouldn’t you know it, right when we meet them.

  10. Wow! I came out to the kitchen with the plates and coffee cups, switched the channel back to the Dodgers’ game, and saw Joc hit his HR. I had visions of the 4+1 game after Muncy hit his, but this worked just fine.


  11. It’s probably already been mentioned but last time the Dodgers had a 2 game losing streak was April 23-24.

  12. In the old days (i.e. last week and the week before that) Dodgers would have an off-day on Thursday to lick their wounds.

  13. I think I said this last night as well: it might not be Dodgers night tonight.

    • Apparently we aren’t playing the Reds or the Pirates any longer. We seemed to do well against them.

      I’m not actually upset. The Dodgers were perhaps due for a bit of regression – especially at home.

  14. The bottom of the Mutts’ order is awful, but they’re hitting the last couple days.

    • Hopefully the Dodgers will replace the food the fans lost in the player leaving the field.

    • You laugh, but ask Caster Semenya how funny it is. She’s appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision that she has to reduce her naturally-occurring testosterone in order to race.