Game 63, 2019

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 12:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

The Dodgers ask RHP Kenta Maeda (7-1, 3.61 ERA) to complete the sweep against the Diamondbacks’ RHP Jon Duplantier (1-0, 3.18 ERA). Maeda made five starts in May, going 4-0 and recording a 2.73 ERA. Duplantier made his sixth big league appearance and first start last Friday against the Mets, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings, leaving with no decision.

Here’s Bellinger’s 8th outfield assist of the year from Tuesday night:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1977 On Old Timers’ Day, the Dodgers retire former manager Walter Alston’s uniform number 24. ‘Smokey’ compiles a 2040-1613 (.558) record along with seven pennants that results in four World Championships during his 23 years in the dugout.
  • 2015 Current Dodger Pat Venditte becomes the first full-time switch-pitcher in the modern era when he tosses two scoreless frames in Oakland’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The A’s ambidextrous reliever faces the minimum six batters in his two innings, allowing a single to Hanley Ramirez before getting an inning-ending double play in the seventh and then proceeds to pitch a perfect eighth.

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88 thoughts on “Game 63, 2019

  1. After yesterday’s results, Dodgers’ lead over Rox has shriveled to just 10 games, 11 over Pads, but they gained half a game on the Gnats (who now trail by 17).

    Still the best record in baseball, though, by half a game over the Minute Maids.

  2. Both Yanquis and Twinkies lost, and the Minute Maids are getting squeezed in Seattle, so the Dodgers should still have baseball’s best record in the morning.

  3. Pads are blowing one to the Fillies, but now the Fillies are trying to give it back.

  4. Gnats got blanked by Cy candidate Jason Vargas, and Cachorros are looking to blow it open v. the Rox. Given the Dodgers’ loss, this would be optimal.

    • Vargas chucks a shutout. Even if it is the Giants, that really is a shocker to me given his history with the Mets.

      “We’ve replaced Jason Vargas with a real pitcher. Let’s see if anyone notices.”

  5. I stepped out to play in a Wednesday evening golf league and had to leave the Dodger broadcast. Glad I did.

  6. The Pads have lost to the Fillies, so they remain 11.5 games behind the Dodgers. Gnats and Mutts just starting, Rox and Cachorros in less than an hour.

  7. Two Weds games for me. Missed the first one at 2:30 am in London, but should be able to see part of the 9:40 pm game here in Lago di Como.

  8. Interesting story over on It’s an article excerpted from the new book, “The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players.” Of particular interest is the story of how Justin Turner went from punch and judy utility infielder to the heart of the Dodger order (and again, how the Mets did something Mets-like by jettisoning both JT and Daniel Murphy after they changed their swings).

  9. Stub Hub ads are such a loud nuisance.

    Maybe the Dodgers won’t send Smith down when Barnes returns.

    • Certainly suggesting he belongs, but guessing that they want him to get the playing time that he wouldn’t get between Austin-Martin.

    • The worst ads are the ones with the Busted Poseur shilling for Toyota.

      I expect Smith goes down, but he’ll certainly be back in September at the latest.

  10. I would be amused if the Dodgers acquired his namesake reliever from the Gnats, for an all Will Smith battery at some point.