Game 113, 2019

Padres at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PDT, TV: FSSD, MLBN (out-of-market only), SPNLA

RHP Cal Quantrill (4-2, 3.57 ERA) pitches for the Padres. RHP Walker Buehler (9-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. Quantrill has made three starts and five relief appearances since June 23 and put up a 1.67 ERA while doing so. In his last start Buehler was saddled with his first loss in two months by the Nationals, who after four scoreless innings knocked him out in the sixth inning, by which time he’d given up eight hits and seven runs (only four of which were earned).

From The Athletic:

The fact that the four best relievers rumored to be on the market — the Giants’ Will Smith, the Padres’ Kirby Yates, Vázquez and the Mets’ Edwin Diaz — were not moved should tell us that the asking prices for all four were astronomical and/or those teams are hanging on to the delusion that they, too, could win a World Series this year (they can’t). The Yankees needed a starting pitcher as badly as I need traffic in Los Angeles to disappear forever. Unlike me, they could wave a magic wand and make their dream happen, but they chose not to. It is very obvious that sellers in this market were infected by a madness that convinced them they weren’t sellers.

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“We focused on the top four or five guys and, after that, we weren’t just gonna bring a guy in just to bring a guy in,” Friedman said.

In other words, the Dodgers weren’t going to trade for Shane Greene, Mark Melancon and Chris Martin like the Braves did, or Sam Dyson and Sergio Romo like the Twins did, or Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elías and Daniel Hudson like the Nationals did. And that might be because they believe their own minor leaguers, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, are better than all of them.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1959 In the second All-Star Game played this summer, Yogi Berra’s two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Mid-Summer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.
  • 1995 Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Brett Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters, but gets the win in the team’s 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs the game with one out in the seventh inning.
  • 1997 Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy (Dodgers – May 2, 6, and 17, 1978) and Del Unser (Phillies – June 30, July 5 and 10, 1979).
  • 2013 The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.

Lineup when available.

Little bit of shuffling here. Cody to 1B, Joc to RF, Alex to CF. Pollack’s groin must still be tight.

64 thoughts on “Game 113, 2019

  1. Division lead seems pretty safe, as Dodgers lead Gnats by 16, Snakes by 17, Pads by 20.5 and Rox by 21. They remain 6-1/2 ahead of Barves for best in NL but, for best in baseball, they barely lead the Yanquis (.001) and Minute Maids (.003), both by 1/2 game.

  2. The Dodgers’ fielding has been bad, particularly lately. I did a little research. We have the lowest fielding percentage in the NL (.980) and the most errors (82). We have allowed the fewest runs overall (437), but the most unearned runs (66). Heading into play today, here are the number of unearned runs allowed by team and the percentage of the overall runs allowed that are unearned: Dodgers 66 unearned runs allowed (15.1 percent of all runs allowed), Braves 58 (10.9 percent), Pirates 53 (9.1 percent), Giants 44 (8.3 percent), Phillies 40 (7.4 percent), Cubs 38 (8.1 percent), Padres 37 (7.1 percent), Mets 36 (6.8 percent), Brewers 35 (6.3 percent), Cards 34 (7.3 percent), Rockies 34 (5.4 percent), Marlins 28 (5.7 percent), Nats 28 (5.7 percent), Reds 28 (8.1 percent), Diamondbacks 26 (5.2 percent). I think one can conclude that if the Dodgers were a better fielding team they would have more wins.

    • I think they got off to a great start to the season with good defense but it might be said that hitting and scoring is preferred to great defense.

      • I agree with you, but I am worried that in a short post-season series, particularly the first one, which is best-of-five, defense could prove their undoing. But, then again, when it comes to the Dodgers, I am a frequent worrier.

          • The Dodgers allowed 56 unearned runs in all of 2018, 8 fewer than they have already given up this year. They ranked 11th in the league in fielding percentage last season.

          • Along with the more visible Joc, both Turner and Pollack are having off years. While Pollack is fielding 1.000, advanced stats have him leading the team negatively in defensive runs saved.

          • Even though Muncy leads the team in errors with 14, advanced stats place him third highest in DRS, following Belli and Alex.

    • CORRECTION to above: The Dodgers have allowed 64 unearned runs thus far this year, so 14.6 percent of the runs they have allowed are unearned. Both numbers are still the worst in the NL.

  3. 79 pitches, 11 k’s through 7 innings. That’s going to keep you in a lot of ballgames.

  4. Bit of a base running error there. Kinda got caught half way but went a bit too far.

  5. I can’t wait until Seager gets going again with the bat. He hasn’t really hit his stride yet offensively since he’s come back.

  6. In Denver, the Gnats staked BadGums to a 4-0 lead in the first, and he’s given it all back nobody out in the fifth.

  7. Good hustle by Alex Verdugo goes for not. Should have tried squeezing him home.

  8. The ball will find you as it did to Padres left fielder who just had the knee job.

  9. I think Greene may actually have been a target, but he cost the Braves two first-rounders. That was an excellent post by Molly Knight in the Athletic.