Jun 16

Game 65, 2015

Dodgers at Rangers, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSW

The Dodgers hope Brett Anderson goes longer and does better than he did in his last start, when he went only five innings and gave up consecutive home runs to the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmani Tomas. He’s 2-4 with a 3.57 ERA. The Rangers send out rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez, who’s 2-1 in his first three major league starts with a 0.42 ERA and is holding hitters to a .176 batting average.

Lineup when available.


Jun 15

Game 64, 2015

Dodgers at Rangers, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSW

Carlos Frias goes for the Dodgers while Yovani Gallardo goes for the Rangers. Frias is 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and has had three quality starts in a row. Gallardo is 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA but 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts.

In case you’re wondering (I was), Rangers Ballpark in Arlington got a new name as of last season, when an insurance company paid $5 million a year for the rights to call the place Globe Life Park.

Lineup:


Hmm. A-Gon gets a day off from fielding and Callaspo is at 3rd base. Guerrero seems to be Mattingly’s go-to pinch-hitter these days, which suits me but probably not Alex.

Jun 14

Game 63, 2015

Dodgers at Padres, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Mike Bolsinger brings his 4-1 record and his 2.08 ERA out on the road, where his ERA is 3.78. He’s going to try to get the better of James Shields, who’s unbeaten at 7-0 with a 3.79 ERA. Shields has made three career starts against the Dodgers and has never lost to them.

Howie Kendrick and Jimmie Rollins have both had success against Shields in the past, each hitting a cool .500 in 32 and 14 ABS, respectively.

Lineup (From ESPN; the Dodgers haven’t tweeted it yet).

J. Pederson, CF
Y. Puig, RF
A. Gonzalez, 1B
H. Kendrick, 2B
Y. Grandal, C
A. Ethier, LF
J. Rollins, SS
A. Callaspo, 3B
M. Bolsinger, P

Jun 13

Game 62, 2015

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD, MLB (free game)

Zack Greinke is really hard on the NL West in general and the Padres in particular.

He’s 22-2 with a 2.06 ERA against division rivals since joining the Dodgers, and 5-1 against San Diego. His only decision against the Padres this year is a win and he’s allowed them two runs in 20 2/3 innings.

He starts today against Ian Kennedy, who is 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA against the Dodgers this year and 5-9 in his career with a 4.50 ERA. Overall, Greinke is 5-1 with a 1.92 ERA this season and Kennedy is 3-5 with a 6.48 ERA.

Okay, on paper the Dodgers should win. That’s why they play the games, as Chris Berman used to say about some NFL mismatch.

Lineup when available.


Jun 12

Game 61,2015

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Clayton Kershaw v. Odrisamer Despaigne. Kershaw is 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA and on a roll: in his last three starts he’s given up two runs over 22 innings. Despaigne is 3-4 with a 4.72 ERA and has been susceptible to the home run ball (8 in 12 starts); he’s also averaged over 13 hits allowed per nine innings in his last seven outings.

The Dodgers are 6-3 against the Padres this season, which is good. They’re 10-15 on the road this season, which is not.

We may get in-game reports (if Petco Park has Wi-Fi) from Bob_in_Vegas, who discovered his scheduled trip to San Diego coincided with the Dodgers’ games there.

Late news: Hector Olivera has been promoted to OKC. The Dodgers acquired Ronald Torreyes from Toronto for cash and DFA’d Darwin Barney to make room on the 40-man roster for him.

Lineup when available.


Jun 10

Game 60, 2015

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

The Dodgers send Brett Anderson out to find his third win. He deserves better than he’s gotten from his teammates: he’s 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA, but he’s only given up more than three runs once in eleven starts. Run support has been missing.

His opponent will be Jeremy Hellickson, who’s 4-3 with a 4.88 ERA. That’s a little misleading: his last four outings have been quality starts and he’s won three of them.

The Dodgers have beaten the D-Backs eight straight.

Lineup:


Turner’s knee must still be hurting.

Jun 09

Game 59, 2015

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

The D-Backs send out LHP Robbie Ray, who’s 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings in his second partial season in the big leagues. He’s thrown a lot of pitches in each of his two starts, which is why he’s gone no longer than six innings in either of them. He’ll face the Dodgers’ Carlos Frias, who’s 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He’d been perking along with an under-2.50 ERA until a disastrous start against the Padres on May 24 when he gave up 10 earned runs in 4 innings.

Here’s a list of the Dodgers’ first ten draft picks. Begin your wild speculations now.

Lineup:


Joc Pederson sits down for the first time this season. Ethier sits because Ray is a lefty. Turner probably sits because he hit a ball hard off his knee in last night’s game.

Jun 08

Game 58, 2015

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Old friend Rubby De La Rosa pitched 61 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2011-2012 before being traded to Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford deal. He was traded to the D-Backs last winter and will take the hill for the D-Backs tonight, sporting a record of 4-2 and a 5.09 ERA. He’s had four consecutive no-decisions but has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts including seven his last time out.

The Dodgers counter with Mike Bolsinger, who’s been a really pleasant surprise. He’s 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA despite giving up four runs in five innings in his last start.

The Dodgers have beaten the D-Backs six consecutive times in Dodger Stadium including a three-game sweep in April.

In other news, MLB’s draft begins today and the D-Backs have the first pick.

Lineup:


Hmm. No Puig. I wonder if there’s anything wrong with him or if they’re just being cautious with the hamstring.

Jun 07

Game 57, 2015

Cardinals at Dodgers, 5:00PM PT, TV: ESPN

The Cards and Dodgers play Sunday Night Baseball. It’ll be Zack Greinke for the Dodgers versus Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. Greinke’s last game was astonishing because it was the first bad one he’s had all year: he gave up ten hits and five runs to the Rockies over six innings. Even with that aberration, he’s 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA on the year. Lynn is 4-4 with a 3.03 ERA on the year. His last start was his best of the season: he went 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers.

Matt Carpenter’s bruised triceps makes him day-to-day for the Cardinals.

Lineup when available.


Turner hitting cleanup? I’ll bet he hasn’t done that since high school!

Jun 06

Game 56, 2015

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Kershaw goes for win number five on the year and 103 for his career. He’s coming off a win in his last outing, in which he went 7 innings and gave up 2 runs to the Rockies. He’ll be facing Jaime Garcia, who’s 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA after getting a late start on his season, pitching his first game on May 21. He had season-ending surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome last summer and then had to open 2015 on the DL.

Lineup when available.


Notice Mr. Yasiel Puig is in right field. He was reinstated from the DL earlier today and young Mr. Schebler was optioned back to OKC. Adrian gets the day off, as does Ethier. In André’s case it’s probably due to the Cards’ Garcia being a lefty.