May 10

Game 38, 2014

Giants at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, Fox Sports 1

The Giants send out Matt Cain and his 0-3, 4.35 ERA to face the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke and his 5-1, 2.35 ERA. Greinke went only three innings in his last outing, but that’s because the rains came and halted the game for three-plus hours. In those innings he gave up two runs which turned out to be enough to saddle him with his first loss of the year. This is Cain’s first start since he missed two with a cut on his index finger, suffered when he tried to catch a knife that fell while he was making a sandwich. There’s no word on what kind of sandwich he was making that required such a sharp knife; probably not peanut butter.

Puig has a nine-game hitting streak which equals the longest of his career. In less cheery news, the Dodgers opened the series with the worst fielding percentage in the league and ranked third in most runners left on base. Given that, it’s amazing they’re still above .500.


May 09

Game 37, 2014

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

Madison Bumgarner for the Giants, Paul Maholm for the Dodgers. Seems like a mismatch, particularly when you read this data about the Dodgers’ outfielders past performances against the Giants’ pitcher: “Carl Crawford is 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Andre Ethier is 3-for-24 with nine strikeouts. Matt Kemp is 4-for-24 with seven strikeouts. Yasiel Puig is 4-for-15 with five strikeouts, while Scott Van Slyke is 2-for-5 with three walks.”

Bumgarner is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA on the season; Maholm is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA. Each pitcher did have a quality start in his last appearance.

Lineup when available.


May 07

Game 35, 2014

Dodgers at Nationals, 10:05AM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN

Dan Haren’s off to a great beginning with the Dodgers. He’s 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts. He’ll face Stephen Strasburg, who’s 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA so far this season.

Is Carl Crawford finally coming out of his season-long slump? He’s had two multi-hit games and has a four-game hitting streak going into today’s game.

May 06

Game 34, 2014 — The Return of Kershaw

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA

The Dodgers have been getting very good starting pitching this season, even without their ace. Tonight will be Kershaw’s first start since the Antipodean Opening Day on March 22 in Sydney, Australia. He’s had two successful rehab starts in the minors after getting the word from the docs that his shoulder muscle was healed.

The Nats send out Blake Treinen, a right-hander with a record of 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He’s been at AAA Syracuse. This will be his first career start.


May 05

Game 33, 2014

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Zack Greinke puts his 5-0, 2.04 ERA record on the line against the Nats’ Jordan Zimmermann and his record of 2-1, 3.27 ERA. The Nationals have never beaten Greinke. He’s 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four lifetime starts against Washington, and his last time out against them he threw six scoreless innings last July 20 in his only start at Nationals Park. Zimmerman is looking for his second consecutive win.

Lineup when available.


According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register “Yasiel Puig will not be taking batting practice on the field with #Dodgers Rode stationary bike this afternoon, headaches came back.”

May 04

It seems worse than this

Here are the Dodgers’ team stats with runners in scoring position so far this season (the Runs column is N/A for every team; I’m not sure what the statisticians are doing with that) :

AVG R H HR 2B 3B RBI SB OBP SLG
.253 N/A 72 9 11 1 98 10 .334 .393

They’re 13th of 30 teams. The Rockies lead with a .309 average, and the Padres bring up the rear with a dismal, measly, pick-your-adjective .180.

May 04

Game 32, 2014

Dodgers at Marlins, 10:10AM PT, TV: SPNLA

The Marlins send Jose Fernandez (4-1, 1.59 ERA) to the hill to face spot-starter Stephen Fife (0-0, 0.00 ERA), just called up from Albuquerque to take Hyun-Jin Ryu’s spot in the rotation. Fernandez is really really good at home. He’s got a 12-0 record with a 1.00 ERA in 19 career starts at Marlins Park.

Lineup when available.


May 03

Game 31, 2014

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.74 ERA) goes for the Dodgers against the Marlins’ Jacob Turner (0-0, 7.50 ERA). Maholm pitched well last time out against the Rockies and is 6-6 with a 4.02 ERA against the Marlins in his career. This is Turner’s second start in MLB.

In other news, A.J. Ellis can’t run without pain yet, so his return is still a few weeks away. That partly explains why the Dodgers sent FedEx down to Albuquerque and brought Olivo up. They could have carried Fedorowicz and his .108 BA for another week, but since Ellis is going to be out longer than that they decided to bring up Olivo, who’d been tearing the cover off the ball with the Isotopes (OBP .438, SLG .661, OPS 1.099).

We won’t see old friend Rafael Furcal this trip. He’s back on rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville, and he was in the lineup there on Friday night. The hamstring which put him on the DL at the start of the season is fine, but he strained a groin muscle last weekend while rehabbing.

Lineup when available.


Crawford is in a 4-45 slump since Tax Day, which may explain why he’s not in left field against the right-handed Turner.