Game 79, 2014

Dodgers at Royals, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (free game, possibly subject to blackout)

This will be Kershaw’s first outing since his no-hitter. He’s 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA. He’ll face Danny Duffy, who’s had four straight starts in which he’s given up fewer than three runs and two of them none. He’s 4-6 with a 2.80 ERA. Kershaw has never faced the Royals and Duffy has never faced the Dodgers.

In news of the Dodgers’ minor leaguers, Corey Seager and Julio Urias have been selected for the MLB Futures Game to be played on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis as part of the All-Star Game festivities.

Lineup when available.

In personnel news via Twitter: “Don Mattingly confirmed Hanley Ramirez is out of lineup because of the right AC Joint irritation that forced a cortisone shot in Cincy.”

64 thoughts on “Game 79, 2014

  1. with any luck, (and a continuing Gnats implosion) we may be leading by the all star break

  2. Any time you give Koufax, um, Kershaw a run to work with you should be OK. Why worry?

    • Donnie agrees . . . but I would still feel better with the Kid out there.

    • Kenley actually has a FIP of 2.02. His Babip is around .425. Not a lucky camper.

    • I’d send him out there.
      This is a much tougher game than his no-no, from a team perspective . . . anything less than great = an L.

        • But which KJ will show up? Sunday’s . . . or Friday’s? Or even the one from games past where he got the save, but gave up at least a run and had the tying and/or winning run on base?

  3. Kershaw, doesn’t have enough innings yet, but jumps to third best ERA in the NL.

  4. I guess that’s it for the Kid. We now enter the Twilight Zone that is our pen.

  5. KC feed just showed a graph that has BA against Kershaw 1st, 2nd and 3rd time through the lineup: .208, .210, and .214

  6. Regarding who might replace Romak, In scanning the rosters and stats of our Triple-A franchise in Albuquerque and Double-A franchise in Chattanooga, there are a total of only four outfielders who bat right-handed. In looking at their stats, the only one worth considering is Trayvon Robinson, who is now in his second tour of duty with the Dodger franchise. He is hitting. 258 with virtually no power. He spent parts of 2011 and 2012 seasons with Seattle and batted .215 with five homers and 104 strikeouts.

    • I’d say go out, find and bring back Aussie Trent, but he’s left-handed too 🙁

      • By the way, Trayvon Robinson compiled those stats cited above in only 288 at bats with Seattle.

          • That’s a maybe a 35% K rate in the minors with not many dingers to show for it in the High Desert.

    • Guy can play OF, 1st and 3rd, which is good for 25th guy. Of course, that means that DM probably uses him more than he should.

  7. I have complete faith in Clayton, but for the bullpens sake we need more

    • Their guy has just about had it pitchwise, but they seem to have a strong pen on paper.

  8. Have the KC announcers, who are thoroughly intrigued by Kershaw and analyzing his every move.

    • With Steiner, listening to the other team’s announcers is always a temptation.

    • Ken Gurnick tweets:

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      Crawford got back to running inside. Sounds almost like his rehab is starting over.

      12:34 PM – 23 Jun 2014

    • Reminiscent of that disastrous spring training slide by Pedro Guerrero about 30 years go.

  9. Do we trust Clayton so much that we wheel out our B team? (our 2,3,4 slots better hit well and hit often)

  10. Could be a challenge for our bats. A lefty that has been pitching quite well.

      • The past two games? You are one of those offense bemoaners? The Bums are tied for first in the NL (Rox) in OPS+.

        • Count me as one of those bemoaners. Stats are great — and they HAVE shown flashes of what we expected from them — but we all know how frustrating and ineffective/inconsistent they have been . . . and I’m hoping that the condition remains in the past tense!

          • Yeah, would have hoped coming into the season that we might have been able to generate more runs with our bats than we have.

          • Then it doesn’t help when the bullpen gives up those preciously-earned runs!

            But at least in this recent stretch of frustrating games, the Giants are having their own frustrations!