Game 96, 2015

Dodgers at Braves, 9:10AM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, SportsSouth

The Braves are looking for a sweep.

Mike Bolsinger only pitched four innings in his last start for the Dodgers. That was the game that was eventually postponed by power outages in Washington. He’s 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA in his 14 starts this season. Julio Teheran only went 4 2/3 innings in his last start for the Braves, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs against the Cubs and not figuring in the decision.

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80 thoughts on “Game 96, 2015

  1. Speculation from Phil Rogers at

    “Samardzija is an excellent fit, for a couple reasons. He would immediately slot in as a strong No. 3 starter, helping save the bullpen, and he could wind up staying long term. Keeping Greinke beyond 2015 is problematic, given the near-certainty he’ll use his opt-out clause, and Samardzija fits the profile of the arms that Friedman will be chasing if Greinke leaves. Why not take him out for a test drive?

    As a rental, Samardzija probably won’t bring a top prospect in return. But the Dodgers have a variety of ways to make trades. The White Sox would love a hitter like Alex Guerrero, who remains a question mark despite terrific production, and the Dodgers also feature a deep stable of prospects that would interest the White Sox, including Cody Schebler and Austin Barnes. The return package could get bigger if the Sox add lefty Zach Duke or a young right-hander, like Jake Petricka or Daniel Webb”.

    His FIP is 3.60, so should do better with solid defense behind him, despite 4.08 ERA. Gives up a lot of dingers as well, however, and Cellular not considered to be hitter park

    Of course, Alex’s contract issue would have to be worked out (i.e, bought out).

  2. Hey friends. I will be leaving tomorrow for a trip to my in-laws in north western Ontario, and spending just over a week at the lake. My wife and son and I will be traveling there tomorrow and then after that I will be out of wifi range until the beginning of August.

    I am very much looking forward to going on vacation, but man – the timing: Trade deadline! Possible big league start of Zack Lee! Greinke scoreless streak! Kershaw no-hitter! (well, you never know – it might happen)…It could be a very eventful 9 or 10 days.

    Anyway, I hope you guys can keep the Dodgers in first place until August 1 st. I will miss hanging out with you all – but I am bringing some Elysian Fields’ recommended summer reading with me (Dave Margoshes) to enjoy while I am away.

  3. If the Dodgers can win the series against the Mets, they will have played 14 different teams over their first 100 games and have a losing record against only 3 of them (and be tied in 2 of the other 11 series). Not too shabby to be 9-3-2.

    • Also, by my quick count the Dodgers are 17-9-5 (W-L-T) so far in the 31 different series they have played this season. They have 21 series left in the regular season.

    • Tough to win a four-game series v. the quality starters the Mutts can put out there. It helps to have Kershaw and Greinke pitching the first two games, though.

  4. Kenley showed up 3 batters into this inning – or at least the Kenley we know and love.

  5. Just finished reading A Book of Great Worth. I was enthralled and loved the stories being loosely woven together. The style reminded me of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio or Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Beyond the style, I thought the stories were very engrossing – loved the mix of nostalgia, drama and humour. My two favs were The Farmhand and The Book of Great Worth.

  6. Ok Nicasio. Now here’s hoping for a scoreless bottom of the ninth as well.

  7. Well done by Bolsinger. Important game for him to bounce back and pitch 7 great innings.

        • At this point he is tied for 10th best ERA in the NL, right behind Clayton. (though not certain he has enough innings to qualify)

  8. Reviewing my posts this morning, I realize that I am sounding like Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh.

  9. Teheran entered today’s game with an average of 4.5 strikeouts per start this season. He struck out seven Dodgers in the first three innings today.

  10. Anyone else out there besides me think it’s time to sit Pederson down or even send him to Oklahoma City to try to sort things out?

  11. It’s too bad that we are facing Nolan Ryan today: five strikeouts and a pickoff in two innings.

    • Teheran having a down year, so far, but he has shown to be a quality pitcher (AS last year).

  12. Hope that Ballslinger steps up. His numbers are actually better than Anderson’s in a lot of areas.

        • Anderson said he felt better than he expected. There was no speculation as to the next start. They did not announce MRI results, but last night they said no tear.

          • He said yesterday that it is the one body part he has never injured, so he didn’t know what it was supposed to feel like.