Game 12, 2019

Dodgers at Cardinals, 4:45 PM PDT, TV: FS-M, SPNLA

RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.31 ERA) goes for the Dodgers while RHP Dakota Hudson (0-1, 5.40 ERA) pitches for the Redbirds. Stripling’s opponents are hitting .209 against him in two starts, and while he gave up two HRs his last time out, he retired eight of the last nine men he faced in that game. In his short career he’s 0-2 at Busch Stadium. Hudson made his first MLB start on March 30, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and three earned runs while walking two and striking out six. He then made an appearance out of the bullpen, going 2/3 of an inning and earning a save.

From The Athletic, trying to explain Bellinger’s success so far:

Bellinger has swung at a quarter fewer pitches outside the strike zone, according to And he has swung at more pitches inside the strike zone. All together, he is swinging at about the same rate he always has in the major leagues, but he is swinging at pitches that he is more likely to hit and hit hard.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1913 The Phillies spoil the debut of Ebbets Field, beating the Dodgers, 1-0, in front of a small crowd of approximately 10,000 fans, who brave the frigid weather to witness the pitching duel. Given special permission, Brooklyn opens the season a day early to properly inaugurate its new $75,000 Brooklyn ballpark, which took a year to build.
  • 1947 Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, feuding with the Yankees, is suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball, including association with known gamblers. The Brooklyn and New York clubs are both fined $2,000 and by order of the commissioner are not allowed to discuss the matter.
  • 1966 After sharing space at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 during their first five seasons in Los Angeles, the Angels move to nearby Anaheim into their own stadium. The ‘Halos’, now known as the California Angels, host the San Francisco Giants in a pre-season exhibition game in the first contest ever played at Anaheim Stadium.
  • 1981 On Opening Day, Fernando Valenzuela, making his first major league start in place of scheduled starter Jerry Reuss, blanks Houston on five hits at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. During the strike-shortened season, the 20 year-old rookie from Mexico will lead the league in game starts (25), complete games (11), and shutouts (8).


53 thoughts on “Game 12, 2019

  1. Actually 20% points better, not 20% better. His groundball rate is around 45% better. (Response to comment by Joe Davis on Cards starter).

  2. There was a sqeezy call by the ump. Apparently there was also one with Molina at bat, according to Joe, before the second double.

  3. Are the Cardinals expected to contend this year? It seems like they have quite a few young players.

  4. The item above On this day in Dodger’ history says the Angels shared space at Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field in 1961. Not sure with whom they shared space. The circus, midget car racing, concerts, religious or political rallies? They didn’t share it with a lot of fans, drawing only
    603,510 in their only season there. Home Run Derby was filmed there in 1960. Wrigley Field was torn down 50 years ago.

  5. Anyone have eyes on this game? Wonder how much the ump is squeezing Stripling. Seemed like on Gameday he is painting the corners but not getting the calls.

    • I am watching on the Cardinal Midwest channel and it does not appear to be squeezing either pitcher. The Cardinal announcers are annoying though.

  6. Doc says that they are leaning toward a farm call up for Saturday start and not a pen game.

  7. I have SiriuisXM on my car radio now. My gosh, Mike Shannon is a bad announcer.

  8. Pollock has become somewhat of a roadblock to rallies in the last two-plus games.

  9. I wonder if Harrison Bader, outfielder for the Cardinals, has the nickname of Darth.