Game 51, 2019

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:05 PM PDT, ATT Sportsnet PIT, SPNLA

RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound in Steel City at the confluence of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers. His opponent will be the dreaded TBD. Buehler went six strong innings his last time out but took the loss as the Dodgers couldn’t score a run. TBD is RHP Michael Feliz (2-0, 4.63 ERA), who’s not made a start all year and whose longest stint in any of his 11 appearances is 1 2/3 innings.

Kyle Garlick has been recalled and Joe Kelly has been placed on the bereavement list.

Speaking of Kelly, here’s some analysis of his difficulties so far this season from the LA Times. In another article about a member of the bullpen, Pedro Baez discusses his newly-found confidence in his changeup and what it’s done for his effectiveness.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 ‘Big Poison’ Paul Waner is signed by the Braves after being released by Brooklyn. The former Dodger joins his brother ‘Little Poison’ Lloyd on the Boston roster.
  • 1947 Carl Furillo hits a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the first frame of the Dodgers’ 4-3 ten-inning loss to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field. The unusual substitution occurs when Phillies manager Ben Chapman uses his right-handed starter Al Jurisch to pitch only to Brooklyn’s first two hitters, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and then brings in southpaw Oscar Judd, who had been warming up from the start of the game, to face the next three lefty hitters, Pete Reiser, Dixie Walker, and Gene Hermanski, the batter replaced by Furillo.
  • 1973 In a 19-inning marathon, LA outfielder Willie Davis collects six hits in a 7-3 loss to the Mets at Dodger Stadium. The two clubs establish a National League mark by hitting into a combined nine double plays.
  • 2000 Sixteen Dodger players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner’s office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.

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82 thoughts on “Game 51, 2019

  1. Last night in SF, old friend Tim Locastro had three HBPs against the Gnats. On the season, he has five hits, seven HBPs, and a .483 OBP.

  2. Apparently Bellinger is a better hitter in the .380’s than he is in the .390’s. The trick is to get past the 90’s and back into .400 territory.

    • It’s tough to get back to .400 after you fall beneath that mark, as 2-for-5 doesn’t move you up and 1-for-3 is a “bad” game. However, after dropping into the .390s recently Bellinger went 5-for-7 to move back above the magic marker.

  3. Meanwhile, north of the border, the Scrub Jays fell behind early but are now giving the Pads a game. It’s 3-3 in the sixth.

  4. O’s have blown their lead in Denver, tied in bottom of ninth. Gnats took early lead in SF, but are now busy giving that (and more) away.

  5. Dodgers will gain ground on one team tonight, anyway, because Snakes and Gnats are playing each other. Pads won, and I doubt the O’s can hold a two-run lead over the Rox at Coors.

  6. Taylor maybe could have run to third on Muncy’s ground out since there was no third baseman.

  7. Taylor should have stayed at first on that wild pitch. We are only 3-12 with RISP

  8. Unless there is a postponement, the season will be one-third over after Monday’s game.

  9. I hate being so absent here, but the combo of work and many grand baby events not to mention differing time zone game-times is seriously cutting into my Link-chatting. I miss y’all, but should hopefully be joining you more soon! I read everyone every night before passing out with fatigue.

    • I was feeling the need to post almost the same thing myself. Except it has less to do with work and more to do with feeling a bit listless recently. Hope to find my stride again as summer comes along.

  10. If Vinny was calling the game he would have said Barnes approached that at bat like he was double parked.

  11. Whew! I guess we won’t have to send Bellinger back to the minors now.

  12. Buehler pitching so well with this big lead. Love stranding runners on 3rd like that.

    • It’s like he and Bellinger have switched up tonight. Although to be fair to Cody – he did hit the ball hard at least once.

  13. Feliz’ ERA went from 4.63 to 8.25 with that one-third of an inning. He was like the first guy advancing from the trenches.

  14. The analysis of Joe Kelly essentially says that he is looking for the mechanics to make him more consistent. The problem with that is that he’s been searching for that for most of his eight seasons. Apart from his one good year as a part-time starter for the Cardinals, he’s never been consistent. Even his year in 2017 where his ERA+ was really good, his peripherals weren’t all that different from previous years.

    I’m just surprised the Dodger brain trust thought he would be consistent, even though he never has been. I worry that not only will he not be consistent, but now that he’s on the other side of thirty, it’s only going to get worse.

  15. TBD turns out to be Michael Feliz, who has impressive K numbers – 243 in 180-1/3 innings – and a less impressive ERA of 5.24. Those are career stats, but this season’s are comparable.