Game 55, 2019

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: SNY, SPNLA

It’ll be LHP Steven Matz (3-3, 3.63 ERA) for the Mets and LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 2.67 ERA) for the Dodgers. Matz had a horrific outing against the Phillies in which he gave up eight runs. Take that away and he’s been the Mets’ most consistent pitcher. He’s 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA over his last five starts. In Hill’s last two starts he’s given up one run and struck out 17 over 12 innings.

Here are Bellinger’s highlights from yesterday’s game:

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham are given permission by the National League to negotiate deals with cities on the West Coast, with the proviso that the future location of their respective clubs, the Dodgers and the Giants, be known by October 1. The Brooklyn and New York owners both deny there is any significance to the unanimous vote other than being given an opportunity to explore all the available options for their possible relocation of their clubs.
  • 1969 The day after he becomes a father, Randy Hundley hits a grand slam and a double, driving in five runs in Chicago’s 9-8 victory over San Francisco at Candlestick Park. The eight-pound, four-ounce baby boy named Todd will follow in his dad’s footsteps, becoming a major league catcher, receiving for the Mets, Dodgers, and the Cubs.
  • 1989 With runners on second and third, no outs, and the Mets and Dodgers tied at 3-3 in the 12th inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson calls a balk against Roger McDowell which scores the winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest. Dave Anderson is waved home when the New York reliever fails to pause and make a discernible stop.
  • 2001 In an 11-inning slugfest with Colorado, LA catcher Paul Lo Duca goes 6-for-6 in the team’s 11-10 victory at Dodger Stadium. The backstop’s five singles and a three-run homer tie a National League record for hits in an extra-inning game.
  • 2011 The game between Los Angeles and Florida continues as fans in a section of the upper deck seats at Dodger Stadium are evacuated due to a small fire in a nearby storage area. With plumes of smoke visible coming from the top level of the ballpark on the first base side, the crowd is informed by the public address announcer that it will not be necessary to evacuate the entire stadium.

Here are a whole mess of links to stories about Bill Buckner, many of which try to go beyond the events of 1986. Looking at the play-by-play, that game shouldn’t have gotten to the point it did. Schiraldi got two quick outs with the Sox ahead 5-3 and couldn’t get the third, allowing a pinch-hit single by Gary Carter, another single by Kevin Mitchell, and still another by Ray Knight. Then, with the Sox still leading 5-4, Stanley came in and wild-pitched Mitchell in to tie the game. It was at that point that Mookie Wilson hit the ground ball Buckner muffed.

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86 thoughts on “Game 55, 2019

  1. Pads have beaten the Yanquis, and Fish have clubbed the Gnats. Snakes and Rox in a close one, early innings.

  2. In the NL’s race to the bottom, the Gnats are trailing the Fish 10-1 in Miami after six.

  3. This game is reminding me of Game 4 of last year’s World Series when Doc pulled Hill and the pen allowed seven runs in the last three innings. Hill started tonight, but he had reached his pitch limit, so I have no complaint with him being taken out . . . unlike the aforementioned Game 4.

  4. 7-3. Tonight just might not be the Dodgers night. So I think at this point I will say goodnight.

  5. The Boston bullpen allowed seven runs, all earned, in the last two innings and the Bosox fell to the Indians, 7-5, tonight at Fenway, Maybe we could offer them Kelly back.

  6. If the Dodgers lose this one, and there is still a ways to go, we will be 16-7 in May, and we will have allowed grand slams in three of those losses.

    • Middle relief has been our Achilles’ heel in the last two post-seasons; if Friedman doesn’t do something, it could well prove to be our undoing again this fall.

        • I wonder what goes through Friedman’s mind when he witnesses this repeatedly. Kimbrel is still out there.

          • Kimbrel would be something but my guess it will be a combo of in house/minors and trades hopping for hidden gems.

      • Starters and lack of offense were the culprits in the ‘18 WS. Generally, middle relief is fortified post-season as starters slip into that role.

  7. Gameday seems to be having some issues. What’s cooking in the bottom of the 6th?

  8. I may be a little late on this, but last night’s game was the 54th of the season for the Dodgers, so precisely one-third of the season is in the books. If you want to project, take all the hard numbers compiled through last night and multiply them by three. The exception would be those players who missed more than a few games with injuries, such as Kershaw, Hill and Pollack. So, Bellinger is projected to hit 57 homers, Ryu to go 21-3, etc.

  9. Quite a few pitches from Dick Mountain, but I can’t quibble with results.

  10. After a great road trip, 6-2, can fatten up more at home with this six game stand.

  11. Who belongs to these lines when runners are in scoring position through 5/27?

    .393 .455 .464 .919 = Player A
    .364 .456 .614 1.070 = Player B
    .333 .390 .545 .936 = Player C
    .323 .436 .871 1.307 = Player D
    .316 .396 .447 .843 = Player E

    Who belongs to these OBPs through 5/27?

    .469 = Player F
    .400 = Player G
    .396 = Player H
    .384 = Player I
    .376 = Player J
    .360 = Player K
    .357 = Player L

    • A = Taylor
      B = Bellinger
      C = Verdugo
      D = Pederson
      E = Turner

      F = Bellinger
      G = Freeze
      H = Turner
      I = Martin
      J = Pederson
      K = Muncy
      L = Verdugo

  12. Not only did Matz give up eight runs, he never even recorded an out in the game. Otherwise he’s been good, albeit short, with only one outing longer than 6 innings. Grind the at bats out.

    Some stats from this week’s True Blue LA podcast.

    This doesn’t include last night – The Dodger bullpen has allowed 40% of inherited runners to score (the league average is 31%). Only the Nats and Pirates pens are worse. The bullpen’s slash line with runners in scoring position is .274/.368/.508. The starters’ slash line with runners in scoring position is .173/.255/.353. Yikes!