Game 61, 2019

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA

The Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (5-1, 4.03 ERA) takes the hill at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks’ RHP Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.59 ERA). Buehler struggled against the Mets his last time out, giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings, but before that he’d had four consecutive quality starts. Ray also struggled in his last outing against the Rockies, giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He’s 4-0 in his last eight starts against the Dodgers.

Houston Mitchell of the LA Times looks at the history and concludes that Cody Bellinger is having the best season in Dodgers history. He uses OPS+ to prove it.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1969 Tom Seaver strikes out 14 batters in eight innings en route to the Mets’ 5-2 win over LA at Shea Stadium. The victory, fueled by Ed Kranepool’s two home runs, improves the second-place team’s record to 24-23, the latest they have been above .500 in franchise history.
  • 1989 In a 22-inning game played at the Astrodome, Houston beats the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez’ run-scoring single plates Bill Doran to end the contest at 2:50 a.m., seven hours and 14-minutes after it started. The longest game in National League history features L.A. center fielder John Shelby going 0-for-10 and southpaw Fernando Valenzuela finishing the game at first base.

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61 thoughts on “Game 61, 2019

  1. Dodgers now lead Rox by 9.5, Pads by 11 (pending outcome of game they’re leading 8-1), Snakes by 12, and Gnats by 16.5. They are .001 percentage points behind the Twinkies for best record, but technically half a game ahead of Minnesota.

  2. Speaking of Seaver, news comes today that some guy named Tom Brady (who I think plays football locally) wants to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific.” Now, I hear this Brady guy is pretty good, but what I have never, ever heard is him being refered to as Tom Terrific by the local media or by the plethora of Pats fans I live in the midst of. The one and only person I have ever heard of referred to as Tom Terrific is Tom Seaver (and the original cartoon character). Brady should be ashamed of himself.

    • A classic example of Chutzpah, as in unmitigated effrontery or impudence, gall, audacity, nerve. What makes this even more troubling is that Tom Seaver, the real and only Tom Terrific, has been forced to completely withdraw from public life because of dementia. Tom Seaver earned the nickname Tom Terrific; he didn’t have to artificially trademark it.

      • In fairness, many handegg players also suffer from dementia – perhaps including this one?

      • Right, you don’t get to give yourself a nickname. You’re given it.

  3. As Joe Davis puts it: Perfect game, no-hitter and shut out all gone with one swing.

  4. Might be awhile before either team gets anybody on base. Pitching is strong tonight.

  5. Does anyone know (or maybe care is a better word) if J. T. Ginn is back in the draft this year? Haven’t heard anything about him this year so my guess is no.

  6. Ray’s got great stuff, but he always throws a lot of pitches and often doesn’t last long.

  7. In London for a few days and guess who dropped by!? Probably won’t catch another game until Weds, given time difference.