Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-F, SPNLA
Per the #Dodgers, they have announced a rotation change for the #Marlins series. May & Kershaw have been flipped.
Tue: RHP Dustin May
Wed: LHP Clayton Kershaw
Thu: RHP Walker Buehler
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 13, 2019
RHP Dustin May (0-1, 3.18 ERA) takes the mound in Florida. He’ll face Hawai’i boy RHP Jordan Yamamoto (4-3, 4.17), who started off in the big leagues like a house afire but has cooled off in his last four outings: he’s given up four ER or more in each of those games. May will be making the third start of his career: he’s gone 5 2/3 innings in each of his first two, striking out ten and walking just one.
How good is the Dodgers’ rotation? So good that Kershaw is only the third-best pitcher in it. Partly because of that, the Dodgers are having their best season since they moved to Los Angeles. “But, but, the bullpen!” Well,
If there’s a weakness on this team, it’s clearly the bullpen, though having the ninth-best bullpen ERA (per Fangraphs) isn’t exactly the disaster the narrative around the relievers might have you think.
Here’s an excellent story about Walker Buehler from SI’s Tom Verducci. WBBsAs pointed it out in the comments to the previous post.
This date in Dodgers’ history:
- 1910 In a game which features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, and 1 passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else – an 8-8 tie.
- 1951 Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgers’ Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various type of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about 10% of the total crowd, take advantage of the team’s unusual promotion.
- 1965 Dean Chance establishes an American League record when he fans to extend his streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances with a strikeout. The Angels’ right-hander falls one shy of the major league mark set by Sandy Koufax, who whiffed in 12 consecutive plate appearances in 1955.
- 1982 At Chavez Ravine, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax steals his 41st base to set a franchise record for rookies when he swipes second base in LA’s 6-1 victory over San Francisco. The eventual National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award, will extend the record to 49.
- 2006 LA’s Greg Maddux and SF’s Jason Schmidt hook up in a classic West Coast pitcher’s duel, reminiscent of match-ups of Koufax and Marichal, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 1-0, thanks to Russell Martin’s 10th inning walk-off home run. When Giants slugger Barry Bonds lines into a double play in the first inning, it marks the only time in baseball history a 300 game winner pitches to a batter with over 700 homers.
- 2007 For the first time in 1,303 games, Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers is ejected from a game. The 12-year veteran infielder, who is tossed by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, is restrained by first base coach Mariano Duncan when he continues to shout and points his bat toward the umpire.
Lineup when available.
Today’s Dodger lineup at Marlins:
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 13, 2019
Your statistical curiosity for the day. https://twitter.com/jonweisman/status/1161699237534416896?s=20
Wednesday Wakeup – No major changes from yesterday. Dodgers continue to lead Snakes and Gnats by 18.5 and 19.5 respectively, while Pads tumble to 24 and Rox to 26.5. For best NL, Dodgers maintain nine-game lead over Barves.
For best in baseball, Dodgers remain tied with Yanquis, but they are now 1-1/2 games ahead of the Minute Maids, who split a doubleheader with the Chisox yesterday
I have the 4th edition (1979). I also have a copy of “The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball”, revised edition (1956), which was earlier attempt with a different editor and publisher. I always liked that one because it had little diagrams of the various ballparks in it (including Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City). I also have the 5th edition of “Total Baseball” (1997), which along with the earlier versions I owned is the main reason I never got any newer editions of the Macmillan book. I liked Total Baseball much more. Then Sean Forman came along.
Dinger for Beaty
I would so love Cody to hit one more dinger tonight. Color me greedy.
Willie passes Belli in best first 23 games category.
Grandy! Love this guy. Wish he had performed better with the Dodgers.
Old friend grounds out.
Miami is his fifth club since the start of the 2017 season.
Journeyman in action!
Jeterman as scooplew might say
How many games are the Yankees playing against the Orioles this homestand? Every time I look, there’s another.
All the games.
I think that’s all they play until the end of the season. Of course, the joke would be on the Yanks because then they wouldn’t be used to tougher teams come playoff time.
Just looked up the schedule: 8/5, 8/6, 8/7 there, 8/12, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15 in NY… No wonder it feels endless!
15-2 against the Os, so two more against them.
1906 Chicago Cubs went 19-3 vs Philadelphia Phillies. That might be the record for most wins against a team in a season.
The Cubs don’t hold the record. They 1927 NYY went 21-1 against the St. Louis Browns. I can’t say for sure that this is the record, but yikes – it had better be…
Final thought: The Yankees actually won the first 21 games that year. They lost the 22nd game 6-2, but it was in NY so the St. Louis fans unfortunately couldn’t celebrate the victory.
Will myself catch the Dodgers in Baltimore in early September. Dingers galore I am guessing.
Will that be when the rosters expand? Will you be replacing Smith or Martin?
With roster expansion! Obvs.
Outstanding future person!
Dustin May, blowin’ ’em away! On pace for a 102-pitch extremely interesting game.
Our bullpen was able to hold a 14 run lead.
Regarding Link’s notes above, and thanks, as always, not only did Koufax strike out 12 straight times in 1955, his rookie season, those were his only 12 plate appearances that year. He went 2-for-17 the following season including 12 more strikeouts. In his career, he struck out 386 times in 776 at bats. He did hit two homers, both in Milwaukee, the first in 1962 off Warren Spahn (I was listening to the game and still can’t believe it) and the second in 1963 off Denny Lemaster. The HRs were the only hits he ever got off either of those pitchers. Koufax drew 43 walks and was hit by a pitch only once in his career. Koufax had a lifetime batting average of .097 that included nine doubles and no triples. Although he was a lefty, as we all know, he batted right, which meant his left arm was the more exposed at the plate. His best season as a hitter was 1965, when he had 20 hits and batted .177. Koufax had no stolen bases and one caught stealing in his 12 seasons in the majors. He also hit three sacrifice flies. He scored 26 runs and had 28 RBIs….He wasn’t a bad pitcher, however.
I had Koufax in my All-Star Baseball set (the game with the disks and spinners), but I never wanted to use him because his disk was SO bad (the game was all about hitting, pitching wasn’t factored in). Fortunately, I also had Don Newcombe in the set.
Loved All-Star baseball. Shame APBA and Stratomatic get all the acclaim during that time period.
Newk was an awesome hitter, even better than Drysdale (who, at one point in one year, led the team in HRs).
And hit 7th in the lineup.
I was watching on Game of the Week when Sandy homered off Spahn.
Well, that was fun.
Kershaw is hoping for the same number of runs tomorrow.
You get Dustin May 15 runs, and he can be tough… (with all due respect to the late Gnatcaster Hank Greenwald, one of the greats).
Hoo boy. Such a game!
Colletti kind of rubbing it in…
Kolarek is not using a trapper.
Martin shaking off Smith.
Okay – so Martin is pitching and Ferguson is on first? Huh?
Kolarek’s on first.
Kolarek actually on first.
I’m so confused…
Roll with it I guess. It’s that kinda night.
Martin is no longer perfect!
Wonder if Kolerack is as good as Joc at first?
He’s not wearing a first baseman’s mitt.
One pitch later…
Bad future person…
Yikes. If you think the future is bad when they are winning by this much… lol
Wonder if it’s weird to have an at bat that is so split up like this one for Martin.
Oh man that would sting. Fouled off right back into the umps chest.
Home plate ump down. That one hurt.
If Martin gets on, Bellinger gets another ab.
Mattingly must feel miserable. When he was with the Dodgers he acted depressed on our good days!
He was a terrible manager.
I remember. So moody, and then blaming the players for having a bad attitude. And the way he handled the pitchers drove me nuts.
I was thinking about Jim Tracy the other day. Always spoke in Q and A form. “Do I think we will win this game? Yes, yes I do.” Stuff like that.
I’ll take Doc any day of the week over Mattingly and Torre.
I’d like Doc to match Alston’s tenure.
All one year contracts if I remember correctly.
He has a smile on his face that says “I’m bemused by this.” Or just resigned. to his fate.
Probably his last season.
Don Mattingly looks a bit older than when he was managing the Dodgers.
Heck he looks a bit older since the first inning.
Hahaha. Sorry, but that’s really funny.
He never should have been their manager.
This is getting silly.
Joe and Nomar are ragging on Negron for his lousy single.
Because it prevented the record
Beaty with the triple. Now they have one of each type of hit.
One strike away~ drat.
As long as the Dodgers don’t hit a single this inning, they will set the record for most extra base hits without a single.
That explains why they are striking out!
And there is still an inning to go…
Want to throw this out there before it gets lost under the flurry of exra-base hits: May was fun to watch!
I am looking forward to a May-October romance!
or Clyde. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Beatty
Now that’s a players weekend nickname!
The Beat-y goes on!
Joe just name checked Jon!
Joe wrote the Foreword for Jon’s “Brothers in Arms” book.
So Jon helped Joe get his name out there. Joe owed him. wink wink
Chargois looked sharp there.
He needed a sharp inning.
It is like the Dodgers got a bit worried after the Astros won 23-2 and almost caught up to them in terms of run differential. The last few games they have brought the lumber.
Martin at third.
When does he get to pitch?
It’s a totally different team out there now!
I only have a couple of minutes of battery left so I shall leave ya’ll with a big lead.
Chen, taking it on the.
No singles offense…
Not a singles dance
Ya dance with them what brung ya.
Extra extra – read all about it. So many exra-base hits.
Joc can’t be happy about not getting another chance against these pitchers
He had his chances I guess.
And still no outs. Chen be saying, Can I go home now?
9 HRs in their last two games.
Bye BYE Belli!
39. That is all.
Bellinger meets Benny.
There’s another month and a half in the season! Whaddya mean “that is all?” 🙂
Cody wants in!!!!!!
My goodness gracious.
That’s where Puig hit one.
JT!!!! Out of the park, if it could!!!!
Lots of doubles tonight.
Cal Poly Pomona says hello
At the other Cal Poly do they play SLO pitch?
yes, and always make the back end of their Rose Float
Kelly gets the out! So only 1ER for May. He was amazing.
Seventh straight game in which the Dodger starter has not given up more than one run. Remarkable.
He is auditioning for a bigger role, and I think he will get a call back from the director.
You think he is ready for his close up?
One of the best puns of the season.
Kelly says hello
Which rookie are people most excited about this season?
1. Alex Verdugo
2. Will Smith
3. Dustin May
Smith. Verdugo, who’s played up in the bigs all season, is not ranked among the top Rookie of the Year choices by MLB, which seems shortsighted.
I agree. Poor Alex. He has really played very solidly all season and he is being overshadowed the last month or so by the others, especially Smith.
Ha! I thought of him in the other category.
5. All of the above
That, of course, is the correct answer. But was curious breaking it down a bit from there!
I’d let him finish the inning.
Body language said he was spent
Cheeks all pink.
He’s a skinny kid. Six foot six but just 180 lbs. He’s 21 years old, so he may have some filling out to do yet.
Looks like Will Smith is going to hit a home run every at bat this game.
Never mind last inning. This might be May’s last batter.
It was his last batter, but got 2 outs on it.
He was struggling. He looked gassed. Great effort and game.
Smith with 2 home runs in this game, goes to the mound and has a lot to say
Well, Pollock won’t set the Dodger record for most doubles in a game. I am not sure what it is, but I recall Cey once having four in game in Cincinnati.
I recall Cey hitting a monster dinger in the eighth grade.
That’s right. You went to school with him, if I recall correctly.
My fave player growing up.
Three is “record”. Been done 56 times according to Eric. Apparently Cey got 3 that day.
Come on, Dustin. You may be hitless but you’re pitching well. Make it out of the sixth this time.
Not a good start…
Not a good second hitter either.
Little pressure always good for learning.
Ruiz with his broken finger can only wait and watch Smith lock down the catcher spot.
23 MLB games, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs. Puig-esque.
I was also thinking of Gary Sanchez, who had 20 HR in 54 games his rookie year.
Great video. Had never seen it. Had a job interview at the Miami Herald 40 years ago. Didn’t get hired. Got hired at the San Francisco Examiner instead. Whew!
Funny how things work out.
And he’s not even Italian.
No family info on his Wikipedia page, but perhaps on his mother’s side?
Triple double to one.
AJ Double Double Double Pollack.
What will that get you in Canada?
Well – I don’t like to brag – but I believe it got us an NBA title…
I thought AJ could have gotten to that pretty easily.
Seemed a late break.
Negron pinch-ran for him after that double, so he may be a little stiff.
Wonder if his groin is hampering him still a bit.
He wasn’t exactly flying around the bases earlier, so that could very well be.
May’s hair volume has doubled in the Florida humidity. Red Cloud.
He’s is also a hoppy, hoppy guy. He was bouncing up and down when that ball went out to Muncy.
Cody is searching searching searching for that sweet swing. Miami might be a good place to find it again.
Obviously just missed in his first at bat on that loud, long foul ball.
May got hit harder that inning.
Ump echos time
Time Has Come Today–Impressive
Another fine version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glakLP-ptZo
time, ime, ime…
Anderson is the only Miami batter who can do anything with May’s pitching. But he’s made May work.
Good inning. Let’s keep rolling Dustin.
Guys brought the lumber with them to Miami.
Good to see Seager hit a HR
Stay hot, future person!
Seager gets to 10 HR. I was curious who would get there first between Seager and Pollock.
AJ has this guy’s number. Double double.
Toil and trouble…
Ha! But not this time!
Fire burn and cauldron bubble…
Corey burn and Smitty bubble.
This is double double in Canada. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Double-double
And in the USA its https://www.in-n-out.com/mobile/double-double.aspx
So you could have a double double and chase it with a double double.
We had a power blink about 15 minutes ago and we had to turn the TV back on. My laptop kept running but apparently found a way to put me about 15 seconds behind. When you said double, double and I had to wait for it, it seemed weird. I am now back to live. For a second I thought I could make bets with my wife on the game with you letting me know when and how to bet.
Straighten that swing out, Belli!
Wow. Just… wow.
Max coming in had dWAR 1.1, which is pretty darn good (top 20 in NL?).
Leads the team in errors and dWAR
Cody and Alex gots more dWAR.
Yeah but first in errors and first in war had a better ring
No video yet. What’d he do?
Protected himself from a 105 mph one hopper that was choosing to hit him in the nose, knee, shin.
I’ve made plays like Muncy’s in slow pitch, and didn’t have time to think about my teeth.
The Kleenex Kids – they pop up one at a time.
Need a Pop Up Blocker
Not the Joc Pop I wanted
Miami on home jerseys? Guess it helps remind fans in the stands where they are.
Apparently only their alternate shirt (black) says Marlins. Home and road both say Miami.
Tyler White to the IL. Garlick is back up. I suppose that’s one way not to DFA White.
Probably until end of the month, when active rosters expand.
Or until they have to add Gyorko to the 40-man.
Dustin showing some nice pitch variation. Wish Orel was in the booth.
I’m hearing him on Spectrum. He is in awe. Nope! You are right – it’s Noooomarrrrr.
Lots of crowd noise.
Can hear the catcher breathing, said someone.
But for the Orangebirds, the Fish would be the worst-run franchise in baseball.
Baseball is the most philosophical of sports. https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/summer-2019/get-your-head-in-the-game-a-thinking-fans-guide-to-baseball