Dodgers at Giants, 12:05 PM PDT, TV: NBCS BA, SPNLA
Every game in baseball begins at the same time today. I’m sure MLB is hoping for a repeat of the events of September 28, 2011, when within thirty minutes two teams were eliminated from the playoffs after leading in their respective games. There are two games which are important today, but neither has quite the same amount of weight as those games eight years ago:
The Cardinals’ magic number to win the NL Central is one. That means a St. Louis win or Milwaukee loss Sunday would make the Cardinals division champs, while a Brewers win and Cardinals loss would force a tiebreaker Monday at Busch Stadium (3:09 p.m ET on ESPN) to determine the division winner. If both teams win Sunday, the Cardinals win the NL Central.
The Dodgers will make the last game of the season a bullpen game, starting LHP Rich Hill (4-1, 2.59 ERA) but not allowing him to go more than three innings, I imagine, thanks to his balky knee. The Giants have changed their minds; Madison Bumgarner was originally scheduled to start but was scratched by manager Bruce Bochy after Friday night’s game. Instead they’ll give RHP Dereck Rodríguez (6-10, 5.27 ERA) his 16th start of the season. He’s 0-1 with an 11.32 ERA in four lifetime appearances against the Dodgers.
Here’s Mr. Ryu’s excellent game Saturday: seven strikeouts, an RBI base hit, seven scoreless innings and the NL ERA title.
On this day in Dodgers’ history:
- 1951 Don Newcombe becomes the first black pitcher to win twenty games in a season. In a must-win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.
- 1959 At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
- 1976 Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’ compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.
- 1979 Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
- 2000 Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team’s 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. The left fielder, with his career best 43rd round tripper, now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.
Lineup when available.
Today’s Dodger lineup at Giants:
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 29, 2019
Yasiel’s favorite batting coach, Turner Ward, has been fired by the Reds.
The greatest post-season pitcher ever? https://twitter.com/jjcoop36/status/1179028792486121472?s=20
Hmmm…perhaps for one given post season in ’88, when he had ERA 1.05 in 42.2 innings. Madbum in 2014, however, was ERA 1.03 in 52.2 innings. Overall, Orel was ERA 2.59 in 132 innings, Madbum 1.93 in 102.1 innings. Of course Sandy was ERA 0.95 in 57 innings.
Bob Gibson had a 1.89 in 81 innings (and 92 Ks).
There we go. I looked up Whitey because I recall he had much success. He was ERA 2.71 in 146 innings. Baseball Reference doesn’t apply ERA+ to these numbers, so they are not easily compared across eras or ballparks.
The Dodgers’ rotation for the NLDS is still unclear.
Can someone explain to me why depending on who wins the NLWC – the Dodgers second game of the NLDS will either be 9:37 (if Washington) or 9:47 (if Milwaukee). An hour difference I understand – but 10 minutes?
Jon with his version of the all-decade team. I love those kind of reviews. https://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2019/09/30/best-of-the-2010s-the-all-decade-dodgers/
With Thursday’s NLDS games being played in Atlanta and L.A., we will almost certainly host the later game. I would guess 4 p.m. PDT or perhaps 5 p.m.
Rooting for the Brewers.
The 1953 Dodgers (105-49) finished 56 games above .500. The 2019 Dodgers finished 50 games above.
Dylan Floro – his name fits in perfectly with the chant “Let’s go, Dodgers” ( or Giants I guess today)
Dylan Floro – clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap.
Floro making a final bid for post season, but I am afraid he has flown too close to the sun too many times for this to help.
The Busted Poseur ends his season with a total of 7 HR and 38 RBI.
Young Mr May looked good there. Almost as scary as when he was in costume the other day as Pennywise.
If Beaty can get in the game and hit a home run that would give the Dodgers 12 players with 10 home runs or more.
He’ll almost certainly get into the game.
Twins and Yankees lead MLB in HRs. The Twins have eleven guys with ten or more. The Yankees have fourteen.
The Gnatcasters were just talking about how, on a cool day, the ball wouldn’t carry as well. https://twitter.com/billplunkettocr/status/1178389074400301056?s=20
Just purchased a single ticket for game one of the NLDS. Cody B. Bobble head. Is it time to paint my toes blue?
Let us know if you get home Cody or road Cody!
I’ll have posts up for the Wild Card games Tuesday (NL) and Wednesday (AL). Then the Dodgers start the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Thursday.
Tuesday: MIL at WSH, 8:08 p.m. ET, TBS
Wednesday: TB at OAK, 8:09 p.m. ET, ESPN
Dodgers win! 106-56.
Most wins ever by the Dodgers, dating back to their inception in 1884. You all remember that first season, don’t you? We were only 40-64 with George Taylor as the manager.
My memories of that are fading…
Ended the year 12-7 vs. the Giants, 51-25 vs. NL West.
Okay, Brewers, beat Scherzer and the Nats in the Wild Card game. I’d rather face you than the DC team.
I’m down with that as well!
That’s a very tall order for a mediocre team, but the Nats have weaknesses as well.
What a great season!
Very much so. Enjoyable, as well, as always, exchanging observations with all of you. We resume on Thursday.
Franchise record! Seven game winning streak. Nice finish indeed.
Misleading, in that the ’53 Dodgers won 105 of a 154-game schedule.
True. That was one hell of a team.
Probably the best Brooklyn Dodgers team ever.
We’ll see if Ford Frick puts an asterisk on this season’s win total.
A satisfying sweep.
Last season, with a lot riding on the line, the Dodgers ended the regular season by sweeping three games in San Francisco by a combined score of 28-7. Rich Hill was the starting and winning pitcher in the finale, 15-0.
This season, with a lot less riding, the Dodgers ended the regular season by sweeping three games in San Francisco by a combined score of 20-2. Hill was the starting pitcher in the finale, 9-0.
Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Through the first two games and 8 innings of today’s, the Giants are 0-for-19 with RISP and have left 28 runners on base.
MY MISTAKE: THEY STAYED 0-FOR-19 WITH RISP, BUT DID LEAVE 29 ON BASE…..Final update on the above numbers for the Giants this weekend: 0-for-21 with RISP, 29 left on base.
One more inning.
(At least, there had better be only one more inning!)
I was disappointed the Gnats got agnother hit, but I’ll settle for the shutout.
As if BeerGuys haven’t had a bad enough weekend in Colorado, their ‘pen blew another lead in the ninth, and they’re now playing extra innings before they fly to DC for mild card game.
At this moment, I would guess that the Dodgers will be facing Stephen Strasburg on Thursday.
Sounds like a reasonable supposition.
Not the right way to start, kid.
Dodgers have 7 runs not via the HR. For those worried about HR reliance.
It would be pretty cool to end the season with a series sweep of the Giants that was comprised of three straight shutouts.
The Giants sure know how to throw a fan appreciation day.
Boston Arms with the 2 out, 2 run RBI.
Good for Austin.
Barnes starts his comeback!
At least now they can get him off the playoff roster.
We have better than him, but he is not that bad with ERA 3.61, WHIP 0.866 and 9.5 K rate.
Gyorko is .60 pts below his career BA this season at ~.187
I’m guessing that Gyorko doesn’t make the post-season roster.
It’s a good bet.
With all the substitutions and Giants’ pitchers inability to throw strikes is making this a long game.
Hit it in the ocean, Max!
Grant at his best!
They seem to be taking lessons from the Mets.
That. Is. Awesome.
Hard to imagine someone pinch-hitting for Longoria, even at this stage of his career.
Last game of the season. Everybody plays!
Nice play by Negrón in LF!
Beat LA chants are funny/pathetic when your team is down 5-0 in the 7th inning and the Dodgers have the bases loaded and one out.
The origin of the chant is actually a bit inspiring as things go. It was Celtic fans chanting to the 76ers, when it became apparent they were going to beat Boston and move on to meet the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Didn’t work out for either Boston or Philly I guess then.
Not sure it ever “works”.
Come on Beaty hit # 10!
Short appearance by Kelly.
He pitched smart, if not with too much firepower.
He looked good.
Mangerial openings starting to appear. Joe Madden is out in Chicago and so is Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh.
Hurdle would be a great fit for the Gnats.
Ja, ja ja!
Would Maddon be interested in the GM opening that LA may or may not have?
Not sure I want him. I’d be thinking a Phil Jackson as GM of the Knickerbockers. He was the one of the most hated men in New York for awhile there.
Probably would not be fair to Roberts either.
It looks like several Dodgers going to fall just short of some season stats – Muncy 100 RBI’s, Bellinger 49 or 50 HRs, Beaty 10 Hrs.
Meant to add Kershaw finishing under 3.00 ERA.
Still have a shot at 106 wins… But wait… It’s Kelly time.
June-Sept Kelly had ERA 2.51.
Yeah, but it’s still a fun chant. Plus given his recent ailment, who knew what he was gonna be able to give.
Martin still has a 0.00 ERA.
Cards up 9-0 on the Cubs, so they should take their division. Brewers head for DC.
Thank you for translating WBBsAs’ comment.
Heh, it was synchronicity.
No Monday baseball!
The Budweisers are breaking bottles over the Cubbies, so no drama at all in baseball today. BeerGuys are beating Rox at Coors, but it doesn’t really matter.
Man I wanted the K there!
Woulda been nice.
As it turns out, MadBum had a nice swing.
I am sure MB was trying to go yard!
He’s probably their best hitter.
with 19 dingers in career 593 AB, yep.
Taking it to a full count for more drama.
Throw him Uncle Charlie.
This is pretty cool.
Bochy the showman!
MadBum vs Kershaw?! Lol
three scoreless gets him under 3.00
If Kershaw goes three scoreless innings, says Orel, his ERA would drop below 3.00.
Ok Hill – let’s see one more solid inning here.
49 pitches, 34 for strikes. Not bad for a 39-year-old guy coming off a knee injury and wearing a brace.
With the single (and the walk), Bellinger is assured of batting above. 300 this season. That is, I believe, a key factor in whether or not he will get the MVP award.
And his removal eliminates any semblance of doubt.
I don’t expect it’ll make a lot of difference.
.305 looks a lot better than, say, .299 on his resume.
Twenty years ago, it would’ve meant a lot more than it does today.
The elder Yastrzemski won the triple crown back in the 60’s batting .301.
Yaz actually hit .326 in ’67, his triple crown season. It was the next year, 1968, that he hit .301 to lead the AL, the only one in the AL to break .300. Only 5 NL hitters did it. It’s one of they reasons they lowered the mound after the season.
They were saying that he would have had to go 0-7 to finish below .300 (I didn’t verify the math).
Bellinger done early today. Oh well, here’s hoping he still breaks 50 home runs for the year (regular season + postseason).
Shades of Hill’s first start back.
On pace for a 252-pitch CGSO.
Wow, I start watch 10 minutes late and the Dodgers are already up a lot.
So, he misses what a month and still has 87 ribbies.
Tied with Rendón at 44 doubles.
Story in the LATimes about Friedman’s future: https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2019-09-28/andrew-friedman-contract-extension-stan-kasten-dodgers-holdup
They took a long time to get Roberts’ deal done too, and it went into the offseason after the contract ran out, if I remember correctly.