Game Two, 2022

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet RM, SPNLA

The Dodgers hand the ball to RHP Tony Gonsolin, while the Rockies give it to Germán Márquez.

Oh look, another shiny thing the league instituted this season with little input from players.

This season, for the first time, Major League Baseball will store game balls in humidors at all 30 stadiums. Previously limited to 10 ballparks, most famously at Coors Field to counter the thin air in Colorado, the storage unit will be used across the board in attempt to standardize baseballs in different environments. The humidors were recommended in a 2018 study commissioned by MLB that examined home run rates.

The science is complicated. The effects are a mystery. And the unknown adds to the skepticism, frustration, and anger players have with Major League Baseball’s handling of the most fundamental part of the sport: the baseball.

“I’m sure it’ll mess up a lot of things,” Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner said this week. “They always come up with these ideas, but they don’t seem to pan out correctly. So, I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m sure something will happen and then halfway through the year there’ll be an adjustment made and whether we know it or not, I’m sure they’ll change it.”

Turner was referring to MLB’s recent history of changing the composition of its baseballs without notice — before, during, and after seasons.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1913 The Phillies spoil the debut of Ebbets Field, beating the Dodgers, 1-0, in front of a small crowd of approximately 10,000 fans, who brave the frigid weather to witness the pitching duel. Given special permission, Brooklyn opens the season a day early to properly inaugurate its new $75,000 Brooklyn ballpark, which took a year to build.
  • 1947 Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, feuding with the Yankees, is suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball, including association with known gamblers. The Brooklyn and New York clubs are both fined $2,000 and by order of the commissioner are not allowed to discuss the matter.
  • 1966 After sharing space at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 during their first five seasons in Los Angeles, the Angels move to nearby Anaheim into their own stadium. The ‘Halos’, now known as the California Angels, host the San Francisco Giants in a pre-season exhibition game in the first contest ever played at Anaheim Stadium.
  • 1981 On Opening Day, Fernando Valenzuela, making his first major league start in place of scheduled starter Jerry Reuss, blanks Houston on five hits at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. During the strike-shortened season, the 20 year-old rookie from Mexico will lead the league in game starts (25), complete games (11), and shutouts (8).

Lineups when available.

75 thoughts on “Game Two, 2022

  1. You gotta love early season batting averages. Currently 4 of the first 5 Dodger batters – Betts, Turner, Muncy, and JT – are all hitting .125. Freddie is hitting a comparatively robust .167 to round out the top 5.

  2. At Software Stadium, the Fish have swallowed the Gnats 2-1. I’ll not be posting anything more tonight, as I have an early morning bus ride to Buenos Aires.

  3. Same 1-1 record as last year after 2 games. But I don’t know if Dodgers will win 12 of their next 13 like they did last year. Feels like this team still needs time to gel or something.

    • Definately not in top form yet. Like you said, regroup and whip’em tomorrow.

  4. 4 hits to get one run is not great production value. But at least it is tied.

  5. Anderson deserved better. He pitched very well and was undone by a bit of sloppy fielding by Muncy that eventually lead to the one run he gave up.

  6. Should get at least one more inning from Anderson I’m guessing. Hopefully 2.

  7. Sad news about Dwayne Haskins. Did you ever see him play at Ohio State OhioDodger?

    • Yes. A lot. He was a great college QB. Tragic and very sad news. We are all in mourning here in Buckeye land.

    • I always cringe with those, as I had my leg broken as a catcher in Pony league from a guy sliding home.

    • I’m not surprised going from 80-90 degree weather to playing in the 40’s. Much tougher to get stretched out and stay loose when it is that cold. Hopefully it just a minor hammy.

        • Pollock’s MLB games by year:
          2012 — Arizona — 31 (spent most of year in minors)
          2013 — Arizona — 137
          2014 — Arizona — 75
          2015 — Arizona — 157
          2016 — Arizona — 12
          2017 — Arizona — 112
          2018 — Arizona — 113
          2019 — Dodgers — 86
          2020 — Dodgers — 55 (season consisted of only 60 games)
          2021 — Dodgers — 117
          Because of injuries, he has been on disabled list many times.

  8. LAT’d: Kenley’s first outing for the Barves was significantly rougher than Kimbrel’s for the Dodgers.