Turner launches Lackey into infamy

With Wade Davis watching from the bullpen, John Lackey watched Justin Turner launch a game-winning three-run home run to dead center field to give the Dodgers their second victory in two nights.

 

This night was all about Rich Hill, the Dodger bullpen, Yasiel Puig, Charlie Culberson, and ………………………Justin Turner

Rich Hill pitched five brilliant innings with just one mistake giving up just one run

The bullpen was simply brilliant. This is isn’t just a bridge, this is the Golden Gate bridge.  Kudos to Morrow, Fields, Watson, and Jansen who pitched a perfect four innings except for a HBP of Rizzo by Jansen which was cool too.

Puig walked three times, never chasing bad pitches. The last time a Dodger walked three times in October was Hanley Ramirez in 2013 but two of those were intentional. The last Dodger to walk three time in October without an intentional walk was Bill Russell in 1981.

Player                 Date Series   Rslt PA R H 2B RBI BB IBB
Yasiel Puig      2017-10-15   NLCS  W 4-1  4 1 0  0   0  3   0
Hanley Ramirez   2013-10-11   NLCS  L 2-3  6 1 0  0   0  3   2
Manny Ramirez    2008-10-13   NLCS  L 5-7  5 0 2  1   1  3   2
Bill Russell     1981-10-07   NLDS  L 0-1  5 0 0  0   0  3   0
Joe Ferguson     1974-10-09   NLCS W 12-1  5 2 1  0   1  3   0
Jim Wynn         1974-10-09   NLCS W 12-1  5 3 1  1   1  3   0
Steve Yeager     1974-10-09   NLCS W 12-1  5 1 0  0   0  3   1
Jim Wynn         1974-10-06   NLCS  W 5-2  5 0 0  0   0  3   2

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Charlie Culberson hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored the tying run when Justin Turner drove him in with a seeing-eye single to right field.

Just like Steve Finley in 2004, Justin Turner overkilled his at-bat by hitting a home run when they only needed a single:)

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Granderson has had some success against Jon Lester

Curtis Granderson has seen a lot of Jon Lester, and for the most part, has had the greatest success against him.  I could see him playing LF tonight with Kiké playing SS.

Turner, Puig, and Forsythe have all struggled against the talented Lester going a combined 4-52 with zero extra-base hits and three walks.

Two key players tonight will be Barnes and Bellinger who have tallied only four plate appearances against him.

Name                 PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB   OPS
Curtis Granderson    59 16  2  1  3   8  3  .876
Justin Turner        21  1  0  0  0   0  1  .145
Enrique Hernandez    20  4  0  1  2   6  3 1.056
Corey Seager         18  7  1  0  0   1  1  .915
Logan Forsythe       14  1  0  0  0   0  1  .220
Yasiel Puig          14  2  0  0  0   0  1  .368
Chase Utley          12  2  0  0  0   0  0  .333
Yasmani Grandal       8  2  1  0  0   0  0  .625
Chris Taylor          7  1  1  0  0   0  1  .619
Andre Ethier          6  3  0  0  1   3  0 1.500
Austin Barnes         2  1  0  0  0   0  0 1.000
Cody Bellinger        2  1  0  0  1   3  0 2.500
Total               188 43  5  2  7  21 11  .710

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Jose Lima still sits on top of best score by a LAD pitcher this century

With Justin Verlander reminding everyone that elite games in October aren’t obsolete, it is Lima time that still reigns supreme in October in the 21st century for the Dodgers.

The greatest pitcher of the 21st century has yet to post one postseason game score above 79, but 48 other pitchers have done so. Clayton does have however four game scores of 70 or better, so while he hasn’t been elite he has bubbled just on the outside. You can’t say he hasn’t had the opportunity, Clayton has now made fifteen postseason starts. In the regular season, he has had 41 games scores of 80 or greater in 290 starts or one every 7 starts.

Player                  Date Series Gm# Opp  Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
Jose Lima         2004-10-09   NLDS   3 STL W 4-0 9.0 5  0  1  4  80
Clayton Kershaw   2016-10-16   NLCS   2 CHC W 1-0 7.0 2  0  1  6  78
Zack Greinke      2014-10-04   NLDS   2 STL W 3-2 7.0 2  0  2  7  78
Clayton Kershaw   2013-10-03   NLDS   1 ATL W 6-1 7.0 3  1  3 12  76
Zack Greinke      2013-10-11   NLCS   1 STL L 2-3 8.0 4  2  1 10  75
Clayton Kershaw   2015-10-13   NLDS   4 NYM W 3-1 7.0 3  1  1  8  74
Hyun-Jin Ryu      2013-10-14   NLCS   3 STL W 3-0 7.0 3  0  1  4  74
Rich Hill         2016-10-18   NLCS   3 CHC W 6-0 6.0 2  0  2  6  72
Vicente Padilla   2009-10-10   NLDS   3 STL W 5-1 7.0 4  0  1  4  72
Vicente Padilla   2009-10-16   NLCS   2 PHI W 2-1 7.1 4  1  1  6  71
Clayton Kershaw   2013-10-12   NLCS   2 STL L 0-1 6.0 2  0  1  5  70

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How about in LAD history? Two game sevens are on that list with the 1965 game seven by Koufax one of the greatest postseason starts in the entire history of baseball.

Player                 Date Series Gm#  Tm Opp  Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
Don Drysdale     1963-10-05     WS   3 LAD NYY W 1-0 9.0 3  0  1  9  89
Sandy Koufax     1965-10-14     WS   7 LAD MIN W 2-0 9.0 3  0  3 10  88
Sandy Koufax     1965-10-11     WS   5 LAD MIN W 7-0 9.0 4  0  1 10  88
Orel Hershiser   1988-10-16     WS   2 LAD OAK W 6-0 9.0 3  0  2  8  87
Don Sutton       1974-10-05   NLCS   1 LAD PIT W 3-0 9.0 4  0  1  6  84
Tommy John       1978-10-05   NLCS   2 LAD PHI W 4-0 9.0 4  0  2  4  81
Jose Lima        2004-10-09   NLDS   3 LAD STL W 4-0 9.0 5  0  1  4  80
Orel Hershiser   1988-10-12   NLCS   7 LAD NYM W 6-0 9.0 5  0  2  5  80
Burt Hooton      1977-10-12     WS   2 LAD NYY W 6-1 9.0 5  1  1  8  80

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Verlander cracks top 25 best Games Scores in 21st century postseason

As great as Justin Verlander was yesterday, he barely cracked the top 25 game score in the postseason in the 21st century.

Postseason starts since 2000 with a game score of 80 or greater:

Player                    Date Series Gm#  Tm Opp   Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
Roger Clemens       2000-10-14   ALCS   4 NYY SEA  W 5-0 9.0 1  0  2 15  98
Tim Lincecum        2010-10-07   NLDS   1 SFG ATL  W 1-0 9.0 2  0  1 14  96
Roy Halladay        2010-10-06   NLDS   1 PHI CIN  W 4-0 9.0 0  0  1  8  94
Josh Beckett        2003-10-12   NLCS   5 FLA CHC  W 4-0 9.0 2  0  1 11  93
Randy Johnson       2001-10-28     WS   2 ARI NYY  W 4-0 9.0 3  0  1 11  91
Randy Johnson       2001-10-16   NLCS   1 ARI ATL  W 2-0 9.0 3  0  1 11  91
Cliff Lee           2010-10-18   ALCS   3 TEX NYY  W 8-0 8.0 2  0  1 13  90
Justin Verlander    2012-10-11   ALDS   5 DET OAK  W 6-0 9.0 4  0  1 11  89
Curt Schilling      2001-10-09   NLDS   1 ARI STL  W 1-0 9.0 3  0  1  9  89
Jake Arrieta        2015-10-07   NLWC   1 CHC PIT  W 4-0 9.0 5  0  0 11  88
Madison Bumgarner   2014-10-01   NLWC   1 SFG PIT  W 8-0 9.0 4  0  1 10  88
Mike Hampton        2000-10-16   NLCS   5 NYM STL  W 7-0 9.0 3  0  1  8  88
Bobby Jones         2000-10-08   NLDS   4 NYM SFG  W 4-0 9.0 1  0  2  5  88
Madison Bumgarner   2014-10-26     WS   5 SFG KCR  W 5-0 9.0 4  0  0  8  87
Justin Verlander    2013-10-10   ALDS   5 DET OAK  W 3-0 8.0 2  0  1 10  87
Josh Beckett        2007-10-03   ALDS   1 BOS LAA  W 4-0 9.0 4  0  0  8  87
Roger Clemens       2000-10-22     WS   2 NYY NYM  W 6-5 8.0 2  0  0  9  87
Cole Hamels         2010-10-10   NLDS   3 PHI CIN  W 2-0 9.0 5  0  0  9  86
Cliff Lee           2009-10-18   NLCS   3 PHI LAD W 11-0 8.0 3  0  0 10  86
Cole Hamels         2008-10-01   NLDS   1 PHI MIL  W 3-1 8.0 2  0  1  9  86
Jason Schmidt       2003-09-30   NLDS   1 SFG FLA  W 2-0 9.0 3  0  0  5  86
Justin Verlander    2017-10-14   ALCS   2 HOU NYY  W 2-1 9.0 5  1  1 13  85
Curt Schilling      2001-10-19   NLCS   3 ARI ATL  W 5-1 9.0 4  1  2 12  85
Derek Holland       2011-10-23     WS   4 TEX STL  W 4-0 8.1 2  0  2  7  84
Chris Carpenter     2011-10-07   NLDS   5 STL PHI  W 1-0 9.0 3  0  0  3  84
Josh Beckett        2003-10-25     WS   6 FLA NYY  W 2-0 9.0 5  0  2  9  84
Madison Bumgarner   2016-10-05   NLWC   1 SFG NYM  W 3-0 9.0 4  0  2  6  83
Cliff Lee           2009-10-28     WS   1 PHI NYY  W 6-1 9.0 6  0  0 10  83
Johnny Cueto        2016-10-07   NLDS   1 SFG CHC  L 0-1 8.0 3  1  0 10  82
CC Sabathia         2012-10-12   ALDS   5 NYY BAL  W 3-1 9.0 4  1  2  9  82
Cliff Lee           2010-10-12   ALDS   5 TEX TBR  W 5-1 9.0 6  1  0 11  82
Chris Carpenter     2006-10-24     WS   3 STL DET  W 5-0 8.0 3  0  0  6  82
Brandon Backe       2004-10-18   NLCS   5 HOU STL  W 3-0 8.0 1  0  2  4  82
Mark Prior          2003-10-03   NLDS   3 CHC ATL  W 3-1 9.0 2  1  4  7  82
Stephen Strasburg   2017-10-11   NLDS   4 WSN CHC  W 5-0 7.0 3  0  2 12  81
Sonny Gray          2013-10-05   ALDS   2 OAK DET  W 1-0 8.0 4  0  2  9  81
Kyle Hendricks      2016-10-22   NLCS   6 CHC LAD  W 5-0 7.1 2  0  0  6  80
Matt Moore          2016-10-11   NLDS   4 SFG CHC  L 5-6 8.0 2  1  2 10  80
Noah Syndergaard    2016-10-05   NLWC   1 NYM SFG  L 0-3 7.0 2  0  3 10  80
Johnny Cueto        2015-10-28     WS   2 KCR NYM  W 7-1 9.0 2  1  3  4  80
Max Scherzer        2013-10-13   ALCS   2 DET BOS  L 5-6 7.0 2  1  2 13  80
Homer Bailey        2012-10-09   NLDS   3 CIN SFG  L 1-2 7.0 1  1  1 10  80
Tim Lincecum        2010-11-01     WS   5 SFG TEX  W 3-1 8.0 3  1  2 10  80
Madison Bumgarner   2010-10-31     WS   4 SFG TEX  W 4-0 8.0 3  0  2  6  80
Jonathan Sanchez    2010-10-10   NLDS   3 SFG ATL  W 3-2 7.1 2  1  1 11  80
Roberto Hernandez   2007-10-05   ALDS   2 CLE NYY  W 2-1 9.0 3  1  2  5  80
Kenny Rogers        2006-10-22     WS   2 DET STL  W 3-1 8.0 2  0  3  5  80
Jose Lima           2004-10-09   NLDS   3 LAD STL  W 4-0 9.0 5  0  1  4  80

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Updated NLCS LAD Home Runs

With Justin Turner going deep Sunday Night to put the Dodgers up 2 – 0 time to update the  Dodger NLCS home run list.

Some thoughts on the list:

  • The three unlikely on this list for me are AJ Ellis,  Orlando Hudson,  and Mike Scioscia
  • Rick Monday and Mike Scioscia hit the most important NLCS home runs
  • Bill Madlock tore up 1985 just as Garvey tore up 1978
  • The Dodgers haven’t hit a home run in an NLCS game after the fifth game since game six in 1985.
  • Three different Dodgers have hit a home run in the 2017 NLCS in just two games.
Dodger Year Date Series Gm# HR
Justin Turner 2017 10/15/2017 NLCS 2 1
Yasiel Puig 2017 10/14/2017 NLCS 1 1
Chris Taylor 2017 10/14/2017 NLCS 1 1
Andre Ethier 2016 10/15/2016 NLCS 1 1
Adrian Gonzalez 2016 10/16/2016 NLCS 2 1
Yazmani Grandal 2016 10/18/2016 NLCS 3 1
Justin Turner 2016 10/18/2016 NLCS 3 1
A.J. Ellis 2013 10/16/2013 NLCS 5 1
Adrian Gonzalez 2013 10/16/2013 NLCS 5 2
Carl Crawford 2013 10/16/2013 NLCS 5 1
James Loney 2009 10/15/2009 NLCS 1 1
Manny Ramirez 2009 10/15/2009 NLCS 1 1
Matt Kemp 2009 10/19/2009 NLCS 4 1
Andre Ethier 2009 10/21/2009 NLCS 5 1
James Loney 2009 10/21/2009 NLCS 5 1
Orlando Hudson 2009 10/21/2009 NLCS 5 1
Manny Ramirez 2008 10/10/2008 NLCS 2 1
Rafael Furcal 2008 10/12/2008 NLCS 3 1
Casey Blake 2008 10/13/2008 NLCS 4 1
Manny Ramirez 2008 10/15/2008 NLCS 5 1
Kirk Gibson 1988 10/9/1988 NLCS 4 1
Mike Scioscia 1988 10/9/1988 NLCS 4 1
Kirk Gibson 1988 10/10/1988 NLCS 5 1
Greg Brock 1985 10/10/1985 NLCS 2 1
Bill Madlock 1985 10/13/1985 NLCS 4 1
Bill Madlock 1985 10/14/1985 NLCS 5 1
Bill Madlock 1985 10/16/1985 NLCS 6 1
Mike Marshall 1985 10/16/1985 NLCS 6 1
Mike Marshall 1983 10/7/1983 NLCS 3 1
Dusty Baker 1983 10/8/1983 NLCS 4 1
Mike Scioscia 1981 10/13/1981 NLCS 1 1
Pedro Guerrero 1981 10/13/1981 NLCS 1 1
Steve Garvey 1981 10/17/1981 NLCS 4 1
Rick Monday 1981 10/19/1981 NLCS 5 1
Davey Lopes 1978 10/4/1978 NLCS 1 1
Steve Garvey 1978 10/4/1978 NLCS 1 2
Steve Yeager 1978 10/4/1978 NLCS 1 1
Davey Lopes 1978 10/5/1978 NLCS 2 1
Steve Garvey 1978 10/6/1978 NLCS 3 1
Ron Cey 1978 10/7/1978 NLCS 4 1
Steve Garvey 1978 10/7/1978 NLCS 4 1
Ron Cey 1977 10/4/1977 NLCS 1 1
Dusty Baker 1977 10/5/1977 NLCS 2 1
Ron Cey 1977 10/6/1974 NLCS 2 1
Dusty Baker 1977 10/8/1977 NLCS 4 1
Steve Garvey 1977 10/9/1974 NLCS 4 2

And now for something completely different

The Dodgers did something they hadn’t done since 1985, win a game one in the NLCS. The tried and failed in 2008, 2009, 20013, and 2016 but 2017 was a different story, and it was a complete team effort.

Date         Series Gm#  Tm Opp  Rslt

 1985-10-09     NLCS   1 LAD STL W 4-1
2008-10-09     NLCS   1 LAD PHI L 2-3
2009-10-15     NLCS   1 LAD PHI L 6-8
2013-10-11     NLCS   1 LAD STL L 2-3
2016-10-15     NLCS   1 LAD CHC L 4-8
 2017-10-14     NLCS   1 LAD CHC W 5-2

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Highlights:

Clayton Kershaw struggled with his command but only made one mistake which cost him two runs. Given his pitch count and his struggles, the choice to pinch hit for him in the 5th seemed like the right move. Something to consider though, when the Dodgers face a left-hand starter the right-hand pinch hit options are very limited.  Kyle Farmer is on the roster to give the Dodgers flexibility with Barnes but if Barnes is going to start 80% of the games, maybe they could use a better right-hand pinch hitter.

Forsythe and Barnes worked Quintana for walks, and Puig delivered a booming double to LCF to plate Forsythe. With Kershaw on deck and Barnes at 3rd with one out all the pressure was on Culberson to deliver the tying run. With the count 0 – 2 things looked bleak for the improbable game one starter, but he delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

For some reason, Cingrani has been reduced to a one-out pitcher and he got his out before Kenta Maeda came in to finish a perfect 6th.

Chris Taylor almost hit a home run in his second at-bat and did hit a home run in his 3rd at-bat giving the Dodgers their first lead of the series and game.

With the score 3 – 2, Kenta was allowed to get one out in the 7th before Brandon Morrow came up to finish up the dreaded 7th inning.  The bullpen had pitched two clean innings.

In the bottom of the 7th, Puig had his most memorable postseason at-bat. He kept his bat on his shoulder as Montgomery threw the first pitch. He watched it all the way, and shrugged as if, “is that all you got”. The next pitch was high and inside and moved him off the plate. The next pitch was sent soaring high into the night and for most of the flight it looked like Schwarber had a play but as he got ready to leap he had gone to far and the wall kept him grounded while the ball cleared the fence.

Later in the 7th, Culberson would score on a play where the catcher Contreras obstructed his ability to touch home plate. On one hand, you have to like that no one got hurt, on the hand, damn, home plate collisions were the bomb. John Lackey is right, the game is getting soft, but I can’t complain, breaking players only gave fans a few seconds of thrill while ending careers.

Morrow and Jansen finished up and the Dodgers have a game one in their pocket. We won’t talk about 1985 again.

 

 

Happy Kershaw Day

Once again the Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw to start the first game of a postseason series, and once again Dodger fans are optimistic that the best pitcher in baseball in the 21st century can help deliver a victory in game one.

Since I’m turning a cold shoulder to the recent postseason past, I’m not going to talk about how often this optimism wasn’t rewarded for the Dodger faithful.

Today is a new Happy Kershaw Day, and it will be without their star shortstop Corey Seager.  This is a huge blow and it means that Charlie Culberson will be playing SS in game one. The Dodgers left Corey Seager and Pedro Baez off the NLCS roster and added utility infielder Charlie Culberson and Joc Pederson.

Baseball being baseball, I now expect Joc Pederson to do something memorable.

Or not,

I have no idea what to expect, but I only hope that we have an entertaining NLCS as the two best teams in the National League go head to head until one of them wins four games.

Forget past failures of October

I was thinking about something Jon Weisman tweeted yesterday

and it made me realize the only way to really enjoy this upcoming NLCS is to block out our past failures and simply concentrate on 2017.

  • This team does not have Jonathan Broxton it has Kenley Jansen
  • This team does not have Joe Blanton it has Brandon Morrow
  • This team does not have George Sherrill it has Tony Cingrani
  • This team does not have Pedro Baez it has………oh shit it still has Pedro Baez

The new shiny things we have in 2017 we did not have in previous Octobers in the 21st century:

  • This team has Cody Bellinger at 1st base, and as he showed in game three of the 2017 NLDS, he can beat you numerous ways. Cody has only been in one postseason series and is 1 – 0.
  • Austin Barnes and Yazmani Grandal are the best backstop duo in baseball. Barnes did not shrink from his first starts in the postseason and is now 2 – 0 in games he has started in the postseason.
  • Out of nowhere, Chris Taylor became the Dodgers dynamic center fielder who much like the other two players mentioned above can beat you in different ways.
  • Yasiel Puig is not new, but this version of Puig looks completely new compared to the version Dodger fans have seen in October since he arrived in 2013.  The one thing Puig did not do was put on a defensive clinic against the Diamondbacks, expect that to change in the NLCS.
  • Granderson is new, uh for now, that is all I got. He’s new.

Except for Granderson, the key to the newbies is that they are multidimensional baseball talents. They can all hit, hit with power, patient, defend, and run. Even the catcher Austin Barnes can run.

The newbie pitching:

  • Have to start with Yu. One start in, he looks like what the doctor ordered.
  • Brandon Morrow has been the best offseason cheapie signing the Dodgers have done since Justin Turner. Or maybe since Chase Utley. Whatever, he be awesome.
  • Tony Cingrani had all the skills and none of the results when the Dodgers traded for him. Now he’s all results.
  • Tony Watson can almost do anything Cingrani can do
  • And of course Kenta Maeda. Bullpen Kenta is a brand new key so shiny and sparkly.

So, my advice to myself is to forget about the past and enjoy the present as the Dodgers head to the NLCS with the World Series in their headlights.  As good as this team is, they may not make it. We may see some new heartbreak,  and baseball being baseball we are going to see something we never expected.  But instead of looking for the next heartbreak, I’m going to look for the next Mickey Hatcher moment.

 

 

While my Guitar gently walks

The Indians will be playing in an elimination game tomorrow and noted baseball columnist Mike Petriello has pegged Carlos Santana as a likely hero for the Indians.

I’ve been writing about Carlos Santana since he first appeared as a Dodger prospect in the rookie leagues and he has never failed to disappoint.  He has had a very unique career as this table shows.

Only three players since 2011 have had at least 500 walks and 150 home runs.

Carlos  Santana is one of them.

Player           WAR/pos  HR  BB From   To   Age   PA
Carlos Santana      22.5 168 689 2011 2017 25-31 4590
Jose Bautista       26.1 218 645 2011 2017 30-36 4124
Joey Votto          39.8 167 771 2011 2017 27-33 4271

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NLDS thoughts and stats

If there was an NLDS MVP I would think that Justin Turner would get the vote, though I also think that Austin Barnes was almost as important. Turner also looked very nifty at 3rd this series.

Last night the corner infielders were putting on a defensive clinic.

For the most part, the Dodgers got on base up and down the lineup with the exception being Curtis Granderson. Bellinger didn’t have a great offensive series but he had himself a game in game three.

Puig was locked in and looked as scary at the plate as I’d remembered since June of 2014.

Things are going well when your starting catcher loses his job not because of poor performance but simply because the backup catcher thinks he’s Johnny Bench right now.

Seager didn’t hit the ball hard, but he did walk four times in three games helping set the stage for Justin Turner and Puig to drive in nine runs.

Logan Forsythe was a factor, leaving the Dodgers with only one hole, left field.

I understand Roberts wanting to keep Andre on the bench for a key pinch-hitting role.  With Curtis Granderson being the only thing to complain about he got some grief on twitter but like Roberts and a few of his other supporters, I do think he’s going to make a positive impact at some point in this series. It just smells right.

Name                  AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Cody Bellinger        14    3    3    0    0    1    2    1 .214  .267  .429  .695
Chris Taylor          13    3    3    1    0    0    1    2 .231  .333  .308  .641
Justin Turner         13    1    6    0    0    1    5    1 .462  .533  .692 1.226
Yasiel Puig           11    0    5    1    1    0    4    2 .455  .538  .727 1.266
Corey Seager          11    3    3    0    1    0    2    4 .273  .467  .455  .921
Logan Forsythe         9    4    4    0    0    0    1    1 .444  .500  .444  .944
Austin Barnes          8    4    4    1    0    1    3    1 .500  .556 1.000 1.556
Curtis Granderson      8    1    1    0    0    0    0    0 .125  .125  .125  .250
Yasmani Grandal        4    0    0    0    0    0    0    0 .000  .000  .000  .000
Enrique Hernandez      3    1    1    1    0    0    0    1 .333  .500  .667 1.167
Chase Utley            2    0    0    0    0    0    0    2 .000  .500  .000  .500
Kyle Farmer            1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0 .000  .000  .000  .000
Andre Ethier           0    0    0    0    0    0    0         1             1.000
Totals               104   20   31    4    2    3   18   16 .298  .397  .462  .858

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On the pitching side, all of the starters did their job because we don’t expect much from starters in 2017.  It really does appear that Kershaw should never see the 7th inning again.  Another great start was throttled by the need to try to get him through the 7th and there really isn’t any need for it. The bullpen is good.  As expected Ross Stripling saw no action. It was also nice that Alex Wood didn’t see any action.

Kenta Maeda certainly looks like someone you can count on in a relief role. He pitched like a boss last night. Next time you feel the need to use Clayton in the 7th, take a deep breath and make sure you have Kenta warmed up and ready to start the inning instead. I don’t care what the score. No Hitter, I Don’t care.

                      
Name               G   ERA   IP    H   ER   BB   SO  WHIP
Clayton Kershaw    1  5.68  6.1    5    4    3    7 1.263
Yu Darvish         1  1.80  5.0    2    1    0    7 0.400
Rich Hill          1  4.50  4.0    3    2    3    4 1.500
Kenley Jansen      3  0.00  3.2    2    0    1    4 0.818
Brandon Morrow     3  2.45  3.2    2    1    0    1 0.545
Kenta Maeda        2  0.00  2.0    0    0    0    4 0.000
Tony Cingrani      2  0.00  1.0    0    0    0    0 0.000
Tony Watson        2 18.00  1.0    3    2    0    0 3.000
Josh Fields        1  0.00  0.1    1    0    0    1 3.000
Totals            16  3.33 27.0   18   10    7   28 0.926

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