Pirates in Town

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The Pirates have come ashore in Los Angeles.  These Pirates are 57-55 on the year.  Their starting pitcher tonight is Ivan Nova, newly acquired from the Yankees.  Nova is a right hander with an 8-6 W-L record on the season and a 4.83 ERA.

The Dodgers will counter with Ross Stripling, who is 3-3 with a 3.79 ERA.  Given that this will be his tenth start on the year, he almost has to be counted as a regular starter at this point, to go along with Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir, and Julio Urias.  Facts are facts.  Those four are the pitchers with the most 2016 starts who are not currently on the disabled list.

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65 thoughts on “Pirates in Town

  1. Kershaw throwing on the field. Hint: he’s not pitching today. Second hint: It’s a long time between “throwing on the field” and actually pitching a game.

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  2. It used to be that for many years the Dodgers lived or died by their pitching. The way they have performed this year, and especially since they lost Kershaw, one might say “what pitching; who needs pitching”. Actually if you look at it, their bullpen and especially Jansen have had a great year, well, with just a few exceptions. Who could have predicted with the starting pitchers that we’ve had. By all accounts we shouldn’t have any kind of a chance in the playoffs, but the team on the field is proving so often otherwise.

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  3. Of course, another way of looking at it is – the Front Office is sleeping in shit, but they may wake up smelling like a rose. Where’s the justice?

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  4. The FO built the starting rotational “depth” (deep as in deep doo-doo) out of many many injury prone guys. Remember Brandon Beachy? Their bacon was saved by the young guys coming up out of AAA, namely Stripling and Urias. Maybe that was part of the rebuilding plan all along. Now they need to bring up Jose De Leon and give him some MLB experience before they throw him in the fire in 2017.

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  5. Lineup – Doc still going with Reddick in cleanup – 34 plate appearances .125/.176/.125 (BA/OBP/SLG)

    Whatta bum!

    Utley 2b
    Seager ss
    Turner 3b
    Reddick rf
    Gonzalez 1b
    Grandal c
    Pederson cf
    Kendrick lf
    Stripling p

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  6. I’m a Criminal

    by Josh Reddick – stolen from Paul Reddick and the Sidemen

    I`m a criminal
    Want to swipe and steal
    I`m a criminal
    But never on base that’s the deal
    I`m a master of nothin’ and a jack of shit
    FAZ made a bad deal

    Oh I`m a criminal
    I’m like a rented motel room
    I`m a criminal
    Cheaper by the week
    I can’t hit a lick
    I did in Oaktown but not in LA

    Missing all my hits from yesterday
    Still Doc hits me cleanup
    Dreamin’ about the lineup
    After the game I’ll get away

    Oh I`m a criminal
    I’m like a rented motel room
    I`m a criminal
    Cheaper by the week
    I can’t hit a lick
    I did in Oaktown but not in LA

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  7. I agree, the Dodgers are going to have to out hit their opponents to advance. Not likely when you face better pitching in the play offs, and our guys are, well… our guys.

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  8. Random McCarthy shows his stuff, no control, back to AAA with avillian to work on stuff, or the DL. I sure am glad we are deep this season, that AAA rotation will be fantastic in couple of years. I hear Anderson, Norris, libertore and Mr Blister are staged for joining the big show, wow talk about using duct tape to fix a leaking pipe. and of concern is Turner being scratched today, yikes, we can out hit teams and JT is a big part of that.

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  9. Has anyone ever heard a reason why De Leon hasn’t pitched at one time or another for the big club?
    The way the season has gone, I thought he’d be called on. He was out for a while, I know, but I’m curious as to why he hasn’t gotten a look.

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  10. Once again the Dodgers find themselves in a hole because a pitcher coming back from injury gets battered by the opposition. How long can this contjnue?

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  11. Isn’t it great that we’re finally getting the team back healthy again, like Brett Anderson, whom I’ve really missed NOT?

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  12. Dig this, I go visit my mom and she has the gnats game on, 7-3, I watch it with her and glory be a 3 run HR puts the Os up 8-7 for the win! Maybe I should watch gnats ball more often with her, of course she may not invite after this?

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  13. As much as I like being at a Dodger game I am glad I was not there yesterday or today. Just another day off the schedule. Could it be this race will come down to the nine games left between the Gints and Dodgers? Could be exciting if not exasperating.

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    • The Dodgers have GOT to schedule starting pitchers who they know will go into the 6th or 7th, whoever the healthy arms are. If not, by late September, the bullpen will be in slings.

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  14. So the Dodgers should start pitchers who can pitch into the 6th and 7th innings. Who or where are these pitchers? And just as importantly, can these pitchers also limit the opposition to under 3 runs?

    It seems young pitchers now are developed with limited pitch counts (which leads to less innings) in order to protect their arm. Then there is the case of so many pitchers coming back from TJ surgery. This situation is not unique to the Dodgers. So how can we expect pitchers to go deeper when most of them don’t seem capable of doing so?

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    • Maybe I should have said “capable” of pitching deep. They’ve been starting guys like Urias, Stripling, McCarthy, Anderson, et al, who they KNOW will be lucky to go five because they have already said they’re going to limit their innings. Seems their entire staff is on a limited-innings count.

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  15. Too bad the FO put together such a crappy pitching staff. As bad as the Giants are playing we should be 4-5 games up on them by now. I still think this team will be lucky if it even gets a wild card, but it won’t matter because it just doesn’t have the horses to compete.

    I have to wonder though, how can a FO that’s supposed to be as smart as people claim go into the season knowing Ryu and McCarthy probably won’t be a factor, and surely wouldn’t get many innings in if they do pitch. Lose Greinke. Have Anderson go down in ST. Know going in if Urias even pitches in 2016 for the big club that his innings will be limited. Then go out and sign Kazmir and Maeda, two arms that I’m surprised haven’t broken [yet] and call it a day. Then, knowing everyone’s breaking down as the season progresses, go out and get Bud Norris (crap) and a guy at the deadline that can’t even pitch to “bolster” the staff. How this team is above .500 is either a testament to Roberts getting everything he can and more out of the line-up, or the line-up is way better than it looks on paper.

    No manager though should be saddled with the crap he has to trot out there just about everyday.

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