My god Brandon McCarthy is bad. The Dodger’s “experiment” of using the tall veteran right hander as a reliever failed miserably in Friday evening’s 9-3 loss to the Giants in the opening game of the final three game series. McCarthy allowed 6 runs and was unable to retire a single batter and provided more proof why he should not be anywhere near the Dodger’s postseason roster. Honestly the guy should do himself and everyone else a huge favor and just call it a career. Seriously Brandon, hang up your spikes because the guy has nothing left. The guy is toast.
This afternoon the Dodgers will play the second game of the series as Clayton Kershaw will counter rookie left hander Ty Blach. The Giants still hold a one game advantage over the Cardinals for the second National League wild card. The Mets clinched at least a tie for the other wild card spot last night.
Dodgers Lineup @ San Francisco
Today's Dodger lineup:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2016
Clayton Kershaw 12-3 vs. Ty Blach-0-0
Game Time – 1:10 PM – TV-SNLA- KTLA 5
So who is this Ty Blach? He’s a 25-year old left hander from Denver, Colorado. He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2012 amateur draft. This is just his second MLB start and fourth major league appearance. He’s tossed 9 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 4. In his first appearance in the majors he tossed 3 shutout innings against the Rockies back on September 5 in front of his home town crowd. On September 21 Blach pitched 3 shutout innings against the Dodgers in relief.
According to the scouting report Blach has three pitched with a fastball in the low 90’s. Apparently he demonstrates good control but lacks a viable out pitch to put hitters away. Blach had a career 6.2 strikeout per nine rate in the minor leagues and is also a great fielding pitcher.
Clayton Kershaw will be making his final tune up before the postseason. This is his 21 start of the season and he is 12-3 with a 1.65 ERA in 142 innings pitched. He’s struck out 168 and walked just 10 which has given him a 17-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Kershaw has faced the Giants four times this season and is 2-0 with two no-decisions.
In his last start he tossed seven shutout frames against Colorado and has a grand total of one walk in the month of September. Kershaw is 18-7 with a 1.58 ERA in 34 career starts against the Giants. Those include 5 shutouts and 274 strikeouts. Kershaw is 10-3 with a 1.30 ERA in his career pitching at At&t Park. Four of those five shutouts were pitched in San Francisco.
Kershaw vs. Giants
The Dodgers return to a more normal lineup today as Howie Kendrick bats lead-off and Chase Utley will man the keystone. Yasiel Puig is back in right field and the rest of the regulars have returned to the lineup. Remember these last two games are simulcast on KTLA 5 as Vin Scully broadcasts the final games of his legendary career.
The Dodgers need to get with the program and give the Giants some payback. It would seem they have the advantage today with a better pitching match-up. No more experiments please. I better not see Brett Anderson enter in the sixth inning this afternoon. Seriously or I will gouge my eyes out.