Percentage baseball again! Wonderful! Everyone enjoy!
The Dodgers badly needed a win after they were almost no-hit by Matt Moore and the Giants and then blew a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth to the Cubs, eventually losing in extras by a 6-4 score. The lead was down to one game in the NL West and the natives were getting restless. So the Dodgers gave the ball to Julio Urias on Saturday afternoon and all the 20-year old kid did was shutdown the best team in baseball for six frames. The Dodgers got 6 shutout innings from Urias, another home run from Corey Seager and they added two more runs in the third inning. Watching Urias’s development is quite satisfying as the youngster continues to get better.
Urias even helped out his own cause by singling in that third inning rally. It was all just enough for the Dodgers to sneak off with a 3-2 win. That coupled with what I am sure is an embarrassing loss for the Giants last night to the Braves means that the Dodger’s lead in the NL West is back to 2 games. The Dodgers will finish off the home stand and the series with the Cubs before they travel to Colorado to play a series at the much maligned Coors Field.
I am not sure who in their right mind thought this would be a great match-up for the Dodgers. Single-A ball right hander Brock Stewart will face left hander Jon Lester in today’s series finale. I have no idea why the Dodgers or anyone else thought that Stewart is a better option than Jose De Leon or anyone else. He’s been lit up like a Christmas tree in his previous disasters and he is bound to get clobbered again. On what planet could Stewart match-up against Lester?
Dodgers Lineup vs. Chicago
Jon Lester-14-4 vs. Brock Stewart-0-2
Game Time – 1:05 PM – TV- SNLA
This is Stewart’s third start and he has allowed 15 earned runs on 20 hits over 12 innings of work. That comes out to a wonderful 11.25 ERA. He’s given up 5 home runs and struck out 10 while allowing 15.0 hits per nine innings. Awesome. Keep playing those percentages Dodgers. It’s bound to work one day.
Lester is as expected one of the best pitchers in the sport. He is 14-4 with a 2.81 ERA in 25 starts. He has whiffed 154 and walked 43 across 154 innings. Perhaps the only weaknesses for Lester are his inability to hold runners on base, (which is well noted) and too many home runs.
He has allowed 19 dingers on the season. He faced the Dodgers once this season back on June 1st and unsurprisingly defeated them by allowing just one earned run on 4 hits in a complete game win. He struck out 10 in that game and the Dodgers could not hit him if their lives depended on it. Lester is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 4 career starts against the Dodgers. Maybe I’ll eat some crow after the game? I would gladly do so for a Dodger win.
Lester vs. Dodgers
So who are the hitters the Dodgers are putting out to face Lester? Of course it’s the all-righty lineup again. Inferior hitters are being played over superior hitters. Backups are played over regulars. That means Kike Hernandez in center field again with Joc Pederson on the bench, and Charlie Culberson at second base and Chase Utley not playing. Despite both men being unable to hit water if they fell out of a boat, the Dodgers feel by continuously playing them against tough left handers they’ll magically turn into Rod Carew. Keep playing those percentages Dodgers. One day it’s bound to work out.
Enjoy the massacre everyone!