I say this because you and I know full well that Dave Roberts is going to play the entire B-squad during the rubber game against the Snakes on getaway day. Will Venable, Scott Van Slyke, A.J. Ellis, and the execrable Kike Hernandez will all probably be in the lineup. That makes no sense after most of the regulars had a great game on Tuesday. Is Roberts going to be the fire stopper and roll out the all righty loser lineup for the hundredth time?
The Dodgers finally broke out of their season long offensive drought on Tuesday night by slugging four home runs in their 7-4 win over the Snakes. Joc Pederson hit two of the four and even slumping third sacker Justin Turner hit one out as the boys in blue scored 7 runs on 7 hits. Even Kenley Jansen got back on the horse by recording his 18th save of the season. Of course we can’t ever have just one happy night. After all this is the 2016 season. Starter Kenta Maeda had to be removed in the sixth inning after Paul Goldschmidt smacked a line drive (reminiscent of Hiroki Kuroda several years ago) off of his right leg. Maeda was helped off the field and was unable to walk under his own power.
Fortunately the x-rays were negative and the Dodgers reported that he has a lower right leg contusion. Hopefully he’ll be ok enough to make his next start because the Dodgers are royally screwed if they lose him for any extended amount of time. The only viable candidates to replace him should he be unable to answer the bell would be rookies Frankie Montas or Jharel Cotton. At least Maeda picked up the win.
Dodgers @ Arizona
Game Time – 12:40 PM – TV- SNLA
Today the Dodgers finish up their series with Arizona and then head back home to begin a seven game home stand against Milwaukee and Washington. The question on everyone’s mind is if Dave Roberts will punt another game by playing the B-squad on getaway day. Will Will Venable bat lead-off? I can tell you one thing, bet money on seeing most of the regulars resting since left hander Patrick Corbin is on the mound. The Dodgers will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the hill to counter.
The 26-year old southpaw has been merely mortal this season. He’s pitched to a 4.81 ERA in 13 starts and posted a 3-5 record. Corbin has whiffed 58 and walked 23 but given up 12 home runs in 78.2 innings pitched. He’s allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings.
On April 12 Corbin allowed one earned run on 6 hits over six innings in a no-decision. Oddly he only struck one in that game and his swing and miss stuff seems to have decreased this season. He struck out 6 in his last start against the Marlins which was a no-decision. Corbin is 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 9 career starts against the Dodgers. The boys in blue are batting .273 (24 for 88) with 11 runs driven in against Corbin.
Corbin vs. Dodgers
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Clayton Kershaw continues his chase for history. He is now 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 122 strikeouts against 6 walks in 100.2 innings pitched. Kershaw has allowed 5.3 hits per nine and has a 22-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Seriously unreal.
Kershaw struck out 13 in last week’s win over the Giants. Oddly this is the first time he has faced the Dbacks this season. Kershaw is 11-8 with a 2.76 ERA in 23 career starts against the Dbacks. However he is 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA at Chase Field.
Kershaw vs. Dbacks
I won’t be able to see the game because I’ll be at work. I hate missing Kershaw starts. Oscar will be here after the game to provide the highlights. Right fielder Yasiel Puig is scheduled to rejoin the club on Monday. Hopefully he’ll return a different hitter. The club is still 6 games back of the Giants and has a ton of work to do to even be considered in the race again.
Oh and I think it’s hilarious that Justin Turner has been trolling Oscar all week.