Dodgers 1, Pirates 0: Well, At Least This Team Can Pitch

kershaw_looksin_april2013Apparently, all you really need in this life is Clayton Kershaw, who added seven more scoreless innings to his ledger tonight against the Pirates. Kershaw’s now pitched 16 shutout innings this season, striking out 16 against just one walk — and even that one walk, which came tonight against old friend Russell Martin, was immediately rectified by a successful pickoff. Going back to last season, Kershaw’s allowed a lone earned run in his last 35 innings.

It’s really beyond my capacity in writing this blog to explain quite the level of greatness we’re witnessing here. Kershaw is operating on a plane that we haven’t seen in decades, if ever, and it happens so regularly that we basically take it for granted. “Oh, Kershaw’s pitching tonight? He’ll be great.” Well, yes. He will. But that’s not to be taken lightly. We’re lucky enough to be witnesses to the early years of what looks — fingers crossed — to be a career on a historic path.

Of course, all of the quality pitching is merely serving to obscure some atrocious offense, particularly on the left side of the infield. I think we all knew to lower our expectations when Hanley Ramirez got hurt, but I’m not sure if any of us expected this. So far this year, Dodger left-side infielders (mainly Luis Cruz Justin Sellers, with cameos by Nick Punto & Juan Uribe) have a lone hit (by Punto) and two walks in 38 plate appearances. You think that’s bad? It gets worse: one of the two walks was intentional.

Here’s a perfect microcosm of the problem. In the eighth inning, with Kershaw out and the margin as slim as it could be, Adrian Gonzalez led off with a double. After an Andre Ethier flyout, A.J. Ellis walked, because of course he did. Cruz struck out and looked bad doing it, Sellers did the same, and the runners were stranded.

Other than the intentional walk to Cruz a few days ago, neither of the primary left side starters has reached base even once yet this season. There’s no amount of good defense that’s going to overcome that. That’s not to absolve Matt Kemp, who struck out three times in four hitless at-bats, of course. But at least Kemp has a long history of quality play to fall back on. Cruz & Sellers do not.

Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound for his second start as the Dodgers go for the sweep tomorrow against Jeff Locke, in a 1:10pm start.

298 comments
Morry
Morry

Uribe will break the hitless streak. Believe it!

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Headed out to softball... please watch Twitter for game thread announcement going up in a little while, i won't be here to post it as new here.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Here's a helpful hint:

When poaching eggs, add a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to the boiling water. It helps hold the egg together.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

Dickey getting pounded by the Red Sox. 5 runs in the first inning and no outs yet.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Softball season starts today, so I think i'll miss the start of the Dodger game. Also, I will die because i'm old and it's cold.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Ok thanks for the coffee and cigarettes Hoagie! You guys ready for a funny photo graph?

The Monocle
The Monocle

My home jersey now has a two win streak going (both by Kersh). I got a pretty big chilli stain on it yesterday from a Doyer Dog and I can't wash/clean it.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I'll just be over here in the corner waiting for my coffee.

Morry
Morry

Where have you gone Elian Herrera?

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Cmon Guggenheim. 8yrs / $240MM. JUST GET ITDONE... (I HATE LIVEFYRE!!!!)

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Clayton Kershaw has one career hold.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Nerd question: do fangraphs or bb-ref include control of baserunners into WAR?  I don't think fangraphs does, but maybe bb-ref factors it in somewhere?

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I look at the Matt Kemp thing as this:

"I'm Matt Kemp, I should have been the MVP in 2011. I'm the best player, not just on my team, but in the universe. I got badly banged up last season, when my team needed me to get us into the playoffs. I had to spend all of the offseason rehabbing injuries, and had a little bit of a lousy Spring Training. The season just started and I had to watch Pablo Sandoval get multiple hits, plus a home run, while looking like he ate Uribe's Porsche. Meanwhile, I'm in the best shape of my life, and all I can get is a double!?!?!? Seriously, have you seen my boy Pablo? He's gotten bigger, hommie needs to cut down on the 4x4 Animal Styles."

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

So, umm. Jeff Locke (a lefty), tomorrow's pitcher for the Pirates, has a .298 BAA vs lefties. I say we put ALL the lefties in the lineup tomorrow. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

My tv is taking a shit. My awesome day has ended up not so awesome, bummer

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

ha, fun lineup today. No Mellis, no Ethier, no Cruz.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Mike Petriello You won't die! Put on your big boy long underwear And get home in time to watch the part where we score 5 runs

KMT59
KMT59

@The Monocle dry clean. Had to dry clean my Ethier jersey and it had autographs, luckily they barely faded

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@The Monocle have some coffee instead.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DeucesWild i have a 42" panasonic sitting in bubblewrap at my apartment. I dont want to sell it because honestly id rather give it away to a cool person that needs a tv

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DeucesWild promise to never smack my baby. hes great. Always beautiful picture

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Ah yes, I was distracted smacking my tv. Hitting stuff usually fixes it

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DeucesWild i have the remote and everything. Its calibrated! Beautiful tv. Im stubborn so of course it just sits here. I wanna give it away like Oprah

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Disgruntled VND, not moderator I'm still rocking a 6" thick plasma I bought about 7 years ago haha. It has a beautiful green stripe through it now and flickers white. It's quite a show, really

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DeucesWild yeah. Id rather give it to a person that can use it well. Its not worth a lot on the market. Maybe 200-300. But its calibrated to low and medium light on "custom" settings. Love this tv. But not gonna sell it to grandma

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DeucesWild im trying to imgur this foto and of course ATT is shitting itself

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G I have a desktop computi and laptop, but going from a 42" to a 20" is depressing. Plus, I can't watch the game or any shows while chatting with you fine folks