Dodgers 10, Rockies 8: Coors Field Is Still Awful

puig_2013-09-02_hurtNine different times this year, Clayton Kershaw had gone out and allowed two earned runs or fewer — an effective outing no matter how you define it — and not come away with a win, because wins for pitchers are meaningless and infinitely stupid. That’s beyond beating a dead horse at this point, of course, yet it’s still important to note.

Today, Kershaw had his worst start of the season, allowing five earned runs. He came away with the victory, since the Dodger offense managed to put up eight runs against Chad Bettis and Jeff Manship. You can probably make the argument that he “deserved it” after the amount of times his teammates have let him down; me, I prefer to just take advantage of yet another opportunity to point how unbelievably useless wins are for pitchers.

But of course, we’re not going to be talking about a rare Kershaw outing tomorrow, because it’s still 2013 and that means it’s ALL YASIEL PUIG ALL THE TIME. Puig left in the sixth inning with what appeared to be a knee injury, though I’ll of course point out that Coors Field is a haunted house directly from the seventh layer of Hades and ought to be locked up for everyone’s safety.

Puig beat out an infield single — sort of, because the ball clearly beat him, but first baseman Jordan Pacheco was ruled off the bag, which was questionable — then appeared to awkwardly stretch back on a pickoff attempt. Adrian Gonzalez singled to right, and though Puig easily made it to third, he stayed down for nearly a minute, as you can see above. Puig stayed in to score on Hanley Ramirez‘ sacrifice fly, but did not come out to right field in the bottom of the inning. The Dodgers later announced it to be a “mild right knee strain”.

So while we wait for further word on Puig, which sounds like a broken record at this point, we should take the time to celebrate Andre Ethier, who homered after the Ramirez sacrifice and doubled twice, becoming the first Dodger in history with seven consecutive seasons of 30 doubles. Since bottoming out at .229/.316/.348 on June 8, Ethier has hit .312/.394/.466, numbers which are sure to improve once today is included.

As I mentioned, Kershaw got the win, but even still the bullpen did their best to give it back. Ronald Belisario allowed four hits and two runs in his one inning of work, then Kenley Jansen (who looked to be having an issue with his cutter as he worked for the third day in a row) gave up a solo homer to Wilin Rosario, then put the tying run on base for Charlie Blackmon. I point that out because for whatever reason the Rockies chose to have Troy Tulowitzki waiting as the pinch-hitter on deck, rather than actually bring him into the game. Blackmon failed to reach, and game was over.

Michael Young made his debut as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, striking out on three pitches but being a great clubhouse guy while doing it. Down in the minors, Matt Kemp extended his hitless rehab streak to 0-18, which is just unfathomable.

Arizona lost to Toronto earlier, so the Dodger lead is 12.5 games, and the division race is so over that it’s barely even worth talking about the margin any longer. Still fun though, isn’t it?

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

I might be going to Louisville (and maybe even Cincinatti) for work next week. Too bad it isn't THIS week.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Holy jeebus, the mosquitoes in Houston are at an epic level today.  Like 80 inches from my front door, trying to get in.  It's like the Walking Dead around here, flying zombies everywhere.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Hey Scruz have you seen the space knot image yet?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

FROM and ESPN chat:

Otto (CA)--

I'm sick of hearing about Puig, Gonzalez and Kershaw. I think Punto's intangibles aren't getting enough credit.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

When CC has been healthy, he's performed about as close to his career norms (minus the SBs) as one could expect he would at Dodger Stadium

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Watercolor or acrylic?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Dodgers fans had their humor cap on for this chat:

Tarek (NYC)--

This is the year of Donnie Baseball, wins a WS and beats up Alan Trammell

Mike (San Diego)--

The Dodgers are DEFINITELY classier than the Braves now that they have Michael Young.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

He has definitely been steady and reliable in the leadoff role. I think he "low" OBP makes it seem like he is never coming through.

P_F_P
P_F_P

That escalated quickly...

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I still might want this season over that one though

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

though looking at the splits, he has a good OBP batting first.  He also is surprising productive with RISP and the bases loaded.

slaps825
slaps825

@Dang88 @Purps McGurps Because he is making north of $20M.   He has been great, but it is only human instinct to expect more for that price.   That said, when his health is good, he has been excellent.

Hoze
Hoze

@Dang88 @Purps McGurps He seems pretty reserved which may cause people to overlook his presence. He also hasnt had a HR since May. Maybe the lack of pop along with lack of SB imakes it look like he's underperforming

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@steelmohawk Ah copying the actual text of the link, now I see what you were going for

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Capnsparrow @EephusBlue For a painting today. Been itching to do more art. Now that I have more time on my hands. Debating between a watercolor idea but its AJ and a pitcher or acrylic of Fernando or Hershiser

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim yeah but given Don's relatively conservative managing style and CC's hamstring injury, I'll give him a pass on that.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He also normally steals bases, though.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@slaps825 @Dang88 @Purps McGurps CC is a career .770 OPS guy, in Tampa and Boston.

He's OPSing .757 this year, at Dodger Stadium. He's hit 26 doubles, and 2 triples. He's never been a huge power guy though he'd probably hit around 12-15 if he didn't injure his hamstring. No, he's not worth his contract, but the fact that we're getting close to his career norms is a pretty damn good thing that management would have taken in a heartbeat.

TheConman
TheConman

@steelmohawk copy and pasting links currently isnt working on livefyre. It you want a link to work, click on the pencil at the lower left hand corner of the comment box and click on the link symbol

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

yeah I don't really know what was going wrong by I blame IE and bing.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@EephusBlue @Capnsparrow as a pirate I'm really not qualified to give this kind of advice. As a guy that likes you welp I'm still not qualified so there's that. Do what you feel the best at!