wilson_2013-09-07

Phillies 7, Dodgers 3: Wilson brought his gas can

wilson_2013-09-07“What’s wrong with Brian Wilson?”

This was written by Ken Gurnick about Wilson after he blew the San Diego game on opening night. I criticized him for it, saying it was one game and he looked fine in Australia. Of course, he subsequently went on the disabled list, so something was kinda wrong with him.

Now, Wilson has become unreliable after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Phillies on Thursday night. So, what the hell is wrong with Brian Wilson? I don’t know. I don’t particularly care. He didn’t have a long enough spring training, his surgically repaired elbow is acting up, he’s actually still a Giant at heart — whatever the case, he can’t be throwing in high-leverage situations right now. But, Don Mattingly put himself in this situation by throwing Kenley Jansen four times in the last five nights, including last night when the Dodgers had a comfortable 3-run lead. But hey, SAVEZ.

Jamey Wright came in and allowed two inherited runners to score off a Marlon Byrd double. All in all, Wilson was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning. He has a robust 15.75 ERA. I know, reliever ERA doesn’t mean much, but it does when it’s nearly 16.

This game isn’t entirely to blame on Wilson’s ineffectiveness. The offense was only able to muster three runs against the Phillies. Kyle Kendrick had a 6.84 ERA in his career in 50 innings against the Dodgers. They tagged him for two — a Juan Uribe 2-run home run. Love that guy.

The Dodgers got another solid performance out of Dan Haren (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), but he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. After singles by Ben Revere and Carlos Ruiz (who else? Seriously, how does this guy hit like Babe Ruth against the Dodgers? It’s infuriating.), Adrian Gonzalez booted a grounder by Chase Utley. And, promptly, Byrd hit a 2-run double to right field. Yasiel Puig almost came up with a spectacular catch. He had no business even being near that ball, yet he almost made the play.

Gonzalez would atone for his error by hitting a then-game-tying home run off Phillies’ reliever Mike Adams. It was a no-doubter. He’s been so good this season. He’s making up for guys like Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and, to a lesser extent, Hanley Ramirez and Puig, who are all struggling on offense a bit.

The Dodgers (13-10) welcome the Rockies (12-9) to Chavez Ravine for the first time this season. Jordan Lyles faces off against Josh Beckett. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


323 comments
thedodgerman
thedodgerman

It's almost like throwing the knuckleball might have been a BAD F***ING IDEA!!!! I mean, it's not like a knuckleball makes you alter your mechanics or anything...

Shroom
Shroom

I don't feel terribly good about the Dodgers at the moment, but they're still atop the NL West. Which hopefully means when they start playing up to their potential we'll create some distance. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

So with a right-handed pitcher going today, who sits? I'm guessing Puig

efb
efb

So when do we play the DBags again? 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Things I'm not doing on my vacation: arguing about Don Mattingly.

MFYG
MFYG

I SEE KENLEY BLEW ANOTHER ONE

JackedNate
JackedNate

B Willie has lost that nickname for the foreseeable future. It's a clearly woven fact that Dumb Brian is his universally accepted nickname until proven otherwise. 

 tomato
tomato

Mattingly sunk us again last night

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Catfishin  Yes. I agree with this. It would be nice if LA was better than 6-9 against non-Arizona teams but that should change in due time

efb
efb

@Catfishin  ill start worrying when i feel the same way mid-June


Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@P_F_P  no, pfp. we're not blaming Don for the offense struggling, the defense sucking, and the bullpen imploding. We have questions about his use of Jansen and his choice to let Chris Perez hit for himself before taking him out of the game. But the players lost the game.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Some of my words there.

JackedNate
JackedNate

@DBrim  You planning on eating anywhere special? Breweries? Babe watching?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sorry Drank.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@a tomato  He gave up four runs in the ninth inning?

efb
efb

@Purple Drank  @P_F_P  Yeah Don just sits in the Dugout doing nothing.. how could he be blamed for anything that happens in the game?  

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim @a tomato  the consequences of using Jansen the night before with a 3-run lead came back to bite LA yesterday. Because had Jansen not pitched on Weds, he would have been there in the 9th inning last night.

Doesn't at all guarantee a change from L to W but it does not help. Maybe Jansen implodes, anyway. Maybe Jansen pitches a scoreless inning and the Dodger offense goes 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th before Wilson collapses in the 10th. But still, as efb notes, it didn't help

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@P_F_P  @Purple Drank  I'm not as outraged by Perez as other people are. But whenever you lose a close game late without using all of your resources, that never looks good.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

because they got preggos in the cold winter months

JackedNate
JackedNate

@DBrim @efb  That should be some nice backdrop. I know of 5 other friends attending weddings this weekend. Fuckin aye. Why peeps be getting hitched all spring? 

Capn

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@efb @DBrim  That's where my friend is getting married. I'm staying in one of the on-site trailers.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@efb @DBrim  Right now I'm watching my robotics team. In a couple of hours I'm driving out to Joshua Tree.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@efb @DBrim @a tomato  Sure, but Wilson is also paid $10MM/year for his ability to not... do what he did last night.

efb
efb

@DBrim @a tomato  "Don Mattingly put himself in this situation by throwing Kenley Jansen four times in the last five nights, including last night when the Dodgers had a comfortable 3-run lead. But hey, SAVEZ."