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Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: An Inauspicious Restart

The Dodgers had more than their share of opportunities to survive another bad Dan Haren start tonight. They, frustratingly, could not do it. As a result, they fell to the Cardinals by a score of 3-2.

First, the Haren start. He continued to look like the broken version of Dan Haren which we have become accustomed to. He gave up another home run, an absolute bomb by Matt Holliday with Kolten Wong on first base in the fifth inning. It was his 20th home run allowed of the season, six more than any Dodger batter has hit this year. He also allowed a few more extra-base hits and some very long fly outs. He only induced five swinging strikes in 99 pitches.

Even worse, Haren isn’t going  deep into games anymore. He lasted just 4-2/3 inning. He just didn’t have much command of his pitches. He was missing location a lot, mostly over the plate. He actually struck out four batters, since three of the swinging strikes he induced were on strike three, but overall it was yet another forgettable night.

Haren gave up three runs, and it was almost worse. After the home run by Holliday, two more batters reached base before Haren was pulled. The runs didn’t score, but the Dodgers cost themselves an out. In the previous inning, the Dodgers intentionally walked Tony Cruz in order to load the bases with two outs. Lance Lynn made the final out of the inning because he can’t hit, but Cruz was extremely unlikely to do any damage beyond just reaching base. His career batting line is .237/.281/.327.  He was 23.7% likely to do extra damage, then Lynn would have been 88% likely to start the next inning with an out. The decision mostly worked out beyond the extra batters faced in the next inning, but I’m bringing it up because something like this usually gets ignored.

For the Cardinals, Lance Lynn looked significantly better than when he faced the Dodgers earlier this month. He lasted six (plus) innings. He struck out nine batter as the Dodger batters swung through his fastball constantly. He also walked four batters, and that combined with the Dodgers’  four hits against him led to many frustrating moments.

The Dodgers started were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the first six innings. Lance Lynn started the seventh inning allowing back-to-back doubles by Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis, which resulted in his removal. The Dodgers didn’t get a hit against Seth Maness with Ellis in scoring position, but a groundout and a wild pitch were enough to get him home and cut the deficit to one run.

However, in spite of some golden opportunities against Pat Neshek in the eighth, the Dodgers could not score again. In failing to come through in the clutch, they wasted good pitching performances by Chris Perez (?!), Paco Rodriguez (who allowed three fly balls to the outfield, probably not a recipe for sustainable success this year), and Brandon League, who combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless in 3-1/3 innings of work. The Dodgers finished the game 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and the frustrating wasted chances resulted in the poor start to the second “half.”

The Dodgers will attempt to bounce back tomorrow afternoon. Zack Greinke will face Joe Kelly (ugh) at 1:05PM Pacific Time.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


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KMT59
KMT59

Night All...1300 AHT game today

BIah
BIah

I'm trying to find old comments and am unable to load comments on articles from more than a couple weeks ago.  Do the comments disappear after a while?

EephusBlue
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So Urias is pretty neat

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KMT received the Charity Award for ticket giveaways

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AkaTheConman received a lifetime achievement award for excellence in GIF's

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Poster of the year was Drank

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For those that were asking, here were the MSTY's

2014 MSTY Post of the Year: "Batin' Roommate" - Blah

2014 Newcomer of the Year: Potato (barely edging out Casey. We still love you Casey. A lot)

2014 MS Paint / Photoshop of the Year : TIE --- Fap Fishing - Conman; Game Threat Chart - Conman

2014 GIF / Video of the Year: "Blah Returns to Dodgers Digest" - Blah

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Cano with the Kemp slide-and-pop-off-2B. 


I think we're gonna see a lot more tags being held on runners now that we've got replay. Crazy.

Guitar
Guitar

^  how many more times are we going to watch Haren make that face this year?

Jesus....

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Didn't the Angels have the worst-ranked farm coming into this yeah (think it was by B.P.)? Because damn, Lindsey and Alvarez...wow.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Cano just stepped on Trout's hand

BIah
BIah

@a casey bahahah the "Batin' Roommate" comment won?  When I saw Drank tag me on twitter as a winner I thought for sure it would be the juicer comment

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@P_F_P Street owed 3MM plus a team option. Papelbon owed 18MM plus a vesting option.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@P_F_P I really am completely lost. But I would assume that would be because Houston Street is a better reliever on a cheaper contract

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So....Uncultured Bastard is Tommy D's dad?? I think I read about this on the wiki but he was called NeNe or something??

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@P_F_P Street is 30, Papelbon is 33

Tommy D
Tommy D

@a casey Don't worry, the newb is a Dodger fan too by birth right.  He even already has his own jersey.  Now we just need to sign him up for a LiveFyre account.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@P_F_P @TellMyWifeISaidHello I find it hard to believe just cause one team over paid that means the market price should drastically go up. Like for example with Price. I don't think the amount the Dodgers are or should be willing to trade for him increased just cause the A's got desperate and overpaid for Jeff S

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I should have said, the "alleged" Poster of the Year was Drank