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Mets @ Dodgers Aug. 21, 2014: Jon Niese Arrives In Los Angeles

We got an email to the mailbag a few days ago about whether the four of us ever disagree on anything, and Chad’s response was appropriate, saying that on minor stuff, sure, but for the most part we’re aligned on our baseball outlook, because this site would be very odd if we didn’t.

Mets
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles, Ca.
RF
Granderson
2B
Gordon
2B
Murphy
CF
Puig
3B
Wright
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Duda
RF
Kemp
C
d’Arnaud
LF
Van Slyke
LF
den Dekker
3B
Turner
CF
Lagares
C
Ellis
SS
Flores
SS
Arruebarrena
P
Niese (R)
P
Haren (R)

Here’s one, though, and it involves tonight’s starter for the Mets, Jon Niese. Dustin really wants him, reasonably saying that he would be an improvement on what’s here and that his contract isn’t that big a deal. Valid points, but I have to say I’m happy he’s on the other side. While it’s true that Niese made it through waivers, I see that as more of a warning sign than a bonus, because why would every team pass him up?

For my part, it’s because I think his shoulder isn’t healthy. Niese missed two months last year due to a “partial tear” of his rotator cuff, and two weeks last month with inflammation. His velocity has been down considerably this year — after years at 91-92, he’s down to 88-89 this year — and he’s been trying to mix in more pitches to make up for it. Though his ERA is down, so are his strikeouts. Better than Kevin Correia or Roberto Hernandez? Yeah, probably. But for how long? The whole thing just terrifies me.

All of which, of course, means that he’ll throw seven two-hit innings tonight, outpitch Dan Haren badly, and be in Los Angeles next week with Joc Pederson and Scott Schebler in New York. Obviously.

* * *

As for the lineup, nothing all that noteworthy. Scott Van Slyke starts against the lefty — in some corners of the internet, I’ve seen calls for Carl Crawford to play against lefties because he’s been “hot” lately, which is just insane to me, and Erisbel Arruebarrena gets back in at shortstop. A.J. Ellis starts behind the dish; I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to tell people “forget batting average, look at on-base percentage” and “no, he hasn’t been good, but neither are Drew Butera or Tim Federowicz, so what are we expecting the Dodgers to do?” lately.

Not helping: San Francisco is up 6-2 on Washington right now in the eighth. I suppose we had to expect the Nationals’ 10-game winning streak to end at some point. Sigh.

Sat 9/13Sun 9/14Mon 9/15Tues 9/16Wed 9/17Thurs 9/18Fri 9/19
RP. Baez1526
RK. Correia57
LD. Coulombe1216
LS. Elbert1141314
RC. Frias38 (s)
RY. Garcia101211
LJ.P. Howell15
RK. Jansen1311
RB. League72310
RC. Perez91425
LP. Rodriguez415
RB. Wilson1314
RJ. Wright161012

About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


1092 comments
scottyc35
scottyc35

arreuebarrena is a good luck charm.... he gets involved. unlike Rojas, he WANTS to help offensively, and will clearly do whatever it takes to do so

KMT59
KMT59

UPDATED



MAGIC NUMBER 30!!!!

P_F_P
P_F_P

Kenley not needing to pitch was nice.

efb
efb

BIG NASTY TURNER!

 tomato
tomato

look at that bum over there he's down on his knees

Dodger in Florida
Dodger in Florida

And this game is over. Nice game to watch. Enjoy your Saturday. Gooooodnight everybody.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

BIG  NASTY REDHEAD!!!!!!

KMT59
KMT59

Haren: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB,  6 K's, 81 Pitches 55 Strikes...GOOD GAME DAN!!!!


3rd Inning: AJ BB, EA! Single. Haren DP 1-5-4, Dee! Single & RBI,  1-1 TIED!!!!!


5th Inning: JT!! Double, AJ PO, Dan failed squeeze...EA to 3rd, Haren! Single & RBI, 2-1 BLUE!!!!


7th Inning: Dee!!! Triple, Puig BB, Gonzo E6 & RBI, Matty!! Double & 2 RBI's, 5-1 BLUE!!!!


8th Inning: Turner BB, AJ!! Double & RBI, 

KMT59
KMT59

Dodgers 66 - 5 when leading after 7

5 - 5  last 10 games .500, 18 - 14 Post ASB Record .567

15 games above .500


2 games over .500 at home

Magic Number 30

Win Tomorrow...Win the Series!!!! 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

*actually remembers to update score in recap*

P_F_P
P_F_P

get dat double penetration

 tomato
tomato

we'll take that, a run for an out

KMT59
KMT59

DP Time again to end it

P_F_P
P_F_P

Kenley warming

Hoze
Hoze

@scottyc35 *unlike Rojas, he's projected to help offensively


cant criticize Rojas about his effort...

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 Nats finally lost one, but ugh who they lost to

Guitar
Guitar

@ tomato  he is the 1-563 record after losing in 7 innings... or the situation with bases loaded

Hoze
Hoze

@P_F_P its statistically proven that pretty much anybody will preserve any 3 run lead or greater 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@PJ14 @LA_Woman Nah, I've posted these before. I've got a collection that I've been rotating.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@Hoze @P_F_P Lol. As a veteran of the Danys Baez and Lance Carter era, nope.

scottyc35
scottyc35

@Hoze @scottyc35 all the madness that involved AE on the basepaths tonight, Rojas wouldn't have even been on base to begin with

scottyc35
scottyc35

@LA_Woman @scottyc35 rojas was AAA depth at most before the season. aaand, he can go right back to AAA and work on his plate discipline, his awful swing, his mechanics, his strike zone....


PJ14
PJ14

@LA_Woman @PJ14  I should pay more attention. Used to seeing the Puig version