The La Russa Heartbreakometer
Rubby De La Rosa
|Carl Crawford - LF||A.J. Pollock - CF|
|Chase Utley - 2B||Ender Inciarte - RF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Justin Turner - 3B||David Peralta - LF|
|Andre Ethier - RF||Welington Castillo - C|
|Corey Seager - SS||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Yasmani Grandal - C||Chris Owings - 2B|
|Joc Pederson - CF||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Mike Bolsinger - RHP||Rubby De La Rosa - RHP|
Look like a little bit more of an A-roster for the Dodgers today than yesterday, perhaps having been stung by the way that Friday's line-up was ruthlessly dismantled (in particular, over the front 8.2 innings of the game). It was, however, more a triumph for our offense than anything else: only once in the past 13 years have we scored more against Los Angeles than last night's dozen. That, of course, was the 18-7 thrashing inflicted on Clayton Kershaw last May, which romped to a victory in our end of season awards for Game of the Year, polling 83% of votes. Wonder if last night might merit a repeat, when we hand out this season's trophies?
De La Rosa, it has to be said, has been a bit more consistent of late, with six of his last seven outings resulting in a Game Score of between 46 and 60. His ERA has been moving around in the 4.30-4.60 range for longer than that, since July 25, but considering he went into the All-Star break on the wrong side of five, I'll take it. His outings have been kinda short: he's on a streak of six consecutive without reaching 100 pitches, though each of those has been in the nineties. Something to keep an eye on tonight: Rubby is 6-0 when he doesn't give up a long-ball at all, 5-2 when he allows just the one home-run, and 1-5 when it's more than a single bomb.
Looks like a full-strength roster from the Diamondbacks; the September call-ups have not been getting many starts so far! Brandon Drury has a trio under his belt, and Socrates Brito got one, but there has been no sign of anything for Jamie Romak or Peter O'Brien. If they're waiting for a left-handed starter, it's gonna be a while, as we look to be facing entirely right-handers, through at least the end of the Padres series next week.