Pitching by numbers

Thirty-five years ago, from August 23-29, 1978, the Dodgers played six games (53 1/3 innings) using only five pitchers. Tommy John, Burt Hooton, Doug Rau, Don Sutton, Rick Rhoden and John again threw complete games.

When Chris Capuano takes the mound for the Dodgers tonight, he will be the 15th pitcher they have used in their past 52 1/3 innings.

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    In that six-game stretch I mention from 1978, the Dodgers went 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA.

    The loss came when, with Rhoden pitching, Roy Staiger of the Mets reached first on a Bill Russell error. Pinch-runner Leo Foster went to second on a bunt. Joe Torre singled Foster to third, and he scored the unearned run on an infield single by Felix Millan.

    • Anonymous

      Wow — “small ball” CAN win a game! Does Donnie know this?

      • Anonymous

        Mattingly doesn’t need any encouragement to bunt.

    • Anonymous

      Russell was the real weak link of that infield.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    In five of the six games, the Dodgers used nine players. In the other, they used 11.

    Over that six-game stretch, 11 position players were used with the five pitchers – a total of 16 players.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Jon…

    Taking a look at those names up above on your posting…. brings back memories of when I first started going to ball games and falling in love with this great game.

    I’m guessing I’ll ask this question of you, and the answer is right in your book, however…..
    What are some of the funniest Dodger player nicknames in franchise history?…
    I know of “Happy Hooton”…. then, I draw a blank.

    • Anonymous

      Fernando was “Freddy”…
      Somebody called Terry Forster “a big fat tub of gue”
      Hershiser was “The Bulldog”
      Cey was “The Penguin”

      • Anonymous

        Johnnie Baker was called “Dusty.” Hilarious!

        • Anonymous

          I wonder how that came about…

          • Anonymous

            Jerry Reuss was big bird :)

          • Anonymous

            Manny Mota was papa :)

          • Anonymous

            Steve Yeager was Boomer :)

          • Anonymous

            Kenny Landreaux was KT :)

          • Anonymous

            He’d be K-Land in today’s parlance. S-Yeag. S-Garv. M-Mot. D-Bake. So tiresome.

          • Anonymous

            Quite

          • Anonymous

            Talk about brain sludge. I’ll stop.

      • Anonymous

        John Shelby was T-Bone
        Jimmy Wynn was the Toy Cannon
        Tom Niedenfuer was Buff
        Kenny Howell was Bunsy

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Chapter 95 of my book is devoted to the best Dodger names.

  • Anonymous

    The discussion of why the Giants are better than the Dodgers right now points to an obvious answer we’ve all been overlooking. Our statistical measures for clutchiness are as imperfect as the save, the win, or the RBI.

    Clearly we need better stats to measure heart. If the Grinch’s can grow two sizes just from hearing Cindy Loo Hoo, Chad Billingsley needs to undergo Hoo-rich therapy during his Tommy John rehab.

    We need to refine guts too. I suggest Fielding-Independent-Guts, or FIG, to take into account how much one hustles when the second-baseman is late covering first on a bunt.

    Grittiness is a meaningless statistic too. It should only count on balls put in play, or GoBIP.

    It’s also a lot easier to be a tough guy when you’re playing at home, with the crowd behind you as you charge the mound. A better measure would be Park-Adjusted-Toughness, giving higher marks for those who show their manliness by charging the mound at sold-out ballparks on the road, and lower ones for those who start fights when the stands are half-empty, otherwise known as Late-Inning-No-Pressure Situations.

    • Anonymous

      As MASH’s Fr. Mulcahy would say, “Jocularity!”

    • Anonymous

      “Park-Adjusted-Toughness.” Isn’t that how Pat Summerall got his first name?

  • Anonymous

    If we’re talking about new statistics, fair is fair: if a quality start means a pitcher gives up 3 runs or less in 6 innings, wouldn’t “Quality Bats” mean the offense produces 4 or more runs in 6 innings?

    Based on that, how many games have provided Quality Bats — or offensive quality starts — for the Dodgers this year?

    • Anonymous

      Most of the Dodgers’ performances this year have been offensive. To baseball fans, that is.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    MRI shows mild strain of neck muscles…Adrian decided to play through pain…Good or bad idea?

    • Anonymous

      I think he didn’t want to let the team down considering our raft of injuries so far

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        I wasn’t questioning Adrian’s competitive nature…It was more of question of will it prolong the injury or will it be the same amount of time

        • Anonymous

          I suspect (but not being a doctor) it won’t matter

    • Anonymous

      Don’t you have any easier questions? Another question is, of the various we have heard around here in recent days, which narrative does this fall under: 1) Egotistical ballplayer willing to risk longer term injury just so that he can play: 2) Poor work by the trainers in making sure that players have strong neck muscles.

  • Anonymous

    May that long fly be the biggest scare the D-Backs present tonight . . . no bottom of the 9th!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice relatively easy and uneventful inning

  • Anonymous

    Just saw the pan of the sky at the end of the inning. Is there rain in the forecast?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      already been raining off and on all day

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Way to get on Nick…Come on Adrian

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Adrian…Come on Matty

  • Anonymous

    Agon! C’mon, Matt!

  • Anonymous

    Yes! Beat the sinker!

    • Anonymous

      Earlier this year against him we actually got more FB than GB, but he still shut us down for seven innings.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice SAC Fly Matty…Come on Dre

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    well we won that inning…Let’s do it 8 more times Cappy

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s turn two

  • Anonymous

    Need a GPS for the strike zone!

  • Anonymous

    Get the K or triple play!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice PLay Juan!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Uribe!!!! And getting the fundamentals right with the rundown . . . remember years past when the D couldn’t do that?

  • Anonymous

    Shoot!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Carl had no chance for that ball…needed to hold the runner at third

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Was just checking in during commercials from Kings game, that was a terrible decision from Crawford.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a repeat of Saturday and Sunday — less-than-quality starts, necessitating the offense to post at least 4 . . . and we know how often that happens.

    But let tonight be another time!

  • Anonymous

    Vin said Thursday is an “off day” . . . but doesn’t that describe most of 2013 so far?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CARL!!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    way to get on Nick…Come on Adrian

  • Anonymous

    CC gets one back.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good job Adrian…Come on Matty

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    well that got the slow runner off the basepaths

  • Anonymous

    “Demonbacks”?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I heard it too…not the 1st time either but 1st today

      • Anonymous

        I know I’m going to need hearing aids soon, but, wow.

        • Anonymous

          You know, “Demonbacks” could be a plausible name for an Arkansas independent league team, now that I’m thinking about it.

          • Anonymous

            picturing Wonder Wart-Hog as the mascot here.

  • Anonymous

    Lame call.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Clearly on the transfer…bad call ump

    • Anonymous

      Time for a robot ump rant thread?

    • Anonymous

      and now it costs us big

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    BS UMP

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      What happened?

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        Routine fly ball to CC which he caught over his head

        As he was bring the ball down to his waist and transferring the ball he bobbled it then dropped it

        The 3rd base ump called the runner safe for a double

        Messed with Cappy’s head…2 consecutive dingers

        • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

          Ouch. I saw Goldshmidt homered but didn’t see what happened before.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    That call got into Cappy’s head

  • Anonymous

    Capuano looked like he was primed to smash a water cooler or two on his way off the field.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      he did

      • Anonymous

        My precog abilities are in high gear, maybe something to do with my shoulder MRI this afternoon?

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          Then I should be a soothsayer for the amount of times I’ve had MRI’s in the past…No more MRI’s for me now that I have a load of metal in 4 different parts of my body

          • Anonymous

            hoping won’t need anymore.

            -Ha!

            Starting Insanity in a week or so, might end up needing weekly MRIs after that.

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            good luck

          • Anonymous

            thx, and best wishes to you and your family, obviously you care a lot for them and do it well too.

  • Anonymous

    When it rains it pours!!!
    I don’t know what else it say :(

  • Anonymous

    Watching that call on Crawford’s ‘drop on the transfer’… called ‘drop’….

    It seems to me that as an umpire standing at a distance from the play out in LF, you’d really need to SEE something definitive in order to make that call.
    Kinda like how many times credit for the out is given at 2B even when it’s an “in the neighborhood” double play.


    Disappointing to see that call out in LF tonight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Catch DRE!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Jeff embedded the non-catch below

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Thanks. Looks like an obvious call, that’s too bad.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    As much as I would like to stay up and finish watching this game…now that my daughter has gone to bed my son is now watching TV alone in my bedroom…I better go keep him company…Mickey Mouse clubhouse is calling me

    • Anonymous

      1. The Dodgers could use a “mystery mouseketool” …..
      2. My daughter loves the hot dog dance at the end of the show… (1 yr. old)

      Pretty classic stuff.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Evening all… as I’ve watched the last four games two things come to mind:

    1. Where’s Jamey Carroll?

    2. (With apologies to Game of Thrones writers) The season is long and full of terrors.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Last I heard he was with the twins last year but not sure if he’s playing with them this year or at all

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        Kinda kidding, KT. (apologies for the alliteration)

  • Anonymous

    When it rains, it pours. Terrible call by the umpire. Capuano folds. And so it goes… I love watching Paco pitch though, I must say.

  • Anonymous

    G’night all great to chat. Thanks Jon for providing this forum. Sorry to have missed your signing, hope to meet you sometime.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    I’m think Vin might just wanna tape, “And they leave a runner” to save his wind at the end of innings.

  • Anonymous

    Pressing pressing pressing. Hard to watch.

    • Anonymous

      – listen to, and follow. 13 is my lucky number . . . it’s not the Dodgers’!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    How do you think Mr. Mattingly feels about the team now?

  • Anonymous

    We’re just, well, bad.

  • Anonymous

    I always try to imagine what goes on in Vinny’s head. He’s seen clubs go through these streaks for decades. They are part of the game. All we can do is just grin and stomach it. Baseball is a cruel sport and I love it.

    • Anonymous

      I know. I feel pretty relaxed tonight, considering. Vin helps enormously. The espn team last night, not so much.

  • Anonymous

    Add Javy to the list which includes Matt, Andre,and Luis of Dodgers nowhere near where they were last year . . . and that’s not counting those on the DL.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Last Place.

  • Anonymous

    Still 5 1/2 back, but we’re in last place. Where we belong, for now. But the season is early, right? Ack.

  • Anonymous

    G’night all. M. I. C. (C you real soon.) K. E. Y. (Why? Because we like you!)
    Now I’m really dating myself.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT