Apr 14

Josh Beckett pitched very well

Cruising through eight innings only to get snakebit in the ninth by Arizona today, 1-0, Josh Beckett joins this group of Dodgers who have pitched complete games and lost since 1988.

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO Pit GSc
Chad Billingsley 2011-07-03 LAD LAA L 1-3 8.0 3 3 3 2 6 108 68
Derek Lowe 2008-08-26 LAD WSN L 1-2 8.0 6 2 2 1 6 112 67
Derek Lowe 2007-06-09 LAD TOR L 0-1 9.0 4 1 1 0 3 98 78
Derek Lowe 2007-05-20 LAD LAA L 1-4 8.0 9 4 3 0 6 112 56
Derek Lowe 2007-05-10 LAD FLA L 0-3 8.1 5 3 2 3 6 94 66
Jeff Weaver 2005-09-17 LAD SFG L 1-2 8.0 5 2 2 0 4 93 68
Kevin Brown 2001-04-10 LAD ARI L 0-2 8.0 3 2 1 0 8 88 78
Kevin Brown 2000-06-05 LAD TEX L 0-2 8.0 5 2 2 0 9 109 73
Kevin Brown 1999-09-14 LAD MON L 0-3 9.0 9 3 2 0 6 110 65
Kevin Brown 1999-05-25 LAD CIN L 2-3 8.0 5 3 1 1 12 111 75
Brian Bohanon 1998-09-23 LAD SDP L 2-3 9.0 8 3 3 3 6 127 62
Chan Ho Park 1998-09-15 LAD COL L 4-5 9.0 7 5 3 4 8 131 61
Brian Bohanon 1998-09-11 LAD SDP L 0-1 8.0 7 1 1 5 8 132 67
Hideo Nomo 1998-04-23 LAD MIL L 1-2 8.0 3 2 2 2 6 89 72
Pedro Astacio 1997-05-13 LAD CHC L 1-2 8.0 6 2 2 2 4 104 64
Orel Hershiser 1993-06-24 LAD HOU L 0-1 9.0 8 1 1 2 4 104 69
Tom Candiotti 1992-08-31 LAD CHC L 0-2 8.0 2 2 0 1 7 104 80
Mike Morgan 1991-07-28 LAD MON L 0-2 9.0 4 2 0 1 5 111 79
Mike Morgan 1991-04-30 LAD MON L 0-1 8.0 2 1 1 2 5 112 77
Orel Hershiser 1989-08-18 LAD NYM L 2-3 8.0 6 3 3 3 7 118 62
Orel Hershiser 1989-07-28 LAD SDP L 1-2 8.0 7 2 2 5 4 117 59
Fernando Valenzuela 1989-07-15 LAD STL L 0-2 9.0 10 2 2 3 1 140 57
Tim Belcher 1988-09-25 LAD SFG L 0-2 8.0 7 2 2 4 5 117 61
Tim Belcher 1988-09-16 LAD CIN L 0-1 8.0 3 1 0 1 7 114 80
Orel Hershiser 1988-08-24 LAD NYM L 1-2 9.0 7 2 2 3 6 127 68
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO Pit GSc
Orel Hershiser 1988-06-04 LAD CIN L 2-5 9.0 11 5 5 5 6 153 46
Fernando Valenzuela 1988-04-14 LAD SDP L 0-2 8.0 9 2 2 4 3 150 55
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Generated 4/14/2013.

I will not be rehashing the characteristic details of the Dodgers’ run-scoring difficulties today.

Aug 27

Dodgers recall Wall

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.
Shane Victorino, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Andre Ethier, RF
Luis Cruz, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Josh Beckett, P

Josh Wall has replaced Shawn Tolleson in the Dodger bullpen, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the Times, Tolleson is not about to become someone else’s player to be named later.

Rather, after using every reliever not named Kenley Jansen this weekend, the Dodgers were trying to shore up their bullpen for this week’s games in Colorado. So, expect to see Tolleson again in a Dodger uniform soon after rosters expand.

There are rumors that the Dodgers are concerned enough about Chad Billingsley’s health and Joe Blanton’s performance that they might still try to acquire another starting pitcher, believe it or not.

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Keith Law of ESPN.com on Josh Beckett:

… Beckett’s lost season comes down to three main problems: some lost velocity, poor pitch selection and horrific pitching from the stretch. He has lost a mile and a half off his average fastball this year versus 2011, a year that was already down from his peak fastball a few years earlier, which is likely the effect of age and regular usage over the years but doesn’t in and of itself have to be fatal. (It does show he’s not a good candidate for a multiyear extension.)

He gives up way too many hits on his cutter, which has proved less effective than the straight changeup that was previously his worst pitch (because it looked like a BP fastball compared with his four-seamer). He’s been nearly 300 points of opponents’ OPS worse with men on base this year, and, although that’s often just bad luck or randomness, in Beckett’s case it’s more because his fastball is softer from the stretch and because he relies too much on that flat cutter in those situations. …

From April 13 through June 30 this year, Beckett had a 3.50 ERA in 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts. In his other 2012 starts, he has allowed 43 earned runs in 47 2/3 innings.

In 2011 through August 27, Beckett had a 2.43 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 163 innings.