UCB May Project: The 2015 Progressive Game Blog

by Cardinal70 on May 30, 2015

One of the regular traditions of the United Cardinal Bloggers is the Progressive Game Blog.  This is our eighth year to attempt this and it’s always an interesting way to take a look at a regular season game.

If you’ve never been a party to our Progressive Game Blog before, the key here is that it is not a live blog.  This allows the blogger to dig up stats, tell stories, do research, etc. to illuminate what happened in the inning they covered.  The hope is usually to get them up before the next game, though with this year’s game taking place on a Saturday evening before a Sunday afternoon game, that may not happen.

Cards are 3-4 in these PGB games, as you can see from last year’s writeup.  For the second straight year, they’ll be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers as we take in the action.  Last year, St. Louis got to Zack Greinke early and held on when Trevor Rosenthal got Andre Ethier to ground into a game-ending double play, taking it 4-2.  We’ll see what sort of magic is in store this year.

To set the stage, the Cardinals are 32-16, 6 1/2 better than the second-place Chicago Cubs and have the best record in baseball by 2.5 games.  They’ve won their last five, including last night’s contest against the Dodgers when John Lackey continued the Dodgers’ road woes by putting up seven scoreless innings, striking out nine in the process.  Just as a point of reference, at this time of year the 2004 team, winners of 105 games eventually, were 26-23 and tied for third in the division.  We keep saying it, but this could be a special season, even with the injuries they continue to sustain.

Los Angeles comes into this one 28-19, two games back of their rivals the Giants for the division lead.  The Dodgers have lost two in a row and have been shut out in their last four road games.  They were able to take series against the Padres and Braves in the midst of that run, but the offense has not been a strong suit for this team lately, which is surprising given their payroll and the names that make up the lineup.

Today, that lineup has to contend with Michael Wacha.  Wacha is looking to run his record to 8-0 and his ERA is under 2.00 for the season, meaning the Dodgers may have trouble breaking out of their offensive doldrums.  Wacha’s only appearances against the Dodgers were in the 2013 NLCS, which went the young hurler’s way.

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Adrian Gonzalez 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 1 0 0
A.J. Ellis 5 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .800 1.200 0 0 0 0 0
Andre Ethier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Clayton Kershaw 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Heisey 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 18 4 2 0 0 0 1 3 .222 .263 .333 .596 0 0 1 0 0
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Generated 5/30/2015.

The Dodgers send to the mound Carlos Frias.  Frias will remind no one of the aces of the staff, having a season mark of 3-2 and an ERA of 5.34.  That ERA is pretty deceptive, though, as his last time out he allowed 10 runs in four innings to the Padres.  Before that explosion, his ERA was a more reasonable 2.55 and that game against San Diego is really the only blip on his season so far.  Frias has never faced the Cardinals as a team, but has seen a couple of their hitters and had success against them.

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Mark Reynolds 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Heyward 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/30/2015.

Could be another exciting one today for the Cardinals.  To take you through it, here is the UCB lineup.  (* indicates their post is up and the link is directly to it)

First: Aaron Miles’ Fastball*
Second: I70 Baseball*
Third: Cardinal Nerve Center*
Fourth: Baseball Geek In Galveston*
Fifth: On The Outside Corner
Sixth: Fungoes*
Seventh: Bird Tales*
Eighth: The Redbird Retreat*
Ninth: I70 Baseball*
Extra Innings/Postgame: C70 At The Bat*

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