Mike Estabrook was not a good umpire for the Dodgers last night. It wasn't reflected in the score, but his Adjusted Strike Zone Score of -7 shows that quite a few calls went against the home team. Pull out your dictionary and lookup inconsistent. You could probably place this picture alongside the definition as a prime example:
Chief among Estabrook's questionable calls were:
Strike one to Gonzales in the first:
Strike one to Rollins in the second:
It should be noted that both of those calls came with a 3-0 count. Some umpires will expand their zone in that situation, and it is clear that Estabrook is one of those umpires.
Estabrook called this a strike to Anderson in the fourth (nice receiving by Bethancourt):
And arguably his worst call, this strike two call to Ethier in the first. Ethier would end up drawing a bases loaded walk on the next pitch:
Calls Estabrook missed included this pitch from Anderson to Bethancourt in the seventh:
Notice Ellis' reaction to the no-call.
It is easy to overlook an umpire being bad when your team ends up winning, but Mike Estabrook had a bad game Monday... at least from the Dodger's perspective.
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were not any challenges or reviews in the game. There was a check swing appeal to Dana DeMuth that I remember being pretty bad, but I forgot to write it down to check later. Speaking of Dana DeMuth, Tuesday's game with DeMuth behind the plate should be interesting...