Standard Strike-Zone Game Score: +3 Adjusted Strike-Zone Game Score: +4
Rackley was fairly consistent behind the dish with the numbers showing that his calls for the game favored the Dodgers. The biggest miss of the evening for the Dodgers was called strike one to Jimmy Rollins leading off the ninth inning. It was low and away, but to be fair, Dodger pitching was given the same strike a few times throughout the game. On a sidenote, called strike three to Rollins in the at-bat was straight down the middle and he had words with Rackley. I can only assume (hope) that those words were in reference to the first strike as he really didn't have an argument for strike three. Rollins ninth inning at-bat had a Leverage Index of 3.27, so it was natural for him to be upset about starting 0-1 instead of 1-0.
Close Calls & Reviews:
The third game that this blog has reported on and already the most controversial challenge and result of the season. In the fourth inning Howie Kendrick hit a sinking liner that was deemed a catch by first base upire Bob Davidson. The replays showed the ball bouncing into Stanton's glove, with this replay clearly showing the play:
I find it extremely difficult to see a legitimate reason to not overturn the call as the ball clearly bounces off the grass and into Stanton's glove. Mattingly felt the same way. He argued, threw his cap in disgust, and was tossed. Mattingly's argument, as it has been all season, is that the officials that review challenges in New York are told beforehand what the call on the field is. Mattingly's contention is that this interferes with what should be an impartial analysis. Umpires are held accountable for their accuracy and are penalized and rewarded based on their performance. It is only natural to think that the review officials, if given a chance, will protect their colleagues. Mark Saxon wrote a short piece on the Dodgers increasing frustration, noting that Mike Socia has also been critical of the review process.It turns out that the call would cost the Dodgers a run, as Alex Guerrero followed with a triple that would have knocked Kendrick in. The sting of this call is exacerbated by the final run differential of one run, and later review that also went against the Dodgers. In the seventh inning, Marcell Osuna hit a groundball to Turner at third who started what was initially ruled an inning ending double play. Upon review the call was overturned and Osuna was called safe, meaning the run from third scored. This call, albeit close, was probably the correct one, but it was salt in the wound after the happenings in the fourth.Both calls were made by Bob Davidson, and considering he was saved by his buddies in NY on the first one, I think we can all agree he went 0 for 2.