Friday, May 27, 2016

Game 49 Thread: May 27 @ Mets, 4p

JULIO URIAS (0-0, -.--) vs. Jaacob deGrom (3-1, 3.07).

Triceps experiencing some soreness? Send in Julio Urias, who will make his major league debut at the ripe old age of 19 tonight at Citi Field. Urias, the #2 prospect in baseball (behind the Nationals' Lucas Giolito), has some great scouting reports:

The best left-handed pitching prospect in the game, Urias possesses plus or better stuff across the board. He can throw his lively fastball, which parks at 91-94 mph and reaches 97, for strikes on both sides of the plate. There's also some deception with Urias' heater, and opponents can't sit on it because he has such good feel for his big-breaking curveball and fading changeup.

To go up against the same team that knocked us out of the playoffs last year (and with whom we split four games earlier this season), Urias has got to be pretty excited. So are we. Go get 'em, Julio!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vin Scully Reads from 'Field of Dreams'


He may not be broadcasting this year's All-Star Game, but Vin Scully is still giving us gems like the tidbit above.

Behold The Age Of Urias

Urias has been on fire in triple A ball this season, with a 1.10 ERA over 41 innings, and more strikeouts (44) than baserunners (24 hits, eight walks, one HBP).

Alex Wood is scratched with triceps soreness, so Citi Field becomes the debut park for Julio Urias. Congrats, Julio!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Post-Game 48 Thread: Red Sweep!

DODGERS 3, REDS 1

I know it's not a big deal--the Reds have been swept in all three of their last series, going a combined 0-10 over that stretch--but for the Dodgers, we'll take it. Scott Kazmir gave up only four hits and 1 ER over 6.0 IP; Dave Roberts made some logical bullpen choices (i.e., not Chris Hatcher) in summoning Louis Coleman, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen, each of whom had 1-2-3 innings; and the Dodgers got the win and the series sweep.

Joc Pederson was the hero tonight, with a two-out bases-loaded single to turn a 1-0 Cincinnati lead into a 2-1 Dodgers lead. Yasmani Grandal tacked on a HR later in the game to make it 3-1. We bolster our confidence right as we take off for a seven-game roadtrip against the Mets (3) and Cubs (4). Which will probably be a lot more difficult than these games against the Reds.

Game 48 Thread: May 25 vs. Reds, 7p

“But the mean reds are horrible. You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what that is.”

Scott Kazmir (3-3, 5.23) vs. Dan Straily (2-1, 2.85).

So said Truman Capote in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Look, it's hard to be afraid of a 15-31 team, and the Dodgers certainly have been out to a good start in this series against the Reds (taking the first two games). But tonight, we throw Kazmir, whose last start (against the Padres) was so pathetic, even Kenley Jansen couldn't come in to salvage the victory.

Something bad is indeed going to happen tonight. But at least there's a day off tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Post-Game 47 Thread: Dodgers On Verge Of Unlikely Sweep (Of Last Place Team)

Don't break open the bag just yet!

DODGERS 8, REDS 2

The Dodgers are on the verge of sweeping their first series since the season opener in San Diego, from April 4-6. Mike Bolsinger led the way from the mound, pitching 5.2 innings of 3 H, 2 ER ball, and the bullpen didn't give up a hit the rest of the way.

On the offensive side of the ledger, we were buoyed by opportunistic base stealing from Joc Pederson (stole third in the fourth inning after doubling in a run, and scored on the errant throw that sailed to left field) and Yasiel Puig (who was off and running for third base when Howie Kendrick PH in the sixth; Kendrick hit a ball to Reds 1B Joey Votto who bobbled the ball, allowing Puig to just beat the tag at home). Justin Turner went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and when Adrian Gonzalez finally got his first hit in the eighth inning (an RBI single), the score was 8-2 and effectively out of reach.

Tomorrow night we can go for the sweep! Except Scott Kazmir is pitching. But anything is possible.

Game 47 Thread: May 24 vs. Reds, 7p

Bolsinger, in his pre-game warmups

Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 6.23) vs. Daniel Wright (0-0, -.--).

Mike Bolsinger may have found positives in his last start, his season debut, but I think the noteworthy thing from his last start was that the Angels found their way with Bolsinger, who yielded seven hits and three earned runs in a short 4.1 inning stint. Which the Dodgers lost, 8-1.

Luckily for the Dodgers, the second-worst team in the NL happens to also be sending an unproven lamb into the slaughter (if the Dodgers' woeful offense had a shred of potency), with Daniel Wright from AAA-Louisville making his major league debut tonight. Wright, a 10th round draft choice in 2013 from Arkansas State, , had his worst season last year in double-A ball:

The 2015 season, spent in Double-A, was by most measures his worst, and it wasn’t even that bad. He struck out a career-low 7.5 batters per nine innings and walked just 2.7 per nine.

So, to recap: We're throwing a soft tosser. The Reds are throwing someone who isn't that bad. Sounds like a hell of a night at the Stadium this evening. Take a chance, and win some crap!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Post-Game 46 Thread: Dodgers Beat Sorry 15-30 Team Without Having 1 RBI

To be fair, this headline was from last year

DODGERS 1, REDS 0

Seriously? 1-for-7 with RISP, and the only way we can score a run is a GIDP (one of our four GIDPs this evening)? Howie Kendrick got the GW GIDP. And aside from Clayton Kershaw's CG SHO (which we needed for the win; however Kershaw only notched 7 Ks, thereby breaking his streak of six straight games with 10+ Ks), there wasn't much else for which to cheer this game.

Pathetic.

Game 46 Thread: May 23 vs. Reds, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (6-1, 1.67) vs. Brandon Finnegan (1-2, 4.44).

riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. Today's game should have had a rested Kershaw, except Kershaw was pressed into service as a pinch hitter in yesterday's marathon against the Padres (Kershaw grounded into a forceout, advanced to second on defensive indifference but was stranded there). Kid K has won his last four stsrts, and has struck out 10+ in his last six starts, so let's hope that quick effort Sunday didn't throw off his gameday preparation any. A way a lone a last a loved along the

Post-Game 45 Thread: Dodgers Sack Up And Win Game; SoSG Ends GT Boycott

Alex Wood shows what 16 innings does to a man.

DODGERS 9, PADRES 5 (17)

After rolling over and laying dead for four straight games (both games at Angel Stadium; then the first two games of this San Diego series, both of which were walkoff losses), the Dodgers went out and actually won a major league baseball game! Never mind it's against the 19-26 Padres: it's a win.

Yasiel Puig was the catalyst after a two-run RBI single in the 17th, followed by a stolen base and then advancement to third on a wild pitch (that scored Joc Pederson, to make it 8-5 LA). Puig scored on a Carl Crawford force out to make it 9-5 LA, which ended up holding up to give Ross Stripling his second win of the year (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K).

Howie Kendrick went 4-for-8 with a HR and double; Chase Utley went 3-for-9; Joc Pederson went 2-for-7 and Puig had a 3-for-7 outing. A.J. Ellis went 0-for-5 with three walks.

We got a win! So yeah, we'll come back to writing some Game Threads again. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Game 43 Thread: May 20 @ Padres, 7:30p

Scott Kazmir (3-3, 4.89) vs. Christian Friedrich (0-1, 1.50).

Kazmir is coming off his best start of the season, in which he went 8 2/3 innings against the Cardinals, who suck. Can he keep the momentum going at pitcher-friendly Petco Field against the Padres, who also suck? He's going to have to, since our bullpen sucks too. Here's to a sucktacular game!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Game 42 Thread: May 19 @ Angels, 7p

Ross Stripling (1-2, 4.26) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 2.57).

It's the battle of the teams desperate for starting pitching! Stripling got off to a hot start for the Dodgers but has since regressed to serviceable, while the Angels picked up Chacin after half their staff landed on the DL. Does this mean the bats will shine tonight? Or just the Angels' bats?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Game 41 Thread: May 18 @ Angels, 7p


Mike Bolsinger (0-0, -.--) vs. Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.68)

Mike Bolsinger's back! We're saved!

Kidding aside, we like Mike around these parts. He's probably only here long enough to give the non-Kershaw starters an extra day off, but since winning non-Kershaw starts has been difficult, we'll take what we can get.

The Dodgers will be facing Nick Tropeano. We don't know much about Tropeano, except that he has a dome named after him in Tampa Bay. Weird that he doesn't play for the Rays, then...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Game 40 Thread: May 17 vs. Angels, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.74) vs. Jered Weaver (3-2, 6.10).

Happy Clay Day! The Dodgers #1 man/stopper/future Hall of Famer goes against the Angels' soft-tossing Weaver. This better not end up being a pitchers' duel, dammit.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Game 39 Thread: May 16 vs Angels, 7p

But which company sponsors the Subway Series?

King Kenta Maeda (3-2, 2.30) vs. Matt Shoemaker (1-5, 9.12).

The Angels, soon to be the first non-Giants team that Tim Lincecum will play for, are hurting, with a bunch of starters on the DL and a 16-21 record. BUT they just swept the Mariners and always play the Dodgers tough, so assume nothing.

For years we've longed for a proper Dodgers doormat image to use when the team is scuffling. Thanks to tonight's stadium giveaway, our players have been answered!

And Then, There's This Guy

Dodgers fan, from Sunday night's game. Hoo, boy.

Hat tip: mlb.com Cut4

Post-Game 38 Thread: Laying Another Egg On National Television

From the Topps 2016 Series 1 set. How perfect.

CARDINALS 5, DODGERS 2

Dodgers are once again on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball this evening, coming off of two decent wins against St. Louis and looking for the sweep...and this time, it was late inning bullpen choices which did them in.

Joe Fucking Blanton. That was Dave Roberts' choice late in the game, after Alex Wood skated through six innings (including a very perilous sixth inning: two on and none out, and he escaped without the Cardinals scoring a run) into a 1-1 tie through six full. We aren't going to see Alex Wood make this good of a start again, so we sure as hell shouldn't waste it.

But after Louis Coleman recorded the first out, and J.P. Howell gave up a single and then got the second out (man on second), Roberts went with Joe Blanton, who has been largely useless all year. Sure enough, Blanton proceeded to give up three runs in the seventh, and then put a cherry on top by giving up another run in the top of the eighth.

Corey Seager hit a second home run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-2, but what the hell, Roberts? After making good bullpen calls all series, this was a horrible, horrible call. And on national television, no less. Great.

Dodgers slip out of first place thanks to the Diamondbacks rolling over and playing dead for the Giants' four-game sweep.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Game 38 Thread: May 15 vs. Cardinals, 5p

Alex Wood (1-3, 4.58) vs. Mike Leake (1-3, 5.10)

The good news: This is the Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN so everyone can watch. The bad news: The nation will be watching, so performance anxiety could be a factor.

Few predicted that the Dodgers would be going for a series sweep against the Cardinals this afternoon. Poor as the Cardinals have been this year, they usually have the Dodgers' number (especially in the playoffs). And the pitching setup did not bode well going into the series: Stripling-->Kazmir-->Wood. Yet here we are pinning our hopes on the third leg of that coyote ugly rotation. Will Wood be able to go the distance, and not struggle with the long ball? Can he hold up for more than four or five innings? I mean, come on, it happens to everybody sometimes, right?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Post-Game 37 Thread: Holy Kazmir!

Holey cashmere!

DODGERS 5, CARDINALS 3

Scott Kazmir pitched his best game of the year, his best game of his Dodgers tenure, in a completely unpredictable performance that almost went the full way (except for a two-run Jeremy Hazelbaker HR in the bottom of the ninth with two out, which chased Kazmir and allowed Kenley Jansen one K for the save). Kazmir: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB and 7 Ks. Never, never, never would have seen this one coming against St. Louis.

Corey Seager was the offensive man tonight, 3-for-4 with a run and 2 RBI, thanks to a RBI single to left in the bottom of the fifth, and then a solo HR in the bottom of the seventh that was at Seager's shoelaces before he launched it to center. Seager did have two errors this evening--still one fewer than Aledmys Diaz last night--but unlike Diaz he ended up helping his team win.

Adrian Gonzalez also had a solo HR, as well as a run-scoring ground out. Justin Turner had a sacrifice fly for the other run.

The Dodgers now have one more against the Cardinals tomorrow, the Sunday Night Baseball game. Surely, on national television, we won't play this well, right? (And certainly not with Alex Wood pitching, right?) But then, didn't I think this about Kazmir?

Game 37 Thread: May 14 vs. Cardinals, 6p

Scott Kazmir (2-3, 5.54) vs. Carlos Martinez (4-2. 2.51).

Carlos Martinez has lost 15 pounds in the 10 days he was ill due to respiratory illness, which ended up cutting short his last outing over a week ago. Scott Kazmir, on the other hand, is just a bad pitcher.

We Sons had been hoping this game was going to get rained out, hence the late posting of the GT. But here we are, ready for the Cardinals to even the series (and drop us out of first place; Giants already up 1-0 on the Diamondbacks in the first). Sigh.

We're late on this GT, so the lineup has already been posted:

  • Utley, 2B
  • Seager, SS
  • Turner, 3B
  • Gonzalez, 1B
  • Grandal, C
  • Pederson, CF
  • Puig, RF
  • Crawford, LF
  • Kazmir, P