Saturday, April 19, 2014

Post-Game 17 Thread: Redundant

DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 2 (12)

It happened again:

  • Starting pitcher [Zack Greinke] delivers a strong performance [6 IP, 1 ER].
  • Weak bats eke out a minimum of offense [SVS HR].
  • Bullpen can't hold it [Withrow 2 WP, Perez 2 ER].

Sure, there were some surprises: Uribe's ninth-inning homer sent the game into extras, League threw 1 2/3 innings and even struck out a guy, and Puig walked thrice. But in the end the result was the same: more frustration for Dodger fans.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Game 17 Thread: April 18 vs. Diamondbacks, 7p

"Cranky" Miley, get it? Holy smokes, that's a stretch.

Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.76) vs. Wade Miley (2-2, 5.04).

With Clayton Kershaw still on the mend, new #1 starter Zack Greinke takes to the mound again tonight vs. Wade Miley, who has already lost twice to the Dodgers in this young season. To be fair, Miley has two of the last-place Diamondbacks' four wins this year.

But to be unfair, the Dodgers are a perfect 5-0 against the Snakes, led recently by Adrian Gonzalez (7-for-13 with 10 RBI in the last LA-AZ series). Gonzalez has a 12-game hitting streak going on, and could be joined by Hanley Ramirez in the lineup )game time decision, apparently). And if Greinke can just have his velocity and location twerking today, we should take head-to-head victory #6 this evening at the Ravine.

Dodgers-Diamondbacks Ticket Preview

A word from our ticket partners at TiqIQ:

Dodgers Tickets For Weekend Series vs DBacks 44% Below Season Average

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series this weekend. Starting Friday night, fans looking to catch the Dodgers take on Paul Goldschmidt and the D-backs at Dodger Stadium will find below season average ticket prices on the secondary market. The Dodgers schedule has the two teams meeting seven times this year and Yasiel Puig and company will look to take as many games as they can from the divisional opponent Diamondbacks.

Arizona will look to end a six-game losing streak tonight in Los Angeles when Wade Miley takes the mound against Zack Greinke. The average price for Friday night's game is $67, which will mark the most expensive game of the series.

The average price for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks tickets across the weekend will be $33. This is 44% lower than the seasonal average ticket price for when the D-backs visit Dodger Stadium, which is set at $58.95. The two teams opened the baseball season in Australia in late March, with the Dodgers sweeping the Diamondbacks in three games. The clubs have met once more since then and had similar results, as the Dodgers took three games from the Diamondbacks in Arizona last weekend.

Though this weekend’s series will not feature Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound, several seasoned veterans will step up and hope to maintain their perfect record against the D-backs this year. Saturday night will feature Dan Haren pitching for the Dodgers against his former team while the D-backs will introduce rookie Mike Bolsinger, who will be making his first big league start. Sunday afternoon’s game will include Dodger vet Josh Beckett going against reliever-turned-starter Josh Collmenter.

With power in their offense and an elite pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be a threat in the National League this year. This weekend will mark the third time the Dodgers have faced the Diamondbacks, with Los Angeles taking each of the six games they’ve played so far.

Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks will look to salvage an already turbulent season this weekend against the Dodgers. The average ticket price for Saturday’s Dodgers vs Diamondbacks game is $45.03, but fans hoping to get to Dodger Stadium this weekend will find that Sunday’s game has the cheapest tickets of the series available on the secondary market, set at just an average of $19.

If the Dodgers continue playing like the championship caliber team that they are projected to be, fans will see great deals on tickets for this weekend’s series at Dodger Stadium.

Not The Best Promotional Idea

Even if I can get past the fact that we can watch "the Dodger take on Arizona" (wonder which Dodger it will be? Yasiel Puig? Clayton Kershaw? Chad Billingsley?), I am stunned by the next Dodgers stadium giveaway. Can someone please explain whose idea it was to create a Dodger welcome mat as a promotional item? So fans can show their allegiance by wiping their dirty feet on the Dodgers logo?

Post-Game 16 Thread: Script Flipped

Ryu's new Gameday photo

DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1

You know the story:

  • Starting pitcher [today played by Hyun-Jin Ryu], against all odds, delivers a strong performance [seven shutout innings, 112 pitches].
  • Weak offense [Tim Federowicz & Adrian Gonzalez] ekes out the barest of leads [one RBI each].
  • Bullpen [Brian Wilson & Kenley Jansen] comes in with gas cans [Wilson: stranded two; Jansen: gave up RBI to .200 hitter, needed 30 pitches].

But the script ended differently than it usually does and the Dodgers actually won today and once again avoided a sweep at the hands of the Giants.

Oh, and Yasiel Puig happened in the second inning:

Next bat he happened again:

It was the Puigiest inning ever!

Thanks to @mike_petriello for the GIFs!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Game 16 Thread: April 17 @ Giants, 12:45p

Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 2.57) vs. Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 3.30).

Little bit of perspective here: Ryu will be pitching with a heavy heart. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will be making do without Hanley in the lineup. Snakes come into the Ravine tomorrow night; can we avoid the sweep today?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Post-Game 15 Thread: Giants Continue Domination of Dodgers

What they'll be doing tomorrow.

GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1

Maholm did his job, allowing one run in six innings and scoring the Dodgers' only run. The rest of the lineup took a dump, including a two-base error by Kemp, CI on AGon, Kemp getting picked off (and a lost challenge by Mattingly) and a Uribe CS.

Oh, and Hanley had to leave the game after getting plunked on the left hand by Vogelsong. The inning ended on a bases-loaded DP by Uribe.

Afternoon shitfest tomorrow vs. Bumgarner. I'm sure the boys will come out all fired up.

photo by Brant Ward/SF Chronicle

Game 15 Thread: April 16 @ Giants, 7p

These are actual festivals. Why are they all in the UK? (here, here and here)

Paul Maholm (0-1, 8.10) vs. Vogelsong (0-0, 8.00).

A second consecutive matchup between two pitchers with 8+ ERAs following a dispiriting 12-inning loss? It's gonna be a fest, all right, and which term for excrement you fill it up with is up to you.

The bullpen, of course, is the main source of contention for Dodger fans these days, although let's not forget the bats, which went 2 for 13 with RISP yesterday.

Yes, a loss to the Giants brings everybody down. Bring on the hate!

Vin Scully, on Jackie Robinson Day


Sandy Koufax Makes the Funnies Page...47 Years Ago

(original date of publication: April 16, 1967 (click here for entire comic))

Post-Game 14 Thread: Dodgers Lose Longest, Most Boring, Bullshittiest Game Ever

What I would have done IF I COULD HAVE WATCHED THE FREAKIN GAME

GIANTS 3, DODGERS 2 (12)

Shit on a stick, really? Just when this team gets some momentum, having swept the D'backs, they roll into SF and puke up a game like this. The anticipated offensive fireworks didn't materialize; instead, Beckett and Lincecum each turned in five innings of ugly but effective pitching — Beckett somehow leaving the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings — and the Dodgers held a 1-0 lead after five.

Withrow promptly entered in the sixth and gave up the tying run, aided by an error by Hanley. The Dodgers took the lead on a Justin Turner RBI in the seventh and wasted a Puig triple in the eighth, which of course turned out to be crucial because Kenley couldn't convert AGAIN, allowing the game to go into extras.

Jamey Wright out-highwired Beckett, stranding the bases loaded in the tenth and also pitching a scoreless eleventh. Then Donnie decided to trot out League, and you know what happened next.

Time of game: FOUR HOURS, 54 MINUTES. Number of ulcers created: too many to count.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Siri Honors Jackie Robinson

Today, if an iPhone owner (or if you borrowed or stole someone else's I suppose) asks Siri what the uniform number of a current MLB player is, Siri replies with the answer that is correct for April 15th.


Strong move, Apple. Nicely played.

(h/t Pride of Dong)

Game 14 Thread: April 15 @ Giants, 7p

Josh Beckett (0-0, 9.00) vs. Tim Lincecum (0-1, 9.90).

The Dodgers playing on the road on Jackie Robinson Day? Heresy. There will likely be a lot of runs scored on this Jackie Robinson Day by the first-place Dodgers and second-place (by a game) Giants, as former World Series MVP Beckett and former two-time Cy Young winner Lincecum square off in the Battle of the Has-Beens. Another nod to the past, perhaps?

Jackie Robinson Day

From a Dodgers press release:

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball tomorrow will celebrate the 67th anniversary of Hall of Fame Dodger Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. The Dodgers’ commemoration of Robinson takes place at Dodger Stadium, starting with a youth baseball clinic for 120 youngsters from South LA’s Challengers Boys & Girls Club from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will also play host to 30 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and Alumni tomorrow at Dodger Stadium from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In honor of Robinson, the Dodgers will join all Major League teams in proudly wearing No. 42 jerseys tomorrow when they face the Giants in San Francisco at 7:15 p.m. The Dodgers’ game-worn Jackie Robinson Day jerseys will be auctioned at a later date to benefit LADF and the Jackie Robinson Scholars.

From a Historic Dodgertown press release:

The first Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will be played Tuesday, April 15 at Holman Stadium at Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida, matching Florida State League teams Lakeland (Tigers) and Brevard County (Brewers). With the cooperation of Florida State League President Chuck Murphy this is a regular-season FSL (Class-A) home game for Brevard County. Net proceeds of the game will benefit the United Way of Indian River County (admission is $5). Fay Vincent, Commissioner of Baseball from 1989-1992, will address the crowd pre-game with history about Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. In the first game played by the then Brooklyn Dodgers at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida on March 31, 1948, Robinson led off for the Dodgers against the Montreal Royals (Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers) and hit a home run in the first inning. Tomorrow’s game is being played 67 years from the date in which Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Post-Game 13 Thread: Dee Drives Sweep of Snakes

DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6

The Dodgers got the win but a disturbing pattern is developing: Big bats give us the early lead, then hold on tight because here comes the bullpen.

Today the Dodgers got home runs from Kemp, AGon (homering in his fourth straight game) and Uribe as well as four (!) stolen bases by Dee Gordon, who also turned in a nice defensive play in the ninth inning. Haren slogged through and kept the Dodgers ahead, allowing three ER over 5 2/3 innings.

But the bullpen did its thing. Yesterday it was League causing heartburn; today Jamey Wright gave up a three-run bomb to Trumbo to turn a comfortable lead into something of a squeaker. But Paco, J.P., Perez and Kenley all did their jobs, and the lead (whew) held up.

Another off-day tomorrow. Let's hope the bats don't cool off.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Game 13 Thread: April 13 @ D'backs, 1p


Dan Haren (1-0, .75) vs. Trevor Cahill (0-3, 7.90).

With the series win already tucked into their Ocean Pacific swimsuits,  the Dodgers go for the sweep this afternoon behind a surprisingly impressive Dan Haren and a - what? 0-3 already? - Trevor Cahill. D'bags pitching has been atrocious this year, and that looks to continue today assuming Adrian Gonzalez can stay red hot offensively. Continuing to neutralize Goldschmidt and Trumbo will be important; suggest distracting them by making them chase small coins and rubber rings at the bottom of the pool. Indeed, in this series Trumbo has looked like he was playing Marco Polo in right field trying to field what should be easy balls to handle.

This is yet another game that most of us won't be able to watch, so for those of you who can see it, please drop us some descriptive comments so we can picture what must be going on.

cc: Time Warner Cable

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Post-Game 12 Thread: Donnie Prevents League from Blowing This One

DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5

Everyone played their usual roles in this one: Zack was solid (5.1 IP, 1 ER), Uribe and AGon led the way with two RBIs each, and League shit the bed. Handed an 8-2 lead in the ninth inning, League proceeded to give up three runs, forcing Donnie to bring in Kenley for the one-out save. Thanks, Brandon.

Still, the Dodgers earned the series win against the Snakes and go for the sweep tomorrow. Good job, boys!

Game 12 Thread: April 12 @ D'backs, 5p

Sights from Chase Field yesterday:

"Prepare to qualify beep beep beep BEEEEEEP"

"You know what? I don't see you at all."

What's that strange thing on Andre's face?

Zack Greinke (2-0, 3.27) vs. Wade Miley (2-1, 4.05).

The Dodgers and Snakes had a bit of a rivalry going last season, what with the beanballs and the bench-clearing brawls — not to mention the Dodgers going 9-10 against them. But so far this year it's been all L.A., with the two-game sweep Down Undah and yesterday's tattooing of Brandon McCarthy.

The Snakes are starting the lefty Miley this evening, so expect both Kemp and Puig in the lineup. Also don't expect to see tonight's game unless you're a TWC subscriber or want to hunt it down. AM radio, activate!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Post-Game 11 Thread: Adrian Gonzalez Makes Pool Party

DODGERS 6, DBAGS 0

“It's been going 'swimmingly' against the DBbacks — Yes, I meant that.” - Vinny

A-Gon awoke from his slumber to cannonball the Snakes with 5 RBI (3-4). He jack-knifed a HR out the Yard in the first inning, and the Dodgers never looked back. A lot of bats got in on the action, in fact. Gordon stayed hot going 2-4 with some key hits, and HanRam went 3-4 scoring three runs. Hard to say whether the boys were on the top of their game or if Dbags starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was just all wet (or both).

But the offense wasn't all of the story. Ryu pitched a masterpiece*, bouncing back nicely from his last outing. He went 7 innings with 8 strikeouts, at one time having retired 10 in a row. He only allowed two hits and one walk. Let's hope he's rounded into a form we can count on the whole season.

*Not that I could watch it

Game 11 Thread: April 11 @ D'backs, 6:30p

Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 3.86) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.82).

The (tied for) first-place Dodgers come to Arizona to take on the (tied for) last-place Snakes, who helpfully beat the Giants in 10 innings last night. Thanks, guys!

Ryu has been both lights-out and...er...lights-on this season, having given up eight ER in two innings in the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants. Interestingly, Kevin Kennedy said on the radio the other day that the extended pre-game ceremonies at Dodger Stadium might have thrown off the timing of Ryu's warm-up routine. Does that theory hold (pool) water?

Meanwhile, Twitter fave McCarthy hasn't found his groove yet, having allowed 11 ER and four HR in his first two starts. The Dodger bats showed some life against the Tigers, so let's see if they can feast on some meatballs tonight. Mmmm...meatballs.