Saturday, April 30, 2016

Game 25 Thread: April 30 vs. Padres, 6p

Ross Stripling (0-1, 3.22) vs. Colin Rea (1-1, 5.06).

We've lost five in a row and now we look to Ross Stripling to get us back on the rails, hoping we can eke out a win against the lowly .348 winning percentage Padres. I can't believe I just wrote that. This is miserable. How are we a first-place team again (with a 12-12 record)?

This GT is going up late, so I can tell you that our lineup today is:

  • Utley
  • Seager
  • Turner
  • A-Gon
  • Grandal
  • Kike
  • Mr. Glass
  • Pederson
  • Stripling

Friday, April 29, 2016

Game 24 Thread: Apr. 29 vs. Padres, 7p

Alex Wood (1-2, 6.00) vs. Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.80)

Well here we are again at the depth of the roller coaster ride that is the 2016 season. Fresh off an epicly embarrassing 4-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Marlins, the Dodgers will really need to hit that great reset button in the sky to salvage a shred of dignity in this homestand against the Padres. And it's almost getting too late to keep talking about how early in the season it is.

I find no solace in today's official game notes on Wood: "Wood struggled in Colorado last Sunday, allowing five earned runs in six innings...his strikeouts per nine innings stands at 5.14, which is in the bottom 10 of qualified pitchers in MLB." Hey, I guess that means he's not dead last in that statistical category, so that's something.

Many will, however, find solace in tonight's post-game fireworks show. A special tribute to Prince is planned with his music as the backdrop for the fireworks display. Indeed, we all wish we could pitch like it was 1999, because then we could lean on Chan Ho Park to turn this around instead of Alex Wood.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Holy Shit! Dee Gordon Busted for PEDs

Game 23 Thread: Apr. 28 vs. Marlins, 7p

Kenta Maeda (3-0, 0.36) vs. Jose Fernandez (1-2, 4.37).

"Ha ha, Dodgerfuckers! It is I, Don E. Mattingly, freed from the clutches of the nerd cartel of Kasten, Friedman, Zaidi, LLC! And I've got current Gold Glover, Silver Slugger and NL batting champion — and FORMER Dodger — Dee Gordon, and Giancarlo "Don't Call Me Mike" Stanton, and tonight's starter Jose Fernandez on my team!

"And now my plans for revenge are almost realized, with my beloved Marlins taking at least three of four from the suddenly slumping (there's a shock!) Blue Crew. Eat my mustache dust, Dodger Stadium! BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!"

photo by Jeff Roberson/AP

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Game 22 Thread: April 27 vs. Fish, 7p

Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.63) vs. Justin Nicolino, (0-0, -.--).

Both of my GTs this series have resulted in losses. And tonight, we're starting Kazmir, whose 6.63 ERA doesn't fit him for a starting rotation let alone a #2 slot.

But I'm still excited for tonight's game, notable because we know at least FOUR SONS will be in attendance at the game tonight. As statistical analysis as scientifically proven, when the Sons win, the Dodgers tend to win. So with four sons in the Stadium at once, could even Kazmir have a decent start? Could Carl Crawford successfully navigate left field at the high school level of competency? Could we actually win a game against Don Mattingly, Dee Gordon, and the rest of the day-glo Marlins?

At least I can be certain that we'll be consuming a lot of beer this evening. Post something in the GT thread if you want to join us!

illustration swiped from here

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Post-Game 21 Thread: Koehler Beats Kershaw, Inexplicably

The leaky faucet prevailed.


Clayton Kershaw was cruising through five scoreless innings. Tom Koehler was okay, but passed balls and errors had given the Dodgers two runs in the first, and Kershaw added to that with an RBI double in the fourth. This was just how you'd expect a Kershaw start to go.

The sixth inning...was not. Kershaw gave up five consecutive hits (Miguel Rojas double, Dee Gordon single, Martin Prado RBI single, Christian Yelich RBI single, and then a mammoth Giancarlo Stanton three-run HR) which threw this game to the shitter. Koehler, who had been pulled from the game for PH Rojas, got the victory. Kershaw was tagged with the loss. JP Howell let aboard a single which came around to score (partially because Yasiel Puig cavalierly played a fly out in right that I think he thought was the third out, allowing Yelich on second to advance to third, and later score on a bloop ball to shallow center).

This game was unwatchable in the second half, but I stuck with it because I wanted to hear Vin Scully's voice. But there were injustices all around in this game, including Carl Crawford's horrible routes in left field. It was like watching Adventures in Little League Play out there. Come on, Carl: if you're only going to play fifteen games a year, the least you can do is play well in the field. (Crawford did go 1-for-3 with a run scored.)

Game 21 Thread: April 26 vs. Marlins, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.50) vs. Tom Koehler (1-2, 4.80).

The Kohler Beckon (TM) electronic pull-down kitchen sink faucet saves over 30% more water than typical 2.2-gpm faucets. That's great and all, but I still have to think Clayton Kershaw has the upper hand against a guy with a similar last name to a touchless faucet.

Carl Crawford is supposed to be reinstated for tonight's game, allowing Crawford to rejoin the 15-day DL up to five more times before the all-star break (assuming efficient injury stints).

Oh, and it's USC night at the Stadium tonight. The Dodgers' NL West lead shrunk to 1.5 games thanks to last night's loss; the Giants are only 2.5 games behind, in third place. Maybe a nod to the trojans will help us protect the lead.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Post-Game 20 Thread: Dodgers Honor Rick Monday's Flag-Saving Anniversary By Flaming Out To Miami


On a night where Rick Monday was honored for saving the American flag, and Clayton Kershaw was honored with a one-legged "in-action" bobblehead,...the Dodgers took the field with an Adrian-Gonzalez-less, all-righty lineup, and proceeded to lay an offensive egg against the Marlins.

Yasiel Puig and Trayce Thompson (?) both went yard for the Dodgers, but that was it for the offense. Wei-Yin Chen hadn't gotten a win since joining the Marlins, but that was because he didn't see a lineup as flat as ours as of yet. Ross Stripling gave up three earned runs and five hits in his 5.1 innings.

Dee Gordon went 0-for-5.

And Rick Monday did not make a great play today.

photos swiped from here

Game 20 Thread: April 25 vs. Marlins, 7p

You don't think I have any on-camera charisma?

Momentous night at the Stadium tonight: Clayton Kershaw has another bobblehead giveaway; Don Mattingly returns to Dodger Stadium in day-glo colors; and the Dodgers return from the roadtrip first in the NL West by 2.5 games. What a perfect night to have Ross Stripling take the mound, where we can watch the #5 and see if he pitches like a Ross or like a tosser (literally).

We also welcome Dee Gordon back to Dodger Stadium.

My aunt has been all over me about Dee Gordon, whom I was fine to let go from the Dodgers two years ago, only to have both of us watch him flourish in Miami last year. So Gordon is back to Dodger Stadium tonight as well, to make sure my aunt is vindicated this four-game series.

Gordon art swiped from here

Pops Garvey Is Coming to Bakersfield

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Post-Game 19 Thread: Dodgers Win Despite Another Short Wood Start AND Necessary Ninth-Inning Comeback


It's a rare occasion these days, for me to be able to watch a game live alongside another Son. (I'm working on this issue.)

But watching with SoSG AC today, we were giddy watching the Dodgers squander a 7-1 lead, capped by a five-run Rockies bottom of the eighth that just about nailed the coffin shut for the Dodgers--only to see us miraculously counter with five runs of our own in the top of the ninth, to win the game 12-10. This was truly unbelievable, and we were both going nuts with despair and then elation. And this is why baseball is so great.

Alex Wood sucked again, struggling through five innings before exiting in the sixth with another horrible line (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB and 5 Ks; his ERA is now 6.00 and he has had only one outing (of four) longer than five innings). So look, I had expected to lose this game, given Wood was starting. Even though Pedro Baez pulled off an impressive escape routine in the sixth. Even though Adam Liberatore had a scoreless seventh. And even though my fears came to fruition in the eighth, when Chris Hatcher proved ridiculously ineffective yet again (four batters, two hits and a walk, 3 ER), Luis Avilan let another two runs in, and Joe Blanton was needed to get the comebacker 1-6-3 DP to end the nine-batter frame.

Down 10-7 going to the ninth, it looked pretty bleak for us to try and take the game and this series. Adrian Gonzalez led off with a single to right; Yasmani Grandal forced Gonzalez at second, but advanced to third on Howie Kendrick's one-out single. Kike Hernandez walked, and Trayce Thompson hit into a FC at second.

With two out and down 10-8, pinch hitter A.J. Ellis singled to center to score Kendrick and make it 10-9 Rockies. And then a wild pitch by Jake McGee scored Thompson, and Chase Utley (2-for-6 with three runs and a RBI) doubled in Charlie Culberson (who had PR for Ellis). Corey Seager then doubled home Utley, to make it 12-10 Dodgers, and we too had notched five runs and nine batters in the next frame.

This is the kind of comeback victory that makes players believers. This is the kind of win that has one think, "wow, this team has some magic here." It's early. But this could be a turning point in this young season.

With the win, the Giants' 5-4 loss to the 6-11 Marlins, and the Snakes' loss to the Pirates, the Dodgers are in first place by 2.5 games with a 12-7 record. What a surprise that one game can make. We'll need it...especially when Wood starts.

graphical thingy courtesy fangraphs

Game 19 Thread: Apr. 24 @ Rockies, 1p

Alex Wood (1-2, 5.06) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.0)

Yes, we know that yesterday was a great win and a very good day of pitching as Kenta Maeda continued his masterful introduction to the MLB. In fact, Maeda is the first pitcher ever to allow just one run in his first four MLB starts.

Alas, today is a new day and a shitty one at that as far as starting pitching is concerned. Alex Wood seeks to....well, not suck. And Coors Field is just the place for him to turn it around, am I right? Dodgers take a mediocre 11-7 record into the final game there before heading back home for a stand against the Marlins. Meanwhile, here nor there, not that we care, who is paying attention...Giants have a losing 9-10 record despite winning their last two.

Let's turn this roller coaster ride around today!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Game 18 Thread: Apr. 23 @ Rockies, 5p

Kenta Maeda (2-0, 0.47) vs. Tyler Chatroom lol (2-1, 2.79).

King Kenta, meet Coors Field. Maeda may be having one of the best rookie pitcher starts in Dodger history, but he has yet to experience the park that holds the outfield wall that turned Matt Kemp into a shell of his former self. (Oh yeah, it's pretty tough on pitchers too.)

Two of Maeda's starts came in pitcher-friendly Petco Park and AT&T Park, while one came in the second most pitcher-unfriendly park in the majors (Chase Field). So there's hope, but the King should tread lightly — just ask Scott Kazmir.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Game 17 Thread: Apr. 22 @ Rox, 5:30p

Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.43) vs. Jon Gray (0-2, 5.53).

Things that don't mix: Water and oil. Narwhals and beach balls. Scott Kazmir and Coors Field? In reality, he's only pitched there once, giving up 3 ER in 6 innings while with the Rays. But in my head, I'm thinking things could get ugly out there, folks — what with the Rockies' rookie phenom Trevor Story, who's tied with Bryce Harper for the most homers in the majors at 8. Let's hope this is where the Story ends.

cartoon ©Liz Climo

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Game 16 Thread: Apr. 21 @ Barves, 9a

Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.64) vs. Matt Wisler (0-1, 4.61).

Breakfast baseball! The Dodgers go for their third consecutive series win with Kershaw on the mound (never "on the bump"), and what with yesterday's come-from-behind extra-innings victory and the bullpen finally doing its job, it could actually happen. Another round of mimosas!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Game 15 Thread: Apr. 20 @ Braves, 4p

Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.03) vs. Julio Teheran (0-2, 6.35)

Had Tommy John (Like a Ross!)
Now I'm back (Like a Ross!)
Threw a no-no (Like a Ross!)
But only kinda (Like a Ross!)
Then was good again (Like a Ross!)
Didn't get a win (Like a Ross!)
Prob'ly our Number 3 (Like a Ross!)
But slated Number 5 (Like a Ross!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Game 14 Thread: Apr. 19 @ Barves, 4p

Alex Wood (1-1, 4.50) vs. Williams Perez (0-0, 7.00)

Sticking with a theme, the Wood roller coaster started with a big drop, but may now be in an extended lift hill. He returns to Atlanta tonight for the first time since they traded him away. It's not uncommon for roller coasters to change parks, but we'll see how big of an attraction he is in his return.

The Dodger bats were all set to face Julio Teheran, but his start has been pushed back a day. They'll now face something called a Williams Perez, which is also the name of Argentina's premier gourmet food and cookware store.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Post-Game 13 Thread: Joc Straps Dodgers To Back With Big HR


It's another unlikely(-ish) hero for the Dodgers' offense today, as Joc Pederson, who had been struggling with a .242 average when play begin, launched a two-run HR in the fifth against Jeff Samardzija to give Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers the victory. Maeda allowed a third-inning solo HR to Joe Panik, but went a strong seven innings with only four hits (3 BB, 7 Ks) to earn the victory and move to 2-0 on the season.

Speaking of Samardzija, whose name I never tire of typing: I was able to watch the last three innings of the game, so I want to detail this play-by-play which was awesome. Samardzija, an off-season pickup by San Francisco, dropped to 1-1 with his six-inning performance, in which he was asked to bat with one out and a man on first in the top of the seventh inning with the Giants down 2-1. Samardzija ground bunted into a double play to end the inning.

Samardzija then faced three batters in the seventh inning without notching a single out. That first batter of the bottom of the seventh, Yasiel Puig, singled to center, stole second, and then scored on a infield grounder by Yasmani Grandal that Brandon Crawford bobbled, but was still probably not a smart move for Puig try to score--but Oyster Pubes couldn't hold the ball for his swipe tag, and Puig crossed home, but with the ball rolling around behind home plate, Puig stepped on home plate and gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Samarzija then walked Howie Kendrick before being yanked. Samardzija, Samardzija, Samardzija.

Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-2 and scored a run. Dodgers go back up in the NL West by a half-game on the Rockies, who inched in front of the Giants for second place in the NL West.

Delino and SOSG Todd: In the flesh

At the game with these nuts 

Come meet us for the price of only a handful of garlic fries. 

Game 13 Thread: April 17 vs. Giants, 5p

Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00) vs. Jeff Samrdjjirrddzzaa (1-0, 3.38)

Thankfully the Maeda start is the ascent part of the Dodgers' pitching roller coaster. Kershaw, then Kazmir, then Maeda gives one whiplash. Kazmir is the part where the guy in front of you pukes. Maeda, on the other hand, hasn't given up an earned run yet and is a welcome relief thus far as the rotation continues to....well, rotate. I had the pleasure of watching him pitch for the first time in the home opener; he was poised and confident, looked like he'd done his homework on opposing batters, and was ready to play defense and to swing the bat. Let's hope he does all those things again today.