Saturday, May 19, 2018

Series Thread (Games 44-46): 5/18-20 @ Nats

Sat, 11:05 AM: Ross Stripling vs Tanner Roark (Game 1 of doubleheader caused by rain 5/18).
Game 2, 5:05 PM: Rich Hill vs Max Scherzer
Sun, 10:35 PM: Alex Wood vs Stephen Strasburg

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Series Thread (Games 41-43): 5/15-17 @ Fish

Tues, 4:10p: Alex Wood vs Wei-Yin Chen We lost. To the Marlins. Who have the second-worst record in the NL.
Wed, 4:10p: Walker Buehler vs Caleb Smith We lost. To the Marlins. Who have the second-worst record in the NL.
Thurs, 9:10a: Kenta Maeda vs Dan Straily We l—we won??????

Loyal SoSG reader/softballer Johnny Blanchard, to paraphrase the immortal Def Leppard, has got something to say! Take it away, Johnny B!

WHO TO BOO?

Who’s responsible for this garbage?

This has been just a fascinating start to a season. The Dodgers have an absolutely loaded roster, full of players that the hoi polloi have dreamed of having for decades. This, of course, stands in direct contrast to whatever the hoi polloi say.

Currently, the Dodgers still have a positive run differential. Therefore the team is not the Reds, Marlins, or Padres despite the fact that those teams are literally right next to the Dodgers in the standings. The hoi polloi are not known for their collective intelligence.

That said, the Dodgers baseball club is not winning games at a high rate, so it must be asked: who is to blame?

The culprits are as follows:

    1. Cody Bellinger. This cocky m’fing Millennial is missing all the balls and I have heard from back channels, because you know I have access, that there are people in the Dodger organization that don’t believe in this guy. I guess it’s not entirely germane to the discussion, but worth noting since he’s stinking up the joint right now. The Dodgers could’ve done a blockbuster trade and sold this guy high maybe. What do I know.

    2. Yasiel Puig. A man who has shown a great degree of resiliency to hang in mentally and improve his approach to the sport of baseball, has been an abject failure at the dish so far this year. Puig continues to play excellent right field so he is still a net positive, but the club was counting on a solid bat from old number 66.

    3. Kenley Jansen. Our big man, the most lock-solid dependable player on the roster, alongside Justin Turner & Clayton Kershaw, has been absolutely awful this year. One wants to believe things will improve inevitably, but one needs to wait until Mr. Jansen actually starts throwing pitches like Dodgers fans are used to seeing before the faith increases. To whom much is given, much is expected.

    4. Scott Alexander. The Dodgers count on the guys they have designated to be their breakout performers based upon careful analysis of sabermetric principles to be actual breakout performers. This guy can’t stop walking people. Now, another time-tested Dodger method is to send underperformers to the bush leagues and get their act together. Mr. Alexander has just returned from his sojourn to Oklahoma so perhaps he will repent of his prior ways.

    5. Chris Taylor. He’s lower on the list because one shouldn’t actually believe in a guy that has no reason why one should believe in him other than one year’s good production. Mr. Taylor is like Mr. Bellinger — missing the ball all time but at least he plays premium defensive positions like shortstop and center field with his weak bat.

    6. Austin Barnes. This is another young man designated to be awesome by the front office. Mr. Barnes has not done so. He is making lemonade out of lemons through super on-base powers but he isn’t hitting the ball well. Plugging him in the lineup with last year’s productivity makes this team much better.

    7. Rich Hill The New Englander is scuttling. He’s still striking guys out, but watching him, Mr. Hill is obviously giving up too much hard contact. Fortunately, this red-ass plays the game the right way and beats himself up nightly to be better at playing baseball so he should improve.

    HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Forsythe, who doesn’t make the list because he’s injured and has struggled with injuries and it’s not nice to pick on guys whose bodies aren’t working right.

All this said, and believe me, it’s annoying to watch all this craptastic baseball happen, this team is not nearly this bad. The Dodgers have given up a .300 BABIP and a 14% Home Run per Fly Ball rate; both of those numbers are in the bottom 10 in baseball.

In other words, the Dodgers are suffering bad luck on the pitching side. To further illustrate, Tony Cingrani has stuck out 22 and walked 4 in 14 innings, and has a 5.79 ERA.

My recommendation is to go out and watch the baseball team you love and boo them when appropriate. It has been fun in 32 years of being a Dodger fan to hear people argue about the validity of booing, but finding the appropriate members of the roster to boo is of vital importance.

We are not in the salad days of Juan Pierre & Andruw Jones & 2011-2012 Juan Uribe. The guys we have to boo are much better players and they are the guys listed above.

Thanks Johnny! Oh, by the way...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Series Thread (Games 37-40): May 10-13 vs. Reds

Thu 5/10: Walker Buehler vs. Tyler Mahle, 7p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Fri 5/11:: Kenta Maeda vs. Brandon Finnegan, 7p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Sat 5/12: Ross Stripling vs. Homer Bailey, 6p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Sun 5/13: Rich Hill vs. Luis Castillo, 1p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.

With a 16-20 record, fourth place in the division and back a full eight games of surprisingly hot Arizona, the Dodgers haven't had much about which to be happy of late. (Especially if you saw Kike Hernandez' woeful 0-fpr-5 with 2 Ks, 8 LOB, and misplay in the outfield leading to a Diamondbacks inside-the-park home run last night.)

But one of those few bright spots seems to be Walker Buehler, who is 2-0 in 3 games (16 IP), with a 1.13 ERA and 19 Ks. He takes the mound tonight to start a four-game series against one of the only three teams who have a worse record than the Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants already lost today (to the Phillies) and are in Pittsburgh this weekend; the NL West-leading Snakes host the Nationals starting Friday.

Maybe this is the series where the Dodgers get some timely hits for a change, and we make up some ground in the standings before the quarter-season mark hits?

Or, maybe things get even worse.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Series Thread (Games 35-36): 5/8-9 vs Snakes


Tues, 7p: Rich Hill vs Zack Godley ARI 8, LAD 5
Wed, 7p: Alex Wood vs Patrick Corbin LAD 6, ARI 3

Like the Offspring says you gotta kick him when he's down — and the fourth-place Dodgers (15-19) are definitely down:

And since the first-place Snakes (23-11) are trending up, this two-game series promises to be uggggggly.

And we promise to bitch and moan about it! Join the (crying) in the comments section!

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Hilo del Juego (5 de mayo) contra Padres, 4p

¡Hola, compañeros! Bueno, funcionó ayer, puede funcionar hoy. Si Karina escribe, los Doyers ganan. ¡Vamos a probar esto otra vez! -Stubbs


Felicitaciones para Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia y Adam Liberatore en su juego sin hits ni carreras. Brindaremos en su nombre todo el fin de semana, ¡gracias! y ¡salud!

Los Padres esperaban que sus influencias religiosas los ayudaran a vencer a los Doyers, pero no tomaron en cuenta que los Doyers son ateos este fin de semana. Pensaron enfrentar a un amateur y encontraron a un niño bomba, seguido de un bullpen con toda la clase y poder de Danny Trejo. Chris Taylor y Kike Hernandez trajeron dinamita en sus bates y los Doyers salieron victoriosos 4-0, en una noche inolvidable para la amplia historia de buen pitcheo de nuestro equipo.

Esperemos que los Padres sigan viendo sombras en el juego de hoy. ¡Fondo blanco!

*Imagen: Baby Says "No!", Alisa Coburn

Friday, May 04, 2018

Hilo de la Serie (Games 32-34): 4-6 de mayo contra Padres

Bienvenido al fin de semana! En esta serie, seremos los Hijos (y Nuera) de Steve Garvey, porque estamos en América Latina, invitamos a nuestra latina favorita, Karina, para que fuera nuestra escritora invitada. ¡Adiós, y buena suerte a todos! - Stubbs

Viernes, 6p: Walker Buehler vs Joey Lucchesi, LAD 4 - SD 0 Combined no-hitter!
Sabado, 4p: Kenta Maeda vs Bryan Mitchell, SD 7 - LAD 4
Domingo, 1p: Rich Hill vs Eric Lauer, SD 3 - LAD 0

En las inmortales palabras de los geniales Molotov, ¡VIVA MÉXICO, C*BRON*S!. Empezamos el fin de semana del 5 de mayo en Monterrey, México, con el inicio de la serie Doyers-Padres (pronounced PadRRes). En México no se celebra el 5 de mayo, pero nosotros lo usaremos como excusa para tomar margaritas y micheladas, si los Doyers ganan, celebramos...si pierden, ¡se nos olvida! Fondo blanco, damas y caballeros, ¡SALUD!


Casi veintidós años han pasado desde la primera vez que un juego de Grandes Ligas se celebró fuera de las fronteras de EE.UU. y Canadá, el 16 de agosto de 1996, precisamente en Monterrey, el escenario de hoy. Fernando (<3) lanzó el primer pitcheo y también se desempeñó como el lanzador de los Padres, quienes derrotaron a los Metropolitanos 15-10 (¡disculpa, Delino! Quizá los Metropolitanos pensaron que era una práctica de bateo).


En aquella oportunidad, el único jugador mexicano en ambos rosters era Fernando (<3<3), en esta serie, tenemos al Padre bebé, el nativo de Guadalajara, Christian Villanueva. Sin embargo, los Doyers tienen dentro de las filas del circuito radial en español a Fernando (<3<3<3), así que de antemano les hemos ganado la partida a los Padres porque si Fernando (<3<3<3<3) está con nosotros, ¿quién puede contra nosotros?


El encargado de abrir por los Dodgers será nuestro bebé Doyer, Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.80 ERA), quien se estrenó en Grandes Ligas demostrando lo que se espera de su talento, mientras que el responsable de la lomita por los Padres será Joey Lucchesi (3-1, 2.78 ERA).

Me despido, agradecida con mis cuñados de SoSG por invitarme a escribir la introducción para el juego de hoy. Les dejo con buena música proveniente de Monterrey: Plastilina Mosh con “Mr. P Mosh”

*Imagen: Plastilina Mosh

Monday, April 30, 2018

WELP

Series Thread (Games 28-31): April 30 - May 3 @ Snakes

Mon 4/30, 6:40p: Ross Stripling vs. Zack Greinke ARI 8, LAD 5
Tues 5/1, 6.40p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Matt Koch ARI 4, LAD 3
Wed 5/2, 6.40p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Zack Godley LAD 2, ARI 1
Thu 5/3, 12.40p: Alex Wood vs. Patrick Corbin LAD 5, ARI 2

April 2018 has been pretty depressing for the Dodgers, capped by a horrible performance in losing three of four in San Francisco this weekend. Between dropping the two series to the Marlins and Giants, we've also come away with even more injuries not to mention players like Cody Bellinger getting benched for lack of hustle.

The LAT's Houston Mitchell has already had enough (especially regarding the Bellinger benching. And if you're a Dodger fan watching any of these games, you've probably had enough, as well. This team lacks consistency, drive, batting with runners in scoring position, a decent bullpen, and Justin Turner.

We've got four games against the NL West leader, Arizona, who is seven full games ahead of us and on track to be something like 59 games ahead of us by year's end (my math may be off there). I'd like to think it's put-up-or-shut-up time, but that incentive certainly hasn't motivated Pedro Baez of late. So why would it motivate any of the rest of the Dodgers?

I"m depressed. (And anxious.)

Note: We are trying everything here at SoSG HQ, including bolding our starter but not the opposing pitcher. What the hell, why not. Better than trotting Pedro Baez out there each time.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Series Thread (Games 24-27), 4/27-29 @ Giants

Fri, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Derek Holland Orange 6, Blue 4
Sat, 1p: Walker Buehler vs Chris Stratton Blue 15, Orange 6
Sat, 7p: Alex Wood vs Johnny Cueto Orange 8, Blue 3
Sun, 2p: Kenta Maeda vs Ty Blach Orange 4, Blue 2

WELP.

Donnie's Revenge is complete, the Marlins having taken two of three from us to boost their record to a scintillating 7-17. Meanwhile, the third-place Dodgers (11-12) visit the fourth-place Giants (11-13...how are we ahead of them in the standings?) in a series that includes a doubleheader that makes up for a rainout in San Francisco earlier this month.

The Dodgers went 12-17 last September, so maybe they're just getting their shitty month out of the way now? If so, brilliant plan, guys!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Series Thread (Games 21-23), April 23-25 vs Marlins




Monday 4/23: Garcia (1-0, 0.86) vs Buehler (0-0, 0.00) LAD 2, FLA 1

Tuesday 4/24: Peters (2-2, 6.98) vs Maeda (2-1, 3.77) FLA 3, LAD 2

Wednesday 4/25: Richards (0-2, 6.16)) vs Kershaw (1-3, 2.45) FLA 8, LAD 6 Boooooo-urns!


Welcome back to the show Walker Buehler!  His major league STARTING debut is tonight and the hype train is real.  Remember when Cody come up in April?  That turned out pretty good.  However the word on the street is that Buehler pitches two games then goes back down.  Nonetheless, here a glimpse of the future.

Its also welcome back Don Mattingly and company (including Miguel "let me save Kershaw's no hitter" Rojas).  He's dealt a raw deck by Jeter and the management - remember the lame duck manager status in LA?  De ja vu.  Welp, here's to getting well against a struggling team.  GO BLUE!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Series Thread (Games 18-20), April 20-22 vs. Nationals


  • Friday 4/20 7p: Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 1.73) vs. Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.33) WSH 5, LAD 2
  • Saturday 4/21 6p: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.87) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 3.08) LAD 4, WSH 0
  • Sunday 4/22 5p: Alex Wood (0-2, 3.91) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.86) LAD 4, WSH 3

After weeks of stumbling through the NL (and AL) West, and finally getting the groove back in San Diego (outscoring the Padres 30-10 in the three-game series!), we finally meet a formidable opponent from another division predicted to go to the playoffs...and they too are one game below .500. The Nationals have spent this year getting swept by the Mets and losing three of four to the Rockies, both of which came at home. But Bryce Harper is still mashing home runs (a league-leading 8 on the year), even when he breaks his bat in the process; and they are throwing two of their best arms against us in this series.

But we're rolling now too, right? Grandal is batting .352 with a 1.046 OPS; Matt Kemp is .347 and does look better at the plate than expected; and Corey Seager, 4-for-5 Wednesday vs. the Padres, finally looks locked in. Even Max Muncy got into the action with a 2-run HR on Wednesday; he's batting .400 with a 1.500 OPS, a small sample size, and a large waistline. Hey, we'll take it.

In personal news, I'll be at the Stadium tonight to watch the fireworks fly. It's set to 80's music. I'll be right at home.

Oh, and for all the rest of you: be careful out there.

Finally, some tips on what to do with pesky gNats (it's amazing what you learn when searching things on google):

Monday, April 16, 2018

Series Thread (Games 15-17), 4/16-18 @ Friars

Dodgers are so horrible the homiez at SoSG have already stopped game threads 2 weeks into the season.

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Robbie Erlin Dods 10, Pads 3
Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Bryan Mitchell DODGERS 7, PADRES 3 (12);
Jansen BS, but Grandal and Farmer win it in the 12th
Wed, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Tyson Ross LAD 13, SD 4 Sweep!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Series Thread (Games 12-14), 4/13-15 vs Snakes

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Zack Greinke Snakes 8, Dodgers 7
Sat, 6p: Rich Hill vs Taijuan Walker Snakes 9, Dodgers 1
Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Zack Godley Dodgers 7, Snakes 2

OH MY GOD WE SUCK WHY EVEN WATCH

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Series Thread (Games 10-11), Apr 10-11 vs. A's


Dodgers and A's to meet in the first-ever Sewage Series.

4/10: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Sean Manaea, 7p LAD 4, OAK 0
4/11: Alex Wood vs. Daniel Mengden, 7p OAK 16, LAD 6


The Dodgers return home for a brief two-game set with the Athletics before *checks notes* another off day. Counting last Friday's rainout, that's four off days in the last eight days. Though, lately, maybe it's a good thing that the Dodgers are not playing more than they're playing.

They are coming off a win over the Giants on Sunday, which, hand to God, feels like a month ago. This season has started off super weird, so maybe this series will being some normalcy.

(Then again, I used a picture of actual shit for the series thread, so...*shrug*)

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Not To Instill Panic...

But we're tied with them!

Marlins 2018 Starting Roster

Friday, April 06, 2018

Series Thread (Games 8-10): 4/6-8 @ Giants

Fri, 7:15p postponed until 4/28: Kenta Maeda vs Derek Holland
Sat, 1p: Rich Hill vs Chris Stratton SF 7, LAD 5 (14)
Sun 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Ty Blach LAD 2, SF 1 (10)

Fear not, Dodger faithful! Our front office's extremely proactive off-season is about to pay off!

I know, it's hard to believe Stan Kasten loosened the purse strings so the Dodgers could trade a few scrub prospects for mega-slugger Giancarlo "Don't Call Me Mike" Stanton, but he did! Now Stanton is playing for the team he grew up rooting for!

And what luck we had when double threat Shohei Ohtani decided to pick the Dodgers to play for, joining his countryman Yu Darvish, who was signed when Friedman & Farhan dug in the couch cushions to find some spare change to shore up the rotation.

And thank god the Dodgers finally cut bait on deadweight Pedro Baez and re-invested in a real middle reliever, Brandon Morrow.

We're locked and loaded! It's going to be a great year, Dodger fans! Let's play — WAKES UP

DAMMIT

(cries)

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Dodgers 4-for-4 on Free Chicken McNuggets

Yeah, sure, we ended up 2-2 this weekend with the Giants. But the upside of the Dodgers' impressive pitching display in the Opening Weekend four games?

When the Dodgers throw a shutout in the sixth inning, fans get a free six-piece Chicken McNuggets with any $1 purchase at McDonalds.

And damned if I didn't get my free McNuggets after watching that crappy Opening Day:

McNuggets! I mean, it's not Free Shevacado, but I'll take it. (And I'll keep going, all year long, baby! I'm bankrupting McDonald's, with Clayton Kershaw's help!)

(Not sure if this works for away games.) UPDATE 4/3: Based on the Dodgers' shutout sixth last night vs. AZ, and the lack of that deal in my McDonald's app inbox, I am assuming it's not in play for away games. Drat.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Series Thread (Games 5-7): April 2-4 @ Diamondbacks

  • Monday 4/2: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. T Walker, 6.40p ARI 8, LAD 7 (15)
  • Tuesday 4/3: Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 1.50) vs. Godley (N/A), 6.40p ARI 6, LAD 1
  • Wednesday 4/4: Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) vs. Tyler Corbin (1-0, 3.18), 12:40p ARI 3, LAD 0

In our opening series, we outscored the Giants 14-2 but we ended up splitting the four-game series, a mathematical improbability and honestly a pretty pathetic outcome. Though none of Saturday's starters ended the game with a batting average above .200, Sunday's game saw a number of players wake up and shatter the Mendoza line: Chris Taylor (2-for-5, now batting .267 in the leadoff spot); Yasiel Puig (3-for-4, .231); Yasmani Grandal (2-for-4, .400); and Kike Hernandez (2-for-4, .333). Cody Bellinger got his first hit of a year, a two-run HR in the sixth off of Josh Osich. And it was fun to finally spank a team on national television, driving Osich's ERA to 10.80 and Robert Gomez' ERA to 36.00.

And now we go to the valley of the Snakes, who beat the Rockies in their opening series two games to one, and got to spend Easter Sunday hanging out with their families and coloring dyed eggs. (What to do with those eggs?) The Diamondbacks' 2-1 record now leads the NL West, with the Dodgers a scant half-game behind.

These Snakes are happy! We can't score runs consistently, and we haven't rested! What could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Post-Game 4 Thread: Dodgers Outscore Giants 14-2 in Series, Escape with Split

DODGERS 9, GIANTS 0

Not much to recap — just wanted to use that title.

Игра 4 Тема: 1 апреля против Гигантов, 5:30p


Рич Хилл (0-0, -.--) против Криса Стрэттона (0-0, -.--)

Счастливой Пасхи!

Это также День дураков, но кажется, что Доджерс получил жестокие шутки с раннего пути. Две вялые потери, чтобы начать сезон. Хороший, ребята!

К счастью, вчера они отпустили нас от крючка и вернулись в колонну победы. Кента Маэда выглядела потрясающе, но его явная задняя боль в пятом была тревожной.

С обезьянами работает с их спины, теперь они могут сосредоточиться на получении победы сегодня вечером и избежать этой причудливой серии открытия с расколом.

Пойдем!