Friday, June 23, 2017

Series Thread (Games 75-77): June 23-25 vs Rockies

It's the battle for first place! The Dodgers are currently atop the NL West with a 48-26 record and the Rox and Snakes are tied for second place, both teams 1.5 games back. (Like the Dodgers, the Snakes are also 9-1 in their last ten games — what's up with that?) Anyhoo, we have our three best pitchers going this series, away from the Kemp-killing bandbox that is Coors Field. Dodgers have won seven straight. Let's make it eight.

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Kyle Freeland

Sat, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Chatwood

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs German Marquez

note: this series thread is late because Sax hit the wrong button. Sorry.

Dave Roberts Is A Genius

I was at the game last night and saw the Dodgers finish off the sweep of the Mets with a 6-3 victory. The post-game wrapup focuses on Joc Pederson's tie-breaking HR to lead off the bottom of the seventh, making it 4-3 LA. However, from my perspective, the play of the game came later that inning, when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a bold gamble that totally paid off.

As that frame continued, with the Dodgers up 4-3 and two out, Kike Hernandez walked to load the bases (Logan Forsythe had singled; Chris Taylor had walked). Up came Pedro Baez, who got Wilmer Flores to ground out and end the top of the inning, and therefore had only pitched one out.

This would have been a good time to put in a pinch-hitter for Baez, so we could go to another reliever. Instead, Roberts let Baez, who does not have a single hit in his entire major league career, come to the plate. Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, who had already gotten Cody Bellinger out for the second out of the inning, may have been rattled by walking Hernandez. If so, Roberts somehow knew it, and rubbed it in the Mets' face by sending up a relief pitcher in that situation.

Baez then earned a four-pitch walk to walk home the Dodgers' fifth run. And Blevins was so flustered, he proceeded to walk Austin Barnes right after than, stoking LA to a 6-3 lead. Terry Collins had seen enough then, and replaced Blevins with Fernando Salas to get Yasiel Puig to ground out. But the damage was done. The Mets didn't get any closer than that.

The Mets are obviously struggling, 12 games out of first in the NL East, having allowed 15 HR in the four-game series with the Dodgers, and a number of their stars on the disabled list. But Roberts' bravado to make that call in this game was about as insulting, and incredible, a call as you could imagine. Almost 20 hours later, I remain blown away at what a brilliant call that was to leave Baez in the game.

Way to go, coach! What a sweep.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Series Thread (Games 71-74): June 19-22 vs Mets

Mon, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Zack Wheeler

Tues, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Robert Gsellman

Wed, 7p: Rich Hill vs Rafael Montero

Thu, 7p: Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90) vs. Steven Matz (1-1, 3.21)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Series Thread (Games 68-70): June 16-18 @ Reds

Werewolves of London!

4:10p: Alex Wood vs Tim Adleman

1:10p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Asher Wojciechowski

10:10a: Kenta Maeda vs Bronson Arroyo

The Dodgers just swept these guys at home by a combined score of 21-13, and are still hot after taking two of three from Cleveland. Let's continue to take it to OH!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Series Thread (Games 65-67): June 13-15 @ Indians


Three games set with Cleveland.  This won't be the FINAL act for the Dodgers interleague play.  We DUB the first game to be a pitchers duel.  If we can win, we can CURRY (or Kerr-e) favor with the baseball gods.  So lets go out be WARRIORS and get another sweep.

What, too soon?

Also the Dodgers selected an outfielder and a pitcher during the first day of the MLB draft.

Tuesday, 4p: Kershaw vs Bauer
Wednesday, 4p: McCarthy vs Kluber
Thursday, 9a: Hill vs Tomlin

Friday, June 09, 2017

Series Thread (Games 62-64): June 9-11 vs Reds



We will be Seeing Red for a three game set.  Our Master Plan is to Smite them without Holding Back.    Looks like there is some Flexibility with Maeda due to his Settlement and Sacrifice to the bullpen.  Kershaw still has his Fastball Special with Deadly Precision and Colossal Punch - outs.  This team is Full of Surprises with Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger demonstrating Godlike Power.  Hopefully Hill has some Savage Healing but I'm sure its going to be a Give and Take.  Wood needed the Recovery and Recharge with Web Bandages being the Reluctant Hero.  The bats need to rise From The Ashes for an Aerial Assault and Dive Bomb the opposing pitcher.  But is nice to see Roberts be the Uncanny Strategist, say "Everyone With Me", and rally the Combined Forces of the offense before we are Out of Bullets.  

There's also the Reality Crush and Anger that the Rockies are still in first - lets Keep Your Enemies Closer and take A Little Off The Top.  Take a Deep Breath and Bring Out The Best boys!

Whales, Whales, Whales!

Friday, 7p: Garrett vs Hill (Dodgers 7, Reds 2, Maeda Save #1)

Saturday, 7p: Wojciechowski vs Wood (Dodgers 5, Reds 4, Seager's first career walkoff)

Sunday, 1p: Adelman vs Ryu (Dodgers 9, Reds 7, Seager Slam)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Archiving the 2016 SoSG Attendance Record, For Posterity

Okay I don't have time to do the maths on all of this, but I did notice that, two months into this season, we've finally taken down the Sons' 2016 record at Dodger games from our rugged sidebar. I dare say the 2016 record wasn't complete for all the Sons (it was for me!), but for now, it's what we've got.

SoSG 2016 Record: 9-5
4/12 vs. AZ: L, 2-4 (Dusty)
4/15 vs. SF: W, 7-5 (Dusty)
4/17 vs. SF: W, 3-1 (Delino)
4/27 vs. MIA: L, 0-2 (Dusty, Nomo, Orel, Sax)
4/30 vs. SD: L, 2-5 (Dusty)
5/10 vs. NYM: W, 3-2 (Dusty)
5/14 vs. STL: W, 5-3 (Dusty)
6/5 vs. ATL: W, 12-6 (AC)
6/22 vs. WAS: W, 4-3 (AC, Nomo)
8/26 vs. CHC: L, 4-6 (Sax)
8/27 vs. CHC: W, 3-2 (AC, Sax)
9/2 vs. SD: L, 2-4 (Sax)
9/3 vs. SD: W, 5-1 (Gnomes)
9/4 vs. SD: W, 7-4 (AC, Dusty)

The Sons have always done pretty well at Dodger games, to the point that one would think the Dodgers would invite us to every game. Alas, that hasn't come to fruition as of yet.

Prior SoSG attendance records: 2008 (18-15), 2009 (21-10), 2010 (9-8), 2011 (10-7), 2012 (24-18), 2013 (24-16), 2014 (22-12), 2015 (27-13).

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Keeping a Promise to Vin, 2017 Edition



From 2015:


2013 version:


Earlier at SoSG:

Monday, June 05, 2017

Series Thread (Games 59-61): June 5-7 vs Nationals

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Gio Gonzalez
Tues, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Max Scherzer
Wed, 12n: Clayton Kershaw vs Stephen Strasburg

Friday, June 02, 2017

Series Thread (Games 56-58): June 2-4 @ Brewers

Mr. Met has raised the mascot stakes. Whatcha got, Bernie Brewer???

Splitting the series in St. Louis should have been just a push, however ending our six-game win streak, plus dropping the last two games in absolutely anemic fashion, has us going into 29-25 Milwaukee with some concern. In addition, the Dodgers have dropped back into third place behind both Colorado and Arizona.

This series has a lot of early start times (which get earlier through the weekend). So let's get animated!

Fri, 5p: Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.37) vs. Jimmy Nelson (3-3, 3.83)
LAD 2, MIL 1

Sat, 1p: Rich Hill (2-2, 4.09) vs. Matt Garza (2-2, 3.98)
LAD 10, MIL 8. Chris Taylor 9th-inning go-ahead grand slam!

Sun, 11a: Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.21) vs. Zach Davies (5-3, 5.18)
MIL 3, LAD 0

Monday, May 29, 2017

Series Thread (Games 52-55): 5/29-6/1 @ Cardinals

Dodgers fresh off a sweep of the World Champion Cubs after taking two of three from the Cards at home. Lots of odd start times for this four-game series....

Mon, 11:15a: Rich Hill vs Mike Leake
LAD 5, STL 1

Tues, 4p: Kenta Maeda vs Michael Wacha (on ESPN outside of L.A.)
LAD 9, STL 4. First place, baby!

Wed, 5:15p: Alex Wood Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Carlos Martinez (on ESPN outside of L.A.)
STL 2, LAD 1. Still (barely) in first place!

Thurs, 10:45a: Brandon McCarthy vs Adam Wainwright
STL 2, LAD 0. No longer in first place!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Series Thread (Games 49-51): May 26-28 vs. Cubs


Hey, remember the Baseball World Heavyweight Title? My little nerdy pet project had fallen by the wayside for well over a year, until I randomly decided to check on it recently. Shortly after I picked up the thread on Twitter, the Dodgers won the belt ("IT'S NOT A BELT! IT'S A CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, DAMMIT!" - Vince McMahon). Sadly, they immediately dropped it to the Giants. Forgoing any chicanery I've perpetuated in the past, I decided to stick to the rules in tracking title changes this year, and see what legitimate chance the Dodgers had of retaking the title.

Thankfully, the schedule worked in our favor, and the Cubs managed to wrest the belt from the Giants just before arriving at Dodger Stadium this weekend. So, not only do we have an (*exasperated sigh*) NLCS rematch, but THE GOLD IS ON THE LINE as well.

Ring the bell!

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs. Jake Arrieta
LAD 4, CHC 0

Sat, 4p: Brandon McCarthy vs. John Lackey (on FOX!)
LAD 5, CHC 0

Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Lester
LAD 9, CHC 4. Sweeeeeep!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Series Thread (Games 46-48): May 23-25 vs Cardinals

Let's face it, the Cards have been a huge thorn in the Dodgers' side the past few years. I'm not convinced this year's Dodgers squad is championship material, but a good showing against the Redbirds would help build a little optimism that will inevitably be crushed but hey it's a start.

Tues, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Lance Lynn (on ESPN)
LAD 2, STL 1 (13). Forsythe GW RBI in his return from the DL.

Wed, 7p: Rich Hill vs Mike Leake
STL 6, LAD 1

Thurs, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Michael Wacha
LAD 7, STL 3. Ryu: 4-inning save

Grill with Dad

This Friday, folks! From the Dodgers:

"GRILLING WITH THE GARV" SET FOR CHICAGO CUBS OPENER AT DODGER STADIUM, FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT KING’S HAWAIIAN GRILL IN LEFT FIELD PLAZA

Dodger Great Steve Garvey to Provide Fans With Grill Tips & Samples

The Los Angeles Dodgers and King’s Hawaiian will host their first “Grilling With The Garv” event prior to the Dodgers’ series opener with the World Champion Chicago Cubs on Friday, May 26.

The event will be held at the KING’S HAWAIIAN Grill in the left field plaza beginning at 6:15 p.m. It will feature Dodger great Steve Garvey helping to grill up samples of the game’s delicious BBQ specialty item, as well as provide Dodger fans with tips on how to take their summer grill-outs to the next level. Garvey will also be taking photos and signing autographs for fans at the event leading up to the 7:10 p.m. first pitch.

This is the third in a series of events with Garvey and KING’S HAWAIIAN. Garvey has also hosted a “Way We Were” series, where he talks with other baseball legends before a game outside the KING’S HAWAIIAN Grill. Garvey has already talked with Dodger greats Tommy Davis and Ron Cey at two games earlier this season, and will host the next “Way We Were” conversation on Saturday, June 10th against the Cincinnati Reds.

Love for An Old Friend

Broxton takes the mound, and twitter comes alive.

Thankfully, so do the Dodgers bats!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Series Thread (Games 42-45): May 18-21 vs Marlins

Thurs, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Edinson Volquez
LAD 7, MIA 2

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Justin Nicolino
LAD 7, MIA 2

Sat, 7p: Julio Urias vs Dan Straily
MIA 10, LAD 6

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs TBD Vance Worley
LAD 6, MIA 3

Things were looking to be improving last week, but the Dodgers now come home to a class reunion with Donnie Baseball 's Marlins after a lackluster road trip that saw them eke out a split with Colorado before receiving the usual treatment at AT&T Park. Kershaw isn't scheduled to go this series, so they'll need to find something extra from the supporting cast to get things back on track.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Series Thread (Games 39-41): May 15-17 @ Giants

Mon, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Matt Cain
SF 8, LAD 4

Tues, 7p: Rich Hill vs Ty Blach
SF 2, LAD 1

Wed, 12:45p: Clayton Kershaw vs Johnny Cueto
LAD 6, SF 1. All hail Clayton!

The 22-16 Dodgers take on the 14-24 Giants at AT&T. Giants took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers at the beginning of the month but the Giants headed to the NL West basement while the Dodgers surged....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Series Thread (Games 35-38): May 11-14 @ Rockies

Always relevant.

Thurs, 5:30p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Tyler Anderson
COL 10, LAD 7

Fri, 5:30p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Chatwood
LAD 6, COL 2

Sat, 5p: Alex Wood vs TBD Tyler Anderson
LAD 4, COL 0

Sun, 12n: Julio Urias vs Antonio Senzatela
COL 9, LAD 6

Dodgers are on a bit of a hot streak right now, but at the expense of bad teams (Phillies, Giants, Padres, Pirates). The Rockies are a good team — top of the NL West, in fact. Let's find out what bends and what breaks in (ugh) Coors Field.

Photoshop via i1274.photobucket.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Andrew Toles Is Out for the Season

Fan favorite and scintillating interviewee Andrew Toles has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Which totally sucks...even though it means Cody Bellinger is guaranteed a well-earned major-league spot for longer, it also puts pressure on Adrian Gonzalez to speed up his rehab. Remember, this front office is all about working the DL and having options, but Toles' injury just cranks the difficulty up to 11.
photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP