Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Series Thread (Games 20-23): Apr 24-27 @ Giants

"And now...pitching for the Giants...."

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Matt Cain (!)
SF 2, LAD 1

Tues, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Ty Blach
LAD 2, SF 1. Bellinger debut.

Wed, 7p: Alex Wood vs Johnny Cueto

Thurs, 7p: Julio Urias vs Matt Moore

We didn't put a thread for yesterday's game AND NO ONE COMPLAINED. But it's Kershaw Day today so let's do this shit right! Matchups to come...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Series Thread (Games 17-19): Apr 21-23 @ Snakes

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Taijuan Walker
ARI 13, LAD 5. Ugh.

Sat, 5p: Kenta Maeda vs Robbie Ray
ARI 11, LAD 5. Ugh.

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs Shelby Miller
LAD 6, ARI 2. Yay.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Series Thread (Games 15-16): Apr 18-19 vs Rockies

4/18, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Kyle Freeland
COL 4, LAD 3

4/19, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Anderson
LAD 4, COL 2

Are we back in time? Did we jump in the DeLorean and punch it to 88 mph and travel all the way back to...2016? Because all this seems awfully familiar: flailing vs. lefties, pitchers not named Clayton unable to go past five innings, a bullpen taxed with nigh-impossible expectations. Heck, even Ethier and Hill are back on the DL. Will a brief two-game series against the first-place Rockies cure what ails us? Did Marvin Berry and the Starlighters write "Johnny B. Goode"?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Series Thread: Games 11-14 vs. D'backs (April 14-17)

Back when we thought all we needed was two starting pitchers to win a title.

Four-game series with the Diamondbacks kicks off tonight in true form, with Friday Night Fireworks Sponsored by Denny's, set to the music of Billy Joel! Oh, and there are these two familiar guys who used to play on the same team, now squaring off against each other. I suppose that's interesting as well.

Saturday involves the unveiling of our Jackie Robinson statue (complete with replicas given away at the Stadium); Sunday gives away a Kenta Maeda fathead, and Monday doesn't offer anything except the best starting pitcher on the Dodgers so far (statistically speaking, of course). Somewhere in there, it would be nice to end the series back above .500. But that goal seems awful slippery when playing with these 7-3 snakes.

Friday: Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.46) vs. Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.31), 7p

Saturday: Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.30) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-1, 1.80), 6p
DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4. Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

Sunday: Rich Hill vs. Tajuan Walker (1-1, 4.91), 1p

Monday: Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.50) vs. Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19), 7p

I'm Ready!

Kershaw! Greinke! Pre-Paid Parking!

No Bread? No Beer? No Problem!

Thanks to Husker Do (Aka SOSG Todd - the auteur behind A Very Pleasant Good Evening) I'll be at the game, free of leavened products but full of excitement. If you know where to find Todd, you'll know where to find the Delino.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Series Thread (Games 8-10): Apr 10,12-13 @ Cubs

We have to watch those Cub bastards hoist their World Series banner on their opening night tonight? And we have to watch them get their rings the following ni--....wait there is no game the next night of this away series. WTF? So we have to watch the banner hoisted, get angry about it on the off day, then try to keep our cool as we watch them get their rings the next night? And neither of those games will be played during the damn daytime, when Cubs games are supposed to freaking be played. Oh, also Rich Hill has a strained blister on his throwing blister that has blistered up, so he's scratched for the opener against Jon Lester. What can go wrong in this series? Dusty mad already.

4/10, 5:05p: Alex Wood vs Jon Lester

4/12, 5:05p: Brandon McCarthy vs John Lackey

4/13, 11:20a: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Brett Anderson
CUBS 4, DODGERS 0. Hello, old friend.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Series Thread (Games 5-7): Apr 7-9 @ Rockies

Wait, what? One home series and the Dodgers are already on the road? OK, whatever. Let's see what this series has in store for us:

-The return of Hyun-Jin Ryu! Hooray!
-The return of Hyun-Jin Ryu at Coors! Hooray?
-Three Rockies pitchers I don't think I've ever heard of.
-The Dodgers' third and fourth day games in seven games.
-Clayton Kershaw vs. the Rockies...a matchup that's gone pretty well before I guess.

4/7, 1:10p: Hyn-Jin Ryu vs. Kyle Freeland

4/8, 5:10p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Gray

4/9, 12:10p: Kenta Maeda vs. Tyler Anderson

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Game 4 Thread: April 6 vs. Padres, 12n

Brandon McCarthy (0-0, -.--) vs. Jered Weaver (0-0, -.--)

In the current divisive political climate of this country, a return to McCarthyism might not be something that we should be celebrating. But given the abyss of the back end of the Dodgers' starting rotation, we may as well give Brandon a shot here. Brandon has already "earned" $28M of his $48M, four-year contract with the Dodgers, pitching a total of 63 innings and delivering five wins and 73 strikeouts. Let's see if he can overcome his elbow and hip maladies and earn us a series win in today's early game.

Brimming with confidence.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Game 3 Thread: Apr 5 vs Padres, 7p

The chill before the storm.

Rich Hill (0-0, -.--) vs Trevor Cahill (0-0, -.--).

It's cHill versus Cahill! The Padres starter is a righty, so we can reasonably expect the Dodgers to score 14 runs tonight. That's how it works, right?

photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY

Post-Game 2 Thread: Padres 4, Dodgers 0: Nothing Doing


If nothing else, it was tidy. Maeda faltered early, and the offense was completely toothless facing Clayton Richard. No Dodger baserunner ever reached scoring position. It's too early to say that 2016's lefty woes will carry over into 2017, but this wasn't a good omen, at the very least.

Would you believe I grounded out sharply twice to short and hit into a 6-4-3 double play on the drive home?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Game 2 Thread: Apr. 4 vs. Padres, 7p

Kenta stop the feeling!

Kenta Maeda (0-0, -.--) vs. Clayton Richard (0-0, -.--)

The second annual Opening Week Humiliation of the Padres rolls on tonight! This will be our first look at Maeda this season. Well, MY first look, anyway. I paid zero attention to Spring Training. Did you know Franklin Gutierrez was a thing? Me neither!

Thoughts to Pedro

Guerrero in a 1978 photo.

Stepdaughter: Ex-Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero fighting for life after stroke (ESPN.com)

Monday, April 03, 2017

Post-Game 1 Thread: Dodgers 14, Padres 3; Pwnage Jhoulys


Surprise, motherfuckers! There isn't a minimum-security voluntary rehabilitation facility built that can keep me away from opening day. Unless it's court-ordered.

It's one game versus the hapless Padres, but it still counts in the win column, which is more that the Giants, Cubs, or Yankees can say today. The Dodgers start 2017 off on a positive note by juicing Chacin for 9 runs, all earned. The big blow fell in the third, where Justin Turner's two-out double sparked an offensive explosion that culminated in a Joc Pederson grand slam with a Grandal solo-shot chaser. All this in a Clayton Kershaw start, as well.

Baseball is back, boys and girls, and today was a good day.

Game 1 Thread: Apr 2 vs Padres, 1p

Clayton Kershaw (0-0, -.--) vs Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, -.--).

Whaaaaaat, did you think we forgot about you? Fear not, the Sons are out of rehab and down for another season of high hopes followed by the inevitable weight of soul-crushing disappointment grinding our love for game into the dirt—

Ah shit, sorry about that — didn't mean to get all doom and gloom on you. Yes, I know that many media outlets and finer sports-betting establishments are picking the Dodgers to win it all this year. And our GM is a nice guy. And our clubhouse has *gasp* chemistry.

But we've been here before, what with the astronomical payroll and lofty expectations. Who isn't glad that Kenley and Turn Down for What are back? And even Old Man Utley? But let's see some results on the field. Then we'll know what this year's team is made of.

P.S: Best of luck to Joe Davis, making his home-game debut today!

UPDATE: Can confirm that SoSG Stubbs is actually not out of rehab yet.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Spring Training Is in Full Swing

But who would have any idea given that we haven't posted anything here about it. Many apologies.

Here are a few quick takeaways from the headlines I was reading this morning:

  • There is a pitching prospect named Shea Spitzbarth trying to make the team. Dear god please let him make the team; the possibilities for us playing off his name are endless!
  • Corey Seager has upper back soreness. Corey, you're too young for this and we need you. Get well soon. Love, SOSG
  • So all Brandon McCarthy had to do was improve his mechanics and now they think he'll be better? Why don't all teams just order their pitchers to improve their mechanics right from the start? I mean, it was right there all along. ps- I hate Spring Training headlines.
  • Dodgers are 5-4 in the Cactus League, but who cares.
  • Charlie Culberson is batting .211 and leading the team in batting average.
  • Chase Utley is leading the team with 7 RBI. Why is Chase being wasted in ST at his age? And why is he more productive than anyone else on the team, at his age?
  • Is this the year A-Gone goes...downhill?
Not all these games are accessible to watch, but today's is if you get SportsNetLA.

Spitzbarth, guys. Spitzbarth.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Blogger Softball Tournament 4: The Reckoning

Listen — we didn't totally suck last time (in 2015). Like, I think we made it to the playoffs? Someone refresh my memory here. Anyway, here's the deets:

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • WHERE: Big League Dreams in West Covina
  • COST $42.50 per Player

Email us if you want to play! Will be sending out a message to past players soon.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Justin ReTurner

MLBTR: "Dodgers, Justin Turner Reportedly Finalize Four-Year Agreement"

The whole gang is back! I'm happy to be wrong about thinking one of him and Kenley were on their way out. Just a couple more roster spots to patch up (Trade for Dozier at second maybe?), then we can send this team off to Camelback.

Can it be February now?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Jansen Is Back!

Five years, $80M. That's a bit less than Aroldis Chapman, but I'd take Jansen over that other guy any day.

Very happy this got done! Merry Christmas, indeed.

(And if you believe everything you read, our stocking might have a little Red in it soon, as well. Let's sure hope so.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We're Back! (Kinda!)

What'd we miss?

Hey! We're alive! Mostly. Sincere apologies for the extended hiatus. The Dodgers losing in the postseason (again) hit us extra hard, and we kind of went into hiding. (I haven't even been tweeting all that much, so you know it's bad.)

So, here we are again. This is mostly just to get a new discussion thread going. No real news to share. Have the Dodgers even made any deals? I think there was a small trade or something. I honestly am not remembering at the moment. Hang on, let me Google...

*hold music*

"11/11/16 Los Angeles Dodgers traded LF Howie Kendrick to Philadelphia Phillies for 1B Darin Ruf and 2B Darnell Sweeney."


Also, Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the Mets today, so you can take that fantasy scenario off the table, assuming any of you believed getting him was realistic and/or necessary. Still no word on any attempts by the Dodgers to re-sign Turner or Jansen. My gut feeling is Turner comes back, and Jansen takes a big payday elsewhere. (PLEASE NOT GIANTS PLEASE NOT GIANTS)

Finally, we'd be remiss in not mentioning today is Vin Scully's 89th birthday. Happy Birthday, Vinnie! We miss you and we need you now more than ever.

Vin Scully receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov 22. Sadly, Chewbacca was overlooked yet again. (Photo: SI)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016