Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Game 158 Thread: Sept 24 vs. Padres, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (4-5, 4.28) vs. Shawn Estes (2-3, 4.73).

COMMENTS: Five regular-season games left! Estes knows the Dodgers, having pitched for every other NL West team over his career. However, that doesn't mean Estes knows how to beat the Dodgers, as he's 6-9 with a 5.27 ERA lifetime against them.

Last time the Dodgers faced Estes, they beat him by scoring five earned runs in five innings. They'll need some more of that bat magic tonight, especially since Kershaw figures to be on a short leash and the bullpen, already used in yesterday's game, will probably work tonight too.

As for the Diamondbacks, seeing them lose early yesterday was inspiring, but the only way for the Dodgers to make the post-season (and prepare to play actual winning teams) is to win win win themselves. The magic number is three. Pray we alter it even further.

52 comments:

Andrew said...

Funny how, even though he never pitched for the Dodgers, these are the pitchers Shawn Estes is most similar to by age:

24. Noah Lowry (975)
25. Noah Lowry (979)
26. Odalis Perez (968)
27. Monte Pearson (957)
28. Randy Wolf (957)
29. Jason Schmidt (972)
30. Randy Wolf (950)
31. Steve Avery (937)
32. Esteban Loaiza (938)
33. Wilson Alvarez (929)
Wow, that is a lot of ex Dodgers and NL West people in general.

Neeebs said...

Lando feels the Force.

Steve Sax said...

There are a lot of "robust" pitchers on that list, too.

Has Estes been picking up some tips from our man Andruw?

Steve Sax said...

Stl takes the lead in the bottom of the second, with rufus wainwright plating at least one run.

Steve Sax said...

2-0 stl, men at the corners, one out, bottom 2

Orel said...

Hallelujah!

Orel said...

Cards 2, D'back 0, top 3!

Orel said...

Cards 2, D'backs 2, top 3....

karina said...


Lando: that was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter
Darth Vader: perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly?


Dodgers baseball+Star Wars references=my unconditional loyalty to this site.

loved it, loved it, loved it. Thanks, Orel!

Orel said...

Cards 3, D'backs 2, bot 5!

Orel said...

Cards 4, D'backs 2, bot 5!

Orel said...

Happy to oblige, Karina!

karina said...

Kemp, CF
Martin, C
Ramirez, LF
Ethier, RF
Garciaparra, 1B
Blake, 3B
DeWitt, 2B
Berroa, SS
Kershaw, LHP

I think this is the first time in the season Loney doesn't start in consecutive nights.

karina said...

Blake doubles. One out.

Loney Fan said...

It's breaking my heart.

karina said...

Blake at 3rd. 2 outs. Berroa at the plate.

karina said...

Mine is breaking, too. Loney fan (there's a Los Prisioneros song i like a lot called "Corazones Rotos")

karina said...

Believe it or not, Estes doubled off Kershaw.

Loney Fan said...

I'll have to find that song and start listening

Loney Fan said...

I am really going to have to put more effort into the Rosetta Stone Spanish language software that I bought. The lyrics were confusing and the video even more so. Probably better if I spoke the language though.

Loney Fan said...

2 outs but Russell and Manny are still doing their best to make this happen!

Erin said...

Magic number=2

Orel said...

Nomar HR!

Blake walk!

DeWitt walk!

No out!

Orel said...

Why swing at the first pitch, Berroa?

Orel said...

Nice hard slide by DeWitt prevents the DP. 1st & 3rd w/1 out.

Orel said...

The Mets choked again tonight.

Orel said...

Kemp RBI! 2-2 tie!

Orel said...

I can't believe Nomar's recent power surge. I was sure he was done after getting hurt a few weeks ago.

Orel said...

Bye bye, Estes! Rancho Ardiendo for Manny!

Loney Fan said...

God I wish I was watching the game on TV right now!

Orel said...

Well, you didn't miss much there—Manny grounded out.

Orel said...

Sweet grab by Casey Blake!

Loney Fan said...

Is this what they call Veteran presence? Nomar is clutch lately!

Orel said...

SQUEEZE! Nice job, Angel!

Orel said...

3-2 Dodgers. Kershaw out.

Orel said...

Er, make that 4-3.

Neeebs said...

Let's get some runs and bury these guys.

"These aren't the droids you are looking for."

"Move along."

Orel said...

MANNY! 6-3 DODGERS!

Neeebs said...

Manny!!!!!!!!!!

Hit z big one.

Erin said...

My DirecTV must have a delay or something. Manny hits the home run, I head over here, and Orel has already posted about it, with a timestamp one minute before the home run actually happened on my television. Strange.

Neeebs said...

Orel sees the future.

Neeebs said...

One is the loneliest number.

Orel said...

RA w/1 out for Giles....

Orel said...

Strange, Erin. I'm on DirecTV too.

Maybe I just type faster than you.

(Just kidding.)

Orel said...

Jeff Kent sighting! His AB music is Van Halen's "Change"!

Steve Sax said...

Hey guys, Sax here. You are not going to believe this, but I'm sitting one section over from Orel's next door neighbor. Small world!

Kent coming up now. Go Blue!

Orel said...

Sax, what are you doing in my neighbor's house?

Neeebs said...

Let's close this out.

Neeebs said...

Ethier with an RBI single.

Gives him .300/20HR/75RBIs

Not bad for one half the season as a part-timer.

Orel said...

9-4 Dodgers! Magic number one, here we come!

Neeebs said...

Orel, I think you'd better check on your neighbor.

Orel said...

RAFFY!