Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Game 21 Thread: April 28 @ Giants, 7p

Chad Billingsley (4-0, 2.05) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 3.65).

COMMENTS: The Dodgers haven't had a three-game losing streak all year, and we look to Billingsley to make sure that we come out with a win, as well as a shot at a winning record over this nine-game road trip. Coming after last night's disappointing loss and resultant second-guessing, a win up at the Big Phone would be a nice boost. Sanchez, who skipped his last start and hasn't pitched in 12 days, battles control issues and gives up a lot of walks (nine walks in 11.1 IP), but we'll need to make sure we can plate our baserunners (the Dodgers have the second-most runs scored in the NL, but also lead the league in GIDP with 21).

Today's WSJ lists the Dodgers as a 61% probability of winning, but I see from here that the probability has already shrunk a tad to 59.6%. Which means we'll likely lose. Remember, we're a .500 team on the road that's had the benefit of being undefeated at home (which extrapolates to a 121-41 record, which I suppose should win the NL West).

409 comments:

1 – 200 of 409   Newer›   Newest»
Nic j said...

I saw someone wearing a Jeff kent dodgers shirt today, i felt compelled to ask where they were giving those things out. People dont actually buy those, right?

Dusto Magnifico said...

I saw them for free on Ebay. Partially burned.

Nic j said...

man, its a crime that brad penny has a ridiculously high era and still gets wins. stupid red sox.

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Ramirez, LF
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Blake, 3B
Billingsley, P

Martin batting cleanup!

Neeebs said...

That's a weird batting order.

Dusto Magnifico said...

When is Torre going to remember that Ethier knocked the cover off the ball with Manny behind him?!?!

Nic j said...

manny wants to hit 3rd. Also, everyone knocked the cover off the ball when they hit in front of manny. Except for Kent, that was just a coincidence apparently.

I like either protecting manny.

Plus manny hitting third equals potentially more at bats.

Nic j said...

martin protecting manny will be interesting because he can still draw walks despite having a low average, which has been improving slowly.

Nic j said...

but what do i know i'm not the man drinking the green tea.

Steve Sax said...

Nic j, you're clearly not drinking the kool-aid, either.

Nic j said...

penny knocked out after 2.2 IP but still gets the ND. bastard.

Nic j said...

if your gonna drink all the kool-aid, make sure you leave a note.

koufax said...

wondering if 5-0 is too much to ask for...

Steve Sax said...

Please, start the pre-game show!

Nic j said...

i know this isnt the prime ticket pre game show. but what happened to Kevin Kennedy?

Steve Sax said...

I'd take 5-0, koufax.

But I'd still like more...

Steve Sax said...

I'm really hoping Chad has a great night tonight. Otherwise, I'm going to blame the Kurkjian Kurse...

Nic j said...

EK hearts JP

Nic j said...

the celtics bulls game is nuts

Steve Sax said...

What's the celtics bulls score?

Nic j said...

celtics won 106-104 came down to last second FT's in OT.

Nic j said...

deja-vu?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin just stared at it.

Nic j said...

wow deja-vu again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice catch

Nic j said...

thank you raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice throw by Furcal!

koufax said...

and that boys and girls is how you block the plate!

Nic j said...

nice block russ

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

great block with the leg

Natalie said...

Okay, two plays (Matt's catch and play at plate) that could have gone the other way and didn't, so I'm thinking that means we'll have a good night.

Nic j said...

thats the canadian goalie coming out of russ

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Things appear to be going very well for the Blue Crew

Alireza said...

Three beautiful defensive plays on that one play. Kemp with a Kemp throw. Furcal with a slingshot laser beam. Martin with a Scioscia-esque block and swipe. Amazing.

BTW, at what point does Fred Lewis figure out how to catch routine fly balls?

koufax said...

nice wimpy throw there from randy winn

Nic j said...

YES

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Trapped ball, alright

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How does Bills have an OPS of .542?

Alireza said...

Loney tattooed that ball. Nice to see him hitting again.

Anyone else see Ishikawa doing the old Mattingly trick of leading in front of the runner to hold them on and cut down the hole? I wonder why more lefty 1B don't do that?

koufax said...

bills workin the count, love it!

Nic j said...

walk back on that mound buddy

Alireza said...

Bills showed a good eye and a much more fluid swing. I wouldn't be surprised to see his hitting improve this year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Someone please get Rowand a toilet.

koufax said...

bills giving up some shots right now

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice DP

koufax said...

i think the giants lead the league in players with potbellys

Alireza said...

Nice pitch and nice play. Furcal is one of the few SS who make that throw there.

Alireza said...

A "switch-swinger". Vinny is the man.

Fred's Brim said...

way to work out of that one, Bills!

Alireza said...

That 2-seamer was nasty. Almost unfair to Burriss

Nic j said...

dont walk the pitcher

Nic j said...

thank you

koufax said...

im sick of seeing guys get hit in the foot, if your going to send em to first hit em in the ribs

Nic j said...

seems like the weak pitching that was predicted is starting to catch up with us.

Nic j said...

man bills does not look good

Nic j said...

whats up with the giants getting the weakest RBI's

Alireza said...

Furcal should have shuffled to Hudson on that one.

Alireza said...

Nic - You can hardly say that the ace of the staff was part of that "predicted" bad pitching.

Casey Blake just did a Blake DeWitt. Immitation

Nic j said...

casey could have rolled that to first and still thrown molina out.

karina said...

This inning will never end.

Alireza said...

Chad is really fighting it. He does fight through though.

Amazing that Hudson makes such an amazing play and is pissed.

Nic j said...

i meant it in a karma sense. and after the way he pitched in the playoffs i dont think to many people were calling him an ace, he has proved them otherwise although.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate seeing runs scored on infield singles that could just as easily be outs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bills has no control

Alireza said...

I HATE THIS CHANT.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

For some reason MLB Gameday is calling every fastball a 2-seamer

koufax said...

dodgers dodging bullets

Nic j said...

could have been worse.

Alireza said...

Bills is throwing everything low. I have noticed he seems to be trying to nibble. He should throw a few more hooks, as he seems to be commanding that more. Also, it seems that the ones he throws harder are getting over better.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vinny just mentioned Juan Marichal. I heard somewhere Slappy McPopup was named after him. Is that true.

Alireza said...

Kemp swings at that 0-1 junk last year

Orel said...

Hey everybody. Can someone describe Blake's nice defensive play last inning?

Orel said...

Juan Pierre was indeed named for Juan Marichal.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wild Pitch

Alireza said...

I think Gameday guesses at seams by speed and pFX

Nic j said...

there's karma again.

koufax said...

its throw the ball into the stands day, woohoo

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Errors all around, enough for everybody!

Orel said...

E-6! Thank you, Juan Uribe! 2-2 tie!

Nic j said...

wow both pitcher are pretty wild tonight

Nic j said...

damn

Alireza said...

Wow. Most parks that is long gone.

Orel said...

Hack, Chad!

koufax said...

wow

Orel said...

Wow, what happened to Sanchez?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Funny, I thought "Where the Wild Things Are" wasn't coming out until Fall.

Orel said...

Sanchez is wilder than Dog the Bounty Hunter on meth.

Alireza said...

Hong-Chih Kuo plants that last pitch in the stands :-p

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Was Kuo the last pitcher to homer for LA?

Alireza said...

Not sure L.A. Fan

And to quote the Giants' homer announcers. EAT SOME PINE MEAT!!

Nic j said...

bills looked way better that inning, im sure pitching out of a windup helps.

koufax said...

there you go bills, great inning

Alireza said...

Bills just found his hidden nasty.

Dusto Magnifico said...

badda bing badda BILLS!!!

Nic j said...

i like him being more aggressive in the zone, its no secret the giants cant hit.

koufax said...

when the dodgers were putting up huge offensive numbers it always seemed like furcal and hudson were on base. lets get some of that this inning.

koufax said...

so much for that idea

Alireza said...

At what point do they think about moving Furcal out of the 1 spot and puttint Martin there?

Orel said...

Kuo bat flip!

koufax said...

martin has to remember how to hit first

Nic j said...

i wouldnt mind seeing that, martin can draw a walk at least.

Orel said...

C'mon Martin, knock in Manny here.

Alireza said...

Martin walks and runs. That is what you need from the leadoff man.

How the hell was that a strike?

Nic j said...

lets go andre!

Orel said...

Way not to swing, Russell.

koufax said...

lets go dre

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

whew, a walk.

Alireza said...

They are wasting time for the 'pen

Alireza said...

What is wrong with KCAL's gun?

Nic j said...

damn

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Like watching a repeating loop of Charlie Brown missing the football.

Orel said...

Chadley settling down. Let's get him a W.

Orel said...

That fastball was only 84?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice play, Loney

Orel said...

Damn, James can still play D.

Nic j said...

that dude swings at everything.

Alireza said...

James Loney, Gold Glove.

Nic j said...

san diego won tonight

koufax said...

haha did u see blake there

Orel said...

We need this game all the more, then.

Orel said...

Mmmm, Jackie Johnson.

Orel said...

Nice eye, Kemp.

koufax said...

how did kemp squeeze out a walk there he looked terrible, i will take it

koufax said...

when is loney going to go deep?

karina said...

Leadoff walk, Bills deserve to win!

Nic j said...

wow, that sucked

karina said...

koufax, contact hitting also produces runs...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sanchez got lucky with the CS.

Nic j said...

could of had two on with no outs

karina said...

Loney walks. It sucks Kemp caught stealing.

karina said...

two on, no outs, and a fast runner in scoring position. Sigh.

koufax said...

the giants broadcasters just said, "loney doesnt steal often but he can get u a base when he wants"

karina said...

Zambrano is smashing the D'Backs. 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, hasn't strike out many but he has helped himself with the bat: two doubles and a HR.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Okay, that's not Sanchez. I'm screwing up tonight.

karina said...

Blake singles...if not caught stealing, would Kemp score?

Nic j said...

hey cool i get to see kershaw pitch on friday, but its against peavy.
:/

karina said...

Raffy, you can drive this run in!

Nic j said...

raffy, no pop up please.

karina said...

Optimism, Nic J. I will get to see the game on TV

koufax said...

nice. mid at bat pitching change

Nic j said...

dont see a pitcher get yanked in the middle of a batter very often.

karina said...

It looks Bills bunt was good, he moved the runners!

that's why i love the National League.

Orel said...

Wow, a pitching change in the middle of the count.

Karina, if Kemp hadn't been caught stealing? It would have been a close play at the plate.

Nic j said...

give me a heart attack, jeeze.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

now that was close

koufax said...

come on

Nic j said...

i was one batter off.

Nic j said...

has manny had anyone on base when he was batting yet?

Orel said...

AAUGH

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

why O-dog? Why do you swing with a 2-0 count and the active grand-slam leader?

Orel said...

Karina, new post on the main page calling for the Fashion Police!

koufax said...

nic j, no but next inning will be the first time he is up with less than 2 outs

karina said...

I'll be right away, Orel.

If baseball disappoint me, i can always be entertained with fashion!

Nic j said...

way to find that silver lining. you know how to cheer me up.

Nic j said...

anyone going to the game on friday?

koufax said...

now thats how you hit someone

Nic j said...

that barely hit him.

Nic j said...

i remember when broxton nailed holliday last year.
ouch.

koufax said...

i would like to retract my statement, originally thought it was an fb that knocked him off his feet

Orel said...

Not me, Nic. Are they doing fireworks after every Friday game?

Nic j said...

what the hell kemp.

Orel said...

Ishikawa would have scored there.

karina said...

Orel, favorable ruling! mainly because i love boys with beards!

Nic j said...

yeah i think so.

koufax said...

loney!

Orel said...

OH YES

Nic j said...

james, i love you.

Orel said...

3-5 DP!

Nic j said...

now hit the damn ball.

Orel said...

Karina, do you like Casey Blake then?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If there was an academy of gold glove awards, Loney should submit this to get a nomination

koufax said...

manny lead off hr

karina said...

So, is King James making his case for the Gold Glove tonight? two outstanding plays tonight?

*crossing fingers i'll get to see them on tomorrow's sportscenter*

Orel said...

If Loney hit for more power he would be unstoppable.

Orel said...

I'm holding you to that, Koufax.

Orel said...

Time to make 'em pay!

Orel said...

Manny is so disciplined, especially with two strikes.

koufax said...

wishful thinking but i will take the two bagger

Orel said...

Manny Ramirez: 8 multi-hit games in last 10

Orel said...

Trying not to panic about Martin.

karina said...

wow, Manny!

Let's go son! you've already made a Scioscia play, teach them!

koufax said...

me too orel

Orel said...

Martin pops out, IBB to Ethier. Make 'em pay, Kemp.

koufax said...

come on kemp, man up they wanted u

Orel said...

That's right, that's right. Bases loaded.

koufax said...

well...

Orel said...

Anything but a DP here, James. Anything. Please?

koufax said...

if bochy was smart he would bring in a lefty

Orel said...

nice curve for strike one

Orel said...

James is flailing.

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo, King James.

Great defense, now shine with the bat.

Orel said...

Hmmm, cutaway to many birds above the stadium.

James fouls another one off.

Natalie said...

Ah, the birds. Such an important item at this point of the game.

Orel said...

Nice camera work there.

Orel said...

good eye good eye

Orel said...

Vin is just defusing the tension, Natalie.

koufax said...

3-2

Orel said...

Rancho Ardiendo + full count!

Natalie said...

Good eye and Good eye, again.

koufax said...

i will take it

«Oldest ‹Older   1 – 200 of 409   Newer› Newest»