Thursday, April 30, 2009

Game 23 Thread: April 30 vs. Padres, 7p

Elvis at Dodger Stadium. Read all about it at Walter O'Malley's official website.

James McDonald (1-1, 7.11) vs. Josh Geer (0-0, 4.91).

COMMENTS:

  • Welcome home, Dodgers, says Eric Stephen of True Blue LA. Just check your speaker volume before exploring Eric's post.
  • A win tonight would "almost certainly" give the Dodgers their first perfect April at home, writes Jon "I know Alyssa" Weisman at Dodger Thoughts.
  • Who is Josh Geer? Just another rookie pitcher...the Dodgers haven't seen before. Uh-oh. (I know it's not Geer's first major league start, but still.)
  • Scott Elbert has been optioned to Double-A Chattanooga, presumably to make room for Cory Wade, writes Tony Jackson.
  • Going to tomorrow's game? Ready your Elvis costume: The theme of the post-game fireworks show is "Vegas Night" (this guy can wear the same outfit!).

UPDATE:

More roster moves, via Dodger Thoughts:

The Dodgers purchased the contract of Jeff Weaver and activated Cory Wade, while optioning Blake DeWitt to the minors. Doug Mientkiewicz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

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koufax said...

what is claudio vargas's deal will he be healthy to pitch this year?

Nic j said...

true, but there are other teams that want peavy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Peavy's an interesting case since he's not in a contract year.

Orel said...

There is just no way the Padres trade Peavy to the Dodgers. Could you imagine the revolt in San Diego?

Nic j said...

i hope not, vargas is bad too, well he was in spring but he was injured so i cant judge.

karina said...

Weaver is performing very above the expectations, you gotta love it!

Fred's Brim said...

Russ, what are you looking at?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver's becoming the next Chan-Ho Park. The only thing is we need five Park's, not just one.

koufax said...

russ forgot he had to swing

Nic j said...

exactly, orel. if we had to trade bills do you think we would trade him to the giants? hell no, they'd get less and send him to some other team we could care less about.

Orel said...

Vargas is on the 60-day DL with elbow tendinitis. Any doctors in the house?

Erin said...

The ump certainly likes the spot about three inches off the plate.

karina said...

It seems Geer is good with a bat...how does he look at the plate?

Orel said...

trivia answer: Hank Aaron, 1,477

koufax said...

i heard they gave vargas blood injections to help the healing, dont think that is a good sign

Erin said...

This is all a trick, guys. Martin and Kemp are just lulling Geer into a false sense of comfort in the game by watching his pitches go by. Then they'll come after him.

Nic j said...

thats why we got manny last year for nothing.

Orel said...

Kids in the front row kind of make me sick.

koufax said...

looks like a big crowd tonight

koufax said...

haha orel

Orel said...

Peavy and Halladay aren't (perceived) headcases.

Erin said...

I haven't seen Mary Hart this year. That's where her seats are. Jane Seymour, too. Neither of them appear to be there tonight.

Orel said...

Seriously, you gotta earn your way up to the expensive seats.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver's "unintentionally" intentionally walking Gonzo

Erin said...

Guys, I will still be watching the game, but I've got to get off this computer. Don't have too much fun without me.

koufax said...

weaver better be careful here

koufax said...

we will take it

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was close, I was certain Weaver would just walk him.

Nic j said...

anybody see josh lindblom pitch in the spring?

koufax said...

ya lindblom had a hell of a spring

koufax said...

hes not a starter tho, didnt he close a ND

Nic j said...

he was doing well in the minors until he got shelled in his last outing.

i really liked him, gotta love a guy who throws inside in his first inning of major league pitching.

koufax said...

i love matt kemp

Fred's Brim said...

holy mackerel nice catch

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When can Weaver be able to start?

Nic j said...

he started out as a starter in purdue, and then was converted to a closer his last season there.

i think they are in the process of converting him back to a starter in the minors. Im not saying he is the answer, just something to look forward to in the future.

koufax said...

ya i meant purdue not notre dame

Nic j said...

kemp is really saving weaver tonight,

koufax said...

MLSF i think they converted him to be able to start in the minors, so i think he is good to go

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good, because let's just switch Weaver and McDonald already.

koufax said...

lakers v. rockets

Nic j said...

ill give weaver credit he pitched ok tonight, but he is a disaster waiting to happen.

but then again james is a didsaster right off the bat.

koufax said...

im with u nic, i hope weaver's bend but dont break game tonight doesnt make him the go to guy, we need to adress this 5th starter spot

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's games like these that I really hate the new Gameday

Nic j said...

yeah, its a band-aid solution

koufax said...

i would suggest getting nick swisher to pitch over jeff weaver, but he is hitting the cover off the ball lately

Nic j said...

oh man!

Nic j said...

haha, im telling you let james loney pitch. he went into the draft as a pitcher.

Orel said...

Nice ovation for Weaver.

Andrew said...

I think Weaver is a key we are missing to the bullpen in a long reliever who has starting pitching experience, so when games like tonight happen, we don't torch our bullpen. I pray he does not become our 5th starter.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The O-Man is in now

Nic j said...

andrew im with you. he hasnt had an ERA lower than 4 since 2002 as a starter.

koufax said...

the rockets fans in houston are chanting beat la right now, are they serious?

Fred's Brim said...

great job Jeff - not sure why they took you out though. You have just as much a chance to get out Giles as Ohman does

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, Houston can dream

Orel said...

lefty-lefty

Fred's Brim said...

Weaver could have done that

Fred's Brim said...

Giles is a lefty bum though

koufax said...

now u got lefty lefty for gerut and gonzalez

Orel said...

Not bad, Ohman.

Nic j said...

anbody outside of houston think that the rockets can win?

Orel said...

Nice play by Kouz.

Orel said...

Ethier is not Samson.

Andrew said...

Does anyone have Wilson Alvarez's number. I think we could use him as our fifth starter

Fred's Brim said...

Andre shaved his beard, and so did I!

Nic j said...

they were talking about ethiers stance on photos with fans for like an hour on the radio today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm still trying to understand how a picture with a fan at the game can lead to extortion.

Orel said...

"James McDonald walked the house in the second inning." —Vin

Nic j said...

thats what they said, even if they crop you out and manipulate your photo, your still in a uniform.

who wears a dodgers uniform while assaulting an underaged girl

Orel said...

Ethier is a fan of the prevention method of extortion management.

Orel said...

Ecksteined.

Fred's Brim said...

Russ and David Wright should talk

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I mean, he's in his uniform with a girl at Dodger Stadium, whose mind jumps to affair?

Orel said...

"who wears a dodgers uniform while assaulting an underaged girl"

A question for the ages.

koufax said...

hershiser wouldnt take photos with fans back in the day, i dont know if it was a policy, but i remember being pissed as a kid

karina said...

Wilson Alvarez lives in the US. He's actually one of my favorite baseball players EVER.

Nic j said...

is ohman no longer a loogy?

Orel said...

Guess not, Nic.

Karina, do you have his number?

koufax said...

walking guys in front of the league leader in homers, a good policy?

Andrew said...

karina- I dont care if he lives on the moon...can he still pitch? And does Ned have his number?

koufax said...

ohman could use at least 4 mphs on his fb

koufax said...

and thats what u get

Orel said...

Koufax: no. Tie game.

Andrew said...

Yay another walk is cashed in!

Booger said...

wasnt Ohman signed to take care of lefties?

Fred's Brim said...

this hitting and no pitching thing is going to kill me if it continues throughout the season. My mind is so accustomed to the opposite, i am afraid it will break my brain.

koufax said...

boog, gonzalez is a beast i dont blame him for the double, i hate him for the walk

Booger said...

great Bellisario, Torre must want to lose the game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Here comes Belly

koufax said...

fred i had that discussion today its very weird to deal with

karina said...

New game, boys.

He can't pitch because he'd have to go into surgery. That's why he retired. The Dodgers wanted him to go into surgery and give him another chance, but he refused to surgery. That's it.

But i'm pretty fond of his performances on venezuelan winter baseball with my beloved Aguilas. He has a 0.47 ERA in playoffs.

Orel said...

Sorry Weaver, no win for you.

Dusto Magnifico said...

getting kinda tired of the poor pitching!

karina said...

Hahahahahahahaha Orel, why would i want his number?

Booger said...

this bullpen blows leads every game, its ridiculous

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh c'mon!

Andrew said...

Really hard to blame the bullpen on this game. Tonight, they have been put in high failure situations.

Orel said...

So you can call him and ask him to pitch for the Dodgers, Karina! Or at least get that surgery first.

Fred's Brim said...

koufax - i am guessing it's what it's like to be a Phillies or Rangers fan. I personally find that unacceptable

Booger said...

Ohman created the situation himself

Booger said...

imagine what is going to happen against a good team

Dusto Magnifico said...

tired of Joe torre messing with a good thing.

Nic j said...

how did our pitching go from respectable to horrid so quickly.

Andrew said...

Another rain delay in LA!

Booger said...

lets see if the offense can pick this team up.

Fred's Brim said...

i bet Brian Giles asks her out

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ohman really didn't put Belly in a good position. Good news is that Belly only gave up a hit, he's back on the mend.

Nic j said...

is pierre up or does he always wear batting gloves?

Orel said...

Nice, FB!

Orel said...

Hopefully he can buy her singing lessons.

Andrew said...

All I am trying to point out, is that when a bullpen has to cover 7+ innings, there is a high chance that at least one of those pitchers is going to give up something.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Still 9 outs to go, Manny will have at least one at-bat

koufax said...

fred, i will never compare myself to a phillies fan, was there for the nlcs game 2 last year, a drunk asshole tried to punch me and hit my girlfriend in the face instead, needless to say im not welcomed back to whatever that ballpark is called

Nic j said...

i get you andrew.

Booger said...

Bellisario to cause the situation, but he didnt help it either. we used to have guys that would shut the other team down. this group of loses is pathetic.

except for Brox

Nic j said...

geer quietly had a decent outing.

i was too busy complaining about weaver.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Koufax, sounds like you had a serious problem there. Did you get security?

Orel said...

Kemp singles. Here we go. Again.

Booger said...

because of McD's epic failure i wont consider Weaver a bullpen arm tonight. Ohman & Bellisario are the culprits tonight

Nic j said...

casey looks a little light in the beard today.

Orel said...

Sorry to hear that, Koufax.

koufax said...

didnt get them, they found me and my buddy underneath about 100 phillies fans

karina said...

Go Bison! let's have hope!

Nic j said...

first to third, hey kemp this isnt the angels.

Nic j said...

and they say dodger fans are bad.

Orel said...

Kemp is on tonight.

karina said...

Sorry Koufax.

Nic j said...

so how clutch is mark loretta? we will find out.

Booger said...

Blake would be the perfect spokesman for 'Just-for-Men'

Orel said...

Damn, Koufax. Way to represent!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sounds like crap. I'm never going to Philly for a game.

koufax said...

i would caution wearing blue to a phillies/dodgers playoff game is all

Fred's Brim said...

that's crazy, Koufax everybody escape OK?

Booger said...

at least they took out BELLYsorryo

put in Troncoso

Nic j said...

your 'stache is trash.

Orel said...

Brad Penny: 2-0 record, 8.66 ERA. Just an observation.

karina said...

Orel, if i could have everything my way, Wilson Alvarez would pitch forever!. He absolutely broke my heart when he signed with the Giants, at the end, he left the dark side of the force.

koufax said...

there we go boys!

Fred's Brim said...

wow M-Lo!

Nic j said...

man, loretta is giving manny mota a run for his money.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The bench keeps coming through

Orel said...

Wow, how did Loretta do that?

Orel said...

Even Orel Hershiser pitched for the Giants.

Booger said...

its funny how a uniform can changes your opinion of a guy.

Penos Cabell said...

Just got back from the game. It was sad to see James McDonald get boo'd off the field.

Nic j said...

hmmm, remember last year when that would of been sweeney

Andrew said...

Orel- I was out at the bars the other night in Boston watching the game with that 7-0 quote in my mind the whole time and that tub of lard was staked 7 runs and blew that. I will not rest until every Sox fan knows the depths of his putridness!

Nic j said...

man penos you left early.

Orel said...

How's that batting helmet fit, Bowa?

koufax said...

fred - we were fine, a few landed punches on both sides, my gf was really freaked out but nothing too serious

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's one of the reasons I love Jackie Robinson. He retired after he learned he was traded to the Giants.

Penos Cabell said...

I was sitting in the ghetto area. Reserve section 59. We just wanted the blanket.

Orel said...

Did Furcal just swing at a pitch that hit him? Only Tom Goodwin can do that.

karina said...

I know, Orel. That broke my heart, i understand baseball is business but that's what i felt at the moment.

Go O-Dogg!

koufax said...

YES!

Nic j said...

his arms a little too strong.

Penos Cabell said...

The bases were almost loaded for Manny!

koufax said...

fred maybe this good offense thing will work out?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The O-Dog makes another rookie wish he were in Double-A

Booger said...

He just showed everyone his 'O Face'!!!

Orel said...

That may be a myth, MLASF.

Nic j said...

yeah i heard he retired before and he was traded anyways.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

yeah I know, but dammit I love the lie more

Orel said...

maximum comments in a Game Thread so far: 409

karina said...

Me too, MLASF.

Booger said...

come on Dre, just because you are scared of cameras doesnt mean you cant come through in a flash!!

Orel said...

Know thyself, MLASF!

Orel said...

That was terrible, Booger. Congratulations.

koufax said...

here we go dre dog

fanerman said...

Yay!

karina said...

Runners in scoring position, IBB to Manny, which means:

RANCHO ARDIENDO for Ethier, one out.

Fred's Brim said...

i hope they can hit enough to let the pitcher gain some confidence and turn into a solid bunch

Orel said...

They brought in a righty to face Ethier.

karina said...

No pressure tonight, Orel?

Booger said...

You gotta love your work, Orel!

koufax said...

devastating

Fred's Brim said...

damnation!

Orel said...

Damn.

Orel said...

That error may have worked in the Padres' favor.

Booger said...

GREAT, the worst possible scenario

koufax said...

i agree orel, the way manny has been swinging the bat lately

Booger said...

Did the A's organization teach him that too?

Nic j said...

not only is andre taking carne asada sundays from nomar, he is taking nomars GIDP's

Orel said...

Can we get two innings of scoreless relief?

karina said...

At least we're up in the score after we were losing. Have faith! it's difficult with the current state of the bullpen, but if any of you are religious, a little prayer would do.

koufax said...

wow cory wade is back

Orel said...

Nic: 1
Andre: 0

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

well, a lead is a lead. Tron should pull through though

Booger said...

bring in brox for a 6out save

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or Wade. Whatever.

Orel said...

Too close for comfort?

Booger said...

Torre's favorite whipping boy is in. Hopefully he is more Gordon than proctor

Fred's Brim said...

my internet is being a pain in the Eckstein so I have to quit for the night. can you you guys win this without me?

Booger said...

Come on Wade, get that liliputian out!

koufax said...

almost hit the o dog on that wrist. yikes

Orel said...

Hudson & Kemp are the flying Karamazov Brothers!

Booger said...

Wasnt Eckstein on the mini-sirloin burger commercial?

Orel said...

Will do, FB!

koufax said...

400

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whatever Wade did on the DL apparently cured him. Maybe McDonald and Kershaw need stints on the DL if it's this helpfull.

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