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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Orel said...

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

MR.F said...

I still don't understand the Martin hitting so high thing.

QuadSevens said...

Let's hope Martin can break out of his slump so we can start saying "I don't understand why Martin is batting so low in the lineup."

MR.F said...

True dat Q7.

QuadSevens said...

Martin and Loney still haven't hit a HR. Let's see if they can get that monkey off their backs during this homestand. It might just settle Martin's swing down too.

PenosCabell said...

Torre needs to bat Martin 8th. At least so he can get his confidence back. Then insert him higher in the line-up. Kemp should not be hitting after Martin.

Unknown said...

Kemp should be hitting 4 or 5, based on the lefty/righty match up. That said, Martin shouldn't be batting 8th. He should be batting first or second. He is bound to stop looking at so many strikes.

BTW, anyone know why Elbert was sent to Chattanooga as opposed to ABQ?

MR.F said...

I don't think the Dodgers want to send their pitching prospects to hitter friendly ABQ. They'd just rather they be in AA.

PenosCabell said...

Alireza - No, Martin shouldn't be batting 8th. Blake should be. But right now Martin is stinking it up and definitely shouldn't be batting 6th. I am not sure what Torre is thinking, but batting Martin that high in the line-up is killing the offense. Like I said, bat Martin 8th, he'll get a lot of walks, but he'll also get that confidence back.

PenosCabell said...

Elbert to Chatanooga to amke room for Cory Wade.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Pardon me boys but I think that Elbert has a train to catch.

PenosCabell said...

I'm off to Dodger Stadium. Go Blue!

Fred's Brim said...

i like the big boy lineup

Steve Sax said...

Picking up on Q7's question, who do you think will hit a home run first, Loney or Martin?

I'm betting on Loney.

QuadSevens said...

I'd have to vote for Loney to hit a bomb first too. Martin just hasn't looked good at the plate yet.

NicJ said...

did money hit a HR in spring training?

NicJ said...

Loney. Stupid iPhone autotype

Orel said...

James is so money and he doesn't even know it!

Booger said...

we need our Tri-Lambs to break out of their slump!

Booger said...

I should have Kim Ng, and Charles Rawitch help me put liquid heat in the Padres uniforms.

Booger said...

and Dejon Watson

NicJ said...

the iphone sure thinks he is.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh boy, Celtics and Bulls headed to 2OT.

NicJ said...

im so used to road games this year i was trying to figure out how we got two out in the bottom of the first so fast

NicJ said...

either got that ball because he shaved, more aerodynamic.

NicJ said...

its sucks that the celtics series is probably the best playoff series ive seen in like five years.

NicJ said...

Little League Scorboard.

Red Sox-6 Rays-5

this one ended on a diving catch on an infield bloop with runners in scoring position.

im only 24 but im sure i have some grey hair after that game.

NicJ said...

damn, is it going to be one of those nights again?

Erin said...

This amazing Extra Innings package means that I can't start watching the Dodgers' game until the Nationals bat in the bottom of the ninth, down five runs. It's quite exciting.

Orel said...

Nice, Nic Torre!

Orel said...

Bulls up 3 with 2:00 left.

NicJ said...

that could of been runs right there.

NicJ said...

did someone just chant beat LA?

Erin said...

There we go!

NicJ said...

look at that hustle by manny, sorry boston.

NicJ said...

are the bulls that good or are the celtics that bad?

NicJ said...

shake it off j mac.

NicJ said...

hey finally the bulls stop a last minute shot by ray allen. he stepped on the line so its only a two.

NicJ said...

it seems like james gets rattled easily.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

J-Mac is all over the place

NicJ said...

take it easy mac.

get it?

Orel said...

Celtics tie it!

NicJ said...

seriously i hate ray allen.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Holy Cow! 25-foot 3-pointer from Ray Allen ties the game at 118

NicJ said...

wow what a way to end a 2 OT

Orel said...

Triple OT in Chicago! The seventh OT period in four games!

NicJ said...

hundley is still up what the hell?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

3OT for Boston/Chicago

NicJ said...

nooooo, just leave him in. he has got to get through this.

Unknown said...

McDonald may be young, but boy is he gutless.

Orel said...

Weaver up in the pen.

NicJ said...

NOOOOO NOT WEAVER!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

10-pitch at-bat ends in a walk. Run scores, McDonald's got nothing.

karina said...

Luis Rodriguez has a home run.KIng James and Martin don't.Strange, isn't it?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

what's the record for most OT rounds in a playoff series?

NicJ said...

weaver is a pitcher that will give you enough good outings just to keep a job.

Orel said...

Trade a run for the 3-6-1 DP. 2-1 Pads.

NicJ said...

whenever you say king james i think of lebron.

Unknown said...

We are getting murdered by our pitchers being pretty much non competitive. I will take Weaver so long as he throws a couple strikes.

NicJ said...

leave him. please.

Orel said...

Dammit, Geer helps himself. 3-1 Pads.

NicJ said...

weaver is terrible.

NicJ said...

alright maybe take him out.

NicJ said...

poor guy.

Orel said...

Bulls by 1 w/3:10 left.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I get a telemarketer, leave, come back, and the Pods have two on the board. C'mon.

karina said...

Is LeBron James called King?

Unknown said...

Umm nic...this is the 5th? start that McDonald has been awful. And he really is not getting hit hard. He is giving away games with walks. If it is a mechanical problem or not, I think he needs a trip to AAA.

Erin said...

This is crazy.

Orel said...

Vin's lip-reading! O-Dog telling McD, "You're the man!"

Here comes Weaver.

karina said...

I don't care about McDonalds' confidence. he needs to be pulled out as soon as possible.

koufax said...

pedro martinez?

NicJ said...

did anyone watch weaver in the spring? he was terrible.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

McDonald falls apart faster than Shea Staduim when a screw is loosened.

NicJ said...

yeah Lebron has been called King James for like 4 years now.

karina said...

Weaver is really going to get us a few grey hairs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

McDonald is being lifted in the second inning? Oh boy.

Orel said...

Tied in Chicago.

Unknown said...

Did he throw strikes? Do you realize how much harder rallies are to come by when walks are not issued?

NicJ said...

pedro martinez is too expensive. I really dont think he has a season worth of starts in his arm.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What will last longer: Bulls/Celtics game or this inning?

Orel said...

I wonder if McD goes to the bullpen or to Albuquerque.

Erin said...

Well, Andrew, he's not throwing strikes thus far. And I'm pretty sure Nic, along with the rest of us, understands that walks are no good.

Orel said...

Weaver walks Eckstein. Kinda says it all.

koufax said...

who is out there we need someone, i think it has been established now

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Weaver's got nothing either.

NicJ said...

anybody else in that pen?

Unknown said...

I don't know then, it looks like a staff issue. Perhaps Honeycutt needs to go.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It was most likely an "unintentional" intentional walk to Eckstein to get to Gerut.

Erin said...

Saved by a good center fielder.

Orel said...

Bison on his horse!

NicJ said...

i told you weaver is terrible.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Like I said.

koufax said...

i dont think u get rid of honey, you just cant count on two 20 year olds in your starting rotation

Orel said...

Noah with the steal and breakaway dunk. Unbelievable.

koufax said...

pierce fouls out!

Orel said...

Bulls up 3, 35.5 seconds left.

Unknown said...

Well my issue is that people like Stults even are getting killed by falling behind in counts. And from watching these games, they seem to be missing in all the same spots signaling that its a mechanical problem not being taken care of. If that isn't Honeycutt's problem, then I dont know what is.

Fred's Brim said...

What the crap is going on here? Could James not see the plate? was he pitching a different sized ball?

Erin said...

100!

Orel said...

Aw, you snuck in there, Erin!

Erin said...

Believe me, Orel, I was refreshing like a crazy person to make sure I got it tonight.

Erin said...

Glad to see the offense put up a fight.

NicJ said...

are any small market teams with good pitchers out of contention yet?

no?

just checking.

karina said...

Nic j, i don't really follow basketball with the exception of bits i get from watching Sportscenter. However, in my heart James Loney is King James.

NicJ said...

haha alright Karina, ill take note of that.

king james it is.

koufax said...

jesus.

Orel said...

The warning track's going to get a lot of face-time tonight.

karina said...

It's dreadful a rookie pitcher with a 4+ era is dominating Dodgers bats.

NicJ said...

at least they didnt bring eric milton up.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Weaver's gettin outs, but not the kind of outs you want to see

Orel said...

Wow, Hinrich just missed a layup. Bulls up by one but Celtics have the ball with 16.7 left.

Unknown said...

Pedro is in the small market of San Pedro de Macoris. I believe the parking lot kitty is starting to fill up for a free agent signing.

Erin said...

Loney should have had that ball.

koufax said...

are the bulls going to blow this?

Erin said...

Nope.

Orel said...

Rose rejects Rondo!

NicJ said...

seriously, this bulls game is insane.

koufax said...

what a game

Orel said...

Perfect ending in Chicago. Bulls win!

NicJ said...

wow.

i still hate the celtics.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bulls and Celtics will kill each other.

NicJ said...

pedro is just trying to wait out until a team panics and gives him what he wants.

koufax said...

ned coletti may have thought his job was over after manny, but he needs to get to work, like now

NicJ said...

alright everyone, we need some trade ideas.

Orel said...

Guess the Lakers are playing the Rockets next.

koufax said...

hey we can always count on jason schmidt!

NicJ said...

nice catch by the douchebag.

Erin said...

Man, I don't know if a bigger tool could have caught that foul behind the plate.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I don't know any pitchers in contract years other than John Lackey. But if the Angels continue to play like they are now, he could be an option.

koufax said...

well put nic

Orel said...

Hey, a good pitch by Weaver!

koufax said...

does ben sheets count as an available pitcher?

NicJ said...

thanks.

NicJ said...

eh, sheets is great when he is healthy, but is rarely healthy.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Sheets is way too rusty to count on.

NicJ said...

kinda like schmidt.

Unknown said...

Weaver was effective in his time as a spot starter with St. Louis. I mean seriously, this is the first Dodger team in memory where all we need our pitching to be is merely serviceable and to not give away games. McDonald now has 20 BBs in less than 18 innings. Perhaps he will come through for us later in the year, but clearly he needs to work it out else where for now.

NicJ said...

plus i think he is already in line to sign with texas once he is healthy, they are paying for his post surgery rehab.

koufax said...

ya thats the last thing we need, well besides a young kid that cant find the strike zone anyway

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

very true Nic

Orel said...

Weaver almost says get that junk outta here!

NicJ said...

come on, we need some offense tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Boy Weaver went deep

Orel said...

Furcal doubles. Here we go.

NicJ said...

why didnt the dodgers go after garland?

NicJ said...

O DOG

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

When you throw junk like that to pitchers you're gonna give up hits.

koufax said...

the o dog loves LA

Orel said...

O-Dog ties it up!

Erin said...

YES!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They did, but Arizona showed more interest

koufax said...

opposite field

NicJ said...

come on manny one more home run.

Unknown said...

{queue Zombie Nation}

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The O-Dog comes through!

Orel said...

Some have wondered about Garland.

karina said...

if he keeps it like that, LA will love O-dogg back.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Back-2-back Jacks!

NicJ said...

i called it!!

Fred's Brim said...

wow

Unknown said...

repeat

Erin said...

BACK TO BACK!!!!!

koufax said...

count it!

Orel said...

"And a towering drive! Forget it boys—that's out of state!"

"Manny Ramirez made a baseball look like a golf ball against the night sky." —Vin

Erin said...

Ethier swung at that first pitch like he wanted to make it three in a row.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Geer up for a win, LA

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ugh, I have the taste of bad pun in my mouth

Erin said...

Either Scully or the graphics guys have the count wrong. I think it's Scully.

NicJ said...

man, i love o dog but letting him hit in front of manny in a one year contract is going to get him a nice deal next year.

maybe the dodgers are just trying to get there type A draft pick back.

MR.F said...

Yay!

koufax said...

this guy is throwing junk way to take advantage boys

Orel said...

This is good. We're making lots of contact.

karina said...

that;s the offense i was waiting for!

Fred's Brim said...

OK Jeff - can you throw strikes this inning?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Geer can't survive with a mid-80's fastball to Manny.

Fred's Brim said...

heh heh Vin said "toasted mini buns"

Orel said...

MLASF: Don't be ashamed, SoSG comments are where bad puns come to die.

Nic: O-Dog's still gotta be able to hit the home runs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm getting sick of that Chase commercial

koufax said...

no wind up for weaver?

Orel said...

What would it take to trade for Halladay?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

A losing record for Toronto

Fred's Brim said...

Jeff didnt want to run all the way to first

koufax said...

more than we got orel

Orel said...

Aflac: Manny Ramirez is 21st alltime with 1,064 career extra-base hits. Who holds the record?

Fred's Brim said...

Lou Gehrig?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think the Dodgers should actually consider John Lackey if he comes back healthy.

koufax said...

do u think we could pry peavy away from the fathers

NicJ said...

who else is out there?

Orel said...

I mean, the Dodgers could get it done, but the cost (i.e., Kershaw) would just create another hole in the rotation.

karina said...

Halladay would look very good on Dodger blue, but they'll have to give half of the prospects, one of our very talented young players, money and maybe an arm and an eye.

NicJ said...

not unless we want to trade matt kemp. and a pitching prospect.

Fred's Brim said...

that's a strike, blue

Orel said...

Lackey: I'm a fan. But the Angels will probably get a deal done.

Peavy: Don't see it happening. The trading-within-the-division tax would be prohibitive.

Unknown said...

Orel- Considering Ole Frankie doesn't like paying the contracts of these players...perhaps the Left field pavillion could get Halladay.

NicJ said...

the angels are more likely to get peavy. its hard to get trades within your division without giving up a lot.

Orel said...

You said it, Karina.

Orel said...

Wow, another good pitch by Weaver. Pitching with a lead is nice.

Fred's Brim said...

Laredo!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Don't be too certain. Mid-season trades usually favor the team that buys, not sells.

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