Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Game 3 Thread: April 8 @ Padres, 7p

Chad Billingsley (0-0, -.--) vs. Walter Silva (0-0, -.--)

COMMENTS: So I think we've reached the point in the season where we can safely draw conclusions about the winter's major free agent signings. Let's see: CC Sabathia ($161m, 12.46 ERA) - bust!; Mark Texeira ($180m, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 RBI) - bust!; AJ Burnett ($82m, 0 wins, 0 strikeouts) - bust!; Adam Dunn ($20m, 0 triples, 0 SB's) - bust!; Derek Lowe ($60m, 1 win vs 14 wins last year) - bust!; K-Rod ($37m, 0 CG, 0 Holds) - bust!

Yeah, baby. Schadenfreude sure feels good. And ok, Manny hasn't turned it on yet, but geez, give him a chance. Besides his abbreviated spring, he's only played 2 games so far.

In anycase, I missed last night's game, but let's hope today's game puts the Dodgers back over 0.500. Treat this comment thread not as if you were pulling up a stool at your neighborhood bar, but rather as if you finally reached the counter of your local DMV after taking the day off work, getting up at 5am, and waiting 4 hours in line only to be told that we're sorry sir, we only take cash, you'll have to come back another day.

188 comments:

Orel said...

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

Orel said...

I'm looking for Patty & Selma.

Loney Fan said...

Give me a win or I'll punch that look off your face!!!!

What's that? I need the proper form filled out before I can punch you in the face? Okay, I'll go back and stand in the other line.

Neeebs said...

Do I need to make a reservation with SOSG Game Thread to move to the front of the comment line?

Neeebs said...

BTW, is it time to change the photo, yet? Anyone getting tired of Mr. Spock, with a beard. (You know, that parallel universe thing.)

Orel said...

Neeebs, maybe you could take a cue from Loney Fan.

Steve Sax said...

If I'm in the line at the DMV, does that mean I can't have a beer in my hand?

karina said...

Furcal lead off double!

Natalie said...

Won't be around for the game chat, but I just wanted to wish my most favorite pitcher the best of luck tonight. Let's go Young Chadwick!!!!!

karina said...

Mighty Blue 1-Padres 0

Your turn, Bills.

Orel said...

Chadwick, that's a new one.

Hey, we're winning already!

Orel said...

Epale, Karina!

Orel said...

Padres wearing the camo unis tonight. It looks like the bat is just floating there!

Orel said...

Nice backhand catch in foul territory by Ethier to finally vanquish the Eckstein menace.

karina said...

Epale, Orel!

Eckstein saw 10 pitches and he made contact to most of all.

Orel said...

Uh-oh, two men on now.

Orel said...

Chadwick K's Kouzmanoff to escape!

Fred's Brim said...

there we go. that was about 3 innings worth

Orel said...

Oh good, more Wolverine commercials. I haven't seen enough of those.

Orel said...

Nice profile pic, FB!

Fred's Brim said...

MLB.tv has the LA broadcast tonight so i get to listen to Vin for the first time this year - yay!

Fred's Brim said...

gracias, seƱor!

Orel said...

BEARD!

Fred's Brim said...

Casey!

Orel said...

Chadwick draws a walk. Nice job!

Damon said...

I hate these uni's

Orel said...

Put that bat sliver on eBay!

Orel said...

Why not make the pants camo as well?

Orel said...

We are swinging at a lot of ball fours.

Fred's Brim said...

Arthur Rhodes is a Red this year. He just hit 91 on the gun

Orel said...

Gotta be a lefty.

karina said...

Blake homered and therefore, shutting my mouth.

Hola Fred's Brim!

karina said...

Orel, fashion police doesn't approve those uniforms :P

Fred's Brim said...

Yep - I had too look him up - he started with the O's in 91

hi karina!

Orel said...

Hudson singles!

Orel said...

With the return of Karina we get the return of the Fashion Police!

QuadSevens said...

Let's go Manny!

Hi all!

Orel said...

Manny blasts a...single!

Orel said...

Q7!

Orel said...

Manny looks like he's wearing PJ's.

Orel said...

Ethier avoids the DP!

QuadSevens said...

Hey Orel!

Runners on the corners now. Let's go J. Martin.

karina said...

Runners at the corners, son's up!

go J. Martin!

karina said...

"great minds think alike" if we ignore the grammatical error!

Orel said...

Martin K's. I think he was looking fastball there.

Orel said...

dammit James

Fred's Brim said...

crud

Orel said...

"Runners at the corners" is grammatically sound, I believe.

QuadSevens said...

I'll agree we have great minds! :)

Orel said...

I like it when the pitcher bounces the rosin bag off the back of his hand.

Orel said...

Silva has a decent swing.

Orel said...

Chad K's Gerut!

Fred's Brim said...

that pitch to Gerut was filth

Orel said...

Glad to see Chad has recovered from that broken leg.

Orel said...

I like our defense this year.

karina said...

thanks, Orel.

karina said...

A K to Gerut. Thanks, Bills.

Orel said...

Aflac trivia question: 4 Dodgers have won Rookie of the Year at 2nd base. Name them.

Again, not a question!

Orel said...

Kemp singles!

Orel said...

I don't see Blake legging out any DP's. Nice slide by Kemp, though.

Orel said...

Chad's hacking! Another full count for him!

Loney Fan said...

Bills making him work.

Orel said...

Another walk for him!

Loney Fan said...

Bills showing our team how to lay off the ball four

Orel said...

We should be up like 5-0.

Fred's Brim said...

yep - need to make some hay next inning with Hudson leading off

Orel said...

trivia answer: Sax, Sizemore, Lefebvre, Gilliam

Loney Fan said...

Sax honored with an Aflac trivia statement (question).

Fred's Brim said...

Steve Sax - AFLAC trivia answer - 10 points!

Orel said...

Chad is in the Zone. That curveball was nasssty!

QuadSevens said...

Time to turn two!

Fred's Brim said...

yikes - tricky liner there

Orel said...

Is it me or is Kemp noticeably better in center this year?

QuadSevens said...

I like Kemps new two tone glove.

QuadSevens said...

Guess the new contacts help him in the field too Orel.

Orel said...

He's getting better jumps.

Orel said...

So much for Huddy starting that rally.

Orel said...

How many DP's is that for us tonight? Two?

Dusto Magnifico said...

Gotta show a little more patience Andre.

Loney Fan said...

I agree with Orel, we should have at least two more runs on the board right now. It feels like we are shooting ourselves in the feet right now.

Orel said...

Hey Dusto, how you doing?

Orel said...

Hold it together, Chadwick!

Fred's Brim said...

overthrowing

Orel said...

Two on, no out.

Dusto Magnifico said...

doin alright Orel... Looks like Chad is getting pinched a bit. though i am watching this on gameday. are there any links to get this on line?

Orel said...

Why would Chad overthrow when his breaking stuff is working so well?

Orel said...

Not unless you want to buy MLB.TV, I'm afraid.

Orel said...

Wow, bases juiced. All on walks.

Fred's Brim said...

crap boobs crap

Dusto Magnifico said...

Im kindof a cheap bastage.

Loney Fan said...

ARRRGGGHHHH! If Bills would have only pitched to the bunter.

Loney Fan said...

Shake it off Bills, we're not losing yet and you have more pitching to do.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Why didnt Lonely go home?

Orel said...

Loney is so heads-up this year. Eckstein flied to center, Kemp gunned it home to get the runner at third. Loney cut off the throw and they got the runner at first in a rundown. 2-2 tie.

Dusto Magnifico said...

I hate Eck!

Fred's Brim said...

This east-coaster has hit his pitch limit - can you guys get us this win?

Orel said...

"Hey Dad, heard you swearin'. Mind if I join in? Crap, boobs, crap!"

Dusto Magnifico said...

dang... tough inning for Bills.

Orel said...

We'll take it from here, FB!

Orel said...

100!

Fred's Brim said...

gnite guys!

Orel said...

Thanks for coming! See ya next time!

Orel said...

Martin CS, out by a mile. Maybe a missed H&R.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Seems like we didnt take advantage of a crappy pitcher like Silva. 95 pitches- 54 strikes! And we only had 4 walks!!!

and now Russell gets thrown out. Sheesh!

Orel said...

And no XBH except Blake's HR, I think.

Orel said...

We just suck against rookie pitchers!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Lemme guess... outside slider to Kemp. (gameday isn't showing location/ pitch)

Orel said...

Casey gave it a ride but no second HR.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Looks like that calming effect Joe Torre has is putting our guys to sleep.

Orel said...

Actually, Dusto, it was an 89-mph (TV) fastball on the outside corner. Caught looking.

Orel said...

Hmmm, Chad at 83 pitches, still in.

Dusto Magnifico said...

gotta go to class. talk to you guys (and gals) later.

GO DOJERS!

Orel said...

Later!

Orel said...

1-2-3 inning for Chad. Now let's get him the lead.

Orel said...

Juan Pierre sighting! And he grounds out weakly.

Orel said...

A cheapie by Hudson. We'll take it!

karina said...

get him Manny!

Orel said...

MANNY doubles! 4-2 Dodgers!

Orel said...

Cla Meredith is all like, I told you so.

Orel said...

Ethier IBB. I wonder why? Let's see if J. Martin can take advantage.

Orel said...

Russell is officially struggling. Vin said so.

Orel said...

LONEY RBI! 5-2 Dodgers!

Neeebs said...

Nice job boys.

karina said...

King James, in play (runs)

sweet sentences to my eyes...

Orel said...

Still don't know why they IBB'd Ethier.

Orel said...

Kemp lines it right back at Meredith. "I don't think he caught it, I think the ball caught him." —Vin

karina said...

Same here, Orel. Maybe Bochy doesn't trust in his defense?

Steve Sax said...

Eight men at the plate for the Dodgers. Nice job James to eke out that 5th run...too bad Matt Kemp couldn't plunge the dagger with two RISP...

Loney Fan said...

I don't know if I have mentioned it before but I really like James Loney. Especially the start he has had this year.

Damon said...

Kemp is getting screwed. So is my Fantasy team

Damon said...

Kemp is getting screwed. So is my Fantasy team

Steve Sax said...

Hey karina, Orel, neeebosity, LF, and the Brim

Steve Sax said...

and Damon

Loney Fan said...

Hey Sax, you were the Aflac answer tonight.

Neeebs said...

I'd be a fan of Loney if there wasn't already one on this blog

Orel said...

Kemp's and Loney's fast starts have helped take the sting from Martin's and Ethier's slow starts.

Orel said...

Nice backup by Kemp there.

Orel said...

Ack, WP by Wade.

Loney Fan said...

Come on Wade! Get out of this one

Orel said...

Kemp on his horse! He is taking such good routes this year.

Loney Fan said...

Let's go Matt Kemp's new contacts!

Orel said...

Another Padres rookie!

Neeebs said...

Anyone want to bet that dewitt gets the start at third tomorrow. Day game after night game.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Dewitt is supposed to start at short.

Steve Sax said...

Would have been nice to have scored Loretta, sitting on second with that WP. Oh well, better luck next time, Furcal and Hudson.

karina said...

Steve, i know you like Gerut, but i'd love if he K's again.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, the sun has just come up where I am

Steve Sax said...

Did we mention yet that Jody Gerut went to Stanford?

Dusto Magnifico said...

And the sun is just going down where I am...

Steve Sax said...

GOOOD memory, karina!

And me too

Orel said...

Kuo is nasty...it'll take discipline for Torre not to overuse him.

Orel said...

You're up too early then, Sax.

Steve Sax said...

And Gerut Ks on a foul tip! Nice prescience, K-K-Karina!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Torre usually overuses his setup men. I'd love it if Kuo were relegated to 8th inning situations ONLY.

Steve Sax said...

Dusto, and long ago somebody left with the cup.

Steve Sax said...

Eckstein grounds out, but he's still got scrappiness (TM).

Orel said...

I love how our readers come from all over: Karina from Venezuela, Dusto from Alaska, Fred's Brim from the east coast.

Steve Sax said...

5-2 Dodgers after eight full frames!

Dusto Magnifico said...

I just realized that Manny has bumped his avg up to 300... with 2 hits! ESPN is a group of clowns.

Loney is up to .545!

ok, so its been 3 games... I'm still going to be excited.

Dusto Magnifico said...

The Dodgers fans are a global fan base! Ned should do more for us outside of LA... and then more for those IN LA... and then lower prices for EVERYTHING.

karina said...

In spite the pitching is thin, this season is a real promise.

Neeebs said...

Come on Russ, shake it off.

Orel said...

Dare to dream, Dusto.

karina said...

If gameday is to be trusted, that was a great at-bat by Ethier. He took a walk with four fastballs in a row.

Orel said...

Isn't it weird to have better hitting than pitching, Karina? Although that's not even necessarily true.

Orel said...

Russ is rusty.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Oh trust me, I'm dreamin!

Orel said...

Ethier SB. Did he have the green light?

karina said...

Maybe it's not that weird, we probably are not used to have a team built like that.

I'm still mourning over the fact Lowe, Beimel and Saito are gone :(

MattyA said...

And Orel, those are just the readers you know about. What about people like me who follow your game threads all the time but never say anything? Oops... now I've blown my cover.

Neeebs said...

Viva senor broxton.

Orel said...

Brox is a beast.

Orel said...

Busted, MattyA! Ann Arbor represent!

Dusto Magnifico said...

Saito gave up a nasty homer to Evan Longoria today. He didn't look comfortable pitching in the 7th. I still miss him. I think we will be ok without Lowe and Beimel. I'm looking forward to seeing Steven Randolph get it together and be our lefty specialist once Oh Man gets traded... if he gets traded.

Loney Fan said...

So far so good for Big Bad John. Apparently the preseason is not always an accurate representation of what is going to happen in the regular season. Who would have known?

Orel said...

WIN

karina said...

When he's controlled, Stephen Randolph is very good. Shame he loses his patience too soon.

Dusto Magnifico said...

a brOX is on the loose!!!

Loney Fan said...

2 of 3 so far. Lot of men left on base but we still won it. Nine pitches for Broxton! Let's go Kershaw!

karina said...

Let's go Blue!

MattyA said...

Thanks for all the commentary. I'll be lurking here in the shadows tomorrow... wait, that sounds creepy.

karina said...

Guys, i think i'm going to a short trip tomorrow, be prolific on the game threads!

Loney Fan said...

We'll try to make you proud Karina

karina said...

Night, everyone!

Have a nice day, Steve

Neeebs said...

Later folks

Steve Sax said...

MattyA, don't just be lurking! Thanks for saying hi.

Orel said...

Yeah, Lowe leaves the biggest hole. But remember it took four years to sign him.

I mean, he got a four-year contract.

Orel said...

Night all!