Monday, May 04, 2009

Game 27 Thread: May 4 vs. D'backs, 7p

Eric Stults (2-1, 5.50) vs. Doug Davis (2-3, 2.91).

COMMENTS: Fresh off of the euphoria of a four game slamdown on the division rival Padres, the Dodgers have rolled to a perfect 10*-0 home start to break the franchise record for consecutive home wins to start a season, tying the NL record in the process (with three other teams). It's going so well, we can start a lineup with four second-stringers and see three of them produce at the plate (the only one to go hitless, the 0-for-3 Mark Loretta, is still batting .391 on the year).

So what better way to jinx the streak than to have SoSG's own Alex Cora and Steve Sax show up to the Stadium in person? (Third base side, field level--please comment in the thread if you'll be at the game, and we can arrange a time to grab a beer, assuming they've restored wireless service to the Ravine.) Perhaps having a greater impact on the outcome of the game will be our starter, Stults, who got rocked in his last outing in SF (5 ER in 2.2IP, with 2BB and 1K). Stults will need to rebound well (kind of like that other LA team playing tonight in Game 1 of their own series). And I've always dug Davis get it?, who is coming off of a strong start of (0ER over 7IPs with 7Ks) pitched against the Cubs. Either Stults or Davis might have a slightly bigger impact on the outcome of tonight's game. But the guys who will be getting into Mark Reynolds' dome all night (ARI 3B Reynolds has 5HR but 26Ks and bats .268)? Yeah, that will be AC and me.

*Yes, I know I could have used a myriad of other references for the accompanying "perfect 10" picture. I'm trying to keep us somewhat respectable. For once.

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Orel said...

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

Alireza said...

Nice to see the normal lineup. Still, why the lefty-lefty in the 4-5 slot with Davis pitching?

Well, I suppose Ethier's .357 .471 .500 line against Davis justifies keeping him in the clean up spot. And it looks like Loney has put up .455 .500 .545. Torre looks like a genius there :-P

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh, Martin still hitting eighth. He better repeat his success from Saturday or there'll be hell to pay. And by hell I mean I'll just complain about it on this blog.

Orel said...

Heck to pay, then.

Alireza said...

What do you mean Martin still hitting eighth? He is hitting 6th. When he should be hitting 1st or 2nd. Anyway, it is good to have Martin in front of Kemp to draw walks and be on base.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice catch Alireza, my bad.

Alireza said...

The other promising thing about Martin's game is he did it mostly against Chris Young, who he hadn't been that successful against and who dominates RHB.

Chappy said...

Gents I'm pulling for Martin big time. my favorite Dodger...

karina said...

Chappy, i share your opinion.

Orel, that "10" reference on the game thread is awesome. Bravo!

Chappy said...

:)

Penos Cabell said...

Mr. LA Sports Fan - I think you meant Martin should be batting eighth. Like you said, hopefully he repeats his performance from Saturday. I have faith in Russell. He just needed that one good game to get him back on track.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

My mistake was already caught.

Steve Sax said...

Karina: I do the GameThread, but Orel gets the love. What gives?

Erin said...

I'm surprised you guys didn't make the joke I heard earlier that can only be used today:

May the Fourth be with you.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

one pitch, one away

Chappy said...

what a play!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday stinks today

Penos Cabell said...

Nice inning for Stults. I would love some early offense.

QuadSevens said...

May the fourth be with you! I love it Erin!

QuadSevens said...

That pause by Davis in his windup is very strange to watch.

Erin said...

Quad, I'm glad you liked the joke. And I was just about to say something about how Davis' delivery bugs the heck out of me.

QuadSevens said...

Woohoo!!!

Erin said...

MANNY.

Chappy said...

Yeah! Manny way to work the count!

That was a bomb!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MANNY!

Chappy said...

Back 2 Back!

QuadSevens said...

Back to back!!!

koufax said...

perfect time to turn the game on!

Erin said...

ANDRE.

Awesome.

Alireza said...

An 88 MPH fastball down the middle to Manny Ramirez. Davis pretty much gave up there.

Alireza said...

Oh goodness. Davis is in for a long night if he keeps throwing those pitches.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ETHIER!

QuadSevens said...

First inning runs again. Gotta love that!

Chappy said...

This power hitting game has been a long time coming! So psyched!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two quick runs should help Stults.

Alireza said...

Davis threw the same pitch to Loney as to Ethier. Loney needs to stop taking such a downward trajectory to the ball.

karina said...

Back to back home runs!

Steve, i beg your pardon!. My mistake, so all the love is for you!

Chappy said...

Come on Stultsie, get it together.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Upton's got speed, Martin needs to be ready.

Erin said...

MLB.tv apparently hates all Puerto Rican internet signals, because it refuses to work properly anywhere in San Juan. It's maddening, to say the least. I'm lucky it was running smoothly for the 90 seconds that spanned the back-to-back homers.

Chappy said...

Reflexes! holy crow!

Alireza said...

Does Stults have a decent move? I know Kershaw has developed one.

Fred's Brim said...

nice play, Orlando-Dogg!

QuadSevens said...

A lot of empty field level seats. Guess not many people are taking advantage of the eSaver deal tonight. It's good for the 7th and 9th too.

koufax said...

down go the celts

Chappy said...

sorry Erin that sucks...

Alireza said...

Byrnes is a rabbit. Martin has been hammering runners, however.

Erin said...

I'll be okay. 33 days to go. I hope.

koufax said...

seeing eye ball

QuadSevens said...

The Magic beat the Celtics in Boston to take the lead in the series. Time to flip between the Doyers and Los Lakers.

Chappy said...

need the DP bad!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I would've walked Wilson, but then again he doesn't seem to be a big threat.

Chappy said...

crap!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And now Stults is in trouble

koufax said...

great play!

Alireza said...

Settle Down Eric.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

sac bunt for the hottest hitter in the lineup.

Nic j said...

is kuroda better yet?

Chappy said...

That ought to get Martin fired up to hit!

Alireza said...

Lets say it again. Russell Martin is a top tier DEFENSIVE catcher.

karina said...

Are you working on a film, Erin?

koufax said...

nic if u think stults is nerve racking just wait for weaver tomorrow

Erin said...

Christine is working on a film down here. I'm just along for the ride.

Alireza said...

Russ has a mixed history against Davis. Hollow .278 AVG with lots of singles. Very few BB or K.

Steve Sax said...

Good news: coverage is back in the Ravine!

Better news: back-to-back jacks by Manny and Andre, seen from 100 feet away!

Too bad about the cheapie run scored by the snakes.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

As long as Martin hits eighth, I'm content with him. Glove and all, he's a great catcher. He just shoult not be batting sixth.

koufax said...

is martin going to do any running this year?

Alireza said...

If Gameday is correct, the ump is squeezing Davis' zone big time.

Chappy said...

nice lead off walk. Russell turning the corner I hope.

koufax said...

alireza, that pitch was high and outside

Nic j said...

koufax, i already stated my hate for weaver. Im on suicide watch for tomorrow.


pray for me.

Steve Sax said...

Anyone here at the game with us?

Btw, we just had a SoSG Lasorda sighting!

Chappy said...

His speed seems off to me Sandy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

whew, Martin can still draw the walk. One of Martin's pluses is that he is short but has power. Makes more pitchers liable to walk him.

koufax said...

haha, you got it nic

Alireza said...

MLSF - You seem to forget that the guy was, without question, the best hitter the Dodgers had for more than a year and a half. He has been in a slump, nothing more. His skillset also says he should be leading off, not hitting in the bottom half.

As far as Russ doing running, it is tough when your OBP is low.

Alex Cora said...

One dodger dog and one hot sausage down. Sax isn't drunk ... Yet.

Nic j said...

wow, ill take it.

Chappy said...

dah dah dah....

koufax said...

chappy, i see that too, but i think with the offense clicking torre hasnt had the desire to run very much...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ERROR! Kemp avoids the DP.

Alireza said...

Wilson has his boots on.

Alireza said...

Who's up for a double steal?

Erin said...

Maybe Blake can hit his sixth homer tonight, too.

Chappy said...

not gonna see a pitch better than that.

QuadSevens said...

Ducks on the pond for Casey!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think that Martin stinks. I just think that while he is slumping, he needs to go into the 8-hole. Once he appears to get into the swing of things (ugh, bad pun) he can be moved up.

Chappy said...

Hope you're right Sandy, I like my hard hittin', hard runnin' never give up catcher.

Erin said...

Every time Martin comes up with runners on, I expect a GIDP. It's been that way for all of this season, and basically the second half of last season, too. It's going to take a few (or ten) more decent games before I'll be able to shake off that feeling and trust him to bat higher in the older. I'm all for putting him in the eight hole.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Davis has nothing

Alireza said...

Full count. Runners should go.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HOLY SH-

Nic j said...

triple play.

koufax said...

dammit, thatll be on sports center

QuadSevens said...

Shit!

Nic j said...

wrong on that one alireza

Chappy said...

Well the Dodgers will certainly be on ESPN now... ugggh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is not how I wanted LA to appear on ESPN.

Steve Sax said...

I can now say that I've seen a triple play live.

Ouch.

Erin said...

The Dodgers will only make an appearance in the first half of Sportscenter because of a triple play. Awesome.

Alireza said...

Russ only has 4 GDP this year. His main problem has actually been Ks, which is uncharacteristic.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday is still trying to put that up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

As Vinny would say, he went from the basement to the penthouse

Alireza said...

Damn Gameday. I still haven't seen a live triple play. Why didn't Torre have them going?

Steve Sax said...

For the record, AC was yelling, "Send 'em, Larry!"

karina said...

Nic j, tomorrow is going to be nerve-racking, but we all have to have hope.

koufax said...

ron artest rocking the mohawk, with the rockets team emblem shaved into the side of his head

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Gameday still has nothing on it.

Erin said...

I didn't think the numbers backed up my feeling that he's always grounding into double plays, but I guess I just don't expect him to do much at all anymore. It's a bad feeling. I think I'm mostly alone here in my opinion of the guy anyway. I just don't like him. I want him to hit well because I want my team to do well, but I'm not rooting for the guy personally.

karina said...

triple play?gameday is slow...

Alireza said...

I think that GITP just killed Gameday for a few innings.

Erin said...

ESPN Gamecast also still hasn't posted the triple play.

Nic j said...

they had them going alireza, SS cuaght a line drive

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't know if Torre should have sent the runners. Blake is strike-out prone, and Martin hasn't done a heck of a lot of running.

koufax said...

come on stults hold it together buddy

Erin said...

Watching the Sox/Yankees game, and they just showed the back-to-back homers. They say they'll show the triple play later.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess it's official: We are on Gameday watch.

Erin said...

And Gamecast just now updated to show the triple play.

Alireza said...

Erin - I don't know why. He has done some of everything for the Dodgers and has a great story. He has maintained a great relationship with his family, never seems to do idiotic things, is really good with the fans and actually knows a thing or two about culture.

What isn't to like?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And just as I say that, Gameday puts it up.

Chappy said...

Amen Alireza!

koufax said...

hate to bring up hockey, but ovechkin and crosby both had hattricks tonight, crazy

Alireza said...

MLSF - Blake being K prone is actually a pretty good reason to send the runners. Blake is a RHB and Martin is very fast, so 3B isn't much of an option. Getting the Bison as the trail runner is equally dicey because he is even faster.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin is a nice guy, but when you have a girlfriend like that, I guess you really don't care what other people think of you.

Erin said...

Does he know a thing or two about culture because he likes jazz?

I don't know. He's cocky, and it rubs me the wrong way. That might be part of it. He has a bit of a Napoleonic complex going on that I just can't quite get behind. I don't really want to get into my dislike of a Dodger too much, because I want to like all the guys on my team.

Chappy said...

but i'm frustrated as hell too Erin.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess I'm not a risky person.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, close one.

koufax said...

erin, i met him at a bar in colorado, i wasnt being a groupy but went up to him and told him i liked what he was doing and keep it up. he was super nice to me, bought me a beer.

Chappy said...

Way to work it out.

Erin said...

There are other players who slump and I don't get angry with them. David Ortiz of the Red Sox (my other team, for those who don't know me) is having a hell of a slump right now (though he's doing well tonight), and all I want is for him to come out of it--for him as well as for the team. I just don't have that same feeling for Martin.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've never really seen Martin outside of a game. He never came across as cocky to me.

karina said...

I don't know if he knows a thing or two about culture or if he's cocky, He's my favorite player because he's got great amounts of talent, i think he's just going on a slump. Besides, he's a catcher, which i think is the most physically demanding defensive position in baseball AND he's my favorite Dodger catcher since Scioscia, whom i worship no matter what.

koufax said...

i think he is a pretty humble dude, just intence. he came from not very much, didnt his dad play sax in the subway for money?

Alireza said...

Erin - More because both his parents are artists (mother had a TV show on Radio Canada and father is a musician), he is fully bilingual, lived in France for two years and actually has a deep appreciation for music.

As for being cocky, where do you get that? The guy is the first to celebrate when his teammates are successful, he beats the hell out of himself playing the toughest position and has been acknowledged as one of the most fan friendly players the Dodgers have.

Erin said...

Ah, well, I'm fully aware I'm in the minority with this opinion. It's just one of those things, I guess. Maybe I'm just a fairweather fan, and I'll be loving the guy once he starts hitting again.

Alireza said...

That curve is any lower and Stults hits it out.

koufax said...

davis' fastball is 84 mph

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If anybody cares, Ethier and Kemp will be making appearances at the Macy's in Northridge.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

On June 5

Steve Sax said...

One brat, two beers down. Back in line for round 2.

Erin said...

I would drive to Northridge for that if I weren't currently on a Caribbean island.

Chappy said...

hey now!

koufax said...

eithier prob not taking photos i gather

Steve Sax said...

The televisions at the concession stands are running about 3 seconds behind the live action.

How annoying.

Alireza said...

Koufax - Russell Sr. earned extra money playing in the Metro in order to be able to spend more time taking care of Russ because his mother lived near Ottawa, which is a hike from Montreal and to provide him with top quality sports gear to allow him to play at higher levels.

Erin - Perhaps you should watch the special FSN did on Martin. It will definitely change your mind.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ethier needs to be careful. One wrong turn and suddenly everyone thinks he and a manaquin have a thing.

Alireza said...

When MLSF?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wild Pitch, if it weren't for that TP Davis would be dead already.

koufax said...

i think walking o dog here to get to manny is a great plan

koufax said...

thanks doug

karina said...

O Dogg should take advantage of what Davis is throwing at him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny with runners on and he already hit one out. Gotta be an easy out.

koufax said...

wow did he just miss that or what

karina said...

as he actually did...

Alireza said...

Ok Manny. Go Earl Weaver on his ass.

Chappy said...

oh no! whew on the bat!

koufax said...

not close erin

Chappy said...

I'm hot blooded, check it and see.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Erin, on Gameday not one was close.

Erin said...
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Erin said...

I've seen a lot about Martin's story, and I don't know what to say. Perhaps I'm just cold-blooded. Or perhaps it's the slight aversion I have toward Canadians.

ESPN Gamecast's strike zone made it look like three of the four pitches to Hudson were strikes. Were they close?


**edited TWICE to fix one missing word. d'oh.

Nic j said...

wow battier got busted open by sasha

koufax said...

would not have picked that outcome

Chappy said...

crud.

koufax said...

saw that nic, pao is bleeding too

Nic j said...

pau's was nothing compared to battier.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh, with the cable down, no Lakers or Dodgers. What's the score with the purple-gold?

koufax said...

how'd it happen, elbow?

Nic j said...

21-18 bad guys

koufax said...

21-18 rocjets

Nic j said...

yeah unintentional elbow rebounding.

Erin said...

ESPN just showed the triple play. Damn.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Still close there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Stults is having trouble.

koufax said...

matt kemp = vacuum

Chappy said...

nice catch by Kemp!

QuadSevens said...

Nice play by Kemp to run that one down!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp should get a gold glove just for the month.

Chappy said...

patience, grasshopper.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp with a great grab!

Alireza said...

21-18 Rockets at the end of the first. Nice to see Sasha getting physical.

BTW, Zack Grienke is officially the best pitcher in baseball this year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I read SI's article on Greinke. Great story there.

koufax said...

stults has a decent move to first

Chappy said...

nice throw!

Alireza said...

Lamar has 2 fouls, 24-24 and Von Wafer still has the coolest name in the NBA.

Nic j said...

the lakers are playing the kind of game that the rockets want to play.

karina said...

Link of the Greinke story? i've read some things about him and it's quite the story. He was my workhorse in fantasy last year.

koufax said...

no more batteries, good luck tonight everyone

Alireza said...

Seriously about Grienke. He just screws with hitters. He once threw a 50 MPH curve just to see if he could. Anyone who throws as hard as he does and can turn around and throw Eephus pitches is a monster.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Greinke has become the face of the Royals. KC is starting to transform, starting with a solid pitching staff.

gCHOW said...

greinke was the cover boy on SI last week. SI cover curse much?

Re: Los Lakers
artest is tearing up ariza right now. bynum had two fouls in 2 minutes. kobe is as good as a sick kobe can be.

Alireza said...

That was only the 6th K of Loney this year

Alireza said...

Home plate ump has a really inconsistent K-zone tonight. He squeezed Davis earlier and is now giving him some really borderline pitches.

Nic j said...

34-26 bad guys lakers look FLAT.

Alireza said...

To all the Martin haters - That pitch was pure nastiness. Manny would have K'd.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Laker game is getting ugly

karina said...

Things i like of King James: solid hitting and slow K rate.

Greinke is a guy who deserves a lot of good things to happen for him.

Erin said...

200

Steve Sax said...

2-1 through four frames.

Brooklyn Dodgers pizza, not too shabby.

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