Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Game 28 Thread: May 5 vs. D'backs, 7p

Jeff Weaver (0-0, 0.00) vs. Max Scherzer (0-2, 3.48).

COMMENTS: Look out, 1911 Tigers! The 2009 Dodgers go for a major league-tying record of 12 consecutive home victories tonight. And all without their Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda, who's still weeks away.

The Diamondbacks send Wunderkind Max Scherzer and his 8.71 K/9 rate against old friend Weaver, who earned this start based on his four scoreless innings against the Padres last Thursday.

A win tonight would give the Dodgers series sweeps against all four of their division rivals (if you can call a two-game series a sweep. Hey, why not?). Tomorrow the Dodgers leave the comfort of their NL West nest for only their fourth inter-division game...against the 7-17 Nationals.

Life is good. Enjoy it while you can.

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Orel said...

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

Steve Sax said...

No change from last night. I therefore expect back-to-back jacks in the first inning from Manny and Andre.

Orel said...

And a triple play in the second inning.

Dusto Magnifico said...

+- 2 hours and 20 mins!

Chappy said...

I'm scairt of the Weaver...

Alireza said...

Jeff Weaver = 2009's Chan-Ho Park

At least I am hoping.

Nic j said...

that's not setting the benchmark too high.

Steve Sax said...

Weaver, eh? Eh.

Nic j said...

he was rocked in every spring training game, i know that was the spring but its the only sample i have o him hitting off major league hitters.

Lets just say i'll beWeave it when i see it.

Chappy said...

I can't watch here in Vegas when it's on KCAL (only prime ticket)and they have the blackout going on MLBTV sooooo I guess I'm relegated to audio.

have fun everybody...

Nic j said...

only 75 pitches for weaver tonight, hope that gets him to the 5th at least,

Fred's Brim said...

Weaver, then who? Do they have somebody in mind for the 5th through the 7th? McDonald maybe?

Nic j said...

Im guessing tonight it's McDonalds.

I'm Lovin' It.

Neeebs said...

I miss my cigarcow foil.

karina said...

Nic j, have you always been a pun lover or is it the influence of the writers of this site?

hmm, nervous about Weaver and the streak...

Nic j said...

not a bad arm rick garcia.

Andrew said...

I hate that KCAL means no Vin Scully and I am stuck with the Arizona homers. They are awful...still pimping that triple play for what it is worth.

Nic j said...

well, one of my favorite shows is MASH, so that should tell you.

Hi karina!!

lets hope the offense and defense is on tonight.

Nic j said...

start warming up that pen

Penos Cabell said...

Why do I already feel depressed?

Alireza said...

One thing you can say about the Weaver Brothers. They can really fool a batter.

Alireza said...

Gameday says Weaver is getting squeezed by the ump.

Alireza said...

K

Alireza said...

Knock on wood. Gameday suggests Weaver is sharp tonight.

Penos Cabell said...

impressive

Nic j said...

andres off tonight

Penos Cabell said...

Is Ethier asleep out there?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ethier looks sloppy.

karina said...

Let's take this game by pitch after pitch...sort of twelve steps...

Nic j said...

were gonna need good fielding tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver looks good. Ethier gave up that double to Ojeda, and nearly a run if it weren't for the O-Dog

Nic j said...

i think ethier was playing for the lakers last night.

Penos Cabell said...

Weaver actually looked pretty good after giving up the leadoff double.

Penos Cabell said...

Sherzer is a young stud. Lets see if the offense can jump on him early.

Nic j said...

i hope Scherzer doesnt tear us up again.

Nic j said...

not a great start

Nic j said...

yay o dog.

karina said...

Hi Nic j!
Epale everyone!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

i switched channels, and now I see the O-Dog on second.

karina said...

O dogg hit a double at the very first pitch, Manny is up!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

IBB to Manny

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ethier looks much better at bat than in the field. 1-0.

Nic j said...

manny at third thanks to the bad throw.
ill take it.

Erin said...

That was the perfect way to make up for the top half of the inning, Andre.

No pictures, please.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good play by Loney to drive in the run.

Nic j said...

RBI loney, could of waited for a better pitch but good still.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fingers crossed Martin can do something.

karina said...

I could get used to this brand new Dodger baseball, how about you?

Dodgers up by one.

Penos Cabell said...

This is pretty exciting.

Nic j said...

haha, score alot of runs and hope the pitching holds on karina? its fun to watch at the very least.

Nic j said...

lucked out on that one martin.

everything is going our way!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, a close one. Error.

Penos Cabell said...

We'll take it!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

E-6 to Wilson.

Nic j said...

wow martin needs to buy a lotto ticket today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin goes to third

Erin said...

Wow. What an inning.

Penos Cabell said...

This is fun to watch

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

aw, Kemp grounds out. 3-0 Dodgers

Nic j said...

damn kemp.

nice inning though

Penos Cabell said...

3-0. Good start.

Delino DeShields said...

Looks like we'll be threading till late again. Erin - might want to nap.

Erin said...

I'm thinking about a mid-game nap, Delino. I'm listening to the radio broadcast on the computer, so there's always a chance I'll doze off briefly. But I'll still be here.

Nic j said...

man, the cavs are just going to skip to the finals.

karina said...

Oh well, i meant the hitting part of the equation, pitching has worried me for months. Besides, with Weaver on the mound, we need all the possible offense.

Delino DeShields said...

Dodgers = a Hitter's Park. Unless you suck like all our opponents.

Andrew said...

Sheesh nic, you know baseball is a game of failure correct?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I love the way the D-Backs' website titles yesterday's game. "Triple-play not enough for D-Backs." Because you could also use some hitting and pitching to go with it.

QuadSevens said...

I love first inning runs!

Delino DeShields said...

Upton is the new Alou

Nic j said...

i would of liked the run parade to keep going, i have a feeling Max is gonna lock down.

QuadSevens said...

K!

Delino DeShields said...

Apparently 0-fer's up.

Not be confused with 30 Rock's Two-Fer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy, Weaver looks really good. That or the D-Backs are really bad. I'd believe both.

QuadSevens said...

K again! Go Weaver!

Delino DeShields said...

Random thought inspired by that last at bat - Can we start a petition to change the term choking to "Andruwing"

Erin said...

I wonder how many strikeouts the D-Backs would have if I were pitching.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andruwing really doesn't roll off the tongue. How 'bout Browning?

Andrew said...

Does anyone in LA who has been to games understand why every field level seat is empty? It seems particularly empty.

Nic j said...

probably not too much difference erin.

rumor is you have mean knuckleball.

Delino DeShields said...

Glad Weaver's haircut didn't have Samson-like results

Nic j said...

its a weekday, and there are lots of things to do in LA.

It might fill up more later.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I like Weaver's side-arm delivery. He's got a Fuentes-thing going.

Delino DeShields said...

Reason it's empty - Front-running Laker fans think the Lakers are on.

I said it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, this isn't Philly.

Nic j said...

haha, the lakers have been in front all season.

Nic j said...

i think its the front running cavs fans, who knew LA had so many Ohio transplants.

Nic j said...

pitcher gets a hit

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

cheapie single

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver's got some trouble.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blown DP.

Nic j said...

did that even bounce or was it low?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It bounced

Nic j said...

alright weaver is starting to scare me.

Erin said...

That 1-2 pitch looked like a strike on Gameday.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, Weaver got out of the jam.

Erin said...

Not quite, Mr. LA.

Nic j said...

weaver is changing his arm angle on almost every pitch, its shrinking his strike zone.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

aw nuts, WP

Erin said...

100.

Orel said...

One run would be cheap here.

Orel said...

Erin, you are relentless.

Nic j said...

man, weaver is not giving an inch on the inside of the plate.

Orel said...

Good job, Weaver.

Erin said...

52 pitches through three. We'll see if he can get through five.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, Weaver got out of the jam that time. One run is alright.

Nic j said...

i guess it worked though.

Nic j said...

weaver has a limit of 75 tonight because he's not stretched out, so i doubt it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It'd be interesting to see a Weaver-McDonald tandem.

Nic j said...

that was a pretty low strike,

Orel said...

Weaver at 52 pitches.

Nic j said...

max is talking to himself.

Orel said...

His tribute to Fidyrich.

Orel said...

Why do we score only in the first?

Erin said...

Daniel Cabrera pitches for the Nationals now? That should be interesting to watch. The Dodgers should be patient with that guy.

Nic j said...

i havent seen him manicuring the dirt yet, maybe thats the next inning.

Orel said...

Bang-bang play from Weaver to Loney!

Nic j said...

another double.

Orel said...

Lucked out there. That could have been a triple if it stayed on the field.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver's gonna hit his limit.

Orel said...

Cavs destroyed the Hawks tonight. This could be LeBron's year.

Nic j said...

the nba sure hopes so.

Orel said...

Weaver on the tightrope...

Nic j said...

outside of the top three teams the east is pretty weak, the hawks are good at home.

Orel said...

What first-round draft pick?

Nic j said...

wow, the defense saves weavers ass once again.

Erin said...

Steiner just had a heart attack over that catch by Hudson. Damn you MLB.tv for making me wait for the Gameday highlight!

Nic j said...

we will get it back when o dog leaves after this season.

Orel said...

Weaver at 64 pitches. One more inning for him.

Nic j said...

theres doug with his shoulder sling, what a trooper.

Alireza said...

O-Dog makes up for that poor throw with that amazing play

Nic j said...

second broken bat, russ is still trying to pull the ball.

Erin said...

Steiner says the Dodgers are 13-0 when they score in the first inning this season.

Nic j said...

beer and skittles?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That can't be right. I thought the Dodgers scored in the first against the 'Stros and then lost.

Orel said...

Vin said "beer & Skittles."

Nic j said...

see the stadium has filled out a bit.

Orel said...

beer & Skittles = fun & games

Alireza said...

Man. Scherzer isn't just a flamethrower. He has some nastiness and also pitches to poor contact.

Nic j said...

haha, nice casey.

Orel said...

whoops Upton

Orel said...

"a glove full of empty": another Vin-ism

Erin said...

Yeah, I thought it sounded weird. You're right, Mr. LA. No idea what Steiner is talking about. He said if they score in the first inning, they're 13-0, but if they're first to score, they're 16-3.

Nic j said...

scherzer doesnt have a great pickoff mov, he just lobs it over there,

Alireza said...

Nic - You have to pull that ball inside. It came in on Martin's hands and I think he was trying to foul it off. Think Mariano Rivera to a LHB.

Weaver with a knock.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Good job Weaver to help the cause

Nic j said...

Alireza -i was just stating the martins main objective at the plate is to pull it no matter where the pitch, check his spray chart. He is too good of a hitter to limit himself to one side of the field.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Weaver still looks good.

Orel said...

What is going on out in right field?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ouch, the O-Dog shouldn't have gone for that.

Nic j said...

they both had it.

Fred's Brim said...

has Weaver always pitched from the stretch with nobody on?

Orel said...

Hudson owes Ethier dinner.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Like Vinny said, that was Ethier's country. He doesn't even deserve the error.

Nic j said...

E-9? the scorekeeper must of wanted a photo.

Erin said...

So, I just checked, and Steiner was just plain wrong about that 13-0 thing. The Dodgers have in fact scored in the first inning in thirteen games this season, but they lost two of those games.

They scored once in the first on April 15 and lost to the Giants. They scored three times in the first in Houston on April 21, and lost that one.

karina said...

Ganeday is so slow that is almost killing me, if it wasn't for your comments...

Fred's Brim said...

Manny playing basket-ball!

Nic j said...

a ball to left always scares me a bit.

Nic j said...

i think vin knows something.

Alireza said...

Nice basket job by Manny.

Terrible E call by the scorer.

Damn it. Don't pull Weaver. If you didn't pull him for Tracy, you don't for Reynolds.

karina said...

It scarier when Slappy starts, at least Manny doesn't have a noodle arm.

Orel said...

Nice research, Erin. Guess Charley doesn't have internet.

Nic j said...

meh, manny is more prone to dropping balls. JP can catch at least.

Orel said...

Wow, Weaver pulls it out.

Fred's Brim said...

way to finish, Jeff!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Even the best of them get it wrong occasionally. Weaver K's Reynolds, solid five innings for him.

Nic j said...

but then you give up sacrifice runs.

Alireza said...

Weaver was nasty tonight. Probably his best work since 2006.

Dusto Magnifico said...

i think we found our chan ho park replacement.

Fred's Brim said...

was Tron-Tron up to pitch in the 6th or to get Jeff out of that jam?

Nic j said...

am i the only one who hated chan ho park?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

probably

karina said...

why did you hate him?

By the way, props to Weaver, he made a great start and nobody believed in him.

Nic j said...

really, he was good in the start of the season, but tapered way off after the all star break.

Nic j said...

not his whole run with the dodgers, just the second one.

karina said...

That was fast, 3 dodgers down quickly in 7 or 8 pitches.

Orel said...

Tron in.

Steve Sax said...

We can't give the snakes an 8-pitch inning from our 2-3-4 batters in the lineup. Come on, boys.

Alireza said...

Troncoso is a nice change in style.

Steve Sax said...

Which rare feat would I want to witness live? Triple Play, Cycle, or Inside-The-Park-HR?

I definitely have seen the first two, this season in fact. I think I've seen them all, but will have to go back to the record books to check.

Steve Sax said...

"Oh, what a great pitch"--Vin, as TronTron Ks Montero.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'd rather see the cycle. That goes down in history.

Alireza said...

Troncoso has decided to go Bugs Bunny.

As for hating Park's second run (last year) why? He resurected his career and was great for the Dodgers.

Fred's Brim said...

i like Tron's fastball that tails back over the plate

Fred's Brim said...

the wave while we are pitching? really?

Orel said...

Stop doing the wave.

Nic j said...

yeah, in the first part of the season, the second part he was terrible, and look at him now. Well i like him now because he is losing games for the Phillies.

Orel said...

Furcal lucky to dodge an error there.

Steve Sax said...

Crap Raffy. Didn't we just see that same error by Wilson last night? (Except this time they're giving Raffy a pass--it's a hit.)

Fred's Brim said...

damn - we make great, run-saving plays and then we can't make the normal plays

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate the wave.

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, yesterday they did the wave too during one of our rallies and it was really f'ng annoying. I think we scored, or got a good hit, and it shut everyone up.

I never stand for the wave anymore.

Steve Sax said...

Martin did not throw that ball in the zip code of second base.

Steve Sax said...

Let's play GET TO KNOW YOUR COMMENTER!

So Fred, are you local? Been to any games this year yet?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I was at a game where people were doing the wave in extra innings. While the Dodgers were up.

Orel said...

Nicely done, Troncoso.

Steve Sax said...

Snakes, 0-for-10 with RISP

Fred's Brim said...

good inning, Tron. having to get four outs now makes getting three next inning seem that much easier

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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