Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Game 35 Thread: May 13 @ Phillies, 4p

MANNYWATCH: 45 GAMES

Randy Wolf (1-1, 2.95, 33+ yrs) vs Jamie Moyer (3-2, 7.26, 46+ yrs).

COMMENTS: I'm not going to riff on Orel's brilliant "that's good / that's bad" Simpsons routine from yesterday, despite the fact that it was endless fun in a spirited GameThread, mostly because all of the things I'd say about last night's game would be followed with "That's bad." Like walking former Giant Pedro Feliz four times. (That's bad.) Or starting the game off with a run and three base hits, only to go the rest of the game with only two more runs, wasting the potential of an 11-hit night. (That's bad.) Or having Russell Martin throw the ball back to his pitcher while Jayson Werth is standing about twenty feet from home plate. (That's bad.) Or having Juan Pierre--whose 1-for-5 night was bested (worsted?) by Rafael Furcal's 0-for-4 outing--make the final out for something like the twentieth game in a row since Manny was suspended (it's only been five games, but you get the idea).

I have looked forward to this six-game road trip as a first test of the Dodgers' mettle, and it's come at a particularly tough time with their best player suspended. But while the media is running around pointing to our 1-4 record sans Manny, I'm looking only at the 0-1 record on this road trip, knowing that a win today at Citizens Bank Park could do a lot to exorcise the demons of playoff losses past (the Dodgers are 0-7 in Philly dating back to last year). And, as we've said each time we've had two losses (to good results, obviously): The Dodgers have not lost three in a row all year. Let's go, Blue! I want to write "That's good" again.

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Erin said...

I get to watch a Dodgers game on real TV!

That's good.

Steve Sax said...

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

rbnlaw said...

Tonight's game is on ESPN.
That's good.We have to listen to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.
That's bad.Sorry, couldn't resist.

Erin said...

Is it really going to be Morgan and Miller, even though it's not Sunday Night Baseball? I would think we would get Steve Phillips or Rick Sutcliffe or Dave O'Brien of something.

rbnlaw said...

Erin,
If that's the case, then "It's good" again.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I think I might hate Rick Sutcliffe only slightly less than Joe Morgan. John Miller is gold however. Steve Phillips is, well, lets say I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he has significant monies invested in Ed Hardy.

The Dodgers should just build some sort of Vinbot that can travel with the team in Vin's stead. That would solve everything methinks. Stupid Joe Morgan.

rbnlaw said...

Just found out, it's Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe.

So it's good and bad. I can't stand "Boomer." Sutcliffe's a former Dodger, so he gets a pass.

Chappy said...

Evening up the road series with Philly by winning tonight? Good.

The possibility of losing 3 in a row for the 1st time this season?

very very bad.

Need to score runs boys, need to score runs.

Steve Sax said...

rbnlaw, how did you find out who is calling tonight's game? I'm curious.

Washington @ Frisco, in progress: 1-0 Nats in the top of the sixth. Zito is still pitching pretty efficiently but gave up a run on a Nick Johnson double in the fifth. Zimmerman is 0-for-2 so far. Shairon Martis has allowed two hits through five frames for the Nats, but that won't hold up with his 4.67 ERA (he is 4-0, however), so Washington had better score some more runs.

Steve Sax said...

HLaCK, how can you like Jon Miller? Clearly, your real name must not be of spanish etymology.

Jon Miller would probably pronounce your handle "hun-lie A'-chi-qua".

Chappy said...

To me nothing is worse that the smug fest that is Joe Buck and Tim McCarver though.

rbnlaw said...

Sax,
I googled, then found this:
http://sportsmedianews.com/05/espns-week-in-baseball-2/

Sorry my knowledge of html tags is deficient.

Dusto Magnifico said...

ugh... ive been drinking the throwback mountian dew... tastes great! gives the runs! It's such a connundrum. I love drinking it. I hate pooing 17 times a day because of it. At least the game will be on tv tonight.

Erin said...

I wish I could get the Throwback Pepsi down here. My biggest reason for not drinking soda often is the HFCS. Of course, if I like the Throwback stuff too much, I will just get hooked on the natural sugar.

fanerman said...

TMI Dusto. T M I.

Neeebs said...

DM says, "I hate pooing 17 times a day..."

NICE.

Erin said...

If/when I drink the Throwback Pepsi, I will not comment on what it does to my digestive system.

I'm a lady, after all.

Steve Sax said...

Maybe we can give the throwback mountain dew to the Dodgers.

They need the runs.

karina said...

I also get to watch the game on TV tonight.That's good.

I'll get to watch the game listening to Guillermo Celis, Ernesto Jerez or Candy Maldonado with Carlos Baerga.That's good too.

I used to love Mountain Dew when i was a kid/teenager, but i don't like it anymore, maybe if i could try that throwback, it'd work for me again.

Steve Sax said...

Washington up 4-1 over the Giants in the bottom of the eighth, and Joe Beimel in to pitch...excellent! He can give the Giants the lead again!

Steve Sax said...

Beimel gives up a leadoff double to Renteria, I kid you not. Here it comes. The Nationals are all about giving back.

karina said...

J. Beimer/P. Sandoval, in play (runs)

karina said...

Sandoval RBI single. Nats 4, Giants 2

Steve Sax said...

beimel's out after giving up a run, but tying man is at the plate and it's 4-2 Nats.

Steve Sax said...

Whoops, sorry about that Karina. Didn't mean to epale all over you.

Steve Sax said...

BTW karina, congrats on finishing first for puzzle #3! Well done!

Dusto Magnifico said...

"I used to love Mountain Dew when i was a kid/teenager, but i don't like it anymore, maybe if i could try that throwback, it'd work for me again."

It'll do the trick.

Steve Sax said...

Who is Pat Misch?

Can the Nats mash Misch?

karina said...

Pat Misch have been around the Giants minor system for years. It looks like he's pitcher who keeps the ball low so he receives lots of grounders, but he's not very controlled (i guess it's his tendency to keep the ball low and he has trouble to paint the corners precisely)

karina said...

That's what winter baseball does to you. Analyze obscure minor leaguers who can be in your team.

Steve, no worries about it!a big Epale to you and everyone else here.

Erin said...

Well, there goes Zimmerman's hitting streak.

Steve Sax said...

erin, spot on. Zimmerman's force out leaves him 0-for-3. Though Ryan (and Dodger fans) can pray for a big inning so he comes up to bat again. 6-2 Nationals, two out...make that three.

Well, it could always go to extras. Even if they've already used Beimel this game.

karina said...

Thanks for the compliment but i still think i could resolve that puzzle out of luck and visuals, not logic, but let me tell you, it was much of a big deal to finally solve one of your wonderful puzzles, even if it was out of casualty, i can't believe 'till this day.

karina said...

Uh-Oh. Schierholtz lead off triple.

fanerman said...

Yay. The Nationals hold on!

Neeebs said...

What's the difference between epale and apurate.

Neeebs said...

Speedy Gonzales always said epale.

Alireza said...

As long as Pierre is going well and Furcal is stinking it up, they should have Rafael batting 9th.

Alireza said...

What is with the next 3 KCAL games (I don't have cable) being wasted on the Fish?

Erin said...

This just in: the radar gun does not measure heart.

Steve Sax said...

Little scary there, but Kip Wells gets it done. Giants retreat to 3.5 games back of the Dodgers.

Alireza said...

C'mon Raffy. Show Moyer that you remember the NLCS

Steve Sax said...

Alireza, for as knowledgable as you are on the GT comments, I'm shocked to hear you don't have cable. Come on, dude, join the 1990s revolution!

I would recommend DirecTV. In fact, if you do pursue DirecTV, tell me so I can make $100.

karina said...

Neeebs, Speedy Gonzalez always say epa, epa, epa, epaaaaa!

Epale is informal for hello as epa. Epa is also slang for "watch out", "be careful"

Apurate means hurry up.

Steve Sax said...

i love it when you click into gameday late in an at bat, and then adjust the camera angle and see all these random orbs flying at you like you were piloting the millenium falcon through an asteroid field

Steve Sax said...

anyone see the Raffy hit? Deflection off of Utley--was it a decent hit, or a lucky shot?

Erin said...

I don't know what the hell Sutcliffe is talking about when he says about Furcal:

"He seems to be healthy, too."

And Berman says, "Yeah, he does."

These guys haven't been watching the Dodgers this season.

Steve Sax said...

O-Dog, with pitcher's mound power!

Two out, Raffy on second.

Erin said...

Furcal hit the ball pretty hard, took a tough bounce under Utley's glove. I'd call it a solid hit.

Unlike anything else in the inning.

And despite what Berman just said, nothing about Ethier's groundout screamed "hit well."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And Ethier kills any hopes of getting a run.

Steve Sax said...

frickin Andre, both those pitches were a mile inside! Wait for your damn pitch!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sax, don't be so hard on Andre. He already gets enough of that from himself.

Steve Sax said...

Pierre has the best batting average in the lineup.

That's bad.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LASF, he keeps wasting RISP, and he's not getting MY picture

Orel said...

Epale, all. Furcal's hit was right by Utley, but untouched. Not that it matters now.

Alireza said...

Sax - I would have cable, but my fiancee grew up without it and sees it as an unnecessary expense. It actually comes out much cheaper to have 20-30 channels over the air (we live in Carthay, right in the middle of the city), a Tivo, streaming Net Flix and DSL than to get a decent cable + internet + DVR package.

Besides, she thinks I would hog the TV to watch baseball. She would be right.

Alireza said...

4 straight heaters is living dangerously against Victorino. Still, Randy got the out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Time for Wolf to get Utley

karina said...

That out by Kemp was beautiful.

Eric Karros said...

Epale folks.

Orel said...

Eric Collins just called Matt Kemp "Johnny on the Spot."

karina said...

The first one he made.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm confused. Why is Wolf only using heaters?

Orel said...

We should drill Werth just on principle here.

Alireza said...

C'mon Randy. Get these guys to swing under that 65 MPH curve.

Throwing all these fastballs to contact is living a bit dangerously.

Alireza said...

MLSF - No idea. He just started using some junk against Werth. First the change then the hook.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Werth still has that ugly little stripe on his chin.

Steve Sax said...

I dropped my kid off at school today and this kid ran up to me and said "Chan Ho Park beat your team! Nah, nah, nah nah, nah!", and stuck out his tongue at me, and then ran off.

And all I could do is stand there with my lunchbox and sob quietly to myself.

Sort of like Brian Wilson.

Alireza said...

No jinx intended but I will say that Randy's stuff is looking pretty nice tonight.

Alireza said...

Wow Randy. That was a big waste.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh crap. Werth is on.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

7 stolen bases, four coming from last night.

Alireza said...

Is Randy any good at pickoffs?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He is a lefty. That can help.

Alireza said...

An OF of Werth/Kemp/Ethier would be almost as scary as Manny/Kemp/Ethier.


Just saying.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is Werth in a contract year?

Alireza said...

MLSF - It can, but doesn't always.

Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver are 2 righties who can pick guys off.

Randy Johnson OTOH was never much at it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, Wolf K's Howard.

Eric Karros said...

Don't let it bother you, Sax. Bullies are just insecure about themselves.

Alireza said...

And Wolf makes Howard look bad

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Moyer's fastball tipped the scales at 80 mph.

Erin said...

MSTI will be happy to see his research is accurate, since Loney just popped up. Again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They sure are making things easy on Moyer.

Erin said...

Like I said to someone earlier, Moyer will probably throw a no-hitter tonight.

Steve Sax said...

There's Loney, with those tragic infield pop-ups about which MSTI warned us. (Well done, MSTI.)

Orel said...

If this is what happens against Park and Moyer, what happens against good pitchers?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness makes me smile.

Steve Sax said...

erin, your superior typing skills humble me yet again

Alireza said...

Hey, Jamie has around forever for a reason.

Steve Sax said...

Moyer will probably throw a one-hitter tonight (trying to jinx again)

Steve Sax said...

In fact, Moyer probably throws a shutout.

Erin said...

Don't feel bad, Sax. My reference to the post didn't include a link, so you're superior in that regard.

Alireza said...

J-Roll is just looking bad this year. What is wrong with him?

Erin said...

Well good for Rollins.

Eric Karros said...

damn

Erin said...

Spoke too soon, Alireza.

Alireza said...

Right as I said that.

Damn.

Eric Karros said...

Talk about jinx, Alireza

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh crap. I walk away for two minutes to see this?

Erin said...

100.

koufax said...

3-2 count and wolf tossess a 77 mph pitch up in the zone?

Alireza said...

Randy said he would probably get hit for a homer or two tonight. He said he wanted to make sure no one was on base.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was his second homer of the season.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I feel a third straight loss coming on.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

To be fair to Wolf, that was good hitting by Rollins.

Erin said...

Sutcliffe is a moron.

The Dodgers lost the series because Brett Myers threw behind Manny, and the Dodgers didn't retaliate. Just in case you were wondering.

koufax said...

rick sutcliffe is an idiot

Alireza said...

Wow. That curve was nasty based on the BRK and pFX.

Alireza said...

What the hell with Gameday?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe it's all part of Wolf's master plan to get Moyer to bat in the bottom of the third.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or not. Damn Gameday, telling me Ruiz was out.

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers are going to become the team that helps other teams build confidence that they can do it. A Rollins HR? Please.

Eric Karros said...

Some say David Abernathy is a douche.

koufax said...

well played EK

Alireza said...

Philly has Feliz cheap.

Erin said...

What are we swinging at, Dodgers? For the love of god.

Erin said...

Manny Ramirez is to blame for Bob Melvin being fired.

Alireza said...

It would be pretty cool for Wolf to homer off Wolf.

Neeebs said...

Karina: Thanks for the Spanish update. Wow, I was WAY off. I always that epale and apurate were one of the same. My Spanish sucks. But I do know alot of Chilean slang.

koufax said...

sutcliffe is on quite a roll here, obviously still pissed about the dodgers knocking the cubs out of the playoffs

Orel said...

Let's see if we can hit for the pop-up foul cycle.

Alireza said...

I mean for Wolf to homer off Moyer

Erin said...

Sutcliffe is seriously making me crazy. I bet he never took a "greenie" during his career, right?

Alireza said...

Ugh. Moyer is just chugging along.

Eric Karros said...

Thanks for clarifying Alireza, I was confused. Though Wolf homering off Wolf would be more interesting.

Steve Sax said...

My god, what happened to the team that scored 8 runs three games ago? We look positively pathetic out there at the plate, and I refuse to believe it's Manny, or "quality" pitching. We just suck all of a sudden.

Erin said...

Nice play by Wolf on the Victorino bunt attempt.

Berman almost had an orgasm when he thought Victorino would make it.

Alireza said...

Randy got a gift strike call there.

Alireza said...

Gameday is so bad at calling pitches.

Alireza said...

My goodness Randy, he is left-handed. Throw it inside.

Steve Sax said...

I should have gone to freeeeeee credit. Report dot com.

karina said...

Someone should retaliate against Werth

Steve Sax said...

Erin, I've got news for you. He did.

"I'm with you, leather!"

Erin said...

I don't like retaliation for good play. The guy stole a bunch of bases because we let him. He shouldn't be beaned for that. The retaliation should come from our offense, on the basepaths.

Eric Karros said...

Erin, Sax, don't want to disappoint you guys, but he was faking it.

Erin said...

Berman will have to change his pants during the break, I guess.

Steve Sax said...

Randy should hit Werth in the little toe. The one that goes wee wee wee all the way home. That'll show you.

Actually, I like Werth. It's not his fault Russell didn't notice he was standing behind the batter.

Eric Karros said...

Epale Karina, reigning puzzle champ!

Steve Sax said...

Who said Berman was wearing pants?

Alireza said...

Werth = Fast

Steve Sax said...

And you wonder why Sutcliffe keeps talking. He doesn't want to look down.

Steve Sax said...

Werth is gearing up at first, trying to see if he can steal all the way to home before Howard completes his swing

Alireza said...

Wolf's best pitch tonight is that big slow curve. He should be using it more.

karina said...

Epale, Eric! you are making me to blush!

Alireza said...

Werth should have run on that last pitch. A 68 MPH curve down is a nice pitch to run on.

karina said...

Neeebs, i don't know any chilean slang (maybe pololo?) but i explained the venezuelan way.

Erin said...

Guys, just putting this out there:

I've got tickets to all three games for the Angels series in ten days. Field level, five rows from the field down the third base line. If you're interested, let me know. I'm not going to gouge you.

I don't like the way Berman says "Furcal."

Alireza said...

Ok Raffy. Time to get another hit.

karina said...

That's the Raffy we all came to love! great contact to the alley!

Alireza said...

Nice work on your cue Raffy.

Eric Karros said...

"C'mon Raffy. Show Moyer that you remember the NLCS"                    -Alireza, 4:10pm

Meanwhile, Moyer will show Furcal he remembers the day Athens surrendered to Sparta in the Peloponnesian Wars.

Eric Karros said...

Nice hit though, Raffy!

Steve Sax said...

RAFFY! Looks like it just missed going yard--someone please describe to us dweebs at work

Julie Hibbard said...

So, Jamie Moyer is the only active player in baseball who is older than me. Yikes.

Alireza said...

Is the Schwam saying "Fur-Cal"?

Erin said...

There we go. We're on the board.

karina said...

new game, ladies and gents!

Eric Karros said...

You still have a chance to make it to the bigs, Julie!

Natalie said...

I was just popping in to say "HI," and Raffy scored. :)

Alireza said...

ROTFLMAO EK

Eric Karros said...

Yup, new game!

Erin said...

He's pronouncing the second syllable of his name as though it is the start of "California." Hard "a," I guess you would call that, as opposed to the soft vowel, which is how I would pronounce it if I were speaking Spanish.

Steve Sax said...

EK, have you been watching 300 lately?

Or are you just prancing around the house again wearing only your codpiece?

Alireza said...

Looks like Manny Ramirez - Doubles Machine has taken possession of Messers Furcal and Hudson.

Eric Karros said...

Pop in to say hi like 8 more times then please, Natalie

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yay O-Dog!

Erin said...

Oh for Christ's sake.

Ethier is apparently looking longingly at the dugout for the wisdom of Manny Ramirez.

Sutcliffe is out of his mind.

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Steve Sax said...

Oh wait, sorry about that EK. That's me prancing. My bad.

Alireza said...

Dine on it Dre

Steve Sax said...

Ethier is looking at the dugout to make sure no one is taking his picture, Rick

Eric Karros said...

Sax, what's up with the pantsless theme today?

PS - I had to lookup what a codpiece was. It's like a male merkin.

Erin said...

Anyone familiar with Batman's suit should know the term "codpiece."

Steve Sax said...

more pitches to the inside for dre (four of the six he saw this AB, + 2 of 2 last AB). Lay off the inside crap, Dre!

Alireza said...

Russ has shockingly few ABs against Moyer.

karina said...

Erin, it's that way, a two syllable word, the second syllable pronounced as you would in California.

Eric Karros said...

Karina, I now have higher expectations for you in the next puzzle

Alireza said...

The ump robbed Jamie on that last one. We'll take it.

Steve Sax said...

EK, on the internet, no one knows you're a dog.

Who isn't wearing pants.

Eric Karros said...

Man these GT's go by so fast now I can't keep up.

Erin said...

Maybe it's just Berman's accent that's annoying then, Karina.

Or just the man himself. I refuse to admit he's doing anything correctly.

LONEY!!!!!!!!!!

Eric Karros said...

My avatar isn't wearing pants.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LONEY! YAY!

koufax said...

loneys first dinger, im so proud

Natalie said...

Looney!

karina said...

King James FIRST HOME RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Moyer was robbed on one if not two of those four "balls". Martin to first.

All set up for the inning-ending DP.

Alireza said...

Where is Dusto with his patented GIDP?

Steve Sax said...

LONEY WINS THE CONTEST!!!!!!

Eric Karros said...

Yeah, baby! New game indeed! Finally Loney!

What a crazy trajectory. Remote controlled ball.

Alireza said...

Especially with that nice Earl Weaver shot that followed!!!!

Erin said...

Maybe that will get him going a bit, huh?

Awesome that they walked Martin to get to Loney.

karina said...

Eric, i was going to say i'd understand how King James feel about his power numbers.

King james isn't helping me!.

Neeebs said...

Did anyone hear Charlie Steiner's call on that HR.

Pathetic.

He called Werth "camping under the fly ball" then he says that Werth lost the ball. Then he says HR.

No kidding.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The wheels are falling off for Moyer. Kemp singles.

Steve Sax said...

LOOOOOOOOOOONEEEEEYYYYYYY

How 'bout dem pop ups, MSTI? (not that MSTI is rooting for James to pop up to the infield. I'm just saying.)

Loney Fan said...

Let's go Loney! Got the monkey off your back!

Alireza said...

Moyer is losing it.

Eric Karros said...

I'm gonna take a stab at comment #200 right...now! How'd I do?

Steve Sax said...

200

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