Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Game 42 Thread: May 20 vs. Mets, 7p

MANNYWATCH: 38 GAMES

Jeff Weaver (2-1, 3.38) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-1, 5.59).

COMMENTS: We can beat the Mets when they make five errors, not including forgetting to touch third base on the game-winning run. We can beat the Mets when they make one error. So the question tonight is, can we beat the Mets if they don't make any errors? Not that I'm predicting an error-less game for the Mets, but it would be nice to win a game that they didn't giftwrap for us with a bow, right? So far, the Dodgers are 7-3 against NL East teams, which we all said was going to be the Dodgers' true test of mettle after fattening up on the easy pickings of our own division. A sweep against the Mets would indeed be sweet.

Joe Torre had to rustle Weaver up from a deep sleep yesterday, in order to inform him he'll be starting tonight in place of Eric Stults, who has a spwained left thumby (awwwwwww!). Can Shaggy shake off the effects of scooby snacks and lead a group of meddling kids to victory?

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Penos Cabell said...

Off to the game to get my bobblehead. Later everyone.

Steve Sax said...

Pierre, LF
Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Ethier, RF
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Paul, CF
Bobblehead Blake, 3B
Shaggy, P

Steve Sax said...

SoSG Orel's in the press box tonight, so I'm staffing the Game Thread.

Fire away, people--let's comment a lot and make Orel proud!

rbnlaw said...

X-Man getting his first start in center.
It is his first, right? Only pinch hit appearances so far.

Alireza said...

rbnlaw - Yes, though he has stayed in for defense in a game or two

What I want to know is why sit Kemp against a soft-tosser who hangs lots of high breaking pitches? He will eat Livan alive.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Paul had started before, but in right-field.

koufax said...

the o dogs shoulder must be fine, i thought joe was going to sit him for a few days?

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, Scully said O-Dog was "day to day", as per Jon's post.

iDodgr Mike said...

CORRECTION: Dodgers are 6-3 vs. NL East. :)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If you want to see something really funny about Manny Ramirez

http://www.hulu.com/watch/73359/saturday-night-live-update-harry-caray

Steve Sax said...

iDodgr, I think we're both wrong...I forgot about Washington.

LAD vs:
Florida 2-1
Philly 2-1
NYM 2-0
Washington 1-1

Total NL East: 7-3. Thanks for the headsup; corrected.

Neeebs said...

Can anyone name the new Avatar?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yes, that is actually the only episode of Star Trek I have seen. I don't know the name but I can describe what happened.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I know he was using a dummy to make the Enterprise crew think that was him, and threatened them if they pursued his strange-looking ship.

Neeebs said...

MLSF: You are correct. His name is Balok, and he was played by Clint Howard.

Chris said...

Scary that I knew this was Clint Howard...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Clint Howard is reputedly a very generous tipper.

rbnlaw said...

Thanks Neebs, now we have to look at a youthful Clint Howard every time you post.
Better than an adult Clint anyday.

Guess who just got his "Juanpierrewood" shirt today?
Awwww yeahhh.

Steve Sax said...

Howard Clint, on the other hand, is parsimonious.

Neeebs said...

I've been opposing an MSJ all day. So, I'm delirious and burned out.

Steve Sax said...

You've been opposing a mission san jose high school?

Steve Sax said...

oh, motion for summary judgment. my bad

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The game is on the Dodgers WIN Network online, so I'm gonna give that a try tonight.

Fred's Brim said...

mlasf - how does the WIN network work? i've gotta broke TV here and MLB.tv is blacking out the game and m looking for another option

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/win/index.jsp

Go to this URL, and at the bottom of the page is the WIN broadcast with Jeanne Zelasko and Mark Sweeney.

karina said...

Watching the game on tv for the third game in a row and guess what? Vinny's on!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/
la/community/win/index.jsp

Fred's Brim said...

hmm not a huge Jeanne Zelasko fan, but i'll give it a try! thanks mlasf!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beltran doubles. Weaver's got trouble.

Fred's Brim said...

haha Vin's telling the gold tooth story!

Booger said...

who is 'comment deleted?' haha. i've never seen that before

Booger said...

did you read the article about Scott Schoenweis' wife?

i think you spell it that way.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's tragic

Loney Fan said...

Nice, Weaver!

Alireza said...

Weaver is living dangerously with those high fastballs to Wright, but his velocity is solid and his movement, 15" pFX, is filthy.

BTW, anyone else pay attention to how Beltran has quietly pounded Dodger pitching, especially from a SLG standpoint?

Booger said...

it was a pretty devastating story.

I remember the day when it was reported that Don Drysdale died in his room. I was still in elementary school, and I remember talking to my friends about it; none of them cared but me.

Alireza said...

The Schoeneweis story is horrific. Their 14 year old daughter apparently found her mother. I only hope their family can recover from this.

Booger said...

Dream Weaver is laboring right now. looks like the bullpen will get some work before the off day.

Booger said...

but one of our own is in the press box, that would be like a dream come true. I wouldnt be able to not cheer!!

Alireza said...

SWING at those fat pitches Juan.

Booger said...

BEASTMODE!!!

Orel said...

See? He was practicing that this afternoon!

Alireza said...

Weave had an acceptable inning Booger, and he usually gets better as he goes on.

karina said...

Beast Mode, a bunt made into a hit because of his legs...

Certainly the bunt practice worked.

Alireza said...

Wow. Pierre is going well. He got an IF single on the worst pitch to swing at Hernandez threw in that AB. He took an 84 MPH heater over the middle, but singled on that junk.

Booger said...

Remember when Livian was all good in the playoffs and then the Giants signed him and he never lived up to those expectations.

that was priceless!!

Booger said...

it seems like he's been pitching forever.

Alireza said...

Furcal owns Livan, so hopefully this helps him break out.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Hernandez had a huge strike zone in the playoffs in 97.

Alireza said...

Brewing like a coffee pot.

Booger said...

hahah, yeah. then Jose Meza pulled a major choke job.

I won $20 bucks on that series.

Booger said...

time really flies.....sha na na na...

Booger said...

Hernandez has a weird nose, its like someone molded a piece of silly-putty and put it on his face.

Alireza said...

Livan's value has always been in his Paul Byrd-esque ability to eat innings at league average (and perhaps his ability to swing the bat). Other than that, he isn't much.

Booger said...

at least he cant hit into a double play.

a traditional one at least.

Alireza said...

Ok Dre, just hack at the first pitch. Livan is coming with that BP fastball.

Alireza said...

Ok, NM.

karina said...

Up by one already, not too bad.

Son is coming up...

Booger said...

game 1 of the 97 world series saw a win by Livan, a homerun by Manny Ramirez, and a loss from an old favorite.......Orel!!!

Alireza said...

Baby steps with Dre I guess.

Alireza said...

Sometimes I wish Jeff Weaver would take a look at his little brother and realize just how good he can be, because they are basically identical pitchers.

Alireza said...

Weaver seems to thrive on walking the tight rope.

Alireza said...

Awfully quiet. Is everyone but me at the game getting their Beard-ble-head?

karina said...

I'm here, just fascinated by hearing Vinny and watching the game with my brother, the Mets fan.

karina said...

King James and his leadoff single

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Loney with a single.

Alireza said...

That was a good sign for James. He went Middle-Away as opposed to pulling a pop-up.

Alireza said...

Is Paul really 5'9" 205? He does not look that stocky.

karina said...

Making contact, skill he's very good at.

Alireza said...

Beard Mode.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Paul flies out. Time for the Bearded Bobblehead

karina said...

Bobblehead magic!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beard with a single? How is he not further up in the lineup, especially with Ethier struggling.

Alireza said...

Wow. A non-XBH from Beard Mode

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh, terrible bunt from Weaver.

Alireza said...

MLSF - If it ain't broke, why fix it? Remember when they moved DeWitt out of the 8 spot? Some guys just thrive there and Blake's style seems well suited.

Alireza said...

What the hell was Beast Mode swinging at?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I still think Casey can drive in more runs higher up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Cavs/Magic game is getting interesting.

karina said...

O dog just made a perfect play.

Dusto Magnifico said...

great stop by orlando ( and the crowd gasps in awe! )

Orel said...

Steve Lyons is standing behind me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Uh-oh. Castillo's on.

Alireza said...

BTW, anyone else notice that Beltran is raking like he did in KC and HOU?

Alireza said...

Orel - Tell him to make sure to keep his pants on.

Alireza said...

Aw hell.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Orel, if you want to piss of Steve Lyons, tell him that beach volleyball is awesome.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I mean "off".
Damn Beltran.

rbnlaw said...

Orel,
Tell Lyons we said shutup.

Alireza said...

Weaver should learn how to throw that slow curve his brother does. His slider sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If that slider can hit its spots, it's deadly. But Weaver just keeps missing.

Orel said...

Room-service DP gets Weaver out of the inning.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Orel's fast. I'm stuck using Gameday and Dodgers WIN.

Alireza said...

That 1 pitch GIDP was needed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

98

Orel said...

Weaver at 51 pitches.

Ramon Martinez in at SS for the Mets.

Alireza said...

MLSF - The Slider depends almost entirely on location, not break. It is basically a changeup in disguise. Jered throws a much bigger breaking and slower curve that is much more useful and less likely to get murdered if he misses.

Alireza said...

Damn it Jose. You are NOT currently justifying the number 5 pick I used on your for fantasy.

Orel said...

O-Dog looks pretty healthy, I would say. Doubles to right-center.

Alireza said...

Damn it. I got 100 without saying 100.

rbnlaw said...

Double Dog!

Alireza said...

Bulldog - Was that a low, hard liner or an almost home run?

rbnlaw said...

Ethier looks ready to break out again. Two well hit balls.

Alireza said...

O-Dog is tied for the NL lead in Doubles.

Alireza said...

Not much of an AB for Dre, but it did get Hudson to 3B.

Alireza said...

Damn Russ. That was a case where you should have pulled the pitch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh!

Orel said...

Reyes re-aggravated the injury to his right calf. Bummer!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When did Reyes re-hurt himself?

Orel said...

Hudson now has an 11-game hitting streak, tying a career high (he's had four such streaks).

Orel said...

Hudson is so good at ranging into RF.

Alireza said...

I am still trying to figure out why UZR pisses all over Hudson. Sort of like Torii Hunter. These guys make great plays all the time AND are sure handed. I am calling for reform.

Orel said...

Furcal is in fine defensive fettle tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

UZR?

Orel said...

What is O-Dog's UZR/150?

Alireza said...

Orel - -15.9, believe it or not.

Booger said...

Big Game James!

Alireza said...

The Ump is giving Livan a wide berth

Alireza said...

X-Mode

Alireza said...

HR number 10 Beard Mode?

Alireza said...

Nope. A swing at a bad ball.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That Cavs/Magic game is insane.

Booger said...

hahah, Vin just called her Jeanie Jalasko.. I love when he does that.

like Gay D. Drew

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THE MAGIC WON!

rbnlaw said...

Orel,
Go ask Sweeney why he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a canoe last year. Kind of ironic he gets to called "former Dodger" when he spent most of his career in the town by the water.

Booger said...

Orlando by 1pt, insane...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sweeney actually bounced around a lot.

Booger said...

Howard is amazing, the winner of that series gets to lose to the lakers in the finals

Orel said...

"Bulldog - Was that a low, hard liner or an almost home run?"

O-Dog's double? Liner.

rbnlaw said...

Yeah, but he got his rep as a pinch hitter with the Gnats.

Fred's Brim said...

AFLAC Trivia from the Mets coverage: Who is the only person to have hit at least 50 HR while striking out less than 50 times in a season?

Fred's Brim said...

Wolf is batting? wha?

rbnlaw said...

Was ist das?
Wolf bats for Hair Weaver?

rbnlaw said...

FB,
It ain't Dave Kingman.

Orel said...

A righty is up in the pen.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess Torre didn't want to go to the bench with the O-Dog playing hurt.

rbnlaw said...

BEAST MODE AGAIN!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Beast Mode is every mode.

Fred's Brim said...

Let Bills hit - they couldnt get him out last night!

Orel said...

Tron-Tron is pitching.

Fred's Brim said...

damn that Murphy. sucker couldnt catch a cold in the outfield, but turns into John Olerud (minus the earless helmet) at first

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two of those pitches were strikes.

Dusto Magnifico said...

(still hate Joe Torre) why yank Weaver after only 5?

Fred's Brim said...

Tron Tron's fastball says 93 on the gun but it never looks that fast

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, close one for Tron

Orel said...

"Orel - -15.9, believe it or not."

Seems...wrong.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn Wright.

Orel said...

Weaver keeps bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and the pen. He's probably not stretched out enough to go longer.

Fred's Brim said...

Big K by Tron - one more to go!

Penos Cabell said...

Just got back from the game.

Fred's Brim said...

Tronny gets Church to ground out. Very tough against the 3 lefties!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

How does Livan have only 70 pitches?

Fred's Brim said...

jeez Andre

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon Andre, what are you doing up there?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another 1-2-3 inning for the Muts.

Fred's Brim said...

Mets AFLAC trivia answer:
Big Cat Johnny Mize
51 homers, 42 Ks in 1957

Fred's Brim said...

there is no such thing as a check swing in 2009

Orel said...

O-Dog's UZR just went down a little.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Tron. get Ramon now and the bats will set you up for a win in the bottom

Fred's Brim said...

does Hudson's UZR go down after not beating Livan to second on that grounder?

Fred's Brim said...

yikes - the Nationals bullpen is 1-15 this season after tonight

Fred's Brim said...

we need to start taking some pitches

Orel said...

Will Blake earn his bobblehead?

karina said...

Keep commenting, i'll have to leave you, big headache and this Hernandez's performance is not helping.

Orel said...

Kemp's on deck.

Fred's Brim said...

Casey's bobblehead looks more like Jeff Bagwell

Orel said...

Doesn't make sense. Blake finally has a real hitter behind him and he gets walked.

Penos Cabell said...

finally a BB

Fred's Brim said...

take some pitches, Matty

Penos Cabell said...

C'mon Slappy.

Orel said...

Bleeder!

Fred's Brim said...

top of the Mets order in the 8th - need to stay tough

Orel said...

What do Ronald Belisario and Madonna have in common?

Fred's Brim said...

they've both slept with Big Daddy Kane?

Fred's Brim said...

damn Belly - why walk that bum?

Orel said...

They both have too many appearances!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

8 straight balls from Belly. Not good.

Orel said...

Kind of a circular route by Kemp but he gets the job done.

Fred's Brim said...

ugh Belly

Orel said...

attendance: 50,761

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Does he walk Murphey to get to Church?

Orel said...

Leach in.

Fred's Brim said...

another tough spot for Leach

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh jeez, Torre really wants to lose this game.

Penos Cabell said...

Damn bullpen.

Fred's Brim said...

Pedro Cerrano at the game!

Penos Cabell said...

If Mota comes in, Torre's given up.

Orel said...

Nasty breaking ball by Leach for strike one.

Penos Cabell said...

Big out for Leach.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, two down, one to go

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Time to get Ryan "Now Where the Hell did Third-Base Go?" Church out

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or Fernando Tatis. Same thing.

Fred's Brim said...

wow Brent!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, that was Leach's biggest outing there.

Fred's Brim said...

Torre must have been using Mota to warm up Rob Flippo

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

199

rbnlaw said...

200?

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