Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Game 72 Thread: June 24 @ White Sox, 5p

MANNYWATCH: 8 GAMES
DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 26-16

The Albuquerque Isotopes' mascot, Orbit.

Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.29) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.65).

COMMENTS: Let's take a gander at the Dodgers' past five starts:

date starter opponent IP # of pitches result
6/23 Kuroda CHW 8 2/3 103 W
6/21 Kershaw LAA 7 107 W
6/20 Weaver LAA 5 66 W
6/19 Billingsley LAA 6 112 L
6/18 Wolf OAK 6 87 W

It's a small window shown here, but the trend of Dodger starters going deeper into games is encouraging. Hopefully Wolf can build on the improvement shown by Kershaw and Kuroda, and actually get a win this time as well. Another positive sign: The Dodgers have won seven of Wolf's past eight starts.

As with yesterday's White Sox starter John Danks, Floyd's numbers belie his strong pitching in recent outings. The Dodgers benefited from getting to Danks early, as he eventually recovered and shut them down for five innings. A similar hot start today would certainly behoove Wolf. (Of course it would. I just wanted to use the word "behoove.")

And don't forget Albuquerque. Manny Ramirez is scheduled to play five innings (a whopping 25 percent increase!) with the Isotopes tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The 'Topes set a attendance record last night, with 15,321 fans present. Just call it the Manny Effect.

The Springfield Isotopes' mascot, Dancin' Homer.

photo from the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page

241 comments:

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ali, I would expect you to know that no one can understand the mind of Ozzie.

Nic j said...

i would think we need more bullpen help than anything.

Steve Sax said...

I'm not even on the continent and I'm swiping 100 multiples

Alireza said...

Lets see one of those 1 handed Furcal homers.

Steve Sax said...

pitch 2 should not be called a strike

Alireza said...

Nic - Well, if Joe keeps using Tron and Belly this way we do.

Steve Sax said...

Raffy would rather have our comeback come in the ninth. Okay.

Steve Sax said...

The GameDay Chicago White Sox logo, located in the upper right of the window, looks just like stark block lettering. Yawn.

Alireza said...

I bet Joe feels stupid for the Castro move now.

Nic j said...

"Well, if Joe keeps using Tron and Belly this way we do."

after today can you really blame him for only using three guys? Joe does wear out relief pitchers but he doesnt have many reliable arms to work with this year.

Steve Sax said...

I'm just realizing now that the 'Topes mascot is named Orbit.

There have got to be some sweet chewing gum promotions out of that.

Steve Sax said...

Or maybe a free Saturn night?

Steve Sax said...

Or Disneyland's Pluto could have been a better mascot?

Steve Sax said...

Or Jamie McCourt's Venus Razor giveaway night?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe they give away discounted plane tickets.

Nic j said...

Jmac did really well considering how he was earlier this year, so thats promising.

Steve Sax said...

Dudes, who is up for watching the early game tomorrow?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Castro just made Ali feel stupid.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I keed, I keed. You really are a nice person...for me to poop on!

Alireza said...

Nic - I disagree on both accounts. Torre had a 13 man staff for a while and could have spread the wealth. Also, Wade has been much better than his ERA if you look at his FIP (which I am sure Torre doesn't) and Mota has been better of late (I shudder). Why ruin guys?

karina said...

Ateve, watching on TV or Gameday?

Alireza said...

MLSF - Beard makes that play these days. He seems to have really worked on his D.

Alireza said...

Mota toasts Scotty P. Saunders cruising.

Alireza said...

BTW, anyone else think the A's traded for the wrong Rocky? Hawpe is better than Holliday.

Josh S. said...

Mota's not THE MAN or anything, but he definitely doesn't make me groan when he comes in anymore.

(Juan Rivera HR aside, that is.)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well O-Dog wasted no time there.

Alireza said...

O-Dog. That was a bad pitch to swing at.

Alireza said...

Does Castro have the bat speed to deal with Jenks?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Down goes Castro, down goes Castro.

Josh S. said...

Here comes the two out rally.

Alireza said...

And that is why you don't bring in Juan Castro for Casey Blake.

Alireza said...

Man, Jenks seems to have rediscovered his fastball.

Alireza said...

I really hope that if Dre gets on Torre pinch hits Jones for Loretta.

Alireza said...

Moot now.

Alireza said...

So, is this now a full on Angel thread?

Steve Sax said...

Karina, only Gameday where I am...

Orel said...

Knock yourselves out! PGT is up.

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least we keep our run differential stratospheric.

Alireza said...

Nic - Please don't insult Ichiro.

I actually think Pierre would make some sense given the way they have built that team and the field they play in.

Alireza said...

BTW, the Angels just chased Marquis and Fogg is in to face Vladdy.

karina said...

Steve, i'll make my best to watch the game tomorrow.

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