Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Game 100 Thread: July 28 @ Cardinals, 5.15p

Chad Billingsley (10-5, 3.72) vs. Adam "Loudon" Wainwright (11-6, 2.95).

COMMENTS: Once again, the Dodgers sit on the precipice of a three-game losing streak, something they've avoided all year long. So it's fitting that, two days after a hack LATimes writer called him out, Billingsley gets the chance to show if he can be that ace under pressure that the Dodgers apparently "don't have." True, Bills has struggled a bit of late, needing the Manny pinch hit grand slam to earn his 10th victory. But I'm guessing Chad has enough gumption tonight to win it for himself--and not for the fear of a three-game losing streak or the hack journalists without a clue. Just win it for you, Your Royal Thighness!

As a reminder, this game also debuts the new SoSG insipid time-wasting game, "One Hundred Splendid Sons", or 100SS. Complete rules are posted here, but the point is for us to have fun in the Game Thread competing for the 100-multipled comments. That way, even if the Dodgers fall to the Cardinals, we SoSGers can still have fun while it's grey in LA. I mean, when it's grey in LA, I sure like it that way, 'cause there's way too much sunshine 'round here. I don't know about you; I get so sick of blue skies whenever they always appear.

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QuadSevens said...

10 minutes and no comments yet? Let the stalling begin!

JL said...

Furcal
Hudson
Manny
Ethier
Blake
Loney
Martin
Kemp
Bills

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

100

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

DAMMIT

Erin #2 said...

*sits in recliner*
*turns on TV*
*Homemade version of Dodger Dog with mustard and onions*
*Pours drink in glass*
*Takes our binoculars to pretend I'm sitting in nose bleeds*

I'm ready.....

Steve Sax said...

What stalling?

3!

Erin #2 said...

So Mr.Sax, recognize my picture?

Josh S. said...

I would like one game without any incessant boobery in the infield.

(Unless it comes from Team Fredbird.)

Erin #2 said...

"incessant boobery in the infield"

Thats easy to fix, just have the national anthem sung by guys the rest of the season........

karina said...

Strange Weirdos? that's an interesting image for the thread...

Steve K said...

10?

Steve K said...

Missed it!

karina said...

Erin, your avatar is awesome. It looks like it has a story!

Erin #2 said...

I made that sign in the spring of 1982. I was 14 years old and Steve Sax was my very favorite baseball player. I would take it with me when he made appearences or at games. I had it with me when he appeared as grand marshall for the christmas parade, his appearence at Florin mall, and at least ten others. I use to take it with me to "Candlestink" park until someone tried to rip it out of my hands and tore it.

Erin #2 said...

And then when Steve Sax left the dodgers, I got a Steve Sax voodo doll and poked it with a sharp pen everytime he got up to bat..... I replaced him quickly with a new favorite!!

Steve Sax said...

Erin, I can drop by and spray the hose at you between innings, to make you feel like you're at Bleacher Beach.

Josh S. said...

Speaking of Bleacher Beach (and ignoring the easy hose set-up), are the Marlins announce team interviewing the Bleacher Beach lifeguards during this clip?

Crack broadcast journalists.

karina said...

Erin, your first story is reason #5473492826256282 to hate the Giants. Who does that to a 14 year old girl?

Who was the player that replace Sax?

Steve Sax said...

@karina, you had me at your lovely first comment. You lost me with the voodoo pin epigraph.

@JoshS: You're just jealous you didn't think of the hose thing.

karina said...

Sax, do you realize this Erin is not Erin from Robots are Everywhere?

Steve Sax said...

By the way, I can't play in today's GT, but I am really really interested in knowing how it plays out. Go get 'em, guys!

Steve Sax said...

@karina. Whoa. I did not realize that.

Okay, that changes everything.

Maybe I'd use a different hose.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I can be bought for assisting your claim for 100, 200, 300 and 400. I reserve 805 for ME!

Steve Sax said...

@karina: I had dinner with a venezuelan friend tonight and--no joke--he said there were 30-odd Venezuelan players in the majors. I could recite some of them from your comments (Abreu, Ordonez, Cabrera, etc.), but I was missing a ton...who are your faves?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Wait, we have two Erins?????????????

Steve Sax said...

@Neeebs: Ventura area codes don't earn any points, my friend

karina said...

@Steve Sax:i haven't ever made a voodoo doll, which breaks my heart because i've spent a little more of a year trying to win your heart. There is always another girl!

*sigh*

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Sax said, "different hose"

LMFAO

Neeebs (The Original) said...

But I claimed the last comment on the SOSG's world record thread at 805

Neeebs (The Original) said...

BTW, the Dodgers are 0-2 since I returned from vacation.

Steve Sax said...

@karina: I'm losing my mind. Of course you wouldn't have a voodoo doll. I apologize, I'm going nuts here.

Needless to say, I'm not in LA right now...so that can explain it. Maybe.

Take me back, please!

Erin #2 said...

Yes, I am a lurker Erin that doesn't post alot. However I am on vacation this week and thought I would try. And I was spring cleaning and came across my poster that someone doesn't recognize! DRATS!!

Erin #2 said...

I'm just going to ignore the whole "hose" comment........

Neeebs (The Original) said...

See how I'm cleverly beginning to set someone up for the first 100.

I should go back to work.

Steve Sax said...

@karina, my friend was really impressed with the Venezuelan MLBers I could recite...

karina said...

My faves right now? Bob Abreu is a big favorite, though he plays for Leones del Caracas. Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez because they are the new stars of Aguilas del Zulia. Miguel Cabrera is awesome, it's incredible how hitting looks when you see him swinging a bat. Got a big crush on Ramon Hernandez...

I love Santana and Zambrano, Big Z is never dull to watch...

Erin #2 said...

Karina, you can have him! I'm going for younger! :)

karina said...

What part of Venezuela is your friend from?

Steve Sax said...

Torn between two lovers.

Feeling like a fool.

Steve Sax said...

Man, I suck. I'm going to bed.

karina said...

If you want to impress him more, i can teach you a couple of things:

Ask him if the Brewers should trade Alcides Escobar (in Venezuela he plays for Cardenales de Lara) to get someone useful for the play-offs.

You can also tell him there's no surprise Marco Scutaro is having a great season, because he was underestimated working as an utility, when you play him everyday he can make it all...

karina said...

Hahahahahahahahaha, Erin!. Sax doesn't want me, he's a lost battle!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor.

LAangel said...

lets go chad!!

karina said...

Sax, there are Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Ramon Hernandez and Henry Blanco. They are icons of venezuelan winter baseball from the 90's.

Ordonez is known as "Caribe Mayor", because he's the biggest star of that team, Caribes de Anzoategui, expansion team from the early nineties. He hasn't played in awhile, he's very beloved, that's why people got so upset when he took side in internal politics.

In the late nineties, Ordonez, Victor Martinez and Zambrano played for Caribes. No championships, if a MLB team had those three, it might be a dream (pretty aware this season by Ordonez sucks).

Some people are surprised Henry Blanco is almost a God here. He always plays winter baseball, he's a great defensive player and he was the captain of the most popular team in the country:Leones. He was traded last season for the smallest team in the country and Leones fans were very angry. Witout any doubt, he's one of the most popular people here.

karina said...

Neeebs, have you read Love in the Times of Cholera?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Tus deseos son ordenes para mi.

karina said...

De verdad?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I'm running out of "clean" lines here.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Those were the two big ones when I was wooing La Chilena.

No I haven't read that book. What is it about?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Hey I posted 1/2 of 100. Do I get any points?

Josh S. said...

Should the 100 claim count if it occurs before the first pitch?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Josh S.: Nothing in the rules prevents a pre-first pitch claim for 100.

QuadSevens said...

Plenty of time to reach "100" before gametime. Maybe we can get to "200" as well. That would really set up a run for 805!

karina said...

No wonder La Chilena married you!

Love in the Time of Cholera is a novel about a guy who was in love and waited for a woman during 53 years, seven months and 11 days.While he waited, he slept with 600+ women. For somewhat reason, you reminded me of the book when you said: cuando el amor no es locura, no es amor.

karina said...

Quad, the more talkative, the more and juiciest comments to grab!

This game requires tons of team work.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Tons

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Of

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Teamwork

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

60

Erin #2 said...

*Taps microphone*

Testing Testing...

*Clears throat*

"Take me out to the ballgame*

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Do the Dodgers have a fan site on Facebook?

Erin #2 said...

*Looks to see if anyone is listening*

"Take me out with the crowd"

Erin #2 said...

"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks"

Also would like a beer, a dodger dog and a chocolate malt*

Erin #2 said...

Lets see, this should put it at 65!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

You can count out Halladay. The Dodgers are focusing mostly on Cliff Lee.

Josh S. said...

Neeebs: Yep!

Also, Mark P. Sweeney has a Twitter @Sweendog9 (That sound's filthier than Sax's hose comment for some reason.). I know you all were dying to read it.

karina said...

@Neeebs: they do.

By the way, i'm not staying for the game, i gotta go to a birthday party. I'm just a good sport abd want you to have some fun :)

Josh S. said...

Ack! Inappropriate apostrophe!

karina said...

Neeebs, the Dodgers also have an official profile on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/DodgertownUSA

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I don't do Twitter.

I'll join the Facebook page.

karina said...

Why don't Twitter?. It's useful for news.

Loney Fan said...

73!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I can barely turn on my computer and it took me forever to do Facebook. I think I'll stop while I'm ahead.

Erin #2 said...

I don't twitter either. As a matter of fact, I don't even tweet!
74

Erin #2 said...

Mega Millions Lottery for tonight is 60 Million!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's time for Think Blue TV!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

With Gary Miller and Erik Karros!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Featuring Larry Bowa!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

80 for practice.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Chances of rain today. Imagine what could happen to the thread if that happens.

Erin #2 said...

*Gets out umbrella*
82?

Josh S. said...

Unbearded QuintoSpock!

No chance for me to get 100. About to head home. You guys will probably have passed 200 by the time I get there.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Josh S. with the long commute.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Maybe this Spock is better.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Tarp is on the field.

Erin #2 said...

Since Tarp in on the field, Josh will have plenty of time to make it home...

NicJ said...

Alternate programming?

Lame.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw nuts, it's the Tim McCarver show.

LAangel said...

damn it now what am i gonna do

Neeebs (The Original) said...

heading into the first turn.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Let's discuss crazy DodgerTalk callers.

Wesley Vento said...

As much as I hate Plaschke, I tend to agree that there is no proven pitcher on this team that can shut an opponent down. Say what you will about the bullpen, its not enough come playoff time. If you lineup every playoff contending team, nearly all of them have a better #1 than the Dodgers. Sorry Chad, if you're #1 you can't be tied for 5th most walks in the league. You have to go deeper into games.

Here they are, HLACK's contending teams and their Aces.

St. Louis: Carpenter/Wainwright - both of these guys are having great seasons, and Carp is already established his post season ability.

Philly: Hamels (Halladay?) - he proved it last year against the Dodgers. Hasn't looked as sharp this year, but his K/BB is still stellar. I blame most of his ERA misfortunes to the sore elbow in the beginning of the season.

Chicago: Zambrano - as nasty as they come. Got robbed by his defense last post season. Peripherals aside, this is a guy who I'd give the ball to in a big game, easily.

Houston: Oswalt - been kicking ass for years.

SF: Lincecum - baseball's best pitcher, period.

Atlanta: Lowe/Vasquez - Lowe hasn't been as good as he was for the Good Guys last year, but he's tough as nails, we all know this. Look as Vasquez's numbers, they speak for themselves.

Colorado: Marquis/Jimenez - advantage Billingsly.

Milwaukee: Gallardo - unproven in the post due to injuries last year. Can be dominant, but I'd side with Bills in this matchup as well.

Florida: Josh Johnson - best fastball in the game right now. Is on a 16 game stretch of allowing 3 ER or less. That's tough to beat, as the Dodgers found out. Tough to say on this one. Billingsly's tendency to walk batters and Johnson's shut down stuff make me want to give JJ the edge.

I'm no hater boys and girls, I just watch way too much baseball. I don't know who the right piece is, or maybe the Dodgers can stop stranding 10 runners a game and just score 8 runs an outing and win that way (our tendency to be in 1 run game situations doesn't lend itself to that hypothesis).

Is Billingsly really an Ace? Kershaw will be, that I feel safe about saying. I can't say the same for my man Billz.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Caller #1: Trade Loney for Adam Dunn.

karina said...

So, HLACK: you think we should trade for Lee and Halladay, even if we have to let some members of our young core go?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I'd package a trade that includes EITHER Martin or Loney for Halladay.

karina said...

Really? King James for Dunn? i'm not sure if Dodger Stadium is the kind of environment for hitter like Dunn

Erin #2 said...

Let this be 100

Erin #2 said...

Ok, let me try it again!
Go Dodgers!
100

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I'll take the 25 point discount.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

100

Erin #2 said...

100

Neeebs (The Original) said...

100

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'M GONNA KILL YOU, NEEBS

LAangel said...

my house radio dosent get am stations

=( i wanna hear how we need pitching on the radio since its on tv online newspaper

karina said...

Neeebs nailed #100!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Damn, Erin foiled my plan

Neeebs (The Original) said...

But I didn't call "100" so I don't get any points and I get penalized for calling 100 at 103.

Erin #2 said...

Damn that Erin......

Neeebs (The Original) said...

MLASF:

Before you kill me, you will need to learn how to spell "Neeebs"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'll spel it how I damm well want too.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Already people are complaining about the pitching.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The head of Fire Ned Colletti is on Dodger Talk.

Wesley Vento said...

Here's who I wouldn't trade: Kemp, Billingsly, Kershaw, Martin (unless its in a deal for Victor Martinez). I'd trade anybody else on the club for an Ace pitcher that makes us the odds-on favorites to win the World Series.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

HLCK: Including Ramirez?

Wesley Vento said...

@Neeebs (got the spelling down bro). In all honesty, I don't think that Manny's name comes up in any trade talks for pitchers. Toronto and Cleveland are trying to shed payroll, so a Manny trade makes no sense. Would I trade Manny for Tim Lincecum or Dan Haren? I'd have to think about it.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Let's trade Schmidt for Halladay. Maybe Toronto will throw in some prospects too.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If the rain does not let up, there could be a double-header tomorrow.

NicJ said...

i think the game is headed toward postponement. The weather reports are not looking good.

Do points for the 100's game thread game count if there is no game played?

NicJ said...

Manny has a full no trade clause.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

There's a huge storm system, and St. Louis is right on the edge of it.

JL said...

any new news?
are we playing tonight?

i hate the midwest

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That cell is reaching from the top of Arkansas to the bottom of Michigan.

JL said...

oh Jackie <3

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Game time is scheduled for 6:32

NicJ said...

they are gonna start the game, buy by the looks of the weather map i doubt its gonna go the distance

NicJ said...

Randy Johnson has a torn rotator cuff and will be out longer than originally expected, that kinda sucks.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

HLACK:

I threw the Manny name out there because it wasn't on your list, knowing full well that Manny would not be part of any trade.

Notwithstanding, why keep Martin on the untouchable list? His numbers and upward potential don't really merit untouchable status. Ya think?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's just it Neeebs. Martin's numbers don't give him much trade value.

NicJ said...

i think it would affect the pitching staff in a negative way to trade the catcher midseason. Plus we already traded our top catching prospect for blake last year. Im not too sure that Ausmus and Ellis could fill that hole.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

MLASF:

I think that Martin definitely has value to the right team, including the Dodgers. But my question was more in line with why HLACK thought he was an "untouchable" for the Dodgers.

I think we're on the same track here.

NicJ said...

Red Sox management upset with Dice-K about some negative comments he made of the organization in a japanese newspaper.

How long before Papeldouche calls him a cancer?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Off to the short commute home.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

According to Eric Collins, Martin painted his fingernails white.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If we reached more than 130 before the game even started, imagine what we'll get during the game!

NicJ said...

forget getting the starting pitcher out of the game, we need to work on getting ludwick out.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This looks like a long game.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Error!

NicJ said...

damn

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is gonna be one frustrating game.

karina said...

Show'em Bills!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nice inning for Bills.

NicJ said...

1-2-3 inning. That was easy, we should try that more often.

Alex Cora said...

Oops, late to the party - GAME ON!

Unknown said...

Bills' stuff is dead sexy tonight. His mechanics look great.

NicJ said...

Having Clint Hurdle on the MLB network is almost as dumb as having Matt Millen on sunday night football.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is so incredibly frustrating.

NicJ said...

damn Ryan and his awesome stirrups and sani's.

NicJ said...

we finally got one through!!

Unknown said...

Skip seems to have gotten much better at 2B. Collins already said something dumb, saying he had never played the infield in his life. The reason they converted him is because he played 2B at UCSB.

Nice to see One Drop going up the middle again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kemp singles to set up (sigh) Billingsley

NicJ said...

two on and two out with the pitcher up.

:/

Unknown said...

Wainwright is showing Chad and his new aggressive approach at the plate.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Almost for Bills. But as we learned last night, almost doesn't cut it.

NicJ said...

that was some good TV right there.

Unknown said...

Collins tried to pull a Scully and be quiet to hear a reaction. EPIC FAIL.

Nice Manny Defense.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bills can't fall behind when he gets ahead. He's just making unnecesarry pitches.

NicJ said...

lookin' good bills.

Unknown said...

It wasn't kensai on Dodger Talk, it was me.

NicJ said...

alright, leadoff single. Lets produce a run.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ali was on Dodger Talk? Cool!

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Don't worry about Furcal trying to steal!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is gonna be another LOB

Unknown said...

MLSF - I call in from time to time.

What is it with the porn staches on Wainwright and Ryan?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I guess unless you call yourself "Alireza, the commenter from Sons of Steve Garvey" I won't realize it's you.

NicJ said...

its a team unity thing, most of the cards have them.

NicJ said...

1st and 3rd with two out, again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh goodie, a two LOB!

NicJ said...

i could go for a WP, right about now.

NicJ said...

our team unity thing is leaving men on base.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The worst part is you can't do anything to improve clutch hitting.

NicJ said...

you could rip your shirt off in the club house and challenge the players to a fight.

Oh wait....

Dusto_Magnifico said...

I wonder if Furcal will ever have his speed back? Why bat him lead off if he can't get on base and get a steal?

Unknown said...

MSTI noted that Blake is platoon splitting and also noted that Tony Abreu (remember him) is murdering the baseball. Bring him up to give Casey rest against tough RHP, like Adam Wainwright.

Nice D from Beard, however.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Maybe Ryan and Wainwright are forming a Stan Van Gundy fan club.

NicJ said...

Tony Abreu would probably sprain his ankle boarding the team charter.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I thought Tony Abreu didn't exist?

Unknown said...

Dusto - Furcal seems to still run well, but hasn't been taking SB chances.

Unknown said...

Abreu had a really terrible injury. We shouldn't be hard on him. That sports hernia led to a torn hip labrum that went undiagnosed for a long time.

Kemp with nice D and Holliday reaches to break up the no no.

Lyons and Collins have no clue what BABIP is about and Ruth didn't K very much at all.

Unknown said...

Someone please fire Steve Lyons.

I would rather Rick and Charley do a simulcast than listen to these two.

NicJ said...

maybe tony abreu can do color.

Steve Sax said...

PS re:100SS, scoring totals will not be posted until well after the game (and not in the PGT).

We've got the SoSG summer intern on it.

NicJ said...

BS, that was a ball.

NicJ said...

its like deja vu all over again.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I can't wait to here the Dodger Talk calls trying to remedy this nonexistent clutch hitting.

NicJ said...

this is starting to remind me of the horrible 8 game losing streak we went on last year.

Keven C said...

No mo LOB

PenosCabell said...

Yeah, the offense is pretty demn depressing right now. I hope Chad's performance doesn't go to waste.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

at least Bills has solved his problems of the last few starts.

Steve Sax said...

Five innings, six hits, 0 runs (0-for-4 with RISP)

Yay.

PenosCabell said...

Bills looks much better.

NicJ said...

the campers must be getting a little antsy.

PenosCabell said...

I hope this Billingsley performance shuts Plaschke up.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Bills in no way deserves a no-decision today. They gotta try to get him the win.

Steve Sax said...

The 200 tension is high (sorry if my blackberry is slow)

PenosCabell said...

Nic J - the campers are definitely creeping.

MR.F said...

Yes!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If Martin does nothing then I give up on this inning.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Yo

Eric Karros said...

B2oo-yah!

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