Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Game 101 Thread: July 29 @ Cardinals, 5p

Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.96) vs. Joel Pineiro (9-9, 2.95).

COMMENTS: In their past five starts, the Dodgers have a 1-4 record, have been outscored 33-14 — and outhit their opponents 52-50. (They also stranded a total of 44 men on base.) The main culprits for this mini losing streak have been poor situational hitting and an ineffective bullpen.

Dodger players have the additional pressure of knowing other NL teams are improving...with more deals on the way. Dodger fans have the additional pressure of knowing Vin Scully's wonderful ride has an end date. But at least Mark Loretta pitched last night. How cool was that?

P.S.: Don't forget 100SS rules still apply!

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Dusty Baker said...

I so want revenge for the last two nights. I mean, I want calling-my-cousin-Louie-who-knows-some-guys revenge. Come on, you Blue!

Chad'sKindaRad said...

i totally missed Loretta pitching. dang

Chad'sKindaRad said...

ok i just saw him on MLB.com. lucky Ludwick didnt make the score even worse.

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

same old same

Josh S. said...

I've been mostly OK with Kemp in the 8 spot, but it has really backfired in the last couple of games.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The problem I have with Kemp batting 8th is that he usually gets on board with two outs, and then it's left to the pitcher. How many times have the Dodgers runners on with the pitcher batting in the last few games?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bill Shaikin: Dodgers Softening Stance on Trading Billingsley

fanerman said...

The only mention of Chad in the article:

"The Dodgers have refused to include Clayton Kershaw or Chad Billingsley in a package for Halladay. There has been discussion within the organization about whether to reconsider that stance on Billingsley, although the Dodgers are not expected to do so."

fanerman said...

August 1 can't come soon enough.

Josh S. said...

No one is scratched from the lineup. That's good, right?

rbnlaw said...

We're better off looking for someone who can pitch the 7th and 8th.

But I do wish we could have pulled off that deal.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Giants Get Sanchez

fanerman said...

More importantly, Giants gave up their #4 prospect according to Baseball America.

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF
That seems more like a trade to make a trade by the deadline trade. Wasn't impressed by Sanchez when last we saw him. Besides, he comes with a bum knee.

Good job, Gnats!

Chad'sKindaRad said...

Sanchez grew up a dodger fan and his dad is still a diehard

must be weird for him, but its a business, he understands

Josh S. said...

Rockies and Mets were rained out. They'll play two tomorrow. Giants won.

Nic j said...

The Sanchez deal was just a player swap with no money exchanged? That's a pretty good deal for the pirates they weren't gonna keep him anyways.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Im still pushing for a bat that Manny can protect. (Victor Martinez for Loney). I'm not big on ole crazy eyes and quite frankly think he is overrated among all Dodgers. League average with streaks. We can definitely make an upgrade at first.

5683RJM said...

Seeing Loretta pitch was pretty cool, in an otherwise upsetting game. It would have been awesome to see Loney pitch too!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Game is under way

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And O-Dog singles

Orel said...

1st & 2nd, guess how many outs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LOB Counter: 2

Orel said...

LOB: 2.

rbnlaw said...

The Pods are looking to unload Adrian Gonzalez. Too bad he already hit all of his home runs in the first half.

Of course, with Manny in the line up. . .

koufax said...

anyone else frustrated?

rbnlaw said...

I'm going on record here as saying this team will not get off the schnide until it hits Atlanta, where they always seem to do OK.

Of course, they usually hit Atlanta in May, not July/August when the city resembles the 7th Circle of Hell.

Orel said...

Freakin' Julio Lugo.

Orel said...

@Koufax "anyone else frustrated?"

Yes! Although also constantly trying to remind myself how lucky we are.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This isn't looking good.

karina said...

This team has performed beyond expectations. In the offseason, i had nightmares with the pitching staff, didn't you?

rbnlaw said...

@Karina:
Now your nightmares are coming true. Having the best record in baseball is only good in October.

I feel like such a fatalist.

Orel said...

Kemp heart attack.

rbnlaw said...

Now's the time to worry: Two outs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was close

karina said...

I know Rbnlaw, but i do think they could have a couple of cold streaks in the season, which they have failed to produce, much to our pleasure. This season has been so remarkable, we might have forgotten they are still humans who commit mistakes.

rbnlaw said...

Yay. No runs.
But it's early. Going to son's basketball practice. I'll be playing my new favorite game:
"Suffering With Steiner"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another LOB in the making. Loney singles.

karina said...

MR LASF: you are depressing me big time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's how I roll

fanerman said...

Number one reason for trade deadline to pass: we can stop wishing we had Halladay and be happy with who we do have.

Orel said...

We just have the worst freakin' luck right now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now it's up to (sigh) Kershaw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LOB Counter: 3

Orel said...

LOB
LOB
LOB

Neeebs said...

Kabulabunakaminipichu.


That is my anti-LOB rememdy that I learned from a Hawaiian witch doctor.

From next inning on the curse shall be broken.

With that, I'm off to din din with the family.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw's fastball looks good.

I Alivandi said...

Kershaw owns all. If he is really throwing a two-seamer now, he doesn't need another pitch. Four-seamer at 94-96, two-seamer at 90-92 and Buggs Bunny at 67(!)-72. That is plenty.

Orel said...

Really? A changeup wouldn't put him over the top?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, no LOB's that inning, what d'ya know.

Orel said...

What do you know, Neeebs' curse worked! No LOB that inning!

Orel said...

MLASF, we're on the same wavelength.

koufax said...

@ Orel

we are lucky, very lucky considering, just need to start getting some extra base hits, hits with runners in scoring position and maybe a little impact from emanuel ramirez.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When was the last time we had the pitcher lead off? I don't remember.

Orel said...

Good job, Clayton. 1-2-3.

Orel said...

True, Koufax. Manny has not been helping lately.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Heee's back, and he's got a new trick
Magical Kershaw is ten times as slick
As the last time, the last time you saw him
Now you can see why we really adore him

Orel said...

Our BABIP must be verrrrry low right about now.

koufax said...

a spot of luck there

Orel said...

Casey triple! I'm holding my tongue for the time being.

Alex Cora said...

Yeah Blake!!! Triple action!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ludwick mis-plays the ball, Casey gets three bags! One out, Ethier better score him if he knows what's good for him

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or Loney

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

OH MY GOD WE ACTUALLY SCORED

Orel said...

WTF RBI OMG

Alex Cora said...

RBI for Loney. Can you really trade the guy who has the most RBI's on the team?

Nic j said...

FINALLY!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If we can trade the guy in the lineup with the most steals, then we can trade anyone.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, even when we do score we still GIDP

Orel said...

Now that's more like it. Inning-ending DP.

karina said...

@Alex Cora: exactly and whatever else they are saying, he's a decent defensive first base with potential.

@Fanerman: exactly my thoughts, i want August 1st to come fast.

Orel said...

I am currently looking up Brendan Ryan's UZR.

koufax said...

anyone else see that torre is giving schmidt another start in atlanta?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crapola

Alex Cora said...

Grrr, it is hard to hate on Pujols, but Darnnit!!

Orel said...

12.9

Orel said...

Anyone think Torre might be trying to shame the front office into trading for another starter by starting Schmidt again?

karina said...

@Orel: that's almost surreal.

Alex Cora said...

Oh, and they can't trade Kemp - I just bought tickets for his bobblehead night.

koufax said...

@ orel

I hope so, but who is available?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Popup helps.

Orel said...

Pujols moves like he has a sore back.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

About damn time the other team GIDP's.

Alex Cora said...

Nice DP - and nice scoop by Loney.

Orel said...

Nice scoop, James! Inning-ending DP!

Eric Karros said...

Nice

Eric Karros said...

Seems Orel, AC, and I agree the DP was "nice"

Nic j said...

I hope bills was taking notes.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lee looks so ugly in Philly red

Alex Cora said...

Matt is due for a HR.

Orel said...

@Karina "that's almost surreal."

@Koufax "I hope so, but who is available?"

Halladay is the obvious target but let's say Toronto doesn't lower their price. I'm pretty sure Colletti doesn't offer anyone from the 25-man roster. That means either acquiring a fifth-type starter (Washburn?) or Ned's favorite, a "veteran reliever." The latter seems the most likely. I read a rumor of Elbert and DeWitt for Sherrill. I could see that happening.

karina said...

@Eric Karros: "great minds run Dodgers blogs"

Orel said...

Hi EK!

Alex Cora said...

Not due for that K. Ugh.

Orel said...

Gee, I wonder what EK is thinking of....

Eric Karros said...

Hey Orel...what do you mean?

Alex Cora said...

Hey pretty quiet with everyone comments except for the Sons that last couple of minutes....hmmm....

karina said...

I think if the team needs a trade, it has to be for a fifth starter or a long reliever, without touching the young core of the team.

Eric Karros said...

I'm able to join the thread cuz it's an early game

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I say trade for Chien-Ming Wang

Eric Karros said...

1ook Who's Talking Too, baby!

Alex Cora said...

100

Orel said...

Damn, EK.

Alex Cora said...

Doh!

karina said...

Don't be so mean with Eric, he only wants to hang out for a while...

so here it comes:

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I demand assist points!

Eric Karros said...

Gameday is slow

Orel said...

EK, are you good at getting concert tickets too?

Eric Karros said...

Epale Karina

karina said...

Let's see if the Dodgers can score with 2 outs.

Alex Cora said...

Come on Odogg.

Eric Karros said...

We all excel in certain areas

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Run, Furcal.

koufax said...

hmm hate to be negative karina but i think not

koufax said...

hudson strikes out a lot these days

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So...a trade for Wang? Eh? Eh?

karina said...

My Gameday said: in play (no outs) and the O Dogg struck out.

Eric Karros said...

Mine did that too, Karina! What a tease.

Orel said...

Wang? Wasn't he on the DL? Although I agree a change of scenery (read: NL) would benefit him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whether by radio, or by Gameday, there will always be teases.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm joking of course. Wang is having season-ending surgery. He just was never the same after he injured himself running the paths last season.

Eric Karros said...

That is true MLASF, though few of them involve the O-Dogg

karina said...

It can be frustrating...takes a lot of time to crush a stray of hope.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least Gameday doesn't say "AND MATT KEMP MAKES A SPECTACULAR...attempt"

koufax said...

kkkkershaw is good

karina said...

I have a theory i will die for some heart attack induced by a sports broadcaster or an italian on a penalty kick at the World Cup.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DirecTV is sticking it to Time Warner for blacking out on the BobbleSlam.

karina said...

Manny, you are due for a big hit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny-single.

Orel said...

Manny's slump is over! Over, I tells ya!

Eric Karros said...

Sounds like you better stick with Gameday then, Karina

karina said...

My Gameday said he lined out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crapola, another GIDP.

Orel said...

DP
DP

karina said...

Hahahahaha Eric. Maybe...

Eric Karros said...

Training Day is on TV. Great movie.

koufax said...

136

Nic j said...

At least we have a shot at the cards bullpen today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw looks good, and he's only three batters over the minimum.

Orel said...

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karina said...

@Eric Karros: pretty much any Denzel Washington is a very good movie.

Guess there'll no be #200 tonight.

Nic j said...

So much for making it to that bullpen.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I found a better deal than that. One word: Costco

Erin #2 said...

We have to get to 200 tonight so that I can be positive again.....I just so negative right now!

koufax said...

the cardinals announcers have a man crush on holliday, wonder what they will think next year when he leaves them for a team that will pay him money.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew, Kershaw almost got no one.

Eric Karros said...

Karina, they just showed the part when Ethan Hawke almost gets killed by the card-playing hoodlums but they let him go because earlier that day he had saved the cousin of one of them. Great scene.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KKKKKershaw gets the Russian

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

YAY MANNY!

koufax said...

holy shit!

Nic j said...

I'm speechless.

karina said...

That movie rocks!. I was watching the Yankees-Rays game but i switched to watch some rerun of Dexter.

Orel said...

WOW

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny Ramirez just bailed out Kershaw of a crappy pitch, a home run, and a loss.

Erin #2 said...

Hot damn! Woot Woot Woot!

Eric Karros said...

Dammit what happened?

karina said...

Thanks for the description, Mr LASF

karina said...

@Erin#2: your only chance is a late Post Game Thread.

Nic j said...

Damn Ryan and his cool stirrups.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That catch sealed Kershaw's Pitcher of the Month award

I Alivandi said...

Ho-Lee-Shit.

Manny gave those sanctimonious Card fans a middle finger. Hopefully he jacks one out right now.

koufax said...

im sick of looking at terrible moustaches

Erin #2 said...

Doot doot doot doot
Doot doot Doot Doot
Doot doot doot doot
Dooooo dooot doooo dooot do dooot
CHARGE!!!!!

*Does the wave*

Alex Cora said...

Damn, Manny is really in a funk. Think it is the hand?

Nic j said...

I guess the only way we are winning tonight is with a shutout.

koufax said...

tony going with the the lefty pinch hitter against kkkkkkershaw

koufax said...

good move mr. larussa

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Obviously that didn't work.

Orel said...

E-Rasmus

koufax said...

love to see lugo not hustling that ground ball out, brings back pleasant memories

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KKKKKKKERSHAW GETS HIM!

Orel said...

Clayton is such a stud. I hope we're not extending him too much.

koufax said...

solid solid outing, lets win this thing for him

Cabell said...

Freakin' amazing.

I Alivandi said...

Clayton Kershaw is officially an ace pitcher right now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

112 pitches, that matches his season high against the Marlins back in Florida.

Nic j said...

KershACE.

Cabell said...

I haven't seen the Manny catch. Was it as amazing as Charlie Steiner described?

Orel said...

So as not to jinx the game, I'm not starting the Post-Game Thread until it's over. So 200 is still a possibility.

karina said...

2 Ks on the 8th. Excellent, Public Enemy Number One.

koufax said...

@ orel

did u read the article tim kurkjian wrote about pitch counts? if not it was pretty interesting, i would argue that 110 total pitches is not going to overextend a 21 year old arm that much. he didnt pitch in too many stressful positions tonight.

Orel said...

@PC "I haven't seen the Manny catch. Was it as amazing as Charlie Steiner described?"

For once, yes.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

NOW we can attack the bullpen.

Orel said...

Koufax, do you have a link?

Cabell said...

Really? I really thought it was Steiner being Steiner. Excited over nothing.

Nic j said...

What the fuck with all these one pitch outs.

koufax said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=4359938

koufax said...

lets get big john an insurance run here

Erin #2 said...

I would really like another run to finish off the game.....

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I demand insurance!

J. Steve said...

Kershaw just grabbed his stuff and headed to the clubhouse. Big JB is coming in for the bottom of the 9th.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Looks like this thread has some life

koufax said...

loney very solid on an otherwise forgetable night for the dodgers at the plate

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin has to get it out of the infield.

J. Steve said...

C'mon insurance!!!

Orel said...

Thanks, Koufax.

koufax said...

so russel is not wearing batting gloves anymore?

Erin #2 said...

We are going to end this night on a POSITIVE note......

Orel said...

Collins just noted that.

J. Steve said...

Martin going old-school with no batting gloves...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

200 Bitches

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