Friday, July 31, 2009

Game 103 Thread: July 31 @ Braves, 4:30p

Jason Schmidt (1-1, 7.88) vs. Tommy Hanson (5-1, 2.95).

COMMENTS: Talk about a study in contrasts. Today the Dodgers start a once overpowering pitcher ending his career as a overpaid paperweight, and the Braves start a 22-year-old hotshot rookie with a plus-fastball and his entire career ahead of him. Do you like where this is going? I do not.

Atlanta, third place in the NL East with a 52-50 record, is 10-11 against NL West teams this season. Today would be a wonderful day to witness the Dodger bats thaw further, as we would hate to continue "all the weeping, moaning and teeth-gnashing about the weak offense of a team that's [24] games over .500," as my Mets fan friend puts it.

(100SS. Game 4. Right here.)

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Dusto_Magnifico said...

I still want AGon for Loney.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

You would want a sock full of pennies for Loney

Steve Sax said...

Huge Rumor going around that lands us Halladay...for a big cost. Stay tuned.

Kyle Baker said...

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Schmidt, P

Orel said...

New lack-of-trade thread up top.

Josh S. said...

Well, Loney's not scratched. So, I guess that settles that.

Kyle Baker said...

E batting 2nd. Interesting.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Kind of an odd lineup here.

Josh S. said...

I like this lineup. Raffy and O-Dog just aren't the magical pairing they were earlier in the season anymore.

Paul said...

We have some of the best #8 hitters of all time.

Steve Sax said...

Hmm...no word yet, so the rumor might not be right?

MR.F said...

Kemp hitting 6th with the usual starters!!

Josh S. said...

Well, Sax, you're the only one reporting it.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Where is this rumor coming from?

Paul said...

New Rumor is that Looney will grow a goatee to at least look more like AGon.

Orel said...

Dusto will not be fooled.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I'll betcha that Loney bangs one out tonight. I just got that feeling.

Any takers?

Wesley Vento said...

Have Raffy and O Dogg ever been magic together this year? I remember when O Dogg was leading the world in hits back in April, but that was when Raffy was doing his best Andruw Jones (circa 2008) impression.

I seem to recall Dre hitting in front of Manny last year and it working out well for all parties minus the opposition.

Wesley Vento said...

Neeebs, what odds will you give me that Loney GIDP instead?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The very first game both Raffy and O-Dog led off with hits.

Josh S. said...

I don't know about Loney hitting one out, but the edge should be off some of the guys now that the deadline has passed.

I'm over the Halladay/A-Gon pipe dreams now. It's time to shut everybody up and win it all with who we've got.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Still plenty of guys who could be put on the waiver.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Hong: Low odds on the GIDP, high odds on the HR.

So...if Loney hits the HR, you buy me two dogs and a beer at the next game that you and I attend at the same time. If Loney hits into a GIDP, I buy you a beer. If Loney does both, its a wash.

Deal?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I want some of this action. Anyone going on Monday?

Kyle Baker said...

Yeah Im way over the AGon thing. That was never a thing, then it was briefly the possibility of a thing, and now it's not a thing at all.

I was always more into the whole we need another starting pitcher thing. That thing didn't work out, either, obviously.

Now I feel...(no)thing.

karina said...

In Loney i trust.

Wesley Vento said...

I'f I'm buying two dogs I want a pretzel for the DP. I'll raise it to a "premium" ale instead of Bud Light if I am granted this salty request.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

In Loney I trust... a pop out to second.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Hung: OK deal.

Kyle Baker said...

Just hit me: How big a set of balls does it take for Colletti to stand pat on dealing for a starting pitcher on the same day he trots out J Schmidt to start an away game against a decent team?

He either knows something we don't, or we know something he doesn't.

karina said...

@Dusto: "In Loney I trust... a pop out to second."

It's an improvement to a GIDP ;)

Wesley Vento said...

I'm coming down from the AGon juju that I was huffing earlier. Me likey Loney.

Kyle Baker said...

Hong, put on some Allman Brothers and have some OJ. You'll feel better on the way down.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

GIDP: that doesn't mean he wont do it.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I ask my James Loney bobblehead if he will hit a homerun today. He shook his head "yes."

I then asked him if he will hit into a double play today. He shook his head "yes."

Kyle Baker said...

Neeebs,

Consult the crazy 8 ball for confirmation.

Kyle Baker said...

Harold Reynolds on MLB Network:

"I'm worried about Jason Schmidt."

That is some crack analysis.

Kyle Baker said...
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Neeebs (The Original) said...

DB: I lost my crazy eight ball.

All I have is my talking Yoda who says, "the force and its wisdom is all around you. Ask yourself a yes or no question, says the force."

I'll consult him when I get home after 7:00pm., but I'm afraid it will be too late by then.

Kyle Baker said...

They have a pic of the new Manny II bobble posted, but I can't link to it.

Go here and click on the Sept 16 date:

Curtain Call

Josh S. said...

Wow. Manny's bobblehead has EXCELLENT posture!

Neeebs, maybe your Loney bobblehead was indicating that he'd be robbed of a home run and then Casey will get doubled up at first.

Kyle Baker said...

well god damn i just spent 10 minutes getting that link right, and it's since been posted on the front page.

oh well, great (er, bored) minds...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Facing Adam LaRoche for the next two games after this one won't be fun.

Kyle Baker said...

V Mart getting all weepy in the lockerroom before he heads out for a much better/more fun club to play for.

Josh S. said...

Cheers for Manny in ATL?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That was an uneventful inning.

Josh S. said...

We've turned into total chumps in the first inning lately.

Kyle Baker said...

manny looking waaaay out of sorts. still.

Kyle Baker said...

why oh why must charter cable in pasadena not carry the game in HD and instead show the angels game in HD tonight? i really want to kick someone or something.

Steve Sax said...

Tales from the SoSG Staff Room:

Sax goes running all over the offices saying "Oh My God We've Just Traded XXXX to get Halladay"

Orel tells Sax to calm down and wait to see it confirmed

Sax keeps running around the office

Orel hits Sax in the face to knock him out

Sax falls unconscious, then wakes up twenty minutes later to find out the trade rumor is indeed not true.



The wisdom of Orel prevails. Thanks, Orel!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Where was that rumor from?

Anonymous said...

Wow! Did you guys read the report on the Gonzo/Heath Bell trade? Word is the deal would've been Gonzalez and Bell for Martin, Loney, DeWitt, McDonald, and DeJesus.

Steve Sax said...

100SS results through three games, just posted.

Orel, in the lead!

Kyle Baker said...

so was it the wisdom of orel, or just the back of his hand, that prevailed?

Steve Sax said...

@Mr LA SF, I can't tell you but I paid good money for it...

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty Baker: Both

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty Baker: Orel has been lifting lately by the way. I didn't even see that one coming; I was watching his left.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's horse-shit. I deserve points for that, dammit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Schmidt is walking on a tightrope right now.

karina said...

We deserve points for assists!

Kyle Baker said...

Colletti, are you watching?

Still want to go on the broadcast in a minute?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I wouldn't mind getting Garland off the D-Back scrap heap. The fact that the team and Garland hate each other makes it all the more reasonable.

Kyle Baker said...

We could have Garland throw at some DBacks, too.

Not that I would encourage that.

Josh S. said...

Dusty, are you saying Charter Pasadena sometimes carries HD Dodger games? Charter Glendale never carries the PT games in HD. It pisses me off.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Schmidt's gonna be walking a fine line today. That inning was not mind-settling.

Josh S. said...

The Angels didn't make any trades, did they?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

No

Steve Sax said...

Two straight five-pitch walks, but Anderson ends the inning.

Schmidt has not topped 87 mph yet through one inning of play

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

EK, so you're saying Schmidt's reaching tops on his velocity?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I mean Sax, not EK

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Maybe I'm just pretending to screw up in order to inflate the thread?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Or maybe I made a legitimate mistake?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Maybe I'm using this situation in order to inflate it altogether?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hanson is painting corners.

Kyle Baker said...

@Josh S

Yes,I get about a third of games on Prime Ticket in HD. The rest are in extreme blur-o-vision. All the other station (is it KCAL? K-something local) are in HD and look beautiful.

What pisses me off is that I waited patiently (ok, not patiently) for the big HD switchover, and then I still have to watch this old skool early 2009 crap.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is gonna be a tough night for the offense.

Kyle Baker said...

[Sorry for the poor sentence construction in that last post...jesus, today has killed me!]

karina said...

Victor Martinez weeping? that's heartbreaking. I recall he had said he wanted to be an Indian until the end of his career.

Alex Cora said...

Hey PT had Colletti on the phone - just caught the end, shat did he say?

Alex Cora said...

oops what did he say?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Schmidt's not fooling anyone. They're making contact.

Kyle Baker said...

Colletti said at one pt in talks w Jays, they wanted ALL our top level prospects but not much off roster. He didn't want to part with all of them.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Schmidt didn't make a lot of pitches. That's good.

Kyle Baker said...

"shat" was appropriate enough, Cora.

Alex Cora said...

Good for Ned, screw the Jays. Wow, they are crushing the ball off Schmidt, but all right to the outfielders. One of these is going to fly out of here soon.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Let's see how the back 3 fare against Hanson.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Schmidt is pitching to contact. Come on, its obvious.

karina said...

Barbaro Canizares played for Aguilas del Zulia. He sucked big time, specially on his defense. Dodgers, start hitting there, he won't catch anything!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's not like he can do anything else. Unless you know of a big-league batter who can't catch up to an 87-mph fastball.

Kyle Baker said...

colletti made good pt re: if we give away the entire farm then next yr we have a $16 mil pitcher we have to pay and nothing below the roster to help replenish.

Kyle Baker said...

"Unless you know of a big-league batter who can't catch up to an 87-mph fastball."

You mean like Russell Martin?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Or Andruw Jones of last year

Neeebs (The Original) said...

I read comment two real fast and it looked like "sock full of penis"

Kyle Baker said...

i said that, BTW, so he'd know it and do well during this at bat.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hanson looks unhittable.

Alex Cora said...

The umps head looks like it is exploding in front of the SunTrust ad.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

100

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Damn

Neeebs (The Original) said...

100

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

100

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Give me an assist, at least.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stuck the landing.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

There you go MLASF. No controversy here

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

O-Dog singles.

Kyle Baker said...

are there negative pts in your game where someone gets the 100th AND still says damn? ;-)

Kyle Baker said...

Vinny "The Rat" Rottino?

I think he knows people who can get some things done if you need a favor.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Damn.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That would have been ball four.

Kyle Baker said...

Can't these people get a real city where it doesn't rain out a baseball game?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

But Dusty, as an East Coaster will tell you, that's real baseball.

Kyle Baker said...

MLASF, I can just feel the east coast bias vibe trickling out from your post.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

A 7-pitch at-bat to the pitcher. That does not ease the mind.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

But Dusty, as anyone at ESPN will tell you, there is no East Coast Bias. It's just a favoring of the more popular teams, who just happen to reside on the East Coast.

Kyle Baker said...

I was hoping for an anti-ESPN reference out of that exchange - thanks!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Crapola. Schmidt's in trouble.

karina said...

Runners at the corners and McCann is up. Have a bad feeling about this.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Whew, that was close.

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Kyle Baker said...

Kemp fielded that as well as he could...kept the ball in front of him.

And the inning is over!

Kyle Baker said...

So much negativity from you Karina. ;=)

karina said...

Hahahahahaha, you're influencing me.

MR.F said...

Don't turn to the dark side!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Manny-single.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Beard-single. Something's cooking...

I Alivandi said...

Tommy may be good, but he needs to learn that you don't throw shitty curve balls to Manny or average fastballs to Blake.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm out. Hopefully when I come back, a win will be under the Dodgers' belt.

I Alivandi said...

Loney gave that a ride.

karina said...

@Fanerman: thanks for the reminder :)

MR.F said...

Damn. How far did that ball go?

I Alivandi said...

Wow. Hanson hung the same outside curve to Bison that he did to Manny. The difference is that Bison actually hit it further, but not far enough.

Orel said...

Epale, all! First time through the order, Hanson shut us down. Second time, at least we're making contact. He might just be touchable.

Kyle Baker said...

That's probably also what Braves just said in the dugout re Schmidt, Orel.

I Alivandi said...

Orel - I doubt he throws many more of those mediocre fastballs he threw on the Blake single, but he did hang at least 2 curves.

I Alivandi said...

I fear Anderson will tee off on one of Schmidt's fastball/changeups. That said, if Jason keeps throwing his curve with that kind of break and slow speed, he might just be useful.

Orel said...

Schmidt isn't exactly cruising, but he's getting it done so far.

Orel said...

No surprises with Schmidt. You know what you're going to get.

E-6 doesn't help.

Josh S. said...

This primary camera angle is disorienting.

Kyle Baker said...

Pods fired their hitting coach Lefebvre. That'll change things.

Orel said...

That K by Schmidt was Madduxian.

Josh S. said...

A K?!

Kyle Baker said...

Audience choice: Which other game going on right now do I pull up on MLB.TV and watch on mute on my computer while I continue to watch Dodgers?

Tell me what to do.

Is it Nats v Pirates to try to see who is still on either team? Rust belt matchu between Detroit and Cleveland?

Kyle Baker said...

Surely that was a 'J' or an 'L' not a 'K'!!!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

PITT v. Nat

Orel said...

I'd watch Rockies-Reds. Rockies winning, by the way.

Josh S. said...

Mmmm, we're boppin' this guy!

MR.F said...

Just gotta cash these hits in.

Orel said...

Pretty nasty to O-Dog.

Orel said...

Schmidt not helping his own cause.

Kyle Baker said...

MSNBC headline:

"Ortiz still ‘trying to find out what’s going on’"

This is like OJ still looking for the real killer.

Also could tune in to Boston v Os...Os are winning late.

Orel said...

NOW you get a hit, Furcal.

MR.F said...

Bunt fly out? Come on!

I Alivandi said...

Raffy! Keeping up the hot streak.

Orel said...

I was hoping for a single. Instead ANDRE with the rare ROAD HR! 3-0 Dodgers!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Ethier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe the 2 spot is good for him.

I Alivandi said...

CLUTCH MODE!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

That'll help the LOB dilemma

NicJ said...

I walking around frisco and I just heard a collective groan.

Kyle Baker said...

1st HR on this road trip.

MR.F said...

Kill that rally!!!!

I Alivandi said...

Joe Morgan may be an idiot when it comes to stats, but he knows how to play the game of baseball. Tommy just threw Andre a hanging slider, which is another word for a crappy fastball.

Kyle Baker said...

Nic-J

Maybe the people you heard had just read the latest Plaschke column?

Orel said...

@Nic "I walking around frisco and I just heard a collective groan."

SWEET

Orel said...

One more inning from Schmidt then four hours of heavy rains should do it.

I Alivandi said...

Manny = Slump

but

Ethier = Earl Weaver

I Alivandi said...

Is it me or does Jason Schmidt appear to have gained some control?

Orel said...

Dare I say...Schmidt is cruising?

karina said...

Gameday is nuts. Score is 3-0 but it doesn't register Ethier's HR, now it's frozen.

Kyle Baker said...

Actual game is nuts, too. It showed Schmidt just having a 6-pitch inning.

MR.F said...

If Manny's hand is really bothering him, he really should just rest and let it heal.

QuadSevens said...

Turn on the game after a run and the Dodgers are up. It's a good day.

Orel said...

Schmidt at 69 pitches.

karina said...

King James, what's up with you?

Orel said...

Beard gunned down at the plate. Perfect relay by the Braves.

I Alivandi said...

Casey Blake forgets that Garret Anderson can still chuck it. That said, nice to see Russ crank it and make Tommy Hanson look like a hoser, eh.

Kyle Baker said...

Shld have held Beard at 3rd. I'm risk averse in this game and with GA in outfield.

karina said...

Out at home, gentlemen.

Kyle Baker said...

Nice camera shot of Flat Breezy in the pen.

Orel said...

I didn't know GA still had it.

Kyle Baker said...

Blew that 84 MPH fastball by him!

Josh S. said...

They keep Sherrill in the Noob Cage, apparently.

Kyle Baker said...

He looked like a caged beast waiting for his moment to escape.

Orel said...

Schmidt walks the leadoff man. One more inning would be great.

Kyle Baker said...

Trancoso getting loose in bullen. Where is that 3-hour thunderstorm?

MR.F said...

Hey, it's GA.

Orel said...

Hello to all 100SS lurkers!

Orel said...

Is this when we talk about how stupid the tomahawk chop is?

I Alivandi said...

Good thing Garret didn't quite get all of that.

karina said...

I know Canizares will get me mad at some pint in this weekend

I Alivandi said...

Orel - Remember when that was at its worst? Around, say, 1993-1999?

Orel said...

Karina says this Barbaro fellow sucks. And he strikes out!

MR.F said...

Yeah. The tomahawk is pretty lame.

Orel said...

@Ali "Orel - Remember when that was at its worst? Around, say, 1993-1999?"

Ugh, don't remind me. Totally insufferable.

Kyle Baker said...

It's ALWAYS time to talk about how stupid the tomahawk chop is.

MR.F said...

Another k!

Kyle Baker said...

Jason Mower!

I Alivandi said...

Orel - Those TBS games were absolutely torture.

Kyle Baker said...

COL 3
CIN 3

karina said...

Hope he sucks this weekend.

Orel said...

Schmidt at 86 pitches. Does Torre bat for him?

Orel said...

200

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