Friday, July 17, 2009

Game 90 Thread: July 17 vs. Astros, 7p

Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.38) vs. Roy Oswalt (5-4, 3.85).

COMMENTS: Hopefully the Dodger bats will come to the stadium tonight rested and ready, as they've had a four-day rest from baseball. Unfortunately, they only had three days off. Due to his one inning of work in the All-Star Game, Billingsley gets the second slot coming out of the break. Meanwhile, Oswalt had a bout of finger numbness in his last start. Think Nancy Bea Hefley can work up a nice version of "Feelings" for Roy?

photo by Juan Ocampo/Dodgers

63 comments:

Orel said...

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Manny, LF
Blake, 3B
Ethier, RF
Loney, 1B
Hudson, 2B
Martin, C
Billingsley, P

Dusty Baker said...

Is Bison still hungover?

Brandon said...

Kemp claims the story is completely fabricated. That's the word going around the Dodger dugout tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh wait, that's me who is hungover. Never mind.

Alireza said...

Why in the world is Bison benched? I don't care whether the story is fabricated or not. That said, small sample size but Bison is 0-4 with 2 Ks against Oswalt. Meanwhile, Pierre is 12-34 (.353 AVG) with a walk and only 1 K against Roy-O. Additionally, RHB are hitting just .227 against Oswalt, while lefties are at .286 (and that is likely the only number Torre is looking at, though the OPS numbers are similarly lopsided).

Dusty Baker said...

Maybe this has far more to do with Torre sending message of how he's going to rotate Pierre in with Manny back. A good manager would be sending subtle signals to JP that he done good while Manny was out, and that he's still an integral part of this team. Maybe this is such a scenario. Maybe I'm reading too much, but it's something to consider.

Alireza said...

Kenny G has an article up about it.

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090717&content_id=5910638&vkey=news_la&fext=.jsp&c_id=la

Looks like Joe actually does look at the numbers from time to time. I actually have no problem with this based on the numbers.

Brandon said...

I think Kemp will have something to say before this game is over.

Orel said...

Early hole.

Alireza said...

Ouch. Chad doesn't throw too many hangers, but that one had a coat on it.

Orel said...

Last time Kemp didn't start: May 20.

Alireza said...

This ump is squeezing the zone tonight. Far cry from last night.

Orel said...

So much for the quick recovery.

Alireza said...

Gameday has no idea how to classify pitches for Billingsley.

Orel said...

Too early to struggle, Chad!

Alireza said...

Wow, they are hitting good pitches (well, except for that gift Chad gave Tejada)

Alireza said...

Now THAT was the pitch Chad wanted to snap off to Tejada.

Orel said...

What the hell???

Josh S. said...

Well, that was all they needed last night. Oh, Chadley.

Orel said...

I don't see us scoring more than three runs off Oswalt.

Josh S. said...

Fuck it, I'm gonna watch Torchwood.

Nic j said...

WTF is up with bills.

Orel said...

If this gets worse, you have to start thinking injury.

Delino DeShields said...

I fell asleep for a half inning. What'd I miss?

Nic j said...

Maybe we will get to see loney pitch tonight.

Josh S. said...

Thank God it's over.

Is Ned on the phone to Toronto?

Delino DeShields said...

Nothing psyches a team up like a four run hole before one single at bat.

Josh S. said...

Oh, THAT Juan Pierre is in the lineup.

Nic j said...

Well....

What else is on?

Orel said...

zzzzz

Erin said...

Was Bourn safe at first there for real? I'm at the game and from my vantage point I thought Loney beat him to the bag.

P.S. This sucks

Orel said...

It was extremely close. At best it was a tie.

Orel said...

Bills is fooling no one. The outfield is getting a workout.

Orel said...

6-0 Astros. This is so depressing.

Nic j said...

Don't punch a locker Chad.

Orel said...

Great. Now the Blue Jays won't take Billingsley for Halladay.

Kidding.

Brandon said...

Even the press box is groaning at this one.

Orel said...

SF 1, PIT 1, bot 12

Orel said...

"Even the press box is groaning at this one."

No groaning in the press box!

Nic j said...

Did somebody tell Chad this was the playoffs?

Orel said...

This is basically a start for Weaver.

Orel said...

Low blow, Nic!

Orel said...

Vin called Blake's throw "a dead fish." Nice pick by Loney.

Orel said...

Didn't need that stat, Vin.

Orel said...

Might as well follow Bobby Knight's advice here....

Nic j said...

The dodgers really know how to kill the mood in the game thread.

Orel said...

Post-Game Thread is up.

Orel said...

That was...intriguing.

Matt said...

That's the mistake we need to get back into this game!

Brandon said...

"don't stop believing"

Matt said...

This is OT, but is anyone watching on MLB.com? If so, do you get the ads for Umpire Training Camp? Why does this sound so compelling to me?

GoatMilk said...

Manny
Russ
Loretta

karina said...

Seriously, since Post Game Thread is up, is this game thread closed for real? it's the middle of the game!, even if it is Osvalt on the mound.

Nic j said...

Giants lost, I can sleep easy tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Giants lose in the fourteenth!

Steve Sax said...

Delino, are you still in the press box? We look awful.

Here's the slump we all thought would happen in May.

Nic j said...

All three of loneys at bats have just looked awful tonight, like he was trying to get out on purpose.

Chad'sNotRad said...

Chad's not rad

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Since there's nothing worth talking about, I was listening to 710 ESPN today, and Plaschke came on. Before you raise the pitchforks, he is against trading for Halladay if it means giving up Kershaw. Suddenly the respect level for him went up.

karina said...

What if Halladay doesn't want to leave the AL?

Dusty Baker said...

Agree re: Loney. It's like someone bet him he couldn't hit three tiny dribblers a few feet away, run half-ass toward first, and get thrown out each time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If not the Dodgers, I want Halladay to stay in Toronto or go to the Angels. He can't do any damage to the Dodgers with either team.

Dusty Baker said...

The kind of insight I must endure from my sister-in-law when the game is out of reach:

"Why do they sell DeWitt t-shirts but not Blake?"

I just said they must be out of "L"s.