Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Game 126 Thread: August 25 @ Dingers, 5.30p

Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.96) vs. Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.54).

COMMENTS: 48 hours of hemming and hawing about this game comes to a merciful end today with our Minotaur on the mound. Despite the Dodgers' 10-2 record against the Rockies this year, including a sweep at Coors Field in May, everyone is forecasting the imminent downfall of the Dodgers. Accuscore gives the Rockies a 54% chance of winning (58% as of WSJ's press run last night, so at least our trajectory is improving), the LATimes' Helene Elliott takes a break from following the Kings and Galaxy to slash the tires of the Dodgers' bandwagon, and the only guy we seem to have on our side is Steve Phillips, an omen which portends doom like a circling vulture.

Tonight, we put this yippin' and yappin' to rest. Kershaw hasn't had a win since July 18 but is 1-1 with 1 ND against Colorado this year. Hammel is 0-1 against the Dodgers with 1 ND, and has gotten three wins in his last four starts (reflecting the Rockies' recent streak). Assuming Clayton can come out strong and our rested bullpen can hold up, what I'm really hoping to see tonight is a breakout performance by James Loney (he is 2-for-5 lifetime against Hammel with a 1.600 OPS, and his OPS+ of 143 against the Rockies is the highest among all NL West opponents), assuming Loney has recovered from the flu. It would also be nice to see Manny Ramirez get his OPS back up over 1.000 (Ramirez is 0-for-5 lifetime against Hammel). Heck, Coors Field is the place for all of the Dodgers to get out of their offensive funk.

And we need to play a full nine, or even 14, innings here guys. It is Coors Field, after all. Let's not pull a Merkin. {In the meantime, we're going back to two GT superstitions, rather than the overloaded three that didn't seem to work out so well on Sunday.)

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Nic j said...

*not

Fred's Brim said...

follow through on those curves, Clayton

Nic j said...

dont make him angry clay.

Steve Sax said...

Why are we letting Hammel go deep when we know their pen is gassed?

koufax said...

made him look poor there, nice pitch

Nic j said...

dont we always seem to do that sax?

Nic j said...

wow, that was quick.

Fred's Brim said...

Sax, he's at 98 pitches now. i bet we get him next inning

nice inning CK

Steve Sax said...

Okay, a 1-2-3 inning by Minotaur explains why Torre left him in to bat. Let's make sure we give the kid some runs, starting with you, Raffy.

Nic j said...

if hamel goes a full 7 im going to flip over my coffee table.

Steve Sax said...

Furcal, you suck now.

Nic j said...

raffy has been a waste of a lineup spot tonight.

koufax said...

ya that is pretty frustrating

Nic j said...

its amazing we are doing this well considering we only have 5 guys in the lineup tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Kemp has a 3-2 count

Nic j said...

i cant believe this guy is going 7 innings tonight.

koufax said...

ethier is essentially playing this game by himself, can we ask him to hit a homerun too

Nic j said...

alright manny, make your money.

Nic j said...

dinger is such a camera whore.

Fred's Brim said...

uhoh there it is....

koufax said...

ugh all i can think about is loney on deck

karina said...

Let's worry about Manny, then we think on King James.

Nic j said...

you gotta hit a HR manny, loney is up next.

koufax said...

hitting em right at people all night long

Fred's Brim said...

hmmm looked like he hit that harder than he did. was that off the handle?

karina said...

*about.

Whatever moment he is now, he's still a Dodger, can you show some hope and support?

Nic j said...

kershaw again?

karina said...

Never mind...would someone say if that was a good pitch to hit? because he was 3-1.

koufax said...

interesting to leave kershaw in for hawpe

koufax said...

@karina

looked like he hit an inside fastball and barely missed it

Nic j said...

how the hell did hamel go longer than kershaw?

koufax said...

i take that back, it was a hanging slider

Fred's Brim said...

great job, Clayton! way to bounce back after a rough month

koufax said...

clayton really only gave up two hard hit balls tonight

Nic j said...

that in no way was a shot at Kersh, but one at the batters.

karina said...

If he barely missed an inside fastball, that's kinda good news, right?

koufax said...

8 hits, and 8 hard hit balls right at people tonight for the dodgers and only 2 runs so far

koufax said...

@karina,

i looked at it again, it was no inside FB was a slider

Nic j said...

well, there you go.

Fred's Brim said...

crud

Erin said...

Son of a bitch.

Paul said...

Oh great.

Erin said...

It's hindsight and all, I guess, but I really didn't think Kershaw needed to come out of the game.

Nic j said...

hopefully we can make that up, i really dont want to lose this first game.

Mr. Customer said...

Belly shuts it down nicely.

Fred's Brim said...

these Nurples sure seem to be good in the clutch these days. I hope we still have some in us

Nic j said...

yeah Erin, i kinda feel that way too. With that being said you cant fault them for keeping him on a pretty strict pitch count. Wearing out a developing arm as special as claytons would not be good.

Mr. Customer said...

That doesn't read right without the proper tone of ironic disgust that was in my head.

Paul said...

If we can score only 2 runs tonight we so deserve to lose. Where is our big hitter Wolf?

koufax said...

start this off james

Fred's Brim said...

not a good matchup for James here

Steve Sax said...

Six outs, Dodgers. Let's see what you've got.

koufax said...

awful night for james

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh

Paul said...

Just sad

karina said...

Franklin Morales is a pitcher they can take advantage of (i'm puzzled he actually has a 2.49 while pitching on a MLB team)

Nic j said...

5 outs.

Erin said...

We should have come in here and pushed the Rockies around, showing them the superior team. We have not done that. It's just one game, but it could mean a whole lot come Friday.

karina said...

Can't believe this. I should go to bed and dream about tomorrow.

Nic j said...

4 outs.

Erin said...

Four outs.

Erin said...

Just think about who we'll have up in the ninth if no one gets on base here.

Fred's Brim said...

gotta show some kind of spark here. the first game of a big series is not the time to start feeling bad about your hitting

Fred's Brim said...

i take it Russ wasnt running very hard on that one

koufax said...

ive seen a few strikes in my day, that did not remind me of one

Nic j said...

when did we turn into the giants offensively?

Fred's Brim said...

ok keep it a one-run game

Fred's Brim said...

we dont draw many walks anymore. we havent since the first couple of months

koufax said...

gotta hold em

Fred's Brim said...

no blowups, HCK

Nic j said...

the Rox dont really give up that many walks. if that makes you feel any better.

Fred's Brim said...

this ump's zone is expanding

Fred's Brim said...

that was crap

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes, stupid!

Fred's Brim said...

that was crapper

Nic j said...

game over

Erin said...

SHIT.

koufax said...

cant play like that if u want to win baseball games

Erin said...

Yep, that ought to do it.

Fred's Brim said...

you've got to be kidding me - fucking two-out bullshit. we've got to be better than that if we expect to win anything

Nic j said...

holding a team to four runs should be a winnable game. Should be.

koufax said...

im filing this one under "gave the game away"

Paul said...

Riders on the storm with no life jackets.

Nic j said...

this was a great time for our bullpen to break that scoreless innings streak.

Steve Sax said...

4-2going to the ninth? Would be a nice time for all those ridiculously quiet bats to string something together, lest the Rockies think they're still playing the Giants.

koufax said...

if i was the rockies third base coach why would i send helton?? they could still be out there

Paul said...

Can JP play shortstop?

Steve Sax said...

Well At least this makes tomorrows game more compelling

fanerman said...

Where is the Felix Felicis when you need it?

Nic j said...

hopefully pierre can steal so furcal doesnt hit into a DP

fanerman said...

Is that it?

koufax said...

i feel like if ethier gets up maybe good things will happen

Nic j said...

Paul i was suggesting that. Im not sure if he could make the throw to first though.

Steve Sax said...

Raffy, you gonna swing at any of these?

koufax said...

hmmmmm

Nic j said...

thank you raffy!

Steve Sax said...

There we go Raffy!

koufax said...

a base hit, gimme a base hit

Paul said...

He lives!!!!

Nic j said...

come on bison a single.

Erin said...

Come on Kemp.

Paul said...

Mojo risin

koufax said...

ok...i got my wish

Nic j said...

one run. nice baserunning by furcal.

Erin said...

Nice job getting there, Furcal. Thank you, Kemp.

Now imagine if we hadn't given up that extra run.

Fred's Brim said...

you know what to do, Andre.

now do it

koufax said...

oh shit its beimel time!

Erin said...

Is Beimel going to be the one to lose it for the Rockies?

Erin said...

Christine just put our Beimel bobblehead on the floor, and turned his head away from the TV.

Fred's Brim said...

Joe B time?

Nic j said...

we all know beimel is hittable.

Fred's Brim said...

Pennsyltucky's finest!

Nic j said...

Erin, flick his arm!!

Paul said...

Beeemer is in? The universe will implode.

koufax said...

wasnt beimel better against righties last year, come on dre dog

Erin said...

Nic J, I read Christine your comment, and she laughed. Then she paused, said, "Maybe I should," and got up and did it.

koufax said...

if balls were strikes, that was a strike

Nic j said...

torre stopped using him because he couldnt get lefties out towards the end of the year.

he looks a little better though.

Erin said...

A sac fly will work for now.

Nic j said...

she gets the game ball if andre gets a hit.

koufax said...

or if beimel throws it to the backstop

Nic j said...

andre is chancing it with these pop ups.

Nic j said...

god damn andre.

Erin said...

Damn it. Now do they walk Manny?

Fred's Brim said...

cmon James....

koufax said...

i have a hard time blaming andre for this game, however

Erin said...

Hard to blame Andre, but a ball in the air to the outfield sure would have been nice there.

Erin said...

Maybe Pierre should just steal home.

Fred's Brim said...

really, Jim? pitch to Manny with a righty rather than let Joe B go after James?

Nic j said...

yeah i know, i just hate this make a run at the game in the 9th and come up short crap that we have been doing lately.

Paul said...

K manny just missed one. Loney has just missed. Let's hope they pitch to manny.

koufax said...

frustration level is pretty high at this point

koufax said...

just need a single here

Nic j said...

ill take a wild pitch or bloop right now.

koufax said...

this guy has completely lost the zone

Nic j said...

0-2

Erin said...

Man the strike zone is effed.

Nic j said...

manny or the ump?

koufax said...

halleluya

Nic j said...

fuck yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Erin said...

I wasn't looking, and Scully did not have the appropriate level of excitement for me to know what happened.

Paul said...

Free Manny!!

koufax said...

nic

the ump, to a lesser extent manny tho, nice one

Erin said...

Come on Loney. Knock it out.

Steve Sax said...

Mannnnnnnnny!

Nic j said...

lets hope for extras now.

Fred's Brim said...

YESSIR!

cmon James, keep it going

Steve Sax said...

0-2 single by Manny! Wow.

Well at least Loney can't GIDP here

Nic j said...

manny almost got tagged out on the overrun.

Erin said...

Maybe that was our lucky break right there. Let's get Manny across that damn plate.

Steve Sax said...

FJL, you lucky basterd!

Paul said...

mojo risin!!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Ok, I did not see that coming...

koufax said...

i give stewart an error there he has to come down with that, james loney will take it, as will i

Fred's Brim said...

this ump is expanding the zone as the game has gone on. not cool, dude

take'em where you can get'em James! let this be the beginning of a hot streak

Nic j said...

remember what happened last time they pitched around a hitter to get to martin.

Erin said...

Our hope rests in one Mr. Russell Martin.

Forgive me for not having a lot of faith in taking the lead here.

koufax said...

putting on my martin jersey right now

Erin said...

Good point, Nic. And the bases are loaded here, too.

Steve Sax said...

Come on Dodgers, bases juiced let's blow this game open.

Let's go, Martin!

Steve Sax said...

I'd like a walk here

Nic j said...

draw a walk.

Paul said...

Come on Russ.

Mr. Customer said...

The last time this happened, I was pleased with the results

Nic j said...

swing for a single martin!

Erin said...

Yes. Walk, please.

Steve Sax said...

Vin is second-guessing the crap out of Jim Tracy

Steve Sax said...

2-1 count to Martin. The tension is killing me.

Nic j said...

where did that ball go?

koufax said...

hope we didnt waste all our luck right there

Steve Sax said...

Martin has hit two foul balls that are baaaaaarely out of play.

Let's connect, Coltrane!

koufax said...

hit the guide wire for the fence

Nic j said...

great, a chance for a rockies walk off.

Erin said...

Damn. It's Broxton, right? Please, JB, don't blow this one.

Fred's Brim said...

thank you guys

Nic j said...

at least we are fighting back this time.

Steve Sax said...

Martin, that sucked.

At least it's tied, I suppose. Now the Rockies can have another dramatic walk-off victory for the Sportscenter folks to replay endlessly

Steve Sax said...

My god, nicJ, we are mindmelded tonight.

How's the fire, btw? You safe?

koufax said...

dont want to lose this on a walk off, would rather have lost it regulation

Erin said...

Oh, Troncoso. Okay, now I'm worried.

Nic j said...

yeah its no biggie. Not all that close to my house but my allergies will probably be hell tomorrow.

Nic j said...

of course this jerk is up.

koufax said...

no walks or walkoffs tron

LLCoolL said...

Loney and Martin combined stats: 1 for 10, 9 LOB.

koufax said...

@cool james

martin looked way better than loney however

Erin said...

Let's go Troncoso. Do not give up a walk here. Just get this guy.

Steve Sax said...

I don't think this game is going to extras.

Nic j said...

crap

Steve Sax said...

Basehit with one out for Seth Smith. Here comes Barmes for the dramatics.

Nic j said...

tron is the right guy for a dp ball though right?

Steve Sax said...

@koufax, not to quibble but this could indeed end in regulation with a walkoff

Fred's Brim said...

people cant seem to get Seth Smith out these days

Nic j said...

everyone remember how tron had that breakthrough appearance in relief in colorado early in the season.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, James Loney is the right guy for a DP ball, especially lately

koufax said...

strike zone has gotten smaller interestingly

Erin said...

Meanwhile, the Giants are losing 2-1 to the Diamondbacks.

koufax said...

@sax

ah, but you quibble indeed ye of little faith

Steve Sax said...

Seth Smith has too many similarly-placed letters. I hope his middle name is Sloth or Sixth or South.

Steve Sax said...

Barmes cedes the drama spot to Chris Ianetta. Two outs, here comes Ianetta.

Nic j said...

lets not lose it to a .221 hitter.

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