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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Fred's Brim said...

Tronny's got quite the beard kickin these days

Erin said...

NICE.

Steve Sax said...

So much for regulation. 4-4 tie after 9 frames.

Nic j said...

alright we have to have the advantage in an extra innings game right? RIGHT?!?

koufax said...

maybe it was our strategy all along to tax their bullpen a little more, lets win this

Nic j said...

although we are going to have to score like 6 runs just to make sure.

Erin said...

I hate extra innings games on the road. So tense.

Paul said...

I haven't seen a crowd with less rhythm since I watched the lakers play the jazz.

karina said...

Free baseball, ladies and gents.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, regarding your comment at 7:00pm (sorry I'm late): JP at shortstop may not be such a bad idea. Even if he can't throw to first, he could probably run every fielded ball over to the bag in time.

LLCoolL said...

Atta boy, Tron Tron. We should be getting into the soft, squishy part of the Colorado bullpen now.

Erin said...

Not exactly the heart of our order here. Let's get on base, Furcal. Then whoever comes up (Loretta?) needs to bunt. Especially if it's Loretta.

Nic j said...

come on lets attack the guy they refused to use last night.

Erin said...

Sorry, I mean Hudson.

Erin said...

Jesus.

Nic j said...

what the fuck was that?

Steve Sax said...

Great thinking, Orlando, trying to leadoff with a bunt!

You're now 1-for-5.

Mr. Customer said...

Effing Herges.

Fred's Brim said...

we gotta be able to hit this bum

Erin said...

Can't expect much here. Sure hope we can hold them in the bottom of the inning.

Steve Sax said...

Hudson, Loretta can't bunt you over if you CAN'T GET ON BASE

Erin said...

And, for the record, I HATE this ump.

Steve Sax said...

We usually beat the tar out of Herges.

Vin hasn't yet mentioned Herges' wife's sister's marriage to another MLB player. Or maybe I've got that story mixed up.

koufax said...

im with u erin, i almost threw the remote at the tv earlier because of him

Steve Sax said...

Loretta, that swing was so not even close, I'm not sure what game you're watching

Nic j said...

waiting till the 11th i guess.

Steve Sax said...

Furcal do NOT even think about another one of those crap ass bunts. Didn't you see what happened to Orlando?

Erin said...

Oh, good idea, Furcal. A bunt always works nicely to get a player on base.

Erin said...

If we can make it to the 11th, we might have a shot.

Steve Sax said...

Can we go down any more quietly than that? I think not. Am I going crazy? I think so.

Nic j said...

that was freaking pathetic.

koufax said...

still must be trying to tax the bullpen i guess

LLCoolL said...

Another former Dodger comes back to haunt us.

Nic j said...

Jmac?!? not in colorado.

Erin said...

While taxing their bullpen we're not exactly doing ours any favors.

Paul said...

God does anyone hear that annoying yelling lady or am I going crazy? Maybe I am.

koufax said...

torre saving the brim reaper and big john for some reason

koufax said...

and walking the leadoff hitter loses u games

LLCoolL said...

@koufax: Not with a 7-pitch inning

Erin said...

Oh, good. A leadoff walk. On a pitch that has been called a strike 90% of the time tonight.

koufax said...

oh my god

Mr. Customer said...

Fuck

Erin said...

I guess that's it then. What an embarrassing loss.

Nic j said...

now thats what you call giving a game away.

im not even gonna watch the rest of this crap.

koufax said...

loney is without a doubt the least valuable player of this game

Fred's Brim said...

that wasnt very good

Paul said...

Pitching macdonald. Did we give up?

Erin said...

That runner being at second sort of matters to us, doesn't it? I know we have to concentrate on the guy at the plate, but if we get him, then a double play ends it.

God damn you, ump. Try a little consistency!

Fred's Brim said...

great time to squeeze him, ump

koufax said...

WALK HELTON

Fred's Brim said...

walk Helton, then pray for the DP

Erin said...

Koufax, I was about to write the same thing in exactly the same way. Ha.

koufax said...

is there a chance we can get out of this?

Erin said...

Is Torre making a move now?

Mr. Customer said...

DO NOT tease me with thoughts of escape!

Paul said...

Okay double play time.

koufax said...

really let that one go

Erin said...

Oh, man. This is definitely the angriest I have been all damn season. I can't believe this shit.

Mr. Customer said...

Well, shit.

Paul said...

I hate this Shit

Fred's Brim said...

rats

Jimmy Mac, remember that leadoff walk for next time, OK?

Fred's Brim said...

The Rox are gonna run out of that magic at some point, just like we did. I hope it's sooner rather than later

LLCoolL said...

I guess that's why McDonald is still not starting. Hopefully Colorado will tire themselves out from celebrating walk-offs every night.

Mr. Customer said...

Really, I blame Steve Phillips for that fiasco. Asshole!

Josh S. said...

WHA HOPPEN???

Fred's Brim said...

Josh, you better be a dad by now. We need some cheering up

Josh S. said...

Not yet, but according to the doctor's timetable, he may be born sometime during Thursday's game. Maybe he can help hold off the Rox.

rbnlaw said...

@FB:
Remember, they ran out of magic vs. the Red Sox two years ago.
I, for one, cannot wait.
Brethren and sisteren, it is now time to panic. Me, I'm having another non-Coors beer.

We're screwed.

Fred's Brim said...

we arent screwed. there are miles and miles of rope left on this baseball spool. the rope is tight right now and we need to figure out how to play like that. I hope we can figure it out soon

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm with rbnlaw. We're screwed. I have a long rant for this game, but I'm saving it for the MFPGT.

Josh S. said...

I almost think they should become the hunters again instead of the hunted. Play with some fire in their bellies instead of like a complacent team that's been in first for most of the season.

rbnlaw said...

I eagerly await MLASF's rant in the MFPGT.

I'd like a HFYPGT tomorrow.

Steve Sax said...

Post-Game Thread is up.

I'm going to throw up now.

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