Monday, August 17, 2009

Post-Game 119 Thread: Haeger the Serviceable

CARDINALS 3, DODGERS 2

Charlie Haeger was serviceable, going seven innings and allowing three earned runs (on two homers) over only 80 pitches. Unfortunately, Chris Carpenter was serviceabler, limiting the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings. The Cardinals continue their domination of the Dodgers, who are at .500 at Dodger Stadium since their 13-0 start there. The Giants won, so the Dodgers' lead is 4.5 games over the Rockies and 5.5 over the Giants. Dammit.

photo by Matt Sayles/AP

36 comments:

Nic j said...

this ten game stretch could really, really, ruin the season.

Orel said...

We'll always have September.

Dusty Baker said...

I need to throw this out there to ease my pain:

I grew up in Arkansas, the middle of Cardinals country. At the time, Cards had their AA team (Travelers) in Little Rock. Cards broadcasts dominated the TV and radio airwaves. Everyone was a fan. Except me.

I've always been an against-the-grain kind of guy. I grew to loathe the Cards and latched onto Dodgers in 1981. Spent the rest of my childhood taunting those drunken hillbillies who supported St. Louis - in fact, I might hate their fans more than I do the franchise.

Long story short, losing to these bag of assholes is personally very painful to me, and it comes all to often for us. We have to figure out a way to beat them, for post-season reasons and for my own sanity.

I'm almost too mad to curse.

Nic j said...

hopefully thats not all we have.

JuanLove said...

i hate brendan ryan's mustache. i hate everything about the cards. everything

Dusty Baker said...

@ Juan

EVERYTHING!!!

Josh S. said...

We'll be fine. Cards appear to be dragging Wade Boggs out of retirement* to start for them tomorrow.

I'm looking to some good old fashioned Cub Drubbing.




*Accuracy of information not guaranteed.

Nic j said...

Hopefully its not another Russ Ortiz situation.

Im tired of losing. when is the hot streak ive been waiting for going to happen?

JuanLove said...

we better pick it up.
we're getting either STL or PHI in round 1. I don't see Cubs/Marlins taking the WC from the Rockies

Nic j said...

we might not even have home field advantage.

JuanLove said...

i know. i think the cards will surpass us. that would mean we play Phillie in round 1. yuck

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They need to pound the Cubs in the next series. Especially Sunday, since I'll be there.

Paul said...

if I were a carpenter and you were the Dodgers would you score some runs anyway....

God this season is starting to look like so many others despite the great start.

JuanLove said...

just got word that Ankiel's blast finally landed

Nic j said...

Hopefully we make the cubs break another water pipe in the visitors dugout.

At least we get to play the reds after Col.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Juan-

Yes, it just landed on my patio in Pasadena. I'll have to throw it back onto the field tomorrow on my way to work.

Orel said...

Lots of post-game tsuris tonight. That's fine, that's what we're here for!

JuanLove said...

we're only up 4.5.
lets just pretend we get swept and the Rockies sweep the Nats. yup, 2 game lead is possible. and we play them next week.

Josh S. said...

This thread needs more Venezuelan optimism.

Or at least some Jon Weisman-style level-headedness.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've heard stupid calls on DodgerTalk, but tonight one finally took the cake. A guy called saying he told Levine and Suchon last year that the Dodgers should've kept Andruw Jones since he could add some "much need pop" to the outfield.

Nic j said...

Im waiting for Weisman to just go off one day and have a nervous breakdown.

Nic j said...

the only pop Jones brought to the dodgers last year was Pepsi to the dugout.

Orel said...

Zing!

Josh S. said...

Not to mention his pants button.

rbnlaw said...

It's all my fault. That's right, me.
As soon as I jumped on the Karina Optimism Bandwagon and proclaimed Haeger the new 5th man, Ankiel jumps on a KB like DB on a Guinness shake.

It's my shame; I have to live with it.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuckin Cardinals. I hate you and your fucking fans. Kiss my ass with your Ozzie Smith backflips and your Vince Coleman tarp incidents and your blubbery Terry Pendleton and your...

Ok, I'm losing it now. Need to stop.

Dusty Baker said...

@ rb

Alas, there's only room for one optimist around here, I'm afraid. We liked you the way you were, man!

rbnlaw said...

Thanks, DB.
I'm using my MLASF gift tickets tomorrow to see Bills and his ailing hammy. Luckily, I'm going with another adult (my daughter's friend's dad), so I get to hit the Shortstop before the game for cheap PBR's.

I'll be there around 5:30.

Bayareadfan said...

What I wouldn't give for a home run against the Cardinals. Just one. Yeah, I'm beatin this horse alot tonight.

Yes the horse is dead. In fact, it's probably Undead by now.

Bayareadfan said...

But seriously, they have outhomered us by a large amount in 5 games...in fact, we have yet to hit one.

Think that doesn't matter in close games?

Fred's Brim said...

*sigh* this has to get better right? I want to be happy again :(

karina said...

I'm shocked about the amount of pessimism here. For a minute i thought i was on a Pirates, Indians board or God help us, a Nats board. It's a rough patch, but the good beginning on the season give the team a good comfort. Besides, they've been lights out with the opponents on the NL West, please someone corrects me if i'm wrong, but they've only have lost a series against another division rival, last weekend.

Focus on the positive, maybe Haeger is the answer for the 5th starter. He allowed two home runs and again someone corrects me if i'm wrong, but those HRs were off pitches different to the knucleball, Honeycutt surely work in improving a couple of more pitches.

Have you realized many of the losses lately were in late innings? in spite of the mildly injured, overworked starters and relievers? in spite of having at least 4 players in a slump? with no offense with RISP? and the bad fundamentals execution?. Let's give some credit here, it could be way much worse and they are a better team than many of us think of.

We have Bills and Kershaw for the next two games, this ain't over gentlemen.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker your Cards rant made me laugh out loud.

Steve Sax said...

@karina: your optimism is so damn infectious and uplifting, now I understand why your currency has resisted collapse!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Last night was a great night to go see District 9 instead of watch the Dodgers. Two Thumbs Up!

Anybody got a first baseman? I misplaced mine, and I could really use one right about now.

karina said...

@Sax: are you playing with me?. As for my optimism, it doesn't translate to my currency. Beside, our currency can't collapse since you can pay beans for oil (seriously)