Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Game 152 Thread: Sept 23 @ Nads, 4p

Chad Billingsley (12-10, 4.05) vs. Ross Detwiler (0-6, 5.80).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBERS: 2 (to make playoffs), 6 (to win division)

COMMENTS: This may not be Chadley's last chance to redeem his 2009 season, but it's his best chance. A poor performance by Bills against the Glass Joe of the majors would just about ruin his chances of starting the in playoffs. However, a strong performance wouldn't necessarily guarantee him a start, and a so-so performance would just leave us all frustrated. Hopefully the bats will follow their cue from yesterday's drubbing and provide Mr. Thighs with some run support, allowing Chad to Punch-Out!! the Nads!

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rbnlaw said...

Let's grab these Nads and squeeze the life out of them. We should not play with the Nads, as they can come back and really make us feel uncomfortable.

That said, this is the best opportunity for Bills to work on getting ahead in counts, honing his control, and trusting his catcher.

rbnlaw said...

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's Bob Marley themed GT: Song for the first dance at the rbnlaw wedding?

Three Little Birds. Perfect song for a couple who were both unemployed and living in a rent-controlled apartment in 1991.

koufax said...

haha, nads...

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal SS
Belliard 3B
Ethier RF
Ramirez LF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Martin C
Hudson 2B
Billingsley P

Dusty Baker said...

Go Nads!

Dusty Baker said...

Tres parajitos wedding! Cool.

Am I supposed to remember my first dance song?

Hmmmmm...it was "Love Me Tender," I do believe.

Dusty Baker said...

"Ladies and gentlemen, Glass Joe!"

I wish I had a margarita for every time I heard that from the old video game.

rbnlaw said...

DB with the new drinking game! That's good.
I'm still at work and can't drink.
That's bad.

O-Dawg back in the line-up and Beard gets a day off to trim his beard, which has reached Chuck Norris proportions.

Alex Cora said...

Chuck Norris...hehehe. I like it. How about resting Manny too - or wait until we clinch.

Ken said...

remember when people were calling billingsley the ace?

now he can't even crack the rotation.

Alex Cora said...

Has anyone here beaten Punch Out back in the day? I think I got to Tyson a couple of times, but was never able to beat him. Grr...

karina said...

I can't stay for the game, some friends decided to show a movie they made so it's a social life clashing with baseball fandom, however i'll try to make it.

Please, don't get pessimistic for a GIDP with runners on base in the first third of the game, curse and complain as you want but try to focus on the positive. Bills is gonna win this game, the Dodgers will win the game and if the force is with us, even the Rockies will lose.

Also, if you don't mind, comment profusely so i can get a better idea when i get home and read the Gameday. Please?

thank you very much in advance! :)

rbnlaw said...

karina doesn't ask much does she?

You should've posted that before ken's assessment of the State of the Bills.

Dusty Baker said...

Karina, I will do all of that except for the part about nut cursing. Dammit.

Dusty Baker said...

AC-

Same here. I got to Tyson but am still unrequited on beating him. I think if they made a new version with today's Tyson, I could take him.

Josh S. said...

Hud...son? I'm not familiar.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Are we winning yet?

Dusty Baker said...

GLG-

Yes.

Ken said...

So Furcal is saving all his stolen bases until now.

I think he has like 5 or 6 in the past week

Ken said...

looking good so far
but its not how he starts the games thats the problem
its when he gets to the 2nd or 3rd time around the lineup

Dusty Baker said...

"Adam Dunn strikes out swinging."

No doubt.

Steve Sax said...

Chadley, with 2Ks in the first inning, plus a one-pitch groundout.

1-0 Dodgers after one

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think we can all agree that Rafael Furcal is coming around.

Steve Sax said...

Ken, FWIW, I like your new blog layout too. And I had no idea you worked at Giant Robot. Love that store, and you may have caught our references to the urban vinyl scene before.

I'll try and work that theme into a future GT, but in the meantime, keep up the good work.

Steve Sax said...

8-pitch inning for Detwiler. We're not very patient tonight in the 5-6-7 holes.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr LA SF, Furcal is indeed coming around...to score!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rack up another K

Nic j said...

Chads AAA rehab start is looking good so far.

koufax said...

bills straight dealing tonight

Fred's Brim said...

5 Punch Outs for Bills through 3!

Ken said...

@ Sax
thanks~ i actually just work for the magazine. too bad the silverlake store closed~!

Fred's Brim said...

take some pitches, please

Fred's Brim said...

cram it, Guzman!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I open up my e-mail to look for anything interesting. Here's what I find:

"Paste invites you to Feel Your Boobies"

Dusty Baker said...

Is that a free event, MLASF?

Fred's Brim said...

anybody else have trouble signing in to post? I was getting an error when trying to post and log in at the same time. I was able to log in at the blogger site and then come back here

Dusty Baker said...

Angels had a tough time of it today v Yank-mes. Per B. Duran:

"Angels strike out 15 times and strand 13. 0-10 with runners in scoring position."

Dusty Baker said...

FB, Blogger has been jacked the fuck up since last evening.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's see some Road Loney.

Ken said...

where do they sell bigelow green tea?

koufax said...

its go time russ

Fred's Brim said...

i am blaming the the Nads - their play has rubbed off

Russ gets the bases loaded with 2 outs. Dont be afraid to take a walk

koufax said...

dukes has a canon

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eh. A run's a run. I'll take it.

Fred's Brim said...

damn - great throw and tag

Dusty Baker said...

I just had some green tea with lunch. It wasn't Bigelow. I have NO idea where to actually find it. Other than breaking into Joe's stash, of course.

Ken said...

went to the market, nope
7-11, nope
where is this magical tea?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've found Bigelow at Ralph's. It does exist.

Dusty Baker said...

In modern marketing, the knuckleheads buy a zillion ads, get the right person to promo their widget, then forget to tell you where you can actually buy the stuff. Lovely.

Ken said...

@ db
ditto

theres goes bills' perfect game

Fred's Brim said...

Bills overthrowing a little, Russ to set him straight

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What am I, chopped liver? I just said I found the stuff. I can provide evidence, if necessary.

Nic j said...

Here is the first speed bump. Come on Chad get through this.

Fred's Brim said...

working that low and outside corner. ump not giving it to him though. 2 on, 2 out

Fred's Brim said...

MLASF, i believe you

Dusty Baker said...

Did you say something, MLASF? *Looks around room* ;-)

Fred's Brim said...

there it is - great shutdown

Dusty Baker said...

One would think that green tea would have been more appropriately mentioned in yesterday's rasta-themed thread.

Fred's Brim said...

I think MLASF said the thought the Nads were a bad baseball team, and I, for one, believe him

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thank you, FB. At least somebody can appreciate me (looks sternly at Dusty).

Ken said...

@ db
i was at 7-11 on monday and there was a big fat white dude in a rasta hat~

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've been doing some research on Bills. According to Baseball Reference, his line with runners on base is .304/.378/.414

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's even worse with a runner on first (no rhyme intended): .352/.404/.476

Fred's Brim said...

hmm that was close

Dusty Baker said...

An over-the-glasses stern look, to top it all off! I'm sufficiently shamed.

Dusty Baker said...

Ken-

That wasn't me you saw at 7-11.

Ken said...

@ db

i would hope not~

Fred's Brim said...

Circle K?

Fred's Brim said...

Nice, Bills!

Ken said...

yikes that was efficient

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

For comparison's sake, here's our ace, Randy Wolf's line with runners on: .240/.304/.406

koufax said...

sure its the nads, but bills is impressive, this many Ks against any major league team is impressive

Ken said...

if he has a no-hitter or a 1-hitter going into the 7th or 8th
would u let him finish the game?

koufax said...

depends on the pitch count and only if its a no-no

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Belly 2.0: Suck it, Fangraphs

Ken said...

if they keep swinging at the first pitch, it could be a CG

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny's teetering on .300

Fred's Brim said...

hmm I wish Dre could have gotten Belli2 over before that grounder from Manny

Fred's Brim said...

Loney with another AB w RISP

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Time for Road Loney

Ken said...

haha rick monday is so funny

charlie was saying the marlins is playing at whatever they are calling their ballpark these days


rick monday said "empty"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Road Loney Lives!

Dusty Baker said...

Road Loney!

Fred's Brim said...

oof that was rotten

3-0 good guys

Dusty Baker said...

Can we make a giant blow-up of an opposing team's outfield and paste it onto the hitter's eye area on Dodger Stadium? Make Loney think he's in Chicago or something.

Ken said...

yay
let celebrate with some champanya

i mean tapatio hot sauce

Fred's Brim said...

Marleens take a 3-2 lead over the Fils

Ken said...

@ db

u cant make the ball fly at night at dodger stadium

blowup isnt gonna help loney

Fred's Brim said...

haha good idea DB, maybe get them painted on some glasses that he only uses to hit with

Steve Sax said...

Don't dis King James, or you'll pay.

Way to go FJL!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Ken

Then can we re-schedule games to be day games?

Dusty Baker said...

@ Ken

ps- Other people can make the ball fly at night.

Dusty Baker said...

Grow some ivy on the outfield wall, maybe some faux brick?

Fred's Brim said...

keep it going, Chadley

Ken said...

@ db

yes but loney isnt other people~

give him whatever ethier is drinking
because he cant be retired at home

Dusty Baker said...

Ethier is drinking Bigelow green tea, in all likelihood. He knows where to get it.

[So does MLASF, for the record.]

Ken said...

damn it charlie
dont jinx him

Fred's Brim said...

make these guys swing, Bills

Dusty Baker said...

Ahhhh, the dread 6th inning for Bills.

Mr. Customer said...

Let's get through the accursed 5th inning, Chad. It's smooth sailing from there on out.

Mr. Customer said...

*6th

Damn fat fingers.

Dusty Baker said...

How shitty is this W. Harris fella?

Oh, that shitty.

Ken said...

oh bills not running to first
i hope that doesnt hurt

Ken said...

i know everyone loves loney,
but i would have really have loved Dunn in Dodger blue

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Bills, finish this off

Fred's Brim said...

son of a b

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was Bills going downt the toilet

koufax said...

um, i think he was sitting on that pitch

Erin said...

Billingsley is psychologically damaged. He knows he's screwed up in the sixth inning many times, so now he gets to the sixth inning and it's probably all he thinks about, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This is madness.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No, Erin. THIS IS SPARTA!

You have to admit, you left it open.

koufax said...

@ erin,

i disagree, i think it is more likely he tires in the 6th

Dusty Baker said...

God damn! I looked away for 2 seconds and now this. This went from best case scenario to, well, not necessarily worst, but like Erin said, he really now has a mentla hangup in the 6th and this is NOT going to help. Hell, now I have a mental hangup in the 6th.

Fred's Brim said...

damndamndamn Bills, you were doing so well :( it was only one pitch, but such bad timing

Dusty Baker said...

I'm about to violate about 4 of Karina's admonishments when she weighed in pre-game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's just it though, FB. It wasn't one pitch. He walked the leadoff man, he failed to cover first on Guzman's grounder, and he walked Dunn with two outs. That one pitch to Zim was just the capper.

Fred's Brim said...

agreed, koufax. that ball was way inside. maybe he's tipping his pitches

Dusty Baker said...

Rox underway.

Come on, guys! We're pitching against this 'tard called Tyler Clippard. He should be doing my taxes with a name like that.

Neeebs said...

Hey he's pitching a one-hitter for god sakes!!!!

*sarcasm alert*

Erin said...

I don't see how he could tire in the sixth. Particularly tonight, when he had not thrown that many pitches going into the inning. He's a professional athlete--if there's something making him tired after throwing 65-70 pitches, then that needs to be determined because there's something wrong there.

Mr. Customer said...

Well,

It's not the stellar performance we all hoped for, but giving him a chance to clean up his own mess might be beneficial.

Yet again, it's not HR, but the walks that are the sticky wicket. Z is not exactly some chump, but if its a solo shot, we just brush it off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Erin - You didn't look at my stats, did you?

Dusty Baker said...

Bills out, can't get the W. Damn, I was really ready to celebrate.

How will the SoSG poll turn on this news?

Neeebs said...

SOSG says, "And a so-so performance would leave us all just frustrated."

Give me a F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-E-D!

Erin said...

I just got here, so, no, I haven't looked at any stats. I just hate Chad's body language any time anything goes wrong. I don't see how he could avoid realizing what inning it is and what he's done in that inning all year.

Erin said...

I've looked at the stats now. That's pretty miserable, and not exactly the mark of an ace.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, here's more staty goodness: Bills's OPS in the sixth is at a whopping .926

Dusty Baker said...

Totally, Erin. If he is tired at that point, then it's serious enough to say, maybe this guy isn't a SP and is better used in the future as a middle reliever. (And we saw how that went!)

I'm not advocating for this or anything, but just agreeing that he ought to be able to go longer and if he can't, that's something that needs to be seriously evaluated.

Ken said...

this is a quality start

i still go with the JOBA style that NYY is employing

have him pitch 4 innings to start, then have long relief

works for the yanks

koufax said...

I just think everyone is freaking out over bills and while it is warranted to some degree, we do not need to consider it a disaster or a lost cause. he pitched so well tonight for most of the game, he had a great first half. is he going to be an ace? maybe not, but there is no need to start calling him a Rick Ankiel headcase just yet.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

With runners in scoring position, the slugging isn't so bad (it's in the 300's). But with RISP and two outs, the OPB is in the .400's

Fred's Brim said...

MLASF, you are right, the fielding mistake is inexcusable, but he got penalized for the one meatball he threw. It wasnt a great inning by any means, but the 4th was the same and he got out of that one. I guess I am not done with him because of what feels to me more like bad timing. I really liked what he did tonight and am upset that it was wasted

Ken said...

seriously, it was his fault for putting himself into that situation

if he ran down to first to cover, he would have gotten out of the inning

if he didn't walk dunn, then he prolly would have been ok

then 3 run homer

thats 3 mistakes in one inning

Dusty Baker said...

@ Ken

It works for Joba because Yank-mes score 114 runs to support his 3 or 4-inning, 4 runs given up outings.

Dusty Baker said...

Let's not fuck around and lose this game, most importantly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@FB - It's just that there isn't only one mistake. He makes a few here and there, and while they don't look like much, it only takes one pitch to make all the little mistakes into a big one.

Dusty Baker said...

San Diego Pirates up 1-0 early on.

Erin said...

I'm not advocating yanking Bills out of the rotation. I'm just suggesting that there's something wrong with him, and I really hope it's being addressed within the organization. Like with the employment of a sports psychologist, for instance.

Fred's Brim said...

If Bills' sixth inning was like this inning, I would be more frustrated

Ken said...

@ Mr. LA Sports Fan

thanks for reinforcing my opinions

koufax said...

i think i just pooped a little

Fred's Brim said...

woah that was close

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm with Erin. Until there's concrete evidence suggesting a physical ailment, it is a psychological problem for him. He just seems to crack under pressure, and not just in the sixth. Through innings 1-7, Chad's OBP exceeds .300 for five of the seven innings. For Wolf, it's only two.

Fred's Brim said...

nice play by Belli2 to save a run!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a close one. Kuo giving me a heart attack there.

Dusty Baker said...

I think I just pooped a lot.

Karina didn't say anything about not pooping, did she?

Dusty Baker said...

SD Pirates roughing up J. Marquis and Rox early. 2-0 and threatening.

Mr. Customer said...

San Diego Pirates up by two early and still threatening.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Mr. C and Dusty are channeling each other.

Mr. Customer said...

DB'd again, damn.

Neeebs said...

There is not a "no mierda" rule from Venezuela in play tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Mr. C! Eerie.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks for the ruling, Neeebs!

Mr. Customer said...

This is promising.

Dusty Baker said...

Bison Mode: Engage

Dusty Baker said...

Bison Mode: Abort!

Mr. Customer said...

It looks like no playoff clinch tonight, unless the Mets miraculously find some cojones.

I'll be satisfied if we can get a win and the snakes are able to euthanize the giants playoff hopes.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Road Loney: Engage

Fred's Brim said...

Russ, you know what to do

Dusty Baker said...

Road-Lo!

Dusty Baker said...

I don't want a fuckin' live look-in! I'm ALREADY looking in!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fucking jackass

Fred's Brim said...

you've got to be kidding me

Mr. Customer said...

As a wise man once said, fuck me in the armpit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No, I don't want a fucking live look-in for the Reds-'Rates!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Brim Reaper in now.

Fred's Brim said...

hahaha

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh, this is getting ri-goddamn-diculous.

Fred's Brim said...

wow great play by James!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's game.

Mr. Customer said...

S
O
B

Fred's Brim said...

lordy

Nic j said...

I'm glad o dog was playing tonight.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hope Fangraphs was fucking happy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"When October rolls around, Torre better have Hudson installed back at second base and Belliard on the bench where he belongs. Any other alignment will be a blow to the Dodgers chance of winning a World Series."

Way to go, Fangraphs.

Fred's Brim said...

dammitalltohell

Mr. Customer said...

I'll take that.

Fred's Brim said...

does fangraphs have a chart for that?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh great, now O-Dog is screwed up. What the hell is going on tonight?

Mr. Customer said...

Fuck, now what? Gameday does not provide clarity in this case.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Repko in for O-Dog. He better run with Thome up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Apparantly, O-Dog injured something. Either his wrist or his shoulder. It's not clear.

Nic j said...

I knew o dog should have sat one more day.

Mr. Customer said...

still alive...

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Thome!

NOW GET HIM HOME!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THOME!

Wow, guy really can't run.

Alex Cora said...

I love Thome running.

Mr. Customer said...

@fb

In my head, I read your second line as ending with "homey"

Alex Cora said...

Come on FOOKY!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

M-Mac loads the bases.

Alex Cora said...

I can't believe this is tense AGAINST the Nats.

Alex Cora said...

I can't believe this is tense AGAINST the Nats.

Mr. Customer said...

fer chrissake, let's get this thing done already!

Fred's Brim said...

Mr C, i do have a penchant for rhyming
Slimer from Ghostbusters had a penchant for sliming

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HE THROWS WIDE!

Mr. Customer said...

Thank the gods!

Fred's Brim said...

yes! i'll take it!

NOW GET HIM HOME, HOMEY!

Alex Cora said...

I foresee a Gibby moment for Thome in the future...

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks for Belly2, Nads!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, E. Put this thing to bed.

Ken said...

that gift was for the martin lineout!

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