Thursday, September 24, 2009

Game 153 Thread: Sept 24 @ Expos, 4p

Vicente Padilla (11-6, 4.52) vs. J.D. Martin (5-4, 4.21).

DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBERS: 2 to make playoffs; 5 to win NL West

COMMENTS: This is a pretty important start for Padilla--not the point of no return, but still critical if he wants to be considered for the postseason roster--as he looks to rebound from his last crappy start against the Giants, his first loss since joining the Dodgers. And while Padilla/Martin sounds like a normal battery, this Padilla/Martin matchup is quite different. Montreal starts a pitcher whom mlb.com says "is...the second best pitcher in the Expos' rotation. Last Friday, he pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits against the Mets. Martin is second on the team in wins with five."

FIVE? Five measly wins gets you second place and a set of steak knives? Let me be the one to tell you, when you only have 52 total wins on the team, it's mathematically plausible, but I wouldn't go around trumpeting a win total smaller than that of Jeff Weaver; Martin would be the Expos' equivalent of Matt Cain, Adam Wainwright, and Cliff Lee. Wow. Tell you what, Torre, let's just make this interesting, and throw out there whomever the hell you want for this lineup!

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Dusty Baker said...

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

Fred's Brim said...

is that Alexis Arquette in the middle?

JuanLove said...

beard's hurt again right?

he's getting hurt every two weeks

Dusty Baker said...

Per TBLA:

"Casey Blake will likely sit tonight with a sore left hamstring, which he re-injured running the bases on his home run Tuesday."

Steve Sax said...

It's pretty interesting that Furcal is the leadoff hitter, and the first five players in the lineup are initialled F-E-R-K-L. Too bad Ausmus isn't batting fifth, I guess.

Steve Sax said...

how do you injure a hamstring on a home run trot?

JuanLove said...

they;re probably playing it safe

im glad to see DeWitt

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, DeWitt needs some at bats, anyway, to stay in tune for playoffs.

Fred's Brim said...

good question, Saxy.
I missed it - did he do a Dave Henderson jump after he hit it?

Nic j said...

Don't we always end up being embarassed when the GT makes light of a scrub opposing pitcher?

Remember Leblanc?

Neeebs said...

The reference to "Montreal"...intentional?

I could interpret it either way.

KempKershaw said...

Nice catch Saxy.

Fred's Brim said...

ahh Montreal - my dad and I caught the boys up there in 2003 and I got a foul ball hit by Jolbert Cabrera. This was because there was nobody in the entire field level behind us, just the lower half of the field level.

Later that day (it was an afternoon game) we saw Cabrera, Cesar Isturis and Adrian Beltre anonymously riding the train and then hitting on a girl at a restaurant

i want some poutine now

rbnlaw said...

Was Expose (accent on the last syllable) a group of cross-dressers? Sure looks that way.

The GT is channelling my thoughts.

Fred's Brim said...

Dave Stewart was on backup vocals I believe....

Dusty Baker said...

RB-

At first glance I thought that was Lincecum in drag in the middle.

Mr. Customer said...

May this evening conclude with the Giants being mathematically eliminated. That is all.

Fred's Brim said...

if that happens, I will say Youppi!

Mr. Customer said...

@FB

Just so long as it wont make Youppi! yourself.

Dusty Baker said...

Have we sufficiently made fun of this Dodgers fantasy cruise with Steve Garvey yet? I just another email advert about it. Otherwise known as the Cougar Cruise. Seems like a bad idea from the outset, given those dynamics.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh-

At least this didn't happen:

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93042?fp=1

Mr. Customer said...

@db

Either that or the best idea ever.

Fred's Brim said...

Mr C, I will ask you to leave my personal life out of this, thank you!

Fred's Brim said...

Does Papa Garvey screen the headshots of potential cruisers?

Dusty Baker said...

Heh, look for the print to see if this is actually Garvey's own idea and is "not associated in any way with the Los Angeles Dodgers or Major League Baseball."

rbnlaw said...

I thought the Garv'e cruise was the all-important SoSG annual reunion with dad.

Fred's Brim said...

and the cruise is a trip to Catalina on his SeaRay

JuanLove said...

do you guys believe the dodgers have the 8th best starting rotation of the payoff teams?

ESPN's Jayson Stark thinks so

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&page=rumblings090924

he doesnt mention the fact that we have the 2nd most k's from this group behind the yanks, lowest starters ERA in all MLB, least runs allowed in all MLB, lowest BA against

whatever

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If we lose this game, then we lose the season series with NL Canada. Think about that.

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Fred's Brim said...

We'll need another good start from Vicente

Steve Sax said...

@JuanLove, we posted on the JaYson Stark article earlier today...

As Ken Levine reminded us on last night's post-game funeral wake, the Dodgers are 1-4 alltime in Nationals Park.

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, I get it, but I gotta tell you I almost deleted your crazy-long post there. Luckily, I like minimalist art!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What post? What are you talking about? There is no post.

Steve Sax said...

Pretty sneaky, Sis.

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, drink for the Connect Four reference.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Please do something, Manny.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny: I'll do it, but only for MLASF

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BISON-CRUSH

Mr. Customer said...

WHOO
HOOO

Fred's Brim said...

Matty!!

and mlb.tv works at work!

Fred's Brim said...

and Dibble made some dumb comment about Vicente Padilla not being able to finish games

Fred's Brim said...

damn nice play, and that wasn't even Guzman!

Dusty Baker said...

Hopefully can get on a HR roll and hit 30 by end of the season.

Dusty Baker said...

^ "Kemp" ^

Fred's Brim said...

Rob Dibble probably thinks he is better than Padilla right now

Fred's Brim said...

Was that really a 96mph fastball from Vicente?

Fred's Brim said...

that was a strike! cmon, blue!

Fred's Brim said...

and so was that! Look, a Dodger pitcher who can get Dunn out!

fanerman said...

Very nice!

Nic j said...

Russ with the WTP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So close

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Okay, I've got to say something. What the hell happened to Furcal? His stats are so incredibly freakish, it's not even funny. Other than right now, the only month he has put up these numbers was July. The other four months were shit.

Mr. Customer said...

I like the new Raffy, kinda like Coke going back to the original formula.

Fred's Brim said...

Dibble's talking about the 19 pound baby now

Fred's Brim said...

cmon, V, tighten it up

Fred's Brim said...

whew that was lucky

Steve Sax said...

Dammit Padilla, you've got a four-run lead and IT'S THE EXPOS!!!!!'

Fred's Brim said...

crud
cmon V! get an out!

Nic j said...

I hope the dodgers offense hasn't gone into coast mode. It looks like we are going to need it tonight

Fred's Brim said...

jeez Dibble, why don't you just cheer out loud?

Nic j said...

Well that nice big lead was sweet and short.

Fred's Brim said...

I really don't want to see Weaver tonight

Dusty Baker said...

Please tell me you can get Willie Harris out.

Fred's Brim said...

OK lets get some more runs

Steve Sax said...

Criminy.

Dusty Baker said...

Watching a game like this from work and not being able to cuss or drink is...difficult.

Dusty Baker said...

Bison making it easier, though.

Mr. Customer said...

rancho rancho

Fred's Brim said...

please keep taking pitches against this guy

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Is Padilla getting squeezed or is he just missing the plate? because according to gameday he is getting squeezed.

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho you better fucking score with no outs and bases loaded.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

ok no outs, bases juiced. I expect to see "in play: run (or runs)

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Beard Lite!

Dusto_Magnifico said...

now that we "need" Belliard is he going to become David Eckstein with the bat?

Fred's Brim said...

great job, Joyce!

and good job moving up by Matt and FJL

Dusto_Magnifico said...

atta beard lite.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

This is where I wanna see Thome.

Nic j said...

Looked like he was getting squeezed early in that inning to me dusto.

Fred's Brim said...

Dusto, a little of both - there have been a couple of missed calls that seemed very strikey

Fred's Brim said...

Radio with 25 or 6 to 4 as the song before Charley and Rick came back on - nice!

Fred's Brim said...

damn i dont like walks

karina said...

Just home, did i miss something interesting?

Fred's Brim said...

No V, no more of those!!

Nic j said...

Please stop walking guys.

Nic j said...

At least this clears up a playoff roster spot.

Fred's Brim said...

hi karina! we got off to a good start with a 3R homer by Matty, then Padilla gave up some runs to make it 4-3, then we loaded the bases and scored a run on a sac fly, now Vicente is playing with danger again (2 2-out walks)

Fred's Brim said...

oof that was lucky...

Fred's Brim said...

@karina - I meant we scored 4 in the first with the help of Matty's 3R homer

and V just got out of the 3rd inning!

Fred's Brim said...

new 'spos pitcher!

Dusty Baker said...

Just got out of the last mtg of the week. Are these sons of bitches still in striking distance? What gives?

Snoopy says, "Let's get some runs!"

karina said...

Thank you very much, Fred's Brim!

Dusty Baker said...

Pretty soon I'm going to have my playoff bobblehead placement set.

Dusty Baker said...

Those were way the fuck outside.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker love that point, if the world actually listened to Charles Schulz, we all would be much better people :)

Dusty Baker said...

Let's not let Eric Estrada dominate us, come on. This has a 9.64 ERA.

Nic j said...

What was andre waiting for there?

Fred's Brim said...

hmm i didn't like that half-inning

Nic j said...

Let's not get shut down by the worst bullpen in baseball please.

karina said...

I'm worried this Estrada guy stroke out 3 Dodgers, including Manny.

Dusty Baker said...

Why does my GameDay still say 5 runs? Surely we have 8 or 9 by now? I keep hitting refresh, but...

Fred's Brim said...

Damn, Vicente, you need to be better than that

Fred's Brim said...

harris will steal now, then another single

Neeebs said...

Nice play Martin.

Fred's Brim said...

nice - they threw Harris out!

Neeebs said...

Got to be a bit more optimistic on the Harris steal, there FB

Neeebs said...

Vicente has a 9.0 ERA this game.

Fred's Brim said...

gotta head home - please be leading when I get there!

Fred's Brim said...

will do, karina

Neeebs said...

Dusty, you've been hijacked.

Dusty Baker said...

Neeebs - Don't make me sick Reggie on you! Irona can't help you then!

Dusty Baker said...

No need to swing for fences, Belly#2. Let's just manufacture some runs.

Dusty Baker said...

Work some magic, Beard Lite.

Steve Sax said...

boom, suck it, expos

Dewitt: in play, run(s)

JuanLove said...

peter griffin is a red sox fan

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Jailed-fan-gets-conjugal-visit-with-Red-Sox-in-K?urn=mlb,191789

Dusty Baker said...

JOYCE!!!

Dusty Baker said...

COL already up 3-nil.

karina said...

Of course, Fred's Brim, i'll keep you posted.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm outta here. Back in a flash!

Neeebs said...

@JL:

Man, that dude's a dead ringer for Peter Griffin.

Dusty Baker said...

Dunn works VPad for 10 pitches before flying out.

Steve Sax said...

vicente is really laboring here

Steve Sax said...

Rox already up on the Pads 3-0

karina said...

I like the September Furcal.

Josh S. said...

I love Raffy's cybernetic upgrades.

karina said...

"Andre Ethier pops out". Don't strand Furcal...

Josh S. said...

Belly to Belly!

Dusty Baker said...

Belly#1 on a 1.88 ERA. Nice, very nice.

karina said...

Venezuela pwns!

Nic j said...

I knew belli was in for a shakey inning when the announcers mentioned how good the pen was.

Dusty Baker said...

NicJ

And when I bragged about his ERA?

karina said...

I think i jinxed Belly...Gonzalez is from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

rbnlaw said...

Two songs heard in the background on the telecast:
Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

Interesting to say the least.

Neeebs said...

WTF?

Neeebs said...

@Karina:

My friend from Maricaibo is coming to LA in two weeks. :-)

rbnlaw said...

That was a play that should have been made.

Why do we want to give the Nats another win?

rbnlaw said...

Since I just came back to the thread, I'll try to stay positive.

Hey, we still have the lead!

Nic j said...

We just can't win in DC.

rbnlaw said...

OK, at least it's still tied.


WTF is going on? What happened to the team that played Tuesday night?

Nic j said...

We need some better clutch hitting. We are only 2-9 with risp and those two were in the first inning.

karina said...

Go Tron!

Neeebs said...

OK, going to catch the game in the car, and the thread on the other side of home.

karina said...

@Neeebs very cool! :)

rbnlaw said...

Not sure what's worse; 8th inning "Don't Stop Believing," or the "Sweet Caroline" sing along.

It's close, but I'm pretty sure Neil Diamond is a Dodger fan.

Dusty Baker said...

Headed for the car and for AM 790 instead of GameDay.

Hope that will change the mojo, as I drive by Chavez Ravine on the way home.

Nic j said...

Can we beat the nats in a 3 inning game? I hope so.

Padilla didn't reallly deserve that win anyways.

rbnlaw said...

The official scorer is smoking crack with Marion Berry.

Meanwhile: BISON POWER!

Nic j said...

Haha, I think that sums up the nats season right there.

rbnlaw said...

Lead-off triple; can we push it across?

I'm not hopeful.

rbnlaw said...

Lousy ground ball, right side, scores Kemp. Ya think we could get one of those?

rbnlaw said...

Lousy squeeze attempt.

Nic j said...

C'mon this ain't playoffs just Pitch the ball.

rbnlaw said...

De Witt not looking forward to the play-offs.

Fred's Brim said...

is Matt the only one trying tonight?

rbnlaw said...

The Nats were re-creating the mound conference scene from Bull Durham.
"OK, we need a chicken to sacrifice. . ."

rbnlaw said...

@FB
Just what I was thinking.

Fred's Brim said...

Russ, you dont have to swing at the pitches about to hit your knees

rbnlaw said...

ri-gawddamned-diculous

Fred's Brim said...

we sure are pressing tonight, and i don't like it

karina said...

A lead off triple with a fast runner, stranded is such a loss and a waste.

Nic j said...

Phils winning 8-1 and they have a super easy schedule for the rest of the year.

Ours is pretty easy too but we still have to play the rox.

karina said...

Tron, don't lose it... if i'm rooting for a Dodger, it's you!

rbnlaw said...

karina,
stay positive.

Fred's Brim said...

they stayed out of the double play, now can we please get an out of this without giving up a 2-out run?

Fred's Brim said...

yay

Nic j said...

Furcal, I've missed you so.

Fred's Brim said...

Raffy's trying too

karina said...

Rbnlaw, unfortunately on my local newspaper, Tron made it to the gossip section and it looks like his heart is broken by the runner up at this year's Miss Universe.

If that news broke in Venezuela, it should be mediatic mayhem in Dominican Republic. She was super cruel, she said she dumped him after 3 years because she doesn't have time for him anymore. Isn't it ruthless cruelty?

Nic j said...

Wriggleman really doesn't want this 100th loss.

karina said...

How i found out? my mother asked me if i knew a ballplayer by the name of Ramon Troncoso, while i was reading the sports section, after the baseball news. I just had to ask her why she was asking, i'd wish i hadn't :(

karina said...

I hope Furcal keeps hitting like that 'till late October :)

Nic j said...

Kemp needs a double for the cycle.

Fred's Brim said...

oh no poor Tronny! what is wrong with that woman?!?

Nic j said...

Well, he has something to work for in the future.

Josh S. said...

Cheer up, Matty. You guys could bat around in the 9th.

Nic j said...

Tron doesn't want a loser anyways, runner up, pffff.

Let her date Eugenio Velez or something.

Josh S. said...

Yeah, I hear he's eugenerous.

Fred's Brim said...

yay they caught it!

karina said...

@Nic j exactly! do you know the best part? the venezuelan girl owned her!

Tron, do you know what's a cool way to impress girls?showing them World Series rings.

Fred's Brim said...

ooh another one!

Fred's Brim said...

Breezy, you own lefties, what are you doing?

Fred's Brim said...

that was too easy, guys

Josh S. said...

HO LEE CRAP!

Fred's Brim said...

wooop!!! great throw Dre!!!

Mr. Customer said...

oh dear lord, this shouldn't be this tense.

Nic j said...

How the hell did he not score on that one? I'm glad he didn't though.

mpearse89 said...

LOL I guess they knew what they were doing when they let him take that base.

karina said...

Was the Ethier throw as awesome as i read it?

rbnlaw said...

Looks like Ethier want to win this game.

rbnlaw said...

@karina:
No, it was better.

Fred's Brim said...

@karina it was really good and beat the runner by a couple of steps. the ball got to him quickly otherwise he wouldnt have had a play

Fred's Brim said...

the way this game is going, i think we need some insurance runs :/

rbnlaw said...

@karina,
Just read the post about Tron. That's incredible. I hope the girl gets acne.

rbnlaw said...

Eye Chart on deck!

rbnlaw said...

The premium was too high for insurance that inning.

LLCoolL said...

Blake DeWitt, ladies and gentlemen.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw @Fred's Brim: thanks :)

karina said...

@Rbnlaw acne is not cruel enough, how about cellulite? ;)

Fred's Brim said...

hoo mama! that was a hard-earned series win vs a crappy opponent

fanerman said...

Yay.

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