Sunday, September 27, 2009

Game 156 Thread: Sept 27 @ Pyrates, 10:30a

Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.85) vs. Daniel McCutchen (0-2, 5.25).
DODGERS' MAGIC NUMBER: 1

What's sexier than making the playoffs? Making the playoffs with a healthy Clayton Kershaw! After injuring his shoulder on September 6, Kershaw has only pitched two innings, those coming in a blowout relief appearance. Today Clayton makes his case for the post-season starting rotation. Let's hope there's not much of a counter-argument*.

*A little something for all you law-talking guys out there.

184 comments:

Kyle Baker said...

Arrrrrr! I wish that lady would show me her larboard side!

Kyle Baker said...

Furcal, SS
Pierre, LF
Ethier, RF
Kemp, CF
Loney, 1B
Belliard, 3B
Martin, C
Hudson, 2B
Kershaw, P

[Courtesy Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

It's raining in Pitt now, but hopefully we'll get a game in.

Kyle Baker said...

Pittsburgh weather:

Showers likely with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Let's hope, for Kershaw's sake, that it's not cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm so hungover from yesterday's thread. And why did someone glue a poodle to my arm while I was passed out? It's not funny.

Kyle Baker said...

I'm feelin' ok.

*looks in mirror and suddenly discovers a representation of male genitalia magic-markered on his face*

Orel said...

Karina strikes again!

Kyle Baker said...

"Delayed (Wet Grounds)"

Orel said...

What does a waitress say when your coffee is late?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Thank you, Carnac.

Kyle Baker said...

Great, the rain delay has Orel doing his comedy routine. Rain, rain, go away!

Will Sax show up and do a soft shoe?

Kyle Baker said...

GameDay just switched to "Warmup" so hopefully that means we'll be starting in a few.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

We call the counter-argument, "points and authorities in opposition" to be more precise.

Kyle Baker said...

Neeebs- I'm going to start using that phrase in "debates" with Mrs. Dusty.

Kyle Baker said...

Play ball!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Db- be prepared to duck from the thrown frying pan.

Kyle Baker said...

still not planning on drinking any tecate light. even if there is a tie in to mexican wrasslin.

Kyle Baker said...

That's my normal defensive posture, Neeebs.

Kyle Baker said...

KKKershaw just mowed those bitches down.

Orel said...

Quick first inning.

Orel said...

By the way, Star Wars Night is sold out.

Kyle Baker said...

I know...I was trying to get SW night tix yesterday and was DEE-nied. Ended up with some other field level tix but I'm bummed.

Orel said...

I just want one of those T-shirts.

Kyle Baker said...

I just wanted a Clone Burger.

Orel said...

Martin took one off the noggin there.

Orel said...

You mean a Cloneburger with Cheese.

Kyle Baker said...

Just noticed a roaming concession person wearing an old skool Pirates hat and uni. Wonder if that is normal or if this is a throwback kind of day.

Orel said...

1 2/3rds innings of fundamental baseball so far.

Kyle Baker said...

"These aren't the cheeseburgers you're looking for."

Orel said...

You mean one of those cylindrical hats with the yellow stripes?

Kyle Baker said...

Yes! Stove-pipe lookin' type contraption.

Kyle Baker said...

I like this, what's his name, Kershaw kid. He's gonna be good some day.

Orel said...

O-Dog single!

Kyle Baker said...

O with a single. Let's get it started in here.

Orel said...

Raffy RBI!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Go Raffy!

Kyle Baker said...

September Raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Road Loney, Home Ethier, September Raffy

Kyle Baker said...

2007 Martin

Orel said...

I'm hoping for October Martin.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm hoping for October Manny

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Martin almost got Bill- er, I mean Brian - Bixler.

Kyle Baker said...

I'm hoping for October 2004 Manny.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I think any October Manny is one we want, Dusty.

Kyle Baker said...

Right-o, MLASF.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw dammit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What the hell, Clayton?

Kyle Baker said...

WTF?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw jeez, not to Andy.

Kyle Baker said...

Letting them see a little light before we shut the door on them.

Orel said...

Martin could have caught both of those WPs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Anyone watching Jets-Titans? They're doing a retro uniform game, and even the refs are decked out in old AFL unis. It's hideous.

Kyle Baker said...

I agree Martin could have smothered those pitches, but on the other hand, they were SHITTY pitches that shouldn't have been thrown. Also we don't know what the field condition is; it looks pretty muddy back there.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

BISON POWER

Or not. Well, a hit's a hit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Aw, dammit.

PenosCabell said...

Excuse me while I go throw up.

Josh S. said...

I like how MLB finally came around and said, "Hey! Them bloggers are right! The magic number IS 1! Oops!"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh for the love of crap.

PenosCabell said...

That was highly disgusting!

Josh S. said...

Baserunning boners.

Orel said...

That was an anti-clinic on the basepaths.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Derek Lowe's fallen on hard times in Atlanta. He's given up three home runs to Washington.

NicJ said...

Man claytons curve is way different. I hope he isn't hurting his arm.

Kyle Baker said...

Kershaw: It's 60 ft, 6 inches to the plate. Not just 60 feet.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Seriously, Kershaw? You just walked a guy hitting .208 after getting ahead 0-2.

Kyle Baker said...

Belly #1 warming up.

Kyle Baker said...

O works the walk.

Kyle Baker said...

Kershaw done.

Orel said...

That's not encouraging for Kershaw.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That was no strike.

Kyle Baker said...

Dodgers base runners: It's a muddy track today. You're not going anywhere fast. Stop the aggressiveness and just concentrate on hitting the god damned fall where the opposing players ain't.

Josh S. said...

Primanti Bros. to Eric Collins:

"Yeah, fuck you too, buddy."

Kyle Baker said...

Let's gut out a win, guys. I've had enough of this playing like we already won something shit. Play with fire, play with determination, play like it counts. It's not an exhibition game.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Dusty - It's a 2-1 game.

Kyle Baker said...

MLASF-

Thx for bringing me back to reality. ;-)

Better make a Bloody Mary.

Kyle Baker said...

DreamWeaver getting it done!

Orel said...

Pierre singles. Maybe he can teach the young'uns some baserunning strategy.

Kyle Baker said...

Pierre re base-running strategery: For starters, don't get caught.

Kyle Baker said...

Rox up 1-0 early.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Unless Kemp homers, we're not going to get much here.

Kyle Baker said...

Lyons sounding like a casual Dodger fan who thinks a routine fly ball is going to clear the Left Field Pavilion.

Kyle Baker said...

Josh-

Happy 1-month b-day, Luke!

Kyle Baker said...

Come on, Road-Lo!

Kyle Baker said...

JMart seriously looks like he just absolutely has no idea how to hit a baseball. How do you get in that state?

Kyle Baker said...

Walking a batter to get to Thome?

Kyle Baker said...

I get the double play potential but also he could hit it into the Allegheny quite easily.

Orel said...

MAKE 'EM PAY, JIM

Orel said...

oh, and RANCHO ARDIENDO

Kyle Baker said...

Rancho crush the fuck out of this into the river.

Orel said...

Ha, they didn't plan on the E-4! Tie game!

NicJ said...

Haha, they still got thome.

Orel said...

No error because they get the out.

NicJ said...

Man that was a crappy rally.

Kyle Baker said...

We should do better in that situation but I'll damn sure take the tying run. Let's get into their bullpen further and get the job done. I want to celebrate a division win today instead of watching lamely at work tomorrow.

Kyle Baker said...

Pujols up with Rancho I'm scared as hell to pitch to Pujols in this situation.

Kyle Baker said...

Cards 3-2 over Rox.

Not a great way to celebrate if Rox lose and we lose thereforen we back into the division title. Buuuuut...we've done that before, recently.

NicJ said...

So our official number is one? Alright guys gotta win this one don't wanna back into the playoffs like last year.

Orel said...

O-Dog with the diving catch!

Kyle Baker said...

O Dog barking!

Orel said...

I'm pulling for the Rockies. Division is pretty much wrapped up; we need to ensure HFA.

Kyle Baker said...

Leaving off where he was yesterday, FBR can't seem to find the plate well. Lots of way across the plate and almost in the dirt stuff.

Kyle Baker said...

Agreed, Orel.

Especially if it means you won't make me clean the puke of the toilets after last night's GT party.

Kyle Baker said...

O again!

Kyle Baker said...

FBR, I always believed in you!

Kyle Baker said...

"off"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Wow. Watching the Vikings game, and Favre just made one heckuva throw.

Kyle Baker said...

Road Lo: Engage

Kyle Baker said...

Helluva good at bat for Road Lo.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Road Loney has been engaged. Awaiting further instructions.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I guess I'm glad we didn't pursue Capps. He's not that good.

Kyle Baker said...

Road Lo: Don't try to steal

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Belly 2.0! We can rebuild him!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh crap, please don't be hurt Belly 2.0, we can't keep rebuilding you.

NicJ said...

Nooooooooooo not belli!!!!!!!!!

Kyle Baker said...

Belly#2 hurt a bit. Please let him be ok!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Martin delivers!

NicJ said...

It's a sad season for Russ when I do a fist pump for a Martin RBI single.

Kyle Baker said...
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NicJ said...

A nice days work for
manny.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Dusty - Odds are anyone would have been IBB'd. Torre just put Manny in for good measure.

Kyle Baker said...

Unintentional deleted comment! My fingers are flying as the anticipation builds.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

THROW-HOME FAIL

Kyle Baker said...

Fidel makes it 4!

NicJ said...

CLENCH!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

AERGHFL:SJKFJGOJS:DGJ

Kyle Baker said...

Wow! We didn't get doubled up for once.

Kyle Baker said...

"Clinch"

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

WILD THING

NicJ said...

Free runs baby!!

Kyle Baker said...

You make my heart sing!

Kyle Baker said...

Dodgers fans, feelin' you!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Just three more outs

Kyle Baker said...

Alright, Jon Mower, do your job!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

DY coming in to PH against JB.

Kyle Baker said...

DY? Wow. Pirates must just want to get home and watch NFL.

Kyle Baker said...

What is the sound of one Pirate fan clapping?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Just two outs

Nostradamus said...

Sup, peeps?

Out for the first 8.5, back for the (presumed) party.

Kyle Baker said...

Mr. C, you don't want to put in the hard you; you just want the spoils. I know how you roll.

NicJ said...

Hey guys we actually have to win to clinch.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh, c'mon. That was idiotic on both ends.

Nostradamus said...

@dusty,

I'm all about the glory, hard work is for the peasantry.

Kyle Baker said...

A Joe Torre moment, indeed. Trust in your closer and let him know you do.

Nostradamus said...

@Nic J

Seriously. Lets not let this one slip away.

Paul said...

We need some Ks.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They're going to IBB Jones. We really could've used some extra runs back in the top of the frame.

NicJ said...

I'm guessing were nit going ringer the extensive post game celebration coverage like we did last year since were on the road. Well that and if we Lose.

Kyle Baker said...

@ Mr. C-

Indeed, My Liege.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

(crossing fingers) Double-play, double-play, double-play...

Paul said...

Nevermind. Doubleplay time.

Kyle Baker said...

Broxton has no idea where he is today!

NicJ said...

Is Lastings gonna burn us?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

My heart's never pounded this hard against the Pirates in my life.

Paul said...

Okay two strikes. Shut him down.

NicJ said...

Did broxton already break into the
bubbley? THROW STRIKES!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

WHAT THE FUCKING THE HELL JUST HAPPENED

NicJ said...

Wow that was bullshit.

Nostradamus said...

well, shit.

Paul said...

What the hell????

chexxum said...

Oh boy :(.

Kyle Baker said...

Broxton, are you Brad Lidge in disguise?

Steve Sax said...

Are you f'ing kidding me?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That was the worst piece of shit I've ever seen. There's absolutely no excuse for the crap that just happened.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

IBB the winning run. I always hate that stupid strategy with a strike out pitcher on the mound.

Kyle Baker said...

Thanks for fucking up a perfectly good afternoon celebration, you fat piece of shit Broxton. Now we back in, however it happens. You don't deserve the post-game buffet I know you so want to munch on. You fat fucking fat fucking fuck you ruined all our celebrations.

Nostradamus said...

Way to back the fuck into the postseason, boys.

NicJ said...

I seriously better not see any bullshit dodger celebrating on the dodgers winning the division by the rox losing.

Fucking disgusting.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

What's worse is that the Rox could lose and hand the Dodgers the division. Imagine having the gall to celebrate after this horse-shit.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Nic - GMTA

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Dodgers suck at clinching the NL West

Kyle Baker said...

yeah lyons talking about covering the post-game celebration if rox win. BULLSHIT. hopefully torre will put the kibbosh on that. we need to think about the fact that we couldn't clinch and that we are facing a must-win game in order to simply split the series with the 2nd worst team in baseball.

NicJ said...

They have just lost their privilage to celebrate. Sorry guys gotta win the pennant if they want a champange shower.

Kyle Baker said...

they deserve a golden shower this day.

NicJ said...

I'm not watching that bullshit if they show it.

Paul said...

I made this mistake of calling my dad so he wouldn't miss the celebration. Now he isn't missing his heartburn.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Rox tie things up

Kyle Baker said...

Cue the obligatory call from father-n-law ranting about Broxton in several different languages, mostly profanity.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

In fairness to Brox, that was all Furcal,s fault.

JuanLove said...

idk if you guys know or not, but i'll say it anyways

Rockies/Cards is on TBS

NicJ said...

I wouldn't say it was all raffys fault. Broxton wasn't great.

Kyle Baker said...

Raffy was pushing it, but trying to save Broxton's ass. Brox was clueless as to how and where to pitch the ball today, clearly. He god damned near couldn't even hit Martin's glove on the IBB. Not good. Brad Lidge in disguise.

Kyle Baker said...

JL-

Thx for the programming note! I'm on it now.

Orel said...

Depressingly anti-climactic PGT up.

Paul said...

If the Cards win you can immediately watch the Goonies on TBS or on Prime Ticket.

NicJ said...

Wow did anyone hear that last caller on dodgertalk?