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:

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty 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.

Dusty 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 Fan 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.

Dusty 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!

Dusty Baker said...

"Delayed (Wet Grounds)"

Orel said...

What does a waitress say when your coffee is late?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Thank you, Carnac.

Dusty 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?

Dusty Baker said...

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

Neeebs said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Play ball!

Neeebs said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

That's my normal defensive posture, Neeebs.

Dusty Baker said...

KKKershaw just mowed those bitches down.

Orel said...

Quick first inning.

Orel said...

By the way, Star Wars Night is sold out.

Dusty 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.

Dusty 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.

Dusty 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.

Dusty Baker said...

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

Orel said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Yes! Stove-pipe lookin' type contraption.

Dusty Baker said...

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

Orel said...

O-Dog single!

Dusty Baker said...

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

Orel said...

Raffy RBI!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Go Raffy!

Dusty Baker said...

September Raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Road Loney, Home Ethier, September Raffy

Dusty Baker said...

2007 Martin

Orel said...

I'm hoping for October Martin.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm hoping for October Manny

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

I'm hoping for October 2004 Manny.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Right-o, MLASF.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw dammit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What the hell, Clayton?

Dusty Baker said...

WTF?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw jeez, not to Andy.

Dusty 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 Fan 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.

Dusty 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 Fan said...

BISON POWER

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan said...

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

Nic j said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Belly #1 warming up.

Dusty Baker said...

O works the walk.

Dusty Baker said...

Kershaw done.

Orel said...

That's not encouraging for Kershaw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was no strike.

Dusty 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."

Dusty 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 Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

MLASF-

Thx for bringing me back to reality. ;-)

Better make a Bloody Mary.

Dusty Baker said...

DreamWeaver getting it done!

Orel said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Rox up 1-0 early.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Josh-

Happy 1-month b-day, Luke!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Road-Lo!

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Walking a batter to get to Thome?

Dusty 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

Dusty 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!

Nic j said...

Haha, they still got thome.

Orel said...

No error because they get the out.

Nic j said...

Man that was a crappy rally.

Dusty 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.

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty 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.

Nic j 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!

Dusty Baker said...

O Dog barking!

Orel said...

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

Dusty 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.

Dusty 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.

Dusty Baker said...

O again!

Dusty Baker said...

FBR, I always believed in you!

Dusty Baker said...

"off"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Road Lo: Engage

Dusty Baker said...

Helluva good at bat for Road Lo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Road Loney has been engaged. Awaiting further instructions.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

Road Lo: Don't try to steal

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Belly 2.0! We can rebuild him!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Nic j said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Martin delivers!

Nic j said...

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

Dusty Baker said...
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Nic j said...

A nice days work for
manny.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THROW-HOME FAIL

Dusty Baker said...

Fidel makes it 4!

Nic j said...

CLENCH!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

AERGHFL:SJKFJGOJS:DGJ

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

"Clinch"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WILD THING

Nic j said...

Free runs baby!!

Dusty Baker said...

You make my heart sing!

Dusty Baker said...

Dodgers fans, feelin' you!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just three more outs

Dusty Baker said...

Alright, Jon Mower, do your job!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DY coming in to PH against JB.

Dusty Baker said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

What is the sound of one Pirate fan clapping?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just two outs

Mr. Customer said...

Sup, peeps?

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Nic j said...

Hey guys we actually have to win to clinch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Mr. Customer said...

@dusty,

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

Dusty Baker said...

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

Mr. Customer said...

@Nic J

Seriously. Lets not let this one slip away.

Paul said...

We need some Ks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Nic j 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.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr. C-

Indeed, My Liege.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Paul said...

Nevermind. Doubleplay time.

Dusty Baker said...

Broxton has no idea where he is today!

Nic j said...

Is Lastings gonna burn us?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Paul said...

Okay two strikes. Shut him down.

Nic j said...

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

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WHAT THE FUCKING THE HELL JUST HAPPENED

Nic j said...

Wow that was bullshit.

Mr. Customer said...

well, shit.

Paul said...

What the hell????

chexxum said...

Oh boy :(.

Dusty Baker said...

Broxton, are you Brad Lidge in disguise?

Steve Sax said...

Are you f'ing kidding me?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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

Neeebs said...

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

Dusty 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.

Mr. Customer said...

Way to back the fuck into the postseason, boys.

Nic j 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 Fan 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 Fan said...

@Nic - GMTA

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Dodgers suck at clinching the NL West

Dusty 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.

Nic j said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

they deserve a golden shower this day.

Nic j 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 Fan said...

Rox tie things up

Dusty Baker said...

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

Neeebs 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

Nic j said...

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

Dusty 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.

Dusty 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.

Nic j said...

Wow did anyone hear that last caller on dodgertalk?