Sunday, October 04, 2009

Game 162 Thread: Oct. 4 vs. Dingers, 1p

Vicente Padilla (11-6, 4.55) vs. Jason Marquis (15-12, 3.95).

Finally, a meaningless game! The NL WEST CHAMPION Dodgers will rest for Wednesday and see what Padilla can offer against the Cardinals in the playoffs. The NL Wild Card Rockies will also rest for Wednesday, perhaps conserving Marquis' arm for the Phillies. Rest up, Dodger fans: It's going to be an exciting month!

UPDATE: Today's storylines:

  • Will Kemp raise his average over .300? He's currently at .298 and needs to go 3 for 4 to reach .300. Statistically, 2 for 2 gets it done too.
  • How many at-bats will Hudson get? Each AB earns him $10K.
  • Will Brad Ausmus pull a Lou Piniella?

(Thanks to the True Blue LA comments section for the picture!)

139 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Per TBLA (you da man!), Ausmus will manage today.

Dusty Baker said...

Pierre LF
Hudson 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Blake 3B
Mientkiewicz 1B
Hu SS
Ellis C
Padilla P

Ausmus - Manager

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Surprised so many regulars are actually starting.

rbnlaw said...

Eye Chart getting the start!!
Nice.

Hey DB, missed you last night, but hope you had a fine time with Mrs. DB.

rbnlaw said...

DeWitt still can't get a start? Maybe a 3rd inning replacement for the dawg?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I predict a Hu dinger. As opposed to a Whodunnit.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm actually really excited for game #162. Meaningless, but a victory lap nonetheless. It will give me a legitimate excuse for keeping talking about the game last night, the division crown, the playoffs, etc.

Dusty Baker said...

Oct. 4 Staff:

Ausmus-Manager
Loretta-Bench Coach
Mike Borzello-Pitching Coach
Weaver-Bullpen Coach
Thome & Castro-Hitting Coach

Dusty Baker said...

Official word from Dodgers is that Randy Wolf will be pitching Game 1 of the NLDS, followed by Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. Billingsley role uncertain.

[Per DodgersNation]

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Castro? Hitting coach?

Dusty Baker said...

Is everyone really tired, hungry, poor, and hungover?

I actually am at least several of these but nonetheless pumped for today's victory lap.

RB, you alive? Brother Neeebs? Mr. C, no hard feelings re Chelsea match, right? ;-)

Dusty Baker said...

Hitting coach was probably the hardest decision to make, given recent performance.

Dusty Baker said...

Fox replaying last night's game before today's. I got a bit weepy all over again.

Tito, get me a tissue.

Orel said...

Main post updated with the storylines of today's game.

Orel said...

Sorry: Jermaine, stop teasing!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jason Jomby playing first.

Dusty Baker said...

Thx, Orel. I knew I could count on you!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Padilla's just as good as Kershaw.

Dusty Baker said...

Some pics and video from my trip to Chavez Ravine last night:

http://tinyurl.com/ycbedgd

Orel said...

Vicente Kershaw strikes out the side!

Dusty Baker said...

Padilla! Are you Kershaw in disguise?

karina said...

Padilla in his best Kershaw impersonation :)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pierre triples past Jomby!

Fred's Brim said...

Juanny gets us going!

Orel said...

Great pix, DB! What did Darth Vader say on Diamond Vision?

BEAST MODE triple!

Orel said...

Don't worry, Orlando. You're still $10,000 richer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit, O-Dog.

Orel said...

Makeup call?

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel-

Darth did the pre-game warning to fans about their behavior (don't throw things on field, if a fan is hindering your enjoyment, etc.). All the warnings were SW-themed and hilarious.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The cheapest of all HBP's

Orel said...

Is a HBP an AB?

Orel said...

Thanks DB. Maybe they'll put those videos on Dodgers.com.

Fred's Brim said...

plate appearance, not an AB

Orel said...

Tigers won
MIN 9, KC 4, bot 6

Orel said...

Vin has officially adopted the term "walk-off." I no longer feel dirty using it.

Orel said...

I can't believe there aren't any MY TOWN THIS IS T-shirts on eBay yet.

Orel said...

RANCHO FRANK CALIENDO

Orel said...

Mary Hart in da house!

Fred's Brim said...

Beard Power!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We score!

Orel said...

2-RBI single by Blake! 2-0 Dodgers! It's almost as if...a switch has been flipped!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel

I hope they do put the videos up b/c someone clearly spent a lot of time on them. I remember one of the warnings about not cursing because children may be around. Vader said that parents needed to take care of their kids because "I am not your father."

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Eye-Chart delivers!

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho we're already beating fuck out of these Rockies!

Fred's Brim said...

I am interested to see Snoop Douggy Doug play first today - i read several weeks ago that he still has trouble throwing

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Remember when Hu was a great up-and-coming prospect? That was nice.

Orel said...

Let's light up Marquis Mark!

Orel said...

That's sweet, DB!

Dusty Baker said...

Vinny reminiscing about his managing the team in 1965 for Walter Alston.

God damn you just can't get this anywhere else, any other way.

Fred's Brim said...

Ellis getting in on the action!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A.J. Ellis - First big-league hit, and first RBI

Fred's Brim said...

wow his first hit!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Orel:

I take it you meant "Rancho we're already beating fuck out of these Rockies!" was sweet.

Orel said...

This is a GREAT story from Vin.

Nic j said...

That was an awesome story by vin.

Orel said...

Actually, I meant the Darth Vader thing. But any Rancho-wordplay is also sweet.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's a great story

Fred's Brim said...

Agreed Orel - I love how Vin can always manage to get his stories in in time, like there's always another foul ball so he can finish it

ha and he even mentioned he got it in in time!

Dusty Baker said...

I knew, Orel. It was just a funny juxtaposition. I'm easily amused!

Nic j said...

Look at that. The team all loose after the celebration puts up 4 runs in the first.

karina said...

This is a good time to start a trend of profuse first inning scoring.

Nic j said...

Clayton padilla.

Dusty Baker said...

Holy smokes, VPad! Wow!

Vin called it a "big bloated marshmallow."

Dusty Baker said...

^ The ball, not Padilla

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Of course it was Hawpe.

Dusty Baker said...

Why didn't he just throw at Hawpe right away?

Fred's Brim said...

Brad Hawpe, I am so tired of you

Nic j said...

Hawpe is still an asshole.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now VPad is screwed up.

Dusty Baker said...

Looking at St. Louis lineup...they're playing most of their regular starters. I don't wish injury on them, but I'd love to see them get really really tired, worn out, disgusted with themselves, and doubtful of their ability to win.

Dusty Baker said...

Beard takes care of biz!

Fred's Brim said...

nice work Casey! i hope that didnt hurt your hammy

Nic j said...

B with the D!

Dusty Baker said...

I think I hurt my hammy with all that Scotch last night.

Dusty Baker said...

My feed is messing up. Pls. pls. pls. fix this, Fox. How hard is it?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Repko in center

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

No .300 for Kemp

Dusty Baker said...

Classy of Torre, I mean Ausmus to bring Kemp out of the game like that. Here's to ya, Matty! Thanks for a great season, now on to the playoffs.

karina said...

Fowler is very annoying...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dougie having a nice game.

Dusty Baker said...

Vinny is dealing. Now he's on about how the stadium was made. Walking history book.

Orel said...

Aflac: Duke Snider has the most postseason HR as a Dodger with 11. Who is 2nd?

Orel said...

Just finished transcribing the Alston story.

Dusty Baker said...

Orel, that is bad ass. I was hoping someone would do that transcribing. (Sorry to be so lazy myself).

Dusty Baker said...

Good riddance, Hawpe.

Dusty Baker said...

How long will Ausmus (Torre) leave Padilla in?

Dusty Baker said...

Broadcast just showed a mic'd Ausmus telling Kemp that he was going to let him take his position then take him out since he needed to go 2-2 to hit .300. Excellent work from the broadcast crew. We knew that was the case, but it was cool to see/hear.

Orel said...

Aflac: Steve Garvey with 10!

karina said...

The Beast is on fire!

Orel said...

Twins win! One-game tiebreaker on Tuesday!

Dusty Baker said...

Eye Chart with the stab!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, E, give us one more today!

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Hu: Let the dawgs out.

Dusty Baker said...

Game time 6:37PM Pacific on Wednesday.

Dusty Baker said...

In a brilliant move, I just answered "yes" to my good friend and co-worker's question about whether I would go with him to the game on Wednesday using the extra ticket he had.

HELLO POSTSEASON!

On the other hand, the just-announced start time means that I can't ask for the day off since it starts in the evening. Maybe I'll take the afternoon off and just hang out in Short Stop. No one will be in there, right?

Dusty Baker said...

Young Mc dealing. Good outing for him. Ethier still in - wondering how he'll bow out today. I want one more Ethier HR. Now.

Orel said...

Well played, DB. I love it when a plan comes together.

Orel said...

The Coors Light Freeze Cam pictures of the Dodgers' celebration, featuring them pouring Budweiser on each other.

karina said...

I love it: tiebreaker on Tuesday, Dodgers postseason game on Wednesday and Thursday and Aguilas OPENING GAME on Friday night.

Dusty Baker said...

"Where's Loretta? Where'd my bench coach go?" -Ausmus

This Ausmus mic'd bit is jsut hilarious.

Dusty Baker said...

Everything is coming up Karina, isn't it, Karina?

Nic j said...

Were gonna run out of K's soon.

karina said...

It is, Dusty Baker! on top of things my dear cousin and her husband, who is more like a sister and best friend comes to visit on Friday night, so after the game, i'll go to greet her.

How will i work her visit, Dodgers playoff games, Aguilas game and a baby shower on the weekend, i don't know.

Dusty Baker said...

We can borrow a K from Karina, and from my real first name, but after that we're dry!

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina-

Recommend skipping baby shower for scheduling purposes.

karina said...

Isn't it weird not to worry about ota on the ound?

karina said...

*Mota on the mound, what's up with my Ks and Ms?

Dusty Baker said...

Are we out of Ks AND Ms???

karina said...

I can't skip the baby shower, i'm one of the hostesses.

karina said...

I just watched the last single of the season for Ken Griffey Jr, on tv they say it could be his last :(

Josh S. said...

Eye Chart lobbying hard for a roster spot.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Karina-

Yeah I was wondering why Junior's @bats today haven't been getting more attention given his situation. I missed flipping around to try to catch it but glad you did. Such a class player. We wouldn't have Jackie Robin #42 day in baseball without him, among other things, as he made the original suggestion to MLB.

Dusty Baker said...

Eye Chart should hire me to do some heavy lobbying on his behalf.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker i'm watching that game, because it was Felix Hernandez last outing of the season and that's why they're broadcasting it. Anyway, Junior is one of my favorite players ever, as you said, he's a class act. I really think he could play one more season.

Dusty Baker said...

Don't be surprised if Mariners re-sign him for one more year. He clearly can still play in a DH and pinch hitting role, and he's still a huge butts-in-the-seat draw for the team.

Dusty Baker said...

Loretta putting himself in?

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Belly#1. Let's put this to bed already.

karina said...

Chacin is also from Maracaibo

Dusty Baker said...

Will this be Thome's last AB for us? Probably not, but a possibility.

Nic j said...

brad tells brad to grab a helmet

Dusty Baker said...

Ausmus pinch running. Love this game.

Dusty Baker said...

Will Ausmus get signals from himself?

Nic j said...

brad should send brad to the showers for dogging it.

Nic j said...

i think that puts us on the top of the attendance list of all ballparks.

Yup, vin agrees.

Nic j said...

stupid fowler

Dusty Baker said...

I'm not convinced Trancoso should make the roster. At all.

Nic j said...

he is better on the road

Erin said...

Still at the game, and I just secured my tickets for Thursday's game. Good stuff. I didn't think I'd be making it to a playoff game this year.

Nic j said...

is troncoso going to spoil this meaningless win?

Nic j said...

the ump says "i want to go home, start swinging"

Nic j said...

how do you not get an out on that

Dusty Baker said...

Awesome, Erin. I'll be there Wed. and hold the fort down and you do the same Thurs.

Nic j said...

Whew!

Nic j said...

are the dodgers doing a playoff rally this year?

Dusty Baker said...

Nic-

Someone on Dodger Talk asked that last night. Likely not. Mainly because we are already in town so there's no "triumphant return as victors" sort of element. I cna kind of see that but also think it would be neat. But I'm very biased about excuses to skip work and watch and/or celebrate Dodgerdom.

Nic j said...

haha, well said DB

Orel said...

Last regular-season PGT is up!

Dusty Baker said...

Man, Orel,you're getting me all verklempt with that "last" talk.