Monday, October 19, 2009

NLCS Game 4 Thread @ Liberty Belles, 5p

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Randy Wolf vs. Joe Blanton.

COMMENTS: See those numbers atop the post, and how some of them have a strike line through them, and some of them don't? Math geniuses might have gleaned that it marks how many wins we have to achieve this postseason to claim the ultimate title. And we've got just about the same amount of marks now as we had last year, after sweeping another NL Central team in the first round (the Cubs), only to hit a roadblock against the Phillies.

In fact, there's a lot of parallels to where we were last year at this time. Down two games to one, we were coasting along with a 5-3 lead in 2008 NLCS Game 4, having scored five runs off of the same Philly starter we'll face tonight, Joe Blanton (5 ER in 7 IP in 2008 NLCS Game 4; 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 2009). We then met up against Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs, both of whom hit two-run home runs in the eighth to put the Phillies ahead for good. Game 4 was the backbreaker last year, and this year's Game 4 looks to be the series fulcrum again.

This time around, however, things will be different. For one thing, we've got Randy Wolf going for us; Wolf was yanked early (after 3.2 IP, with the lead) in Game 1 of the NLDS, and hasn't pitched in 12 days. He may be rusty, but he'll be rested and ready to go deep; his 2.78 road ERA, fifth in the league, also bodes well. And even Philly fans love and respect Randy Wolf, even though he's a Dodger now.

For another thing, we've got karma on our side (not to mention Fox, who would love a Dodgers-Yankees World Series). And karma will take down reliable, trusted players just the same as anyone else in its wake. Matt Holliday? Bonk. Chase Utley? Bonk. The Phillies might have slept well last night, but the karma police will come, and that fridge-buzzing is about to become a detuned radio.

And finally, they've got Chan Ho Park on their this time around, unlike last year. That alone may be keeping our playoff odds at 33% for this series, even down 2-1 and playing the next two on the road (we were at 57% for the NLCS prior to last night's aberration).

We can strike out the "7" after tonight's game. We can bring the series back to Los Angeles. We can win this series. We can do it. I believe.

LET'S GO, DODGERS!

1253 comments:

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Orel said...

I am a wee bit tense.

Paul said...

I can't hear. My chest hurts. Come on make it 1-2

fanerman said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Orel said...

FUCK

Steve Sax said...

FUUUUUCCCCKKKK

Erin said...

So, series over.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

...

Mr. Customer said...

I have no words for that.

Delino DeShields said...

that went poorly

Dusty Baker said...

Over and out.

Orel said...

Can't say that was unexpected.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

FUCK!

karina said...

Just want to add the war is not lost.Remember the Red Sox

fanerman said...

I'm going to go cry now...

Erin said...

If you really want to define momentum now, just look at the Phillies.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess we'll get 'em next year.

fanerman said...

And karina is right. It's not over.

Erin said...

I really, really can't believe that just happened, even if I didn't have that much faith in Broxton.

Mr. Customer said...

I can't believe we got our ass kicked like this again.

Paul said...

Awful.

Josh S. said...

We had so much hate for everybody else, we forgot to save some for Jimmy Rollins.

Oh, and...FUCK!!!!!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Nights peeps...I am highly disgusted...we had this game won and GAVE the fucker away...

karina said...

Believe! it ain't over 'till it's over.

I thought i'd never say this but i do hate Jimmy Rollins and i don't care he was the MVP of the last Aguilas championship title.

Dusty Baker said...

It IS over. We ain't coming back. We aren't the Red Sox. Not gonna happen.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. I need that beer.

Mr. Customer said...

There's no way I'm going to be able to stomach the WS.

Paul said...

Season is over. You don't come back from that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This was a big pile of steaming shit.

Nic j said...

dont even bother coming back to LA. Let the Phils celebrate on their own field for once.

Fred's Brim said...

no words

Josh S. said...

That was a backbreaker.

Dusty Baker said...

What do we do with Broxton? For two years in a row, he's shown he can't hold/save the big games. This is the big stage, and he's one big fat fail. No cake for him tonight.

fanerman said...

Fuck all of you. I'm not giving up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I just can't believe it happened.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When's Game 5?

Delino DeShields said...

Tonight, playing the role of Brad Lidge is...

Nic j said...

haha, the dodgers have a day off to relish in the victory....

wait...

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

You're right, and I'll be back to ride this thing to the end.

I believe it could happen, but I don't expect it.

Booger said...

FUCK BROXTON!!!!

Erin said...

I still don't understand why we unintentionally walk Matt Stairs. There's no question that's what happened, but are we really afraid of that guy? I know what happened last year, but this year he has five home runs and a .174 batting average. I could almost accept him beating us again, but putting him on base like that? Unacceptable.

Paul said...

Well good thing we pitched to stairs so carefully.

Nic j said...

what a horrible cap to a wonderful season

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think I'll be in for Game 5. I've got nothing left. Not after that pathetic display from Broxton. That was ass-crap. That was shameful. That was the crappiest pitching for when it mattered that I've ever seen. He couldn't even get one fucking strike to Stairs, he fucking hits Ruiz on the first pitch, and then just serves on up to Rollins. That was crappy from beginning to end, and now I've got to stew in this for two days.

Nic j said...

guess who scored the winning run.

Booger said...

Now all the press conferences where they bullshit us about it not being over!!

Paul said...

Did I say FUUUUUUUCK. Toughest loss in years.

Orel said...

MFGDSOBGTUP

Nic j said...

this close to tying the series 2-2 and we blow it. TWO YEARS IN A ROW!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, Booger. I don't want sunshine shoved up my ass. It IS over. The odds of it not being over are only on the theoretical side of math, using little i's to represent imaginary numbers. Not happening. So don't with the sunshine, folks.

Paul said...

I hate the fact the Phils know they can beat us they know they are the champs and it was our bullpen that imploded. But the way we played in the second half. What did I expect.

Steve Sax said...

Orel, don't you mean MFGDSOBPGTUP?

Orel said...

You are correct, Sax.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

I miss Saito. Sherril blows it in game 1 and Brox blows it in game 4. We need and ace and a real closer!

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