Saturday, October 10, 2009

NLDS Game 3 Thread @ Fredbirds, 3p

Brrrrrrrrr.

Vicente Padilla (0-0, -.--) vs. Joel Pineiro (0-0, -.--).

Thursday's game-time temperature at Dodger Stadium: 71 degrees. Today's high in St. Louis: 60 degrees. Today's low: 38 degrees. In other words, the Dodgers can expect a chilly reception at Busch Stadium in more ways than one.

Heavy rains canceled on-field practice yesterday.

While a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals is pretty much a dream come true, a road win is the next big test the Dodgers must pass. And they would prefer not to stay in St. Louis for a second longer than necessary.

With his game-tying hit in Game 2, Ronnie Belliard has officially displaced Orlando Hudson as the Dodgers' starting second baseman. The O-Dog is handling the situation with his usual class: "I'm all right, I'm all right....I'll do whatever they need me to do," he told the Daily News.

Most of the other regular starters have already made offensive playoff contributions: Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have homered, and Casey Blake worked that incredible nine-pitch walk to set up Belliard's Hudson-bumping RBI.

RBI-less so far are James Loney and Manny Ramirez. Will Road Loney make an appearance in St. Louis? Can Manny erase a disappointing regular season with one big postseason swing?

And then there's the question of Vicente Padilla. Whether he's earned the right to start a game before Chad Billingsley is a subject for debate, but the Dodgers have shown that while a spectacular start would be welcome, a solid start will suffice. Fortunately, Padilla has pitched effectively and remained on his best behavior since joining the team, knowing a strong playoff performance will enhance his value as a free agent this off-season.

So there you have it. One game from the NLCS. Momentum on our side. The team feeling loose and confident, but not cocky. Let's give the Cards something to talk about with the Cubs.

GO BLUE!

1: Jon SooHoo/Dodgers; 2 & 3: AP photos

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Fred's Brim said...

Loney grounds out to end the inning

OK V keep it going

Nic j said...

The strike zone better be that big in the bottom half of the inning too.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think the strike zone adjusts to the pitcher's size, not the batter's.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

After a 21-pitch first inning, Padilla's made only 37 pitches.

Josh S. said...

John Smoltz is warming up.

As are Mitch Williams' pants.

Paul said...

This ump sucks. But veeeecente gets the first out

Fred's Brim said...

is this Tony Abreu batting?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm Thurston for an out.

Fred's Brim said...

damn ump was calling those for Reyes

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe this ump is a fan of Grand Slams, and hopes Dennys will serve one up.

Paul said...

Come just get a ground out since we can't get a called strike

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I know there's something there, I just can't put it together.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Eckting...Thank Yew!

Paul said...

Awwwwww now they don't like the ump

Fred's Brim said...

haha on the radio, you could hear the ump screaming at LaRussa to shut up

PavilionBum said...

4 more innings....

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

More than half way through the game

B McD said...

Tronky or Belly? who's next up for us?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I bet Smoltz wishes he signed on with the Dodgers right now.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Freaking Smoltz...E6...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ryan pulls a Holliday, and Beard gets aboard.

PavilionBum said...

The Cards are falling apart, a la the Cubs last year.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Porn 'stache is ticked off!...)

Mr. Customer said...

That is some 'stache on Ryan.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

GCAlexander!...

Baseball trivia 101 today...

sanfrandodgerfan said...

man...a mile outside...

Mr. Customer said...

@sfdf

Yeah, when he gets angry, I instinctively reach for my license and registration.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

V-Pad to bat for himself here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wow, that was close.

Nic j said...

hey dodgers, those sliders arent strikes. Lay off them please.


haha padilla got a lot of that last one.

PavilionBum said...

Foul, damn, that would've ben the back-breaker

Nic j said...

that was for the crappy strike zone, Blue.

Nic j said...

heart of the order, nervous time.

PavilionBum said...

Bottom 6th. This could be the most important inning of the game.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Mr. C...funny...I see it...LAPD does La Habra!...)

B McD said...

feel like that was the time to shorten the game and pinch hit

Mr. Customer said...

Alright V, get us one more.

Delino DeShields said...

I'm beginning to think my Cards in four might have been a bit pessimistic.

Fred's Brim said...

you got one more inning in you, V?

Nic j said...

this umpires strike zone must be a puzzle piece.

Fred's Brim said...

Mr C - well played

Delino DeShields said...

Just a reminder that UFL is on HDN network right now, in case you find Dodgers superiority tiresome

Nic j said...

Padilla should throw a fastball at Dick Stockton.

PavilionBum said...

Yeah that zone is odd. That first pitched looked like a strike and he said it was outside. The second looked low and he called it a strike.

Fred's Brim said...

Russ just drew a southwesterly arrow on the plate

Delino DeShields said...

I didn't know Delgado hit RBIs

Paul said...

Get us two more outs V!

Fred's Brim said...

*southeasterly

Nic j said...

If the cards fans are the best in baseball then why do i see one behind home plate with thundersticks?

sanfrandodgerfan said...

...''vaunted Dodger bullpen''...

Fred's Brim said...

Charley trying to jinx us again

Mr. Customer said...

Bad day for Cardinal(s). Stanford being shut out 21-0, as well.

Louisville should take note.

Orel said...

Anyone else notice the KABC feed is in sync with TBS' picture?

PavilionBum said...

Damn it, I don't HDN or Versus. I'm never gonna get to see the UFL.

Josh S. said...

This is Steiner's last half inning. Break out any counterjinxes you've got.

Fred's Brim said...

woah baby!

Nic j said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We will at least see Ryan, Albert, and Matt again in the ninth. Let's try to make that moot.

Siddown, Albert!

Orel said...

Poor Albert!

Josh S. said...

Pujolooking!

Delino DeShields said...

Poo - Holes
Poo - Holes
Poo - Holes

sanfrandodgerfan said...

and there goes your 2009 NL MVP...buhbye...

Fred's Brim said...

woot!!

PavilionBum said...

Yes. If we play our "Cards" right, we only have to face Pujols one more time.


AWESOME! 1-2-3!!!!

Delino DeShields said...

going to handy market in burbank to pick up some tri tip. Anyone need anything?

Orel said...

Pads in the seventh?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm feeling it!

Josh S. said...

OK, Steiner said they're nine outs away from advancing.

WHAT DO WE DO???!!

B McD said...

ok, so me=wrong

Fred's Brim said...

@Orel - i noticed that too - maybe they added some dumptime for Steiner

Nic j said...

What an A-Jol.

Mr. Customer said...

@dd

be sure to pick up some crow for the espn panel of "experts".

Josh S. said...

Take us home, oh mighty Vin.

Nic j said...

i would still like some more runs.

Fred's Brim said...

take some pitches please

Fred's Brim said...

not that pitch

PavilionBum said...

Vicente Padilla=Jose Lima

Paul said...

This ump is awful.

Mr. Customer said...

@PB

Most
Valuable
Padilla
?

Nic j said...

Smoltz is owning the dodgers right now.

Josh S. said...

2008 Matt Kemp is playing this series.

PavilionBum said...

Not cool, Bison, not cool.

PavilionBum said...

Not cool, Bison, not cool.

PavilionBum said...

Not cool, Bison, not cool.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Smoltz really wishes he had signed with the Dodgers.

PavilionBum said...

Yes, triple post. beat that.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Nic...there is reason dude has won 15 postseason games...& we are seeing it...

Fred's Brim said...

Smoltz should have been pitching every game

Mr. Customer said...

Whoops! Nice work 'Dre.

Josh S. said...

Smoltz is throwing just about everything at their shoes and they're falling for it.

Uh, until now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I bet ESPN will do nothing but talk about Smoltz, even if the Dodgers sweep.

"The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the St. Louis Cardinals, but the story tonight is the dominant performance from John Smoltz! Let's spend a half-hour talking about him since the Yankees and Red Sox are off."

Nic j said...

Andre must have missed those 15 post season games.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Dre! ok Manny take a pitch, then knock him in

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Our right-fielder is bigger than their right-fielder

sanfrandodgerfan said...

nic...NOW we are seeing why Smoltz has been on three teams this season...

Mr. Customer said...

Manny being Manny again, finally.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Insurance!

Nic j said...

Mama there goes that Manny!!

PavilionBum said...

Manny being Manny. SOrry, had to say it.

5-0!

Fred's Brim said...

yes! 5-0 good guys!

fanerman said...

Breathing room =)

Nic j said...

haha, well said SFDF.

Mr. Customer said...

James keeps it going!

Fred's Brim said...

road loney!

PavilionBum said...

Time to put them away. Crush it Casey.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Casey! give us some more

Nic j said...

is there anyone at the game under 65?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hear a haphazard "Let's go, Cardinals" chant.

Nic j said...

dre is always eating.

Fred's Brim said...

was Dre eating a 3 Musketeers?

Fred's Brim said...

ach Vin tricked me!

Nic j said...

damn, holliday actually caught that one.

Erin said...

St. Louis has a great ballpark, but it is an awful city. One of my least favorite places in the country. My parents lived there for six years, and my brother and sister both graduated from high school there. So though I never lived there, I know some things. If you go, visit Busch Stadium, and then get the hell out of town.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Nic...yes...my 63 Y.O. uncle from Belleville is there...)

Mr. Customer said...

Dodgers up 5-0, and they gotta bring up Niedenfeuer?

Fred's Brim said...

cmon V, do you have one more?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wonder how ESPN will pass this game off as the Cardinals blowing it and not the Dodgers winning?

Fred's Brim said...

yeah Mr C, i'm still bitter about that. Vin telling the Vince Coleman story now

Nic j said...

padilla might be running out of gas

Paul said...

Rasmus has been a tough out. Nice job.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Pads is throwing strikes with good heat still...keep him in...

Fred's Brim said...

that looked better than it was

1 out

Nic j said...

yeah, that ball Rasmus made me a little nervous.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So does Torre go with Sherrill and Broxton to shut the Cards down and seal the victory.

Nic j said...

Rasmus hit*

Nic j said...

dont let the crowd back in it

PavilionBum said...

Damn. I'd be ok with pulling VP now.

Fred's Brim said...

rats

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Let him roll...

Josh S. said...

Hooray! A runner in scoring position for the Cards!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Okay, V-Pad. They've got a man in scoring position. You know what that means: easy outs.

Mr. Customer said...

nice.

Fred's Brim said...

wow what a goof!

PavilionBum said...

Wow, the Cards are F'ing stupid.

Josh S. said...

LOL

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for stupidity!

Nic j said...

bad baserunning wont get you back in it.

I think i heard a boo, too

B McD said...

yadi = extremely unclutch

Mr. Customer said...

I guess there's something to be said for consistency.

Fred's Brim said...

Officer Dangle to hit a homer with a guy only on first

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Beachboy Wilson Hairdo?...Yadier...you're killing me!...

Nic j said...

@Officer Dangle.


HAHAHAHA

PavilionBum said...

Poor Molina's about to cry.

Nic j said...

will that dropped foul tip cost us?

Nic j said...

nope guess not.

Fred's Brim said...

wow 7 great innings for V!

fanerman said...

Vicente Padilla... postseason hero?

PavilionBum said...

I say let Padilla pitch the 8th until he gives up a baserunner.

Then Brox for the 9th.

Josh S. said...

Joscente Palima.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just two more innings!

Erin said...

Christine would like me to point out that she predicted weeks ago that Padilla would do something special for the Dodgers. She says this is that special thing. Hard to disagree.

Seriously, who thought we would get seven strong from Padilla in a must-win game for the Cardinals?

fanerman said...

(assuming he's done for the night)

Fred's Brim said...

i can't take credit for that - somebody else said it the other day, and Mr C made the better cop joke above

Mr. Customer said...

@fb,

C'mon, there's always room for jokes about a dude with a 'stache.

Nic j said...

i had a gut feeling bills would come up big, but maybe thats for the next series.

PavilionBum said...

@Nic

Same here. Or maybe the World Series (knock on wood)

Erin said...

I feel good about Bills, too, Nic. I wanted him to start today, and I was worried about Padilla. Shows what I know.

Fred's Brim said...

I am saving a Schneider-from-One-Day-at-a-Time joke for later

Nic j said...

Vicente knows what it feels like to be HBP now.

Mr. Customer said...

@nic

I'll be glad if he gets some extra time to work out the kinks. He'll definitely be needed in the LCS (not to assume anything)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't forget about Kuroda. He might be available for the NLCS.

Fred's Brim said...

why were they hugging? I missed the first part of Vin's story

Nic j said...

Thome Insurance?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vin just said "Hideki Kuroda"

Nic j said...

Nice hit, but right too the stache

Fred's Brim said...

it's getting a little breezy in here, a little flat breezy....

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Motte's Gameday pic makes him look like a stoner.

Josh S. said...

Vin has started calling what the TBS cameras are showing.

PavilionBum said...

(Standing O for Padilla)

Erin said...

MLASF, I heard that and said, "that sounds weird," but for a few seconds I could not for the life of me remember Kuroda's real first name. Weird, huh? I had to Google it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Erin - To be fair, a lot of the Japanese players' names start with H: Hideki, Hiroki, Hideo, etc.

Paul said...

Come on breh zeh.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

I live in West Portal district of SF...I don't get the Vinster up here too often...miss the old guy...

Josh S. said...

The Brim Reaper's post-it says J. Larue, S. Schumaker, and R. Ludwick.

Anyone?

Fred's Brim said...

shot pop to Belli#2
1 down

Mr. Customer said...

If everything goes smoothly, V is a lock for TPOPEEDPWH. Maybe Dre or Manny, but definitely Padilla.

Mr. Customer said...

Josh S.

Great show, I'm with you. Do you think he knows Mandy Patinkin?

Nic j said...

not good.

Fred's Brim said...

dang walks

Nic j said...

dont let albert come up with runners on.

Delino DeShields said...

Allow me to paint a picture of peace. In the backyard with Mrs DeShields. Random yippy dog barking in background. My dog chilling by our side. Tri tip and corn, Baby asleep in stroller. Dodgers game on computer. And all is right with the world.

Fred's Brim said...

Brox to face Pujols this inning?

sanfrandodgerfan said...

excellent!...

Nic j said...

i think my heart stopped beating.

There is goes.

PavilionBum said...

Whew! That was close. Come on Reaper, one more (BIG) out.

Fred's Brim said...

oh mercy that scared me

PavilionBum said...

Broxton!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Pujols to hit a meaningless homer?

Nic j said...

how many times can Brox get Pujols?

Delino DeShields said...

Wonder if Pujols can tie the score with single swing?

Mr. Customer said...

@dd

I don't know. Can he keep rounding the bases until it lands?

No?

Not looking good, then.

Josh S. said...

That wasn't DI, that was STRATEGY.

Fred's Brim said...

one more Pujols/Holliday split, for old time's sake?

Mr. Customer said...

TBS announcers talking about the best 1-2 [to be eliminated] in the post-season.

My annotations in brackets.

PavilionBum said...

Damn, ok, forget it. Just one more out.

Nic j said...

damn, here is hollidays chance for payback

Josh S. said...

4-kajllion with RISP.

Fred's Brim said...

uhoh the seal has been broken
get the last one, JB

Mr. Customer said...

The runs that count are still in the dugout. Lets get this thing done without having a look at them.

Orel said...

A little nervous time.

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