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

515 comments:

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Nic j said...

little is an understatement

Mr. Customer said...

tres mas!

Orel said...

Thank you again, Matt Holliday!

PavilionBum said...

Almost there......

Delino DeShields said...

Holliday - the Dodgers 10th man!

Fred's Brim said...

yes! three to go!

Nic j said...

hmm, towels didnt seems to be a problem there either.

Paul said...

He is shooting at the towels!! He hates these towels!!

Orel said...

Holliday still signs a gigantic contract during the off-season.

Josh S. said...

That last at bat goes out to the two MLB Network guys who said tomorrow's headline would be "Holliday Weekend: Matt's big game helps stave off elimination".

Orel said...

Hey, it's Ryan Franklin!

Fred's Brim said...

Orel - with the Yanks?

Josh S. said...

Now we face Slim the Anvil Neidhart.

Josh S. said...

@Orel: Comin' to your house?

Fred's Brim said...

hehe nice Josh

I always liked the Hart Foundation. The British Bulldogs were always a little too goody-goody for me

Nic j said...

kemps terrible right now.

Erin said...

This ump has a ridiculously inconsistent strike zone. It's a bit insane.

Fred's Brim said...

oof Matty - time to up the prescription on the contacts

Josh S. said...

Golden Sombrero for Matt.

He and Blake and Manny (not tonight for those two, though) can reenact the Three Amigos.

Paul said...

Nice Josh!

I want to see him stroke the beard and laugh.

Orel said...

@FB "Orel - with the Yanks?"

Why not? Although he might want to stay in the NL.

Orel said...

Andre!

Fred's Brim said...

Dre double!

Josh S. said...

Dre is money enough to make up for Matty.

Nic j said...

Andre the Giant took down Slim the Anvil

PavilionBum said...

Hey I just remembered.....the Kings are playing the Blues. Kinda funny.

Orel said...

@Josh "@Orel: Comin' to your house?"

Huh?

Orel said...

Here we go!

PavilionBum said...

Here we go......3 more outs.....

Fred's Brim said...

ok boys, lets lock this down!

Nic j said...

man the announcers are totally wishing for a cards comeback.

Paul said...

Here we go Ox. Bring the pain!

Josh S. said...

@Orel

When you said "Hey, it's Ryan Franklin", I thought you were making a reference to the kid's cartoon "Franklin", whose theme goes "Hey, it's Franklin, comin' to your house."

Long slide for an out, I guess.

Steve Sax said...

Let's bring it, dodgers!

PavilionBum said...

What kinda A-hole doesn't bring avocados to a party?

Sorry, that just pissed me off.

Steve Sax said...

Hmm, I suddenly have the feeling I need to urinate.

Thanks, Avodart!

Orel said...

Is Franklin the Nickelodeon character who looks like he has sperm tails coming out of his head?

Paul said...

Is the player on the avacado commercial suppose to be Victorino?

That's bush league bra.

Orel said...

Beast Mode & O-Dog on the field!

Nic j said...

PB, its good to let out your anger when it comes. If you hold it in it could come out in unexpected ways.....

Now who the F&%K ate my hardboiled eggs!!!

Fred's Brim said...

no walks, JB

Delino DeShields said...

Paul - I'm picking out a thermos for you.

Orel said...

One down!

Nic j said...

one down

Fred's Brim said...

nasty - 1 down!

Delino DeShields said...

they're gonna need more than rally caps

Josh S. said...

1 away!

Fred's Brim said...

i think it's funny that Manny and Vicente are buddies

PavilionBum said...

Just keep throwing strike Johnny.....

Fred's Brim said...

hehe Josh

Delino DeShields said...

i plan to drink responsibly tonight...only cause they told me too.

Mr. Customer said...

dos mas

Orel said...

Not good when Vin uses the words "shockingly embarrassing" to describe your play.

PavilionBum said...

Jesus Christ, TBS, WE'RE ABOUT TO WIN!!!! TALK ABOUT US!!! WE'RE THE UNDERDOGS!!!

Delino DeShields said...

yadi yadi

Orel said...

Vin not taking any chances. "What would seem to be a commanding lead" or words to that effect.

Nic j said...

crap

Nic j said...

crap

Fred's Brim said...

crud

throw the double play pitch!

PavilionBum said...

Forgot to say (knock on wood) in that last post.

Orel said...

Molina completely and totally absolves himself.

Delino DeShields said...

why were they molesting t5hat man?

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Turn two time...

Blue Angels show was canceled up here due to foggy conditions...sucks but oh well...

Paul said...

Come on! I hate swinging bunts

Steve Sax said...

One out, come on Brox!

Josh S. said...

2 away!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

'stache due up next...eerie...

Orel said...

Two down!

Mr. Customer said...

uno mas!!!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

two down!

Delino DeShields said...

uno mas

Nic j said...

its a good thing a rally towel doubles as a hanky for wiping away tears.

Steve Sax said...

DeRosa comebacker for out #2

Fred's Brim said...

ugh

frikkin Ankiel

PavilionBum said...

For those that have the volume turned down, TBS was just saying what a great year it's been for St. Louis and how nobody picked then to win the central.

Whatever....

Delino DeShields said...

mr c - jinx

Paul said...

One more brox!

Steve Sax said...

Finally, some positive words about the dodgers grom dick Stockton...

Paul said...

I like thermoses.

One more strike!

Mr. Customer said...

165 just isn't enough!

Orel said...

!!!!!

Josh S. said...

SWEEP!

fanerman said...

YES!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

yesyesyes!

Delino DeShields said...

yeeeessssss

Erin said...

Whoo!!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Very cool...hang loose SonsofSteveGarvey...

Dusto_Magnifico said...

party time!!!!

PavilionBum said...

DODGERS WIN!

I LOVE LA!

Mr. Customer said...

Preview of Postgame Commentary:

LA takes a three games to none lead in the Division Series, but now they have to face Car...

What's that?

Best of five?!

...

Well, I just don't see the Dodgers being so lucky against the red-hot Rockies/Phillies in the NLCS.

Delino DeShields said...

now i wont jinx it - got tix for nlcs game 2 and 6

Fred's Brim said...

Dre enjoyed that!

Orel said...

Vin razzing Kevin Baxter (indirectly)!

Josh S. said...

They said we couldn't beat Carpenter, and we did!

They said we couldn't beat Wainwright, and we didn't! (But it didn't matter!)

They said, PADILLA? And we say, FUCK YEAH!!!

fanerman said...

Manny gives props to his outfield buddies. Nice.

Paul said...

Yessss !!!!!!! Drinking time!!!

Tix for 6 and 7 but want them to have it wrapped up before then.

Fred's Brim said...

haha that would have been funny if they were spraying Miller beer in the clubhouse

Mr. Customer said...

Oh, and once more for the complete set.

SUCK IT RAVETCH!

Fred's Brim said...

haha Manny with the AI "Practice" joke!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Manny with the Iverson schtick?!

PavilionBum said...

@Mr.C

....and....

SUCK IT LA TIMES!

Mr. Customer said...

@pb

Duly noted.

Delino DeShields said...

would it have killed manny to get one rbi when I was at the non clinching game?

Mr. Customer said...

@dd

Hey, now now he's got some LCS games to make it happen!

Mr. Customer said...

T minus 8 games.

midnightdrive said...

hehe...

http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=2353123&gameId=291010124

Delino DeShields said...

onto lsu florida game.
congrats to all.

Mr. Customer said...

Eck still talking Cardinals.

Fred's Brim said...

the TBS studio is so sad after the Cards loss.

and they still can't talk about the Dodgers

Josh S. said...

My buddy Greg Amsinger: "How much of this was bad Cardinal play?"

rsle said...

Damn you, TBS!! The DODGERS won, would it kill you to talk about the winning team?!?!

PavilionBum said...

Great win, Blue. But we need to remember one thing: The NL Central Sucks.


Lets not get cocky.

Neeebs said...

F*CK YEAH!

Now back to my festival.

Paul said...

Espn news with the wrong info again. Skipping last years nlds.

Orel said...

HYMFPGTUP, boyee!

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