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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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tony Abreu was sent to Arizona to complete the Garland deal, if anyone cares.

PavilionBum said...

"Fredbirds", I love it. I've always found that funny, even though I'm not sure it makes any sense. Easily assumed I guess.

PavilionBum said...

Not losing any sleep over Abreu. It was time to cut bait with him. Even if he's halfway decent with the Snakes I'm cool with it. Garland was a worth while deal, and either DeJesus or DeWitt will be our 2B of the future, not DeAbreu.

JuanLove said...

same line-up for us

they switched it up:

Shumaker, 2B
Ludwick, RF
Pujols, 1B
Holliday, LF
Rasmus, CF
Molina, C
DeRosa, 3B
Ryan, SS
Pineiro, P

PavilionBum said...

DodgertownUSA twitter reports same lineup for today's game. I guess that's a reliable enough source.

PavilionBum said...

La Russa is panicing. Giving the lineup a major make over for Vicente Padilla?

Nic j said...

While i do want to see manny perform waaaay better. Im a little more worried about kemp. Maybe its because im not expecting a whole lot from Manny. Either way im sure they will both come around soon.

Also, lets not forget what a great job furcal has done at the plate.

Josh S. said...

"Giving the lineup a major make over for Vicente Padilla?"

No one expects the Nicaraguan Inquisition!

rbnlaw said...

Look, JP found a hat that fits!

Ivory Coast and Germany get the first invitations to the big dance (World Cup dance that is).

Josh S. said...

"Look, JP found a hat that fits!"

Yeah, Lucas said it was OK if he borrowed it for the trip.

rbnlaw said...

UCLA up 3-0 on Oregon. Maybe if they beat a ranked opponent, they can break the top 27.

rbnlaw said...

That Lucas; always a giver.

rbnlaw said...

Nice picture on Matt Kemp's blog. Loretta, Kemp, JP (in a Beast Mode shirt) Belly 2.0, and Ethier all looking intense.

Josh S. said...

Pssst...MLB Network! The Yankees aren't playing today. You might have missed that.

It's like some voodoo curse. If they stop talking about the Yankees, they drop dead on the spot.

Josh S. said...

Mitch Williams: "John Smoltz knows every hitter on this Dodger team. He should close one of these games."

He does?

Let's get this done today, boys. I like my TV. I don't want to smash it in talking head stupidity-fueled anger.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Josh - I just looked up Baseball Reference. In 145 AB's, current Dodgers are batting .268 against Smoltz. It's decent, but I wouldn't say it's very overpowering. Besides, of current starters, only Ronnie Belliard and Rafael Furcal have had at least 10 PA's against him.

Josh S. said...

Stay tuned, kids. After the break, MLB Network is going to explain to us why tonight is a must win...

...for the Dodgers.

I shit you not.

I should just turn it off, but it's getting me FIRED UP!

Josh S. said...

To sum up, the Dodgers must win because they don't want to face Carpenter and Wainwright again.

Because facing a guy on short rest after a shaky outing is just TERRIFYING.

Now they're praising our bullpen and admitting that maybe the Dodgers won because the team has the lowest opposing AVG with RISP. Thanks for noticing, chumps.

Steve Sax said...

Josh, please tell me what the MLB network says.

Josh S. said...

I read your mind, Sax. See 2:35.

Josh S. said...

Oh, and Mitch Williams tooted Smoztz's horn again, saying he might be the key to beating the Dodgers.

Josh S. said...

Smoltz's

Josh S. said...

Wow!

Mitch Williams again:

"Of the teams down 0-2, the Cardinals have the best shot of coming back to win. If they can force a Game 4, they've got a good shot of winning it all. If they can't, then...uh...then...uh...of course they have no shot."

rbnlaw said...

Mitch Williams = Tool.
Ask Joe Carter about Williams' ability to close out big games.

On second thought, he was great at closing out games. . .for the Jays.

Keep on underestimating the Dodgers, and they'll keep on "surprising" people.

Josh S. said...

Oh thank God, the game is starting soon.

Josh S. said...

OH MY GOD THEY HAVE TOWELS.

PavilionBum said...

Lets rack up a few 1st inning runs. It'd be nice to be the first one to score this time.

PavilionBum said...

@Josh,

Cheaters

Nic j said...

I have my white rally towel in hand while I sit on the couch.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Hello fellow Dfans...yes, 'up here in SF' the Gnasty fans are descrying Holliday as the newest v of Kfred, aka Fred Lewis...is that the same logic behind the Fredbirds handle?...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

THE, CARDINALS, THE!!!

Josh S. said...

Raffy home run right here.

Fred's Brim said...

here we go! let's finish this tonight!

Orel said...

Actually, the Cards' mascot is named Fredbird.

Josh S. said...

Sorry.

PavilionBum said...

as Sax would say, wow Pineiro is pitching a no hitter already!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

ty, O...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

PERFECT GAME FOR PINEIRO

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Crowd: He fouled a pitch! Let's cheer!

PavilionBum said...

Kemp finally with another hit. Come on Dre.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp reaches Mendoza for the playoffs.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

sweet...steal 2nd...single...run #1...

sanfrandodgerfan said...

he caught it!

Fred's Brim said...

haha nice cheer from the hometown fans

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They cheer because he didn't drop it.

Josh S. said...

MANNY!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Manny!

PavilionBum said...

MANNY!!! 1-0 Blue!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

nice...

fanerman said...

Woot! That was fast.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MANNY WOULD!!! BELEE IT!!

Orel said...

MANNY!

Josh S. said...

Ha, suckers. You forgot we had Manny.

(I did too.)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh man, how I love Vin.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Work the walk, James. Just work the walk.

PavilionBum said...

Ok Padilla, time to go to work.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, at least we got a run.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

I'll take 1-0 after one....the fans in Cardville sure breathed a huge sigh of relief after Holly made the catch...

fanerman said...

Have you all seen this strange youtube video of a girl singing off-key about how great Colby Rasmus is?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8l87uyDXM

Fred's Brim said...

nice stab!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

fanerman...too funny...she sings as well as ashley simpleton...

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Hose time...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Uh-oh...

Fred's Brim said...

Albert set up to Kemp us here

PavilionBum said...

"walk your dog, not Pujols"

Really? You're gonna go with that?

Whatever, Cards fans.

PavilionBum said...

I'll take a single. Time for a GIDP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Alright. Man in scoring position. That means will get the next two batters out.

fanerman said...

I don't have a good feeling about Padila.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

a DP sure sounds great right about now...

Orel said...

"Matt Holliday is 2-for-8 with the bat and 0-for-1 with the glove." —Vin

Fred's Brim said...

what is that? a dust storm?

Steve Sax said...

"these great fans in st Louis..."

please, make me vomit

Fred's Brim said...

ok one more

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Slugga...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Alright, now just one more out.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry I'm late, ladies and gents.

PavilionBum said...

@MLASF:

I forgot about that.

Now 3-23. Come on, one more out.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

scully rules...

Fred's Brim said...

what is all that detritus floating in front of the camera? it looks like they are playing under the ocean

sanfrandodgerfan said...

too damn close!..

Steve Sax said...

Padilla already going for Rasmus' head

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just one more strike...

Fred's Brim said...

cmon, V

Steve Sax said...

Cone on Vicente. You're making Martin stay alert back there...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Can a starting pitcher actually not make me shake?

Steve Sax said...

Wait, those great st Louis fans arebooing? Impossible!

Fred's Brim said...

damn

Steve Sax said...

Hoo boy, is garland ready?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh boy...

fanerman said...

Come on Vicente!

Orel said...

Rancho Cardiendo

Steve Sax said...

Padilla sure is sweating.

Nic j said...

No padilla!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rancho LOBiendo

Josh S. said...

Padilla's nervous. Vin said his mom is there.

YES!

Orel said...

Wiggles off!

fanerman said...

Phew!

Fred's Brim said...

there it is

PavilionBum said...

3-25

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

My witty remard stands up!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

3-25 RISP!...love it...

Let's get some more...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

*remark

Nic j said...

Good padilla

Steve Sax said...

Way to wiggle out Vicente!

PavilionBum said...

Now lets pile it on.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, I just put dick and bob down, and Vin up.

Josh S. said...

That's what she said.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

RB has pretty good wheels...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Russ homer right here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Scratch that.

PavilionBum said...

Vin's about 2 second ahead of TBS for me. I can't handle it. If something big happens I'll turn the radio up to get Vin's take, but for now I'm stuck with TBS. (very funny)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Siddown, Markie

PavilionBum said...

So far so good.

fanerman said...

Nice and easy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I didn't know starters could get 1-2-3 innings!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for Raffy!

Fred's Brim said...

Raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp homer here.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Pujols is wearing thirty grand around his neck...

Fred's Brim said...

MLASF, try predicting Ks and GIDPs :)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oh Matt

Mr. Customer said...

Epale, all!

Let's go E!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Work the walk, 'Dre, work the walk.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

BYE BYE!

Fred's Brim said...

DRE!!!!

PavilionBum said...

DRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric Karros said...

Nice!

Mr. Customer said...

w00t!

Josh S. said...

DEE ARR EEE!!!!

fanerman said...

Nice and easy!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

TAKE THAT, SUPERMAN'S FATHER!!!

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Poppin'...Manny!...

PavilionBum said...

Wow, what a shot!

Manny! Another double! Pour it on!!!

Fred's Brim said...

haha MLASF! I give you 70% of the credit for that one (Dre gets the other 30% for hitting it so far)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MANNY'S ON!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@FB - I was originally going to put "Homer for Kemp/Ethier right here," but I didn't want to hedge my bets :)

sanfrandodgerfan said...

hahahaha

PavilionBum said...

It must've been the towels.

Fred's Brim said...

that's why you hustle

Mr. Customer said...

James Loney with the hypnotic powers!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hah. Jor-El pulled a Holliday. He really Schruted that thing.

Fred's Brim said...

rats - he hit that hard too

PavilionBum said...

Ok, I'll take the 2. 3-0 Blue! Lets go Vicente!

Fred's Brim said...

James Loney is hypnotoad?

LAangel said...

i wanna tell espn baseball tonite people to suck it

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Three zip...nice...

No Beecentay...lights out compadre...

Steve Sax said...

My eldest child called the Ethier HR.

I promised I would do a dance if he hit one.

I'm still dancing!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The error at least takes Padilla out of the leadoff spot in the fifth. That's good.

Fred's Brim said...

keep 'em down, V!

Paul said...

Loney is the lucky knome. Wish we could have taken advantage of that.

Good evening fellers.

Mr. Customer said...

@fb

No, Padilla is the hypnotoad. James Loney just induces dropped fly balls, bad coverage, and other errors.

Fred's Brim said...

that's a mighty fine jig, Saxy!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just when you want to see Albert: with nobody one base.

Fred's Brim said...

ouch

PavilionBum said...

Pujols batting is basically hitting with RISP, so this should be an out.

Paul said...

i want to see Albert at his home enjoying the off season.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon V, lets split Pujols and Holliday

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

If you'll look closely, you'll see the rare Albert Pujols in the batters box. My, what a creature. You'll notice something very peculiar about this particular Pujols. His BA is under .300, something very uncommon for the mighty Albert.

Fred's Brim said...

keep them down, V

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Albert doing his best Casey Blake impression.

Fred's Brim said...

yes

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Padilla reminds me of a drywall taper I know from La Puente...same build and journeyman appearance...but...dude could carry a bazooka all day long...I hope V holds up through 6...

Nice stroke Albear...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

There can only be one Beard, Albert.

Fred's Brim said...

spread the word, says Vin!

Mr. Customer said...

@fb

I initially read your comment as "let's send Pujols on holiday"

I heartily agree.

Fred's Brim said...

hehe that definitely works too!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A third of the way there.

Fred's Brim said...

Tender-Ronnie!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fangraphs is wrong again.

Josh S. said...

This just in: Andre was temporarily blinded by the sea of red and accidentally hit the ball too far for the outfielders to make a play.

Fred's Brim said...

shorten that swing, Russ

Fred's Brim said...

you got another hit in you, Raffy?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You know what I just realized: Carl Pavano is starting for the Twinkies against the Stankees. I wonder if he will finally help Da Bronx succeed in the postseason.

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Raffi...

Fred's Brim said...

yes you do!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RAFFY DELIVERS!!

PavilionBum said...

4-0! No mercy, Blue!

Josh S. said...

Fooooooky!!!

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Furcal has been the bomb in the postseason so far. Wow!!!

fanerman said...

Vicente is looking pretty good.

fanerman said...

I love Hot Furcal.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Matty - put a good swing on it. don't worry about the results

fanerman said...

Kemp has sucked this series.

Mr. Customer said...

That was pretty sorry looking, Matt.

Eric Karros said...

Another run, 4-0. Feeling good.

They keep on bringing it, even though it had already been broughten.

Fred's Brim said...

I hope Matty can refind it

Fred's Brim said...

damn - they've had a lot of lucky pokes down the lines this series

PavilionBum said...

Come on, VP. Gotta get through this.

Fred's Brim said...

Molina grounds out. OK V, one more

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now it's 3-for-43252 w/RISP

Fred's Brim said...

WOW great snag by V!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice stab!

Fred's Brim said...

Reyes in for Jo-El

Fred's Brim said...

take your time, Manny

sanfrandodgerfan said...

Eyes Manny...EYES!...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, Superman's father did not last long.

Fred's Brim said...

that wasnt a strike

Fred's Brim said...

sheesh Manny - two of those werent even close

Fred's Brim said...

I think this ump owes Dennis Reyes some money

PavilionBum said...

Bad inning. Lets not get content, boys.

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