Monday, April 05, 2010

Game 1 Thread: April 5 @ Pirates, 10:30a

"Hello, I'm Vicente, and I'll be your Opening Day starter."


The Dodgers work out at PNC Park yesterday.


Garret Anderson changed his number from 00 to 9. Think he's wearing a BEAST MODE T-shirt underneath?


Someone had some spare time in Pittsburgh. I hope they do this every game.

Vicente Padilla (-, -.--) vs. Zach Duke (-, -.--).

Gameday

COMMENTS: Finally, the action moves from the courtroom bench to the dugout bench. After an off-season with more tirades than trades, we can, at least for three hours, concentrate on baseball.

The pre-game focus in Pittsburgh, at least according to the AP, is the unseasonably warm weather and the unfortunate late-season lull the Dodgers suffered through last year before kicking some Cardinal ass in the NLDS.

The pre-game focus here at SoSG? Pull up a barstool and find out. Unless the Sons win the lottery or perish in a tragic blimp accident — and I can't decide which is more likely — there'll be an SoSGGameThread™ for every game this season. (And for Lakers playoff games, if we can keep our act together.)

And for those wondering about the opening-day roster:

Explains Josh Rawitch at Inside the Dodgers:

Joe Torre explained that if all goes as expected, we'll purchase Russ Ortiz's contract tomorrow and officially DL Cory Wade. He likes having 12 starters, especially without Kuo and Belisario on the active roster.

George Sherrill remains the eighth inning guy, according to Joe, despite a rough spring.

Joe also told the media that Ethier has had a little bruise on his knee, which was why he didn't play the last couple games but that he's fine and if this were the regular season, he'd be out there.

Not sure why the guy who suffered a strained groin during spring training is batting second — I was looking forward to seeing Kemp get some quality ABs ahead of Ethier. Is Joe Torre still making tweaks to the lineup?

And I guess that's it! Happy baseball, everyb— oh wait, I just a found a note from Sax:

Good times indeed, SeƱor Buzzkill!

1: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; 2-4: Jon SooHoo/Dodgers

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Alex said...

Yeah, Ramon got us done. Well done. Ugh...

rbnlaw said...

Yeah, I could've limped into that one with the double post.

@nic:
I was going to say Jeff Kent.

Wicks said...

fuck......

Dusty Baker said...

That pirate Pirate feed was just unplugged:

"Content from this channel removed at the request of the copyright holder. This channel will be accessible again in 24 hours."

There is a god!

rbnlaw said...

After watching some of the Yanks and Botox last night, I know this much is true; early season pitching is suspect at best. . .except when facing the Dodgers. Then it's solid.

Fred's Brim said...

OK lets get 3 runs back this inning

rbnlaw said...

In other news; The Magpies are coming back to the EPL.

Dusty Baker said...

Can't wait to have Toon and their "army" to kick around some more.

Dusty Baker said...

We still have a 1% chance to win, per FG!

Alex said...

So when does the season start for the dodgers?

Alex said...

Boy that Tiger Turf commercial is annoying - that lady's voice is very annoying...

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, Monster Stereos!

Orel said...

At least MLASF should be happy.

Alex said...

Hey, raffy got on base!

Alex said...

Hey 2 men on base! Rally time!

Orel said...

Are any of these HBPs intentional?

rbnlaw said...

Monosterios looked good (says Mr. Silver Lining).

Alex said...

Come on manny get 3 back.

QuadSevens said...

Manny drives in 2.

rbnlaw said...

Manny looks good (says Mr. Brightside).

Alex said...

The theme of this game thread is: "at least..." as in at least Dewitt looks good. At least monosterios looks good....ugh.

Nic j said...

Meh

Alex said...

I'll take 2.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Manny!

Dusty Baker said...

At least Manny looks very good.

Alex said...

Seriously, Manny didn't score on that fly?

QuadSevens said...

Long double off the top of the wall for Kemp. Manny held at third.

The Delino said...

hellllllllloooooooooo los angeles. I am at work...and my droid hates blogger....but some thoughts.

I just picked up furcal for my fantasy team. And like a putz I alresady have buyers remorse.

Ryan church is totally the rodney dangerfield of mlb. When he was a met...jerry manuel openly mocked him. He deserves a starting job...and might have done less damage today if he had one.

Lunchtime over. Matzah makes me angry sometimes.

Go blue.
Sax...please do tell our pittsburgh tales.

Alex said...

One more run. Hey guys - Don't Stop Believin'

QuadSevens said...

"Basehit here and the Dodgers can get back to within 2."
-Steiner during both Loney and Blake's at bat.

rbnlaw said...

Kemp looks pretty good (says Mr. Blue Skies).

Orel said...

R2-D2 hates Blogger?

Dusty Baker said...

MLB Gamecast thingy on ESPN.com is far ahead of MLB official anything. Amazing. Good work, MLB!

rbnlaw said...

Now I'm taking the kids to see that Dragon movie. Nice first day, Sons.

Steve Sax said...

8-4 to the Pirates? WTF is going on here?!?!

Michael said...

i go to lunch and come back and we are losing 8-5!

rbnlaw said...

OK, I'm staying long enough to see the bookended Ortizes pitch.

No wonder everyone is picking the Rocks in our division.

Dusty Baker said...

Jon Heyman Tweet:

"just asked lasorda in lunchroom why padilla started today. 'i dont know. you know how many people asked me that question?'"

Fred's Brim said...

Casey, grow a beard like a man for chrisakes!

rbnlaw said...

. . .and hey, why am I playing the optimist?
Where the hell is karina?

Steve Sax said...

If we can't beat the Pirates, we must suck indeed.

Dusty Baker said...

@RB-

Hope you mean How to Train Your Dragon. Mrs. Dusty worked on that one, so going to see it means new shoes for the family.

Orel said...

RUSS ORTIZ

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh, 4-7s:

Not as bad as Steiner claiming Dodgers had 8 runs and the lead before correcting himself as he took us out of the inning.

Fred's Brim said...

Grow another beard, Casey!

Orel said...

Gameday says Russ Ortiz throws 93-mph fastball.

Orel said...

Pee Wee!

Eric Karros said...

Hi folks, just checking in.

Yeah, where is Karina? Maybe we should post another Where's Karina thread.

QuadSevens said...

@Josh S and Dusty

Steiner is already in midseason form.

Fred's Brim said...

ok 2 more runs

Dusty Baker said...

Karina stopped Tweeting, too.

Mr. Customer said...

I really don't know how to feel about a successful inning from [redacted] Ortiz

Josh S. said...

GA's first at bat is against Brendan Donnelly? That's just weird.

And a hit! Yay!

Orel said...

GA singles. Dodger for life.

Fred's Brim said...

ok Raffy, keep it going

Orel said...

"In play, no out." Words of hope.

Alex said...

Wow, runners on corners.

Mr. Customer said...

Fer Chrissake, can't you guys start me off a little easier. I can't imagine what I'll be like after 161 more games of this.

Orel said...

Martin K's on three pitches, all looking. Not like him.

Orel said...

Look who's up!

Dusty Baker said...

Martin:

Strike (looking)
Strike (looking)
Strike (looking)

WTF???

Michael said...

WHATS HAPPENED TO MARTIN?

Michael said...

lets go ethier!

Orel said...

Andre's hacking. 5 pitches, 4 fouls.

Alex said...

No magic for Ethier today!

Mr. Customer said...

she-it

Orel said...

The Legend of Jason Heyward begins today.

Orel said...

Three-run jack off Zambrano.

QuadSevens said...

Not a bad way to start off a career.

Michael said...

good for heyward

Steve Dittmore said...

Padilla's ERA (14.54) > Lowe's ERA (27.00) and Zambrano's ERA (54.00) right now.

So we got that going for us.

Oh, and Pierre 0-for-4.

Dusty Baker said...

Couldn't have happened to a better guy <-I mean that sarcastically re: Zambrano

Fred's Brim said...

Should we start hating/fearing him now? or wait until we play the Braves in June?

Dusty Baker said...

*Conflicting Edits Alert*

First of the season.

Alex said...

Fuck! Dammit Doumit

QuadSevens said...

D'oumit!

Josh S. said...

WHAT.

THE.

FUCK.

I am so over Sherrill.

David said...

Crap.

Steve Dittmore said...

And with that... here is a thought: every team deserves to win its home opener.

See you for the puzzles.

QuadSevens said...

Flat Breezy needs to get his mojo back.

Michael said...

i'm out, see you guys around the next game

Orel said...

Wow. Blink and it's 11-5 Pirates.

Orel said...

Steve Dittmore, voice of reason

Fred's Brim said...

oh Breezy :(

Chris said...

Dear God, what is going on in this game? I'm lying on my couch, sick, so am hoping this is just a bad dream.

Is it too late to vote for Opening Day to officially fall on Wednesday?

Orel said...

Dodgers 2010 slogan: EVERY DAY IS OPENING DAY

Orel said...

Let's score eight off Octavio!

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers failed to add a legitimate (i.e., not off the garbage bin) starter or reliever this year. Results:

Padilla, ERA 14.54
Ramon Ortiz, ERA 13.50
Russ Ortiz, ERA waiting to explode
Sherrill, ERA 40.50

No, the divorce hasn't hurt the Dodgers one bit.

Steve Sax said...

Loney gets one more chance to try and salvage an 0-for-4, 2K day...

Alex said...

So, when does the first game of the season start? Wednesday? We are still in Spring Training right?

Steve Sax said...

And that's all she wrote. Somebody PGT this before I puke.

Orel said...

MFGDPGT up.

Steve Sax said...

Shit, can't we get this GT to an even 300?

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