Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Game 13 Thread: April 20 @ Reds, 4p

Chad Billingsley (1-0, 5.73) vs. Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.97).

COMMENTS: We don't much like this Homer Bailey fellow. First, in July of last year, he ceded the game to the Dodgers yet plunked Manny Ramirez in the hand with a fastball, which many believe led to Manny's diminished output in the second half of the year. Bailey also ended up on the better end of a Bills-Bails head-to-head matchup in late August out at the Great American Ballpark. So is tonight the night (afternoon?) when we can beat ol' Bailey? (Add another year in purgatory for that one, I know.)

The good news: The second-place Dodgers have now won two series in a row and sent the division-leading Giants away with their tails between their legs. The bad news: the Dodgers haven't won a road series all year, while the Reds have a penchant for the dramatics (all five of the Reds' wins have come in their final at bat). In those rare occasions when they win, that is; the Reds are currently riding a five-game losing streak (tied with the Snakes and Red Sox for the longest active losing streak in MLB). At least the Reds have Hayley Watson, the Slash of Cincinnati, singing the national anthem today. Get fired up, Reds fans.

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NicJ said...

christ, Homer must have it out for Manny.

Unknown said...

Clearly, opposing catchers do not believe he is a 40/40 threat.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

They want retribution for the bobbleslam.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

@FB (from awhile ago):

The hot dog place in the Valley is a take off of the east coast place you mentioned. In fact, their signature dog is called the RIPPER. Same style, deep fried. I prefer the pastrami dog or the philly cheesesteak dog

This is better than talking Dodger baseball right now.

Steve Sax said...

FJL HR here, perhaps?

Fred's Brim said...

i like it when Manny draws walks

Fred's Brim said...

take a pitch

NicJ said...

damn, what a pathetic inning.

Steve Sax said...

Way to take a pitch, James.

Oh, you didn't.

Steve Sax said...

Okay, I need a beer.

Wesley Vento said...

:(

Steve Sax said...

geez, here it goes again

MR.F said...

Long-term anyway...

Wesley Vento said...

i've run out of swears

Steve Sax said...

Bills' ERA has jumped by a point

Homer's is up as well

Fred's Brim said...

@Neeebs that sounds awesome. The next time I am out there, I will make sure to get up there!

NicJ said...

I'd rather have chick hearn's statue up on the mound right now.

Fred's Brim said...

there's #7

he hit that ball a mile in the air

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I can't wait to hear DodgerTalk today. Take a drink when someone says trade Billingsley!

Unknown said...

Chad's getting better. He's recording outs at the same time he's letting in runs.

NicJ said...

well theres another run, at least he is getting outs too.

Wesley Vento said...

trade him for homer bailey

Nostradamus said...

Fucking open-face fuck sandwich with extra fuck. If we any competent arm anywhere else in the system, I'd say send Chad down to ABQ to get it out of his system.

Unknown said...

11% on fangraphs after 3 innings. Kinda sad.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm becoming more and more certain that Bills will be pimped as we near the trade deadline.

NicJ said...

haha, Kareem with a dodgers cap on at the Chick statue unveiling.

Steve Sax said...

@David 5:11p: We had 1253 last year in this playoff thread. I think in the regular season we topped 800, but I'll have to go check the records.

NicJ said...

He is severely damaging his trade value if thats the case.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If an extended thread is what you want, then it's an extended thread you'll get!

Remember that one Simpsons episode where Homer said "d'oh"? What was it about again?

Steve Sax said...

Re: Fangraphs--what's sad is we were at 79% at the end of the first, and now it's 11%

Kyle Baker said...

Sax said: "We should be trying hypnosis or breathing exercises or something."

For Chad, or for ourselves?

Unknown said...

@SteveSax, wow, quite a lot of comments. Thanks.

Nostradamus said...

I think there were some pretty incredible long threads when the 100ss
was going down. Not that I remember that little escapade with fondness, though.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fangraphs says 10% now.

Kyle Baker said...

Can we trade Bills to the Reds for that Edinson fellow?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

DEWITT SPEED!!

Fred's Brim said...

nice hustle, Blake!

Kyle Baker said...

Dustygraphs says 100% chance of our pitching sucking hind tit.

Unknown said...

Nice job, DeWitt. A few dozen more of those and we should have the game in the bag.

NicJ said...

haha, DB said tit.

Unknown said...

Is Bills gonna hit for himself?

koufax said...

the great part about this time of year is that the lakers are on in 2 hours and hopefully that will ease my pain

NicJ said...

bills already out?

Can we see Link then?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Heh. "Johnson pops it up."

Unknown said...

Goodnight, sweet Chad.

Steve Sax said...

Reed Johnson bats for Bills.

3 IP for Chad. 7 Runs.

NicJ said...

what the hell was up with the camera there? Billingsley take over as the camera man?

Steve Sax said...

Is Johnson already out? Man, Gameday is slooooow

Unknown said...

6 innings of bullpen coming up. Yay.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Down to 8%.

Nostradamus said...

Don't worry guys, Monasterios has got this

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

David - Probably just five.

Wicks said...

What the hell was Bills doing? We got ya three runs buddy!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Just when you thought a 5.73 ERA couldn't get any worse, it just did. 7.07 ERA.

Unknown said...

Rrrrrramon

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ra Ortiz is in. Will the DFA-o-meter tilt towards his way?

Unknown said...

Rotation = Terrible
Bullpen = Terrible
Fielding = Terrible
Bench = Terrible

Man, this would be the season that the Dodgers are finally able to hit a ton.

NicJ said...

so does Bills take fat ortiz place on the DFA-O-Meter?

ERA's are very close.

Fred's Brim said...

Thanks, Chad. Sit on that turd for the next 4 days

Nostradamus said...

Shit, lesser satan on instead.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

The bench is actually pretty solid.

Unknown said...

@MLASF...oh, right. Heh.

Just trying to be optimistic...

Kyle Baker said...

Ex-Angel Ramon Ortiz

NicJ said...

We're the old Texas Rangers.

Steve Sax said...

ortiz picking up where bills left off

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm praying for six bullpen innings, David.

Wesley Vento said...

I'm going to blame that fucking Micky statue for this poop of a baseball game.

Kyle Baker said...

Gentlemen, it is officially gin and tonic season, and I for one do't think it could have arrived any sooner.

Wesley Vento said...

nice ramon, start off with a single to the pitcher.

Wesley Vento said...

hold my tonic Dusty

Unknown said...

So far our pitching staff has given us 4 good starts, 3 okay ones, and 6 crappy ones.

Nostradamus said...

@DB

Good point. I think I've got some Hendrick's stashed somewhere in the House of Customer. I may need to consult the liquor cabinet when I get home.

Paul said...

Remember last year when the bullpen and defense were assets?

Who in their right mind would give up much for Bills right now?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Why can't anyone properly backup a steal attempt?

NicJ said...

alright im just going to mute the TV and play Yakkity Sax over it.

Fred's Brim said...

we give away so many bases.
errors, walks, hbps. good thing our pitchers don't give up many hits....

Fred's Brim said...

Saxy, i predict a dramatic slowing in the comment rate

NicJ said...

Torre's going to need something stronger than green tea tonight.

Paul said...

This is sad.

Kyle Baker said...

Well that didn't take long.

Josh S. said...

I didn't even have time to catch up on comments before it became 9-3.

Someone get me a fucking hot dog.

Unknown said...

Wow. Well, I for one hope that Ortiz pitches the rest of this hideous game, falling on his sword for the team before being DFA'd forever.

Steve Sax said...

9-3? criminy

KersheyBar said...

@Neebs
The ripper is awesome. A great take on the classic hot dog.

NicJ said...

Ramons era was so close to going lower than BIlls'

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

No more hope.

Kyle Baker said...

One gin and tonic, hold the tonic, coming up for HLACK.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

3%!!!

Unknown said...

As long as the game is lost, might as well use all our crappy arms and save the good ones for tomorrow.

Wesley Vento said...

I remember when the Dodgers had good pitching

Nostradamus said...

Come to think of it, The Liquor Cabinet is a great collective name for all the alkies around that haunt this place. I hereby submit my qualifications for Secretary of Gin.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fisher PG
Bryant SG
Artest SF
Gasol PF
Bynum C

Kyle Baker said...

In the words of a poster on McCovey Chronicles last night, Ra Ortiz just shit on his own face.

Wesley Vento said...

gin might be too weak. i think i need a flaming moe

Paul said...

I remember when we use to have the laughers against the Pirates and Reds.

NicJ said...

At least we get to see some nice defense, by the Reds.

Kyle Baker said...

I'd like to be Ambassador to the Court of St. Martinis

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

So how 'bout those Lakers? Kings? Galaxy?

Kyle Baker said...

I want Bynum to rip someone's fucking head off tonight and bowl it down courtside right next to Jack.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Does Fangraphs use decimals for odds?

MR.F said...

I'm more disappointed that we're not making a comeback against Homer Bailey...

Paul said...

Speaker of the Public House.

Nostradamus said...

Well, at least a team that I hate lost the ECL Match today.

On the other hand, I team that I hate also won the ECL Match today.

Wesley Vento said...

Hey, Cory Hart just homered for my fantasy team!

NicJ said...

Homer is actually capable of doing this. He did it to us last year and was pretty good down the stretch of last year.

A 6 run hole is a lot to ask of from any team.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm just going to talk about random things until the Dodgers score a run.

Dancing with the Stars.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Pineapple juice.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Franklin Gutierrez

Nostradamus said...

@MLASF

I would except that's what I do every day anyway.

NicJ said...

Ortiz with a nice even 8.00 ERA now.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I voted for Chastity Bono.

Kyle Baker said...

Heading home now. I will drive by Chevez Ravine and give the front office the full Milton Bradley on the way.

Unknown said...

@MLASF...yes, they do use decimals. We're currently at 1.7%

NicJ said...

Im holding out hope that tonight is the night when i see Loney pitch.

DodgerBlue said...

can we exchange stultz for billingsley?

He just ruined my bday...

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Happy Birthday!

Marshmellows.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Stupid sexy Flanders.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Welcome to the 20th century, George.

Paul said...

Gotta love the Reds poll on whether they would want Manny on their team.

It must feel good to reject someone who had no interest in you.

NicJ said...

Loney forgot what he was supposed to do there.

Unknown said...

If Ramirez gets driven in, maybe the Dodgers can get back up to 2% odds.

Unknown said...

Speaking of Stults, did anyone else ever pick him up?

NicJ said...

Paul, what about bills? will they take him?

NicJ said...

Stults was sold to the hiroshima carp.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

There's a rocket in my pocket.

Unknown said...

@NicJ, oh yeah, forgot about that.

Nostradamus said...

Casey,

Yes, he's in Japan (Hiroshima, I believe).

You're probably thinking Repko, though.

NicJ said...

what does old school Kobe mean? that was a 24 jersey.

Unknown said...

Sweet, we got a run.

NicJ said...

Haha, did that hit Gomes in the dome?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Hey, we scored a run! I don't have to talk gibberish anymore!

NicJ said...

only down by a grand slam + 1

Steve Sax said...

9-4!

Fred's Brim said...

get him in, Blake

MR.F said...

No more random talk!

Fred's Brim said...

thanks, Blake!

Steve Sax said...

9-5! dewitt!

Unknown said...

I see a big dip forming on fangraphs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Another run! By george, there's a vague sense of hope!

Unknown said...

Ugh, False Hope Rally.

Unknown said...

Do the Reds have any kind of bullpen, though? Maybe once Bailey is knocked out, the Dodgers stand a marginal chance.

NicJ said...

its probably just gas.

Fred's Brim said...

a poke here and we're right back in it

NicJ said...

well, our pen is probably just as bad. Or worse.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Either that or I'm really plastered.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Home run here cuts the lead to just a lone run!

Unknown said...

Keep the faith! Our odds have quadrupled on fangraphs!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

You won't have Homer to kick around any more.

karen said...

We're into the pen!

Steve Sax said...

keep it going guys

Fred's Brim said...

g'bye Homer

Unknown said...

Nice to see DeWitt having a good game, btw.

Steve Sax said...

GA baybee!

Fred's Brim said...

up to 4%, David?

Fred's Brim said...

somebody let their little kid onto the field, and now he's pitching!

Fred's Brim said...

GA seems to be making good contact

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Raffy - a double down the 1st base line?

Unknown said...

Actually, it's up to 11%...wait, Anderson's out. Now it probably is 4%.

Unknown said...

Woah! A screwball!

Unknown said...

Effing screwballs.

Fred's Brim said...

wack

Wesley Vento said...

come on Raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Why couldn't Raffy hit that liner fair?

Fred's Brim said...

2-ball screwball!

Fred's Brim said...

Linkage

NicJ said...

Link in to save Zeldadgers.

Fred's Brim said...

let's get 3 innings out of Link and MonoStereros

NicJ said...

glasses? Eh.

Fred's Brim said...

Glee is the worst show on television!

Fred's Brim said...

nice sinker

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Link wears glasses? Boy that's old school.

NicJ said...

yeah, i noticed that. Keep the ball low and throw strikes, i like that.

Steve Sax said...

9-5. Should have been more, but I'll take it.

Let's see if Link can be a Zelda-like Legend.

Fred's Brim said...

woah 1-2-3 inning!

NicJ said...

Sax needs the Ocarina of time.

Kyle Baker said...

Any missing link references yet?

I'm driving.

Nostradamus said...

I don't like that pitching competence surprises me now.

Josh S. said...

If he makes it big, will there be a SoSG Link?

NicJ said...

What the Hell, the heat only have 33 points at the half.

NicJ said...

MMMMMM, SoSG link.

Josh S. said...

Even my puns are fueling my hot dog craving.

NicJ said...

Pinch grand slam? does eric collins even watch the games?

NicJ said...

damn, ump showing up manny.

Steve Sax said...

this game is still winnable, if we can get some nads here and sack up

Josh S. said...

Now that we have the scroll to the bottom problem licked, I need a refresh button that doesn't require me to go back to the top.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Loney. Aren't you and your .309 average due for a hit (0-for-2) right about now (the funk soul brother)

Wesley Vento said...

its a road game, that's where Loney hits his HR

Fred's Brim said...

Just kidding about Glee
I was trying to see if all of the Glee fans had given up on the game, and it appears they have

Steve Sax said...

1-2 count on Loney. I've got a bad feeling about this.

Steve Sax said...

2-2 count

Fred's Brim said...

take the walk

Steve Sax said...

Mr LA SF, where are you for the 400?

NicJ said...

boo loney

Fred's Brim said...

don't strike out against Methuselah

Steve Sax said...

I'll take that as a sac, too

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Remember when Loney would always make contact?

Wesley Vento said...

Beard Mode! Er, uh, Chin Mode!

NicJ said...

Remember when Bills pitched well?

MR.F said...

Once again Casey, I must ask too much of you.

Fred's Brim said...

Good pic Mr C
I was working on a bottle of that last night before i went to the Snoop Dogg show

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