Friday, April 23, 2010

Game 16 Thread: April 23 @ Nats, 4p

Charlie Haeger (0-1, 7.20) vs. Luis Atilano (0-0, -.--).

Gameday

COMMENTS: Luis Atilano. Traded for Daryle Ward. His first time in the bigs. Already has undergone elbow reconstruction. Replacing the injured Jason Marquis (who is 5-2, 2.29 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers). Normally, the Dodgers struggle against pitchers making their Major League debuts. But this isn't a normal Dodgers season.

Yes, there will be runs scored in today's game. Even with Manny Ramirez headed to the DL (to be replaced by Xavier Paul), the one thing the Dodgers have shown us over their first fifteen games is that they can mash. But can fifth starter Haeger spin more knucklemagic? Or will — heaven forbid — the bullpen be needed? Because if the relievers cough up another lead, Dodger fans will be calling for blood.

195 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Wasn't Chan Ho Park in that movie?

Orel said...

It's the title of his biopic.

Dusty Baker said...

RB- My milkshake is better than yours.

Fred's Brim said...

"There Will Be Runs"

I think this applies to me too. I went to Taco Bell for lunch.

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal 6
Kemp 8
Ethier 9
Loney 3
Blake 5
DeWitt 4
Martin 2
Pierre 7
Haeger 1

**KIDDING**

Orel said...

AAAAAHHH

(This comment applies to both FB's and DB's latest comments.)

Mr. Customer said...

I did just have Shepard's Pie with extra Worcestershire sauce, so...

Mr. Customer said...

Also beer, which doesn't help things.

Dr. Geek said...

Somewhere, Mariano Rivera is giggling.

Mr. Customer said...

Didn't we all just have the Thursday trots yesterday, too? There must be something going around in here.

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet mother of god will some reporter or blog post the got dayum lineup so I can go to friggin lunch.

Josh S. said...

Will there be Runts?

I liked the lime ones.

(But the banana ones can go STRAIGHT TO HELL.)

Mr. Customer said...

Sweet, air transportation to the Dodgers/Red Sox series has been secured. I haven't quite got the stomach for the tix, though. Seriously, it's more than the airfare.

Dusty Baker said...

Any banana Runt lover is no friend of mine.

Steve Sax said...

I'm hungry!

Mr. Customer said...

Josh, I will gladly relieve you of all future banana runts. They're the only ones I'm ok with.

Mr. Customer said...

Y'all can go to hell with your banana runt hatred.

Josh S. said...

Well then, enjoy your broken teeth, Mr. C.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

Was that your Admiral Stockdale imitation?

Mr. Customer said...

@josh

I'll gum those fuckers to death!

Josh S. said...

Someone (not me) should diagram all the tangents in a week's worth of game threads.

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

This week, it would take Rand and a huge govt grant to get that project off the ground.

Mr. Customer said...

I've considered charting SoSG game thread tangents, but I don't have that kind of time.

Dusty Baker said...

I don't have that kind of advanced computational knowledge.

Dusty Baker said...

And you've seen my mapping abilities.

Mr. Customer said...

@Dusty

RAND works in my building, I can take your proposal down for evaluation.

Josh S. said...

Ask them about the reverse vampires while you're there.

Fred's Brim said...

and ask her about free will, in particular, why I can't leave work before 5 on a Friday

Dusty Baker said...

Excellent, Mr. C. Thanks for getting this project off the ground. We may need to involve DARPA, too. And NSA/Carnivore.

Mr. Customer said...

@FB

Not that Rand.

*josh's reverse vampire reference sneaks past me while I'm not paying attention*

Dusty Baker said...

I'll be in DC all week. We'll need Congressional support so I'll add some meetings to my calendar.

Josh S. said...

Am I alone in loving how crazy Manny is driving the press by not talking?

Mr. Customer said...

No, seriously. I'll be taking your banana runts now.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, Josh! Every time he opens his mouth, reporters misinterpret him or otherwise fuck with him, so why feed the trolls? Love his not talking. #SuckItSimers

Dusty Baker said...

The other night I was digging through old baseball cards (I'm NOT the Target guy!), and found an old batch of Empire Strikes Back cards. I love the title on this one:

http://yfrog.com/jugmkj

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal, SS

Anderson, LF

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Belliard, 3B

DeWitt, 2B

Ellis, C

Haeger, P

Dusty Baker said...

Now I'm going to lunch. "See" you shitbirds in awhile.

Josh S. said...

Belliard in the lineup=win.

Mr. Customer said...

The question of the afternoon. How will the Knuckler be today?

Josh S. said...

Something I've wondered though...

When Joe starts Belliard to rest Blake, why not put him at 2nd and move DeWitt to 3rd, just for that game? Then they'd both be at their "natural" positions.

Josh S. said...

DC is usually pretty humid, right? It could mean good things for the knuckler.

Mr. Customer said...

I thought the same thing, Josh, except for the fact that DeWitt's having enough trouble with 2B right now, as it is. Maybe Joe's trying to let him adapt to the position.

Orel said...

@DB "The other night I was digging through old baseball cards (I'm NOT the Target guy!), and found an old batch of Empire Strikes Back cards. I love the title on this one:

http://yfrog.com/jugmkj"

Lobot! Is he related to Gidpot?

MR. F said...

Have you guys tried this?

Dusty Baker said...

God man...I still have a Lobot action figure. Has there ever been a lamer action figure? I think Jawa could whip his fuckin ass.

All I know is that Lando is tha MAN and is my spiritual Colt 45 godfather.

This commentary brought to you by 3 successive large Cadillacs at my local cantina.

Mr. Customer said...

That's the kind of liquid lunch I can really get excited about, Baker.

Orel said...

Just tried that, Fanerman. It's like a timewarp back to the eighties!

Jason said...

@MR F - MIDI rules!

And so does San Dimas High School football!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let's play ball!

Betsy said...

@Fanerman - that is a weirdo clip that seems never ending. Started off a bit creepy and then moved in the jane eyre ara and back to Las Vegas..can't finish listening

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I drove by San Dimas High not too long ago. Made me want to go to Circle K.

Mr. Customer said...

whooboy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Our pitching really does suck.

MR. F said...

One of my alternate internet forum aliases is "William Esquire."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Look at that ass at the plate.

Mr. Customer said...

@MLASF

Literal, metaphorical, or both?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, his nickname is the Big Donkey. Though I doubt it is related to his political leanings.

Buck Nekkid said...

@DB:
I was blocked by my employer's firewall all day and couldn't get back to you on your milkshake.

It must bring the boys to yard. Damn right, it's better than mine (yo's)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BLAKE YOU MORON HE WENT OFF THE BAG

Mr. Customer said...

I will accept one run, at this point.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I blame Randy Wolf. He stole our pitching mojo and took it to Milwaukee.

rbnlaw said...

Name change mojo worked only for hitting. . .for both teams.
back to normal.

When's that Drysdale kid comin' off the DL?

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

DO IT!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A.J. Ellis's first homer, right here.

MR. F said...

What did Blake do or not do?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think God gets the idea, Pudge. You don't need to keep doing the sign of the cross before each and every pitch.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

DeWitt! DO IT! DeWitt! DO IT!

I'm running on fumes.

Mr. Customer said...

Maybe he's just warding off Beelzebub the Knuckeball Demon.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Anyone listen to mlb radio on XM? Very cool round table today about the pace of baseball games. All that theatrical crap in between pitches was a big culprit according to the guests (umpires, ex-GM, ex-managers).

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He was out. That's BS.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or not. Whatever.

Josh S. said...

Umps are fucking up calls left and right.

In other news, I'm on the DL.

Josh S. said...

The besuited hand=talker behind home plate is annoying me.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

does anyone else not care that the Padres are winning right now?

Josh S. said...

Hyphen, not equal sign.

rbnlaw said...

Steady diet of fastballs for the pitcher.

rbnlaw said...

8 pitches (1 knuckler) to retire the pitcher?

Sign that things aren't going your way.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

According to MLBTR, the Red Sox are struggling to figure out what to do with Victor Martinez if they pick up another catcher.

Boo-freaking-hoo.

Mr. Customer said...

lotta pitches, hope he can go to 150

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Papi just went yard...

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

raffy, I need a HR. please hit a HR.

Mr. Customer said...

About half the guys on the Sox should really be hitting DH at this point.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

once Beltre goes on the DL, they'll move youkilis to 3b and martinez to 1B

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

when vlad guererro steals 2 bases on you, its time to improve you backstop defense

Josh S. said...

Oh good, we signed Mike Rivera. Our pitching problems are solved.

Hmmm, what's that you say?

Orel said...

Steiner (paraphrasing): "After years of suffering...the Nationals have finally got their sh—" (beat) "ship righted."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is there any way Charlie Haeger can pitch without ratcheting up 30 pitches an inning?

MR. F said...

On the other hand, he's a knuckle-baller so he should be able to throw 150 pitches a game, right?

rbnlaw said...

Well this game is just flying along.

Josh S. said...

Lyons, on Manny's infrequent DL stints: "You look at Manny Ramirez, and you know it's always over 150 games played."

Uh, except for last year.

Mr. Customer said...

@MLASF

Apparently, yes!

Mr. Customer said...

Note to Dodger's hitting: If you guys are going to come back to earth, we're all so screwed.

NicJ said...

Just checking in. I see were getting owned by a newbie pitcher. What a shock.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, Loney gets a hit!

MR. F said...

FJL!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for defensive miscues!

Mr. Customer said...

*not ours, for once.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hooray for productive outs!

MR. F said...

NOW it's time for A.J. Ellis to hit his first HR.

MR. F said...

Or that.

Mr. Customer said...

That's the professional way to make an out, A.J.

Fred's Brim said...

oh lord I forgot that Rob Dibble was the Nats' colorman. He is quite the ass

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holy hell that was clobbered.

Fred's Brim said...

that one didnt knuckle

MR. F said...

There Will Be Dunns

=(

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Remember when we were considering Dunn? Good times.

Haeger fell off the horse fast.

Steve Sax said...

Is this game televised? WTF?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm out.

Steve Sax said...

MLB network blackout, sorry

I'm sorrier to see us down 2-1

Mr. Customer said...

Back to 1 down. Familiar.

Steve Sax said...

Big news guys. Orel and I are getting together for the second half of this game...

Steve Sax said...

Eric Collins with a Steiner-like call on that fly out to Kemp

watch the fielder, Collins

Steve Sax said...

What two poor NL teams have worse ERAs than us?

Steve Sax said...

Way to block that ball Ellis, Ellis, Ellis, eh, eh, eh

Steve Sax said...

Four frames left boys

Steve Sax said...

Rain forecast for out next five games, through Wed. That's bad.

Steve Sax said...

Unless you consider Manny is on the DL. That's good.

Steve Sax said...

Where are the runs?

Belliard, if you weren't so fat you could have scored

Mr. Customer said...

Sax, talkin' to the padded room.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm pulling the ripcord, too. Commute time! Hooray!

Fred's Brim said...

oh he was on the base you mothereffer!

Fred's Brim said...

get after him, Joe!

Fred's Brim said...

shut the eff up Dibble, "gonna need another angle" my arse

Fred's Brim said...

why am I not swearing?

Fred's Brim said...

dammitalltohell

Dusty Baker said...

" Big news guys. Orel and I are getting together for the second half of this game..."

Get a room!

Fred's Brim said...

why don't those knucklers knuckle to Dunn? Is it because he so big that there are different gravitational effects around him?

MR. F said...

There Will Be More Dunns

=(

Fred's Brim said...

oh lord here we go

cmon on, Ramon! pitch like your career depends on it!

Fred's Brim said...

that'll work

now lets score some runs!

Dusty Baker said...

That Dunn shot was a wall scraper.

(the first one)

Jesus H Christ. We look like a AA mid-market affiliate. If i wanted to watch this tripe I'd go watch the Travs at the old Ray Winder Stadium.*

*-I said that last part for you, Small Sample Size

Fred's Brim said...

why is it we get Astacioed so often?

Does this happen to every team?

Josh S. said...

Nerd Alert.

chexxum said...

Another goofy looking goggled pitcher for the Nats, where do they find these dudes?

Fred's Brim said...

We catch a break and Raffy gets on.

Fred's Brim said...

Did GA break himself running down to first?

Dusty Baker said...

Dre looked like a lil bitch on that AB. What gives?

Fred's Brim said...

damn

why'd the Yankees get rid of him?

NicJ said...

There won't be wins.

:(

Fred's Brim said...

Ramon's 2 for 2

Fred's Brim said...

the modest streak is over

Dusty Baker said...

"Dodgers down to just one Ortiz"

-E. Collins

NicJ said...

At least we are losing out of the division. That and no one in the division is running away with it yet.

MR. F said...

Ramon Ortiz's picture on Yahoo in his stupid Giants uniform must be meant to taunt me.

Blah

Josh S. said...

@Dusty: I think he forgot to say, "too many" at the end of that sentence.

Dusty Baker said...

Who has worse complexion, Ramon Ortiz or Davey Johnson?

Josh S. said...

Maxwell smartly steals 2nd.

Dusty Baker said...

*shoots self*

#SteveLyons

Fred's Brim said...

what a terrible bum of a stiff of a shitstain of a chumpass pitcher he is

Josh S. said...

Ah, so there will be runs.

Just not for us.

MR. F said...

The more runs R. Ortiz gives up, the sooner we get rid of him?

Sigh.

Josh S. said...

An all-Angel out.

MR. F said...

Dear Kemp. Please get on-base.

Fred's Brim said...

nice shirt, Psycho

Fred's Brim said...

hmm that was a little high to be swung at

Fred's Brim said...

hmm that was a little high to be swung at

MR. F said...

Sad.

Fred's Brim said...

yikes - they can't lay off that high one

Fred's Brim said...

here comes the high fastball again

Dusty Baker said...

Ethier Kemp Loney all Ks for Clippard. Sweet shit-sucking swirly.

I'm packing my Nats hat for the DC trip. My barman otherwise will give me unsustainable amounts of shit.

Welcome to mediocrity, boys!*

*In a non-gender-specific way, MeanieBeanie.

Dusty Baker said...

FB said "yikes - they can't lay off that high one"

That's what the ladies said about me in college.

Steve Sax said...

Yecch. I blame Orel

Paul said...

I deal with heartache,mistakes,irrational decisions and idiots all day I don't like to come home and see it on my baseball team. I don't have the stomach for it. So yes the name of this thread is appropriate.

Fred's Brim said...

this ought to be good

NicJ said...

Maybe we should try walking another guy.

Dusty Baker said...

This is all part of Ortiz' plan, right?

Dusty Baker said...

Torre is leaving him in for Ned and Frank to see.

Fred's Brim said...

I bet Ortiz doesn't make it back to LA with the team

Paul said...

Colt McCoy was just drafted by the Dodgers for bullpen help.

Dusty Baker said...

Nice DP!

I wasn't watching the game. What happened?

Josh S. said...

Uhhhh...huh?

Fred's Brim said...

that was no DP
did loney even touch first?

Josh S. said...

KCAL games will never be the same now that Jackie Johnson is on Channel 2.

Fred's Brim said...

so much for the day off, Casey gets plunked

Dusty Baker said...

Tell me when the 2nd baseman had the ball and touched the bag simultaneously.

Fred's Brim said...

is Batista going to write a shitty poem about that DP?

Fred's Brim said...

DB, i think it was around the same time the first baseman touched first base

Dusty Baker said...

I'll write a poem about DP.

Dusty Baker said...

Cleraly my avatar is fucking all this up. I'm going to need to change things up. Something DC related...hmmmm....

Fred's Brim said...

and i'll read it!

rbnlaw said...

Is it too late to get Stults back from Hiroshima?

Dusty Baker said...

How about this avatar, in which Mrs. Dusty is pictured serving her civic duty as an Egg during the White House Easter Egg Roll, circa 1995.

Fred's Brim said...

DB, how about this?

rbnlaw said...

So
Fucking
Depressing.

Going to pizza and beer with the family. They'll eat; I'll drink.
. . .and root against the Angels.

Fred's Brim said...

haha that's awesome!

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

Bitch set me up!

Fred's Brim said...

i didnt realize the game was over.
i thought we had another turn or two

MR. F said...

Thoughts:

1) I blame the lack of scoring on the thread title.

2) If we're gonna lose, can't we at least make R. Ortiz look even worse?

Fred's Brim said...

DB, i feel the way Barry looks

i think i need a crackrock, Joe Rogan

Mr. Customer said...

I was promised banana runts. WTF.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What, no Kings thread.

(Looks at score)

Ah, nevermind.

Paul said...

My LA teams are ruining my weekend before it begins. Full tilt downard spiral friday night. Well at least I will have some good food too.

Josh S. said...

There will not be fun.

Dusty Baker said...

I hate sports. I refuse to watch any of my teams for...well, until tomorrow morning.

Steve Sax said...

Bad day for us, kids. Let's cone back tomorrow