Thursday, April 22, 2010

Post-Game 15 Thread: .500-Phobia

REDS 8, DODGERS 5

vPad slogged through six innings, givin up four runs (three earned) and notching 8 Ks with 0 walks. With this hot-hitting team, that should be enough to finally get us over .500, right? Not if Hong-Chih Kuo celebrates his 2010 debut by registering only one out and giving up two ER, and Ronald Belisario (the Dodger bullpen's other new addition), watches a botched double play turn into two more runs before escaping the seventh. A 5-4 lead morphs into a 8-5 deficit in a flash, and when the Dodgers decide to cool it now and waste their last six outs without crossing home again, we lose the game and the series. To the Reds, a 7-9 team.

(Oh, and George Sherrill having to be rescued by Ramon Troncoso in the eighth, after letting two on while getting only one out, is another ominous sign.) The Dodgers now have three pitchers with ERAs over 10. Mr. Telephone Man, there's something wrong with my bullpen.

On the positive side, the Dodgers have six starters batting over .300 (and Andre Ethier knocked his fifth HR of the year in the first). But if we don't solve this pitching problem (and stop making defensive errors, to boot), the offensive firepower will be for naught. The Dodgers get to .500 for the fourth time this year, and can't get over the hump. Heart break, indeed.

64 comments:

NicJ said...

Decent pitching beats good hitting and horrible defense. Who knew?

NicJ said...

Lakers were doing so well.

Dusty Baker said...

FB said "at least nobody booed our pierogies tonight"

If the gentleman will yield, I'd like to revise and extend my remarks:

a) Yankees lost
b) We didn't lose 20-0
c) at least nobody booed our pierogies tonight
d) we still have the Lakers

I yield the balance of my time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holy shit someone drafted Tebow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tebow drafted by the Rockies.


No wait, Broncos.

NicJ said...

Haha the perfect place for Tebow a mile high closer to jesus.

NicJ said...

since when did the lakers start making jump shots.

NicJ said...

Harden is playing like his beard is on fire.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They picked Touchdown Jesus even with Clausen on the board. Nobody was going to take Tebow until at least the third round. Why the hell waste a first round pick?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nevermind, seems the Bills were going after him.

NicJ said...

Divine intervention?

NicJ said...

the quarter started off so well, now only up by five.

NicJ said...

lakers getting killed on O boards.

NicJ said...

scoring drought

Eric Karros said...

Frighteningly, this is not Sax's first time referencing Mr Telephone Man.

Josh S. said...

"To boot"? Funnier than all the New Edition puns put together.

Josh S. said...

The blue shirts in OKC made me think the seats were empty.

NicJ said...

OKC getting away with alot of over the back fouls. but i guess thats what happens when you are aggressive

NicJ said...

lets shoot some more threes, thats working

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's raining threes. As opposed to men.

NicJ said...

Keep shooting threes kobe, im serious on that one,

NicJ said...

Durant with 3 fouls

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Say what you will about Fish, but that man knows how to draw a charge.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's some good rebounding.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Wow. Lions trade up for Jahvid Best.

NicJ said...

Josh Powell, professional hugger.

I wish i had that job.

NicJ said...

the Lions just wanted to be able to say they got the best.

NicJ said...

still in the lead at the half, but it feels like we should be up 12.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A lead's a lead.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

My Saints are on the clock! Only took four hours.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The newest Saint is Patrick Robinson. Never heard of him, but I like him already.

NicJ said...

I was thinking the same thing when the chargers drafted ryan matthews. Never really kept up with Fresno's program.

NicJ said...

Damn, get to the line lakers. OKC has almost 20 more FTA

NicJ said...

Lakers just doubled their FTA's, all the way up to 7 now.

NicJ said...

the lakers are the worst at closing quarters.

NicJ said...

Wow, this crowd was dead for the entire second half.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This can't be good.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Remember what I said about a lead being a lead? Yeah, that was complete bullshit.

NicJ said...

The lakers were so much better when Odom was still on the team.

NicJ said...

I hate watching the Lakers having runs squelched by a quick opposing coach. All the while Phil lets the other team go on a quick 10-0 run without blinking.

NicJ said...

with timeouts i mean.

Paul said...

Ryan Mathews is a beast. He averaged over 150 yards a game and had big games against Wisconsin Boise State and Cinn.

That being said he is injury prone and the Chargers reached to get him.

Still very happy for Ryan.

NicJ said...

How i wish we had someone on the floor that could see a mismatch on the floor when we had one.

COLLISON ON BYNUM!!!!

NicJ said...

thanks paul.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just remember, Lakers lost Game 3 last season in Utah. They lost Game 3 to Orlando too.

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NicJ said...

Hey a conan commercial on TNT

Paul said...

I think Ralph Tresvant's song went something like money can't buy you love but can buy you some fuckin pitching.

Mr. Customer said...

Polite spam?

NicJ said...

kobe shooting us out of the game right now.

Paul said...

What is next apologetic viruses?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think we're getting back in this one. Better focus on the Dodgers/Nats and Kings/Canucks.

NicJ said...

dodgers blow leads, kings bow leads, lakers blow leads.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So in essence, we blow.

NicJ said...

yup

Paul said...

I hate the new draft format. More pandering to the east coast.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Holy shit, Odom with a three.

NicJ said...

fish just iced the game, for OKC

NicJ said...

artest sucks at the three, but deadly from really long two.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Durant ices it.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was the weakest thing I've ever seen in a basketball game.

NicJ said...

31 3PA and 12 FTA's. I'd say that is playing the kind of game OKC wants.

Steve Sax said...

Sad night in LA

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sad 24 hours.