Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Game 27 Thread: May 5 vs. Brewers, 7p

Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.85) vs. Doug Davis (0-3, 8.87).

Gameday

COMMENTS: On this Cinco de Mayo, Chad Billingsley can act as a stopper of sorts by helping the team rebound from Clayton Kershaw's putrid start last night. Billingsley has already put together two solid starts, against Washington and Pittsburgh, and if he continues to follow another Chad's advice, the Dodgers may be in position to continue their home series winning streak.

Doug Davis has had a rough season thus far, but if you remember from his Arizona days, he does pretty well against the Dodgers. "He is 5-4 for his career against the Dodgers, with a 3.51 ERA in 12 starts," says MLB.com, so let's see if the Dodgers can build on the six runs they scored last night.

Oh, and Sax will be attending tonight's game; look for the guy on the Field Level trying the Victory Knot. And ping him with a comment in this thread (or an email to us) if you're also going to be in attendance tonight and want to grab a beer.

words: Orel; shameless self-promotion: Sax; stalking creepy scale-wielding guys in the baseball card section of Target: Alex Cora

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Dusty Baker said...

Johnson
Martin
Ethier
Kemp
Loney
Blake
Belliard
Carroll
Billingsley

Josh S. said...

Chad will go ocho on Cinco.

NicJ said...

Lets not make this a stinko de mayo.

Had to change the avatar. Creepy white amish Kobe was bad mojo.

Dusty Baker said...

8 runs allowed, or 8 outs?

Sorry, last night just left me a broken, bitter man.

Dusty Baker said...

Random thought: Fernando's Donruss Diamond King card likeness looks NOTHING like him. Not even close.

Steve Sax said...

Why is Reed Johnson still batting leadoff? XP, anyone?

NicJ said...

Per twitter.

truebluela

Reed Johnson has a .401 OBP against LHP since beginning of 2006 RT @deadgraviti Is there a good reason for Johnson to be leading off?
about 1 hour ago via web

Dusty Baker said...

Brewer's Yeast lineup (via TBLA):

2B Weeks
CF Gomez
LF Braun
1B Fielder
3B McGehee
RF Edmonds
SS Escobar
C Kottaras
P Davis

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Johnson has the most speed of anyone without any power.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I almost pity Mariners fans. Almost. They thought things would be different with Milton, but alas, he's the same moronic screwhead he always was.

NicJ said...

i think the better question is why the hell is Martin still in the two spot.

Dusty Baker said...

What sort of god damned moron front office would think Bradley was going to be any different than he was at Dodgers, Pods, Rangers, Indians, As, Cubs, etc.? League full of foolz.

Jason said...

I was at the Mariners game last night two rows behind the home dugout. When Milton came in from the strikeout preceding his benching, he had some choice words for the someone in the tunnel that I couldn't see. I'm assuming it was Cockrell, the hitting coach since Wakamatsu, the manager was visible standing on the steps off to the side. Of course, it could have been Milton's imaginary friend.

It is amusing for me to see an outfield of Bradley and Gutierrez, a.k.a. the path that led to Andre Ethier being a Dodger.

Dusty Baker said...

Thx for tht on the ground reporting, Jason! Good stuff.

Dusty Baker said...

Via DodgerTownUSA tweet:

"The Dodgers set the weekend rotation with Kuroda on Friday, Haeger on Saturday and Kershaw on Sunday vs. Rockies"

Jason said...

@Dusty - To their credit, the Mariners front office did get rid of Carlos Silva in the Bradley deal.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm of the opinion that if you have to be stuck with a crazy, unproductive malcontent, a hitter is better than a pitcher. A hitter can be kept in the clubhouse or on the bench with "glue" type guys feeding positive information and reinforcement throughout the game (that would be Griffy's job in Seattle and should be Ausmus' job in LA). The manager and coaching staff are right there to enforce the team concept and make sure the problem player doesn't get out of hand and maybe find timely situations to use the otherwise non-productive hitter. Pitchers that can't produce and must stay on the roster are essentially banished to the bullpen where there is a less obvious authority structure leading to a malcontent poisoning the vibe.

Neither situation is desirably by any means, but that ship has sailed.

NicJ said...

I was happy with Charlie's 4 innings of relief last night, if he could just pitch like that during his starts we would be fine.

Dusty Baker said...

Disagree re Bradley from simply a cost-benefit standpoint.

a) He wasn't free and therefore money could have been spent on someone else presumably as good or better
b) Can't count on him day in and day out
c) Amount of energy extended to keep him in line (as in your dugout/chemistry example) ultimately is greater than the benefit of having him
d) I'd rather my dugout be spending time on figuring out how to hit and win, not how to make sure Bradley doesn't slap a nun on the way out

There are probably more.

Neeebs said...

Dear Dodgers:

Please don't disappoint tonight. I have no other distractions (ie. Lakers) to keep me occupied.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Neeebs

Dusty Baker said...

Dear Neeebs:

If Bills melts down before the third inning, we will replay the Lakers game from last night on the big screen.

Sincerely,
Dodgers management

Dusty Baker said...

MLB Network just reported that Bradley has been excused from the team for a few days to deal with some "personal issues." See my "b)" above.

Jason said...

@Dusty - All fair points. Ideally the team would DFA the Bradley/Silva types and just move on. It's not like money is a problem with the team, they're owned by Nintendo which is making money hand over fist in their primary business and have always taken a very hands-off approach to how the front office wants to do things (apart from naming Howard Lincoln CEO of the team which was as much a move to get him out of his executive role at Nintendo where he didn't have the best reputation, shades of Silva - Bradley perhaps?).

NicJ said...

Dusty, its funny you say that because everyone at the stadium was saying that they should have done that last night.

BTW, with all the new ads at the ballpark this year i have always wondered why they havent reached out to apple to sponsor Dodgervision. Ive always thought it just looks like a big iphone.

Dusty Baker said...

Maybe they should just let Bradley sit in the gameroom and play Nintendo all day in order to keep him out of trouble.

Dusty Baker said...

@Nic

The funny thing was that last night Dodger-centric Tweeters were blowing up the Twitter lines (lines? whatever) sending messages to official Dodgers Twitter feeds asking for the Lakers game to be put up on Dodgervision. Sad but funny.

NicJ said...

yeah i saw that DB, pretty funny stuff.

I remember the Dodgertownusa feed saying something like "well we may have given up 9 runs but we can still give out prizes!' yay!

Neeebs said...

Then again there is always the NHL on Versus if a meltdown occurs.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm heading over to the MEX boozer down the way to get my Cadillac on. Will be back later for the game.

NicJ said...

watching the sox angels game because i am that bored right now. The red sox batters complain about balls and strikes almost every at bat, and the umpire just sits there and takes it.

Steve Sax said...

No one is joining me at the game tonight?

MR. F said...

I would if I could.

NicJ said...

sorry sax, Im still shellshocked from the game i went to last night.

Steve Sax said...

Fair point. That was painful.

Josh S. said...

I was offered a ticket for tonight, but I passed. It was just a little too short notice.

Dusty Baker said...

Sorry sax - wish I could. Cinco de mayo is one of top 3 days I don't like to be on the road along w NY Eve an St Pat's. Amateurs out in force tonight.

Look forward to in- game reports tho.

MR. F said...

Dusty, if you were asking what the difference was between the different baseball games, I replied in the other thread with:

They're just made by different companies. So they feel a little different, play a little different, that kinda thing. "The Show" is only available on Playstation, but historically it has been more highly rated than the 2k series.

Dusty Baker said...

 http://yfrog.com/0it7wj

"got two Cadillacs one blue one gold"

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Mr F. That's Exactly what I was wondering.

Not that I have a gaming system or anything.

Dusty Baker said...

I ask the chair permission to revise and extend my remarks.

Amateur night as ECdM may be it's also a great night to scam all sorts of free drinks and get tequila-related swag from the myriad of hooch-pushing booze conglomerate whores who are willing to ply patrons (not Patrons) with their wares.

I just got the lamest, piece of shit Hornitos trucker style hat in exchange for lapping up that tequila purveyor's swill, neither of which caused me to incur any cost.

Life es bueno.

I yield the balance of my time.

Dusty Baker said...

Note to SoSG media/marketing dept:

You must get tons of mail so I hope this gets to you. I'm happy to donate the aforementioned really shitty but extremely campy cap into the pot for the next or a subsequent officially sanctioned and licensed SoSG contest.

Dusty Baker said...

What am I only one posting even though I'm in the middle of a loud, crowded cantina with limited 3g reception?

Step it up folks!

Love,
Dusty

Paul said...

Reporting live from some Mexican bar in some part of Northern California. (next time I am getting a sombero that fits me so i can see which way my amigos are taking me). How come a drink called Montezuma's revenge does not sound appealing to me?

There are some benefits to amatuer night but high levels of deutsche baggery are not one of them...I will be home safe and sound with a quality tequila by the third.

Guess I am getting old. Dodgers win this one for Juan Castro! Wait he still plays!?!

Josh S. said...

Have one for me, Dusty. I'm hoping to squeeze in dome drinkin' later.

Josh S. said...

Some, not dome. Though there was a time I could polish off a dome of booze.

MR. F said...

I'm around. Still in the office. Woke up slightly late, had to run errands during lunch, so I have to stay in the office late.

rbnlaw said...

Just bookmarked Mr. C's puzzle site.

No sinko this Mayo.

rbnlaw said...

DB,
Are you saying you no like-a Hornitos?

Que?

Mr. Customer said...

Hooray baseball (I think)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well this game's a loss.


Just getting warmed up.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm pondering dome drinking. Trying to reconcile it with my negative feelings of that fetid tripe Stephen King churned out recently called "under the dome".

Dusty Baker said...

@rb

no, no disrespect to Hornitos. Not in my main tequila wheelhouse but it's ok. Mainly my ire is toward the commercialism of ECdM.

karina said...

@Steve Sax "No one is joining me at the game tonight?"

MR. F "I would if I could"

Exactly, unless you cross your fingers for me :)

@Neeebs this game hasn't even started and you think they're gonna lose. It;s Cinco de Mayo and Bills is pitching, what can be wrong? (i really don't want to eat my words)

Epale, everyone!

Josh S. said...

Good start. I need that dome now.

Josh S. said...

Epale, Karina!

Mr. Customer said...

@rb

Hey, thanks for the vote of confidence!
I'll be putting more stuff up as things progress, as well.

Josh S. said...

Uh oh.

Fred's Brim said...

*burrraaaauuurp*
I just got back from drinking about 40 Coronitas (the 7oz joints)

looks like they are singling us to death

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This game is already off to a rollicking start.

Josh S. said...

Chad is fooling no one.

Mr. Customer said...

Sonofabiiiitch.

Do
Not
Want
!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

All your pitcher are belong to us.

Josh S. said...

Please don't set us up the bomb.

NicJ said...

i thought batting practice was supposed to be BEFORE the game.

Fred's Brim said...

wow

karen said...

this is starting to smell like last night

Mr. Customer said...

Oh this is going to end poorly

karina said...

@jason @Dusty Baker Carlos Silva is owning the NL this season.

David said...

This sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why do our pitchers suck?

And also, why did Mr. Smith kill everyone?

Fred's Brim said...

that was a miracle

NicJ said...

nice catch by kemp

David said...

He finally got an out...barely.

Josh S. said...

Good thing this is happening on a day when everybody gets drunk.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I can't wait to see what kind of prospects we get at the trade deadline.

karina said...

Do you think the Dodgers management regret they let go Lowe and Wolf?

Fred's Brim said...

there are teams from time to time that feast on fastball pitchers who don't pitch that fast. The Brewers have been that way for the last couple of years. The Mets were like that before they all got injured (Brad Penny was especially brutalized)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad got jobbed on that one.

NicJ said...

i doubt it, they both get paid more than they are worth.

Betsy said...

Doesn't make me feel bad that i gave away my seats for tonight. aghh...don't take a page out of Sher's book

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lowe's a much more complex situation.

He didn't want to resign.

Oh, I guess it wasn't that complex.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Why didn't we go after Jim Edmonds? He's a hell of a lot better than GA.

Fred's Brim said...

unacceptable in soooo many ways

Fred's Brim said...

christ

NicJ said...

How does Honeycutt still have a job?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This is just absolutely beyond comprehension. I mean, I can't comprehend it.

Mr. Customer said...

sax has a looong evening ahead of him.

NicJ said...

Hopefully Sax was in line getting his victory knot and he didnt see any of that.

Fred's Brim said...

only 26 pitches

karen said...

I can't believe we got out of this inning allowing only 4 runs

rbnlaw said...

Had to stop watching the game. Unlike a train wreck, I can't look.

Jason said...

Insult to injury: Reed Johnson leading off. Ugh.

rbnlaw said...

Honneycutt fire watch now commencing. He and that Butcher fella from Anaheim will be updating their resumes tonight.

Mr. Customer said...

Well, I'll be dipped in shit, this is awful!

I don't think it's really Honey's fault, but something has to be done.

Fred's Brim said...

Doug Davis, Cliff Lee for a night

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad's officially on trade watch.

If Honey's fired, it's only to send the message that the Dodgers are trying to fix it. It wouldn't necessarily fix anything; it's just for keeping up appearances.

Fred's Brim said...

Raffy would have popped out after 2 pitches

rbnlaw said...

@MLASF
Completely agree. Can't fire Torre; can't fire Colletti; can't fire McCourt, although that would solve most of the problems. Honey's the only one left.

Trade Bills? Last year, we could've had Halliday. This year? Bucket of balls.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad's stock is low, but there are plenty of teams who think they can right his ship.

NicJ said...

why would they trade Bills now? his value is super low at the moment.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Nic See: above

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet mother of frigging shit. I'm hammered almost for free so am in appropriate way to endure this fucking tripe.

Are you optimists ready to admit defeat now?

Tequila tequila tequila.

NicJ said...

yeah, i dont see them shopping him. The other team would have way too much leverage. Might as well just DFA him.

If we keep losing its not really going to matter this year anyways.

Mr. Customer said...

Well, can't fire Colletti until someone else takes the fall first, that is.

Mr. Customer said...

A run!

NicJ said...

Maybe if we continue to play poorly McCourt wont want the team anymore.

A run, yay.

Fred's Brim said...

Matt Holliday would have taken that in the groonies

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MOAR RUNZ

karina said...

@Dusty Baker i'll admit defeat when the out number 27 is completed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Not a snowball's chance in hell they DFA Chad. And there are teams willing to trade for him. Dodgers would much rather get something for nothing.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MOAR RUNZ AGEN

NicJ said...

I wasnt saying they should DFA him, i was saying that your not gonna get anything of value for him right now. NOthing thats going to help the team right now anyways. You are better off waiting, hope he turns it around and then you see what you can get.

Fred's Brim said...

oh gawd MLB.tv
you are making me reminiscent for the umpire school commercials of last year

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes, stupid!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I nominate "Throw strikes, stupid!" as an official catchphrase at SoSG.

Fred's Brim said...

huh? what happened? did they score secret runs that inning?

NicJ said...

Good inning. see now they can try to trade him.

Fred's Brim said...

I bet if they traded him to the 2001 Braves, Leo Mazzone would turn him into a Cy Young winner. Then they'd trade him to the Yankees and he'd turn back into what we have now

Jason said...

Do we need an inning-by-inning tracker for Chad's trade value?

Pregame - Carlos Silva
1st - Game used chewing gum
2nd - Charlie Morton

Mr. Customer said...

Like the 2nd inning, not the 1st, Chad

Fred's Brim said...

is Fielder still a veterinarian?

karina said...

veterinarian?

karina said...

I don't know if i want to see the Pads-Rockies game on TV. Should I or should I not?

Jason said...

Vegetarian? He probably has a stash of the world's largest carrots.

Fred's Brim said...

the world's largest beef and cheddar carrots from Arby's

Jason said...

Trade value update:

3rd - Chad Qualls

NicJ said...

haha Jason, i like the idea of the inning trade value tracker, keep up with that.

Fred's Brim said...

i quit for tonight.
good luck to everyone, including and especially the Dodgers

Jason said...

Love Vin: "I guess if you're going to be nailed by a pitch, you wouldn't mind if Doug Davis is pitching."

David said...

Hey, Doug, no beaning our Andre.

David said...

AAARGH Kemp! Don't you realize how embarrassing it will be to give Doug Davis his first win of the season?

karina said...

Yeah, King James is up.

karina said...

Good night Fred's Brim. You'll wake up with a Dodgers victory!

Paul said...

Well home safe and sound. I survived a hot crowded place that I didn't want to be at and a extra long hug by a woman I barely know who was wasted on tequila....it was just like my family reunions when I was a kid.

Paul said...

Bowa dressed in a suit trying to act suave is just not right.

Neeebs said...

@Karina
I'm really an optimist. I'm optimistic that your country will terminate the Chavez nightmare sooner rather than later.

As for the Dodgers well...I'm a realist. God help us.

Paul said...

Alcides but I don't believe it

David said...

Why is Chad nails AFTER he lets in all the runs.

NicJ said...

next time let that one go Dre.

NicJ said...

i hope that doesnt start a beanball war.

NicJ said...

nice throw by Russ.

karen said...

Good throw from Jmart

Paul said...

Nice Martin. Reminds me of the 08 Martin Model.

Paul said...

Uh oh is Chad's evil twin Chet showing up again?

Nope another nice inning.

Orel said...

Two margaritas and two Coronas in me tonight. Saw a Baseball Tonight highlight of us going down 4-0, so 4-2 doesn't seem too bad.

karina said...

@Neeebs i like the way you talk. Thank you very much ! (velieve it or not sometimes i forget)

Jason said...

Trade value update:

4th - Joe Beimel & bail money for Troy from West Virginia

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Josh S. said...

Checking back in, beer in hand.

This would be a fun pitchers duel if you took away the first inning.

NicJ said...

@Jason, is the Joe Beimel clubhouse robe included in the trade or is that extra?

Paul said...

Donde esta Dewitt?

Josh S. said...

My bro-in-law is at the game. The view from his seat.

Jason said...

@NicJ - The robe definitely comes with Joe.

Paul said...

Jamey needs to bunt to get the better hitter up.

Josh S. said...

Paul is a genius.

Jason said...

@Paul - Very prescient

NicJ said...

nice hit bills.

Paul said...

Told ya Joe!!!

karina said...

*correct: Believe

Orel said...

Shee-it.

NicJ said...

damn

Jason said...

Maybe we can pitch in and get Chad a robe of his own

Paul said...

At least we cleared the Green spot for next inning.

NicJ said...

Reed Johnson seemed a lot better when he was the annoying guy on the cubs stealing runs from the dodgers last year.

Josh S. said...

Reed should have stretched out to touch first. That would have been fantastic.

Steve Sax said...

4-2 after one; two runs in a two-out, four-hit rally ain't bad

diamondvision is already showing Gibson clips, " against impossible odds". Dude, it's 4-2, calm down

Dusty Baker said...

I've decided to become belligerent.

Dusty Baker said...

Ok, ok, why don't Fielder and Weeks just get a room already. We got it.

Neeebs said...

Ok, I'm doing Pisco shots tonight. One down, the next one when the Dodgers get another run. A double if the Brewers score the next run.

Josh S. said...

Belligerent=Belly Three?

Steve Sax said...

Sorry guys, I've got those damn network issues here in Chavez No Bars Ravine

speaking of no bars, half the concession stands are closed due to low attendance. I feel like I'm in Oakland @ an A's game

Dusty Baker said...

Brother Neeebs: you and I are in all likelihood the ony two SoSGers who regularly keeps Pisco in the hooch cabinet.

NicJ said...

so are the dodgers wearing throwback uni's for 60's night? Well the uniform hasnt really changed much since then so i guess it doesnt matter.

Josh S. said...

Sammy Summer Ale, homey.

Neeebs said...

@DB:
Seems like my inlaws think that Pisco is the present of choice on their way back from Chile.

@Sax:
The stadium looks as empty as I've ever seen it on TV.

Dusty Baker said...

re Vin's story re Princess stealing bases:

I was there for a Princess SB last year sitting in one of the worst seats in the Yard, right behind the left field foul pole.

Jason said...

The knee pit, Steiner?

Dusty Baker said...

You da man, Josh, you da man.

Neeebs said...

For those interested, 3-2 Chicago over Vancouver at the beginning of the third period.

Josh S. said...

Re: "Knee pit"

Well, what DO you call it?

karina said...

what's going on the field? injury delay?

karina said...

what's Pisco?

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs-

Continue to have my in-laws bring back Pisco from their Peru travels. We should knock some back some time.

NicJ said...

the inside of your Kneebow?

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisco

My Peruvian in-laws aren't huge drinkers but they always hook a white boy up with some of dis.

cc: Neeebs

Neeebs said...

@DB:

I'm in.

@Karina:

Pisco is the national drink of Chile. It's popular in the Southern South American region. Kinda like a tequila type of alcohol.

Jason said...

Trade value:

Pregame - Carlos Silva
1st - Game used chewing gum
2nd - Charlie Morton
3rd - Chad Qualls
4th - Joe Beimel & bail money for Troy from West Virginia
5th - Chan Ho Park and his Superman II beard

Orel said...

Book it: Martin goes deep here.

Dusty Baker said...

Hablo del Diablo:

"Update: Blackouts reported in northern Chile and southern Peru following 6.4 magnitude quake - BNO News"

MR. F said...

Good to see Chad settled down at least.

Orel said...

Whoops.

Josh S. said...

I found some TGI Fridays pre-mixed margarita in the fridge (left over from my mom's visit). Mrs. S is finishing that off.

Dusty Baker said...

"I found some TGI Fridays pre-mixed margarita in the fridge (left over from my mom's visit). Mrs. S is finishing that off."

You're scuffling, brother. Hang in there. Send a signal if you need some help. I'm on the patio and can see any Bat signals.

Neeebs said...

Mas Temblors. Aye Carumba.

Paul said...
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A Delino said...

That play sucked a whole lot. Even my re-heated Thai dinner didn't help my frustration.

NicJ said...

Any clearing the johnson spot jokes? Anyone?

Neeebs said...

200

Josh S. said...

Johnsonwood.

*snicker*

Neeebs said...

4-2 Chicago, 12 minutes to play.

Jason said...

I nominate the name for the '200' post to be "clearing the Johnson"

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