Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Game 33 Thread: May 11 @ D'backs, 6:30p

John Ely (0-1, 4.26) vs. Dan Haren (4-1, 4.04).

COMMENTS: He looks like Matthew McConaughey and his pitching style has been compared to that of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. He is John Ely, and in his last start, he held the hot-hitting Brewers to one earned run over 6 2/3 innings. He won't break 90 mph on the speed gun; instead, he's a location pitcher. Remember, Ned Colletti turned Juan Pierre (2010: .230/.292/.230) into Ely and Jon Link, so credit where credit is due.

Unfortunately, in the red trunks is Dan Haren, the Diamondbacks' great uninjured hope. But as Sax put it in last night's Post-Game Thread, "If we can beat Ubaldo, we can beat Haren." And it turns out Haren has a curiously plump 1.261 career WHIP against the Dodgers. But he also has notched 50 K's and is 10-for-22 at the plate this season, so let's not lose our heads, okay?

Fidrych: John Iacono/Sports Illustrated

391 comments:

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Dusty Baker said...

You shall know his velocity, Paul.

NicJ said...

or a strikeout, whatever.

Orel said...

Weaver pulls a Tekulve!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. It's Kelly.

Orel said...

You're right, Sax — Weaver's out of this inning.

Paul said...

Hmmmm then again lettuce is easy to eat but hard to hit.

karina said...

@Steve Sax this crowd possesses my eternal adoration and you pretty much have the idea how my ranking works.

@Dusty i've been dropping hints everywhere but the top 5 i'm talking is "human created" and i don't mean "only humans"

When these game threads started to get crowded, Sax, Orel and EK were always doing puns and challenging each other, it was the best thing ever!. You should go and look for those GTs, it was interesting, witty and hilarious.

I miss EK on GTs a lot.

Steve Sax said...

Sherrill coming in to pitch to Kelly Johnson with two on and two out and a 4-1 lead in the seventh. Johnson is 0-for-3 with 10 HR and 19 RBI this year, with an OPS of 1.173 at home (though an OPS of only .514 in May).

Nail-biting time.

David said...

Sherrill dealing...oh, my nerves.

Betsy said...

Please Sherill bring that stuff we loved you for last year. The trust is with you...

Steve Sax said...

@karina 9:00p: Yeah, EK hasn't been the same since he started that night watchman job. But he really, really wanted to carry a gun, so there you go.

David said...

Why not just intentionally walk Johnson? Jackson isn't having a good year.

David said...

shitshitshit

NicJ said...

Sherrill you blow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This just in: Sherrill still sucks.

Dusty Baker said...

That was admirable Besty, but...sometimes pessimism pays.

Orel said...

Ugh. 4-3 Dodgers, still two out

Steve Sax said...

sherrill BLOWS again

Double for Johnson, 4-3 Dodger lead.

Sure, that lefty-lefty idea would work well. If Sherrill was a viable lefty this year.

Mr. Customer said...

Flat Queasy time fer sure

karen said...

Good old Sherrill, we can always count on him to not deliver

David said...

The bullpen has now shot up Ely's ERA by an entire run.

Steve Sax said...

And now here comes Ramon Ortiz.

We are getting pecked to death here

NicJ said...

Ortiz coming in!?!?

Crap its officially a whos bullpen is worse game.

Paul said...

Great now Sherrill can't be a left handed specialist.

Steve Sax said...

Flat yes. Breezy, not so much.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker pessimism NEVER pays. Ask my girls!

Betsy said...

*stomping feet in disgust* Sherrill will spend another night watching tape, hope he doesn't end up like Dan Marino from Ace Ventura

Steve Sax said...

to keep with the bird theme, I'd like to line the bottom of my cage with Sherrill right now. Come on, dude, get it together!

Dusty Baker said...

If this means RaOrtiz can't pitch Friday, then it's worth it.

Steve Sax said...

Strangely, I believe Ortiz will get the third out

Paul said...

Since he lost his eigth inning role.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

When the hell is Sherrill going to have a "heel problem" that sends him to the DL?

Dusty Baker said...

I know why the caged bird sings re our bullpen.

Orel said...

Phew. Let's win this for Ely!

NicJ said...

I think Sherrill is a Heel already.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Egyptian Sun God Ortiz gets the final out. That was a real tough sonofabitch.

David said...

Thank goodness the inning is over.

Steve Sax said...

David, 9:02p:

Why not just intentionally walk Johnson? Jackson isn't having a good year.

Brilliant call, dude.

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF

He's going to have my heel up his ass if he keeps up this dodgy relief.

Paul said...

@sax

good call!

God I hate the Arizona play by play announcers.

NicJ said...

If Breezy walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, he fucking sucks.

Im running empty on the bird stuff.

Steve Sax said...

can someone please send Sherrill a can of 1922 Italian nuts?

So he can get the plantar fascitis, of course

Paul said...

That inning ruffled my feathers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - That would be very awkward.

Josh S. said...

Mrs. S: "Why didn't they just fucking leave Weaver in?"

Annnnd...the transformation is complete.

karina said...

I think a cold could do...cold weather make birds to emigrate far away, don't them?

karina said...

Gutierrez throws too fast.

Steve Sax said...

Here comes Carroll, who is still reeling from those botched squeeze attempts last at bat.

I hope this AB doesn't leave Carroll Spinney around.

Paul said...

@Josh

I heard a similar rant in my house.

Dusty Baker said...

Mrs S is my new best friend.

Betsy said...

Lizard King I offer you a ripe papaya for a good hit!

Orel said...

Mrs. S. has a potty-mouth! Love it.

Paul said...

Tron warming up in the Death Star.

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

"1922 Italian nuts"

I wonder if Orlando Hernandez has any...

NicJ said...

I wish GA was napping in the clubhouse right now.

Orel said...

Paging KempKershaw: GAout is batting.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Speaking of nuts, here's GA.

karen said...

@ Karina

I'm trying my very best to summon up my optimism.

But I'm still nervous!

Josh S. said...

@Sax: I can't Follow That Bird joke.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GA doesn't suck something awful. At least for this game.

Mr. Customer said...

GA not out?!

Orel said...

The good ol' Carroll-Anderson combination comes through again!

NicJ said...

GA > Dbacks bullpen.

Steve Sax said...

two one-out hits. Carroll is on, and GASP! GA is on.

I guess you can't spell "gasp" without GA

David said...

Oh well. It was a ground ball single. Figures.

Paul said...

Ahhh yes crappy bullpen meet son of crappy bullpen.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S 9:14p: NICE

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I still remember Martin's bomb off Randy Johnson at Chase. Good times.

karina said...

@karen it's not easy to watch close leads in the hands of this bullpen.

Josh S. said...

In a year that has been so unprobable, the unpossible has happened.

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 9:15p: Nice call on the Carroll-Anderson one-two knockout punch. In fact, we are UNDEFEATED in games where both Carroll and Anderson have a hit for the Dodgers this year

David said...

Anderson's OPS is back to being above Ethier's BA. C'mon, let's get to Ethier so he can get a hit and make the world right again.

Steve Sax said...

(1 game total, April 8)

Mr. Customer said...

Big RUSS!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

FOND MEMORIES BRING GOOD MOJO!!!

Dusty Baker said...

JFUCKINMART!!!!!!!

Orel said...

CRUSHED!

David said...

martin, martin, he's our man

Steve Sax said...

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Martin 3-run BOMB

NicJ said...

that ones a little easier to remember.

Paul said...

Russ!!!!!

karina said...

that's my son! what did he do?

karen said...

YAAAAAAY JMART

David said...

Ok, now I feel like there's breathing room.

Dusty Baker said...

Migration of Dbags fans out of the stadium.

Steve Sax said...

man I love it when a plan comes together

(this post brought to you by the A-Team, releasing June 11 at a theater near you)

Steve Sax said...

blogger must be buggy

Steve Sax said...

Kemp almost gets one of his own

Steve Sax said...

where the heck are you guys

Mr. Customer said...

Steiner has never been so confused.

Orel said...

Me fail English!

NicJ said...

DAMN that ball was killed, stupid chase field.

maybe that kickstarts kemp though.

Steve Sax said...

why isn't anyone else's comment appearing

Orel said...

Sax, really?

Steve Sax said...

bueller?

bueller?

Dusty Baker said...

"Russell Martin scrambles their eggs"

Vin gets in on the punditry!

Paul said...

Martin "it stayed fair bitch"

Steve Sax said...

okay, this is really weird.

(And this will look lame when blogger retcons this conversation and re-intersperses comments among my unbroken consecutive string)

Josh S. said...

Is Blogger broken?

David said...

Andre kicks butt.

Orel said...

Andre sure can hit. Too bad he's so ugly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Another Andre double!

Dusty Baker said...

Dre day.

karen said...

Andre shows us once again that he is more than a mere mortal

Orel said...

We broke Blogger.

Betsy said...

You have to hit refresh, hmm but maybe you won't see this message anyways. we all tried to comment at the same time and the server kibitzed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BLOGGER IS DEAD

NicJ said...

i think i went blogger blind, i cant see anyones comments.

David said...

Ethier and Ramirez are really feeling like a deadly duo now.

Betsy said...

And again a daggone ball gets called a strike on Loney.

NicJ said...

I guess Blogger is even shocked that Jmart is hitting homeruns again, it fainted.

karina said...

what is happening?. Guess it's time to Road King James

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This feels like that Will Smith movie where he was the last man alive. What was it called? I think it was "Hitch."

Steve Sax said...

8-3 thanks to Loney's third hit of the game

Steve Sax said...

The home page says this GT has 309 comments, but the comment page shows only 282. I'm sorry that my comments must be bizarre here, guys.

Orel said...

Actually, MLASF, it was called "Hitchcock."

Meaniebreanie said...

A little bit of a scare for a moment but things are looking good. This girl is flying the coop. I've gotta get my beauty rest! G'night y'all.

Paul said...

Blogger issues?

Dusty Baker said...

Where'd everyone go?

Am I getting the silent treatment after I hit one out?

Orel said...

Is Stange Sting's older brother?

Orel said...

Night, MB!

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Dusty Baker said...

Son of a bitch Blogger blows.

Wordpress, anyone?

Orel said...

Every time I bitch about the Dodgers' bullpen, I will remember tonight.

Steve Sax said...

9-3 as the AZ bullpen walks one in

Betsy said...

Blogger is broke :( But we walked in a run, and that my friends is pretty freakin awesome!

karina said...

don't you just love back to back Rancho Ardiendo with two outs?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think Blogger is coming back now.

Dusty Baker said...

Curse you, Blogger, you're taking away my main source of enjoyment of the evening.

Paul said...

Okay I saw this once the twilight zone, where everything is suddenly different.

chaos, anarchy, no one can see each other's comments.

MLASF holding a sign the end is near or blogger is dead...same thing.

Steve Sax said...

blogger is so f'd up right now, it's a huge buzzkill

comments are popping up sporadically, except for my own

karen said...

It's so delightful to see an opposing bullpen that's worse than ours

Orel said...

Seven spot! 11-3 Dodgers!

Mr. Customer said...

Damn, open the floodgates!

Steve Sax said...

Carroll with a two-run RBI!

11-3!

EPALE!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We're winning. Big.

Dusty Baker said...

I feel better about our bullpen now. Not because of their performance, but because of the performance of the Dbags' bullpen.

Paul said...

Dodgers are moving to L.A.!!!

Steve Sax said...

Ok, now that blogger is back, and I'm reading back through the ~50 comments that suddenly appeared all at once, I'm cracking up.

Can you imagine how ridiculous this was, around 10 of us all ranting and raving to ourselves in our own little padded cells? Get out the straitjackets. Hilarious when you think about how helpless we were, yet prolific we stayed.

Josh S. said...

Man, us getting mad at Sherrill seems so quaint now.

Paul said...

man how old are these comments?

Betsy said...

Really GA again? torre wasn't kidding when he said he wanted to use him more often. Show a bit of patience GA!

Paul said...

Will Mark Grace come in to pitch?

Betsy said...

@ Sax - only Dodger fans could do this ;).

Dusty Baker said...

http://wordpress.com/

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers bat 12 in the eighth and take a commanding 11-3 lead.

Of course, GA makes the last out, but at least he got 2PH ABs (and one hit) for his efforts. He must have been exhausted for that second AB of the inning.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax (whenever you get this)

Think about how insance it would have been if we were losing badly and we were ranting and raving?

Steve Sax said...

MONO STEREOs

Orel said...

Pretend it's a two-inning start, Monasterios.

Steve Sax said...

oh shit it's doing the padded cell routine again

karina said...

Monasterios!

Steve Sax said...

@DB 9:43p: yeah, the insane ranting and raving and only hearing my own words...

...reminded me of what watching games was like before this blog.

A Delino said...

Back east, the Monasterios schools always closed for snow first.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MONASTERIOS!!!

Steve Sax said...

now the home page says 345 comments, but the thread shows 358 comments

Man, this is buggier than an Amish parade

Paul said...

blogger has gone coo coo?

Dusty Baker said...

Sax- Go into the cave, find Enik, then mess with some crystals and see if you can get us out of this time warp.

A Delino said...

Nothing like frying the D-backs bullpen at the start of the series!

Steve Sax said...

Delino! How's the Ike Davis fan club going?

How's Tina Davis?

karina said...

He only needed 7 pitches, Monster Cheerios

Dusty Baker said...

"Back east, the Monasterios schools always closed for snow first."

Oh man, Delino...that was a great line.

A Delino said...

4 8 15 16 23 42

A Delino said...

@Saxy MF
Why so serious?

Steve Sax said...

@DB 9.46p: Enik kinda scares me.

meanwhile Martin takes second on an error?

Dusty Baker said...

We've really ruffled their feathers tonight. Have a good chance at getting the win tomorrow night, too.

Steve Sax said...

@Delino: but we're in the middle of the series!

Are you sure you're not at the monasterios school?

A Delino said...

Land of the Lost
Lost
Now we just need the Lost World or Albert Brooks Lost in America

Steve Sax said...

@Delino, I don't know what's gotten into me. I'm sorry. I'm not hating the Ike, or even the Mets. Except when we're getting 34 guys thrown out at home on the same play, that is.

Steve Sax said...

@DB 9:47: I second the motion. Great line.

Paul said...

Man playing tomorrow with house money!(relatively speaking since we are sub .500)

What a great feeling.

Orel said...

@Sax "Man, this is buggier than an Amish parade"

Very nice!

Steve Sax said...

why is reed johnson in this game

Orel said...

Phew, some insurance. 12-3 Dodgers

Dusty Baker said...

It's funny because on the 2 days/per year in AR when we had to close for snow (read: 1.5 inches of slush that melted by noon), we'd listen to the radio to see if we had to go to school, and when they'd mention the Montessori Schools I'd always think, "Who the fuck are those punk kids?"

Steve Sax said...

well, sac fly. I guess Johnson ain't all bad tonight.

NicJ said...

this is just getting sad.

i love it.

Steve Sax said...

XII - III DODGERS

Paul said...

Johnson spot cleared and a sac fly to boot.

karina said...

@Steve Sax Davis made an incredible game to end the game. By the way, the Mets were losing 6-2 at the 8th and they ended up winning the game.

Orel said...

Who had the over on a nine-run win?

Mr. Customer said...

"Buggier than an amish parade"

Can't...breathe...

Orel said...

A deuce...in the D'backs punch bowl!

Steve Sax said...

FJL takes a Boyer ball for another RBI single.

XIII - III DODGERS

Greg said...

The unfortunate thing about this blowout is that Torre will once again forget that Sherrill sucks and will use him again.

Steve Sax said...

Sorry King James, that was an RBI double. My bad

Paul said...

Hello Nasty back in the house!

Orel said...

HYPGTUP!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

WE WIN

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

It's like Hello Nasty where you been?

Paul said...

Monster finishes them off and we are starting to roll...a little.

Fred's Brim said...

awesome

apart from Breezy still not being able to finish the job, that was pretty sweet

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