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

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Mr. Customer said...

Coincidence that you used a Fidrych reference for the Haren game? I think not.

Dusty Baker said...

Martin 2
Kemp 8
Ethier 9
Ramirez 7
Loney 3
Blake 5
Belliard 4
Carroll 6
Ely 1

Dusty Baker said...

These puns are for the birds!

Mr. Customer said...

Let this be a stork reminder that no post is truly safe from the pun menace.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Let us never beak of these puns again.

KempKershaw said...

Of course Colletti also SIGNED Pierre in the first place, so that ordeal is still way more awful than good.

KempKershaw said...

/I'm not very punny.


/wah wah

Dusty Baker said...

I predict a win tonight.

I hope I don't have to eat crow later.

MR. F said...

KempKershaw: there's nothing to the puns. I just wing it.

Mr. Customer said...

@kk

"Sure, we may have amputated the wrong leg, but aren't these new prostheses amazing?"

Neeebs said...

Just Sparrow me the puns this time.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

If you think they're hard to swallow now, wait until we start running out of the more obvious ones.

Mr. Customer said...

...or less than obvious swans, as it were.

MR. F said...

Mr. C is right. Neeebs will soon egret ever reading these comments.

Dusty Baker said...

Is it my tern now?

Dusty Baker said...

OT: (wait, sandwiches are never OT)

http://tinyurl.com/22ru559

Top 10 sandwiches in LA area. Langer's #1!

Neeebs said...

I'll follow this thread, but I'll also duck the bad puns.

MR. F said...

That critic is sure raven about Langer's.

Mr. Customer said...

It really gulls me that bay cities didn't make the list.

Steve Sax said...

I thought the critic was just trying to hawk a couple of sandwich joints.

Steve Sax said...

@KempKershaw: join the fray! Even if your pun is bad, I won't talon you.

Steve Sax said...

We can't quail the tide of these bird puns. It's aviary sad situation.

Dusty Baker said...

I was trying to work in "aviary" but Sax beat me to the punch.

Now I'll have to work on "blue-footed boobie."

MR. F said...

This thread is so full of puns, it must be a Rancho Aeriendo.

Josh S. said...

Cock.

Dusty Baker said...

^ Nice "cock."

KempKershaw said...

All these puns have left a fowl taste in my mouth.

/thanks for existing, and for a bit of help, Google

Mr. Customer said...

You toucan keep your cocks to yourselves, thank you.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm surprised we haven't heard from Koko B. Ware yet.

Mr. Customer said...

"Koko B. Ware"

Wow, that's ostrich.

Dusty Baker said...

I forgot to Tivo the game. My goose is cooked if I don't get out of here soon and beat traffic home before the game starts.

Steve Sax said...

@DB, you could always be chicken out GameDay on the way home.

Neeebs said...

By the way, who's pigeon tonight anyways?

Mr. Customer said...

It's almost 6 already? Time to get the flock out of here!

Dusty Baker said...

Hope Kemp can shake off his albatross tonight; he's due.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hope Ely won't lay an egg.

Dusty Baker said...

Catch you turkeys later.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a ball. Ethier got robbed.

MR. F said...

Probably better to say it like:
"That was a ball. I hope the umpire isn't robin our hitters out of their at-bats with these bad calls."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I couldn't give a hoot about these puns anymore.

Orel said...

Decent first by Ely. Insert bird pun here.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Don't bitch, LaRoche, that pitch was more of a strike than the one that got Andre.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny with a lucky break.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Where is everybody?

Steve Sax said...

Manny leadoff single, but FJL and Casey K (fifth K in Five outs so far)

MR. F said...

Stuck at work, wishing I could roost in front of the couch while watching the game on mlb.tv.

Steve Sax said...

Belliard is looking foolish

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodger offense has flown the coop.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

8 K's through an inning and a half.

Steve Sax said...

Belliard strikes out as well, so haren's first six outs are Ks

Josh S. said...

This flocking sucks.

NicJ said...

Well this is a new level of frustration

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was only the second out of the game that was not via a strikeout.

Mr. Customer said...

If the zone stays this generous, I like our chances.

Dusty Baker said...

Too many Ks. Our guys need eagle eyes tonight the way this ump has the strike zone so low.

MR. F said...

I was waiting for a Dodger to draw a walk on a close pitch to use the eagle eye pun. But I guess the early bird gets the worm, so to speak.

Betsy said...

@ DB i agree, DH thinks I was being biased..HA! goes to show him...

karina said...

Gameday doesn't work, i'd wish i could spread my wings and find some place where Gameday works.

Epale, everyone! (sorry for my pun)

Mr. Customer said...

Get at it, Dre.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Epale!

I figure, as long as we put the ball in play, we get a hit.

Betsy said...

Epale Karina! Wish you were closer so we could watch games together, not too many lady friends who like baseballa and aren't BooAngel fans.

karina said...

Dre has spoiled us, i really thought he was going to drive at least one run in.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

My hypothesis has yet to be proven incorrect. Just put the ball in play, and we get a hit.

MR. F said...

UGH.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Celts are pounding the Cavs. LBJ is just a loss away from the biggest summer of his life.

Josh S. said...

Ely trusts his defense. I like that.

MR. F said...

I partly want the Celtics to win because it would be nice if the Lakers could beat the Celtics for a championship. Of course the Celtics could beat the Lakers, too. But I tell myself I should be more confident...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Any of the three teams left are pretty good. Let's just focus on Nash & Co. for now.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The first ball in play to result in an out for the Dodgers.

karina said...

@Betsy i'd wish...maybe

karina said...

Road King James!

MR. F said...

True. MLASF But still, I find myself rooting for one team or another in the East. Of course, if the Lakers would lose to Phoenix or in the Finals, no victory would sting more than if it were by the Celtics.

Mr. Customer said...

Epale karina!

Hey! A run!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I understand, Mr. F. I would like a little bit of revenge for 2008.

We take the lead!

Steve Sax said...

Boom! Back to back doubles, FJL scores on a Casey Blake two-bagger!

Josh S. said...

A triple double?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Three straight doubles!

Dusty Baker said...

@Betsy

Why do you think it is tht so many younger, female baseball fans in the greater-LA area have turned to the Angels? Because you are right; I've definitely noticed it. Not that there aren't a ton of female Dodgers fans around (yeah for you!) but Angels are clearly doing something to attract a younger generation of females.

Dusty Baker said...

Messed around and got a triple doube...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - I blame Mike Scioscia's rippling abs.

Betsy said...

Awesome Belly power!

Dusty Baker said...

Chinface's ball knocked over that dude's beer in the CF seating area.

Dusty Baker said...

"Awesome Belly power!"

Is my webcam on?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ely really hustled. I like that.

MR. F said...

Whoo!

NicJ said...

Come to LA Lebron.

MR. F said...

No K's that inning. WHOOOOO!!!

Oh, and we scored 2 runs.

Dusty Baker said...

I'll have another double, please.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

LBJ's not coming to LA unless it's in red, white, and blue.

I imagine coffins would still bear the American flag in 2075 for his funeral tour.

Betsy said...

@ DB, not sure really. But I'm thinking the color red is appealing and the Anaheim stadium is a place to be 'seen' rather than to watch baseball. I live and work in OC, but I bleed blue! Even the UPS guy gave me hell when he delivered my season tickets tried to convince me to switch, I reminded him the Angels are only good because a former Dodger manages them.

Meaniebreanie said...

I'll drink to that! I'm living vicariously through your posts. Being in a different market I don't get the game tonight :(

Betsy said...

@DB, i also noticed they have nicer gear for lady Angel fans than they do for the Dodgers.

Dusty Baker said...

Interesting take, Betsy.

For the record, 2/3 of my viewing household always lurking around Sons while we watch are two females - Mrs Dusty and Mrs Dusty in Law. Blue through and through!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We're playing the Yankees this season? You'd think they'd advertise something like that.

karina said...

@Mr LASF they should do it soon, from what you say people aren't going to Chavez Ravine. I thought the Dodgers fans never weren't going to do that but maybe it's sort of expensive to watch them lose the way they've been losing.

NicJ said...

Way to keep Haren in the game guys.

karina said...

@Meaniebreanie we definitely live the same :)

@Betsy don't even get me started on Dodgers gear for women.

NicJ said...

I like to remind angel fans that they are technically playing "Dodger baseball" with the style the angels play.

Maybe I don't need to say that with the way either team is playing at this point in the season.

Betsy said...

@ Karina - I feel your pain, best stuff I've bought that was somewhat reasonably priced was from Victoria's secret. They should sell that line @ Dodger stadium!

Steve Sax said...

2-0 Dodgers through five full, as Ely escapes the jam!

NicJ said...

I Elyke it.

karen said...

Hello everyone!

The Kid 2 seems to be hanging in there pretty good

karina said...

I like how the ladies keep coming!

@Betsy is the same stuff they sell online?

Dusty Baker said...

@Betsy re nicer gear

Whoa! Hmmm. You know last year when I was in a beer line (that one time!) I overheard some young...women talking about how they liked going to Angels games more because the stadium was cooler and there was better womens gear offered there. So you may be on to something.

I don't think Drew McCourt has the proper handle on this dynamic!

Dusty Baker said...

"The Kid 2"

I like it!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice bunt for Chinface.

karina said...

Back to back singles, courtesy of Manny and King James!

Steve Sax said...

Manny on third. Loney on second. One out. Can we score?

Mr. Customer said...

Bellytwo!

Orel said...

But Dodger Stadium sells six-pound pretzels! Does that not appeal to the ladies?

Bellytwo RBI! 3-0 Dodgers

Steve Sax said...

Belliard RBI! 3-0 Dodgers!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Haren's getting lit up like...something that gets lit up.

Orel said...

Way to protect the squeeze, Carroll!

karina said...

who would have thought of Belly Number two, the RBI monster (tonight)?

Steve Sax said...

Squeeze! That would have been sweeeeeet had Carroll not fouled it off

Betsy said...

@Karina, actually they have more stuff in the stores. I'd been looking for tanks for the summer games and was pleasantly surprised to see their selection and it's the same price as the crappy stiffer tanks you can get at the stadium.

@DB, any chance you have Drew's e-mail, send him a heads-up we're loosing the ladies cause of the gear ;).

Betsy said...

Belly power in full effect tonight!

Orel said...

Carroll did a good job of getting his bat on some tough pitches there.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Carroll sucks at the squeeze.

karina said...

Why is everyone surprised about Belliard?. Ely has pitched remarkably well the entire night and no one seems to be surprised. I feel confidence issues around.

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

Yeah, strong showing for the game thread gals today.

Betsy said...

I'll take 1 over nothing.

Steve Sax said...

Oh well, I can't blame Carroll entirely for that AB

ely grounds out to strand loney, alas

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ely's going to have to wait for his first hit.

Steve Sax said...

Oh no, Vin is mentioning Ely's shutout through five, bringing on the jinx...

Orel said...

Manny's gray glove with red webbing looks kind of bizarre.

Orel said...

KKKKKK

Steve Sax said...

Upton with a 2-out single to right

karina said...

@Betsy he's gonna say that's what Touch is for. To tell the truth, i don't find anything from that line wearable.

Good Victoria Secret carries other stuff, because i don't really like that "i only kiss Dodgers fans" shirt. Three reasons: i don't find it appropriate for "a serious fan" (do you picture a hardcore male fan wearing something like that?). I don't like hearts on my clothes or accessories and i don't wear slogans i don't believe in.

Maybe i'm too picky *sigh*

Meaniebreanie said...

Gotta love a thread where you can get play-by-play action and fashion updates.

@Sax - think positive, no jinx!

@Orel - no interest in 6 pound pretzels. What woman wants to wear one of those on her ass?

@Betsy, Karina, DB and all those interested in fashion...The McCourt's need to be shown that you have to spend money to make money. ROI seems to be a foreign concept or one they have no interest in. If they are not willing to invest in the team why would they be willing to invest in introducing new merchandise?

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

You dont believe in that slogan? You'd kiss a Giants fan? Say it ain't so!

Steve Sax said...

Six shutout innings for Ely! 3-0 Dodgers through six

Betsy said...

@ Karina - I totally felt the same way about that shirt! I believe less is more, unless it's runs and the Dodgers are making them. The stuff i bought isn't online, but it looks like it could come from the Dodger store.

Ely is awesome, he could be my little brother he's so awesome.

Steve Sax said...

@MeanieB 8:23p: oh, you're supposed to WEAR the victory knot? That makes more sense.

NicJ said...

I think Charlies plantar fasciitis may have just took a turn for the worse.

Dusty Baker said...

Absolutely re ROI. Taking no risk leaves a business dead in the water.

Betsy said...

@ Meanie - maybe I'll text their Dodger experience hotline and let them know they need to improve their lady gear in order for me to have a better experience at the stadium ;).

Anyone else notice the first couple of games they weren't sharing that hotline number?

Dusty Baker said...

I think Haeger was just scheduled for foot amputation.

Betsy said...

well at least we broke the bad and the double play.

Dusty Baker said...

The "presentation" this year at games has clearly dropped off. They were big on the family atmosphere/text us if you have problems kind of stuff the last couple of years (Sax has weighed in on this experience recently re: Opening Day), but this year it's barely an afterthought. I've also noted here recently the almost scary lack of ushering. Last time I was there I timed it, pretending that I needed immedaite help, and it took a good several minutes for me to walk around and find someone remotely considered a stadium authority. Lots of time for a fight to have gotten way out of hand.

Now let's get back to this one.

Steve Sax said...

Nice segue, Dusty

Betsy said...

OUch...

Betsy said...

Finally gets a good steal!

Dusty Baker said...

"Runner goes, pitch is low, throw is high."

It was almost like Vinny was singing that. Made my night.

karina said...

@Meaniebreanie that's what happens when you get three or more girls and someone brings up clothes. Also, i think i want to hug you "@Sax - think positive, no jinx!" "@Orel - no interest in 6 pound pretzels. What woman wants to wear one of those on her ass?"

@Betsy that's something i'll check out

@Dusty Baker i wouldn't ever ever ever ever kiss a Giants fan because in the minute he'd mention he's a Giants fan, i'd lose all interest if i had one in the first place.

karina said...

Dre, get on base so Manny, King James and Belly Two handle this!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Whew. I was afraid Ethier wasn't going to get something tonight.

Orel said...

Andre fouls it off his front foot, then drives in Kemp. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

Dre with a 2B RBI! 4-0

karina said...

Even better, Dre!

Orel said...

@DB "It was almost like Vinny was singing that. Made my night."

I thought the same thing.

Steve Sax said...

Manny is hanging tough on Haren

Steve Sax said...

Great walk by Manny, way to work it o dreadlocked one

Dusty Baker said...

Manny watching Haren like a hawk.

Orel said...

Manny Ramirez > Dan Haren

Two on, one out, 4-0 Dodgers.

Dusty Baker said...

Clipping Haren's wings now.

Steve Sax said...

Wait, it's Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 0, and we just chased their starter in the seventh inning?

He looks like a red Haren to me.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

When Vinny said that, I thought "Orel will especially dig that comment."

MR. F said...

Dre's hair is like an eagle
His two eyes are like two doves

Paul said...

Hi all!

I think we need to send Ely back down to AAA after this game. This routine seems to work.

Josh S. said...

Do you think I would get anywhere with a well crafted letter to the Dodgers explaining how much more I enjoy games with fresh young talent that performs well over games loaded with fading veterans?

Ely's gotta stay. It's that simple.

MR. F said...

Then we can DL Ramon Ortiz next time. I like your thinking!

Orel said...

New pitcher. Why swing at his first pitch?

Dusty Baker said...

MMMMmmmmm....fresh young talent.

Paul said...

Awww man I missed the pun session.

I feel like a dodo.

karina said...

I wanna keep Ely and i want Monasterios to be a starter. Would it be easier ask for World Peace?

Dusty Baker said...

We missed you, Paul. We had empty nest syndrome.

NicJ said...

Man i never thought Ely would outpitch Haren, i guess im the one eating crow tonight.

Orel said...

Ely starting the seventh at 95 pitches.

karen said...

I never liked Stephen Drew, not because he always plays well against us but just on the princple of who his brother is.

karina said...

You can always carry on with the puns. In my top 5 of reasons to hang out here is the puns.

MR. F said...

No Dirty Projectors? No?

Orel said...

Must be weird for Mark Reynolds to do something other than hit a HR or K.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karina, Betsy - we Sosg sister's have got to stick together. Hugs back at ya!

We need a fashion forward Dodger's fan to take on designing a new line. Heidi Klum are you out there? I looked for a simple short sleeve Vneck T-shirt and couldn't even find one of those. What gives? That should be fan wear 101.

Steve Sax said...

karina, I'm surprised you have four other reasons given this crowd (myself included)

Orel said...

@karen "I never liked Stephen Drew, not because he always plays well against us but just on the princple of who his brother is."

You just gained the respect of readers everywhere.

NicJ said...

Uh oh, the Honeycutt curse.

David said...

At least they allowed Ely to stay in and prove himself.

David said...

Crap.

NicJ said...

Weaver does not settle my nerves.

Steve Sax said...

Oh well, thank you for a wonderful quality start, Ely. I do hope owl be seeing you again soon!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The important thing is he can't lose.

Dusty Baker said...

I'd love to know what your other four are, Karina.

Paul said...

Dusty

I wasn't ducking you all but I was hawking for chicks.

Jeff!

Awesome job Ely you were eggceptional.

karen said...

Great outing for Ely. Wonder if it's enough to keep him in the Bigs this time

Orel said...

Weaver may allow one or two runs here but he'll get out of the inning.

Josh S. said...

Has any other Dodger starter this season had two starts with no walks?

Dusty Baker said...

Ely better stay.

One thing is he seems so confident, like, yep I damn sure are going to ge this guy out. Only Kuroda, among our starters, seems to exude that same confidence this season.

Paul said...

Shit.

Josh S. said...

Crappity crap.

Steve Sax said...

Oh no. Weaver pitching, two on, now 4-1, and Snyder coming up with 0 out.

Let osprey.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hoooo boy.

Paul said...

Jeff is throwing lettuce. Oh man that is scary.

David said...

Ugh.

Betsy said...

Did he say Sherill was warming? Now that's who worries me!

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 8:54p: Weaver will get out of this inning, but hopefully it will mean the inning is over as well

NicJ said...

Sherrill is warming up? thats fowl.

Paul said...

No velocity or real movement at all this can't end well.

NicJ said...

Rusty owes us a DP for KOing kuroda last year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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