Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Game 52 Thread: June 1 vs. D'backs, 7p

It doesn't exist, but it should. From @PA_Dodger:

John Ely (3-2, 3.00) vs. Dan Haren (5-4, 5.35).

COMMENTS: Can the Dodgers top last night's balky walk-off weirdness? If they're still in the mood for more late-inning theatrics, they need only remember the last Ely-Haren matchup, in which the Dodgers scored nine runs in the last two innings to turn a one-run squeaker into a ten-run laugher.

Andre Ethier's back, although he went 0-for-4 in last night's game, leaving three men on base. Still, we've finally got our Opening Day lineup back, and two more opportunities to beat up on the D'backs before Jason Heyward and the Braves come to town. Let's see action!

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Josh S. said...

That's another fine LFP creation, actually.

Josh S. said...

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

Josh S. said...

Sorry to negate your "We've got our Opening Day lineup back" comment.

Neeebs said...

Free Jamie Carroll

Neeebs said...

Free at last, free at last.

Josh S. said...

Something is making the main page jump all the way to the bottom.

Orel said...

Sorry about that, it's the new SportsFanLive ads. I'm working on it.

Orel said...

Dodger Photoshoppers in PA (The LFP)

Josh S. said...

Oops. My bad.

I'll take a seat next to DeWitt for this game.

Orel said...

More chance for Vin to gush about Carroll, I guess.

Orel said...

No biggie, Josh. But excellent work like that certainly deserves its due. SI should hire that guy.

Mr. Customer said...

Let it be known that Team Customer will be leaving work on time, for once.

Josh S. said...

It saddens me that the three guys who are considered 2nd basemen on the Dodgers have one measly home run between them. (I actually thought it was zero before I bothered to look it up.) And Belliard's was waaaayy back on April 8th.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Admiral Ackbar with another start. Joyce better start hitting or he's going to earn those frequent flyer miles to Albekracky.

NicJ said...

Am i the only one who doesnt mind Dewitt? I like maybe 3-4 HR's out of him but its not like there is a better option out there.

Wish those rumors about a trade for Callaspo in the offseason were true though.

NicJ said...

dewitt is tied for the lead in triples among second basemen. thats something, haha.

NicJ said...

He is being outslugged by Eck though, yeesh.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

Nic, I think you've almost talked yourself out of liking DeWitt.

Actually, I'd like to see him stay, but I am also baffled at the Dodgers' impatience with him.

Mr. Customer said...

I'm not that down on DeWitt just yet. As long as his OBP is high, he's not costing us an out in the lineup. That should buy him some time to figure it out.

MR. F said...

Yeah, as long as DeWitt's OBP is high, he'll develop more power. Does his defense seem better lately?

NicJ said...

he defense does seem better. i dont cringe when the ball is hit to him anymore.

I usually refer to him as a "good little second basemen"

what happened to his power though? didnt he hit like nine in his first year and even in his up and down year last year he hit a few.

NicJ said...

i cant believe federer lost BTW.

MR. F said...

I dunno. Maybe he's just concentrating on working on his defense more than his power.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

DeWitt's not a power guy, never will be. It'd just be nice to throw in a long-ball every now and then. No point in turning into Juan Pierre, where a homer is as rare as an ESPN Game of the Week featuring the Royals.

NicJ said...

yeah thats what i was getting at, league average in the power dept is ok with me.

Steve Sax said...

I'm on the fence about DeWitt but I'm hoping that's not just the Jamey Carroll Propaganda Campaign (TM) talking. I want to give both guys a chance.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

And so, we've come full circle. The consensus is DeWitt can stay as long as he's an average fielder, has a good OBP, couple of dingers here and there, and the Lakers in 6.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Especially if it's the Lakers in six.

Josh S. said...

Well, I suddenly find myself at the Ravine for a second night in a row. I lucked into Field 26.

NicJ said...

x3 for lakers in six

NicJ said...

great now vin is trying to guilt us for the balkoff.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ely...walks Upton? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

NicJ said...

weren't we supposed to give up two runs in the first?

Dusty Baker said...

Dumb luck, that, Josh.

Nice!

karina said...

@Mr LASF he didn't allow a walk, he's just using reverse psychology

NicJ said...

seriously, what the hell?

One pitch?

karina said...

Epale everyone!

have a great time Josh!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I closed my ears expecting lots of shouting, then I realized that this was a Vin game.

Have I mentioned that I dislike Eric Collins?

NicJ said...

8 Pitches by Haren.

Estimated amount of Dback bullpen we will see, 0 IP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The Dodgers are playing the Yankees? No way! I should get single-game tickets to one of those...

Dusty Baker said...

On the way home I was listening to the pre-game. Steiner was talking about the balkoff last night and about how rare they were. He said that some crazy person actually kept stats on that type of thing and that it was just beyond him how anyone was able to know this sort of stat.

*sigh*

When the hell did someone unfreeze this caveman? You know, Charley, they have these thingymaboppers called computers, and on these devices one can compile and analyze data that can then be disseminated to others for their information and discussion. What a fucking concept! Who knew?!?

RMonday then chimed in that the person compiling these stats probably was in a rubber room and onyl got visitors once a week (e.g., institutionalized).

Talk about a disconnect...

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF

Does Derek Jeter play for these "Yankees" you speak of?

NicJ said...

dont they broadcast from a rubber room?

NicJ said...

@DB, no the Yankees play for Derek Jeter.

rbnlaw TIME! said...

According to Yahoo Gametracker, Ely has no photo.

Jedi mind trick, that.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeter lets other Yankees play with him. Remember Carl Pavano? Well, once C-Pav accidentally took Jeter's bag of Skittles, and...well, you know the rest.

Mr. Customer said...

No first inning runs feels a little bit like a lead

Dusty Baker said...

Vin, I love you, but WE KNOW C JACKSON HAD VALLEY FEVER. Let that talking point go, I say respectfully.

NicJ said...

at least we dont get to hear about felipe lopez and his abusive father anymore.

Mr. Customer said...

@mlasf

What, did Jeter send the tubesock after him?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jeter never sends a sock to do a Jeter's job.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What happened to the D-Backs who tripped over themselves while trying to tie their shoes?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Er, Power of the Beard

Josh S. said...

Saw Newcombe on my way to my seat.

They're tagging Ely's pitches, but since it's not 6pm, they're staying in the park.

Dusty Baker said...

How many balls have been hit to the warning track only to be caught tonight? By both teams, even. There'd be 6 HRs already in Great American Ballpark.

NicJ said...

Haren at 23 pitches through 2IP. Estimated AZ bullpen we will see, 0.2IP

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

To be fair, I thought it was three outs too.

NicJ said...

The inning ends when Ely says it does.
#elymania.

karina said...

@Nic J what did Ely do?

NicJ said...

he started to walk off the mound after two outs.

NicJ said...

MSB!!

karina said...

@Nic J hahahahahaha

He also doesn't walk hitters, he allows them to reach first base as his good action of the day

#elymania

karen said...

Our little MSB

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Old Snake-Eyes pulls through yet again.

NicJ said...

Ely always looks like he is bunting for a hit, not a sac.

either way it looked terrible.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ely still needs to go over bunting a little more.

NicJ said...

Furcal is going to teach Ely never to miss a sac bunt opportunity.

NicJ said...

furcal showed me, no GIDP.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm going to just come out and say this: What the hell happened to Kemp's power?

NicJ said...

these short at bats aint helping.

Haren at 38 pitches.

Estimated bullpen usage, -1.0 IP

NicJ said...

eh, he has just slowed down a little. Albert Pujols would say that he was just spoiling us that first month.

NicJ said...

manny brought his gold glove today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny Gold Glove!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Two web gems from Manny.

Josh S. said...

I love you, you lazy bastard!

karina said...

Well, the Gold Glove showed up, how about the Silver Sluggers?

Dusty Baker said...

I love you, too, Josh!

Oh, wait, never mind.

NicJ said...

I hate it when Upton and Cargo are stealing hits from us. Just think of how irritating it has to be when manny is doing it to your team.

NicJ said...

see just like that, annoying.

NicJ said...

finally upton misses one.

NicJ said...

loney now is tied with matt kemp for bases stolen.

#thingsineverthoughtiwouldbesayinginjune

Dusty Baker said...

Doesn't Kemp have more CS than SB? Embarrassing.

Paul said...

Hi all.

Stuck watching the D backs channel. Their losing streak has tamed them down a bit.

NicJ said...

yup, 7 SB in 15 attempts.

NicJ said...

@paul, just wait till they score a run. theyll go back to screaming.

NicJ said...

there goes the NO NO.

Paul said...

Shit sorry guys I feel like I jinxed it.

NicJ said...

wow, the wind is on Ely's side tonight.

NicJ said...

no worries paul.

Josh S. said...

Damn. I was hoping Frank could sell unused tickets from this game.

NicJ said...

matt kemp late on the throw to second again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey Kemp, how about BACKING UP THE FUCKING PLAY

Paul said...

You can't stop Ely with throwing errors.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm sick of this Bad News Bears shit. Maybe because we were so solid defensively last season. But good lord, these are rookie/little league mistakes that have to go if we're going to win the west. Too bad we don't have a lot of coaches who are experts in these baseball basics who can relay tips on their craft to our players.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Story on ESPNLA says that the Lakers are seriously looking into who to draft with their 42nd overall pick. Surprising considering they sold two picks last year for salary relief.

NicJ said...

Jmart, 3 pitch AB, 4 pitch AB.

thanks for nothing.

NicJ said...

The lakers treat the draft like the clippers treat the playoffs.

They are both unaware that they exist.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

So Snake-Eyes is the only one who can hurt Haren, both figuratively and literally.

NicJ said...

MSB tried his best to get haren out of the game.

NicJ said...

Is it obvious that Ely was drafted by an AL team?

finally got that one down.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've got both Haren and Ely on my fantasy team, so I'm loving this deadlock so far.

Paul said...

Nice bunt Ely.

karina said...

Sorry, i got distracted!

NicJ said...

small sample size alert, Carroll batting 1.000 in june.

Paul said...

I have seen this game already. I swear at least 3 times. I like the way it ends. Kuroda looks different though.

Dusty Baker said...

News on Lima tribute at DS this Sunday:

"LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will celebrate the life of the late Jose Lima at Dodger Stadium on Sunday during one of the team's Viva Los Dodgers days, prior to a 1:10 p.m. PT game with the Braves.

Lima, a 13-year pitcher in the big leagues who led the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2004, passed away at 37 on May 23 and was honored this past weekend in his hometown of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

Lima, a musician as well as a ballplayer, had performed on a Viva Los Dodgers day in 2004 and was planning to again this season. Lima's longtime friend and the bandleader of L.A.'s Conjunto Amistad, Johnny Polanco will perform a set on Sunday, followed by Estrellas de Tuzantla. Polanco has performed with notable musicians, ranging from Prince to Tito Puente Jr.

Several of Lima's friends and family members will recount stories of his life while fans will be encouraged to sign a book of memories for his family.

Before the game, a rendition of the national anthem and "God Bless America" that Lima performed in 2004 will be shown on DodgerVision. There will be an in-game video tribute to the animated right-hander, and Lima's son, Jose Jr., is expected to throw out the first pitch.

Viva Los Dodgers days, presented by State Farm, take place every Sunday of a Dodgers homestand in Lot 6. Auto gates open at 11 a.m., Estrellas de Tuzantla will perform at 11:15 a.m., and Johnny Polanco and Conjunto Amistad will take the stage at 12:15 p.m."

NicJ said...

im getting a little uneasy of so many "analysts" picking the lakers to win.

Mainly lakers in 7 so that pretty much saying its a toss up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I hate Haren's bat. And his arm. And his face.

Paul said...

Lead off hit. Haren hitting over .400.

Mr. Customer said...

Gidp! Runs please!

NicJ said...

Ely with the 4 pitch inning.

Paul said...

Furcal didn't trust Carroll with that throw.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm a little perplexed at how J.A. Adande picked Boston in six.

Paul said...

D backs have to play Red Sox. Yankees and Devil Rays this month. Wow.

NicJ said...

Haren probably has more hits than our whole pitching staff.

Paul said...

Pitch count at 79. Kemp on!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

KEMP...error?

Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

karina said...

The Braves have a winning streak of 7 games, that's bad.

They defeated the Phillies 6-2 tonight, that's good

They play against the Dodgers this weekend...

Paul said...

Andre needs to rub the beard for good luck.

NicJ said...

im not really scared of the braves, im not quite sure why.

karina said...

@Paul I'd say he has to rub gnome's beard and Mighty Beard's beard.

Paul said...

Karina

Bad news for the Braves and their winning ways this weekend. Dodgers best home record since 06 or something like that. Per Vinny.

Paul said...

That ball Manny hit looked like it deflated in mid air.

Paul said...

Speaking of the beard.....

Dusty Baker said...

Manny's hit looked like the ball hit a bird in mid-flight and then just dropped.

karina said...

@Paul did Vinny say that? i've got to remember my older brother that fact. He's a hardcore Braves fan!

Braves-Dodgers games brought lots of bonding time!

karina said...

RISP! score some runs!

Paul said...

Shit. Casey looked liked a pro westler who is about to throw a chair in the stands.

Good news. 93 pitches now.

karina said...

Can't believe the Beard struck out, if he had hit a weak grounder, i could have been able to take it.

karina said...

It's my fault the Beard struck out. I jinxed him.

Paul said...

Man. Martin is sucking tonight.

Paul said...

Way to hussle and shut me up.

karina said...

So, my son basically caught stealing the runner at 3rd!

Dusty Baker said...

Quick episode of Real Conversation in Baker Household:

MDIL after Martin throws runner out at third: They [Diamondbacks] hate the Dodgers, don't they?

Dusty: I think they hate themselves.

karina said...

This is an appropriate way to start the lucky seven for the Dodgers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Atta boy, Russ.

NicJ said...

i will save my complaints about jmarts 1 pitch AB to see if he scores or not.

NicJ said...

alright calmado.

nothings gonna happen.

karen said...

I hate Stephen Drew

NicJ said...

Vin says fight or sit down, pansies.

Dusty Baker said...

"Gave both benches a chance to stretch their legs" -Vinny re the bench-clear.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't see why the bullpen had to go out onto the field.

NicJ said...

at least ely cant lose this great outing.

Mr. Customer said...

No DP please

David said...

Garrett Anderson pinch-hitting for Ely? Fuck you, Torre.

NicJ said...

The Dbacks bullpen actually gave up three runs just running out to the field.

Mr. Customer said...

WHAT DID I JUST SAY?

MR. F said...

Garrett Anderson: when making one out isn't bad enough.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fucking GAARP

NicJ said...

worthless. and that DP keeps haren in the game for one more inning.

David said...

Great, now Ely doesn't get a win either. Darned Anderson

Paul said...

Nevermind the D bag announcers are still idiots.

David said...

Ely should have batted in that situation. At the very least, don't waste the batting spot on fricking Anderson.

NicJ said...

I thought Haren was supposed to give up a lot of HR's

Paul said...

Mother of Christ can we drop fucking GA already!?!

Mr. Customer said...

Rein it in, Belly.

karina said...

Fight?

NicJ said...

man he had him at second.

probably would of thrown it into center though.

NicJ said...

Harens in to win the game for himself.

Paul said...

I'd rather have Haren hitting than GA.

Mr. Customer said...

@karina

Like a junior high fight. Lots of close talking, little action.

Paul said...

That was a little scary Kemp.

Dusty Baker said...

Kuo coming in.

Dusty Baker said...

Pod rays losing.

NicJ said...

@Mr. C - sounds like one of my dates in Jr. high.

Paul said...

Ely gets screwed again.

Dusty Baker said...

Rox and Gnats tied at 1.

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah, enough about Nic's prom night.

NicJ said...

Hayoooooo.

Mr. Customer said...

@Nic

Ha! That's true, too. In both cases everyone involved wants to hit something, but lack the nerve to do so.

NicJ said...

padres losing, that means we are likely to lose.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh, how are you living with the guilt of hitting a beach ball yesterday? #Shame

NicJ said...

Ha, very good, MR C

karina said...

@Mr C i thought a fight could stir things a little.*Sighs*

@Dusty Baker at least Nic J had dates at Junior High :)

Mr. Customer said...

Status: Kuo

Paul said...

Status Kuo.

NicJ said...

bright side of the GAARPDP, top O' the lineup this inning.

Mr. Customer said...

I got dibs!

Paul said...

Weird Mr. C.

NicJ said...

haha, thanks karina.

NicJ said...

Haren has to be tired.

Paul said...

I like your ": " better.

NicJ said...

Paul's talking about Mr. C's colon, hehe.

Mr. Customer said...

I predict this game will not toto extra innings.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

HAH! True, true.

I was too busy developing fantasy baseball stats (pre-computing age) and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Paul said...

Shit Fookie.

NicJ said...

what a BS call

Dusty Baker said...

I thought he was talking about Bartolo Colon.

Mr. Customer said...

Toto? I got nothin'.

NicJ said...

maybe he isnt tired.

Mr. Customer said...

Ferchrissake, can we have bullpen time yet?

Paul said...

Kemp was dominated.

Dusty Baker said...

This has all been one big setup for Ethier to hit a HR and reclaim his throne after coming off the DL.

Dusty Baker said...

Not swinging like that, though.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now would be a good time for Andre's first hit.

NicJ said...

"hold the line" Mr. C

NicJ said...

end this, manny.

Paul said...

They must be playin with mush balls tonight. Manny!!!

NicJ said...

Manny kills Haren too.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

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