Thursday, June 24, 2010

Game 72 Thread: Dodgers @ Angels, 7p

Charlie Haeger (0-4, 8.53) vs. Scott Kazmir (7-5, 5.08).

A phoenix, even one that's "falling falling falling falling" like the Dodgers (six-game losing streak; 2-9 record in interleague play so far), still can rise from the ashes, right? After last night's multiple bonehead debacle, it doesn't seem likely to happen tonight--and us trotting out a starting pitcher with an 8.53 ERA doesn't inspire any more confidence.

This Dodger team is obstinate in its refusal to beat the cross-town Angels, and given our ineffectiveness against Kazmir earlier this month, why should we expect anything different in tonight's series finale? Going into a "rivalry renewed" series with the Yankees with a seven-game losing streak seems highly plausible.

Oh, and here's a note for you stat-hounds: When Garret Anderson plays, the Dodgers are 26-31, including losses in the last eight games in which he's played. And he's batting .193, by the way. Coincidence? I think not.

art by Adam Hughes of course

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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think Andre played some left back when Fat Turd Bastard was our centerfielder.

Paul said...

Torre is mulling pulling Troncoso for Troncoso.

Mr. Customer said...

Yuck. I really liked that big lead.

rbnlaw said...

BTW, what'sthis about the Lakers drafting a nut-job named Caracter?
Isn't that ironic?

Like ray-ee-ain on your wedding day.

Josh S. said...

TRON SUCKS.

(But "The Black Hole" is criminally underrated.)

NicJ said...

why is tron ever brought in with runners on? he has been letting inherited runners score all year.

rbnlaw said...

Beer break.

NicJ said...

trademark crappy inning at the plate after a crappy inning on the mound.

we really know how to shift momentum in the wrong direction.

rbnlaw said...

Well that was a waste of an inning.

Neeebs said...

Dear Tron:

The league has figured you out. Get a new repertoire.

rbnlaw said...

F this S. I'm going to the burger place/watering hole and taunt some dumb ass Angel fans.

NicJ said...

HE IS STILL PITCHING?!?!

NicJ said...

now he is hurting people

Josh S. said...

Why does Weaver's jersey say Troncoso?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It'd be one thing if it were like Joe Beimal in 08, when he gave up inherited run like crazy but still had a good-looking ERA. But Tron's ERA is north of five, and he still gives up inherited runs like crazy.

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

I'm worried he'll need a new elbow before he needs a new pitch.

Josh S. said...

Wooo! I win at trivia.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw I think your daughter's comment is more of a product of her upbringing and less from her formal education.

i.e my mom feels sorry for any team that doesn't score in the World Cup, because "if they're there they can score a goal". Can you tell she's my mom?

@Nic J I meant everyday left fielder

@Josh S that's right, Dre played left fielder on those dark times but it never felt he belonged there, right?

Spanky said...

Man, I am so sick of GAARP I feel like puking. Really!!!

Spanky said...

@ Karina-Gary Sheffield

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This just won't end well.

NicJ said...

Im assuming that Dre is going to be moved to left next year and they will find a right or center fielder for next year.

Dre is the worst defensive right fielder this year according to UZR.

NicJ said...

nice throw to the cutoff(s) by kemp.

thats technically a pun too!

Josh S. said...

No no no no no no NO!

I want Kuo available for the Yankees.

Mr. Customer said...

@NicJ

I'm surprised to hear that Dre has fallen so far defensively. We always notice misplays by Kemp or Manny, I guess that's just how we're going this year...

Josh S. said...

Whooooooa. I thought they were going to blow that.

Mr. Customer said...

Wait, that usually happens to us...

Dusty Baker said...

This will leave our bullpen nice and rested coming into the series against the Yankees, which will be a walkover for us anyway given our weak competition and superior SP that is set up perfectly.

Steve Sax said...

You know, it would be really nice to win this game.

NicJ said...

yup, unfortunately Kemp and Dre are the worst defensively at their respective positions in the league.

Manny is only like the fifth or sixth worst in left field, but thats not really a position where you stick a good defender.

Spanky said...

I ain't gonna lie. I thought the worse on that pickle

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was some aggressive baserunning from the Angels.

NicJ said...

i relish a good pickle.

Steve Sax said...

My God, Dusty, it's like you read tomorrow's GT already!

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

I have good forward memory, too.

Mr. Customer said...

@NicJ

I'm not brine it.

karina said...

Relish: one of the greatest american inventions (i think)

NicJ said...

@Mr. C - Quit Gherkin my chain.

NicJ said...

dre is starting to heat up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's never a dill moment here.

NicJ said...

these Puns are definitely not kosher.

Paul said...

I love how during that pickle people were still hitting the beach ball. I would have been pissed if that thing was in my way.

Mr. Customer said...

Manny brings the geico.

karina said...

Nice, Manny!

what's going on with Dre's leg?

Paul said...

Yo DB how is the SB?

Spanky said...

Manny with the heads up. Who knew?

NicJ said...

this game is turning out to be a Vlasic

Josh S. said...

Dodgers Live starts at 6:15 tomorrow. Christ, that's 45 minutes of hustle-bemoaning.

Dusty Baker said...

Paul, it's mother's milk. I am going to quaff the whole jug in fact, because I can and it's that good. How I ended up w a Dhorn white and not their flagship merlot is a mystery.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This game is starting to take some time. Joe West is slowly growing angry.

Paul said...

Kemp looks like he is 10 out there.

Mr. Customer said...

Non-kosher? It'll take more than that to chutney up.

karina said...

almost a HR, it turned out to be a K.

King James is feared as any powerful royal presence. Make them pay, Beard!

Mr. Customer said...

BEARD!

Josh S. said...

Backfiyah!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RUNZ!!!

karina said...

That's how I like Beards!

Paul said...

Follical Fury Activated.

Dusty Baker said...

Beard made them pay for putting Loney on intentionally. He's alive!!!

NicJ said...

Chutney is not quite a pickle but ill give it to you Mr. C. Its Claussen nuff.

Mr. Customer said...

Hirsuite heroics!

Josh S. said...

Trevor Bell? Will he be followed by Heath Hoffman?

Mr. Customer said...

Took the relish tangent, on a lark.

Josh S. said...

Oh no, not the lights again.

NicJ said...

Trevor Bell? who is that Bozo?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's usually us who are delayed as a result of power outages.

NicJ said...

your relish tangent simply wont cut the mustard.

Alright i think secretariat is officially dead.

NicJ said...

seriously i think i hate the red sox now more than ever.

Mr. Customer said...

Can we just get the game going so I can stop looking at my typos in earlier comments?

Josh S. said...

So, if this gets called, it's a 6-4 final, no?

Steve Sax said...

Why is gameday stalled?

NicJ said...

do they call game on the light being out?

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NicJ said...

wow, that was a poorly constructed sentence even by my standards.

The internet is ashamed of me.

Steve Sax said...

Power outage?

The Angels suck

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

Lights are out again.

I don't think they've called it. Yet.

NicJ said...

so who the hell gets the win in this situation. Weaver only pitched 0.2 innings and tron sucked balls.

NicJ said...

game on, light or no lights.

NicJ said...

so since its only the top of the 7th are the beer lines still open?

Clever ploy by Moreno to make more money.

Dusty Baker said...

Sorry I've been away for awhile. I just made sweet, sweet love to the Rally Monkey in the visiting team Jacuzzi.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They will play, even with those lights out. Those brave soldiers.

Josh S. said...

Stupid lights made Russell suck.

Oh no wait, he did that on his own.

NicJ said...

Pedroia with a two run shot in the top of the tenth.

Josh S. said...

DUSTY IS PATIENT ZERO!

Dusty Baker said...

One good thing one can say about Karina's son is that he is cordial and attentive to all opposing team batters who step into the batter's box.

Dusty Baker said...

Typhoid Dusty

NicJ said...

Kuo is coming in? what the hell there is a four run lead?

Wasnt torre saying something about us needing to have the ability to think yesterday?

karina said...

@Dusty Baker politeness comes first, all the time.

Josh S. said...

He wants the ability to think, but not to actually think.

karina said...

@Dusty Baker If I could, due to the last night's incident, I'd wish I could go all tough love on him and lock him alone in a room, make him watch tapes on how to run bases in crucial situations for hours.

Then I'll make him run outside with Maury Willis.

He'll finish but the time he writes "the first and the third out cannot happen in the third base (or trying to get there) a few dozen times.

Dusty Baker said...

Now the Rally Monkey keeps calling me. It's, like, way too soon. And I'm afraid of commitment.

MR. F said...

Hey look, the Dodgers are winning.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

Now I'm picturing JMart at a Simpsons intro blackboard writing base-running rules on it.

Dusty Baker said...

Piss off Willits. I hope your Willits falls off.

Dusty Baker said...

That's some mother f'in HUSTLE, lads! Love the Blue! Hell yeah.

Dusty Baker said...

You the manny, manny!

Mr. Customer said...

So, we're unloading all of the runs we've saved over the last few games?

Mr. Customer said...

Whee!

karina said...

Run scored, everyone's safe!

karina said...

Heard on tv "Kemp and Loney proving their baserunning skills"

Have you ever heard something like that from journalists?

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Karina's son - get a hit so that each one of our players can get a hit.

karina said...

Guy on tv is making fun of Vin for his way to pronounce "Rafael". I feel tempted to tweet him to tell him "you do not correct Vin Scully in anything, that's not right"

Dusty Baker said...

What TV feed are you watching, Karina?

karina said...

DirecTv Sports Venezuela

NicJ said...

oh just end this thing already.

Dusty Baker said...

Who is doing the commentary?

Josh S. said...

DirecTV Sports Vuvuzela's feed, on the other hand, sounds all buzzy.

karen said...

Is bullpen going to make this a nailbiter? I don't think I can go through it again

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You have failed me, Miller the Tattooed Lady.

Mr. Customer said...

Fookin' Angels just won't die.

karen said...

Bye bye Sherrill

Josh S. said...

Padilla must have told Joe he's going 9 tomorrow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

GOOD FUCKING LORD WE HAVE TO BRING IN BROXTON TO FINISH THIS????

Mr. Customer said...

Jaysus!

karen said...

YES!! Karina's son!

NicJ said...
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Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bobby Abreu's just been aggressive today, that's all.

Mr. Customer said...
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karina said...

@Dusty Baker a fairly decent commentator named Enrique Sequera but that's not fair to Vinny, who's the best baseball commentator on the planet.

Josh S. said...

Russ just threw me out while I was trying to get to the fridge.

karen said...

Finally

*heavy sigh*

Mr. Customer said...

THANK GOD!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I DO NOT FORFEIT THIS SEASON

Steve Sax said...

Well at least we saved our bullpen for the weekend!

Paul said...

A Win!!!

karina said...

@Mr LASF Bobby Abreu rocks all the time, because he's made of awesome!

Josh S. said...

LOL. Tickets are still available for tomorrow. Yes, they are selling them individually.

rbnlaw said...

Beers consumed? Yes.
Angels' fans taunted? Yes.
Dodgers win? Yes
Hell yes it was a good day.

No matter where I go in this town, and I live in Anaheim, there is a split in the Dodger/Angel fan base.

I'm doing my best to keep the universe in harmony for Los Doyers.

BTW, not a good week for the Bleu/Azzuri/Blue. Let's hope things improve vs. the Evil Empire.

karina said...

@rbnlaw don't even get me started on how disappointed, annoyed and sad I am of the blue and the azurri chose to suck.

Le Bleu always suck for me anyway.

Steve Sax said...

What the hell is wrong with blogger

Steve Sax said...

post-game thread up.

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