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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Josh S. said...

Padres and Giants both lost. If Haeger slacks again, I may just cry. (And I'm trying to save my tears for when I go see Toy Story 3.)

Mr. Customer said...

I've gone from cautiously optimistic to optimistically cautious.

Spanky said...

Please,for the love of humanity,no GAARP today.

Paul said...

I am caustically omnipresent.

Josh S. said...

I am courteously omniscient.

I know what you're thinking, but I don't go blabbing it to everybody.

Steve Sax said...

I am caustically pessimistic.

MR. F said...

Jean Grey/Phoenix. Nice.

Mr. Customer said...

Curiously opportunistic?

Anyone?

MR. F said...

Well I ruined that exchange.

Neeebs said...

I'm carefully claivoyant. This game doesn't bode well unless you have an A on your cap.

Mr. Customer said...

@MR.F

I continue to believe that the disjointed conversation style is more aesthetically pleasing. Much preferred to threaded comments.

Steve Sax said...

Just wondering, is that video link working for anyone? If not I will find another...

Mr. Customer said...

@Neeebs

No sad trombone until we're actually getting our collective arses kicked. I intend on being miserable only as long as absolutely necessary.

KempKershaw said...

But he's so veterany!

Veterany!

Steve Sax said...

I hope this is GAARP's "farewell tour" to Anaheim and then he's gone from the team.

Dusty Baker said...

I am caustic.

Josh S. said...

I'm callously ostentatious.

MR. F said...

Hey look at that, GAARP is out OPS+ing Andruw Jones's 2008 campaign.

Neeebs said...

I'm heading to Nashville on Friday to avoid the weekend series.

Paul said...

I am covertly ocular. I can't bear to watch this team. But I will shhhhh.

Paul said...

I wish GAARP would change his name to Candy Ortiz to fit this discussion.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm cantankerously obvious.

rbnlaw said...

I'm clairvoyantly obtuse. In other words, I can see doom ahead; I just don't know who it involves.

Sort of like Sylvia Browne.

I thought the 1901 reference was to GAARP's birth year, but I'm actually older than he.

Spanky said...

I am currently obscene. Win a fucking game already. SHIT!

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers last night were carelessly off-base.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S, I just recognized your "Haegar slacks" pun from 4:03p.

Even two hours later, I wanted to make sure I com-pleated the thought.

Josh S. said...

I wish I could say it was the first time I used that joke, but it seamed like the right time to bring it back.

karen said...

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen!!

The Dodgers need a slump buster

Josh S. said...

I don't like the subject matter, but that recap package of last night's debacle the Dodgers Live just showed was EPIC.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

I'm confidant optimistic.

Also, thanks to Karen,Steve Sax,Mr C, Dusty, Paul, Neeebs, Rbnlaw and anyone who wished me well. I don't have fever since this morning.

I also think I'm guilty of yesterday's loss because I didn't post on the GT or tweeted a meme about Ely.

Steve Sax said...

Josh, I hemmed and hawed about extending the puns, as well.

Steve Sax said...

I didn't want to profit at your ex-pants.

Dusty Baker said...

Stuck in traffic Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend Karina.

karen said...

Epale Karina!

Glad you're feeling better and are with us tonight, we need your positive energy

karina said...

@Karen I'm reading last posts and I'm worried about the collective blood pressures and stomachs of the readers of this blog.

Steve Sax said...

Karina, I've hired Shpunt to channel some V Energy your way.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Karina's feeling better. That means the Dodgers will be feeling better. I sense a connection.


No, wait, that's just my stomach. I need food.

karen said...

Haeger may need to see a professional for that thing on his chin

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I really don't care for Haeger.

Josh S. said...

Ugh. Not like everyone in front if us lost or is losing or anything.

NicJ said...

worst center fielder in baseball so far this year.

statistically.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bobby Abreu getting caught stealing off a knuckleballer is almost as embarrassing as Kemp doing the same thing. Almost.

karina said...

Do you know Bobby Abreu was slumping since the celebration broken leg?

Bobby, you're one of my favorite ballplayers but I can't stand this. Why with the Dodgers? WHY?

NicJ said...

thank you angels.

karen said...

Martin having to pick up the slack for Haeger

Josh S. said...

The Russell Martin Atonement Tour.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And they call us ignorant and lazy on the basepaths.

NicJ said...

When its the angels they are called "aggressive mistakes"

karina said...

It compensates for Tuesday's 3-run HR.

karina said...

@Steve Sax 7:14 I know you did, Sax.

karina said...

Lead off walk!

NicJ said...

Sacramento drafted cousins?

I know the guy is supposed to be a good player, but im a little leery of a guy who already has weight and conditioning issues in college.

Steve Sax said...

Kazmir Ks Kemp.

Kemp is lost.

karen said...

Torre doesn't need "to lift Kemps spirits", he needs to kick him in the ass

Paul said...

This a sad moment. The Bravo Channel is on in my household and I am not asking to change it. Not yet anyways. Nope can't bases loaded!!!

NicJ said...

a bases clearing.....

strikeout?

Damn!!

Paul said...

Crap. Maybe I can get into the Bravo Channel.

NicJ said...

well lets pick out of the positives of that inning.

We loaded the bases.

The dugout didn't catch on fire.

Thats about it.

NicJ said...

oh come on blue that last one was totally a strike.

NicJ said...

why do New York fans just go to the draft to boo all their selections.

I know most of the selections are terrible but it just seems like a waste of time.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm surprised Knicks fans even know who the hell Rautins and Fields are.

karina said...

@Nic J I don't follow the NBA, but I'm proud a born and raised venezuelan got drafted in the first round.

NicJ said...

Which player was that, Karina?

karina said...

Greivis Vasquez, who just graduated from Maryland.

NicJ said...

They know Rautins because he went to Syracuse.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I heard rumors Vasquez might drop to the Lakers. Too bad.

NicJ said...

oh did he go in the first round? thats pretty shocking.

Congrats to him though.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Er, too bad he couldn't go to the Lakers.

Again, I'm surprised Knicks fans know who Rautins is.

NicJ said...

Vasquez is a good energy player, but is way to slow to keep up with NBA PG's.

I see him as a decent bench player for the grizz. he can help with long range shooting too, something they were lacking.

NicJ said...

@Mlasf, thats technically the lakers pick. i think that completes the gasol trade.

karina said...

From what I read, he made a good impression everywhere he worked out for.

@Mr LASF if he had been drafted for the Lakers, it'd be perfect but I understand he was very good on college basketball. How good, Nic J and Mr LASF?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I know that was the Lakers' pick, but I heard somewhere that he would go to their 43rd pick.

NicJ said...

lakers on the clock.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Vasquez averaged close to 20 points a game. That's very good.

NicJ said...

Im not sure, he was a pretty good college player but that doesn't always translate to the NBA.

Im guessing a solid backup who will actually get a chance to play in Memphis, which is always the goal

karina said...

On Tuesday night, because the rain delay of the Mets game, DirecTV never showed the Dodgers game.

Today, I have to wait the Australia-Venezuela female World Softball championship game ends. I intended to watch that game too but anything that interrupts Dodgers baseball somehow is very annoying.

NicJ said...

DEVIN EBANKS!!!!!

i dont know who that is.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Devin Ebanks? Wasn't he a character on Fresh Prince?

NicJ said...

why the hell are we drafting forwards?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A small forward. The one spot on the roster the Lakers don't have a hole in? Something's up.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RT @chadfordinsider: LA takes Ebanks. Great pick. Could be this year's Trevor Ariza. A lockdown perimeter defender.

NicJ said...

im thinking he might not want to look up places to live in LA yet.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe it speaks volumes about the teams' feelings toward Luke.

NicJ said...

Ebanks lacks a shooting touch and is a good defender/ rebounder.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Or maybe Jerry West put in a good word for him.

NicJ said...

This years trevor ariza. so we are trading him to houston?

karina said...

Thanks, @MrLASF and @NicJ

p.s I love when you both talk about basketball

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

You want to know how bad of an outside shooter Ebanks was? He was 3-for-30 from beyond the arc last season. That's 10%.

NicJ said...

fuck, loney down.

NicJ said...

@MLASF, So he will fit right in with the lakers.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Charge him, Loney!

karina said...

@Mr LASF since they can't win, they could still give a good punch, right?

NicJ said...

why cant kemp do that?

karina said...

Why is Hunter so good fielding?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Karina - I'd say that Haeger should retaliate, but, y'know, the whole knuckleball thing.


It would be like getting hit with a pingpong ball.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hey, Kemp tagged up on the play! That's some heads-up baserunning!

(curls into a ball and cries)

karina said...

Well, Nic J, the Dodgers let Franklin Gutierrez go, I guess it produced bad karma.

karina said...

Son, there's a lot to make up for

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rancho A-Reed-ando

NicJ said...

reed johnson up with the bases loaded.

deja vu

karina said...

Rancho Ardiendo!

was an optical illusion or King James was in hit and run mode?

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho OC

Paul said...

How many times can you load the bases without scoring?

Josh S. said...

Sacks juiced for Johnson again.

(Filthy.)

NicJ said...

FInally, a break for us!!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

Bases still ariendo!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

HOLY HELL WE SCORED

karen said...

YES! YES!! YES!!!

Paul said...

That is Dodger power baby!!

Steve Sax said...

Reed Johnson > GAARP

karina said...

@Paul that was very depressing.

The guys on tv are talking about the back off Dodgers outfielders with disappointment.

WOW! new game, still rancho Ardiendo and one out.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I think Reed did that just to stick it to Ken Levine.

Dusty Baker said...

In comes Loney. In comes Martin.

karina said...

Way to go Raffy!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

MOAR RUNZ

karen said...

Good for Raffy!!

Paul said...

Raffy!!!!!

Dusty Baker said...

We have three times the amount of runs than our opposition!

NicJ said...

Celtics select Luke Harangody from Notre Dame.

Scalabrine has been replaced as the token ginger on the team.

Dusty Baker said...

Johnson is home!

Steve Sax said...

I can't believe Kempmade it all the way around the basepaths without a gaffe

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't know how to handle this sudden influx of runs!!!

karen said...

Hooray MSB!!

Paul said...

Another hit! The admiral saves the rebel alliance!!

Steve Sax said...

I can't believe no one besides Josh S likes the pants puns

NicJ said...

another baserunning Boo Boo.

Steve Sax said...

3-1? We are going to lose.

Paul said...

We rally and still look stupid.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well, we still have runs. I'll take it.

NicJ said...

i cant even remember the last time we chased a starting pitcher.

Spanky said...

Is there kryptonite on the bases or what?

Paul said...

I think Jamie thought it was illegal for the Dodgers to score more runs.

Dusty Baker said...

I think those puns are unseamly.

NicJ said...

lakers on the clock again.

NicJ said...

well almost on the clock.

NicJ said...

will the pants puns never crease, i mean cease.

karen said...

Haeger just couldn't stand having a 4 run lead

Steve Sax said...

Wow, the Dodgers had nine men at the plate in the top of the fourth, and now lead 5-1...make that 5-2 on the Napoli homer.

karina said...

Could you argue with that, Paul?

It's sad anytime someone hits a HR off a knuckleballer because it makes him to look very bad.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'll cut Nic some slacks for that one.

Steve Sax said...

Sure, now you make this GT theme relevant (10 games later).

Paul said...

Well rocked the Kazmir.

Pants puns? I will Levit alone.

rbnlaw said...

Why is there a 5 next to the Dodgers in the score line?

NicJ said...

DERRICK CARACTER.

another forward!!??!!??

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm not understanding Mitch tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

Breaking News: Zack Greinke has a tiny head

rbnlaw said...

Are the Dodgers going sans a belt?

karina said...

@Steve Sax are you getting classes from Nostry?

rbnlaw said...

Kemp with the good eye.

rbnlaw said...

karina back in das haus.
Did you bring any mojo with you? So far, yes.

Dusty Baker said...

On the radio before the game Vin said the "auto park" was going to be open earlier than usual this weekend at the Yard. I feel like I need to wear an ascot and drive my Model T to the stadium.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw I find your lack of faith disturbing

Josh S. said...

Ha. We're sending our three (healthy) best against the Yankees three best, but WOW did that graphic look like a hilarious mismatch.

Dusty Baker said...

Loney, you are a machine lately. FJL FTW!

NicJ said...

joe must of flipped out on the team yesterday.

Tagging up on fly outs and now a hit and run play.

Paul said...

Activate Follicle Fury. Casey getting some hits.

Mr. Customer said...

Hey everyone!

I missed the big inning AND the pants puns?

It looks like you guys sewed them all up...

NicJ said...

and now a SAC FLY!!!

I dont know what to do. Im hyperventilating.

Josh S. said...

Your (sac) fly is open.

Mr. Customer said...

...I may be able to come up with something off-the-cuff.

NicJ said...

You were late to the pun party Mr. C.

This thread was tailored just for you.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The smartness is hurting my brain.

NicJ said...

still with the crappy baserunning.

oh well, we got one so no complaints from me.

Paul said...

Well we have to do that once an inning now I guess.

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet mother of god - I just poured a glass of a 2004 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc that I unearthed by accident this morning. This must be what it feels like to be Derek Jeter. I'm a little weepy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

According to Rivals.com, Caracter is unmotivated, lackadaisical, and a pretty big asshole.

Now THAT'S ironic!

Paul said...

This pun is taking over. Inseamed so harmless.

Dusty Baker said...

Hopefully we've ironed out all our baserunning woes.

NicJ said...

@MLASF, HA!

Josh S. said...

Trivia guess: GA?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Paul - I'm in stitches that you would even think a pun could be harmless.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm thinking Caracter and Artest will have some kind of battle over who can be the biggest nutjob. And by the end of it, Caracter will be curled up in the fetal position, crying for a return to UTEP.

NicJ said...

We are scoring runs, situational hitting and Haegar is pitching relatively well.

Did i die and go to heaven?

Oh wait Troncoso is warming up. nope.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Torre does know Schlichting has not pitched since being called up, right?

NicJ said...

well he is in triple A again, so that doesnt matter.

Josh S. said...

T-Slick's back in ABQ.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oop, nevermind, he pitched in the first loss against Boston.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

And he was demoted for Haeger.

Damn, I miss T-Slick.

Josh S. said...

And he pitched in Boston.

NicJ said...

i heard somewhere he was demoted AND he pitched in boston.

NicJ said...

get him charlie, get this win.

NicJ said...

nope, not even close.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well I'm certain there's a reliever available who hasn't had his arm reduced to two wet noodles connected by a staple.

Josh S. said...

COME ON JOE LET HIM GET THE MEANINGLESS STAT!

NicJ said...

troncoso comes in.

So Charlie will finish with 4.2IP 4 ER.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

He's a knuckleballer, he can throw 200 pitches and not get tired!

Josh S. said...

Metro PCS commercials: Proof racism is alive and well in this country.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tron has more AB's against than Haeger. This is madness.

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh S

Somebody was PAID to write those things...

Mr. Customer said...

Alright, culotte with the base hits, already.

NicJ said...

i think i trust sherrill just a tad bit more than tron at this point in the season.

Josh S. said...

Somebody WROTE those? I thought someone put those guys in in front of a camera and said "Do, you know, Indian stuff!"

karina said...

One of my new year wishes will be a decent defensive left fielder for the Dodgers. When was the last time we had one?

NicJ said...

jason repko?

NicJ said...

i totally called it.

TRON SUCKS

rbnlaw said...

karina,
What were you saying about my lack of faith? My former Saintly daughter just came in and said, "I hope they don't screw this up."

She's commonly oppressive.

(former Saintly as she no longer attends St. Anthony HS)

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh S

I try to imagine what the pitch was like. I can't.

Also, Ttron's got nothing.

rbnlaw said...

Do we have any relievers that don't feel like giving up some runs?

rbnlaw said...

And like that, I stole 200.

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