Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Post-Game 71 Thread: Get'cha Head In The Game, Dodgers

ANGELS 2, DODGERS 1

Since early May, we have watched Matt Kemp spiral down from his otherworldly start this year toward a decidedly mortal coil. His OBP has gone from .405 on April 22 to .315 today; his batting average has sunk from .333 to .258, and his home run last night in a losing cause was his first in 17 games (giving him 12 total on the year). And yes, he had the Dodgers' only run of the night; yes, he's got prodigious power and tons of potential; yes, he's dating Rihanna.

But getting picked off second base, in the ninth inning, representing the game-tying run with one out (and a man on first), is simply inexcusable. And then, after Russell Martin walked to put men and first and second with two out, Jamey Carroll hits a single to right which would have rightfully scored Reed Johnson from second--except for the fact that Russell Martin--0-for-3 and batting .250--inexplicably turned wide on second base and was tagged out before Johnson could cross the plate. With the tying run INCHES away from home, Martin absolutely blew it. Just as Kemp had blown it minutes earlier.

We've now lost five of five games to the Angels, we slip to four games behind the Padres in a TIE for third place, and the season looks hopeless once again as we are absolutely pathetic when the game is on the line. I know we've got a young team, and that young teams are prone to errors. But Joe Torre sure as hell had better be making the team run windsprints and suicides all night long, until they're puking up rally monkeys, after this performance.

Me, I'm just getting drunk.

35 comments:

NicJ said...

Torre on the postgame has came the closest to calling out a player since he has been here.

Something along the lines of baseball being not just about ability but about being able to think. He also said that the all knew about fuentes pick off move.

i think he was talking to you kemp.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

I wish Casey Blake was still Carlos Santana and that Russell Martin was washing cars.

Krusty Baker said...

I caught that too, Nic. I'm glad Torre said that. I continue to believe deep down that when Ned C said that publicly re Kemp earlier in the year, he wasn't entirely off base.

Neeebs said...

Twilight Zone ninth inning. But hey, Ely looked good. I blame Rhianna. And Martin hasn't recovered from his promising start a couple years ago.

Krusty Baker said...

Perhaps Top Chef will ease my pain.

Steve Sax said...

Krusty: You know who WAS off-base?

Kemp.

Steve Sax said...

I could use the Top Chef knives about now.

Krusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

You are right; Ely did look good. Lone bright spot!

Krusty Baker said...

Padma is popping out of her top post-pregnancy.

Neeebs said...

@DB

Perhaps top shelf (where I keep the pisco) will ease the pain.

Neeebs said...

Ah...Padma.

Me gusta

Krusty Baker said...

Holy shit, Neeebs - thx for reminding me re the pisco! I'm on it.

Paul said...

As I posted before I notice I was drinking alone in the other room.

Jeff Kent saw this problem.

Jeff Kent is still .... Fuck it you know.

Time for some Russian Standard Vodka.

Krusty Baker said...

Interesting take re Jeff Kent, Paul. Hadn't considered it in that context.

Steve Sax said...

Paul! I love me the Russian Standard Platinum!

Krusty Baker said...

I am saddened to report to fellow iPhone owners that the new OS does not include a shortcut for scrolling to the bottom of a page in Safari. I would sacrifice multitasking for this simple feature.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is it just me, or did Ken Levine give the most bullshit reason for continuously sticking GAARP into the lineup? He bascially said he's a gamer. He's a fucking gamer.


GAMER'S HAVE A FUCKING .193 BATTING AVERAGE. DON'T BULLSHIT ME WITH GAMERS.

Paul said...

@Sax

It is Platinum time here. I need a refreshing hard drink. Whiskey will make me want to hang myself with Gleek's leash.

Krusty Baker said...

@Sax

I have had a few glasses of that Pillar Box Red or whatever it is called ( the bottle is way over on the liquor credenza and I aint getting up). I remember you were quaffing some of this last year and liked it. Om kinda ok with it. There were two kinds, one being more of a "reserve". I opted for the regular. Do u remember which one u had?

rbnlaw said...

I'm not sorry I missed this heartache.
I am sorry I'm not getting drunk with the rest of you.
I am happy the USA won today and that England gets to face Germany in the knock round.
I'm not happy our bright young star (I would say "stars" but J. Martin sucks right about now) seems to have his head firmly up Rhiannonnnan's ample buttocks.

Krusty Baker said...

I think Kemp should be forced to have Rihanna's haircut until he understands what he's doing to the team.

Steve Sax said...

Krusty you have a heck of a memory. I did like the Pillar Box Red when it was $8-9 a bottle. I just noticed it's up to $12-13 at BevMo now. I don't think you can attribute that to the bank failure.

I drank the regular, since I'm a man of the people. Tonight I'm swilling from the bottle of a Renwood 2007 Zin from Lodi. It's okay, but I'm trying to anesthetize the pain of this game, which will probably take Oban 14 + COD:MW2 later on.

Steve Sax said...

Krusty, you also have one hell of a memory. I'm impressed. Or scared. Or both.

Krusty Baker said...

Of all my faults, my memory is not one of them. Mrs Dusty finds quibble with what I choose to remember, and she may have a point. I might not remember what I ate for breakfast but I can remember what wine you were drinking sometime last season. Go fig.

Yeah that's a good point - if this were $8-9 I would say it's a good Wednesday night wine to go with cheap homemade spaghetti. At $12 it's a waste.

Krusty Baker said...

"Oban 14 + COD:MW2"

What a beautiful equation.

Steve Sax said...

I hear you Krusty. It's selective memory. I'm still impressed.

There is a certain joy about drinking straight from a red wine bottle for no other reason than to say you can.

Paul said...

Can someone explain the regression of Matt Kemp?

I might buy MW2 this week. But only have the xbox on the ranch and no dsl. Sucks

NicJ said...

Maybe Colletti should have called out the AL for sucking before inter league started, sending them into a tailspin. Worked for kemp.

MR. F said...

Ugh. I think Matt Kemp got complacent.

NicJ said...

cheer up boys. just four more games against the AL.

NL West land ho!!!

Paul said...

Sad part is this was the year Matt was suppose to jump up
to superstar not a punchline.

Krusty Baker said...

Pisco, you never fail me.

Dusty Baker said...

I bid you all good night.

Only a few more AL games left.

Fred's Brim said...

i hate this

i hate this i hate this i hate this

Fred's Brim said...

I missed this last night and only read about it this morning. But I took my medicine just now and watched the highlights. We are so sad right now. There's a decent chance that Kazmir no-hits us tonight.