Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Game 100 Thread: July 27 @ Padres, 7p

Chad Billingsley (8-5, 4.22) vs. Jon Garland (9-6, 3.61).

99 games seems to be the right amount of time to assess where we're headed, as we enter the final two months of the season. Last year, we were 62-37, in first place up eight games. The year before, we were 49-50 and tied for first. Both years, we went on to win the division outright and won our first round of the playoffs. This year, we're 53-46--roughly splitting the difference--but our third place standing six games out of first doesn't feel like we're going to make a playoff run. But with a three-game series on tap in San Diego, if this postseason run is going to happen for us, it's going to have to start here.

Bills is coming off his first complete game in two seasons, while former Dodger Garland is coming off a five-inning no decision to the Braves, which included a four-run third inning. Our offense was impotent against the Mets at home--scoring only seven runs in four games (one of which took extra innings), but we strangely eked out three wins despite being outscored in the series. The Padres, as strange as it sounds, will not just [oaken]fold over here, so we'd better we come out of a day off ready to rock. Ready, steady, go!

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Josh S. said...

Furcal
Kemp
Ethier
Loney
Blake
DeWitt
Paul
Martin
Billingsley

Josh S. said...

Proper Blake-DeWitt lineup order. This will restore balance to the offense. I'm not joking.

rbnlaw said...

Here we go!

Yet again.

NicJ said...

Much like Oakenfold, I think the Padres are overrated.

Mr. Customer said...

Oakenfold? Damn, I'll have to buy some glow-sticks on my way home...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I know the whole "six games behind San Diego" mantra is pretty popular, but don't forget we have a pretty good shot at the wild card. Only three back of the Giants in that race.

Dusty Baker said...

Ahhhhh....all is right with the world now that "Blake" and "DeWitt" have been restored to their proper place in space and time.

Meaniebreanie said...

I'm sensing good karma. I have a really good feeling about tonight's game. Let's hope my instincts are right.

MR. F said...

Love the avatar, DB.

Mr. Customer said...

Looks like the role of Ethier in tonight's lineup may be played by the living, breathing 4-3 groundout.

Damn it all.

Josh S. said...

Son of a bitch. I'm on my phone. If someone wants to post the correct lineup, you can have credit.

Dusty Baker said...

Furcal 6
Paul 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Blake 5
DeWitt 4
Anderson 7
Martin 2
Billingsley 1

Mr. Customer said...

Furcal 6
Paul 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Blake 5
DeWitt 4
The desiccated corpse of GA 7
Martin 2
Billingsley 1

Dusty Baker said...

Running to get a beer from the fridge, Vinny!

karen said...

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen

Lets all buckle our seatbelts

Meaniebreanie said...

Hi Karen
Let's hope tonight's ride isn't too bumpy.

Dusty Baker said...

@Karen, MB

I feel like I'm riding in the bed of a pickup truck tonight...no seatbelt available and in obvious violation of the law.

Dusty Baker said...

We just aren't very good at base stealing, are we?

Meaniebreanie said...

We've already hit a couple of small bumps. Dusty, hang on. It could be one helluva ride.

karen said...

Hi MB!

I brought my good karma! Let's hope you're instincts are on tonight.

Spanky said...

Hey Peeps! Whats the Haps?

Gotta look on gameday until I get a stream from somewheres(no Kcal on the dish)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice inning for Bills.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karen
If Karina joins us we will be sure to have even better karma. In Texas as we say, here's to good mojo!

We Need MOJO!

Fred's Brim said...

Epale everyone!
Good inning from Chad

DB if we get pulled over, toss the empties!

Fred's Brim said...

Mets had lots of MOJO (8 runs of it) vs Wainright and St Louis tonight. Maybe that's a good sign for us

Meaniebreanie said...

Epale Fred, is it going to be a slivovitz night?

Fred's Brim said...

we have two pitchers batting tonight?!

Neeebs said...

Hey, I'm looking a bit Southeast and I think I see Karina.

Damn I hope the boys win tonight.

Fred's Brim said...

@MB I hope not! That'll depend on our friends in the road greys

karen said...

Good old GAARP

Spanky said...

YaY GAARP.

Mr. Customer said...

I hope the strong outings by our starters represent a developing trend.

Fred's Brim said...

Neeebs you down in the far southland?

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

There are already a LOT of empties.

Dusty Baker said...

Good mojo with no bad juju.

(I needed to say that for RB)

Josh S. said...

He made Headley look stupid.

Fred's Brim said...

@DB flip down the tailgate and let them bounce out as we go

Dusty Baker said...

Is it legal to shoot a gun out of the back of a pickup in TX? Cause I want to start shootin' some shit.

Fred's Brim said...

@DB it's cool as long as you don't hit somebody else's cattle

Spanky said...

Sit down Fool!

Josh S. said...

Gwynn's got the Kimbo beard going.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dammit Russ pay attention.

Fred's Brim said...

@Tony Jr, it's a little early to grow a playoff beard

and the wrong sport

Dusty Baker said...

Not only do we not steal bases very well, we also don't do a good job of keeping the opposing team from doing so.

Fred's Brim said...

that was strike 3 on the previous pitch

Meaniebreanie said...

@DB
Legal or not there are gunracks/guns in the back of pickups if they are not already in consoles, glove boxes,purses, or all the above.

Fred is right, you never shoot the cattle. Heck, if you hit a person you worry about the consequences later. If is blatant the state motto is "just try em and fry em".

Fred's Brim said...

"when you get deep inside the Padres, you find lots of good things"

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

Right...in AR I remember one could have guns on racks visible and unloaded...but one could never shoot FROM the vehicle (especially while hunting).

In TN, one can carry concealed weapons into churches legally now. *sigh*

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck yeah, Bills. That was a strong,confident grown-up pitch to get out of the inning. Well done, son!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It was all a ruse to get the pitcher to lead off the next inning.

Fred's Brim said...

that was the pitch that should have struck out Gwynn

damn umps are bloated on fish tacos

Dusty Baker said...

I think Sharon Tay's nose may be even narrower than usual tonight.

Dusty Baker said...

@FB re fish tacos

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Spanky said...

What if we shoot the cattle with the intent to eat?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kershaw gets the good seats!

Fred's Brim said...

Headley's got a little MSB leg kick when he throws

Meaniebreanie said...

@Spanky
There is certain protocol. You do not shoot the cattle, you take them to get butchered. Shooting vermin and sometimes people is viewed as a whole different matter. We are a twisted state. What can I say?

Fred's Brim said...

that was NOT a strike

karen said...

That did not look like a strike on Raffy

Dusty Baker said...

Strike 3? MMmmmm....

Better call that a strike the other way, too, the rest of the game.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This ump's zone is far from consistent. If that's a strike, Gwynn should have gone down looking as well.

Spanky said...

Guess I can't do a Ted Nugent and go all gung ho for steaks with a AK

NicJ said...

Man our offense really fucking blows.

Fred's Brim said...

John Garland hustles as much as GAARP

Fred's Brim said...

i wonder how much barf is in that sandbox

Meaniebreanie said...

Despite what we've seen I am still confident we will pull it off. Either that or the alcohol is beginning to make me delusional.

Dusty Baker said...

@Spanky

Many, many reasons not to do a Ted Nugent.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Fred
Hang it over the side of the truck son.

Dusty Baker said...

@MB

Be sure to throw your empties out of the window in case we get pulled over.

Fred's Brim said...

nice, Casey!

karen said...

Good play by Casey

Dusty Baker said...

Vin just said "acid test." Somewhere, Ken Kesey is giggling.

Meaniebreanie said...

@DB
Let's hope I haven't lost my charm. If my reaction isn't fast enough maybe I can talk my way out of it. It wouldn't be the first time : )

Fred's Brim said...

@MB if Dusty didn't have have his gunrack in the way, you could just toss your cans through the sliding window

Meaniebreanie said...

@FB,Dusty
Sorry to disappoint. Despite being a Texas girl and half German, I don't drink beer unless it is pure desperation. I will be the one tossing a bottle.

Meaniebreanie said...

Come on Loney!

Spanky said...

KKemps strikeout did not look to good on gameday

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Garland made both Kemp and Loney look foolish.

Spanky said...

What is this?

A strikeout contest

NicJ said...

When did garlands changeup get so good?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lousy shift.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Spanky
Let's hope that Chadley thinks so.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This isn't good.

karen said...

Headley tried to do a Houston Street on Bills

Mr. Customer said...

I'm sorry, I missed something.

What are we supposed to be shooting?

Spanky said...

Get your shit together Thighboy

karen said...

C'mon Bills, settle down

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr. C

The ump.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw son of a bitch.

Mr. Customer said...

Stupid sexy armpit.

karen said...

CrapCrapCrap

Spanky said...

Were Doomed

Spanky said...

We're

Mr. Customer said...

Holy balls, that was close.

karen said...

DeOut at the plate!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That was a close one.

Meaniebreanie said...

Come on people it's a bump. We can pull it off. Pop open another or take a shot and hang on for the ride!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I dare say we might have a chance at escaping damage.

Mr. Customer said...

I think we're legally allowed ti shoot anything that might be construed as a varmit, and Eckstein is right there on the cusp.

karen said...

Whew...Team Blue gets out of a mess!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

SUCK IT, MSB 2.0!!!

Spanky said...

Dude,Fuck Yeah! Thighmaster comes through

Mr. Customer said...

Chuy hates the Padres.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bill Plaschke still thinks Bills lacks balls.

NicJ said...

It's beginning to feel like we are not even trying on offense.

Fred's Brim said...

I missed the pregame. What's the deal with Dre?

Fred's Brim said...

it's a grind and we gotta keep grindin

karen said...

@FB Dre has the flu

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Lost on the mix of Furcal's hot bat: his gold glove.

Fred's Brim said...

thanks, karen. I hope comes back feeling good and with his hitting shoes polished

Dusty Baker said...

Stomach flu according to Dodgers website.

karen said...

Good inning for Bills

Fred's Brim said...

Vin digging deep into the media guide to talk about Vincent Denorfia

Meaniebreanie said...

Come on Blue. Show us that you want to win........ MOJO!

Dusty Baker said...

No bad juju!

karen said...

Yay for Karina's son!!

Meaniebreanie said...

Base hit, keep it up!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

BUTTERFINGERS MCGEE

Fred's Brim said...

yeehah!

karen said...

Good for you Gonzalez!

Mr. Customer said...

HA-ha

/Nelson Muntz

Fred's Brim said...

Cmon Raffy, release the Kraken!

Spanky said...

Rally!!!!!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

shorten that swing Raffy, we just want a single

Fred's Brim said...

a one-armed Kraken

Dusty Baker said...

Put it where they ain't, Raffy.

Mr. Customer said...

Not where they ain't

Fred's Brim said...

rats

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Damn, hit it right on the screws.

Mr. Customer said...

@db

Ok, that's creepy. Wrote that without seeing your comment.

NicJ said...

Seriously torre needs to start moving runners over. We are scuffling bad and he keeps just waiting for Jeter to come up and get the big hit.

Fred's Brim said...

don't be afraid to take the walk, X

Mr. Customer said...

Fack

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Blegh.

Spanky said...

Fuck

Fred's Brim said...

crapcrapcrap

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Matty, just a single

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

What are the odds of three straight full counts that result in outs?

Mr. Customer said...

FAAACK!

MR. F said...

Fail.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Very high, apparently.

karen said...

Matty on a strikeout tear

Spanky said...

Of Course.

Fred's Brim said...

not even close

he made up his mind to swing as soon as the previous pitch was called a ball

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I wish Garland threw that changeup more often last year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least that inning inflated Garland's pitch count.

Oh wait, their bullpen is awesome. Fuck.

Josh S. said...

Our offense is offensive.

Paul said...

Fuck!!! Why can't Kemp be as good as he thinks he is???

Josh S. said...

Joe, Ned, and Frank created this Garland monster.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They're still playing with the shift. Because that worked out swimmingly last time.

Fred's Brim said...

stupid bullpen

NicJ said...

I want a national league manager next year. We seriously can't just wait around for a big hit.

Fred's Brim said...

Raffy was moving on that one!

Dusty Baker said...

I like your observation about moving runners over, Nic. Ethier is out, Kemp is stinking, Blake blows hot and cold, Karina's son is in a foster home; there's not a ton of power. Play some small ball, manufacture some runs, get the offense going. It's the equivalent of push a manual shift car down the road and then popping the clutch to start it.

Fred's Brim said...

dammit
no excuse for that

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Bills was thinking "Screw it, i don't feel like giving up a hit to you, Yorvit."

Mr. Customer said...

Nice work. Can we score now?

Fred's Brim said...

jeez Vin, don't taunt them about their batting averages

Dusty Baker said...

Pod Rays fans have worse depth perception that Dodgers fans do when it comes to not knowing if a ball hit in the air is going for a HR -- or a weak popup to shallow right center.

Dusty Baker said...

@ Mr. C-

That needs to wait until after the game is over.

Dusty Baker said...

Who's driving now? I need a Mountain Dew to mix with my illegally-obtained, cheap tequila. Can we stop at Sonic?

Fred's Brim said...

Padres rocking the Gloria Estefan between innings

Mr. Customer said...

@dusty

You underestimate my multi-tasking abilities.

Fred's Brim said...

@DB "illegally-obtained tequila" - you made it yourself? Or did you steal a bottle when the bartender wasn't looking?

NicJ said...

this is garlands best start in two months.

Mr. Customer said...

Whaa?!

Fred's Brim said...

Blakey D went down to get that one
GAAARP to ground out

Fred's Brim said...

what just happened there?

MR. F said...

I'm watching Executive Decision on TV while watching the game on mlb.tv. The airline of the hijacked plane is Oceanic! I bet it's flight 815.

Mr. Customer said...

I swear his eyes were closed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well that cinches it, we're going to lose if GAARP is getting hits.

Spanky said...

Wha Wha What

Fred's Brim said...

these acid flashbacks are no good. it looked like GAARP singled there

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre!

Spanky said...

Chadley's B.A. is only 50 points lower than GAARPS

Josh S. said...

Weirdly, I wish Bills was hitting for himself.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Dre! barf up a lung and hit a bases-clearing double!

Paul said...

Andre Areiendo!!!!!

Paul said...

Come on Andre make Garland have the shits too!!

Dusty Baker said...

Is it just me or could Dre have jacked that first pitch the fuck all the way to Portland?

Fred's Brim said...

@Josh, yeah I am 50-50 with this

MR. F said...

Ethier!!!!

Mr. Customer said...

My boy E!

Josh S. said...

I TAKE IT BACK I TAKE IT BACK!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

ANDRE!!!!

karen said...

DREEEEE!!!!

Paul said...

Fuck ya!!! You all forgot about Dre!!!

Fred's Brim said...

YES DRE!!!!!!

NicJ said...

apparently Dre has a case of the "kick ass" flu.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Dusty
Is there a worm in it? Fred, maybe it's time for Slivovitz. I might be breaking out the Goldschlager. At this point, who the hell cares who is driving.

Am I hallucinating or is that Dre?
We need shots of good karma. We can still prevail.

Josh S. said...

Run Batted Imodium

Dusty Baker said...

@FB re flashbacks

See my Ken Kesey reference above.

Spanky said...

Yeah Baby

Fred's Brim said...

hehe Dre don't look so good standing there on first

Dusty Baker said...

I've got the boogie woogie flu, now!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We can actually win! Hooray!

Dusty Baker said...

"Run Batted Imodium"

Rich, Josh.

Mr. Customer said...

Goldschlager...

*shudders*

Fred's Brim said...

@DB maybe we are on a painted bus instead of a pickup truck. And who is that dude juggling axes?

Meaniebreanie said...

MOJO has struck!

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