Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Game 101 Thread: July 28 @ Padres, 7p

Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.48) vs. Clayton Richard (7-5, 3.57).

COMMENTS: If you combined Clayton Kershaw and J.R. Richard, would you get Clayton Richard? I hope not, because that would be one bad mofo of a pitcher. Anyhoo, of the Dodgers' remaining 62 games, 12 are against the Padres. That's almost a 20 percent chance of Friarly activity during any given Dodgers game. But we're 5-1 against the Pads so far this season, so let the streak continue!

photo by Darryl Norenberg/WireImage.com

187 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

I still prefer the Yellow-and-Brown edition Pods. Those had *class*.

Mr. Customer said...

...To the old 'Stros, that is.

Steve Sax said...

It's cliched now but I like that retro Astros jersey. If I was a 'stros fan I'd wear that one to games.

And whenever I was near rainbows.

Jason said...

@Sax - Then you'd be a double rainbow. Whoa! Double rainbow!

rbnlaw said...

If you were a 'Stros fan, you'd also prefer the team from that era.

On another note:

Here we go!

Is someone monitoring GLB for their imminent meltdown when Dick Enberg says something positive about a Dodger?

Mr. Customer said...

@rbnlaw

Yeah, watching the Dodgers play the Nolan Ryan era Astros was like getting beaten to death with a traffic cone.

MR. F said...

What is GLB? I asked yesterday but I don't know if I checked back for an answer.

NicJ said...

I liked it better when the giants were unable to score runs.

NicJ said...

Gaslampball.com

Padres blog

Mr. Customer said...

@MR. F

GLB is Gas Lamp Ball. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy...except for at McCovey Chronicles.

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Mr. Customer said...

Jonah Keri heartlessly reminds us that Denis Martinez' perfect game was 19 years ago today via Twitter.

(jinxed)

Steve Sax said...

Mr F, I did reply to to you on GLB yesterday, albeit late

giants rolling over dead fish, 7-2

Steve Sax said...

Going off the grid again shortly...bring us a win, boys!

rbnlaw said...

Hell the JR Richard Astros were death to the Dodgers. Watching those games from the Astrodome was painful.

Imagine, the NL West had the Dodgers, Braves, Astros, Reds, and Giants. So many teams to hate.
No wonder the Pods were a consistent doormat. At one point Tommy made his famous, "They're only renting the space at the top" statement about the Pods when they found themselves in 1st. Of course, I think that was 1984 and a guy named Garvey was their 1st baseman.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RT @jaysonst: #Royals have agreed to trade Scott Podsednik to the #Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers. More to come on ESPN.com #trades

NicJ said...

does that mean GA will be hitting the bricks shortly?

Torre said he expects XP to stay with the big league club for the remainder of the year and Reed should be back soon.

NicJ said...

unless we are trading manny to the Hiroshima Carp for Stults.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It either means a DFA for GAARP or a demotion for XP.

Smart money says demotion, but my heart wants that DFA.

NicJ said...

i think even Torre is starting to admit GA is done, he is using him less and less unless he absolutely has to.

Josh S. said...

The WAG section at the Ravine just got an upgrade.

Josh S. said...

Lucas May and Elisaul Pimintel.

Why sacrifice catching depth?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Trading a catcher for an aging bat.

Where have I heard this before?

NicJ said...

Say goodbye to Lucas May and Pimentel

MR. F said...

Thanks everybody.

NicJ said...

Our catching depth is pretty much at the kiddie pool level as it is. Oh well.

I guess we are all stuck with martin.

NicJ said...

well i guess i have to go read trueblueLA and watch the pandemonium ensue.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't think the club cared all that much for May.

Mr. Customer said...

Meh.

NicJ said...

Lucas May has never really got the whole catching thing down anyways. Probably has a future as a DH.

Sooner or later we are going to have to stop trading away/converting our catchers.

Josh S. said...

Lucas Meh?

Mr. Customer said...

Sometimes, you gotta spend prospects. Podsednik isn't really my idea of an impact move.

NicJ said...

MSTI already complaining.

Mr. Customer said...

Unless he collides with GA on his way out the door, that is.

Fred's Brim said...

it's OK, we'll just sign Jason Varitek in the offseason

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Most people are pissed at Pimentel.

MSTI would be pissed at anything. He's one of those guys who thinks anybody in the system can eventually become Albert Pujols or Cliff Lee.

Mr. Customer said...

@NicJ

Already?

NicJ said...

Isn't Pimentel in like A ball or something?

NicJ said...

Beastmode 2.0?

NicJ said...

Podsednik's Palace will be replacing Mannywood.

Dusty Baker said...

Man you guys are in rare form already tonight. This should be a good one.

For the record, J.R. Richard scared the hell out of me when I was but a wee lad. Dude was a wicked pitcher.

Not that he pitched TO me; he was just really god damned formidable. And I think he was all speeded out, too, which was even scarier.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad Moriyama also hates the deal. Him and MSTI both hate it? What's next, Amar'e Stoudemire announces that he's Jewish?

NicJ said...

Scotty Pods trading in the KC Royal blue for the slightly different (But obviously way more awesome in every way possible) LA Dodger blue.

Dusty Baker said...

Rafael Furcal, SS
Jamey Carroll, LF
Andre Ethier, RF
Matt Kemp, CF
Casey Blake, 3B
James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Hiroki Kuroda, P

Blake DeWitt mojo is gone.

Dusty Baker said...

Those bellyaching bastards would hate the good end of a Babe Ruth trade.

Fred's Brim said...

I came into baseball right when JR was leaving it. The only thing I knew about him was when announcers would reminisce about him during the Nolan Ryan/Mike Scott days. It seemed like he was from back in the 60s or something. I pictured him as some huge, flamethrowing good'ol boy from Texas. I didn't realize he was black until I read the Josh Wilker Cardboard Gods book

NicJ said...

Dylan H said the dodgers received no cash in the trade. See we aint poor.

McCourt is making it rain bitches!!!

NicJ said...

this probably means that Pods will be starting LF next year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Pods will just be what Juan Pierre was always meant to be, only cheaper and better at getting on base. He can back up Furcal, get steals, etc. It could even work out in the long term, so I like it.

Plus, I remember when he played for Colorado and he'd always be getting on base and stealing in the first inning and it would piss me off. I'd like to see him do that for us.

Spanky said...

50 comments before game start.

SHIT IS ON!

Dusty Baker said...

Also, he doesn't go to SF. Huge plus. Welcome to L frikkin' A, Pods!

Dusty Baker said...

Shit is definitely on.

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

Dusty Baker said...

I might do some Tweeter baiting tonight...get bellyaching Dodgers bloggers/Twitterers even more fired up about the Pods/May/Pimentel trade. Tee hee...they're so easy to wind up.

Betsy said...

i <3 Jamey Carroll!

Betsy said...

But i hate double plays :(

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@Dusty - Just say Casey Blake was worth acquiring. That's like lying down naked in front of a pack of wolves.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly MLASF.

One time - and I SWEAR this is true - they were bellyaching about Casey Blake and his fielding at the EXACT moment he made a crack play at 3B to save two runs recently. The juxtaposition of their whining and the play on the field was quite enjoyable.

Dusty Baker said...

Rox lost again tonight.

Gnats found a way to win.

Dusty Baker said...

DPs. Why did it have to be DPs?

Josh S. said...

Weird that the tape looped. What actually happened in the second?

NicJ said...

Offense?

NicJ said...

Hiro better be careful here, our offense is limited to a maximum of two runs.

Mr. Customer said...

That's good!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Just need to retire Hairston the Non-Junior.

NicJ said...

Coincidentally my sister works at a barber shop right across from petco park and she cut chase headly's hair today.

She declined my offer of $100 to shave an LA symbol in his head.

NicJ said...

haha, dodgers really breaking out the beanballs lately.

just wait until padilla pitches tomorrow.

Betsy said...

WTH is up with the sound?

NicJ said...

Today's prime ticket broadcast appears to be running off the power of the dodgers bats.

NicJ said...

wow, its amazing how fast the rox fell out of the race.

NicJ said...

Nice pitch!

Dusty Baker said...

@NicJ

I offered your sister $500 to stab him in the neck.

NicJ said...

you look at the middle to back half of this padres lineup and it amazing how they win any games at all.

What a truly awesome pitching staff they have.

NicJ said...

haha, very nice DB.

NicJ said...

i guess she was invited to sit in the owners box. Im trying to get her to wear some LA gear. Or a baltimore hat, haha.

Josh S. said...

Old timey radio night on PT.

NicJ said...

bullshit. How come we get the warnings before we get even and the other team is always allowed to get their revenge.

NicJ said...

Richard has been terrible in July with and ERA over 7.00.

Funny, i cant even tell.

NicJ said...

smallballfail

Betsy said...

wooo hoo!

Spanky said...

AAAAHHHHHH YEAH!

Mr. Customer said...

WHERE'S YOUR MSB NOW SAN DIEGO!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

OFFENSE!

NicJ said...

Carroll and his intangibles just fucked shit up.

NicJ said...

dre and his god damn infield popflys.

Spanky said...

Geez, What are you swinging at Beard?

Spanky said...

BOOOOOOOOO!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Nice inning for Kuroda.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

According to Jayson Stark, the Dodgers are now focusing on Ted Lilly or Paul Maholm. If those are the two options, I will punch dozens of walls if it's not Lilly.

Josh S. said...

I still wish we could get a dude who can kill the ball (consistently). Maybe by August 31st.

NicJ said...

I love that Vin says "curly fries" like he has no idea what they are.

NicJ said...

Maholm blows.

NicJ said...

im still waiting to get on a hot streak.

NicJ said...

maybe manny has just been saving all his energy for the last two months.

Spanky said...

@ Nicj

I tell myself that everyday when
I say "Fucking Manny".

NicJ said...

Richard's best outing in over a month.

We have been seeing a lot of these games lately.

Spanky said...

Fuck Man! this is depressing as hell.

Pitchers are throwing their hearts out and we can't score more runs.

Spanky said...

Good try Rafa

NicJ said...

you know there are only 3 other teams with a worse BA than us since the allstar break?

Colorado is one of them.

NicJ said...

we have also scored the fewest runs since the ASB.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Did the strike zone suddenly shrink to the size of an apple or something?

Spanky said...

He's gonna walk him

Mr. Customer said...

Oh fuck

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw fuck

Spanky said...

Hold the line Kuroda

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This doesn't bode well.

Spanky said...

Damn

Now Breezy is warming up

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well we're screwed.

Mr. Customer said...

Damnation.

Spanky said...

It sucks that if we give up more than one run it's like an automatic loss these days

NicJ said...

why did kemp even take his bat up there?

NicJ said...

currently the weakest offense in baseball against the best pen in baseball.

yay!!

NicJ said...

tomorrow is going to be a tough game going up against Latos.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Is it possible to have negative runs?

Betsy said...

flying farts...SIGH, damnation

Spanky said...

Weak ass shit

Dusty Baker said...

What the god damn fuck is Kemp's problem? And does he give a flying shit? Is he just thinking about dry humping Loney all day or what?

Mr. Customer said...

I don't know what it is about Latos. Even his name pisses me off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Kemp is one of three Dodgers with a hit today.

Dusty Baker said...

Paul Maholm sounds like a guy who charges me to do my taxes. I don't want this little fucker and I don't want to give anything up for him. I'd rather just have a shitty 5th starter and then get to bitch about it instead of getting him then inevitably having to bitch about it.

Dusty Baker said...

Don't take up for Kemp when I'm pissed off at him.

Spanky said...

OOOHHH NNOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'll make it up to you DB. You can engage MOKM in an argument with me.

Dusty Baker said...

Heh. Funny MLASF. I'd rather dry hump Paul Maholm than argue with those stat-lickers.

MR. F said...

Has George Sherrill figured it out or anything yet?

Spanky said...

Hate to say it but them was some nice curves to Gwynn

rbnlaw said...

Mr C. with an anti-Latos bias.

Oh wait.

Say, those two Pod runs were impressive, weren't they? How the fuck is this team in first by this many games?

BTW, vodka mixes well with Diet Mt. Dew. Have I mentioned this before?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sherrill's starting to turn around at least.

rbnlaw said...

Well fuck me.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now we're officially screwed.

Dusty Baker said...

Armpit alert!

Mr. Customer said...

Damn. It. All.

rbnlaw said...

Jack Bauer up in the bully; Pods up with the runs.

Speaking of which, I see Dre feels better.

Spanky said...

Throw the ball down the middle of the plate. Now why did I not think of that.

Thanx Weaver. Asshole

Dusty Baker said...

Trashner warming up. Weaver ineffective. Sherrill is Sherrill. Kuo unavailable. Can't hit for shit.

Looking for a wall to punch.

rbnlaw said...

Where's that Vaseline? The pits re chaffed.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Sherrill was actually pretty good, considering one of his two outs was a sacrifice bunt.

NicJ said...

Fuck that was a meatball.

Now it's probably over.

Spanky said...

Just looking at Torre gets me pissed off

Dusty Baker said...

Just looking at the bullpen gets me pissed off.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I can't believe I'm saying this but Torre should have left Sherrill in.

Dusty Baker said...

We said earlier the shit was on. Boy were we right. Shit's on the mound. And in the batter's box.

rbnlaw said...

I'll agree about Sherrill. Martin told him to hide the ball more, and he's seems to be back to almost normal. It's too soon to tell, but he might be back.

God knows they need him.

Spanky said...

Shit's All Over The Place

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I'm ready for the Taschner experiment to end.

Dusty Baker said...

@Mr C

Can you share a new profanity with us for this occasion?

Spanky said...

Why not pitch jansen against Gonzo and see what the kid can do in this situation

Betsy said...

So we forgt how to throw strikes? Greeaat.

Spanky said...

WTF!

Mr. Customer said...

What is the purpose of Taschner, anyway? Other that fucking up, I mean.

Dusty Baker said...

Has Trashner thrown a strike yet?

rbnlaw said...

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
The Fucking Pod Rays
The Fucking Pod Rays, who.
Exactly. Now quit pitching like some gutless wonder.

Josh S. said...

Wow. This Trashner can't get an out thing would be hilarious if it wasn't so depressing.

Dusty Baker said...

Wait, he just did. I jinxed his run of balls!

rbnlaw said...

I have a bad feeling about this.

rbnlaw said...

Matt Fucking Kemp, ladies and gentlemen.

Spanky said...

Almost put my fist through the T.V.

Still might

rbnlaw said...

This is not going well. Not at all.

But the vodka is going well.

Mr. Customer said...

@dusty

We're ɸucked.

Dusty Baker said...

ɸuck you, Trashner.

Steve Sax said...

Goddammit, what the hell happened?

Spanky said...

I want to bail but I hate not finishing things no matter how painful.

Call me a masochist

rbnlaw said...

Pods would've had that.

Spanky said...

Our relief pitching happened,Saxy

And our offense is what did not happen

Mr. Customer said...

@sax

Basically, everyone who can proficiently get outs pitched yesterday.

Dusty Baker said...

We can't bail, Spanky. We have to endure. What else we gone do, mope around the house?

Josh S. said...

Sherrill has been the best pitcher out of the pen tonight.

These are some goooood drugs.

Spanky said...

Curl up in bed and shudder all night

Mr. Customer said...

OK, I'm done now.

ɸuck this with a rusty trowel.

Dusty Baker said...

I want to kill Kill KILL now!

Mr. Customer said...

It's cliché, but tomorrow's a must-win.

NicJ said...

Vin called the Podsednik deal a good one. That is the final word bloggers and blogettes.

Dusty Baker said...

Vin has spoken. Thus it is.

Dusty Baker said...

It's cliche, but god fucking dammit.

Mr. Customer said...

The offense blows.

Spanky said...

Was a good game till the "relief" came in.

But I don't know Peeps? The offense is atrocious and one person is not gonna make a difference if nobody else is hitting.

Dusty Baker said...

Kemp and Ethier are selfishly swinging for the fences. Everyone needs to calm down, play small ball to get the groove back, and manufacture those runs. That's a way to get out of the funk. That, or PEDs.

Dusty Baker said...

Colletti interview (taped) seemed like his gramma just died. Sounded and looked just whupped.

Josh S. said...

We need 1 more solid bullpen guy. Then it can be Kuo/Broxton and New Guy*/Jansen every other day. We can't get by with Awesome and Pile of Shit every other day.

*I'd accept "New Guy" being Belisario if he has his head on right.

Dusty Baker said...

Back to hearing about how A-Rod is still on 599 HRs. I've been rooting for a bad slump so he has a tough time, but now maybe I want him to do it so ECMB writers will shut the f up.

Mr. Customer said...

I'd be much happier if I could just accept that they're a mediocre team once-and-for-all ins tread of riding the terrible to great to terrible roller coaster.

Steve Sax said...

Where are the bats?!?!

Mr. Customer said...

Chuy hates the Yankees, too.

Mr. Customer said...

That was "instead", for the record.

Dusty Baker said...

@MLASF

My Twitters is screwed up. Somehow not subscribed to your feed so I missed the stat-licker idiocy. Looks like good clean fun.

Josh S. said...

That guy gets loony when someone like MLASF challenges his viewpoints.

Dusty Baker said...

That guy has never in his life been wrong. That's why he's some schlub in a basement and not a GM. His schtick is old.