Saturday, July 31, 2010

Game 104 Thread: July 31 @ Giants, 1p

Chad Billingsley (9-5, 4.00) vs. Barry Zito (8-6, 3.49).

COMMENTS: For those who think Chad Billingsley lacks heart: He volunteered to pitch today. On three days' rest. And given that he's the Dodgers' best pitcher not named Kershaw, his timing couldn't have been better. As for the rest of the team...was last night's ninth-inning outburst a sign of things to come, or an offensive aberration?

More than just the bats will have to rise from the dead for the Dodgers to avoid raising the white flag soon. They also have to reduce their errors, both of the mental and box-score variety. And they have to stay healthy — we'll see if James Loney, hit on the right hand by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch last night, makes the starting lineup today.

The trading deadline is right about gametime, so Scott Podsednik may have some new teammates by the time this one starts. Oh, and if you espy a bunch of Dodger fans watching the game at an undisclosed public location, eating and drinking and furiously posting clever Game Thread comments on their handheld devices, that's just SoSG Fest 2010. Cheers!

UPDATE: Dodgers Acquire Lilly, Theriot For DeWitt (MLBTR)

Dodgers also send minor leaguers Brett "Son of Tim" Wallach and Kyle Smit to the Cubs.

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Dusty Baker said...

I like how there are spooky-lookin' "eyes" in the backgorund of that GT picture.

Dusty Baker said...

Cheeky bastard
Snarkmaster
Lush
Smart-ass
Cynic
Wino
Sarcast
Town Drunk
Knucklehead

Dusty Baker said...

Gnats' lineup:

CF Torres
2B Sanchez
RF Huff
1B Posey
LF Burrell
3B Sandoval
SS Renteria
C Whiteside
P Zito

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It looks like the Dodgers will be moving DeWitt to get Lilly and Theriot.

Now I'm pissed.

Fred's Brim said...

have a great, guys (and gals?)! I would definitely buy a round if I could be there. I am looking forward to the post-game report!

In honor of the event, I am switching back to the original Fred's Brim avatar

Dusty Baker said...

^ No, you've been pissed!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't understand one bit. Is DeWitt the only way we can get Lilly? Is that why? I'm really starting to think Theriot is a throw-in. An awful, awful throw-in.

Dusty Baker said...

Clearly the Cubs want to dump Theriot and are forcing him as part of the Lilly package, because they have the leverage in that we really want/need the SP. Asshole Cubs.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jayson Stark says Manny's not moving, but Tim Brown says Rays, ChiSox, and Mystery Team are still pushing for him.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jon Heyman sends word that the mystery team is actually the Yankees.

Send us Joba and we'll call it a deal.

Dusty Baker said...

Not Joba!

Dusty Baker said...

Podsednik, LF
Furcal, SS
Kemp, CF
Blake, 3B
Loney, 1B
Martin, C
Anderson, RF
Carroll, 2B
Billingsley, P

Dusty Baker said...

No Joyce. Trade implications?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Carroll starting at 2B?

PRECURSOR!!!!! I KNOW I WANTED TED LILLY, BUT NOT LIKE THIS! NOT LIKE THIS!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Now Heyman says Yankees are out of the Manny-stakes.

Dusty Baker said...

We may just need to leave caps lock on all afternoon.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr LA SF 10:43a: Theriot is more of a throw-out than a throw-in.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Joel Sherman says the deal is done. Rosenthal is saying the team might trade THREE players for Lilly and Theriot.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I've tried to defend Colletti over the years, but this is where I draw the line. This is an absolutely terrible deal.

Josh S. said...

DeWitt will probably end up mashing the ball in Wrigley.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It's done. Dodgers get Theriot, Lilly, and $1.5 million. Cubs get two minor leaguers and Blake DeWitt.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

^$2.5 million. And the minor leaguers are Brett Walch and Kyle Smit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

^Brett Wallach. Lousy Jayson Stark, can't spell correctly.

Dusty Baker said...

LIke MLASF, I have defended Colletti on many occasions. This deal stinks to high heaven. However, the one big question is how much of it is him making a shitty decision and how much of it is McCourt saying "This is what I want because I get some spousal support money back in the deal."

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The worst part of the trade is the fact that DeWitt is better than Theriot in every facet of their game. Better fielding, better hitting, healthy. Theriot is in no way an improvement, and I can't see how anybody could spin the swap as an improvement.

Dusty Baker said...

The even worser part of the trade is that the fact that DeWitt is better than Theriot in every facet of their game, and DeWitt ain't even that good.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I guess it could have been worse. We could have traded DeWitt, Wallach and Smit for Paul Maholm.

NicJ said...

I'm whatever on this deal. It sucks and it won't help us get into the post season but I'm done complaining. With all the shit that has been going on with the dodgers I'm just going to be happy they aren't trading everyone away.

NicJ said...

Last time out at the stadium I saw someone wearing a Dewitt jersey and thought to myself "who the he'll spends money on a Dewitt jersey?"

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I can't wait for 1. I'm so damn confused right now.

NicJ said...

At least Dewitt gets to be a little closer to home. Although he will be playing for that areas bitter rival.

Steve Sax said...

Heading to SoSG Fest now!

Paul said...

Welcome back Teddy! Close to home again. I am very excited about that.

But my stomach hurts because as happy as I am to watch Ted in Dodger blue I am not happy about how got here and after we fail to make the playoffs it will basically be Dewitt and prospects for as Josh would say thLAriot.

He might cause one.

NicJ said...

Out of all of the guys involved in the trade Theriot is the highest TT on twitter. I guess Ned collettii knows what he is doing!

Actually it's probably from tweets saying "why the hell did the dodgers want Theriot?"

Dusty Baker said...

I hate guys named Kyle.

Dusty Baker said...

Mmmmmm....sausage.

Dusty Baker said...

Approaching [redacted] now.

rbnlaw said...

I'm staying in a motel right now. Think anyone will notice if I punch a hole in the wall?

rbnlaw said...

Sorry I'll be missing all at the SOSG fest. I'll stay classy here in San Diego.

BTW, why are all these people wearing Pod Ray crap?

rbnlaw said...

Yanks get Kerry Wood. The world wonders why?
M's trying to unload Figgy.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Looks like the Jints made a splash. Jonathan Sanchez was reported to be hugging teammates earlier.

NicJ said...

pfff, wuss.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

RT @Ken_Rosenthal #Dodgers get Dotel. For Lamb and McDonald.

NicJ said...

somebody stop ned!!!!!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Trade deadline has come and gone.

NicJ said...

Lambo im guessing?

NicJ said...

there are still usually some that come out later.

NicJ said...

so a few trades and our offense actually just got worse.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Rosenthal says a deal that would send Manny to the South Side was not even close.

NicJ said...

has to be lambo, dont think we have anyone on the farm named Lamb. do we?

Dusty Baker said...

Dusty up in dis bish. For the record.

NicJ said...

Manny to the sox for 1 mill would have been the worst trade of the day.

Who the fuck trades manny for nothing, besides the red sox.

Paul said...

judging by his hair Fox's Chris Rose is shocked by some
of these trades.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

The only baseball player I know with the name Lamb is Mike Lamb of the Marlins. I'm guessing Lambo, which makes the trade that much sadder, since J-Mac and Lambo were two of the most touted prospects in the system.

NicJ said...

they also have been way underperforming.

NicJ said...

i have no idea who is going to be in the rotation next year.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Dylan Hernandez and Jayson Stark confirm it's Lambo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

One weird part is that there are only 21 guys available today. No DeWitt, Ethier (baby being born), Kershaw (still serving suspension), or McDonald. Tomorrow I'm guessing is when Lilly, Theriot, and Dotel arrive.

NicJ said...

SO, on the farm we have a bunch of young power arms and ZERO position players.

Dee Gordon better work out or we are screwed.

what_difference_does_it_make said...

@SOSG fest having some beer with the sons!!!

NicJ said...

i hope all the trades work out as well as this Pods one is paying off.

(cries)

Paul said...

Well I guess I can have fun as we are losing typing
Dotel Hotel Holiday Inn!

I am glad I am not at the bar. I'd be wasted already.

Paul said...

According to EK there is more than one Matt Kemp. I want the good one back.

NicJ said...

The offense is still a well oiled machine.

Dusty Baker said...

Just been given orders to make fun of Zito's hair more. Will do.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Apparently Ted Lilly is not very excited about coming to LA. Fan-fucking-tastic.

Steve Sax said...

This is great! Dusty, Mr Customer, John G, and Carlos in the house with for Sons!

All of us watching Kemp strike out looking.

NicJ said...

all these trade and our season might be over by tomorrow.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That's why we pay GAARP the big bucks. To cut off grounders and make poor throws to second. Veteran leadership on and off the field.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

This 3-days rest plan is starting to backfire.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I am now officially le sad.

NicJ said...

lakers season starts in about three months.

NicJ said...

If only theriot were on the team right now, we'd be up 5-0 right now.

what_difference_does_it_make said...

"A salad is like vegetable nachos" LMAO!!!

Orel said...

Our readers are as attractive as they are witty!

The Double D said...

I am here amidst our loyal readers... they are a fine group. Beer number two before I attend beerfest. Everyone aflutter about the trades. Zito looking like he ate his wheaties. All for now

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Such is a day in the life of Garret Anderson.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I always wonder when Anderson is in the starting lineup, Kenny.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Yankees DFA Chan Ho. Red Sox get Jarrod Salta-whatever.

Mr. Customer said...

SoSGfest underway. Hard to post with a beer in each hand.

Dusty Baker said...

Hi kids. Like violence? Wanna see me stick nine inch nails through my eyelids?

Dusty Baker said...

Looking for some scoring here. I mean in the game, not where I currently am.

QuadSevens said...

Although I couldn't be at the SoSG Fest today, I want you to know that I'm chugging my beers here with you in spirit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad's doing a good job of working out of jams, but I'd like to see less of those jams.

Dusty Baker said...

"On paper, I'm pissed." - Josh re recent trades

QuadSevens said...

Free beer is good beer. Even if it is just Coors Light. Thanks roomies!

QuadSevens said...

What beer are you guys having at SoSG Fest?

Dusty Baker said...

7777-

Mostly Dos Equis, shockingly.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That would've been ball 4.

QuadSevens said...

Amber Dos X?

QuadSevens said...

That inning just woke up the Gnat fans. Bleh.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That sucked ass.

Dusty Baker said...

Yes amber. On draft no less.

NicJ said...

FAIL

NicJ said...

how was that a double?

fuck you GA.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Boy that GAARP sure is a gamer.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

They're walking Fatty Fatty Boombalatty?

Dusty Baker said...

MVP chants for GAARP go up from SoSG Fest participants after that last catch.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

"I like opulence, but I also like savings the money."

When did McCourt get a Russian accent?

Dusty Baker said...

From that schpunt guy?

Fred's Brim said...

Epale all

You guys having fun?

I am getting the other FOX game (DET vs BOS) so I have to listen to Charlie and Rick

These trades today are making me madder and madder. I don't see any positives to these except:
1. Maybe we will sign Lilly for next year.
2. We don't have to keep hoping James McDonald will turn into a good player

Past that, I don't see how these guys will help us make the playoffs or help us after this year. If they don't, then this is a huge negative all the way around

and I am gonna miss Joyce

*orders goldschlager shots for all*

NicJ said...

i hope ned is thinking about what we are going to do next year. this lineup obviously blows without an impact bat in the lineup.

what_difference_does_it_make said...

Having an interesting conversation that involves Progressives "Flo" and a dominatrix....stand by...

NicJ said...

have we just stopped trying to hit?

Steve Sax said...

We are still drinking.

Apparently so are the Dodgers' bats.

Fred's Brim said...

this is a team hitting slump perpetuated by hitting in tough parks (Dodger Stadium and the pet store) and against tough pitchers (Padres no-names and Lincecum/Zito). We need some games against Arizona to feel good about ourselves again

Paul said...

Bad trades and playing the Giants. I am having Paul Konerko flashbacks.

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax if the bats were drinking, they'd at least be having fun

Fred's Brim said...

I predict Paul Konerko will be a future GAARP for us

QuadSevens said...

Thighs is still looking good. Scoreless through 6.

Josh S. said...

The Sons are awesome as hell for hosting this shindig. Gettin' full on nachos and beer.

QuadSevens said...

Is anyone at the SoSG Fest wearing Jack's hat? That was funny!

Fred's Brim said...

I would like to think that the Dodgers will win today for everybody at SOSG Fest, but I know the more fitting result will be an agonizing loss

Fred's Brim said...

CASEY!!!!!

QuadSevens said...

Woohoo!!! Beard Power!!!

Fred's Brim said...

Steiner: "the double shutout is over"

karina said...

Barba power!

karina said...

http://twitpic.com/2agx4k

NicJ said...

@Karina, haha very nice.

Paul said...

Le sigh. Is this really it foe Martin. He looks tired and old.

Paul said...

Speaking of tired and old....

Fred's Brim said...

I like it, karina! that should be on a t-shirt

Paul said...

For not foe. GA not even close but his professional swing and miss will help the young players.

Dusty Baker said...

Wash you hair Barry!

Fred's Brim said...

great job, Chad!

karina said...

I want to give Bills a standing ovation.

QuadSevens said...

Great logo Karina! =)

QuadSevens said...

Kuo made Torres look dumb with that pitch. I like it!

karina said...

I'm glad you liked it, it was a moment of inspiration when I was driving back from the hospital today. I feel it's a little thing.

We make party is Paul's catchphrase while the other line is inspired on my older brother and college friends wanderings in every junk food place of this place.

NicJ said...

god damn you Jmart!!

Fred's Brim said...

ugh cmon guys
this is stuff you can control! why do you do shit like this?

Fred's Brim said...

like that!

NicJ said...

Sientate Torres!!

Fred's Brim said...

take the walk, Jamey!

NicJ said...

kuo's batting for himself?

HR time!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

why
the
FUCK
is Kuo batting?
You have Broxton and Jansen in the pen, let them pitch!

Fred's Brim said...

pinch run for him now!
damn you Joe!

NicJ said...

torre is a genius, kuo draws the walk.

haha.

NicJ said...

he was obviously scared of his HR power.

playing with a really short bench today FB.

Fred's Brim said...

That makes sense. I just hope he's not pitching in the bottom of the 8th

Fred's Brim said...

let's get some insurance runs!

NicJ said...

Bring on the Mota!!!!

(coincidentally that phrase was also just said by Lincecum today)

karina said...

@NicJ hahahahahahaha. You even know the slang in Spanish.

NicJ said...

watching that stand up to cancer commercial really point out the fact that some people dont know how to waive a rally towel.

NicJ said...

@Karina, my father's side is dutch but my mothers side is Mexican. ; )

Fred's Brim said...

ugh cmon Raffy - this is Mota your striking out against

NicJ said...

raffy with another strikeout looking

karina said...

@Nic J that's a winning combination!

QuadSevens said...

@NicJ I've got the same backgrounds. Just reversed. Mother is Dutch and Father is Mexican.

Fred's Brim said...

i really want to boo him, but I wont

NicJ said...

@Q7 - thats pretty weird. I wonder if we were to get together and shake hands a secret cave filled with treasure would open up.

NicJ said...

what a shock, Kuo and his rubberband arm is still out there.

Paul said...

I hate being a Matt Kemp hater. Dude is frusterating to watch.

Fred's Brim said...

@Nic and Q7 - that's cool and bizarro! You could be secret double cousins! Is one of you good and the other evil?

NicJ said...

haha, i love you kuo.

karina said...

My greatgrandmother was Dutch,but she married a Lebanese.

NicJ said...

i dont have a mustache, so i must be the good one.

NicJ said...

WHY ARE THEY BRINGING BROXTON IN FOR THE MULTI INNING SAVE?!?!?!

Fred's Brim said...

next Broxton will struggle and he will bring in Sherrill instead of Jansen

NicJ said...

and burrell is hitting dramatically worse vs LHP.

karina said...

I can't breathe

Fred's Brim said...

please no Brurrell HR

QuadSevens said...

I used to have a goatee, so I guess I used to be the evil one.

karina said...

this hurts

Fred's Brim said...

godfuckingdammit

my armpit is gonna get The Clap from this one

QuadSevens said...

Raise your hand if you just yelled "FUCK!"

*hand is raised*

NicJ said...

FUCK YOU TORRE

NicJ said...

i knew that was coming.

karina said...

I didn't say it aloud, but I thought about it.

NicJ said...

that really put a damper on sosgfest.

Fred's Brim said...

get fucking mad, you assholes!

Mr. Customer said...

That was so not cool.

NicJ said...

i would be really shocked if any blogger could defend broxton today.

karina said...

@NicJ well, they at least have alcohol to drown the pain.

Dusty Baker said...

I want that tiny giraffe to chew off Pat Burrell's tiny penis.

Fred's Brim said...

goddammit, anybody but that cockbag

i want to kick something, hard

rbnlaw said...

Hey! Back from son's 2nd game (they beat a team named Arsenal, so I'm a little conflicted). I can see our bats are still in the deep freeze and Brox is still in limbo.

And this: Octavio Fucking Dotel?

Apparently Manny will go after waivers.

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Dusty Baker said...

Dos XX>cheap tequila

rbnlaw said...

Anyone else want to jump that guy who caught the HR ball, take the ball, and throw it at Torre's head?

Just sayin.

Steve Sax said...

Our Fest is not happy now.

Fred's Brim said...

Pine Sol > cheap tequila

NicJ said...

just be happy its not a walkoff i guess.

rbnlaw said...

Gee-air-moe fucking Mota will beat us?

My armpits can takes no more.

rbnlaw said...

I have to tell Ek to shut his weirdly haired skull.

Fred's Brim said...

sad

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Fuck this season. Fuck it. I give up. That's the last straw. No more. No more hope. No more joy. It's over. I'm calling it.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

fire Joe Torre?

rbnlaw said...

Are you fucking kidding me????

If I was at the fest, my bar tab would be immense.

FUCK YOU SAM FRANCISCO, WHOEVER YOU ARE.

We suck so bad.

karina said...

@Rbnlaw then your armpits need protection.

@Steve Sax don't let the Dodgers to ruin the fun. They brought all the people on the fest together but it doesn't mean you have to be miserable.

Drink!

karina said...

@Mr LASF it's not over! don't be so quick to admit defeat.

rbnlaw said...

Frank,
Unload Manny, trade Brox, bring up all your prospects, burn the house, and get the fuck out of town you lousy, beantown parking attendant.

Steve Sax said...

Well, that put a downer on SoSG Fest.

Fred's Brim said...

laters, all. I hope you can all have fun after that

Josh S. said...

Hey, uh, Broxton failed in a different inning than the ninth. That's different, I guess.

Mr. Customer said...

At least it was a fair representation of the seasn so far.

karina said...

Hehe,Mr Customer is eating letters, which it's odd for him. Why is that? ;)

rbnlaw said...

Well, I hope the Fest was enjoyable while it lasted. Who actually made the cut?

Prediction:
J Mac will throw a no-hitter in September and Lambo will be a 30-30 man for the Pie Rats (if he keeps his nose clean. . .metaphor intended).

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

We just sold the farm for a reliever, starter, and crappy second baseman. We have no discernible offense, no reliable reliever, the GM is a moron, our best hitter couldn't care less about us, I have nothing invested in this team anymore. We could lose every single game we play now, and I wouldn't give a shit. It's over.

karina said...

@Mr LASF what if they have a miraculous run to the playoffs? maybe if they start hitting again.

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