Monday, April 16, 2012

Scoreboard Watching: Pirates @ D-Backs, Phillies @ Giants April 16

The only other team in the NL West with a winning record takes on the Pirates, who are on the final leg of a currently 1-and-5 west coast swing. For Kirk Gibson's club, these are the games they need to win (and the Dodgers did). If Pittsburgh can take a game or two, they'll be adding some welcome insurance for a day when Matt Kemp's OPS drops below 1.500.  Perish the thought!

Another match-up to keep an eye on is the Phillies and Giants, who are starting a 3-game set in San Francisco. Both teams are are 4-5, so, tragically, one of the two must come away at least .500. It's not too late to hope for a sinkhole to open up under the big phone booth, though.

Photo: AP

35 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

I might just watch yesterday's game again instead.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I wouldn't hold it against you.

Jason said...

Early or not, the MLB leader boards are a fun place to peruse right now.

Batting Leaders (all of MLB):
Avg
1. Kemp LAD .487
2. Willingham MIN .419

Runs
1. Kemp LAD 13
2. Kinsler TEX 11
3(t). M. Ellis LAD 10

HR
1. Kemp LAD 6
2. Hamilton TEX 4

RBI
1. Kemp LAD 16
2. Ethier LAD 15

3. LaRoche WSH 12

SB
1. Gordon LAD 7
2. Castro CHC 6


Pitching Leaders (all of MLB):
Wins
1(t). Billingsley LAD 2

Saves
1. Guerra LAD 5
2(t). League SEA 4

K
1(t). Harang LAD 19

ERA
1. Halladay PHI 0.60
2. Billingsley LAD 0.63

WHIP
1(t). Lohse STL 0.53
...
5. Billingsley LAD 0.63

The pitching staff better stop slacking if they are going to measure up to the bats in this lineup.

Paul said...

We know Josh will be pulling for his Giants tonight!

Hideo Nomo said...

Yeah. Glad we banned him.

Steve Sax said...

If both teams are 4-5 and one team wins all three games, though, doesn't one team become 7-5 and the other 4-8? I'm confused.

Franklin Stubbs said...

@Sax

I mean that at least one team will exit the series without a losing record. At minimum, If they go 2-1, the winner will be 6-6, and the loser will be 5-7.

I suppose the glass-half-full way of looking at it is that one of them is guaranteed to have a losing record after 3 games, as well.

Franklin Stubbs said...

The ideal of course, is the both teams win no games under any circumstances. But alas, they must play each other.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Edited for Sax's clarity.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Josh was banned? About fucking time.

He can't read this, can he?

Steve Sax said...

Giants down 2-0 in the first

Steve Sax said...

Giants down 2-0 in the first

Steve Sax said...

@Stubbs 4:40p: Sorry for the confusion, glad I dragged you down into my hole of pessimism

Paul said...

Yeah Josh was banned around the same time Mr. C was deported back to Turkmenistan.

Paul said...

Lower yer ERA Timmah!! Or don't.

Dusty Baker said...

Who the hell is Josh?

Dusty Baker said...

Timmeh looking good!!!









Not.

Hideo Nomo said...

LOL at the Pads beating up on the Rox.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I swear to God, I almost went for that same joke about Mr. C, Paul. It was going to be Burkina Faso, but tomayto/tomahto.

Paul said...

We have been cyber boozin together for too long Stubbs.

Paul said...

Giants just nailed Palanco. Fight fight fight!!! Come on I want to see some lengthy suspensions.

Paul said...

Look like a total accidental beaming but the Phillies are the kind of Dutch bags that would take it personally.

Dusty Baker said...

I was JUST thinking about your use of Dutch bag about ten minutes ago while I was brushing my teeth. Weird, I know. Then I scrolled over to this thread and saw you had resurrected it, Paul. Uncanny!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Cyber Boozin was my favorite Flaming Menudos album.

Paul said...

They are showing Barry Zito and Matt Cain on stage with Train. I don't know if I am gonna puke cause I am laughing so hard or laugh cause I am puking so hard.

Paul said...

Giants are losers. Another good night.

Dusty Baker said...

Just watched the Gnats lose. You know there's Hate when I'm getting all worked up rooting for a Phillie.

Timmeh stinking it up still. Apparently his velocity is down 8-9 MPH.

Paul said...

Yeah Dusty. He was constantly hanging around the mid 80s. He had better movement tonight than his first two starts. But I would still say he needs to wash his hair.

Dusty Baker said...

Flaming Menudos took that album name from an arrest warrant issued for Coco Loco once. Who knew that was a crime? IBM has no sense of humor.

Dusty Baker said...

I can see the old man scouts sitting around the bowels of the Gnats' stadium, talking re Timmeh. Like in Moneyball.

"That kid needs a haircut. It's bringing his velocity down."

"At least he needs to wash his hair, that hippy."

Paul said...

C. Loc was a victim of cyracial profiling.

Dusty Baker said...

Surfing While Brown

Spank said...

Too much weed timmeh

Spank said...

don't look now but another team is just as hot as the Dodgers.

Steve Sax said...

NPUT