Monday, May 14, 2012

Game 35 Thread: May 14 vs. D'backs, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.56) vs. Ian Kennedy (3-2, 3.91).

After last year's run under manager Kirk Gibson's guidance, the Diamondbacks were picked by many to win the NL West. So it's quite a surprise to see them for the first time this year (the Diamondbacks are the only NL West team we haven't yet seen), and find the Diamondbacks five games under .500, 8.5 GB the Dodgers. Who would have guessed that the snakes would be so happy and docile?

Pitching has been the Snakes' demise; their team ERA ranks 13th in the NL (4.23, versus the Dodgers' 3rd-best 3.21 team ERA). Kennedy leads the Snakes with three wins and five quality starts, so he's as close as it comes to the Snakes' ace--but the 3.91 ERA isn't exactly overwhelming this season (though he is 3-1 lifetime against the Dodgers, with a 4.75 ERA).

Luckily, Kershaw is as successful against the Diamondbacks as he is against the Giants; .750 winning percentage (6-2 record against each, though his 1.34 ERA vs. SF is better than his 2.15 ERA against the Snakes). We may not have the big bat of Matt Kemp in the lineup tonight (or any time soon, for that matter), so we'll have to hope that Kershaw confounds the Diamondbacks tonight...and hopefully goes as late into the game as possible.

And I'd keep an eye out for these Snakes. They may look happy now...but as we all know, snakes can be dangerous.

73 comments:

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Gordon SS
Mellis 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Ajellis C
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Gwynn CF
Kershaw P

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Try not to suck too hard tonight, Ajellis.

Hideo Nomo said...

A.J. Ellis' line, since SFDF called him out:

.556/.636/1.111

Sucktacular.

Franklin Stubbs said...

David Coverdale?

Spank said...

Ready and Willin'

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

His defense pretty much negates all that, Nomo.

Hideo Nomo said...

Right. I forgot he covers home plate by standing in the visitors on deck circle.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Well, scratch that lineup. Uribe to the DL.

Eugenio's Streak said...

Cant decide is No Urine is good news or great news....

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Adam "I still have a job" Kennedy will be replacing Uribe in the lineup.

Gordon SS
Mellis 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Ajellis C
Loney 1B
Kennedy 3B
Gwynn CF
Kershaw P

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Trent Oeltjen is DFA'd, and the Dodgers use his spot on the 40-man and Uribe's spot on the 25-man to bring up Elian Herrera from Triple-A.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm such a whore.

Dusty Baker said...

I detest the act that we're having to debate whether having Urine in the lineup is better than having Adam Kennedy.

Dusty Baker said...

MRI showed a strain for Matty's hammy, but nothing more. No DL stint. He's day to day (aren't we all?) and could pinch hit in a pinch.

Steve Sax said...

ESPN's accuscore has us at 64% likely winners, but that was well before Adam Kennedy was mentioned.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MarlaScore says the Dodgers have an 80% chance of winning with Kennedy, so I doubt the validity of ESPN's numbers.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Are we better off not fielding a 3B? Let's go with 2 LF's one can play shallow and the other back... Our 3B depth is nonexistent.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

At least we got some good news regarding kemps MRI.

Spank said...

RonRon

Spank said...

Thunder with a lane violation on the first of two free throws. LOLZ!

Spank said...

Come on,Mellis, Bring gordon on home.

Spank said...

1-0 dodgers end of first.

Spank said...

37-29 OKC. end of Lakers.

Spank said...

Spanky mad.

Spank said...

Did Vinny just call them D-bags?

#WishfulThinking

Dusty Baker said...

You fucking suck Kennedy! Boooooo!

Dusty Baker said...

Mary Jo Kopechne also sucked Kennedy.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh Hamilton was AL Player of the Week last week? Bullshit.

Franklin Stubbs said...

EK in the house tonight. (Original flavor, not SoSG)

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

How's his hair, Stubbs.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Go Kings!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Andre!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Dusty, check your porch. That should be landing. Right. About.

Now.

rbnlaw said...

Did Spank call me?

Gerardo Parra can go straight to hell and take that soul patch with him.

Steve Sax said...

Lakers down by only 30. We got this.

Steve Sax said...

3-0 Dodgers, top 7 one out

Steve Sax said...

RISP for the Snakes, 2-2 count with one out

Steve Sax said...

What's Clayton's pitch count? He looks like he's laboring

Sweet play by Loney for out #2

karina said...

epale everyone!

Steve Sax said...

Lindblom gives up one but the Dodgers lead 3-1 at the end of 7.5

Steve Sax said...

Epale!

Alex said...

Epale!!!

Luck the Fakers...

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

Lakers only lost by 29.

karina said...

"only" by 29? don't follow basketball but that hurts

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Does Ajellis have any trade value, or are the Dodgers better off DFAing him?

karina said...

KIng James it's a shame and a waste to have that glove and not even being able to hit water when falling from a boat :(

karina said...

now it seems Sellers made a great catch

Alex said...

SellBlock!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Tattoo for you.

Alex said...

WE MAKE PARTY AFTER ALL!!!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If there are no Sons around, does a PGT ever get posted?

Hideo Nomo said...

I'm around, but on my phone, so I can't do a PGT at the moment.

Alex said...

I have a bad feeling about this...

Paul said...

When are we getting a real catcher that bunts?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Kemp to the DL, Sands to the Dodgers, per TBLA.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Ken Gurnick confirms.

karina said...

Eric Stephen just tweeted that Matt Kemp is going to the DL and Sands will be up (Sands homered tonight for the 'Topes!)

Paul said...

This whole Lyons and Lofton thing is weird.

Paul said...

Get better Matty!! Got to rest that hammy. Just ask the SOSG team.

Alex said...

^

Neeebs * said...

NP:

Miley Cyrus Making Party in the USA

Alex said...

Arrow for Lofton

Sounds like a fragrance, I need another drink

Neeebs * said...

Hey, I had a Hammy Tear and still trotted out and pitched a triple header for Orel and the boys.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Where's Juan Pierre to perform admirably for one half of Kemp's absence while sucking for the other?

Alex said...

::dances to Making Party in the USA::

Paul said...

Neeebs you teared into a ham sandwich not a hamstring tear.

Hideo Nomo said...

Kinda bummed they didn't DL him last week, but whatevs.

karina said...

The FM should have an anthem of victory

Alex said...

Sic burn

Alex said...

70

Spank said...

Fuck the World!

(cries)

Paul said...

Cheer up Spank, Jerry Sands will be in Dodger Blue again.

Steve Sax said...

PGT UP. Sorry guys, I'm sick.