Thursday, May 31, 2012

Game 51 Thread: May 31 vs. Brewers, 7p

Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.88) vs. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.66).

There is some dignity in salvaging the final game of a three-game series. But the final game of a four-game series? A little like kissing your sister who happens to be queen and your incestuous bastard becomes king. Anyhoo, it's obviously not just the Dodgers' first three-game skid of the year weighing on their psyche, but the imminent departure of heretofore hardy Matt Kemp to Disabledlististan.

But sometimes the crows bring good news. Reinforcements are on the way in the person of Triple-A stud Alex Castellanos, and Brewers starter Greinke was lit up by the Diamondbacks in his last start. Plus, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Booyah! Cutting-edge humor!

The Dodgers are still MLB-best at 32-18 (16-7 in April and 16-11 so far in May), but it feels like we've already dodged a season's worth of arrows in going 9-5 during Kemp's first sojourn. Can the Boys in Blue bear down for another assault on their record? Gird your loins.

149 comments:

rbnlaw said...

Here's tonight's line-up:

1. Not Kemp
2. The Ellis who rules
3. Definitely not Kemp
4. Ethier
5. Still not Kemp, but not Loney either
6. Not Kemp
7. Not Kemp
8. Hopefully not Kennedy
9. Billingsley (hopefully not pitching like Bills has pitched lately)

*cries*

rbnlaw said...

I like to keep things positive.

cc: karina

Spank said...

No llores.

(cries)

MR.F said...

Whoo Game of Thrones!!!

Hideo Nomo said...

They'd better be Tyrion the Brewers a new one, or I'll have to Tywin on.

Steve Sax said...

Orel: what's the picture from?

Orel said...

Matt Kemp officially to the DL. Cersei it ain't so!

Orel said...

@Sax: Whoo Game of Thrones!!!

Fred's Brim said...

My goal again is to go .500 with Matty out

My other goal is to not get completely frustrated by watching Chad pitch tonight. I will achieve that by taking the night off.

Orel said...

Sure you'll be able to stay away, FB?

MR.F said...

I hope our boys bring the (Y)gritte and hustle tonight. Hopefully Donnie doesn't make any weird bullpen moves that will make me grimace and say "You know nothing, Don Snomattingly."

MR.F said...

Seven hells, FB. Arya really gonna go the entire game Sans(a) the Dodgers?

Orel said...

MR.F's on fire!

MR.F said...

It's a Mountain of a task to carry on without Matty, but the last thing we need is our guys Dogging it. We really need to play well so our NL west rivals don't Clegane too many games on us.

Orel said...

@truebluela: "Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said best case scenario for Matt Kemp's return is 4 weeks"

fuuuuuuuuuuck

MR.F said...

SEVEN HELLS!!!!!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

I will definitely be able to stay away

Fred's Brim said...

My brain needs it

Spank said...

Bloody shame i tells ya.

MR.F said...

I hope the Dodger Maesters know what they're doing.

Orel said...

Too bad because this is the night all those go-go dancers are scheduled to visit the Game Thread.

Orel said...

MR.F, all these puns are Tarly your fault.

MR.F said...

Four weeks?! I feel like we have such a low Margaery-n of error. I guess we've Brienne in worse situations. In fact, I'd imp-Loras to stay calm, even if we'd have a much easier time doing so if Loney wasn't playing so barRenly.

Franklin Stubbs said...

At the park, awaiting the arrival of my ticket hook-up.

Paul said...

I will take FB's place in the Furstationingsley Department.

Love Sue, but if she is getting quoted it is usually Bad news these days.

Paul said...

Messed up my cute word. Already frustrated.

rbnlaw said...

"I haven't been this bored since I started taping ankles at the local high school soccer tournament."

Quotes I'd like to see from Sue Falsone.

And what the Fuck is this game of thorns?

rbnlaw said...

Herrera breaks up the no-hitter!

Orel said...

Let's not overlook Chad's 1-2-3 1st inning.

Orel said...

Not an auspicious start in the 2-hole, A.J.

Orel said...

Ah yes. Chad regressing to the first-inning mean.

Orel said...

@rbn: Heretic!

Orel said...

Paul, I was hoping she could get through her inaugural season without any major incidents.

Orel said...

Shit. Weeks RBI makes it 1-0 Brewers.

NicJ said...

We've had an abnormal amount of calls go against us in the brewers series.

Hideo Nomo said...

Bills with the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 inning.

Orel said...

Whoops. 2-0 Brewers.

Spank Of America said...

Woo hoo! Bills.

Orel said...

Bills helping his own cause! 2-1 Brewers.

Spank Of America said...

ranchoaj2kcwhatever

Spank Of America said...

come on jellis.

Spank Of America said...

strike all the way. jellis fooled

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

Finally got that Bluetopia movie, Netflix didn't have it back in the day, the Pirates didn't have it and the stadium wanted $20 for it pfffft. I reactivated Netflix DVDs to for stuff that's hard to find and they had the movie! Woot! Though it's been 4 years is the movie still relevant?

Spank Of America said...

Goddammit Bills!

Orel said...

Ugh. Ramirez HR makes it 4-1 Brewers.

Orel said...

Time to warm up the bullpen?

NicJ said...

So that's 5 HR for Aramis this year. Three against the Dodgers.

Paul said...

Bills is a turd.

Dusty Baker said...

Feeling really fucking surly tonight, Vinny!

ps- My god Zack Greinke has a tiny head.

Orel said...

I don't remember much from "Bluetopia" but I imagine a lot of it still applies.

Dusty Baker said...

I still break out that Bluetopia from time to time. It gets me fired up and appreciate the core fan base.

I do note that True Blue Tattoo seems to have closed its doors, though.

Orel said...

Fred's Brim is a wise man!

Orel said...

Wow, Thunder thumping the Spurs. Did not expect that.

Paul said...

Did Spank run by streaking in that movie?

Paul said...

I told myself I wouldn't drink tonight and I am trying real hard to be a sober man...but your testing me Chadley.

Paul said...

So I plan to see the Dodgers 5 times live this month. I picked the wrong month. What a dutchbag I am.

Hideo Nomo said...

I would have preferred a three-game sweep and an off-day. A four-game sweep is just depressing.

Hideo Nomo said...

Jerry's going cycle shopping.

Paul said...

Hey a five game sweep would be worse.

Spank Of America said...

We need Magic at the game instead of him being besties wif LeBron on twitters.

Orel said...

Vin with the story about Greinke purposely losing a game of tennis. I wish he would purposely lose this game.

Orel said...

This game is death. Betcha we lose by one run.

NicJ said...

I'm sure things will get easier once we get to Denver.

(cries)

Steve Sax said...

Fuck, chad

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

What's an e-pale?

Dusty Baker said...

I was going sober tonight, too, Paul.

Then all of the sudden I had a beer in my hand after watching Chad pitch a few innings.

Whoa! Where did that can of gas come from? (huffs)

Orel said...

Ellis single. Abreu DP. This is how it goes.

Paul said...

Odds on Dre getting tossed when we come back?

Paul said...

Glad Dre is still in. Bills might get us to the 7th.

Dusty Baker said...

At least we're throwing at some mofos, whether intentional or just really shitty accuracy.

NicJ said...

At least we aren't getting destroyed by the Mariners...

Yet.

NicJ said...

Gameday Scout say Greinke is running out of gas.

Steve Sax said...

Charley called that Hairston shot like it was a hr, or at least xbh

Steve Sax said...

GameDay Scout can take a flying leap

Orel said...

@DKotG: "Epale" is how Venezuelans (or at least our favorite Venezuelan) say WASSUP

Dusty Baker said...

Nic changed his avatar - whoooooa!

Related:

Today I did not wear a dress shirt to work that was blue or had blue in it. This almost never happens. I was trying to break the bad juju, but clearly it didn't work. People were commenting about why I wasn't wearing my customary blue.

Back to blue tomorrow!

Spank LeBum said...

Car Wash,Bishes!

NicJ said...

Man, that Gameday Scout is full of shit.

Spank LeBum said...

Gameday Scout said Greinke has a tiny head.

Paul said...

Trying to figure out how to incinerate this SI cover in effigy to end the curse.

Orel said...

Problem is you have to burn every single copy of that issue to remove the curse.

Paul said...

This might take some more planning....

NicJ said...

Embrace the jinx!

EMBRACE IT!!!!!!!

Orel said...

Main page updated with new episode of "Between two Palm Trees"!

Paul said...

My eyes are bleeding!

Orel said...

Just watched Sue Falsone's interview. Pretty well handled.

NicJ said...

the power of the reverse jinx is working.

NicJ said...

oops, i reversed the reverse jinx.

NicJ said...

Seems like every line drive is hit just off the end of the bat.

Spank LeBum said...

Abreu has the Loney DP jinx.

Orel said...

If this series were about who could hit into more double plays, then the Dodgers would totally be winning.

NicJ said...

Maybe we should burn Loney in effigy.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Balls.

Orel said...

Strikes?

Dusty Baker said...

I just want to burnBurnBURN some fuckin mattresses.

Spank LeBum said...

fireFireFIRE!

NicJ said...

Does Coffey come out to the Ultimate Warrior theme song?!

Spank LeBum said...

We would have to answer to al sharpton if we burn loney i'm sure. we'll burn him to just for fun.

Spank LeBum said...

^too

Paul said...

I noticed that. Coffey should never run out shirtless with tassels.

NicJ said...

@paul, might make him more intimidating.

Paul said...

Castellanos is wearing Candiotti's old #49. I don't think I've seen a position player for the Dodgers wear that number.

Spank LeBum said...

Keep it on the down low from Karina but i'm taking extreme pleasure in kicking the peanuts booty this week.

NicJ said...

He should hit Donnie with a running splash on his way out to the mound.

Paul said...

It would blind the batters that is for sure.

Spank LeBum said...

Whatever happened to the Red Rooster?

NicJ said...

he was killed by the Gobbledy Gooker.

Paul said...

Iron Mike Sharp beat him down.

NicJ said...

That is pretty weak.

Fernie V said...

Good thing he was wearing that blue sleeve.

Spank LeBum said...

BULLSHIT!

NicJ said...

What is the call? wasn't it a foul tip?

Spank LeBum said...

Give the ump a pile driver,Donnie!

Paul said...

Nigel Morgan is an idiot.

Fernie V said...

His name should be Van Crosby, I think his dad is David Crosby not Andy.

Fernie V said...

Hey Paul you almost misspelled Nyjer looked like ni@&er Morgan.

Paul said...

Is Van Slyke trying to look like the Yankee First Baseman in Major League?

Paul said...

Nyjer. My bad.

Spank LeBum said...

Balboni?

Paul said...

Dead meat.

Spank LeBum said...

Damn you Broxton..oh wait.

NicJ said...

Nigel makes him at least sound like less of an idiot.

Spank LeBum said...

No worries. we still have Loney on the bench to pinch hit right?
(cries)

NicJ said...

If the Dodgers put out one of their consolatory "still got the best record in the league" tweets I'm going to lose it.

Paul said...

Speaking of wrestling. Brewers have the Honkey Tonk man on the mound.

Spank LeBum said...

We need one of those ultra rare 6-run homerun here.

Paul said...

I don't know why I feel a double play coming up.

NicJ said...

Loney is pissed, there goes his DP opportunity.

Paul said...

Yup.

Paul said...

Let's bat Ellis 4th tomorrow.

Orel said...

@Paul: Because you're watching the Dodgers?

Dusty Baker said...

Our firstbaseman is 0-this series. Unfuckingacceptable.

Paul said...

Really? PitchIng Change?

Spank LeBum said...

I'm done.

NicJ said...

Loney has a rep.

Spank LeBum said...

fuck this crapola.

Spank LeBum said...

fuck

Spank LeBum said...

loney

NicJ said...

Jeeze, Loney is swinging for the warning track.

Dusty Baker said...

More DPs than a porn shoot. 4 last night and 3 tonight.

Although Loney could still hit into one the way the Brewers are counting outs.

Fernie V said...

Loney really sucks!

Paul said...

James will hit a homerun just to fuck with everyone.

NicJ said...

@Paul, and a fan will throw it back onto the field so the brewers can turn a DP.

NicJ said...

I hate Loney so much.

Paul said...

Loney was patient! ! What a swing! Guy is heating up!!

#Loneycliches

Fernie V said...

Fuck I should of gone to bed an hour ago

Spank LeBum said...

Disgusting.

NicJ said...

15 baserunners in nine innings and only 2 runs.

OBP BABY!!!

Orel said...

PGTUP