Thursday, July 26, 2012

Game 100 Thread: July 26 @ Cardinals, 10.45a

Chris Capuano (10-5, 2.81) vs. Jake Westbrook (8-8, 3.60).

North Hanley Station is a MetroLink stop in St. Louis, Missouri. And if the Dodgers want to use Hanley's Station to record a win, split the series with the Cardinals, and catch the next train out of town, the team is going to have to get itself back on track fast. (Especially Matt Kemp, who has one hit in his last 12 AB.)

The drubbing two nights ago, coupled with the depressing Cardinals walkoff-in-extras last night, puts us in danger of heading into San Francisco (for a weekend three-game series) a full three games back in the division. Let's get back on the rails.

119 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

We got this one.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I feel like the split is reasonable. Our busted-ass-running-on-empty 'pen is my primary anxiety today.

Dusty Baker said...

That does drive the anxiety meter higher and higher each passing hour.

Paul said...

I always like my splits on the road.

QuadSevens said...

I'm a big fan of banana splits.

Hideo Nomo said...

Who broke Twitter?

Franklin Stubbs said...

*stares at shoes and kicks the dirt*

Dusty Baker said...

Gmail had a big outage, too. Weird for Blogger to actually be working.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn hell tha Twitters IS broken. What the hell am I going to do, go buy a so-called "newspaper"?

Hideo Nomo said...

Gwynn LF
Mellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez 3B
Rivera 1B
Cruz SS
Treanor C
Capuano P

Hideo Nomo said...

I guess Donnie's "I see Hanley at short" was meant to be followed by "after we trade for another third baseman."

Franklin Stubbs said...

I wouldn't have the heart to put Uribe back in the lineup, either.

Dusty Baker said...

Did you mother scratchers read Urine's comments re Ramirez? His comments were classy - he will fit in and contribute kind of stuff - then he went on to say he was okay not playing (in knowledge that Ramirez would likely be playing third). That makes two of us, Urine!

Jason said...

Uribe ate Stubbs' heart!

Franklin Stubbs said...

I'm sure Juan is way more frustrated than we are, and I certainly don't think he's been a bad teammate. He's just hitting Dee's weight.

Dusty Baker said...

Who shoved a basket full of sunshine up your ass, Stubbs? You sound downright positive.

cc: Karina

Franklin Stubbs said...

@Jason

with fried platains!

Franklin Stubbs said...

I'm positive...that having Kennedy out of the lineup is a step in the right direction.

rbnlaw said...

Twitter is back along with my sanity.

Franklin Stubbs said...

This just in, I could go for some fried plantains.

Franklin Stubbs said...

@rbnlaw

Whoa! Throttle back there, big shifter. I'm sure one of those things is true.

Dusty Baker said...

No shit I'm right down the street from a great Cuban spot in DC. I could do plantains and rum fairly easily.
except I need to be sober for my next meeting.

Franklin Stubbs said...

*slaps some sense into Dusty*

Dusty Baker said...

@Stubbs

I have to be at a reception at (undisclosed government location). Can't fake the funk with this one.

Drinks right after at a nearby swank bar, though. Then mayhem ensues.

Paul said...

Cubans!!

Orel said...

Matty's being K'ing a lot lately.

Hideo Nomo said...

SlumVp.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Kempy keeps K-ing

Orel said...

He's K'ing of the World!

rbnlaw said...

So, Kemp. Yeah.

*sanity flees*

Orel said...

Hanley GIDP. He's a true Dodger now.

MR.F said...

TRADE HANLEY!

Dusty Baker said...

Three straight tweets from Dylan Hernandez linking to print articles in the LA Times. Fascinating attempt at journalism.

Dusty Baker said...

If HanRam hits a HR and no one was on base, will it be a Han solo?

MR.F said...

Should I follow Dylan Hernandez?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Capster escapes the 2nd.

Orel said...

Depends on your tolerance for snark, Mr. F.

MR.F said...

Thanks, Orel.

I guess I won't be following Dylan Hernandez!

Orel said...

But...you follow us!

MR.F said...

Another K for K-emp.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

You're still not following me.

So good job.

Orel said...

Fourth-inning blues for Cap. 2-0 Cards, no out.

Hideo Nomo said...

Damage minimized.

Franklin Stubbs said...

No more dicking around. Time for offense.

Spank Horst said...

woohoo

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

RUN(S)

Franklin Stubbs said...

If I'd have thought it might work, I would have asked earlier!

Spank Horst said...

woohoo

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

(RUN)S

Franklin Stubbs said...

Still none out!

Spank Horst said...

woohoo

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

R(UN)S

Spank Horst said...

4-2 dodgers yo

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

(RU)NS

Franklin Stubbs said...

Way to break the streak, Toni.

Hideo Nomo said...

Whoa. I need to duck into conference calls more often!

MR.F said...

After a trip to the bathroom, I come back to find us leading!

Orel said...

What's this, a lead?

Steve Sax said...

After I find us leading, I head off to the bathroom!

Mr. F, light a match next time!

Steve Sax said...

Nice use of parentheses, Marla

Steve Sax said...

Los Angeles Hanleys post, up top

Steve Sax said...

Settle down, Cap (first and second, none out, B5)

Steve Sax said...

(whoops, make that one out)

Spank Horst said...

fuck a duck

Steve Sax said...

damn

Steve Sax said...

You know, the pause after seeing "In play, run(s)" is great when you're on offense.

On defense, it's interminable.

Spank Horst said...

well that was quick how we gave back the lead

Steve Sax said...

dammit Cap, you're at 77 pitches. what the fuck?

Steve Sax said...

who is injured?

Orel said...

"YOU take the lead."

"No, YOU take the lead."

5-4 Cards

rbnlaw said...

Well, this got ugly fast. I mean it escalated quickly.

Steve Sax said...

five consecutive players reach base. not good, cap

Steve Sax said...

Here's Guerra.

Gulp

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fuck!

Spank Horst said...

Fucking Ethier. nice job with the glove asshole.

Steve Sax said...

Whew. Cards bat around but plate the minimum four runs, when Furcal makes the first and last outs of the inning.

6-4 Cards through five.

We got this one.

Orel said...

Kemp will save us.

Orel said...

At least he didn't strike out.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh balls.

Steve Sax said...

top of our order, combined 0-for-9

Steve Sax said...

(Gwynn Mellis Kemp)

Orel said...

Westbrook basically mowed through Kemp & Ethier, walked Hanley to get to Rivera. Doesn't help when Hanley's "protection" is slumping.

rbnlaw said...

Hanley is good at the baseball.

Orel said...

We need more Hanleys!

Orel said...

Fuck you, Mothballs.

Steve Sax said...

7-4. this is going from bad to horrible

Steve Sax said...

7-4 STL through six innings.

We got this.

Fred's Brim said...

goddammit

Fred's Brim said...

these assholes are really starting to piss me off

Fred's Brim said...

how is our pitching and defense the worst thing about us?

Orel said...

Loney starts the rally with a single!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Gwynn pummels the rally to death with a ground out

Fred's Brim said...

why does it feel like we don't have any bullpen anymore?

Fred's Brim said...

maybe it's because we are using our new LOOGY for whole innings on consecutive nights because he's the best thing we've got

maybe because we keep trotting Javy out every other night when he's Troncosoed

Steve Sax said...

Gwynn in leadoff spot: 0-for-4
Mellis in the two-hole: 0-for-4
Kemp in the three-hole: 1-for-4

Kemp just got his first hit, after 0-fering in his last two games

Orel said...

Hey, Matt Kemp stole a base! Now Hanley can hit a 2-run HR so we can lose by one.

Steve Sax said...

SB for Matty, first one since he's been back (and since April 28). That's good.

He's got 47 more to go if he wants to get 50-50

Fred's Brim said...

one-run games are meaningless

Steve Sax said...

if I were STL I might take my chances with Rivera despite the fact he's the tying run

Steve Sax said...

annnnnnnd...that's what they did

Fred's Brim said...

Rivera to ground into a double play where one out gets applied to the next inning

Steve Sax said...

@FB 1:27p: not if we win

Orel said...

Hanley walks. Now Rivera can K so we can lose by three.

Orel said...

Bingo.

Orel said...

How soon until Hanley starts batting third?

Fred's Brim said...

How do the cardinals have the virtually the same record as us?

Steve Sax said...

Fuck, Rivera

Orel said...

Juan "Fuck" Rivera

Fred's Brim said...

Why does a 4-3 road trip against teams that normally beat us feel so terrible?

Fred's Brim said...

18 goddamn hits. We certainly haven't done much to lower that league-leading batting average of the Cards

Franklin Stubbs said...

It's not, but what preceded the 4-3 roadie was worse.

Fred's Brim said...

fuck all this

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That could have gone better.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

And the Giants don't play today.

MR.F said...

DAMNIT

Orel said...

SAVE US RYAN DEMPSTER

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

If we can sweep the Giants this weekend, we'll be essentially tied.

So that's good news, I guess.

MR.F said...

At least we only lost by 3 so I was able to get a save from Jason Motte.

Steve Sax said...

PGT up.