Friday, August 10, 2012

Game 113 Thread: August 10 @ Marlins, 4p

Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.88) vs. Mark Buehrle (9-10, 3.70).

Lots of storylines in this one. Hanley Ramirez' return to Miami. Ramirez' SS successor, Jose Reyes, on a wild hitting streak...(wait, scratch that). Cy Young Award winner Kershaw versus perfect-game thrower Buehrle (who hasn't won in his last four starts). One game separating the Dodgers and first place (the Giants host the Rockies at 7p).

But the only real plot is this: we've got 50 games left in this season. If the Dodgers are going to make a run, getting a headstart on some wins during the front end of this ten-game road trip is critical, as we'll continue on next week for four games in Pittsburgh and three in Atlanta (followed by a three-game series with the Giants at home).

Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds has us at a 27.9% chance of making the playoffs, by far the worst percentage of any of the second-place NL division teams (we are 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot). We need to have a good weekend, carrying on the momentum of our last game against the Rockies, rather than the impotence of the prior two games. Let's hope we can knock the lights out in Marlins Park. Or at least knock the lights out of that left-center field monstrosity.

97 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Does anyone else think the Bourne Legacy tagline reminds one of the old Lays potato chips tagline?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh shit, east coast swing! That's right!

Steve Sax said...

Just like Boys II Men!

It's long overdue! But now, Philly's slammin'!

Fred's Brim said...

Philly was never really slammin

Schooly D tried his best though

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck. Totally forgot about this whole so-called "time zone difference."

Steve Sax said...

Let's see if the dodgers forget, too

Franklin Stubbs said...

OK, work time can go ahead and be over now.

Steve Sax said...

It is for meeeeeeee

Steve Sax said...

I will be with AC tonight.

We will be nowhere near the game, or likely even a television.

Charging the phone up now...

Dusty Baker said...

Get a room!

Orel said...

GO US

(works for Dodgers and Olympics)

Orel said...

Burly might be on his game today.

Dusty Baker said...

Well hello, very disappointing first inning!

Franklin Stubbs said...

That would be unfortunate, but not unexpected.

Steve Sax said...

And, there goes the monstrosity.

Orel said...

Siddown, Giancarlo!

Dusty Baker said...

LF Victorino (S)
2B Ellis
CF Kemp
SS Ramirez
RF Ethier (L)
1B Rivera
3B Hairston
C Ellis
P Kershaw (L)

Franklin Stubbs said...

What the fuck is with us and the first inning?

MR.F said...

Back-to-back singles by Kemp and HanRam.

Dusty Baker said...

Back to back shit ABs followed.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Now would be a great time for Rivera to dial down the suck.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Or fuck it up. Either way.

Hideo Nomo said...

Collins: "They're happy with Carlos Lee here."

Weren't they BEGGING teams to take him at the deadline?

Hideo Nomo said...

Giacamo Stand-in.

Hideo Nomo said...

SIDDOWN, GIOVANNI RIBISI!

Hideo Nomo said...

This offense is unworthy of your pitching, Clay.

MR.F said...

We need to score here.

Dusty Baker said...

We did.

MR.F said...

THANK YOU MATTY

Orel said...

Bison RBI-double! Tie game!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Oh thank goodness, a run.

Dusty Baker said...

HanRam looked at two good pitches to drive.

Orel said...

In play, run(s)!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

HANLEY

MR.F said...

We're winning!

Dusty Baker said...

Ethier way off balance on that AB.

Dusty Baker said...

Home Juan! 4-1

Orel said...

In play, run(s)!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

River-waaaaaah?

MR.F said...

Wow Juan.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Winning is good!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I would like to be winning by more though.

Dusty Baker said...

I will accept no less than 7-1.

Dusty Baker said...

Dammit, they have something going.

Dusty Baker said...

45

Orel said...

Don't give it back, Clayton!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Gorkys? Really, Clayton?

Franklin Stubbs said...

That was not so good.

MR.F said...

Crap.

Orel said...

Carlos Lee, you better GIDP you fat POS.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

ARGH

Franklin Stubbs said...

I can live with 1 run. Now end this.

Franklin Stubbs said...

*heart resumes beating*

Orel said...

Wow. Minimal damage. 4-2 Dodgers.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Phew.

Dusty Baker said...

Jesus, Clay. What gives?

MR.F said...

Minimal damage.

MR.F said...

Kershaw != automatic out

Dusty Baker said...

Rancho Hanliendo!

Orel said...

IBB Kemp to RA. Make 'em pay, Hanley!

Dusty Baker said...

I really pretty much disagree with anything Lyons says.

Franklin Stubbs said...

wheeeee!

Dusty Baker said...

We'll take it!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Suck it, Marlins!

Orel said...

Hansurance!

Dusty Baker said...

HanRam = 14 RBI in 15 games as a Dodger. Yeah, that was a good trade.

Dusty Baker said...

Dare I head to the booze store? Is the lead safe?

Orel said...

C'mon, Andre!

MR.F said...

Man Andre what is up.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Andre's facing a lefty

MR.F said...

Oh that's his excuse for everything!

Hideo Nomo said...

Lyons tweeting WHILE AN INNING IS IN PROGRESS.

Orel said...

Mattingly placing more trust in Wright.

MR.F said...

Mattingly seems to have adopted Torre's habit of keeping high-ish pitch count starters in to start a new inning in the hopes they can get out of it easily, but with a short leash.

Orel said...

The Lyons hate is strong. Personally I don't mind him at all.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

That does not compute.

Orel said...

Yeah, I know.

RA for MIA.

Dusty Baker said...

God dammit this means Loney gets in the game.

Dusty Baker said...

RIvera to RF. Belli in. Loney at 1B.

Dusty Baker said...

Belli 0-2 to start this AB. Finish it off, Belli!

Dusty Baker said...

(unpuckers)

Dusty Baker said...

I think the thing that bugs me the most about Lyons is that he's such a rent-a-broadcaster homer. The only difference between him and Mark Gubicza is a cheesy red polo shirt.

Hideo Nomo said...

Lyons has a cheesy blue polo shirt.

Orel said...

Same thing holds for all the Prime Ticket guys. Only Vin gets away with being neutral.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, Nomo.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, Orel. You could mix and match and it would hardly be noticeable.

Hideo Nomo said...

Nice inning, BellyWelly!

Dusty Baker said...

Is there a kid wearing a Hanleywood t-shirt at the game?

Orel said...

Is Kenley bored? K, fly out, double, walk.

Orel said...

In play, out(s)!

Franklin Stubbs said...

...and we're done here!

Dusty Baker said...

Awesome shot of HanRam with his little daughter, who is wearing a tiny Ramirez - 13 jersey. Great game today for him!

Dusty Baker said...

Did the camera catch Donnie signaling to ANgel Hernandez that he (Donnie) was wrong on that call at 2B?

Dusty Baker said...

I could sure go for some MSBs right now. The tiny burgers, not the tiny baseball players.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Frisco's losing! Huzzah!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Giants with first and third, one and they show off a bit of their own offensive ineptitude. Lincecum can't lay down the bunt and Crawford gets caught stealing to end the inning. :D

Orel said...

PGTUP!