Saturday, August 25, 2012

Game 127 Thread: August 25 vs. Marlins, 6p


Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 2.89) vs. Josh Johnson (7-10, 3.73)

Yes, there have been some crazy baseball shenanigans going down in the last 24 hours, but do you know what else is crazy? Walking on the damn moon, that's what. I'm momentarily shedding my usual cocoon of snark to wish you godspeed, Mr. Armstrong. Sports are fun, but you were a hero and an inspiration, in the non-trivial sense.

As for the baseball part of this GT equation, you know all the excruciatingly documented details. All that remains is to go out and win games, and we look to be equipped to do just that. There's not much else to say. It's time for action, people.

You may now resume snark.

Image: NASA, bishes.

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Dusty Baker said...

Josh Beckett to start for Dodgers on Monday in Colorado.

Dusty Baker said...

Victorino
MEllis
Kemp
Gonzalez
Ramirez
Ethier
Cruz
AJEllis
Kershaw

Dusty Baker said...

I'm sorry. I'm going to have to repeat myself. Wow.

Victorino
MEllis
Kemp
Gonzalez
Ramirez
Ethier
Cruz
AJEllis
Kershaw

Eugenio's Streak said...

I said wow too

Franklin Stubbs said...

Um, that's a pretty damn good lineup.

Steve Sax said...

Giant steps are what you take,... when McCourt is finally out and Stan Kasten starts calling some real gamechanging shots like signing Adrian Gonzalez

(sorry, Sting)

Paul said...

Won't be much of conversationalist with the family tonight. I'll just be repeating the lineup over and over again.

Steve Sax said...

Free James Loney!

Orel said...

Molly Knight ‏@molly_knight

Dodger players sort of floating around and like, fist bump & nodding at each other in the clubhouse. I would say they are pleased.

Dusty Baker said...

(resumes snark)

Dusty Baker said...

That's some hard-hitting reporting from Knight.

MR.F said...

To Neil Armstrong and Sting!

Orel said...

Over under for hits between Kemp/Adrian/Hanley/Ethier? Remember Josh Johnson is pitching.

I'll set it at...6.

Steve Sax said...

More evidence the LAT is fading into irrelevance (except Dylan Hernandez, and I'd even say Bill Shaikin):

This is how the LAT recognizes Armstrong's passing. Yeah, because I really want to know what Mandy Moore, The Rock, and Olivia Munn tweeted about Armstrong's death.

(though I confess I clicked on it to view the photo of Olivia Munn. Man, she is hot.)

Steve Sax said...

@DB 3:30p: Molly Knight always was observant with the nods and fist bumps.

Orel said...

WHY CAN'T THEY PLAY THE GAME RIGHT NOW

Orel said...

Olivia Munnto

Steve Sax said...

Just to be clear, I'm pro-Shaikin.

I guess that makes me anti-Movin.

Dusty Baker said...

Josh Beckett will wear number 30.
Nick Punto 7

Steve Sax said...

Just to be clear, I'm pro-Munn

Steve Sax said...

Can't Punto take #5?

Please?!

Ñeeebs said...

To Neil Armstrong and Jackie Gleason.

Jason said...

I really hope someone has the foresight (and talent) to construct a Magic statue outside the stadium. Hell, someone with a decent truck can just drag the one from Staples up the hill.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Sweet Jeebus, 2 hours still until the game?

Dusty Baker said...

What the FUCK am I going to do with myself when this Barves/Jints game is over?

Dusty Baker said...

Angel Pagan 0-4 today. Culero.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty, there's always beer

Steve Sax said...

Beer. It's what's for breakfast.

Steve Sax said...

Beer. The other white meat.

Dusty Baker said...

@Sax

I was JUST thinking the same thing!

Dusty Baker said...

Beer status: Dos Equis

Surly status: 0


You read that right.

cc: RBN

Ñeeebs said...

DB: You say culero, but in Chile they say, Culiao.

Steve Sax said...

Holy shit, the radio commercials on the Braves' feed are scarier than ankylosing spondylitis. Child identity theft? What the hell is wrong with this mass-shooting-predisposed, politician-rape-legitimizing society?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Giants lose! Giants lose!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Let's capitalize on the misfortune of others.

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

What would it be Gangnam style?

NicJ said...

Hey everyone!!

What did i miss?

Dusty Baker said...

항문

Steve Sax said...

Oppagangnam style!

Dusty Baker said...

Nothing to see here, Nic.

Hey Nic, can you revert to your old skool goober on a scooter avatar for awhile? I really miss that one.

Steve Sax said...

Ankylosing spondylitis!

Dusty Baker said...

I'm fuckin bustin out the Oppagangnam style moves later on after a few more beers.

Dusty Baker said...

I wonder what Ankylosing spondylitis style would be? We should invent a dance.

NicJ said...

Shelley Smith on sports center said there was a good sized line at the box office today.

Hopefully the place is filled up tonight.

DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...
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DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy said...

During the postseason people on fangraphs were going on about Five Guys being better than In N Out and i finally got to try it……….no way!

NicJ said...

Five guys is pretty good, Not a fan of the french fries though.

Five guys reminds me of a really good homemade burger.

Paul said...

In the bay area this weekend. Lots of mumbles and grumbles.

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck Five Guys. I know I'm a shameless homer for SoCal, but...I just don't get the appeal of FG. Kinda of like Krispy Kreme - it seems like more of a culinary meme than it is based on how good it is compared to other offerings.

Krispy Kreme was always the white trash shitty low class donuts in the south when I was growing up. All the other donut shops, incl independent ones and the chains, were all viewed as better. Then KK just blew up for some reason.

ps- I've got the potential to blow up a Winchell's
cc: Ice Cube

Fred's Brim said...

Why am I still surly? I never feel good about big changes like this. A part of me prefers to win or lose with the guys you got, especially in baseball, where the season's the thing. I am going to need some time with this one

NicJ said...

So was James Loney officially free'd?

Franklin Stubbs said...

He was indeed, Nic.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yeah, I really wouldn't class in-n-out and five guys as having the same market niche.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Sax: Olivia Munn has a topless scene in Magic Mike...you can google just the scene though.

Paul said...

The Vicster scratched from tonight's lineup. Gotta save that back for the free agent market.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Breaking News!!! Snooki is in labor. As if we didn't have enough blockbuster news today

Orel said...

100 comments before game time?

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Beer Status: Long Hammer IPA

Hideo Nomo said...

TAG JAMES LONEY AND RELEASE HIM INTO THE WILD

Orel said...

Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela

Dodgers place Chad Billingsley on the DL, option Alex Castellanos

Orel said...

beer status: Fat Tire

Dusty Baker said...

How hard will it be for Snooki to drop a pup out of that droopy-ass vag?

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Castellanos and SVS will have to lead the Topes to the Pac League championship.

Orel said...

Surly status zero, Dusty?

Dusty Baker said...

Ned on Dodgers Live now.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

It's the booze plus the trade. It won't last long.

NicJ said...

of course the first thing Lyons brings up is how Nick Punto will help the team.

Dusty Baker said...

I can't believe we didn't ship Lyons to Boston. #douchemode

Dusty Baker said...

Bills to DL.

NicJ said...

imagine next year when we have Dee and CC at the top of the lineup.

If they ever get on base that will be a relay race.

Orel said...

Colletti showing no remorse for losing Loney.

Orel said...

I wonder what Padres fans are thinking now.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

Padres fans don't think.

Dusty Baker said...

Revised lineup:

Ellis 2B
Cruz 3B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Ellis C
Kershaw P

NicJ said...

i actually went on a few padres blogs yesterday and there was little mention of it.

Orel said...

Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers, the O'Malley family buying the Padres. They must be a little conflicted right now.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

When someone else is talking, Steve Lyons always has this look on his face that he is just waiting for his chance to talk and doesn't give a crap about what anyone else is saying

Dusty Baker said...

You nailed it, GLG. Exactly.

Orel said...

Adrian gets a standing O while warming up.

Orel said...

Nobody wants Cruz's autograph?

Orel said...

Apparently Martin Van Buren is starting for us tonight.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

I've spent a good amount of time in Boston and they have about the worst fundamental racism as any place I have been. Crawford got racial slurs yelled at him by a cop while playing a HOME game at one of Red Sox minor league teams. He is going to be much more comfortable here and A-Gone had to have been regretting his decision to resign there as well.

Dusty Baker said...

@Orel

It's weird to think John Jay isn't playing in this game, too.

Dusty Baker said...

Totally true, GLG. Boston is light years behind even some traditional southern racist strongholds.

Paul said...

Glad Jackie Robinson didn't give a fuck about racial slurs.

Orel said...

I love Focused Clayton.

Dusty Baker said...

I love beer.

Orel said...

Leadoff double. Great.

Dusty Baker said...

Leadoff double. This team sucks - blow it up!

Dusty Baker said...

DAMMIT!

Orel said...

There's that Gold Glove!

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

yay!

Dusty Baker said...

Kersh just made Reyes look like a child on that first pitch.

Orel said...

Marlins 1, Dodgers 0

Dusty Baker said...

5 consecutive games w runs allowed in the first inning.

Orel said...

Cochito leather!

Dusty Baker said...

Leather chaps!

Franklin Stubbs said...

That's so freaking annoying. At least I'm becoming less fearful that the offense will be completely shut down, for some reason or other.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Boom

Franklin Stubbs said...

One lead-off double deserves another.

Orel said...

Mellis double! We'll see Gonzalez this inning...probably!

Orel said...

Tie game!

Dusty Baker said...

1-1

Cruuuuuuuuuz!

Franklin Stubbs said...

And there we go.

Dusty Baker said...

First and third for A Gon to go to work.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

John Buck's catcher's mask is hideous

Franklin Stubbs said...

Three batters, no outs.

I can live with that.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Run(s)!

Ñeeebs said...

Holy crap what an entry.

Orel said...

"So, make way. A roll of drums and a blare of bugles. Coming up with runners at first and third, and a standing welcome-to-Dodger-Stadium ovation for Adrian Gonzalez." —Vin

Orel said...

"So, make way. A roll of drums and a blare of bugles. Coming up with runners at first and third, and a standing welcome-to-Dodger-Stadium ovation for Adrian Gonzalez." —Vin

Franklin Stubbs said...

I may have just wet myself.

Orel said...

OMFG

Paul said...

Holy Fuckers.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I can't believe that actually just happened.

Orel said...

I'm behind because I watched Gonzalez's homer a couple times.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

So I am about 5 minutes behind the live telecast due to phone calls and as Adrian came up I got a txt message and thought, how cool would it be if he his first at bat was a home run. Hot damn!

Orel said...

RELEASE HANLEY

Orel said...

When's the last time we hit a 3-run HR?

Dusty Baker said...

When's the last time our 1B hit a 3-run HR?

Dusty Baker said...

35 pitches so far for Johnson in the inning.

Franklin Stubbs said...

We're halfway to your hits prediction in the first 1/3 of an inning, Orel!

Cliff Beefpile said...

So, this is working out so far, yeah?

Dusty Baker said...

That DelinO post...huh. Hmmmm. *scratches head*

Orel said...

26 minutes into the game. We're still in the first.

Franklin Stubbs said...

MayI just say that this is completely unlike what I thought this season was going to be like 6 months ago?

Orel said...

Vintage DelinO.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Sweet baby Jesus, going from the Raiders announcers to Vinny is like going from Kindergarten to the Ivy League.

Orel said...

45 pitches for Johnson.

Orel said...

Adrian Gonzalez is swavory.

Orel said...

Gonzalez has set the bar rather high.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

AGone has a swavory swing

DelinO said...

Most posts ever in the first inning? Its a shame there nothing else special about todays game (and that was a pity strike)

Orel said...

Giancarlo'd

DelinO said...

Has that ball landed yet?

Orel said...

TRADE FOR STANTON

Dusty Baker said...

Kersh really giving up long balls early these days.

Franklin Stubbs said...

What a weird ass game.

Cliff Beefpile said...

What a weird ass season.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Indeed.

DelinO said...

What a weird ass

Dusty Baker said...

MEllis HR!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Ha!

Dusty Baker said...

What is this, Coors Field?

DelinO said...

Showtime must have been thrilled to do a full season covering a last place team

Franklin Stubbs said...

@Delino

Alas, years of wearing his wallet on the left side only have left Mark horribly disfigured.

Dusty Baker said...

Oh yeah, we have Kemp.

Hideo Nomo said...

I AM WEEPINGS WITH JOY

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Who is this team???

DelinO said...

Johnsons got good stuff tonight

Cliff Beefpile said...

Just 'cause I wanna...

Victorino
MEllis
Kemp
Gonzalez
Ramirez
Ethier
Cruz
AJEllis
Kershaw

*Pinches self*

DelinO said...

Gonzalez looks like a nintendo Mii

Franklin Stubbs said...

One measley run? Blow it up.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Kersh not up to his last start's standards. I will, however, gladly accept a win anyway.

Cliff Beefpile said...

When is Beckett schedule to pitch?

Dusty Baker said...

I thought we were back to dominate Kersh. Make up your mind, Clay!

Dusty Baker said...

@Cliff

Monday

Jason said...

So giddy thst this is my team.....

Fuck it, gigiddy!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Back to the avatar that won the Stanley Cup. Crow T. Robot.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Gracias, Dusty.

Franklin Stubbs said...

There's a shut-out inning. It's not turtles all the way down, I guess.

Jason said...

Dre 8 for his last 8.

Dusty Baker said...

Johnson out of a stretch. Heh.

Jason said...

Love the hustle to get to second by Ethier

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Meanwhile, the mothership is showing every pitch of Clemens' independent league exhibition start. Like we want to see a 50 year old pitching to kids or has-been's with no club affiliation

Jason said...

ESPN is broadcasting a Texas penal league game?

Dusty Baker said...

@GLG

But enough about Jamie Moyer.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Texas penile league.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Jason: Espn3 has the live game and Sportscenter is doing live look ins

Jason said...

Good to see Rivera still sucks. All is right in the world.

Cliff Beefpile said...

So, should that run count if it didn't come on a homerun?

MR.F said...

Okay, back to watch the rest of the game! A first baseman that hits home runs?! Who woulda thunk it?

Cliff Beefpile said...

Damn the Giants schedule is easy from here on out. At least the last series is here.

Franklin Stubbs said...

20 batters in 3 innings. Yeah, ok…

Jason said...

Mary Hart and Mary Hart's legs in the 1st row behind the plate.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Johnson isn't fooling anyone tonight

Franklin Stubbs said...

89 pitches through 3 is bad. Very bad.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Stanton is human after all.

Dusty Baker said...

Where was that pitch, Blue?

Dusty Baker said...

2-2 count for A Gone. You don't have to hit a HR every time up, holmes.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Hahahaha! You strike out Gonzalez and you still have to face Ramirez and Ethier!

Dusty Baker said...

Chasing pitches, A Gon. I know you're nervous and want to impress.

Dusty Baker said...

And that's exactly it, Cliff!

MR.F said...

It's k.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I shudder to think what Kemp could do with a full, healthy year in this lineup.

Dusty Baker said...

@Stubbs did you really comment on DelinO's post? Or was that someone spoofing your handle?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Clay may be getting some his swagger going again.

Franklin Stubbs said...

It was me, all the way!

Cliff Beefpile said...

For once, I'm looking forward to the trip to Colorado.

MR.F said...

I'm quite excited about this lineup.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Beckett in Denver does make me slightly nervous, but then we have a bit more firepower this time through,

Dusty Baker said...

(fires up the Cargo hate)

Dusty Baker said...

DRE DAY!

Franklin Stubbs said...

HOLY SHIT, DRE!

Cliff Beefpile said...

We're settin' records, bishes!

MR.F said...

Ethier is ON FIRE

Jason said...

Well then... I like this lineup.

MR.F said...

This line-up is nuts. We got four guys who can hit #3 no problem.

Franklin Stubbs said...

That's a tie for the record with the Penguin, I believe.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Even Riveira doesn't suck in this line-up!

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