Monday, August 27, 2012

Game 129 Thread: August 27 @ Rockies, 5:40p

Will no one rid me of his turbulent chicken grease?
Josh Beckett (5-11, 5.23)* vs. Jeff Francis (4-4, 5.79)

Let's face it, Beckett was lousy with the Red Sox this year. Still, Angevin him a partial pass for his performance since it's not entirely his fault that Boston Canterbury the hatchet with him over his clubhouse antics and his disinclination to perform penance for their historic 2011 collapse.  After that, the rift was already too great to be bridged, it seems. When facing off against (de) Tracy's squad in Denver, let's hope that a change of circumstances restores him to being the pitching (de) Morville Josh instead of the the pompous (fitz)Urse Josh. 

A major factor in our favor tonight is that we're facing off against Francis again, who has a 6.65 ERA in August, and gave up 3 runs in only 4 innings the last time the Dodgers faced him. I'm not a (le) Breton man, but if I were, I'd be inclined to take the over on this one.

*American League numbers, but they still count, people.

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Franklin Stubbs said...

This one's for you, brother Neeebs

Orel said...

I feel dumb.

Orel said...

Victorino LF
Mellis 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Ajellis C
Beckett P

Franklin Stubbs said...

No one is saying you're dumb, Orel. Some of us might be thinking it, but we're not saying it.

Orel said...

Consider that hunch confirmed!

Hideo Nomo said...

I realized this was a Stubbs post about two sentences in.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Hopefully Beckett will end up somewhat better than Becket. The extra "T" is everything.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I figured the image might be enough, even.

Steve Sax said...

Stubbs, you scare the hell out of me sometimes.

I like the GT!

Franklin Stubbs said...

If I had a nickle...

Ñeeebs said...

I feel what Orel feels.

Paul said...

clap clap clap clap.

bravo Stubbs bravo.

Let's just hope he doesn't Roger de Bailleul it and die in early September.

*laugh cough laugh cough hack*

indeeeeed

Paul said...

btw I have no idea what I am talking about and hope this wikipedia thingy is correct.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yes, that would be a tragedy, Paul.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I'm confused. What does Peter O'Toole have to do with this?

Franklin Stubbs said...

There's always room for O'Toole.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

That's not what Liberace said! Oh, snap!

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Wait, that is what Liberace said. Nevermind.

Hideo Nomo said...

Can we win this one? Pretty please? Gotta win on the days the Gnats are idle.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh dear...

Franklin Stubbs said...

I ain't gonna lie, Beckett in Denver concerns me. Hopefully we can outgun them.

MR.F said...

Peter O'Toole fell in a well, didn't he? Oh wait that was Timmy.

karina said...

yeah, more than numb, i feel illiterate

Franklin Stubbs said...

Hey guys, don't you know you're supposed to be playing along to make Orel feel inadequate?

Steve Sax said...

I cannot wait another hour for this game.

Beckett needs to prove he's not Blanton v2.0.

Hanley needs to improve upon a sad performance Sunday.

Dodgers need to keep the pressure on the idle and quivering Giants.

Sax needs to slow down on drinking this fine Rioja.

Franklin Stubbs said...

@Sax

3 out of 4 ain't bad, though.

Paul said...

I am the impetus of your animus that is on the precipice of something inconsequential.

Paul said...

New dictionary app and shot of whiskey.

Game can't start soon enough.

Paul said...

Sign Longoria Expeditiously!

Ñeeebs said...

Precipice of Something Inconsequential.

The Flaming Menudos' biggest hit record.

Paul said...

Yes we sold out on that album.

But It was fun working with the Saved by the Bell gang and Ricky Martin.

Paul said...

Oh and Ted Knight. RIP.

Steve Sax said...

@Stubbs: however, this Beckett didn't come from the Cheapside...

Steve Sax said...

"What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household,..."

Was King Henry talking about Uribe?

MR.F said...

Chan Ho Beckett? I didn't know he took #61

Orel said...

Josh Beckett is high-fiving every last soul in the Dodger dugout.

Steve Sax said...

@orel: he's just trying to get the fried chicken grease off his hands

He'd better be careful too as Uribe will lick them clean

Paul said...

Sign Beltre!!

Orel said...

That's not a pleasant image, Sax.

Orel said...

Frank Jeffries pitching for the Rox.

Fred's Brim said...

howdy, yall!

Orel said...

Kempy double!

MR.F said...

Wotchale, FB

Orel said...

Epale, FB!

Fred's Brim said...

I hope Matty can find his season-starting groove again. Coors Field and Jeff Francis seems like good places to crank it up again

Steve Sax said...

Nice to see Kemp get his groove back. Two-out double in the first.

Fred's Brim said...

Matty!

Fred's Brim said...

How Matty Got His Groove Back?

Steve Sax said...

@FB: looks like you and I are groovin' tonight. Don't tell the wives.

Orel said...

A-Gon tags it, but right at the RF.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. AGon can't score Kemp from second. On to B1.

Fred's Brim said...

@Saxy - I tweeted it but my wife doesn't follow me so we should OK

Orel said...

Was Beckett the one who changed his mind about his number? Wearing 61 tonight.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Inauspicious.

Paul said...

The second deck screen said 91 mph. No Bueno.

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Well fuck me.

Orel said...

Um, about that switching-leagues thing....

Fred's Brim said...

flat, high fastballs don't work in Denver either, Josh

Franklin Stubbs said...

Well, we scored in the first yesterday and lost, so it follows...

Steve Sax said...

Josh Beckett thinks he is indeed Blanton 2.0. Great.

Steve Sax said...

(starts assembling four knights)

Paul said...

Shake it off and 123.

Fred's Brim said...

get Cargo's ass back in the circle

Franklin Stubbs said...

He'd be more comfortable if he took of the hair shirt.

Orel said...

Ks Cargo!

Paul said...

Haven't seen Cargo look that bad. Really slumping.

Franklin Stubbs said...

No KCAL HD signal? I feel antiquated...

Orel said...

Rest of the inning went...well.

Franklin Stubbs said...

All but the one pitch looked pretty strong, actually.

Franklin Stubbs said...

But that one was a motherfucker.

Fred's Brim said...

that works

Fred's Brim said...

let's get four back

Steve Sax said...

Okay, Beckett settled. 2 Ks in the first. 1-0 Rox.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Almost doesn't count, Hanley.

Fred's Brim said...

crap

Orel said...

Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela

Switch back to number 30! #Beckett

Orel said...

I refuse to believe Jeff Francis is going to shut down this lineup three times through.

Fred's Brim said...

be careful with your knob, Dre

Fred's Brim said...

you don't have to swing at everything, Cochito

Hideo Nomo said...

Man, Lyons loves telling everyone in earshot that Dre's injury is called a knob burn, like he's a medical expert.

Takes a knob to know a knob, I guess.

Fred's Brim said...

and a bellend

Fred's Brim said...

fuck Dinger

Fred's Brim said...

this ump likes scoring I think. he's not going to give the close strikes

Orel said...

Who doesn't like scoring?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

"RT @TBrownYahoo: A no-win start for Beckett: He beats the Rockies, they're the Rockies. He loses, he still stinks."

Orel said...

Chewbacca plays for the Rox?

Orel said...

A win-win start for Beckett: He loses to the Rockies, we blame it on Coors Field. He beats the Rockies, he wins his Dodger debut.

Orel said...

A lot of full counts for Beckett so far.

Orel said...

1-2-3!

Fred's Brim said...

I liked it better when AJ was trying to walk every time

Orel said...

Beckett looks a little lost at the plate. "What's this piece of wood in my hands?"

Franklin Stubbs said...

What is with us and acquiring pitchers with tribble-chin?

Hideo Nomo said...

@Orel: Should we tell him the bat is a chicken bone?

Orel said...

Vic walks.

Orel said...

IT'S A DRUMSTICK JOSH

Franklin Stubbs said...

Bring the lumber, Mellis.

Orel said...

Jeanne Tribblechin was great in "Basic Instinct."

Hideo Nomo said...

I can't take Steve Lyons anymore. I just can't. Collins is fine. He's even grown on me a bit. But Psycho's gotta go.

NicJ said...

It is really frustrating how poorly we play against the Rockies this year.

Hideo Nomo said...

@Orel (6:19): I definitely misinterpreted that comment.

Steve Sax said...

Argh

Hideo Nomo said...

Uh, the first 6:19 comment, that is.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Don't W this O, boys.

Orel said...

Vic with the ol' SB & E-2 combo!

Orel said...

Dammit, Mellis!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Piss.

Fred's Brim said...

crud

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Nuts.

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, AJ

Fred's Brim said...

Gonzo's standing too close to the plate. His ass needs to get back into the batting circle. Beckett needs to send a purpose pitch over there

NicJ said...

Lotta pitches being thrown.

Orel said...

What's that, like 60 pitches for Beckett already?

NicJ said...

Is Colorado still doing that stupid 75 pitch limit for their starters?

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes, stupid
you are not exempt

Orel said...

phew

NicJ said...

51

Fred's Brim said...

phew

NicJ said...

Matt Kemp hasn't hit a HR in 16 games.

(reverse jinx)

NicJ said...

I think Lyons just jinxed my reverse jinx

Orel said...

When did Jeff Francis become Cy Young?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Oh, about an hour ago.

Fred's Brim said...

hmm i don't like that

NicJ said...

Jeff Francis only has one scoreless outing this year.

MR.F said...

Jeff Francis is unhittable. (reverse jinx)

NicJ said...

Hanley gets caught looking quite a bit.

Fred's Brim said...

you dick. you better call all of those the rest of the way

NicJ said...

totally, outside corner to right handers has been a ball all night.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

Does anyone know what the spot on Kemp's left shoulder is? He has the same spot there every game. I thought maybe pine tar...anyone?

Orel said...

Rosario Dawson catches for the Rox?

Orel said...

Pine tar sounds about right, GLG.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Chan Ho is back? Gangnam style, bishes!

Orel said...

Tim Brown ‏@TBrownYahoo

Meantime, new Best Lineup in Baseball appears a tad vulnerable to soft-tossing lefties. #buehrle #francis

karina said...

even if every game is close at Coors Field, no matter what the lead is, with this lineup somehow feels closer

Orel said...

I sense some skepticism on Tim Brown's part.

Hideo Nomo said...

Loney has 2 RBI in 2 games for Boston.

But AGon has 4 RBI in 2 games (+) for L.A.

Yeah, I'm good.

NicJ said...

Zito too. :/

Orel said...

So this Beckett guy is a fly-ball pitcher?

Orel said...

Terrible throw by Victorino. Should have set himself and fired to third.

NicJ said...

Jeeze, that was a horrible throw to the cutoff man.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Shite.

Franklin Stubbs said...

*grinds teeth*

Orel said...

Fuck. Chewie RBI. 2-0 Rox.

Orel said...

Man the Rox are totally hitting Beckett.

NicJ said...

SF scored 6 ER of Francis a few starts ago.

Hideo Nomo said...

GET MAD. HIT BALL.

Orel said...

It's the 5th already? Time flies when you're losing.

NicJ said...

Lets just be thankful Moyer retired.

Fred's Brim said...

the Giants should sign Randy Wolf

Fred's Brim said...

we gotta take more pitches, force this dude to throw strikes

Fred's Brim said...

*looks at AJ*

Hideo Nomo said...

RT @azizansari: Let's have a moment of silence for all the chubby Asian dudes that are getting 'Gangnam style!' yelled at them by bros around the world.

Let's get back to this one.

NicJ said...

Damn, so close to tying it up.

Why is Cruz so damn slow?

Cliff Beefpile said...

Wow, that carried a long ass way.

MR.F said...

Please don't AWO, even if Beckett is coming up to bat.

Fred's Brim said...

so close

Fred's Brim said...

just a fly ball, JB

NicJ said...

Im sure Shane will get a hit.

(cries)

Fred's Brim said...

cmon, Vic, poke it somewhere

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

It's up to you, Shane.

MR.F said...

Come on Shane!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

this is when Vic walks and Ellis flies out and we lead off with Matty next inning

Fred's Brim said...

oh damn

NicJ said...

FUCK YOU VICTORINO!!!!!

Franklin Stubbs said...

*bangs head on desk*

Paul said...

The Vicster.

Fred's Brim said...

that thing wasn't even going to make it to the glove

MR.F said...

BLOOD AND BLOODY ASHES

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Fuck me senseless.

Fred's Brim said...

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SWING AT EVERY PITCH!
I am pretty sure it's one of the rules of baseball

NicJ said...

That K officially made it Francis' best outing of the year.

Hideo Nomo said...

Can we go back to hating Victorino now?

Or stop lying if we never did stop hating him?

NicJ said...

I can't bring myself to like Victorino.

Just too many bad memories.

Paul said...

I was at indifferent for an hour. Then started hating him again. Just like Uribe.

NicJ said...

I told myself i wouldn't like Uribe until he hit a GS.

How naive I was.

Franklin Stubbs said...

I'm pretty sure Vicky hasn't been the primary offender in this little mini-slump, as much as it pains me to defend him.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I blame Vicky Vale.

Orel said...

Kemp barely makes contact, bounces out.

Paul said...

Well our shutouts feel a lot more...expensive.

Franklin Stubbs said...

No coincidence we struggle against lefties when our two best right-handed hitters are coming up empty.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

C'mon, Hanley, do your thing.

NicJ said...

Hanley has been slumping, but you wouldn't think all of the guys need to be clicking at the same time.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Poop.

Orel said...

We're not going to win this game, are we?

Fred's Brim said...

cmon, Hanley, be patient

Paul said...

we struggle. It is our destiny.

Fred's Brim said...

cripes, why do I watch?

Franklin Stubbs said...

You wouldn't think so.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Siiiiigh

Franklin Stubbs said...

Well, Beckett has been fine. So there's that.

Paul said...

Is this how a mets fan feels?

Orel said...

Beltre's going for another cycle? What's he been eating?

Paul said...

So when do the "this team lacks chemistry" articles start flying out?

Cliff Beefpile said...

It just might be time already for this speech

Franklin Stubbs said...

I am angry.

Orel said...

3-0 Rox. Insurmountable.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Man, this Rutledge kid really chaps my ass.

Orel said...

WE NEED LONEY

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

This is embarrassing.

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