Thursday, September 13, 2012

Post-Game 144 Thread: There's Your Frickin' Changed Lineup, Dammit

CARDINALS 2, DODGERS 1

Don Mattingly finally did what everyone had been clamoring for since the blockbuster deal: he shook up the lineup. Streaky Andre Ethier switched places with Sucky Shane Victorino, Ethier batting second and Victorino batting sixth. Sure, not much, but a departure from the norm nonetheless.

And things looked promising in the first, when Mark Ellis singled, Ethier walked, and Adrian Gonzalez cashed in one run with a RBI double.

But that was it. The Dodgers' offense went back to its somnambulating state and didn't muster a threat since then. We couldn't even get a RISP after that fateful first inning (save a meaningless two-out Hanley Ramirez 2B-not-HR in the ninth, which Shane Victorino quickly rendered moot with a weak fly out to left). In the seventh, Luis Cruz reached on a one-out error (excitement!), only to have PR Dee Gordon get nailed at second CS (expected!).

Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 with 2 Ks, and no Dodger got more than one hit (the Dodgers had six total hits all game). And so we fall two back in the wild card "race." Which isn't much of a race, if we decide not to bat in eight of the nine innings.

The baseball gods remain aligned against us. Even a move that Mattingly had resisted with all of his strength, but finally conceded, proved fruitless. We look at second base lustily like it's the holy grail, but even if we were to make it to there, I don't know if we know what to do next. We may as well fire Tim Wallach and use that money to go grab a prospect or maybe a new batting cage. There is no hope.

27 comments:

Hollandsworth said...

i know this is about music, but the sentiment remains the same: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRkA6zugNMQ

Fred's Brim said...

What was Hillman talking to Hanley about? That looked like a serious conversation

Fred's Brim said...

fuck me runnin

Fred's Brim said...

I hope Gnomes is showing that lass a nice time

Fred's Brim said...

gnite all
another 3+ hours down the drain

Ñeeebs said...

Die. Die. Die.

Clan McGregor anyone?

Orel said...

The post-game guys are almost speechless.

Hideo Nomo said...

So, her name is Raquel. She's actually a big SoSG fan. But she's engaged to the guy in the salmon shirt.

Ñeeebs said...

I think our softball team can take them

Orel said...

Ha!

Orel said...

She's only marrying him for his money, Nomo. Only you can make her happy.

Orel said...

Molly Knight ‏@molly_knight

This is the quietest I've ever heard the Dodgers locker room. Reporters are whispering. Pin drops and whatnot.

Ñeeebs said...

Hey...pssst. Matty. Yeah you. They are pitching you inside because they know you can't pull the ball. Weak grounders don't cut it. Change your approach at the plate.

Ñeeebs said...

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer.

Hideo Nomo said...

Also, I didn't get a blanket. My own fault, though. Took my sweet time getting to the Yard. Still got in before first pitch, though.

Orel said...

Didn't Raquel give you her blanket?

Steve Sax said...

I am so pissed off

Ñeeebs said...

@Sax, you are about a week behind the rest of us.

Dusty Baker said...

@Neeebs

That's what I am having for breakfast tomorrow.

Hideo Nomo said...

Let me in, Apple Store!!!

Alex Cora said...

Help me Obi Won...

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I don't have words to describe the suckage displayed by our boys in blue. Not only are they kicking me in the nuts every night, but now they're taking my fantasy team down with them. Fuck me!!!

QuadSevens said...

Reading the game thread was more entertaining than watching the game.

Fred's Brim said...

The Cards can shove a shaved Ewok up their collective ass

John G said...

as i have been sayng all year, its time for AJ and his OBP to move to the top of the order. A Ellis/Ellis 1-2 punch not only gets people on in front of the big bats, but allows the some power/bad OBP guys (Rivera, Cruz) a chance to feast on some fastballs in front of the pitcher.

Orel said...

Plus, it gives us a chance to say "The law firm of Ellis & Ellis."

BJ Killeen said...

Look at the email I got:

REGISTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO
PURCHASE POSTSEASON TICKETS

The Dodgers are either wide-eyed optimists, or don't know how to count....