Monday, April 29, 2013

Game 25 Thread: April 29 vs. Rockies, 7p

(Not Jim Tracy's ridiculous face)
Ted Lilly (0-0, 1.80) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00)

Is it a good thing when one of your divisional rivals fires a manager that annoys you? It depends on the situation. Is this Son still relieved not to be seeing Jim Tracy's ridiculous face on his tee-vee this evening? Absolutely.

Both pitchers are coming into tonight's game looking to notch their first decisions of the season, though they've gotten there through different circumstances. Chatwood had a shaky start against Atlanta, giving up four runs in six innings, but the Rox bullpen pulled out a win anyway. Lilly, on the other hand, only gave up a single run against the Mets, but the Dodgers managed to squander the advantage anyway.

The shine might be starting to come off of Colorado's hot start, and Tulo might be riding the bench with an injury, but it will still be up to the Dodgers to prove that they can hang with (or neutralize) the Rockies' firepower.

Apropos of nothing.

144 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Hoo boy. Tempting fate.

Steve Sax said...

1. LF: Carl Crawford
2. C: A.J. Ellis
3. 1B: Adrian Gonzalez
4. CF: Matt Kemp
5. RF: Andre Ethier
6. 2B: Skip Schumaker
7. 3B: Luis Cruz
8. SS: Justin Sellers
9. SP: Ted Lilly

Franklin Stubbs said...

I like to live on the edge.

Orel said...

Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers 37s

#Dodgers today placed Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list and reinstated @HanleyRamirez from the 15-day disabled list.

MR.F said...

Hanley!!!!

Also, best wishes to Kershaw.

Steve Sax said...

That must have been why Kershaw left the locker room yesterday without addressing the media.

Thoughts are with you, Clayton!

Steve Sax said...

Hanley will be there for his bobblehead night tomorrow.

I will be there, too.

karen said...

So sorry to hear about Clayton. You have the thoughts and prayers of a bizillion Dodger Fans.

Epale Hanley. Welcome home.

Steve Sax said...

@karen: how are you holding up? just checking in...

Steve Sax said...

SF @ AZ, just about to start

SD tied with the Cubs at 3, in the fifth

Steve Sax said...

For those of you out of market: COL @ LAD is today's MLB.com free game of the day! Enjoy!

Steve Sax said...

AJ Ellis in the two-hole. That's interesting.

Steve Sax said...

In 7 career games batting second in the lineup (six of them as a starter), AJ Ellis is batting .208 (well below his .268 average).

Erin said...

Wasn't he batting second just a couple of games ago?

karen said...

@Saxy...I'm hanging in there. It's going to take awhile cause he was such a big part of my life for so long. But I can feel myself getting better each day. Thanks for asking, friend.

Steve Sax said...

Erin: You're right, AJ batted second once this year as well.

I'm getting my Ellises mixed up

Steve Sax said...

Serves me right for trying to horn in on Nomo's twitter brilliance

Steve Sax said...

(AJ Ellis went 1-for-5 when he batted second this year)

Steve Sax said...

Everyone's talking about how the Rox had airplane trouble and got in too late to have BP today

Erin said...

Suck it up, Rockies.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karen - did I miss something?

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karen - did I miss something?

Steve Sax said...

Lilly's serving up some pretty soft balls....and sure enough, Fowler with a leadoff HR

Franklin Stubbs said...

Fuck me!

karen said...

Good start Teddy

Erin said...

I KNEW Vin was tempting fate while talking about Fowler's homers in April.

Steve Sax said...

Lilly's fastest pitch of the Fowler AB was his last: 87 mph

Franklin Stubbs said...

Helton looking ever more hobo.

Steve Sax said...

This looks an awful lot like the awful Lilly of last year. He looks tentative.

Hideo Nomo said...

Uh huh.

Hideo Nomo said...

Why Sax, what happened?

Steve Sax said...

Holy cow, Aston Villa 6, Sunderland 1? A short time ago, AVFC was on the brink of relegation! Looks like Wigan, QPR, and Reading are slated for relegation.

Steve Sax said...

Speaking of relegation, Lilly sucks here.

Colorado may not have taken BP today, but they sure are taking it now

Hideo Nomo said...

Actual boobs, guys. It's not complicated.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Poor Wiggum...

Orel said...

WHY ARE THE ROCKIES ALREADY — oh, it's Lilly.

Franklin Stubbs said...

HEY, FUCK OFF, THOSE ARE PERFECTLY GOOD KNOCKERS, DAMMIT.

I ain't gonna wear it if Teddy is toast.

Erin said...

Pull him.

Hideo Nomo said...

Heh.

Steve Sax said...

Lilly spots the Rockies with four runs before even getting one out.

That's okay, Ted! Cruz/Sellers should help you out.

Steve Sax said...

@Stubbs.

Stubbs, Stubbs, Stubbs.

Orel said...

4-0 Rockies before Lilly records an out.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Hey, at least we've got all those extra pitchers, right?

Alex Cora said...

Hmmm. What else is on tv now.

Orel said...

AN OUT!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yeah, this blows somewhat.

Dusty Baker said...

This is a great start!!

karen said...

@Meanie...I had to have my dog put to sleep a few days ago. I'm not handling it very well, in fact I'm acting like a big fat baby. He was 17 years old and I know it was time. But crap I miss him.

Dusty Baker said...

Wow, the rare EPL reference by Sax. I love it!

cc: Stubbs, RBN

Erin said...

I highly doubt anyone would define your behavior as "acting like a big fat baby," Karen, regardless of what you're doing. Such a loss is worthy of a proportionate response.

*deleted and edited to fix my asinine mistake.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Hey, that was awesome except for the part where we didn't score.

Erin said...

Three outs on nine pitches.

Steve Sax said...

come on, schu, you gotta catch that one

especially with lilly on the mound

Erin said...

My MLB.tv feed is clearly behind the actual broadcast.

Franklin Stubbs said...

No, really, we're begging you.

Steve Sax said...

Colorado has already gone through the lineup and it's the second inning.

With only one out.

rbnlaw said...

I just read Saxy's post. Didn't know he'd even heard of Villa. Big Benteke fan now, I guess.

Nice knockers, Stubbs.

Orel said...

The Rockies' dugout is totally going to razz Fowler for striking out against Lilly.

Steve Sax said...

holy shit, a strikeout.

by lilly!

rbnlaw said...

Just spitballing here; can Hanley pitch?
Couldn't suck any more than Lilly.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Can we even manage to save some of the pen for the rest of the series?

karen said...

What was Lilly saying about not needing any rehab starts?

Just sayin'

Steve Sax said...

man, these lilly innings are bruuuuuuuuuuuuuutal

Franklin Stubbs said...

I am completely annoyed that the GT gods have spurned my offering.

Capricious deities, those.

BJ Killeen said...

In Detroit. Won't be able to watch the whole game. After the first inning, that might be a blessing. Will catch up tomorrow. Good luck. We're gonna need it.

Meaniebreanie said...

@Karen - I'm so sorry about Dusty. I know how much he meant to you. I know our fur babies are like children. Sending a big hug your way.

Hideo Nomo said...

The baseball gods are total horndogs. They hate bait and switch.

Steve Sax said...

Just as I'm about to compliment Matt Kemp for not biting on that 2-2 pitch down and away...he bites on a 3-2 pitch down and away and grounds out, 5-3.

Sigh.

Steve Sax said...

New "return of Hanley Ramirez" post up top.

For the GT, however, please stick to this one.

Steve Sax said...

THERE GOES THE NO-HITTER

take that, Chatwood!

Steve Sax said...

Ethier with a single up the middle.

And here's the skipperator

Hideo Nomo said...

Dre shaved!

Hideo Nomo said...

Skip comes out to Sister Christian?

Steve Sax said...

Right back atcha, Chatwood!

Schumaker almost tkaes off Chatwood's head, single up the middle.

Alex said...

What hair metal song does Schu walk out
to?!

Steve Sax said...

Cruz will hit a three-run HR right here

Steve Sax said...

This is it, Luis. Hanley is sitting on the bench in the dugout. Two on, one out.

Whatcha got?

Alex said...

@Nomo

Good ears!

Steve Sax said...

Cruz liked that 1-1 pitch, but he fouls it away.

1-2.

Steve Sax said...

Chatwood's pitch speed range: 77 to 96 mph.

Hideo Nomo said...

THE WORST.

karen said...

Well the shit just keeps a'comin

Steve Sax said...

Cruz line drives it right back to Chatwood, who throws it to second for the double play.

Sorry, Luis! Thanks for last year.

Alex said...

Sorry to hear about your pupp, Karen...

:'-(

Alex said...

(Pours drink out)

Steve Sax said...

get your glove down, Lilly!

Steve Sax said...

Does Lilly think he's still playing for the Cubbies?

Orel said...

RANCHO ARENADO

Steve Sax said...

Geez, Cruz. If that ball had somehow hit third base, you would have been screwed there.

You passed it by awful casual. For a guy not batting .100.

Steve Sax said...

first and second, two out for Lilly in the third.

He's gotta be at 254 pitches here

Steve Sax said...

oh, only 58

Steve Sax said...

"Are you all right, Ted? Because you're pitching like shit on a rock."

karen said...

Anyone want to guess how long Donnie will leave Lilly in?

Steve Sax said...

Meeting at the mound, to explain to Lilly that we can't load up any more bases here

Alex said...

Diggin' the purple streak, Sue...

Alex said...

But why not blue?

rbnlaw said...

This will not end well, me thinks.

Meaniebreanie said...

It's looking ugly.

Steve Sax said...

Lilly walks in a fifth run.

Why we don't have someone warming in the bullpen yet, I don't get it.

rbnlaw said...

Aaaand I was correct. Lilly's latest rehab assignment not going well.

Steve Sax said...

Honeycutt stalling for time here. His last visit to the mound was for an injured player, so it doesn't count as a mound visit, apparently.

This one sure did.

Erin said...

Don and Sue probably wanted Ted to say, "Yes, I'm hurt," so they could give whoever's coming in as much time as possible to warm. Ted has nothing. This is absurd. And it could get much, much worse.

rbnlaw said...

Can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Venezuelan.

cc: karina

Steve Sax said...

With this offense, though, five runs should be no problem.



By Wednesday that is

Alex said...

Not even real boobs could overcome the suck that is Ted Lilly...

Steve Sax said...

The good news is, no lead is safe at Coors Field.....dammit, this is a home game. Oh, well.

rbnlaw said...

Lilly comes out of all this looking like a selfish ass, not a "gamer."

Spank said...

Dancing hall days,Vinny!

Steve Sax said...

5-0 through 2.5 innings.

I'm going to go get some grub.

Steve Sax said...

@Erin: you watching this on mlb.tv, or did you buy DirecTV Extra Innings?

rbnlaw said...

Rancho Cucamonga called; they want Hanley back and said keep Lilly. They only have so many baseballs.

Erin said...

MLB.tv for me. I don't have cable anymore.

rbnlaw said...

Rainy Days and Mondays from @nancybea.
Especially Mondays with Lilly.

There's a sing title in there somewhere.

Spank said...

damn we suck

Steve Sax said...

Padres lost, 5-3.

Arizona and SF tied at 4, top 5. Cain got hammered for four runs, and three HR, in a four-run fourth inning.

Steve Sax said...

holy cow, I blinked and Sellers was already caught looking

rbnlaw said...

Song title. My phone is killing me right now.

Not literally.

Steve Sax said...

Urine PH. Lilly doesn't even get an AB in this game.

Steve Sax said...

Uribe with a totally wasted AB. As usual.

Steve Sax said...

Bochy just got tossed in the SF@AZ game. Still 4-4, bottom 5

Erin said...

Now here's hoping the Rockies don't hit the Wall.

Paul said...

Down 5? I am not confident that we will prevail.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Human surrender flag Josh Wall.

Paul said...

Oh down by 8. That doesn't help my confidence.


Time to read some Nietzsche to cheer me up.

BJ Killeen said...

This is what Hell must feel like.

Orel said...

10-0...IN THE FOURTH INNING

Erin said...

Get your rally caps on.

Spank said...

*puts on rally thong*

Hideo Nomo said...

So...shitfest or total shitfest.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Remember that one game a few years ago when the Dodgers whipped the Rox by a lot. That was cool.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I guess this means Magill will stick around for a while in the rotation and take Lilly's spot. I hope and pray.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Josh Wall's line in the box score makes Lilly look like a freaking ace. Holy cow!

Erin said...

@Dusty Baker's Toothpick, you mean that game where Loney had nine RBI or something? Ah, the good old days.

Steve Sax said...

12-0. Glad I got home to see the end of this.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

@erin those were the days!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

So that's what crooked numbers look like...

Steve Sax said...

12-2, fuckers. Five more innings, and we might be tied.

Dusty Baker said...

It's the bottom of the fifth....of Jack Daniels for me.

Dusty Baker said...

We better post the biggest fucking set of tee-eye-tee-ess anyone has ever seen for tomorrow's GT, just to get the mojo/juju back.

Dusty Baker said...

Skip pitching! Better than Wall or Lilly!

Dusty Baker said...

Right on Skip! Mad love t this utility infielder/outfielder/pitcher!

#BetterThanThePen

Pride of Dong said...

I wonder if the ushers have started moving people down to make it look fuller for TV?

Dusty Baker said...

@Dong Pride

I'm sitting closer to my TV to make it look like more.

MR.F said...

I guess this one was over before it began.