Saturday, July 27, 2013

Game 103 Thread: July 27 vs. Reds, 6p

Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.19) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.25).

It's tough being Dusty Baker's Toothpick*. For one thing, Dusty doesn't floss all that often. And the halitosis: it's like a bad summer day trapped in the Lincoln Tunnel.

Gnawed upon all game, I'm the one who suffers when our team, the Reds, sits 12 games above .500 but five games back of the Cardinals, in third place in the NL Central. Heck, if our team was in the NL West, we'd be up on the Dodgers by four games and in first. But here in third place we sit; even behind the Pirates. Dusty may be chewing out some of his guys, but he's chewing on me.

Mat Latos did fine for us in the series opener, and Homer Bailey was good but not good enough last night. So that leaves tonight's game to Bronson Arroyo, who's coming off a shutout in SF but is not fond of Chavez Ravine (2-3 with a 4.82 ERA). And he's up against the new Dodger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is in contrast 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA at home.

Had we come into town in May or early June, when the Dodgers were injured and flopping around like a dying fish, this four-game series would fine. Now the Dodgers are 7-1 since the All-Star Break, 8-2 over their last 10, and 24-6 over their last 30. I certainly ain't gonna feel like a "splendid splinter" tonight, I tell you. Especially if my Reds get skewered.

Note (*): Not to be mixed up with the SoSG reader by the same handle.

34 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Schumaker LF
Puig RF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier CF
A Ellis C
Uribe 3B
M Ellis 2B
Ryu P

Resting Crawdaddy after he went 3-4 yesterday?

Dusty Baker said...

(Picks teeth)

Paul said...

Get well and rest up Crawford.

Fred's Brim said...

Keep up the pitching, HJR!

Fred's Brim said...

In my mind, I feel like Arroyo does better against us than the 4.82 ERA says. Maybe it's only when Karina is commenting while he's pitching

Paul said...

I hope Vinny says "Rage against the machine" tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Diamondbacks tied at 1 in the third

Cliff Beefpile said...

HanRam really is an adventure at shortstop.

BJ Killeen said...

Hey, Puig is learning!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

SD up 8-1 on the d-bags.

BJ Killeen said...

I hate that guy.

Hideo Nomo said...

STAHP PITCHING TO BROOCE.

Hideo Nomo said...

Anyone know who the old guy with the dark hair behind home plate is? He's at almost every game, usually in a suit.

Paul said...

Branch Rickey.

Paul said...

Damn Skippy!

BJ Killeen said...

I like that guy

Steve Sax said...

Way to go Skipster

(runs back to dinner party)

(that I'm hosting)

BJ Killeen said...

@nomo: no idea who he is. Front office??

Paul said...

Puig has got to learn.

Paul said...

Sax is finally hosting that Dinner party with Smonk and Mr. F.

Steve Sax said...

Ryu through six!

BJ Killeen said...

C'mon Cubbies!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Phillies got crushed 10-0 today. Fucking give us Utley already!

BJ Killeen said...

Hitting a new low with 23 comments

Hideo Nomo said...

52,675. No giveaway. Nice work, Dodger fans.

Hideo Nomo said...

Not a big fan of pitching changes with two out and no one on.

Hideo Nomo said...

Game is flying by. Maybe that's why no one's commenting.

Paul said...

Dre is struggling again.

Hideo Nomo said...

We make "up 1 1/2" party!

BJ Killeen said...

Winna winna chicken dinna!

Fred's Brim said...

WOOOP!

Paul said...

We make party!!!

Fred's Brim said...

that was a great goddamn win: great pitching from HJR, shutdown relieving from Beli (two weak groudouts back to himself), Paco and Kenley, expected production from Hanley and AG (with the late insurance run) and unexpected production from Skip. Let's do it again tomorrow!

Hideo Nomo said...

PGTUP!