Monday, July 08, 2013

Game 88 Thread: July 8 @ D'backs, 6:30p

Zack Greinke (6-2, 4.30) vs. Randall Delgado (1-2, 3.67).

Game 88? What significance does the number 88 hold for us? Let's see: A piano has 88 keys. Douglas Dayton, who had a big hand in creating Target stores, just died at age 88.

Oh...and 1988 was the last year that the Dodgers...well, you know.

Former glory aside, the Dodgers look to Greinke to continue their hot streak, this time against the first-place Snakes. There's been some talk of a hangover from the earlier hijinks between these two teams. But first place is at stake, so don't expect much in the way of chin music.

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93 comments:

MR.F said...

From Dylan Hernandez:

1. Crawford LF
2. Puig RF
3. Gonzalez 1B
4. Ramirez SS
5. Ethier CF
6. AJEllis C
7. Uribe 3B
8. MEllis 2B
9. Greinke P.

Orel said...

Kempless in Phoenix.

Steve Sax said...

I thought Kemp was ready to return? Hmmmmmmmm

Steve Sax said...

Phoenix Snakes lineup hasn't posted yet. Gibby's up to something.

Steve Sax said...

@Mr F: I'm still voting for Puig. I've had to have voted >100 times today.

MR.F said...

Nice job, Sax. I haven't voted today yet. I will after work. I voted at least 50 times yesterday, though.

Paul said...

Hijinks? No rabble rousing tonight D Bags!

Orel said...

Twitter is saying Kemp to the DL.

Fred's Brim said...

Gotta keep pitching

Alex Cora said...

I wonder if this Kenp injury is more than an AC sprain. That just doesn't make much sense and I think this is going to be one of those bad long term injuries.

Orel said...

More good news, guys!

Ken Gurnick ‏@kengurnick 2m

Stephen Fife will be disabled with shoulder bursitis. Chris Capuano will start Thursday.

Paul said...

Injury curse is back. What did we do wrong?

Alex Cora said...

Watching Bartolo "I'm ancient" Colon strike out Andrew Mcutchen with a 94 mph fastball. Dude has to be on the juice. That man should be required to wear a Foley urine catheter ALL THE TIME. Plus it would probably help his prostate enlargement.

Orel said...

Not the Cutch!

BJ Killeen said...

Cappuccino pitching? Kidding us, right?

Orel said...

Cap > hurt Fife

MR.F said...

SVS is back with the big club.

Orel said...

It's a Hard Knock Fife!

Steve Sax said...

Kemp, Fife both on 15-day DL

PHOENIX -- Back in injury mode, the Dodgers Monday placed outfielder Matt Kemp and starting pitcher Stephen Fife on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Kemp's place on the roster will be taken by Scott Van Slyke, recalled from Albuquerque. Fife's spot on the roster will be taken by newly acquired Ricky Nolasco, who makes his Dodgers debut Tuesday night. Nolasco was acquired from the Marlins on Saturday for three Minor League pitchers.

Fife had a recurrence of right shoulder bursitis that put him on the DL in May. He said it surfaced Sunday but didn't bother him during his Saturday start in San Francisco. Fife has gone 3-3 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts.

Fife's next start, scheduled for Thursday night, will be taken by Chris Capuano, who gets a reprieve after being bumped to the bullpen with Nolasco's arrival.

Kemp is still unable to swing a bat after irritating the acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder on a swing Friday night.

Kemp tried to test the shoulder during early batting practice, but it "didn't go very well," manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp will fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed surgery to repair his torn labrum and rotator cuff fraying last year.

The Dodgers still believe the current injury is unrelated to the surgery, although Mattingly conceded he's "a little bit concerned."

"It is the same shoulder," he said. "He had a shot, I think in the Spring, that made everything go away. I think we're being a little cautious. He probably would be able before the break. The other day, I didn't think he'd be disabled."

"He was already going to miss four days and with the All-Star break, it didn't make sense for us to play short all that time," Mattingly said. "We'll be half-way through."

Kemp was batting .254 with four homers (including one in each of the two games preceding the injury) and 24 RBIs in 61 games. Earlier this year, he missed 24 games with a right hamstring strain.

Mattingly said because of the All-Star break, Fife will miss only one start and will be eligible to return to start the fourth or fifth game after the break.

"He's another one that didn't make sense to let him go farther," said Mattingly.

Fife said his shoulder didn't bother him during his unlucky 4 1/3 inning start Saturday, but discomfort cropped up playing catch Sunday, and he was unable to throw his regular bullpen session Monday.

"It's not nearly as bad as last time," said Fife, who was placed on the DL April 22 with the same diagnosis. "The doctor said it's just inflammation of the bursa sac, everything else is clean."

Orel said...

SVS is going to end up in more games than Kemp this year.

Orel said...

On my ass, Vin!

Orel said...

Has Crawford gotten on base since returning?

Orel said...

Puig first-pitch single!

Orel said...

Props to the Yarnell 19.

karen said...

On the sofa, Vinny!

I HATE the snakes but happy to see they are honoring the Hot Shot firefighters.

BJ Killeen said...

Hanley Ramiro?

Orel said...

Scoreless 1st.

Orel said...

Siddown, O'Parra!

Orel said...

Siddown, Goldshit!

Orel said...

Siddown, Dre! Oh, wait.

Orel said...

I guess this Delgado guy is a fly-ball pitcher.

Steve Sax said...

gotta hop kiddies. hold down the fort for me

Orel said...

Chase Field is lifeless. Even Vin seems down.

Steve Sax said...

leadoff walk in the bottom of the third

Orel said...

Zack opens the 3rd with two walks. Get it together!

Paul said...

I have a suggestion. Throw strikes!!!

Paul said...

That lovable Uribe.

karen said...

Zack wiggles off the hook.

karen said...

Atta boy, Dre!

MR.F said...

FEAST MODE!

karen said...

Puig is just amazing.

Alex Cora said...

On my dodger chair Vin!

Alex Cora said...

Nice promotion by the dbags. Luchador mask July 27

Alex Cora said...

Nice. More scores!

Alex Cora said...

Dodgers lead by an extra point.

MR.F said...

Runs!

MR.F said...

Bill Plunkett ‏@billplunkettocr 8m
According to SABR, Yasiel Puig is only 2d player since 1950 to maintain .400 avg thru 1st 130 big-league ABs. That was AB 130. Avg at .415

Orel said...

!snuR

Orel said...

Nice 5th, Zack!

Orel said...

AMEN VIN

"Why in the world don't the Dodgers have an All-Star Game? Thirty-three years later, they're still waiting. Well, we'll wait, and hope, and so will you, and we'll go back to this one." —Vin

MR.F said...

Bill Plunkett ‏@billplunkettocr 9m
For those who asked --- other since 1950 was Tony Oliva with #Twins in 1964. Was at .400 after 155 at-bats (62 hits) before slipping under

MR.F said...

Braves broke the game open with a 6-run (and counting) 14th inning against the Marlins.

Orel said...

Zack got bat!

MR.F said...

Lots of singles.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Any chance they call up Zach Lee or some other young wipper snapper to take Fife's spot? I liked the thought of Cappy going into long relief. That AA starting rotation is pretty loaded.

MR.F said...

I love the bats that Ryu and especially Greinke brought with them this year.

Paul said...

Crawford has been awful since he came back.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Crawford... No bueno

MR.F said...

Crawford ensures that Puig's HR in the next inning will be a solo shot.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Arizona seems pretty listless tonight...and I'm fine with that.

Orel said...

Six scoreless for Zack so far.

MR.F said...

85 pitches through 6 for Zack.

MR.F said...

I guess I don't have a career in soothsaying.

Orel said...

I was just thinking, No way AGon scores on a double there. Yet he does! 4-0 Dodgers.

Orel said...

5-0!

Alex Cora said...

I got memories of Eric Karros watching A gon run the bases.

MR.F said...

It took us 12 hits to get an XBH. Nice work, Dre.

Orel said...

Zack gives up some longballs but escapes the 7th unscathed.

MR.F said...

102 pitches through 7.

MR.F said...

Meanwhile, Mets take the lead over the gnats.

Orel said...

NYM 3, SF 2, T6

Orel said...

DAMMIT

Alex Cora said...

Sign this grienke kid. He can really swing the bat!

Orel said...

Choco Paco!

Paul said...

Eric Karros RIP

Oh are you talking about the other EK?

Cliff Beefpile said...

Was Gregorious's walk-up song by Duran Duran?

Cliff Beefpile said...

I hope they throw at Kennedy's head.

Paul said...

Nice inning Paco.

Orel said...

Guess Puig and Uribe aren't mad at each other.

MR.F said...

I like letting Greinke hit, even though Mattingly took him out before the next inning started. Good move.

MR.F said...

Harvey gives up a lead-off triple to Pence.

MR.F said...

Vagiants tie it up.

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Steve Sax said...

17 hits. Aye caramba

Paul said...

Easy Uribe. You swung so hard a sandwich flew out of your shirt.

Alex Cora said...

I know its been said before but I keep seeing Pedro Martinez on the mound when I see Dominguez.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Madres have the bases loaded in the 7th. 4-2 Colorado.

Alex Cora said...

He pitches fast, but major league hitters will eventually hit a 99 mph fastball.

Paul said...

Throwing hard doesn't solve everything.


Orel said...

PGTUP!

MR.F said...

Yay, win!

Alex Cora said...

Got EM out on a change. Learning curve baby, but good inning. Go blue

Cliff Beefpile said...

Startin' to come together.