Monday, September 02, 2013

Game 137 Thread: September 2 vs. Rockies, 1p

Clayton Kershaw (13-8, 1.72 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (0-3, 4.80 ERA)

Food for thought: If Chad Billingsley and Jerome Bettis ever had a love child, the kid would have the biggest thighs of all time.

This game time snuck up on us here at SoSG World Headquarters. Sax and I saw each other at Dodger Stadium like ten minutes ago or so, right? Weird.

Today the Dodgers take on the Rockies for a three-game set, fresh off their sweep of the Pod Rays yesterday. The elimination number for the Dbags is now 16, and the Dodgers have a healthy 11.5 game lead on them. I'm guessing that with that lead and with the expanded roster, we'll start to see some crazy lineups made to get the regulars some rest. Which also may lead to bad baseball. And likely to some poorly-constructed Game Threads here. In fact, we're resting Stubbs for the stretch run, too; we need him for the playoffs.

photo 1: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America
photo 2: several random websites with no attribution

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Dusty Baker said...

Crawford LF
Puig RF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier CF
Ellis 2B
Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Kershaw P

Dusty Baker said...

Michael Young is in the clubhouse today, but obviously not in the lineup.

Steve Sax said...

Hanley is back from his day off.

Steve Sax said...

That's a lot of consecutive Es in the lineup.

Takes me back to Jose Offerman days.

Dusty Baker said...

One would think that Neeebs would favor this lineup!

Dusty Baker said...

We've got our A Team out there today while Rockies are missing Tulo, CarGo, and Helton.

cc: Karina

Steve Sax said...

The Rockies should just start calling Helton "Helto" to go with all their other big bats

Dusty Baker said...

Arenado and Pacheco already have it covered. Don't know how that work with Cuddyer, though.

Hideo Nomo said...

Ha! A play on Jerome Bettis is exactly what I was going to do with this GT, if I wasn't too drunk to post it.

Dusty Baker said...

Drunk minds think alike!

Steve Sax said...

I Bettis as good as Dusty's GT, however

Steve Sax said...

Speaking of crazy lineups, now is the time to trot out Michael Young and Edinson Volquez and Dee Gordon, etc.

If Dee attempts another lead off bunt, however, he should be sent to another team immediately.

Dusty Baker said...

The sad part is that Dee can bunt farther than he can hit the ball.

Dusty Baker said...

No pre-game bc of the KCAL effect. Makes me surly.

Fred's Brim said...

howdy, yall!

Fred's Brim said...

gotta keep pitching

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty: YOU? Surly?

karen said...

Happy Labor Day all!

It is hot and muggy and sticky here today. Plus...No Vinny.

I may be feeling a bit surly myself before long.

Dusty Baker said...

On the sofa, Vi---...

God dammit.

karen said...

Yeah Dusty...No Vin. Sometimes when we don't have Vinny it hardly feels like Dodger baseball.

BJ Killeen said...

Well, I am surly, first because I'm on a plane flying to Detroit...second, because MLB TV can't tell where I am, it won't let me watch, and right now I'm somewhere over the Rockies stadium. I can listen however. And make lots of comments until my computer battery dies!

Dusty Baker said...

Hang in here as long as you can, BJ!

First pitch about 35 feet outside.

BJ Killeen said...

Thanks D!

Puiggie!

Dusty Baker said...

Pitching coach already in to talk to The Bus.

BJ Killeen said...

Geez

Fred's Brim said...

balls

Dusty Baker said...

Puig may not be the best base runner yet, but it's somewhat of a stretch to say he didn't do enough not to interfere with the defender trying to make a play. Rocky threw himself into Puig, the replay seemed to show.

BJ Killeen said...

Feed is dying..what's going on?

BJ Killeen said...

Feed is dying..what's going on?

Fred's Brim said...

fix your mic, Collins

BJ Killeen said...

Killing me. Gonna try on my ipad. sometimes it's better.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Hanley

Dusty Baker said...

The best way to fix Collins' mic is to turn it off.

Dusty Baker said...

@BJ

HanRam drew walk. Bases juiced with Dre up. One out.

Dusty Baker said...

Everyone's safe! 1-0 Dodgers and still Rancho Ardiendo.

cc: Karina

Fred's Brim said...

nice, i'll take it!

Fred's Brim said...

what the fuck? did I see a guy with a Dodger ventriloquist puppet near home plate, maybe behind the Dodger batting circle?

karen said...

@BJ...Dodgers score CC on very strange Rox defensive screw up. Bases still loaded.

Dusty Baker said...

@Fred

There is a guy with a very young girl behind home plate. She's dressed in all Dodger gear.

Little bitch is clutching a Dinger doll.

Dusty Baker said...

If we don't get more than one run out of this inning, I'm going to move my surly factor from 5.5 to 7.

Fred's Brim said...

ugh

karen said...

I can't believe we got only 1 run out of all that craziness.

Fred's Brim said...

I see her, it's possible that's her and my eyes are still drunk from last night. But I think there was somebody around towards the first base side. If they put the camera to show a Dodger who is on deck, the puppet would be in the front row

Dusty Baker said...

Surly factor seven it is. In the intervening time, Mrs Dusty is trying to talk to me about some bs homeowner's association crap and pissing me off. Now I'm up to 8.

Dusty Baker said...

45

Dusty Baker said...

I think the real puppet is the 1B who made that terrible, errant throw.

Fred's Brim said...

leadoff walk
i am sure Dusty's surl is approaching the red

Fred's Brim said...

figure it out, Clayton!

Fred's Brim said...

that was about 55 feet

karen said...

Kid K not pitching Kershaw like.

Fred's Brim said...

i hate Coors

Fred's Brim said...

christ

Fred's Brim said...

coulda gone to first with that

Fred's Brim said...

Dusty has exploded

Dusty Baker said...

Well this one went tits up quickly.

Fred's Brim said...

good lord

Fred's Brim said...

Cmon, Clayton, sort it out

Dusty Baker said...

Clay looks like he has no idea how to fool anyone with his pitches. What the fuck, ping pong boy? Get it together.

Fred's Brim said...

I predict several innings out of Volquez today

BJ Killeen said...

Maybe im happy I can't watch.

Fred's Brim said...

@Dusty definitely - can't locate the fastball for some reason

BJ Killeen said...

At least AZ is behind

Dusty Baker said...

It's not like the long ball/Coors Field effect...this is all small ball.

Fred's Brim said...

Purple-headed monsters must have swapped out the humidored balls for the bottom of the inning

Dusty Baker said...

Nice little dustup going on between Howard Cole, Chard Moriyama, and MSTI via the twitters.

Dusty Baker said...

Can Michael Young pitch?

Fred's Brim said...

is it childish and annoying?

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

Oh yeah.I think it started with this Cole article:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/09/dodgers_michael_young_ned_coll.php

Dusty Baker said...

Clay gets a hit to attempt to begin to perhaps redeem himself somewhat.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Clayton

Steve Sax said...

26-pitch first inning for Clayton. Criminy.

Fred's Brim said...

we've got small balls too!

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax it was worse than that

Fred's Brim said...

@Dusty I could see how that could ruffle some sensitive feathers

Fred's Brim said...

if we didn't have bad luck...

BJ Killeen said...

Dammit

Dusty Baker said...

Yeah I see it that way too, FB.

Although I do appreciate Cole taking on the naysaying, every deal that Colletti does is terrible type mentality. I long since detached from that.

Fred's Brim said...

get the ball down, Clayton

karen said...

I'm getting really nervous about Clay.

Fred's Brim said...

what
the
hell

karen said...

Feels like we're back in May.

Fred's Brim said...

finish this off, Clayton

Dusty Baker said...

That inning made me thirsty. Sam Okt, here I come.

Fred's Brim said...

damn I thought that was trouble

Fred's Brim said...

Oktober, I like the confidence

karen said...

Out of the 2nd without a run scoring. Clay's righting our ship.

*Says a small prayer.

karen said...

That was very cool of that guy to give the ball back to the woman with the ample bum.

I know, I'm being bitchy. I'm sorry lady with the big fat ass. It's not your fault my team is playing like shit.

Fred's Brim said...

good job, Dre

Fred's Brim said...

hehe well said, karen

Fred's Brim said...

nice hustle, MEllis

Fred's Brim said...

the Rockies can never complain about a bad call after that awful call at first when Helton was 5 feet off first

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy Albert Julius!

Fred's Brim said...

take it easy, Juan, for chrissakes

Dusty Baker said...

This is like watching little league ball.

Fred's Brim said...

fuck, that stunk

Fred's Brim said...

this game is so annoying

Fred's Brim said...

AJ was caught watching MEllis instead of continuing to run

karen said...

Am I the only one whose blood pressure is shooting thru the top of her head? Have we been spoiled (yes) or are the Dodgers playing really, really shitty baseball? (yes)

BJ Killeen said...

At this rate we will have to wait till T9 to win. And I'm ok with that cuz I should be able to watch by then! :-)

Fred's Brim said...

owwwww

karen said...

So far BJ, it's probably better for your health not to see.

Fred's Brim said...

what a weird game

Dusty Baker said...

Yes, we're spoiled and yes, this game is annoying.

Fred's Brim said...

nice recovery, Clayton

Dusty Baker said...

My blood pressure is considerably higher than during the pre-game. Need to develop some perspective, but it's hard to do so when my whole day revolves around the game.

karen said...

Good job, Kid

Dusty Baker said...

Per Ken Gurnick:

"Don Mattingly said Edinson Volquez soon will be inserted into the Dodgers' rotation as a sixth starter, and although the manager wouldn't announce when until he informs the other five starters, it could be as soon as Wednesday."

BJ Killeen said...

@karen: judging by Dusty's comments, I have to agree with you!

Steve Sax said...

Lets go Crawdaddy

karen said...

OK Puigster!! It's all about you here!

Dusty Baker said...

Bettis hits Puig. 1st and 3rd with two outs.

Steve Sax said...

Opened up the Disney Infinity starter pack.

I have NO IDEA what the hell is going on here.

BJ Killeen said...

Ouch Puig

BJ Killeen said...

Arggh

Dusty Baker said...

A Gon swung at a terrible ball. Out of the inning. Even if we win 176-3 today, it's still gonna feel like a loss.

Hideo Nomo said...

Sax, I'm not letting the kid know that game exists yet. If he asks for it, I'll say, "Sure, but that's your college fund."

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck, Clay, make an adjustment. This is several starts in a row that you haven't had your stuff.

karen said...

Clay wiggles out of that mess.

Steve Sax said...

@Gnomes: so far, it's no skylanders.

Dusty Baker said...

Keep talking about your career as a player, Lyons. I just love it when you do.

Dusty Baker said...

URIBE! 3-3

karen said...

Uribe ties the game! HOORAY!!

spank said...

i feel like crap. i needs greasy food,strong booze and a Dodgers win.

spank said...

i show up and we tie. you're welcome.

BJ Killeen said...

@dusty: ROFL. how did he ever get this job????

Fred's Brim said...

thanks, Spank and Juan

Dusty Baker said...

KERSHAW! 2 RBI for Kid K and he's back in the lead. 5-3

Fred's Brim said...

Attaboy, Clayton!

Fred's Brim said...

Spank luck!

Dusty Baker said...

Bottom of the fifth, Dodgers up 5-3. I meant 5th inning. Spanking is actually finishing off a fifth of Johnny Walker.

karen said...

I'm hoping you've got the rally thong on, Spanky :)

Fred's Brim said...

fuck, there is nothing easy today, is there?

BJ Killeen said...

Keep it going dodgers. Gotta power down soon. dbags lost!

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

karen said...

Well shit, that didn't last long.

Fred's Brim said...

dammit

Fred's Brim said...

stupid game

Fred's Brim said...

keep that shit down, Clayton!

Dusty Baker said...

I thought we were supposed to be keeping pitching.

Fred's Brim said...

nice hustle, Y!

Fred's Brim said...

@Dusty we gotta

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, AG

Fred's Brim said...

is Puig hurt? please don't be hurt

Fred's Brim said...

ow, went over the base with his knee

Dusty Baker said...

Dodgers re-take the lead 6-5 on a sac fly from HanRam.

#NoLeadIsSafe

Fred's Brim said...

nice work, fellas

Dusty Baker said...

I'm already this surly and I haven't even seen Dinger yet.

Dusty Baker said...

Dre Day, bitches!!!

karen said...

Dre pumps it outta there!!

Fred's Brim said...

DRE!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

League up in the pen
#NoLeadIsSafe #EspeciallyWithLeague

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Dre-bomb.

karen said...

8-5 Clay. Now it's time for you to take charge MVP.

Fred's Brim said...

wow, nice throw

spank said...

dang yo. reading the last half hour of comments made me queasy. and no, it wasn't the greasy KFC.

spank said...

yeehaw!

Fred's Brim said...

extra biscuits, please

Fred's Brim said...

uhoh bullpen time

Fred's Brim said...

i hope he's not hurt

Fred's Brim said...

farking ship

Dusty Baker said...

Fuck you League! You can't get ANYONE out. DFA this asshole.

Fred's Brim said...

dammit Puig better not be hurt too

spank said...

League is about to get lit up Yosemite styles.

Fred's Brim said...

get that shit down, Brandon!

karen said...

Kid and Puig out. League in.

This can not be good.

Dusty Baker said...

I don't think Clay is hurt. He's had a tough day (of only 81 pitches), has a lead, should be saved for when it really counts (playoffs), Dbags already lost today, etc.

Dusty Baker said...

Puig knocked his knee as FB referenced, but it looked like a knock as opposed to a twist, so probably just a bruise situation.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Brandon! way to get out of that mess

Dusty Baker said...

Magic number down to 15.

spank said...

League made it out of the inning without giving up a run? i'm confused.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Good good good. Good vibrations.

Dusty Baker said...

Well shit. That replay of Puig making it back to first made it look like the knee issue happened then, and in a shittier way. Please baseball gods, be kind to us. We;ve been through a lot.

Fred's Brim said...

hmm maybe it was more of a tweak after all. It didn't look like much but you never know

Fred's Brim said...

quiet inning

Dusty Baker said...

Tattoo Platoon alert.

Fred's Brim said...

ugh Double-Zero isn't even a number

Fred's Brim said...

keep those pitches down

Dusty Baker said...

Dustettes fast asleep. I'm not going to wake them up so I don't have to hear about Dinger when he shows up.

Fred's Brim said...

this is the first time I am seeing Wilson pitch for us. How has his fastball been, in general?

Fred's Brim said...

great job, Brian

BJ Killeen said...

Landed. Happy score. Damn people are Pavlov dogs. On an active taxiway. A bell rings and they all jump up. They can see we are not at the gate. Idiots.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Sonofabitch. I'm starting to like Brian Wilson.

*bangs*

*head*

*on*

*keyboard*

Fred's Brim said...

has Jeff Francis always been a pain in our ass or does it just seem that way?

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

I haven't really tracked BW's individual pitches, but have been watching him overall. While I don't think he still has any of that old holy shit virtually unhittable stuff, I've been impressed by his outings. He definitely knows how he wants to approach each batter, has been keeping a lot low and away, has growing confidence, seems cool in pressure situations (has gotten out of a few jams), etc. He's been a great bullpen extender thus far.

spank said...

god only knows if i will ever like Brian Wilson.

Dusty Baker said...

Was that an intentional Beach Boys reference, Spanky?

Fred's Brim said...

rough day for Hanley

Fred's Brim said...

thanks, Dusty - that works for me. In this outing, it looked like he was hitting the low 90s when he needed to come in with a fastball and was high 80s with those slidery things that were tailing off the plate

Fred's Brim said...

Cmon, Belli, keep it down and keep it clean

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

Dusty Baker said...

@FB re Wilson

He also seems to have a maturity/experience level to use pitch selection and placement to get guys out (and to get guys to ground out especially), where he may have dropped off velocity or movement.

Fred's Brim said...

I feel like Belli is reverting to his May ways again

Fred's Brim said...

damnation

Dusty Baker said...

Belli being Belli.

Belli being smelly.

Fred's Brim said...

i guess it's just 2 stinky outings in a row for him, one of them in Colorado, but still

karen said...

My nerves are feeling very woozy.

Fred's Brim said...

The sponsor of Belli's Baseball Reference page says this: "Noriega's face. 80's Robin William's nose. Kevin Brown's sinker."

Dusty Baker said...

My nerves are feeling very boozy.

Fred's Brim said...

UJTDMFers

Dusty Baker said...

Collins pet peeve:
When he tells us it could be a double play.

Just call the fucking play, and if it's a 6-4-3 double play, then just tell us that. Don't tell us before the play unfolds that there is an opportunity for the double play.

I'm through now.

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