Friday, October 04, 2013

NL Division Series Game 2 Thread: Dodgers @ Braves, 3p

Zack Greinke: Mad Man

Zack Greinke (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. Mike Minor (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Let's go with what worked for Game 1. In fact, let's go back and check my pre-Game 1 "analysis."
  • Clayton Kershaw: Bad Mofo - check!
  • Offensive firepower in Crawford, Ramirez, A-Gon, and even Uribe - check!
  • Bullpen big part of our success - check!
  • Kemp is crutched - sad face
  • Ethier is only available to pinch hit - and he did. While he didn't get a hit, he struck the ball well and seemed to be running reasonably well (for him).
  • Puig is Puigless these days - While Puig was an offensive spark plug early, he also had two late stoopid ABs. So jury still out, but things seemed to be headed the right direction.
  • The offense sputtered late - small sample size, but the offense showed plenty of life and seemed not to be rusty.
Putting aside all the whining the Barves have done about Game 1 (and that's a tall order), they simply got whupped and looked bad doing it. But it won't be easy to forget about the fielding mistakes, base-running mistakes, and seeming lack of understanding of what Puig is capable of both offensively and defensively (Bill Plaschke actually had a nice take on this last point today).

With their backs against the wall and having already lost home field advantage, though, they'll look to come out strong tonight. They'll have to get through Greinke, and my money is on him.

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Image: Denis Poroy/Getty Images

172 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Crawford LF
Mellis 2B
Ramirez SS
Gonzalez 1B
Puig RF
Uribe 3B
Schumaker CF
Ajellis C
Greinke P

Dusty Baker said...

Rays on the right side TV, Pie Rats on the left. Caddy in the middle. Love the playoffs and days off!

Fred's Brim said...

*takes another deeep breath*

Fred's Brim said...

gotta keep pitching

Dusty Baker said...

Well said, FB.

Paul said...

I hope the boys take a look at the early game for a reminder that a beat down one day can turn around quick the next.

Steve Sax said...

Keep focused, Dodgers

Stay on target

Dusty Baker said...

Less than an hour away. Where my dawgs at?

Dusty Baker said...

Barks?

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Gotta keep Puigging

Dusty Baker said...

Gettin Puiggy widdit'!

Hideo Nomo said...

I'm your huckleberry.

QuadSevens said...

Just Puig it!

Hideo Nomo said...

Puiggle it, just a little bit!

BJ Killeen said...

Dodgers will play on TNT till Bo's game over

Steve Sax said...

Get these lousy AL teams off

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

TNT I'm dynamite
TNT I'll win this fight
TNT I'm a power load
TNT watch me explode

Steve Sax said...

What is up with Cal Ripken's eyebrows? They're half as long and seem to be angling up his dome?

Steve Sax said...

Ron Darling: "I don't think a game has gone more smoother for a manager in his first postseason game."

More smoother, Ron!

Steve Sax said...

MLB, sponsored by Cialis.

Steve Sax said...

I'm nervous again.

Hideo Nomo said...

At my desk, ignoring everyone around me, Vinny!

QuadSevens said...

What radio station is the game on on iHeart Radio?

Orel said...

HWG

Hideo Nomo said...

AM 570?

QuadSevens said...

That's what I though, but it's Hartman and what's his face right now on iHeart Radio. Internet updates it is.

Steve Sax said...

Lots of empty seats there at Turner Field.

You know those Atlanta fans, always showing up late

Steve Sax said...

Wow I thought Minor got Mellis on that 2-2 pitch

Steve Sax said...

Mellis with a one-out walk

Steve Sax said...

Come on HanRam

Hideo Nomo said...

Quad, it's not Vin, but if you grab the ESPN radio app, you can get their coverage.

Orel said...

Hope Crawford was taking notes on Mellis' walk.

QuadSevens said...

That will be good enough until I leave work. Thanks Nomo.

Orel said...

WOW

BJ Killeen said...

hanRAM it down their throats!

Steve Sax said...

HANLEY! Nice double down the right field line, inside out

Dropped relay, Mellis acores without a throw!

Steve Sax said...

Boos greet Puig

Steve Sax said...

Foul. 0-1

Steve Sax said...

1-2 to Puig

rsle said...

I usually use this link to find a broadcast:

http://www.freebaseballradio.com/LAdodgersJune.html

I usually use the one at the top:KYNS 1340

Hideo Nomo said...

Wanted more, but I'll take it.

Steve Sax said...

Puig grounds to first.

1-0 LA after 0.5

Steve Sax said...

Avocados from Mexico!

Orel said...

You guys are missing a great episode of Castle.

Steve Sax said...

nice first inning for Zackman

Steve Sax said...

1-0 LA through 1. Let's go, Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

Uribe, leadoff single to right with two strikes.

Hideo Nomo said...

THANKS SKIP.

Steve Sax said...

Pretty nice turn by the Braves there on the Schumaker GIDP. I can't imagine how scary that is to have Uribe bearing down on you at second.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Oh Skippy...

Hideo Nomo said...

And now McCann will GIDP.

Hideo Nomo said...

I swear, I don't know if it's the mic he's using, or the fact that he's on radio only, or if it's because it's the playoffs, but Vin sounds 10-15 years younger.

Hideo Nomo said...

Rats.

Hideo Nomo said...

1-1 after 2.

Hideo Nomo said...

Crawford with a single off a lefty. Encouraging!

Steve Sax said...

Crawdaddy with a single to center to lead off the third.

Orel said...

Hey, now Bones is on!

Steve Sax said...

The Atlanta crowd seems pretty quiet

Steve Sax said...

Can we please send Crawford next time to stay out of the DP?

Steve Sax said...

Fuck.

BJ Killeen said...

Hey Donnie, should have let MELLIS bunt. You're a doodiehead

Steve Sax said...

Well done Zack

Hideo Nomo said...

Well, those three innings went fast. No time to savor Vin.

Steve Sax said...

Let's go, Dodgers. Come out swinging in the fourth here

Pride of Dong said...

At espn sport zone at downtown Disney Vin, cracking up at the mother of all bad scheduling conflicts!

Steve Sax said...

A-Gpn with a leadoff single.

Please don't GIDP here.

Hideo Nomo said...

AGon single. Let's do this, Yas.

Steve Sax said...

Tommy Lasorda looks pretty darn tired.

Or maybe that's just Craig's jacket next to him sapping his energy.

Steve Sax said...

@PoD: What's the scheduling conflict? Were you supposed to be in Atlanta?

Hideo Nomo said...

Well, a K isn't a DP.

Steve Sax said...

way to not GIDP this inning, Dodgers! (Puig K, followed by a fly out)

Steve Sax said...

Man we let Minor off easy there.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Puig, you could have had him.

Here goes the racist chant.

spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

spank said...

Calm down Barve fans. Calm down . It was foul.

spank said...

Elevate this.

Steve Sax said...

These TBS broadcasters are so pro-Braves, it's pathetic.

spank said...

Fuck.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Steve Sax said...

Keep it together Zack

Hideo Nomo said...

Time to get 3 back.

Pride of Dong said...

So the state republican convention is at the Anaheim Hilton, across the street is Gay Days at Disneyland.

Steve Sax said...

Stay calm, Dodgers. You got this, just stay calm.

Steve Sax said...

That was a bad inning for the Dodgers (the fifth).

Steve Sax said...

@PoD 4:34p: How big is the intersection of that Venn diagram?

Paul said...

Fuck. Make him pitch Dodgers!

Orel said...

Is this where the bats go into cryo-freeze?

Pride of Dong said...

Well there is a group called log cabin republicans, which possibly have tickets. Debating putting on a mike soscia jersey to get a free Disneyland ticket...

Hideo Nomo said...

Steiner is determined to tell us every inning that Uggla did not make the roster.

Steve Sax said...

Awesome job in right to flag down that Minor long fly out, Puig!

Pride of Dong said...

Wait, he didn't? ;-)

Steve Sax said...

There ya' go, Zack Attack!

Paul said...

Time to score some runs! Release the hounds!

Steve Sax said...

2-1 Atlanta through 5

Paul said...

That wasn't good.

Orel said...

shit

Paul said...

I got a bad feeling about this.

Orel said...

Schu with the Punto-esque slide into first!

Paul said...

Zack gone. Gritty veteran Young due up.

Paul said...

Two gifts. We have to score.

Wicks said...

We have to get across a run here or the pressure will build. Come on Dodgers!

Paul said...

Fuck!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, Crawford.

Orel said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK

Wicks said...

ohhh nooo :(

Paul said...

Not sure how we can score. We got the double play juju

Paul said...

Middle of the Bullpen was a big concern for me. That first AB didn't help.

Paul said...

Get him the fuck out of there.

spank said...

meh. lucky

Steve Sax said...

Here's the deal, though. If we come from behind and win this, as I think we can, Atlanta is crushed.

spank said...

that was a fucking hook.

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Dodgers

Paul said...

He missed on two pitches. The last one was up but froze him.

spank said...

It's the summer of George.

spank said...

Nervous time.

Paul said...

Come on Paco.

Paul said...

Throw strikes!

Paul said...

Game. Blouses.

Hollandsworth said...

Well, fuck.

spank said...

Goddamn son of a bitch

Wicks said...

That's probably ball game, says pessimistic me.

Paul said...

@markasaxon: Jason Heyward hit .264 vs. lefties and .250 vs. righties this year

Orel said...

ballgame

Steve Sax said...

Belisario: Still sucking.

spank said...

dang yo. like let's got through all the pitchers before the 8th inning.fuck it,right El Don?

spank said...

Out! WooHoo!!!

spank said...

Score some fucking runs Dodgers or I'll damn you to hell with Rachel Nicholls.

Dusty Baker said...

Mrs Dusty:
Mattingly looks like he's going to have a heart attack.

Me:
He looks like he wants to rip Belli's arm off.

Mrs Dusty:
He should have.

Steve Sax said...

HanRam's taking some big rips here in the eighth.

Steve Sax said...

BOOM!!!! 4-3

Steve Sax said...

Keep taking big rips, Hanley!

spank said...

HANRAM! You beautiful motherfucker!

Hollandsworth said...

YES.

Steve Sax said...

Again, if we just keep staying cool, we'll be fine.

Just inside the foul pole!

Wicks said...

Holy Han Ram!

BJ Killeen said...

I wanna believe, I really do.

Steve Sax said...

Kimbrel's walk-in song is Welcome to the Jungle?

Hmmmmmmm

Steve Sax said...

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!! (academy)

Paul said...

Got to win this in spite of our drunk manager.

Paul said...

Come on Urine! Lock in.

Paul said...

Fuck.

spank said...

Well that was a quick letdown.

Orel said...

I hate this.

spank said...

I don't give a rats ass even if Brian Wilson doesn't allow a run in the playoffs. i hate him.

spank said...

Baserunners. Get up on that bitch..es.

Steve Sax said...

Skip has been pretty frickin' bad in this series

Steve Sax said...

Lets get after this non-gagne

Steve Sax said...

Andre in the on-deck circle

Steve Sax said...

Ethier with a chance to pull a Gibson here

Steve Sax said...

Dee Gordon on first, trying to make Sax here change his mind about him

Hollandsworth said...

You suck, Dee Gordon.

So. Hard.

spank said...

Smart.

Steve Sax said...

Nope, that is the Gordon I know

(Though it was a bad call)

Wicks said...

HE WAS SAFE YOU FUCKING UMP

Steve Sax said...

Come on Andre

Wicks said...

ok maybe he was out...

Hollandsworth said...

We did have a good streak of vaguely sexual phrases going there, didn't we?

spank said...

Smart. Instead of two on and the top of the lineup coming up we're fucked instead.

Paul said...

Crawford is very average. Not confident.

Steve Sax said...

At the very least, we are making Kimbrel work very hard

spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

Steve Sax said...

Ok. Shake it off.

Steve Sax said...

Except for you, Dee. You need to run laps

Wicks said...

Donnie gave the game away by walking Johnson.

Roll on Sunday and Dodger Stadium!

Paul said...

Fuck!!!! Now I have to get lodging in LA on Sunday.

Wicks said...

This TBS crew is awful, can we all agree?

Paul said...

I would rather listen to Lyons.

BJ Killeen said...

Yes Wicks.

spank said...

Fuck it. I'm going to smoke some orange peels,drink some bleach,listen to Zappa and flip out.

Fred's Brim said...

FUCK

FB ANGRY

Paul said...

This was a giveaway game. Game 3 is a big one. I'm gonna have to get lathered up.

Dusty Baker said...

Well son of a bitch. Pretty sure I'm not going to a) be sober the rest of the night b) be sportsmanlike c) see a above d) see b above.

Steve Sax said...

PGT up.