Monday, October 14, 2013

NLCS Game 3 Thread: Oct. 14 vs. Cards, 5p

I have the strangest feeling we've been through this exact same thing before.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-0, 0.00) vs. Adam Wainwright (0-0, 0.00)

Steve McCroskey: Jacobs, I want to know absolutely everything that's happened up till now.

Jacobs: Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And then the Dodgers lost two straight 1-run NLCS games started by Cy Young winners. I couldn't believe it.

Well, here we are. The Dodgers are hurtling into the sun, and only Hyun-Jin Ryu can save us.

Hope you brought your hitting shoes, Ryu, since pitching hasn't been the problem. We know now that Hanley Ramirez suffered a hairline rib fracture on that Game 1 pitch from Joe Kelly. (THANKS, JOE!) Somehow, Hanley is still a "game time decision". Yasiel Puig has been MIA. Andre Ethier is still working out a wobbly ankle. And Adrian Gonzalez can't get any pitches to hit without any lineup protection.

Maybe, just maybe, a raucous L.A. crowd will infuse some life into this team and they can pull out a win. I hope so, because I'm not ready to be over Macho Grande.

UPDATE (2:32pm): Hanley is playing tonight.

Dodgers tickets*

*Suddenly VERY cheap. I wonder why.

180 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst 2m

Hanley just made lunging play on ground ball in the hole. Came up laughing. More to come.

Hideo Nomo said...

J.P. Hoornstra ‏@jphoornstra 22s

If Hanley Ramirez is in pain after taking several hacks in BP, he's hiding it remarkably well. Andre Ethier up now.

Hideo Nomo said...

Ken Gurnick ‏@kengurnick 1m

Ramirez ends first round of batting practice swings with liner off fence in CF.

Hideo Nomo said...

And last, but certainly not least:

Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez 3m

Hanley just hit a home run to right-center in batting practice.

QuadSevens said...

Hanley will be the spark we need tonight. I say bat him 4th behind AGon.

QuadSevens said...

Of course, that will only work if Puig figures out how to hit too.

Hideo Nomo said...

Hanley is playing. Post updated accordingly.

Paul said...

Daniel Larusso is gonna fight?!?

Hideo Nomo said...

Tweet that shit!

QuadSevens said...

Nice!

Hideo Nomo said...

No knock on Ethier, but...

On one hand, we have Hanley all hopped up on pain killers, tounge-kissing the city of L.A. and saying he'd play through anything. On the other hand, we have Dre saying, "Yeah, I could play, I guess. Lemme check with Donnie."

Different circumstances for sure, but that one's not gonna play well with the masses.

Paul said...

Dre "I don't know if I am gonna play..." *watches Hanley hit*. "Yeah I'm gonna play I'm gonna talk to Donnie right now."

Paul said...

@dylanohernandez: Ethier said he feels he can play. Will talk to Mattingly.

Hideo Nomo said...

Anyone going tonight?

You, uh, probably should already be there.

Hideo Nomo said...

Yeah, the tone of the tweets about Ethier changed WHILE I was typing that comment up. Ha!

Hideo Nomo said...

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

Hideo Nomo said...

Hanley and Dre are IN.

THIS SHIT IS MOST INDUBITABLY ON.

Dusty Baker said...

We see you, Hanley! LA All Day, HanRam.

Dusty Baker said...

Donkey Kong still looking for an apt "on" simile.

Dusty Baker said...

(apologize ahead of time for knowing difference between a simile and a metaphor)

Dusty Baker said...

Cards lineup:

Medium-hitting white guy 2B
Throw at his ribs RF
Medium-hitting white guy LF
Token Latino C
Medium-hitting white guy 3B
Fat white guy 1B
Light-hitting white guy CF
Light-hitting white guy SS
White towel complainer P

Hideo Nomo said...

On like Wrath of Khan?

On like Chaka Khan?

On like Rae Dawn Chong?

Dusty Baker said...

Has there ever been a Chaka Khan/Wrath of Khan mashup? Music with Star Trek II storyline?

Dusty Baker said...

I know it may be a bit cheesy, but let's all say a little prayer to the Baseball Gods before this game:

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."

In Vin's name we pray, amen.

Hideo Nomo said...

Dusty back in Blue. (Kinda.)

Dusty Baker said...

I always look better in Blue than red, or blue and red, or orange and black.

Dusty Baker said...

HanRam t-shirt: check

Authentic jersey: check

Old LA cap: check

#ShitIsOn

Paul said...

Oh no I'm yawning. That means I'm really nervous.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Dodgers
Cards
Ryu
Wainwright
Hanley
Band Aids
Vinny
Puig
Nerves
Sam Adams
October
Baseball

#ShitIsOn

BJ Killeen said...

I'm wearing red right now. What the fuck am I thinking? Going to change right now. I apologize to the city of LA...with God as my witness,I will never wear red again!

BOYCOTT BUDWEISER

Dusty Baker said...

I don't even own anything that's red, except for Razorbacks gear, but that's entirely separate.

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

As a light-hitting white guy, I endorse Dusty's version of the Cards lineup.

Driving to Boston to kick the shit out of McCourt family members, and up to generally no good.

Dusty Baker said...

Nice, DBT. It's almost e.e. cummings if you wouldn't have capitalized anything.

BJ Killeen said...

Went to the doctor today to get my prescription renewed. My BP is 110/80. Glad I didn't make an appointment for tomorrow. it would be 220/160.

Dusty Baker said...

Thanks for checking in, PPR!

Dusty Baker said...

Both the collective surly factor and BP are high. Seat belts, everyone!

spank said...

Rally thong: Check

Let's do this!

Hideo Nomo said...

And now, Dusty in actual Blue.

Paul said...

I miss Dusty The Dodger. Haven't seen that in awhile!

Hideo Nomo said...

Shut the fuck up, Jeff Nelson.

Hideo Nomo said...

Alright, I'm heading home. See y'all on the other side.

Fred's Brim said...

Gotta keep pitching

Fred's Brim said...

I am gonna lay low around here tonight.

Work fast, throw strikes, change speeds

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Gotta start Puiging

Dusty Baker said...

45

Dusty Baker said...

My Dusty from another mother!

Paul said...

Ryu stay calm.

Paul said...

Stay calm Ryu!!!!!! Please!!!

Paul said...

Nice start.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

easy out! 26 more to go

Dusty Baker said...

On my personal bar stool at my local cantina, Vinny!

Paul said...

Easy with that shit Ryu.

Paul said...

Not good. Not even close.

BJ Killeen said...

Settle down big boy. Let's get 2

Dusty Baker said...

Pitching around the zone, hesitant to attack it.

Paul said...

Close it out Ryu.

BJ Killeen said...

TV went out. Fuck

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Gameday showing a high-ass strike zone.

Paul said...

Fuck yeah!! Ryu's toughest inning is usually the first. I like it.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I like it

BJ Killeen said...

Uverse went out. Shit. Resetting now

Dusty Baker said...

What's the BP now, BJ?

Paul said...

Jump on this complainer early boys!

BJ Killeen said...

Okay back on. Whew

BJ Killeen said...

It spiked Dusty!

BJ Killeen said...

It spiked Dusty!

BJ Killeen said...

Huey Dewey and Louie in the booth announcing. They're not good enough to hold Vinny's spit

Paul said...

Ball four Ellis fuck!

Paul said...

I'll take it!

Paul said...

It was those towels!!!

BJ Killeen said...

Yeah MFs

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Hitting the road...

Firestone Pale 31's waiting on the other side.

Dusty Baker said...

Did MEllis swing at that? I didn't notice that he did and the ball was under the plate.

Dusty Baker said...

Break on through to the other side, DBT!

BJ Killeen said...

Sigh

Dusty Baker said...

It's aight. Ryu isn't unsettled and Wainright isn't Koufax. This judge called the first inning a draw.

BJ Killeen said...

Safer looks like he dresses with Geranimals

BJ Killeen said...

Sager

Paul said...

Good job make him work Puig. Now get on.

Paul said...

That was low!!! Fuck.

Paul said...

Uribe kills all of Puig's at bat with a first pitch out.

BJ Killeen said...

No words

Dusty Baker said...

That was low. I'll the ump that, but he god damn better call it a strike for Ryu.

Paul said...

Come on guys! Nice start Ryuster.

Paul said...

Another good at bat. Get a walk AJ!

QuadSevens said...

Dodger pj pants on and beer in hand. I'm clocking in.

QuadSevens said...

Ryu Ks looking.

QuadSevens said...

Hard grounder for Crawford and that's 3 down.

Paul said...

Bats need to wake up. Ryu facing 2-3-4 second time around. Big inning here.

BJ Killeen said...

Does Puig's hair remind anyone of a Triceratops?

Paul said...

22 innings without a run. Feels familiar.

Paul said...

It does have a prehistoric look.

BJ Killeen said...

I'm inside praying to the baseball gods, Scott's out front shooting the police copter flying overhead

Paul said...

I am seeing a lot of red in the stands. Or maybe jt just stands out.

Paul said...

Keep grindin Ryu!

spank said...

MARY HART!

#FuckYouMeathead

Paul said...

Atta babe Ryu!!

QuadSevens said...

Another 1-2-3 inning for Ryu.

spank said...

Fast game

spank said...

hahaha

Paul said...

The towels again!!!!

Paul said...

I guess Jay expects Beltran to catch everything.

Paul said...

Please score.

spank said...

Sack up,AGon.

BJ Killeen said...

So I'm listening to the police scanner to see why the bird was circling, and heard a report that was 2 hours old about a threat of someone in the hills by Dodgers Stadium with an AK47. I guess Kimbrel's in town.

spank said...

fuck yes

QuadSevens said...

AGon!!

BJ Killeen said...

YEAH!!

Paul said...

We scored!!

spank said...

pinche dre.

Steve Sax said...

BOOM! Open the floodgates?

I hope?

spank said...

fuck fuck yes

QuadSevens said...

Puig adjusted! RBI triple!

BJ Killeen said...

Double yeah!

Paul said...

Puuuuuig!

QuadSevens said...

Two singles to open the 5th. Nobody out.

spank said...

hahahaha.

Dusty Baker said...

Throw these mofos out!

Or at them!

Dusty Baker said...

Or both!

Dusty Baker said...

I like that Scott is out front (I'm assuming wearing underwear and stained wifebeater t-shirt) taking wanton potshots the the 5-0 copter flying overhead. Excellent imagery!

spank said...

holy shit! AJ!

QuadSevens said...

AJEllis hits it deep and ends up on third!

Dusty Baker said...

The John Jay affair! Hah!

Paul said...

AJ!!

Dusty Baker said...

For the record, there are no historians at this bar.

Paul said...

Looks like we are back to our old ways. Come on Ellis get a hit.

spank said...

pathetic

spank said...

jesus christ

Paul said...

Need another solid inning Ryu.

BJ Killeen said...

Lol Dusty. Sorry to ruin your drunken imagery, but shooting as in a camera. Wish we could post photos here.

Hideo Nomo said...

I'm a historian!

In a really narrow field.

Dusty Baker said...

@BJ

Ok now I'm picturing Scott our back wearing the aforetomentioned attire but with a camera, not a sawed off.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

These TBS announcers are garbage

Paul said...

Ryu stepping up. Come on knock this pitcher out of the game.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Ryu gotta keep pitching

Dusty Baker said...

Garbage is like, What, man, I have some self respect. Why do you have to compare me to those shitty TBS announcers?

Shit is like, What, man, I have some self respect. Why do you have to...

Paul said...

It is going to be one of those games...

Dusty Baker said...

...One of those games that we win!

Hideo Nomo said...

Segment on Ryu's popularity amongst L.A.'s Korean population prominently features two Latino guys.

Paul said...

Fuck.

BJ Killeen said...

One more HJR

spank said...

toma

Steve Sax said...

Nice seventh Ryu! Way to go

Steve Sax said...

I'm stuck on MLB at bat boys and girls. What happened to David freese?

Steve Sax said...

I wish I had a tv here

(goes back to banging tin cup on concrete ground)

Hideo Nomo said...

@Sax: Tight baby cow.

spank said...

Puig is back

Steve Sax said...

Puig baby with a leadoff single

spank said...

Pinche John Pee

Steve Sax said...

@gnomes: thanks my man

QuadSevens said...

Wilson gives up a lead off single but gets out of it. Still 2-0 us.

spank said...

Wilson's on fire. Gotta be that troll hanging from his beard.

Dusty Baker said...

Thank you Brian Wilson Jesus! #BowsDown

Dusty Baker said...

@Nomo re Ryu segment

I was trying to figure that out. Best I could figure is just that we so diverse that even a Korean bar in Koretown features a whole buncha kinds of mofos.

#LALove

Hideo Nomo said...

R.I.P. Cards outfield defense.

Hideo Nomo said...

That was def the case, DB. I just found the timing hilarious, especially since it was a segment with uberwhite Craig Sager.

Paul said...

Geico time.

Paul said...

Come on boys!

spank said...

Rally!

spank said...

safe!

QuadSevens said...

Kenley coming in.

QuadSevens said...

Beltran fouls out. 1 down.

spank said...

that was a fucking strike

QuadSevens said...

Mothballs couldn't avoid the light. 2 down in the 9th now.

BJ Killeen said...

22222222222222

Paul said...

One more!

QuadSevens said...

Molina fouling off a lot of pitches.

QuadSevens said...

Cracked bat grounder and game over. Party time!!

Paul said...

Make party!! We got one! 3 to go.

spank said...

win

BJ Killeen said...

Yes. And a shutout.

Paul said...

I have no words for Hanley's guts. He is what we all want in a leader. Great job Ryu.

QuadSevens said...

Ryu, HanRam, AGon, and Puig all stepped up. Great team effort tonight.

Fred's Brim said...

fuck yes!

Fred's Brim said...

get some ice on those robs, Hanley!

Fred's Brim said...

gnite all!

Paul said...

Didn't see Sax in the game thread tonight. He must be the rally bear.

Cliff Beefpile said...

I like this Ryu guy.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Great gutty win. Same thing tomorrow.

Hideo Nomo said...

PGT finally up! Sorry!