Monday, October 07, 2013

NLDS Game 4 Thread: Oct. 7 vs. Braves, 6.30p

Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.29) vs. Freddy Garcia (0-0, -.--).

One night after a gritty but reverberating Game 3 win, Don Mattingly is going all in and starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest (Kershaw pitched Game 1 on Thursday Oct 3) to try and finish this series at home. The way Dodger Stadium was buzzing last night, one hopes that there's still some of that electricity still coursing through the veins of Chavez Ravine this evening. Hopefully Kershaw can feed off of that energy.

Garcia has some deep postseason experience, pitching the deciding Game 4 in the Chicago White Sox' 2005 World Series sweep over the Houston Astros. Even thinking about a World Series with the White Sox and Astros in it is so bizarre right now, that it might not be too safe to rely on those statistics. More recently, Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA this year (ERA+ of 94), but had a 1-2 record with a 1.65 ERA (237 ERA+, his career high) with Atlanta late in the year. So he's no slouch. In the opposite of "short rest", Garcia hasn't pitched since Sept. 24, almost two weeks ago.

Let's not let this series go back to Atlanta. Come on, Blue! I need to see this win tonight (by the way, if you're at the Stadium tonight, drop a line with your location and we will try and connect).

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Dusty Baker said...

Lineup yet?

Hideo Nomo said...

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

Dusty Baker said...

I like it! We are going for the throat.

karen said...

The Kid pitching on short rest makes me a tiny bit nervous. But if anyone can take us to the promised land tonite it's our boy Clay.

Paul said...

No towels tonight? What am I gonna soak up beer with?

Steve Sax said...

I'm going! Paul, do I need to bring my towel from yesterday?!

Paul said...

You do Sax. No towels that I see.

Steve Sax said...

The person whose tickets I am utilizing tonight is late.

I am pacing like a madman

Steve Sax said...

@Paul, what level are you on?

Paul said...

Field level section 34 row d seats 8 and 7. End of the row.

Hideo Nomo said...

killKillKILL

Paul said...

Woooooooo!

Neeebs (The Original) said...

At Staples Centet. Represent well guys and gal.

QuadSevens said...

Kid K vs the old man. I like our chances.

QuadSevens said...

And ceremonial first pitch is being thrown out by Dad!

Fred's Brim said...

Gotta keep pitching

Paul said...

Dad Garvey just said "welcome to the final game of the NLDS!"

spank said...

@ DB 4:46pm

Exactly,Brotha. Why fuck around. The time is now to win it all. Old school baseball.

Paul said...

Bucknered!!

Steve Sax said...

Steve Garvey with the pre game ceremony!

spank said...

nasty curve

spank said...

Quit fouling the pitches,stoopid.

karen said...

I'm at my daughter's watching and her tv is so small I can barely out the picture.

Gotta be a good sign that "Father" threw out the first pitch!

QuadSevens said...

Now lets give our Ace a lead to work with boys.

karen said...

CARRRRLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred's Brim said...

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!

Fred's Brim said...

Holy christ he wacked the shit out of that

Cliff Beefpile said...

That's one way to start off a game.

Fred's Brim said...

Find the feeling, Mark. You hit that well but right at him

spank said...

fuck. missed crawfords homerun for the second day in a row.

Fred's Brim said...

HanLEY!
(said like Minnie Pearl saying "Howdy")

karen said...

Is Sandy in the house again tonite? I'm feelin' the Koufax juju.

Fred's Brim said...

@spank I hope that's a good sign

Fred's Brim said...

please don't steal Hanley anymore, I beg you

spank said...

I was thinking the same thing,FB

Fred's Brim said...

fuck I thought that was gone

Cliff Beefpile said...

The more I see the more I love Tommy sitting next to Magic Johnson.

spank said...

fucking hell.

karen said...

Fuck you Justin. Tell it to someone who cares.

#fuckhead

Cliff Beefpile said...

Damn. I thought that was gone too.

spank said...

The two biggest L.A. sports icons right there,Cliffy.

karen said...

@CliffBeef...The whole Magic/Tommy karma definetly awesome.

Fred's Brim said...

heh that would have infuriated me too

spank said...

Send him to the showers.

Fred's Brim said...

@karen was Upton talking after that?

karen said...

Yeah Brian, you just keep pissing off Blue. Good job.

Cliff Beefpile said...

McCann's kind of a whiny little bitch inn't he.

karen said...

FB...No I'm just being a little feisty and a whole lot bitchy.

spank said...

You think L.A baseball,you think Lasorda.

You think L.A. basketball, you think Magic.

You think L.A. football,you think Georgia Frontiere and Al Davis.



(cries)

spank said...

Score more runs por favor.

Fred's Brim said...

hehe that is very acceptable, karen

karen said...

Spanky...Yeah, good old Georgia was always good for a rumor or two.

Fred's Brim said...

@spank for LA Football I think of Eric Dickerson's goggles

karen said...

FB...I am so feeling it.

Fred's Brim said...

and Flipper Anderson running up the tunnel at Giants Stadium

Fred's Brim said...

take your time, fellas, don't have to hit every ball out

Fred's Brim said...

I wonder how ugly AJ's elbow looks today

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spank said...

Alrighty then. Weak inning.

Fred's Brim said...

about as ugly as that K

Fred's Brim said...

gotta be patient

karen said...

FB...Aj's elbow probably not as ugly as Atlanta faces after this game.

Fred's Brim said...

cripes, how did that almost happen

spank said...

I also think of Jim Everett wimping out against the Niners in the playoffs. Meh.

spank said...

Kid K doing good so far.

Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, fellas
Uncle Charlie made it the game on time

Hideo Nomo said...

Psh. Ricky could have done thiHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Paul said...

Score some runs for the kid!!!

spank said...

No way! CRAWDUDE!!

Fred's Brim said...

no way!

Fred's Brim said...

DAMMIT

Fred's Brim said...

and CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!

karen said...

Carl chowing down on bravo pitching.

Fred's Brim said...

too early for curtain calls, but still

spank said...

Standing O. Hells yeah.

spank said...
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Fred's Brim said...

attaboy, Marcus!

Fred's Brim said...

not sure that was fair

Fred's Brim said...

but it was!

spank said...

Fucking blogger. Killing me.

Fred's Brim said...

Hanley just missed that meatball

Fred's Brim said...

dammit

spank said...

Gotta change the channel.

Fred's Brim said...

balls
ok, I like 2 runs

Fred's Brim said...

@spank, Olberman has the same effect on me, too

Paul said...

Fuck where is the Steele reserve in this place?

Fred's Brim said...

damn, Freeman is a pain in the ass

Fred's Brim said...

FUCK

AG, what's up, man?

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

Orel said...

Shit, get it together, AGon. Second error of the night.

spank said...

You're killing me,AGon.

Fred's Brim said...

GOD DAMMIT
cut
the
SHIT

spank said...

Suddenly we've become the bad news bears. WTF?

Fred's Brim said...

we'll be lucky leave this with the lead

Orel said...

Followed by a wild pitch.

Fred's Brim said...

where is Mary Hart? She needs to be here after last night

spank said...

Froze him.

karen said...

Bravos trying to show a little life. Kid to shift into maggot squashing gear.

Fred's Brim said...

that SOB, he is a pain in that ass too

spank said...

fuck. Dumbass errors.

Fred's Brim said...

stupid error, stupid wild pitch

unacceptable

Fred's Brim said...

you have to be kidding me

Fred's Brim said...

do we not want to win this?

spank said...

Motherfucker.

karen said...

Tied 2-2.

Fuck. Fuck.

Orel said...

So. Our defense.

Fred's Brim said...

garbage

Fred's Brim said...

@Orel were we overperforming all year?

Fred's Brim said...

shittyshitballs
that sucked
Garcia's gonna shut us down the rest of the way

karen said...

Our boys need to settle down. They're going to win this.

If they don't give it away first.

Paul said...

I feel sick.

Fred's Brim said...

the switch over to TBS is killing us

Fred's Brim said...

YP with a good start

karen said...

Wild Horse on...anything can happen...

Steve Sax said...

Puig thrown out badly there.

Come on, Dodgers. Get it together

spank said...

Damn

Fred's Brim said...

this is going all kinds of ways down the shitter

Steve Sax said...

Tried to do a Dusty fly by, but was unsuccessful. No dry humping.

Fred's Brim said...

we're making the Venezuelan James Woods look like he's 25 again

Hideo Nomo said...

Great. Noffense and Nefense.

spank said...

Stoopid Franklin and Bash.

Fred's Brim said...

I assume Dusty would be too surly to dryhump anyway

Fred's Brim said...

hey
a break

Fred's Brim said...

AJ with the taintshot on McCann

spank said...

Right on the numbnuts.

Fred's Brim said...

that was a makeup strike there

Fred's Brim said...

I a fucking irritated right now, worse than McCann's taint

Steve Sax said...

Tied through 4. I got a bad feeling about this. If we can't get to Freddy Garcia, we are in trouble

Fred's Brim said...

Cmon Clayton, reset this

Fred's Brim said...

Feels bad to me too, Saxy

karen said...

Clayton will pull this out of the shitter. He'll get his stuff and shift into destroy mode just like he did in game 1.

QuadSevens said...

As Garcia tires, we will jump all over him. It's coming.

Orel said...

Rays walk off against the Red Sox. Love it.

Cliff Beefpile said...

How many ways can these guys let Kershaw down? They don't score runs for him all season and when they do the defense sucks. Pissing me off. Tighten it up dammit!

Fred's Brim said...

fuck, I thought he got that one

Orel said...

Heyward gives it a ride but Schu catches it at the warning track. Phew.

what_difference_does_it_make said...

All I can think of is "Top Gun" after the mention of the Danger Zone.....

spank said...

Oooooo. I wanted that one.

Fred's Brim said...

don't stop calling that now, blue

spank said...

Damn

Fred's Brim said...

dammit
finish this, kid

Fred's Brim said...

Freeman homer coming here

Fred's Brim said...

phew

QuadSevens said...

Due up: Kid K, Mr. HR, MEllis.

Paul said...

We need to get something going against this bush league pitcher!!

Steve Sax said...

Clayton to lead off the fifth. Let's go, Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Scott Killeen, I think I see you

Steve Sax said...

This is not good, boys and girls

Fred's Brim said...

this has terribly frustrating loss all over it

Fred's Brim said...

written

Paul said...

I'm getting too sober for this.

Orel said...

Danger Zone!

Fred's Brim said...

Clayton will go another inning or so, Withrow will come in and get in trouble without getting an out. Wilson will come in in a tough situation and give up a run. They'll bring in their dominant pen and send it back to Atlanta

Fred's Brim said...

and Darling with the homerun jinx

Orel said...

KKKKKK

Orel said...

Turn that frown upside down, FB!

Fred's Brim said...

Johnson or Freeman will be the one to do it

BJ Killeen said...

The umps suck. I BELIEVE!

Fred's Brim said...

great inning, kid!

QuadSevens said...

Bottom of the sixth is when we get to Garcia. AGon double and Puig RBI single. Get ready.

QuadSevens said...

I'm playing the role of Karina tonight.

Paul said...

Lets end this!!

Fred's Brim said...

"that's longer than I smoke my meat!"
- Spank after a case of Steel Reserves and a Scarlett Johansson movie marathon

Fred's Brim said...

time to pour another

Orel said...

Redemption time, AGon.

Cliff Beefpile said...

"Every out you get without giving up a run is a plus." Well shit, that's the kind of in-depth analysis one can only expect from Ron Darling.

Orel said...

Seeing-eye single!

spank said...

About time someone gets a hit,mang.

Fred's Brim said...

unreal

spank said...

Goddamnitsonofabitch

Orel said...

Fuck. DP.

QuadSevens said...

Nostradamus I am not.

Steve Sax said...

That Puig GIDP was brutal

Fred's Brim said...

it doesn't seem right to say this on a night when CC hits 2 homers, but this doesn't feel like our night

spank said...

Goddamnitsonofabitch

Fred's Brim said...

checking out for now

Orel said...

We can do this! I think. Maybe.

spank said...

@ FB

Beli is coming in to pitch so it's probably best you don't check back.

Steve Sax said...

AJ Ellis, make him pay

Orel said...

Uribe double! IBB Schu! Make 'em pay, A.J.!

spank said...

Make them pay,AJ. Don't be their bitch.

spank said...

I think Meathead ate Mary Hart.

Orel said...

DAMMIT

spank said...

shit

Paul said...

I am sick.

Wicks said...

I want to reach into my TV and stab these TBS idiots.

spank said...

FUCK

QuadSevens said...

Puig misplays one in the corner and the runner ends up on third.

Wicks said...

DOOM :(

Orel said...

Johnson leadoff triple off Belisario. This fucking game.

Steve Sax said...

Belisario means we are going to game 5

Steve Sax said...

You can't spell Belisario without a L

spank said...

And there it is

Wicks said...

I hate life...

Steve Sax said...

And suddenly, the Kershaw decision becomes the one that dooms Mattingly.

Paul said...

All in Donnie baseball!!

Steve Sax said...

Belisario, you are HORRIBLE. Horrible.

Orel said...

Turns out FB was right.

spank said...

Ya pa que,Mattingly? The damage is already done,you fucking genius.

spank said...

Where's the fucking remote?

#mute

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