Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Game 42 Thread: May 14 vs. Marlins, 7p

Get well soon, Jose.

Paul Maholm (1-3, 4.71) vs. Not Jose Fernandez (0-0, -.--)

The Dodgers were supposed to face Jose Fernandez tonight, but he is likely the next victim of the Great Tommy John Surgery Epidemic of 2014. That absolutely sucks for baseball, because the kid is really, really good. But it's also kind of a relief for the Dodgers, at least tonight, because the kid is really, really good and would have threatened their ability to complete the sweep.

Instead, the Marlins have called up Anthony DeSclafani to make his debut tonight. This is troubling for two reasons: The Dodgers usually have difficulty against rookie pitchers making their debuts, and I can't for the life of me think of a good riff on his name without referencing Gwen Stefani.

Also newsworthy is who may be backing up DeSclafani tonight: Old friend Randy Wolf (he of the epic Star Wars farewell). Wolf opted out of his DBacks contract and was immediately signed by the Marlins earlier today. I think a rude welcome back is in order, don't you?

Paul Maholm (who keeps clinging to his rotation spot thanks to injuries on our side) is likely not going to be sharp, so we'll need Puig to continue on his epic tear and hopefully lead the rest of the offense in picking Maholm up.

SWEEP THE FISH!

63 comments:

BJ Killeen said...

AJ is back! You forgot to mention that AJ is back. Hey, did you hear? AJ is back!

Steve Sax said...

Since I'm on a roll with lineup postings:

Gordon 4
Puig 9
Ramirez 6
Gonzalez 4
Ethier 8
Crawford 7
Turner 5
Ellis 2
Maholm 1

Ellis is back! Kemp is sitting.

Steve Sax said...

no anagrams to speak of in the lineup. the last names almost give "rectum", however.

karen said...

An almost "rectum" anagram is a little disturbing. However, as stated before, AJ IS BACK!! Everybody get out the brooms!

Steve Sax said...

Let's just keep said brooms away from rectums

Hideo Nomo said...

Going backward to Turner, you get MET, which Turner was.

Steve Sax said...

Your factoid of the day (from the MLB.com preview):

Gordon leads the Majors with 24 doubles. He didn't swipe a bag on Tuesday night, but he used his speed to leg out a double on what could have been a single to right.

Steve Sax said...

I'm as excited as anyone that AJ Ellis is back.

It is funny, at some level, however, that we are heralding the return of an eight-hole batter with a .167 average.

Steve Sax said...

oh yeah, GO KINGS!

Orel said...

Agreed, I didn't realize A.J. was viewed as a savior. That said, welcome back, A.J.! I hope you're our savior!

Steve Sax said...

How's the weather out at the stadium tonight?

Hideo Nomo said...

I'm welcoming him back for his communication with the pitchers, his ability to throw out base stealers, and his wide selection of dried meat products.

karen said...

Well...I don't know about the ah, dried meat products(?) but everything else Gnomes said.

Steve Sax said...

@Karen: Ellis and Jerky

Steve Sax said...

And just like that:
Kings up 1-0
Maholm's got two men on base with one out in the first

Steve Sax said...

Maholm escapes the first. 0-0 through 0.5.

Steve Sax said...

STOP FUCKING BUNTING DEE

Steve Sax said...

Dee Gordon: one pitch, one failed bunt attempt, one out.

When, when, when will he learn

Steve Sax said...

1-0 Kings, end of the first period

BJ Killeen said...

Don't blame Dee. Donnie calls those bunts

Steve Sax said...

Bases loaded, one out in the second. Maholm is shaky shaky shaky

Steve Sax said...

@ BJ: I have indeed turned the corner on Dee...but I think he's calling those bunts, not Donnie

Steve Sax said...

We're going to need 10,000 runs to win when Maholm pitches

Steve Sax said...

Ok, I take back what I said about Gordon.

Gordon error turns a double play into two Marlins runs.

Steve Sax said...

Dammit Dee, STOP MAKING ERRORS

Franklin Stubbs said...

That sort of thing will piss a guy right off.

Steve Sax said...

fucking yank Maholm. He's not ready tonight, and he might not be ready any night.

3-0 Miami

Franklin Stubbs said...

Sooo boned

Steve Sax said...

FUCKING PULL MAHOLM DONNIE

BJ Killeen said...

What else is on tonight?

karen said...

Maholm being fucking Maholm.

Steve Sax said...

STOP THE MADNESS

BJ Killeen said...

The pitching lineup is like to see:
Kershaw
Greinke
Kershaw
Greinke
Kershaw

Steve Sax said...

AJ is calling one hell of a game!

(kidding)

Franklin Stubbs said...

I'm afraid to even look over to the Kings for fear of some of the crap spilling out of this particular sack.

Orel said...

So much for the sweep.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Ouch

Steve Sax said...

Maholm botches a play at first, can't get the out at first, and Stanton scores behind his back.

6-0 Miami

PULL MAHOLM DONNIE YOU IDIOT

Orel said...

Isn't this why we signed Randy Wolf? Oh wait....

Steve Sax said...

wtf was up with that inning, maholm

Franklin Stubbs said...

For the benefit of those not able to watch this skid mark of a game on TWC, even Vin is getting punchy: "for Dodger fans who happened to miss the top of the second inning: Good for you!"

BJ Killeen said...

C'mon mets. Grand slam. Let's bury Maholm

BJ Killeen said...

Mets? Marlins. Fell aslerp

BJ Killeen said...

I'm just gonna stop typin now. Goodnight.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Falling aslerp sounds like what I might do after a particularly magnificent bender.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Well then. 9 down, and I can stands no more

BJ Killeen said...

LA crowd leaving even early for them

BJ Killeen said...

Sullen and mutinous. Vinny. Haha

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yep, I could plunder a village or two.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, it's a pitching change! At 9-0! Thanks, Donnie!

Steve Sax said...

2-1 Kings in the third

Steve Sax said...

12-0 through 3.5 innings.

We got this.

BJ Killeen said...

That's the face of exasperation

Orel said...

Man, that Jose Fernandez is really good.

Steve Sax said...

feel free to discard the PGT picture which I had already pulled (dammit)

Steve Sax said...

Uribe PH: here comes the 12-run HR

Steve Sax said...

kings power play with 3:45 left in the third, up 2-1

Orel said...

PGTUP!

Steve Sax said...

kings win

Cliff Beefpile said...

Kings WIN!

Meanwhile, back on the farm...what the hell happened? Oh, Maholm started. 'Nuff said.

Mr. Loring said...
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Mr. Loring said...

Ahem. Who said Dee Gordon has 24 doubles? It's mid May. That's insane. He has eight doubles. He has 24 runs.

Hideo Nomo said...

I think it was supposed to be steals.