Friday, October 03, 2014

NLDS Game 1 Thread: Oct. 3 vs. Cardinals, 3:30p

First on the field, first in our hearts.

The only bunting we hope to see today.

When did postseason become one word? Can we look forward to springtraining next year?

Kersh (21-3, 1.77) vs. Waino (20-9, 2.38).

A year ago, the Cardinals owned the Dodgers in the NLCS. In Game 1, Joe Kelly plunked Hanley Ramirez in the McRibs and we were McFucked. Matt Kemp was already on crutches. Twice Kershaw faced the rookie Michael Wacha, and twice Wacha won, with the nadir arriving in the form of a humiliating Game 6 shellacking in which Kershaw was charged with seven earned runs.

Things be different now. The setting is one round earlier. Kelly is on the Red Sox, and some Red Sox are probably on some island in the Bahamas. Kemp is hot and healthy. Most significantly, Kershaw has thrown far fewer innings this year (198 1/3 as opposed to 236). And Wacha has been relegated to the Cards' bullpen after a major DL stint for a shoulder issue.

Oh, and Kershaw's pissed. Yeah, he'll say all the right things, but you know he's just dying to shut these ribcrackers down. And there are 215 million reasons to think he'll deliver. You could say the same for Hanley, who knows he's putting his skills on display for potential free-agent suitors.

Then there are the external narratives. Heat! Shadows!

This thread will also serve as your scoreboard watching thread for those other teams playing today. GO BLUE!

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Hideo Nomo said...

ICYMI: Full 25-man roster is one post below.

karen said...

Tim Hudson quoted as saying what you have between your legs is what will take you far in the post season.

Phew. I feel better now.

Fuck you FuckHeads

karen said...

Jayson Werth looking a little like a Manson family member but as long as he goes all helter skelter on the gnats who the hell cares??

Hideo Nomo said...

1-2-3 inning for Stras.

Orel said...

Go Nats!

Orel said...

Go Stan!

karen said...

Rooting for a Matt Williams team feels wrong. In my heart he'll always be one of the evil ones. Brings back memories of having Jackie Clark as our hitting coach.

karen said...

Jayson works the walk.

Orel said...

But no damage as Peavy escapes the 1st

Orel said...

Delmon Young with the bases loaded

Orel said...

First-pitch swinging, bases-clearing double! O's take the lead!

Hideo Nomo said...

OK, I think we have confirmation that Detroit has the worse bullpen.

Orel said...

Stras gives up a single to Pence, escapes 2nd

Orel said...

Frankly I'm worried ours could do the same, Gnomes

Hideo Nomo said...

Oh, not to say the Dodger bullpen isn't capable...

Hideo Nomo said...

Just that this is going to be hard to top AND NO I DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM TRY.

Orel said...

On the other hand: IF you had to choose an area of weakness for your team, bullpen is an obvious pick. Preferable to shitty starting pitching or a lack of hitting

Orel said...

Strasburg in a jam. Two on, no out

Orel said...

One out

Hideo Nomo said...

STOOPID GIANTS EVEN YEAR DEVIL MAGIC

Dusty Baker said...

Well said, Orel! I am fucking stoked for this one. Checking in from the Stone Brewery at the foot of Petco Park.

Dusty Baker said...

Holee fuck there's another game going on right now?!?

karen said...

How did gnats get a run?? I had to go pick my daughter up at work and missed it.

Orel said...

Wow, Peavy's pitching a NO-HITTER

Orel said...

Single, sac, passed ball, single

karen said...

PEAVY HAS NOT GIVEN UP A HIT

Orel said...

Sandoval starts the 4th with a single. Devil magic

karen said...

Thanks, Orel.

spank said...

WARNING!! WARNING!!

DON'T DRINK THE SAISON,DUSTY!!! TRUST ME

spank said...

FUCK PEAVY IN BOTH EARS!!

karen said...

shit shit shit

karen said...

2-0 Evil

Orel said...

Two on, two out

Fred's Brim said...

FB mega-nervous

Fred's Brim said...

Will any of us be at the game?

Orel said...

Nice D by Rendon to keep it 2-0 Giants

karen said...

JAKE PEAVY IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

JAKE PEAVY IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

JAKE PEAVY IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

Orel said...

C'mon, Jeysus Werth

karen said...

Not so sure about that called K on Werth. It looked outside.

Dusty Baker said...

Jake Peavey is a redneck whitebread chickenshit mother fucker. And I hate him.

Orel said...

Peavy at 70 pitches with one out in the 4th

Orel said...

Nats making contact, hitting 'em where they are

Fred's Brim said...

Well said, DB

Orel said...

Strasburg falling apart. Hits Posey to put two on, one out in the 5th

rbnlaw said...

Da fuq with these shiteaters? Are we the only ones who can beat a bunch of Gnats?

Stoopid Nats.



And, what Dusty said.

karen said...

THERE IT IS BABY!!!

Orel said...

HIT

Orel said...

Glimmer of hope, guys!

Orel said...

SQUASHED

Hideo Nomo said...

Immediately erased. Wheee!

karen said...

Glimmer extinguished.

Orel said...

Giants-Royals WS. Whee!

Orel said...

Thanks for playing, Stras

karen said...

Icky feelings in my tummy.

Orel said...

Gnomes killin' it on the Twitters again!

Hideo Nomo said...

It helps when my boss isn't in the office.

Orel said...

Thanks, Gnomes' boss!

Orel said...

Nats wriggle off the hook. Still 2-0

Hideo Nomo said...

Hard to believe, but the Nats still have 4 innings to work with.

karen said...

Peavy seems to be going 3-2 a lot lately.

Orel said...

T-minus one hour!

spank said...

FUCK FRISCO!!!

Time to settle in for some HATE!!

Orel said...

Hot hot hate!

Hideo Nomo said...

Tie it up, you bearded monstrosity.

Hideo Nomo said...

Take the lead, you other bearded monstrosity.

Orel said...

NATSO ARDIENDO

Hideo Nomo said...

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

spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Hideo Nomo said...

STOOPID NATS CAN'T HIT 100MPH FASTBALL.

Greg said...

RSV 8 row U in the shade.

spank said...

Goddamn Nats. You suck ass.

karen said...

Oh this is becoming painful.

spank said...

DC fans look like someone shot the president.

Orel said...

Fairy dust

Hideo Nomo said...

Goat blood.

karen said...

I'm ready to do whatever Jobu wants.

spank said...

i was doing the charleston to that version of God Bless America

karen said...

BRYCE!!!

THINK KC ROYALS EVERYONE!!

spank said...

Time Warner is the Apple II of cable providers. #ShittyReception #FUCK

rbnlaw said...

BLOOD!

Steve Sax said...

I'm here. And nervous!

Let's go, Dodgers!

spank said...

Can't see a goddamn fucking thing now but the next channel up is clear as day. WTF?!!

karen said...

BACK TO BACKERS!!

spank said...

Yowsa! this game best not go into extra innings.

spank said...

that last home run is about to land at JFK

Orel said...

Four Sons!

karina said...

and a daughter in law, Orel!

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, when I said "I'm here," I meant that I'm in front of a computer screen, in a foreign country, ready to "watch" this game on streaming internet.

Not, I'm here at the Stadium, unfortunately.

My mom is there though. You may see her in the Stadium Club...

Steve Sax said...

I'm not going to watch the other game; bad mojo

Steve Sax said...

I have the feed on "FS1-INT".

No other option.

Game hasn't started yet, blue title screen up

Orel said...

ÉPALE KARINA!

karen said...

Switching over to MLBN.

Steve Sax said...

blue rally towels in effect!!!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Feeling like BIG FAT "W" today! Go Blue!

Orel said...

STRIKE ONE

karen said...

Kid opens with a K.

Orel said...

SIDDOWN

Orel said...

Don't recognize the Cards' #2 batter. Don't know if that means anything

Steve Sax said...

Well, that isn't good.

1-0 St Louis.

Orel said...

Shit. Guess I recognize him now

Greg said...

Uhhh...

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Oh... he's that guy.. the latest Cards postseason icey veined killer

spank said...

3 batters in and i'm hitting the mute button.

Orel said...

OK we got this

Orel said...

Nats rallying

Steve Sax said...

Joe Buck opened up the broadcast by saying how excited he was to be there for Fox Sports 1's first playoff game.

Whoop dee frickin doo

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, I can't do the video feed from fox + KLAC audio feed with Vin. BOOOOOOOO

Steve Sax said...

STOP BUNTING DEE

Steve Sax said...

Gordon completely fooled on that pitch

karina said...

do not panic

Steve Sax said...

Basehit Puig. Nice job

Steve Sax said...

crowd sounds like it comes alive with Puig on first. Don't do anything dumb, Yasiel

spank said...

Mart Hart and Larry King w/suspenders in da hizzouse

Steve Sax said...

AGon fooled badly on that 1-1 curve. 1-2 count.

Orel said...

SI MLB ‏@si_mlb 1m1 minute ago

Randal Grichuk's home run is just the third Clayton Kershaw has ever given up on his curveball in 1,400-plus innings.

Steve Sax said...

AGon Ks. Two out. Buck sounds excited by that K.

spank said...

Siddown Gon..

damn

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Orel said...

Run & hit!

Steve Sax said...

Buck all over Puig's poor baserunning, and Puig takes off as Kemp has a sweet line drive. Puig takes third.

Two out. Come on, Hanley. Chance for redemption.

Steve Sax said...

And they pitch inside to him. Wainwright, dick move.

spank said...

Kemp single and unfortunately for the people at Fox Puig did not make a baserunning mistake

spank said...

damn

Steve Sax said...

Dammit, quick line out to third for the third out.

We need Hanley hitting, not intimidated. 1-0 through 1.

Orel said...

shit

karen said...

I hate that Joe Fuck is calling our game.

Steve Sax said...

Suddenly the shadows are being talked about as if it's a pity to the Cardinals batters. #FS1Bias

Steve Sax said...

Come on, ump. those are two strikes there you didn't call

Steve Sax said...

Good job Dee.

Orel said...

I'm not getting a lot of work done here

Orel said...

Whoops, Clayton uncorks one over A.J.'s head

Orel said...

Clearly struggling with his curve. GREAT

Steve Sax said...

nice play Ellis. 1-0 through 1.5

Orel said...

Giants win

spank said...

shadows didn't hurt Gonzo from seeing that throw from AJ. i guess they only bother the batters.

Orel said...

Seems like Wainwright always has a 1-2 count

Steve Sax said...

Didn't Uribe win a ring with the Giants as well?

Aha, now you say it.

Steve Sax said...

Nice basehit Uribe

If we could just string these hits together...

Orel said...

Bloop single for Uribe!

Orel said...

There's a novel idea, Sax

Steve Sax said...

Who the fuck has Taylor Swift's "shake it off" as the walkup song?

AJ Ellis, that's who

Orel said...

Singles party!

Orel said...

Playas gonna hate hate hate hate hate

Steve Sax said...

@Orel re: Clayton's curve: I thikn he was just working out kinks with light-hitting Adams at the plate.

Speakin go flight hitting, Ellis gets one up the middle that threads the needle. Wow that was close.

First and second, one out. Don't hit Kershaw, Adam.

spank said...

*gives Jobu some rum*

Steve Sax said...

perfect bunt, clayton.

Now it's all you, Dee.

Orel said...

Kersh sac bunt. Nicely done

Orel said...

Wainwright at 36 pitches

Steve Sax said...

Come on, Dee. Those are HORRIBLE swings on the curve.

Orel said...

Shit, I quoted that Taylor Swift wrong. Apologies, guys

spank said...

horrible swing by Dee for strike two

Orel said...

^song

rbnlaw said...

So, there will be more bunting.

le sigh

Steve Sax said...

another curve, Dee barely tipped that one. Come ON, Dee

Orel said...

Dee is gonna hack hack hack hack hack

Orel said...

40 pitches

Steve Sax said...

at least Dee is making this a more respectable at bat

Orel said...

wow Dee

spank said...

Dee's battling. I'll give him that.

Steve Sax said...

Full count to Gordon

Orel said...

JUST A BIT OUTSIDE

Orel said...

ah fuck

spank said...

well...whatever

Steve Sax said...

And, Dee finally succumbs.

I wish I could be happy with all the pitches on Wainwright, but I'm not

karina said...

Dee looked like he had no chance :(

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers give up Drew Butera for their in-game interview. Might as well give up Sweet Lou Johnson for the interview!

spank said...

OKAY. THERE ARE SHADOWS. WE KNOW THIS. NOW SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT. JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!!

karen said...

Droop getting sunflower seeds thrown at him while doing interview with booth.

Steve Sax said...

Buck calls Wainwright's shoulder-high fly out "a good swing"

#FS1Bias

Greg said...

Back to the top. Let's see if he's settled down.

Steve Sax said...

Hanley, waaaaaaay out in left field for that third out. Kershaw looks a lot smoother, which is probably also due to the 8-9-1 in the lineup.

Still, well done Clayton. Quick inning.

karen said...

Kid looking settled in.

Greg said...

Looking good. Let's go, 66.

Steve Sax said...

Kershaw at 39 pitches through 3; Wainwright at 44 through 2.

Steve Sax said...

Little known fact: at home, Joe Buck keeps all lights on in his house all the time. Not that he's anti-energy conservation or anything.

He's just fucking scared of shadows.

Steve Sax said...

shadow

karen said...

Here we fucking go.

Steve Sax said...

And of course, the Cardinals hit a batter.

"Not that it's intentional", of course says Joe Buck.

karina said...

GONZO KEEP QUIET!

spank said...

THROW THE BAT AT THE MOTHERFUCKER

karen said...

Those fucking fucker redbirds. How many of our guys do they get to hit???

This fucking whore is pissed.

Steve Sax said...

That's pretty good camera work by FS1, btw, to show Wainwright and Puig together post-fracas. Well done, guys.

Steve Sax said...

Let's get the revenge on the field, guys. Come on BLUE!

karen said...

Speak with your bat Agon!!

Steve Sax said...

"There's a lot of Spanish being spoken on the field right now." --Harold Reynolds, lamenting his unilingual educational pedigree

Steve Sax said...

AGon needs to calm down

Steve Sax said...

Adams is one very fat first baseman. It's sort of refreshing to see that.

Steve Sax said...

wait a sec, did Verducci just COMPLIMENT Puig's baserunning?! (Puig ran inside the baseline to take away the double play)

what madness is this?

spank said...

HAROLD REYNOLDS WOULD NEVER SAY THAT IN MY HOOD. WE'LL STEAL HIS HUBCAPS IF HE DID.

Steve Sax said...

Reynolds gets in a UFC reference to plug Fox 1. Unbelievable.

spank said...

SUCK IT

karen said...

REDEMPTION BABY!!!

Steve Sax said...

Hanley ties it up! NICE

karina said...

HanRam's vengeance

Steve Sax said...

Ramirez SB without a Molina throw! KEEP IT COMING

karina said...

ah, making Molina to look bad!

Steve Sax said...

Carl Crawford! 2-1 Dodgers

spank said...

I THOUGHT THAT WAS A HOMERUN. FUCKING SHADOWS.

YEAH BABY!!!

Steve Sax said...

What a rip, Carl Crawford. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

Hanley doesn't steal that base, he doesn't score due to the ground-rule double. Well done, HanRam

Steve Sax said...

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