Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Game 3 Thread: Apr. 6 @ Padres, 6p


Kenta Maeda (0-0, -.--) vs. Andrew Cashner (0-0, -.--)

After two games of excellent pitching to start the season -- two straight shutouts to be specific -- the Dodgers turn to Kenta Maeda to go for a sweep of the seemingly hapless Padres. Maeda of course is the much-ballyhooed off-season acquisition via Hiroshima Carp. Maeda had a terrific career in Japan, but the jury will be out as to whether or not he can be what at this point is the Dodgers' third starter. Time will, of course, tell, but hopefully he can be a key piece of the rotation looking to replace the loss of Zack Greinke not with one pitcher but with perhaps several.

Thus far the offense has been aggressive, confident, productive, consistent, and smart. Again, it's difficult to judge success against the shambles that is Padres, and it's a minuscule sample size, but from what we've seen so far, Seager seems to be picking up where he left off, Joc looks more comfortable and balanced at the plate, Puig exudes a new poise and patience, Turner is making solid contact, and Adrian gonna Adrian. Early days, but it beats the alternative - looking at you, Angels!

Programming Note: The start time is in the six o'clock hour, not seven o'clock.

66 comments:

Steve Sax said...

1 Utley, 2B
2 Seager, SS
3 Turner, 3B
4 Gonzalez, 1B
5 Puig, RF
6 Crawford, LF
7 Pederson, CF
8 Ellis, C
9 Maeda, P

Steve Sax said...

How mature has Puig looked, in these two games?! If he provides that sort of protection for A-Gon, we're in good shape.

Still not convinced on Utley in leadoff, though I know that's a band-aid.

As for Joc: let's see it, my friend.

Steve Sax said...

Also, that Madea is a very odd-looking woman.

Steve Sax said...

where is everybody

karen said...

I'm excited to see how Maeda does tonight. Jury is still out on whether I am exuberant or just plain ignorant.

karen said...

BrewCrew spank gnats 4-3.

Fuck the Even Year Curse.

Jason said...

So... We're all on jury duty now?

karen said...

Jason...Yes, but be gentle!

spank said...

Mark Sweeney - Padres announcer : company man,homer,ass kisser

Fuck This Guy!!

spank said...

Mark Sweeney - " i love these new Padres uniforms."

go get your eyes checked,mofo. and wipe that shit off your nose,bitch.

spank said...

Chutley lead offs with a hustle triple.

i've got a boner.

spank said...

Turner drives in Chutley with a single.

spank said...

2-0 Dodgers

karen said...

2-0 on CC's hit!!

spank said...

Jokk 2 run single. Quattro - 0

spank said...

i've got a not so savory nickname for Maeda if he fucks shit up. i hope i never get to use it.

spank said...

gotta laugh at Matt Kemps Questlove 'fro.

karen said...

Is it just me or are the madre unis getting worse??? I'm all for the Sunday nod honoring our armed services but wtf are they honoring with this hot mess?

spank said...

@ Karen

Enberg called them the blueberry uniforms. they're pretty horrible like the military ones. not a fan. the browns and yellows they wore yesterday are the cool ones except for the name on front.

spank said...

Padres channel had the Japanese audio for Maeda's at bat. that was solid.

Steve Sax said...

4-0 in the second? WOW

Steve Sax said...

i've got the SNLA feed going so I don't hear the padres' homers

karen said...

Spank...tomorrow is a 1:30 game or something like that.

Steve Sax said...

I can't find the play-by-play list on this new MLB.tv viewer. it's all very confusing.

Steve Sax said...

not so good on the fielding there, kenta

Steve Sax said...

@spank 6.47, i agree these uniforms are not good

karen said...

Sax...You are so far more sophisticated about this tech stuff. If I have to do more then push the buttons on my remote I'm in deep kimchi.

Steve Sax said...

Maeda escapes with a man on second. 4-0 LA through 2

spank said...

@ Karen

dammit. got the pops doctor appointment at 1pm. probably miss half the game.

spank said...

your team has identity problems and are void of any history if they change their uniforms. if they change them often they are really fucked.

spank said...

Dave Roberts waas enshrined into the Padres hall of champions. exactly what did Dave Roberts do for this "honor" while he was on the Padres i have no idea.

karen said...

Well, let's see how that theory applies to the madres...3 games, 3 unis, each worse then the day before. Hmmmm....

spank said...

fuck yeah!! Maeda homerun!!!!

karen said...

I'm still afraid to get excited. 5-0 Blue.

Jason said...

First Dodger home run of the season hit by a rookie pitcher. Intersting...

Jason said...

All the talk about Maeda's time in the NPL made me leaf through my photos from a game I saw between the Swallows and Carp on 4/6/2010. The box score shows Maeda didn't pitch until 2 days later but I did get a shot of his #1 fan, apparently (lower left).

spank said...

come on y'all. ya gots to celebrate a Dodgers pitcher hitting one out.

QuadSevens said...

That was awesome! Maeda is the man!

spank said...

Mark Sweeney mad that Maeda is wearing Bill Russell's number. imma end up driving to Petco and beat the hell out of this fool with a louisville slugger.

spank said...

damn. Dodgers got some D.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Did one of you guys or gals sacrifice a goat or a chicken and not tell us about it? What the hell is going on?!

spank said...

the real Gnomes chilling in the press box watching Maeda. cool shit. respect

Cliff Beefpile said...

Here comes Maeda, our power hitter.

QuadSevens said...

Padres try to challenge for their first run of the year and lose.

spank said...

haha. no overturn on the out call at home plate. Padres kiss asses mad. Suck it!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

A new record!

QuadSevens said...

5-0 us after 6.

spank said...

Padres set a new record for lack of any runs starting a season. 24 innings straight.

spank said...

i guess thats a Dodgers record too for their pitching?

spank said...

i wonder if MKW endorses that brillo pad Kemp has growing on his head

spank said...

why do these fuckers keep hitting the ball into the shift? hit it where they aint,dummies!

spank said...

Clippers changed uniforms tambien. Re: uni rant ^^^

Cliff Beefpile said...

PWEEEEEEEEEEG!

CC: Kershaw and the Van Slykes

spank said...

Puig homerun!

Neeebs said...

I can't watch the Dodgers, has the season started yet.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Every bit of branding the Clippers have done has been hideous: uniforms, logo, mascot, etc. I'm no Apple fanboy, but it's clear they got the Microsoft sense of aesthetics when what they needed was Mac--I'd rather go back to the Amiga they had.

spank said...

i'm thinking Ballmer wanted to de-Sterlingized the Clips. thats understandable. now they look like the Brooklyn Nets or rather thats what they remind me of. should have kept it OG.

spank said...

Gyrko is with the Cardinals now. dude's a real jerk.

spank said...

Dick Enberg giving props to AGon. god bless him.

spank said...

Kemp needs a hair pick for his fro.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Oh definitely, de-Sterlinging the Clips was the right idea...just bad execution.

Cards lose again. This season might not suck after all. Suck it, Greinke!

spank said...

look at them broads dancing cray behind home plate. one of them looks like my neighbor.

spank said...

3 peat shutout party!!

QuadSevens said...

Amazing! 27 scoreless innings and 25 runs scored! That's the way to start a season!

Dusty Baker said...

@sax 4:15

I think Puig has looked more mature at the plate so far, less emotional, more disciplined and patient, not swinging wildly and stalking off unrequited.

He was pretty good tonight, no?

Steve Sax said...

PGT up!