Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Series Thread (Games 125-127), Aug 23-25 vs. Giants

Make sure to talk really slowly the next three days, when near any giants.

8/23, 7p: Kenta Maeda (12-7, 3.29) vs. Ashley Madison (12-7, 2.25)
DODGERS 9, GIANTS 5 Toles, Segedin both get their second HRs

8/24, 7p: the mythical Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25--IF he actually exists) vs. Johnny Cueto (14-3, 2.90)
DODGERS 1, GIANTS 0 Turner solo HR; Rich Hill done good (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 Ks, 0 BB)

8/25, 7p: TBD Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04) vs. Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18)
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 0 Matt Moore fell short of a complete-game shutout. That's all the history books will say.

The Dodgers enter this series with a meager one-game lead over the Giants in the NL West, yet our playoff odds are 94% vs. only 78% for our opponents. (We also have a 8.1% WS win percentage; SF has a 3.0% projection.) Looking at our starters for this series, however, you can't feel good about those playoff odds, especially with two of our three named starters currently sitting in the "vaporware" category.

But who knows, maybe the offense will pick up from yesterday's pummeling of the Reds. But just in case it goes pear-shaped and we get bludgeoned at home, the Dodgers have wisely scheduled a Health Care Appreciation Night on Wednesday (in between Dodgers headphones and Corey Seager bobblehead giveaways), just to make sure that medics will be on staff.

Now let's go get some giants.

Pretty generic face on this bobblehead (sorry, Corey!)

UPDATE 8/24: I'm usually not a fan of reporters making themselves the story, but if it's about slumping Giants, I can make an exception. Dylan Hernandez of the LAT caused the Giants' downward spiral, according to Brandon Belt.

173 comments:

Orel said...

GAME 1
Hernández CF
Kendrick LF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
González 1B
Grandal C
Segedin RF
Culberson 2B
Maeda P

karen said...

HATE HATE HATE

spank said...

FUCK THE GNATS!

karen said...

Spanky...Thong time??

spank said...

It's been on all day Karen

karen said...

That's my boy!

karen said...

Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir to DL.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Fuck Anderson and Kazmir! Unleash Urias and DeLeon!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Why is Roberts rolling out the B lineup today?

Orel said...

What, Segedin & Culberson don't strike fear in your heart?

spank said...

Because it's the Giants and Roberts is an idiot.

karen said...

I hate you Diablo Pagen

spank said...

Hope i get Vincenzo on my game stream

spank said...

Woohoo! Chente!

spank said...

Night Moves with a double

karen said...

NIGHT MOVES!!

spank said...

1-0 Fuck The Gnats!

karen said...

You da man JT!!! 1-0 Good

Orel said...

What's this, a lead???

Orel said...

Grandal ends the inning but Bumgarner throws 23 pitches

spank said...

fuck yeah! Segedin!

Orel said...

OK I take back what I said about Segedin

karen said...

Yep, our 'ace' Maeda just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Orel said...

Ugh. Tie game

Orel said...

Seager & Turner are unstoppable right now. Men on the corners with one out, AGon up

karen said...

You stud Yaz!!!

Orel said...

Not so fast — Yas PB (?) allows Pagan to move to second, Belt doubles him in. Tie game again

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Nice K

karen said...

I think it's time for us all to stay seated in the same place. No potty breaks and breathe only if necessary.

WE ARE IN NO JINX MODE.

spank said...

shit. i just broke jinx mode

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Why is Roberts pulling Chavez? He wasn't finished giving up the lead!

Hideo Nomo said...

UJTD!

Hideo Nomo said...

Epale, err'body!

karen said...

There's my boy Chutley!!

Orel said...

Toles RBI double makes it 6-4!

Orel said...

Kiké RBI single makes it 7-4!

spank said...

Wow! Dodgers still have the lead. Baez must not have pitched yet.

spank said...

3 more outs

Steve Sax said...

Kelley asked to pitch the last out of the eighth, when Blanton seemed like he was rolling along just fine. Nevertheless, one-pitch-one-out makes Roberts look smart

Steve Sax said...

What's up with Pederson's socks

And since when did SF copy our matte-finish, 3D helmets?

Steve Sax said...

Reddick hacking up there, but at least he gets Oyster Pubes with a foul ball ricochet.

Steve Sax said...

Reddick draws a walk!!!!

spank said...

You know how you look at someone for the first time and you already know you don't like them. Well that's Reddick. Something's off with that fool.

Steve Sax said...

Toles again! Wow

spank said...

TOLES!

Steve Sax said...

9-4 LA

Steve Sax said...

Joc Pederson's socks couldn't outrun that crappy hit

spank said...

Joc's socks are going to incite a riot.

spank said...

That's a wrap!

Steve Sax said...

Bring on Health Care Appreciation Night!!!

Cliff Beefpile said...

That was fun. We should do it again tonight.

Hideo Nomo said...

Spank, re: Reddick...

He has come off as broke-ass bootleg Ethier in his Dodger run. Maybe that's why you don't like him.

(I do like that he likes wrestling, but he's giving me NOTHING else to work with.)

Steve Sax said...

Updated post with Game 1 score, plus link to LAT Dylan Hernandez article re: the Giants' slump.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I got the beginnings of a mild blister on my right index finger when opening a bottle of tightly sealed kombucha. I may or may not comment on tonight's game thread. It's a game time decision at this point.

Orel said...

GAME 2
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Grandal C
Reddick RF
Pederson CF
Kendrick LF
Hill P

Neeebs said...

Hello....is this thing working?????

Pride of Dong said...

Imagine if we saw this line up in April....

Orel said...

Seager leading off intrigues me

Orel said...

And it should because I left out a player

Orel said...

GAME 2 FOR REAL THIS TIME
Utley 2B
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Grandal C
Reddick RF
Pederson CF
Kendrick LF
Hill P

Orel said...

Neeebs & PoD! It's a softball reunion!

Steve Sax said...

Orel had to post the lineup twice, as the first time he tried to Chase Utley

Thank you Encinitas! Good night!

karen said...

Congratulations to Rob, Robin and Robinson Segedin! Dad hits a monster home run and literally runs out of the dugout in the 8th to arrive just in time for his first son's birth.

What a beautiful family...Good job Rob and Robin!

God Bless.

Steve Sax said...

Game 2 has SoSG AC at the Stadium

Orel said...

Game 3 has SoSG Dusty in a bar

karen said...

Rich gets out of the first...Exhale.

Orel said...

Nice play by the Silver Asshole!

QuadSevens said...

Cut your hair Cueto!

QuadSevens said...

Hill's curve is pretty awesome!

Orel said...

Hill vs. Cueto has to be the herky-jerkiest matchup ever

karen said...

CUETO IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

CUETO IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

CUETO IS PITCHING A NO HITTER

Orel said...

No-hitter is off!

QuadSevens said...

Selfie power!

karen said...

FUCK YOU CUETO. NO HITTER...GONE ---- SHUT OUT GONE!

QuadSevens said...

Hill's swing is not awesome.

Orel said...

I don't like seeing Baez with a one-run lead

Orel said...

I mean, I don't like seeing Baez in general. But especially with a one-run lead

karen said...

I don't like seeing Baez period.

karen said...

Kinda stole my point dude^^^

Orel said...

DAMMIT

Orel said...

Wait, that's your line

karen said...

Touche!

Steve Sax said...

Reddick can't even fucking sac bunt correctly

spank said...

Douche!

Steve Sax said...

Old dude behind the plate with the HUGE LA logo on his cap. What is up with that. If he gets reading glasses, he wouldn't need such a big logo

Steve Sax said...

Pederson with a weak K there. Time to change the socks, Joc

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Yeah what's with the silly sox?

Orel said...

They worked yesterday

Steve Sax said...

Oyster Pubes K was big

karen said...

Ohhh I'm way to weak for this.

Orel said...

whew

Steve Sax said...

Roberts' gamble to stay with Blanton works! 1-0 LA.

QuadSevens said...

Big sigh of relief from Blanton after that long out.

spank said...

Knickers in a twist

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Why does Jansen have a cooler next to him in the bullpen? Hmm... beer check?

Orel said...

OK Kenley, don't fuck up

karen said...

Please Kenley....

Steve Sax said...

One down. Still nervous

Orel said...

Two down...

Steve Sax said...

Wow. HUGE win!!!

Orel said...

3!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

high fives all around! goodnight everybody

Steve Sax said...

If you had told me we were going to beat Madison and Cueto the first two games this season, I would have laughed.

Wow. I'm still in shock

Cliff Beefpile said...

Leaving in Blanton is exactly the kind of move that just would never work for Mattingly, because baseball.

spank said...

Fuck me!

spank said...

@ Gnolmes (Reddick-Ethier comparison)

on point.

Fuck them both in the ear!

Cliff Beefpile said...

Whoa! AJ Ellis sent to baseball purgatory in Philly for Carlos Ruiz?

MR.F said...

A.J. noooooooooooo

MR.F said...

But this is pretty cool

http://mlb.com/images/7/1/4/197545714/082416_cuetoswing_med_8yq26ktj.gif

spank said...

Dayum! Fucking brutal. Friedman is a god!

QuadSevens said...

I wonder if Ellis had been waiting for that to happen since Kershaw got hurt.

Orel said...

He's cold-blooded

Hideo Nomo said...

I mean, there's no precedent for warning a player or a player's friend about an impending trade, right? FO is running the place like a business, and that's rubbing people the wrong way. I get it, and it hurts, but you can't run a team based on feelings.

(Jesus, I sound so Trumpian. I need a nap.)

Orel said...

Totally agree with the feeling things. The only thing I wonder about is why not just DL A.J. and bring him back when rosters expand. Is Ruiz that much of a get?

QuadSevens said...

Was Ellis injured? I thought he just wasn't playing because Roberts liked Grandal more because of his switch hitting.

QuadSevens said...

Ruiz hasn't played much this year either. His slash line (.261/.368/.352) in 48 games is better than Ellis's (.194/.285/.252) over 53 games.

Steve Sax said...

But can Ruiz deliver a kid in the backseat of a car? I DON'T THINK SO

Steve Sax said...

(whoops, it was the front seat)

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers.com website headline doesn't even mention Ellis: "Dodgers land Ruiz from Phillies"

Orel said...

GAME 3
Hernandez CF
Kendrick LF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Ellis HA HA JUST KIDDING Grandal C
Segedin RF
Stripling P
Culberson 2B

Orel said...

Pitcher bats 8th!

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, but you have you seen Culberson bat?

spank said...

there's probably more to his trade than is being talked about. wait a few days. maybe Kershaw said Bye Felicia.

Steve Sax said...

.223 this season. Yawn

spank said...

Ellis wasn't playing because Grandal is producing.

Steve Sax said...

yeah, look, Ellis wasn't exactly ripping it up from the plate, throughout his career. But he seemed very much like a stand-up guy and I am sorry that we couldn't keep him. It's a business, though, I get it.

Cliff Beefpile said...

We'll always have that 2013 division-clinching homer that triggered the pool party in Arizona. Godspeed, AJ. Le sigh.

Orel said...

GAME 3 corrected lineup
Hernandez CF
Kendrick LF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Grandal C
Segedin RF
Culberson 2B
Stripling P

karen said...

I'm speechless.

spank said...

FUCK THE GNATS!

spank said...

are we boycotting the GT in memory of AJ?

Orel said...

#BoycottForAJ

Orel said...

Why IBB Panik?

Orel said...

@alannarizzo 8m

Just sat down in press box & remembered this. @AJEllis17 even thanked the MEDIA on his way out. Nobody does that. He treated everyone well

Orel said...

Damn, Span just robbed AGon

Orel said...

You know, if A.J. could just hit over .200 he would probably still be a Dodger

Orel said...

Dodgers getting no-hit thru 3

Orel said...

Giants lead 1-0 on, you guessed it, a bloop single

spank said...

The curse of AJ

Orel said...

3-0 on a Panik HR

Orel said...

#RevengeOfAJ

Steve Sax said...

Watch the Phils go on a tear

Steve Sax said...

Phils are only 8.5 games out of the wild card

Orel said...

Great footage of Zarraga in the dugout

Steve Sax said...

MOORE HAS A NO-HITTER

karen said...

Matt Moore is pitching a no hitter

Matt Moore is pitching a no hitter

Matt Moore is pitching a no hitter

spank said...

#TheAjStrikesBack

Steve Sax said...

If AJ Ellis were in the lineup,...

Well, it would probably still be a no-hitter. But I'd feel better.

spank said...

HIT THE GODDAMN BALL MOTHERFUCKERS

Cliff Beefpile said...

Man, this game is moving slower than AJ Ellis on the base paths.

Yeah, too soon.

Steve Sax said...

Great AB by Utley

Steve Sax said...

However, he Ks.

Still a no-hitter. Moore only needs five more outs

Steve Sax said...

I sense a GIDP here by Culberson

Cliff Beefpile said...

Get a hit, fuckers!

Steve Sax said...

Culberson does his best to GIDP but only gets a force.

I love how Vin is harping on the Giants for leaving Moore, a Tommy John surgery veteran, in the game win the high pitch count (now 117)

spank said...

Dammit

spank said...

Cumberson

Alex Cora said...

Jinx jinx jinx jinx

I hope that works...

Orel said...

Kiké robbed by Span

spank said...

come on. get a fucking hit

spank said...

is it too late to bat AJ?

spank said...

FUCK NO.

NO HITTER NO HITTER NO HITTEWR

MR.F said...

WTF

Orel said...

hahaha Corey!

spank said...

FUCK YES!!!!

karen said...

FUCK YOU MATT MOORE

spank said...

Not in our house,bish!

QuadSevens said...

Well that's one way to have a memorable bobble head night.

MR.F said...

YES! ALL HAIL COREY SEAGER!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Nice job by Matt Moore tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Even AJ Ellis couldn't follow all the way through with his curse.

Alex Cora said...

Breaking up a Giant no hitter is a win in my book!

Fred's Brim said...

how is that asshole not diving for Corey's bloop?

Shitty way to end the series, not hitting for the last 2 games. but 2-3 is fine by me. I'll be happy if we can get 1 win vs Chicago this weekend to go 3-3 against the toughest pitching we'll face all year