Thursday, August 17, 2017

Teams Gettin Woke


While The Dodgers May Be Superhuman....

... the rest of the world remains merely human.

Enjoy one of the best worst first pitches ever witnessed.

Somewhere, Howard Stern's cuckolded producer Gary Bababooey Dell'Abate is breathing a sigh of relief.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Series Thread (Games 118-119): Aug 15-16 vs White Sox

BJ & Scott Killeen made this bet before the season. Drinks will be on them in November!

Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Miguel Gonzalez

Wed, 7p: Yu Darvish vs Carlos Rodon

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hang with SooHoo This Thursday

(click to enlarge)

From a press release:

Jon SooHoo, Official Photographer for the LA Dodgers, is the Focus of South Pasadena Public Library Baseball Night on Thursday, August 17

A ‘Baseball Night’ showcasing the art of Jon SooHoo, official photographer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. Jon SooHoo, the Dodgers’ photographer since 1985, will be sharing many of his favorite photos, including some that have been permanently etched into the iconography of Los Angeles baseball history.

The event will be moderated by Mark Langill, the Historian for the Dodgers and the author of numerous highly-regarded baseball books. Mark can be seen frequently on the SportsNetLA television network and his articles appear regularly in Dodgers programs and yearbooks, as well as in The Quarterly. The free event for all ages is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. Special thanks to 210eastsound and the Hospitality Committee of the Friends of the Library.

Jon SooHoo has snapped thousands of significant images through the years --first on film, then on slides, and now digitally—ever since he graduated from USC 32 years ago. Devoted Dodgers fans, particularly younger ones, now follow SooHoo’s photos in real time since many of them are uploaded immediately via the social media platforms: dodgersphoto.mlblogs.com, as well as his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. Jon SooHoo has a Facebook fanpage as well.

Late last year, Jon Soo Hoo followed recently-retired broadcaster for the Dodgers, Vin Scully to the White House to record the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. A couple of months prior to that, Jon also recorded a poignant video clip of Scully, his wife Sandi, and their daughters in a Warner Bothers recording studio as they listened to a playback of Scully’s singing of “Wind Beneath My Wings” which was played at Dodger Stadium after Vin’s final game there.

Langill, a native of South Pasadena, is the author of 4 baseball-related books: "Dodgertown," "Dodger Stadium," "Los Angeles Dodgers," and "Game of My Life, Dodgers.” Prior to joining the Dodger front office in 1994, Langill covered the team for five seasons as the beat reporter for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, which includes the Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Langill has appeared on both radio and television to discuss Dodger history, including the MLB Network production of “Cathedrals of the Game: Dodger Stadium” and more recently on ESPN’s “30-for-30” documentary “Fernando Nation.” Mark’s articles appear regularly in Dodgers programs and yearbooks, and he is a frequent guest and host for programs on the SportsNet LA television network.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.. No tickets or reservations are necessary and stadium-type refreshments will be served. The Community Room is only about a block away from the Gold Line Station and free parking will be available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue next to the Metro Gold Line Station.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Series Thread (Games 115-117): Aug 11-13 vs Padres

The Dodgers continue to roll, winning all three series on their last nine-game road trip across the country, and now sit with a 16-game lead in front of second-place Colorado. Puig is sore, however, and Kershaw is still in rehab. So let's just make sure everyone takes it easy against the Padres, okay?

Friday: Rich Hill vs. Clayton Richard, now

Saturday: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Jhoulys Chacin, 6p

Sunday: Kenta Maeda vs. Luis Perdomo, 1p

crappy late ST attempt from Sax

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Series Thread (Games 112-114): Aug 8-10 @ Snakes

Tues, 6:40p: Kenta Maeda vs Zack Godley

Wed, 6:40p: Alex Wood vs Zack Greinke

Thurs, 6:40p: Yu Darvish vs Anthony Banda

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Series Thread (Games 109-111): Aug 4-6 @ Mets

Have Yu heard? Yu didn't? Bet Yu won't believe it when I tell Yu. That's right, the Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish, Yu goddamn right we did. Yu can bet that I will be glued to my TV today to watch the game. Yu know in the next game we have the July pitcher of the month Rich Hill on the mound. Then R-YU goes for us on Sunday. Alright, see Yu around!

Go Blue!

Friday, 4:10 pm: Darvish vs deGrom

Saturday, 1:10 pm: Hill vs Lugo

Sunday, 5:00 pm: Ryu vs Matz

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Conspiracy Alert: MLB's Covert Attempt to Bring Down the Dodgers

Exhibit A: Attribute other team's losses to the Dodgers.

Still waiting on an Exhibit B. But like all good conspiracy nuts, I know it's out there.

Photo Courtesy: Conspiracy Theory

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Series Thread (Games 106-108): Aug 1-2 @ Barves

Mon, 4:30p: Kenta Maeda vs Lucas Sims

Tues, 4:30p: Alex Wood vs Julio Teheran

Wed, 4:30p: Brandon McCarthy vs Sean Newcomb

Monday, July 31, 2017

Blue Darvish


Um...holy shit!

The Dodgers also picked up a pair of lefty relievers: Tony Cingrani from Cincinnati and Tony Watson from Pittsburgh. Despite the two Tonys, they have a long way to go before obtaining an EGOT.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kyle Saves the Farm

Congrats to Former Dodger (cries) Adrian Beltre on His 3,000th Hit!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dad Did a Great Thing

Sandy Koufax, Claire Smith and Steve Garvey at the 1985 All-Star Game.

Garvey and Smith, 2017.

Claire Smith is the first woman recipient of the Hall of Fame's prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and Steve Garvey played a role in her career.

From "Claire Smith, a Pioneer in Sports Writing, Is Honored at Cooperstown" at the New York Times:

...her greatest challenge came from the San Diego Padres during their 1984 playoff series against the Chicago Cubs. She was ejected from the clubhouse, then rescued by an empathetic Padres player, Steve Garvey, who fed her quotes from his teammates.

But Smith was no damsel in distress; she had an unbending professionalism about her that wore down even the most stubborn resistance.

“I had a game story to write,” she said in 1984, after she had been pushed out the Padres’ door.

Other pioneers in the sport — including Sandy Koufax, the Jewish Dodgers pitcher who refused to play on Yom Kippur during the World Series; Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the major leagues; and Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson — gave her a standing ovation Saturday.

The most heartfelt moment at the ceremony arrived when Smith introduced Garvey in the audience, thanking him for his help all those years ago.

“I knew it was a very important moment,” Garvey said after the ceremony. “And I knew she was a very deep soul.”

And from her acceptance speech:

Steve Garvey, please stand, just as you did when salvaging the worst day of my career. After I was kicked out of a clubhouse during the 1984 postseason due to gender, Steve came out to the tunnel to assure I would have postgame quotes. When he saw that I was becoming emotional after having been manhandled, he uttered the most important words an athlete ever said to me: "I will stay here as long as you need me to, but remember, you have a job to do."

Beautiful stuff, and a complete surprise to me. Good job, Dad.

1: Claire Smith; 2: Willie Weinbaum, ESPN.com

Friday, July 28, 2017

Series Thread (Games 103-105): July 28-30 vs Giants

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Matt Moore

Sat, 1p: Rich Hill vs Ty Blach

Sun, 5p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Matt Cain

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Congrats, Orlando Zepeda!

A true blue baby!

Four years ago we brought you Ron Johnstone's advice on raising a Dodger Blue fan in orange country. Ron's advice included:

Constructive conversations about honesty and integrity every time a Giant gets suspended or indicted for substance abuse, and if you live anywhere near Burlingame, take a field trip to the old BALCO offices and tell stories from the car about a star player allowing his childhood friend (who had young children himself) to spend a year in jail.

These words came at the behest of Orlando Zepeda, a Dodger fan living in Giants territory.

Now we have an update from Orlando:

4 years after this post. Now a father of an 8 month old son in SF. It was my Giant fan wife's idea to name our son charles VINcent zepeda.

(wipes tear from eye) Good job, Orlando and wife. You two have come so far since...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Series Thread (Games 100-102): July 24-26 vs Twins


Monday 7 pm: Colon vs Ryu
Tuesday 7 pm: Berrios vs Maeda
Wednesday 7pm: Santana vs Wood

The Twins are coming into town for a three game series.  This might be the last time to see Bartolo Colon pitch (and hit) for good, as he is mulling retirement.  With the news of Kershaw out for 4-6 weeks, this next half of games should prove interesting.  Will we rally like we did last year and keep the line moving or crawl up into a ball in the corner of the dugout?  Plus that trade deadline is looming.  Did we go all in and give up some prospects?  Lets see what Doc Roberts, Friedman and Company have in store!  Go Blue!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Series Thread (Games 96-99): July 20-23 vs Barves

(cries)

Thurs, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Mike Foltyniewicz (I didn't cut & paste that!)

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Jaime Garcia (maybe)

Sat, 6p: Rich Hill vs Julio Teheran

Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Sean Newcomb

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Series Thread (Games 94-95): July 18-19 @ White Sox

Tues, 5p: Clayton Kershaw vs Miguel Gonzalez
Wed, 5p: Kenta Maeda vs Carlos Rodon

Now look at those standings! That's the way you do it. You play the guitar on the MTV (record scratch sound effect) — whoops, I mean, should we be worried about the Diamondbacks acquiring J.D. Martinez? Let's hope 10.5 games hollllllds!

Naming Rights to Dodger Stadium Are Finally for Sale

Dodgers asking $12 million a year for naming rights to field (Sports Business Daily)

UPDATE:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Series Thread (Games 91-93): July 14-16 @ Marlins


Well, well, well, the scheduling gods gave the Dodgers a little gift. Their first series after the All-Star Game in Miami is...also in Miami. Does this mean Kershaw, Turner, Bellinger, Seager, Wood, and Jansen just chilled on the beach all week? Must be nice! (We do know Kershaw is getting this series off, for extra rest.) Let's hope they didn't get too complacent, and they can keep their foot on the gas as the second "half" begins. They're currently 7.5 games ahead of the DBacks, 9.5 games ahead of the Rockies (both teams still hold the two Wild Card spots, despite recent skids), and just because it's fun to mention, TWENTY-SEVEN GAMES in front of the Giants.

Fri, 4p: Brandon McCarthy vs. Dan Straily

Sat, 4p: Alex Wood vs. Jose Ureña

Sun, 10a: Rich Hill vs. Edinson Volquez

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vin Scully Awarded Icon Award at ESPYS

Monday, July 10, 2017

Home Run Derby, 5p

It's all about that sweet, sweet lefty home-run swing of Cody Bellinger. He goes up against the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon in the first round and is chasing Joc Pederson's second-place finish in 2015, the best a Dodger has fared in the Home Run Derby. Go Cody!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Series Thread (Games 88-90): July 7-9 vs Royals

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Jason Hammel

Sat, 4:15p: Brandon McCarthy vs Ian Kennedy

Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Danny Duffy

Friday, June 30, 2017

Series Thread (Games 82-84): June 30-July 2 @ Padres


After a split (or is it two splits?) with the Angels, the Dodgers leave Dodger Stadium South and head for Dodger Stadium Even Further South. It's also the halfway point of the season! (Unless you're reading this after Friday's game started, then you missed the halfway point.) As of this writing, the Dodgers hold a 2.5 game lead over the Snakes and a 6 game lead over the suddenly-tailspinning Rockies.

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs. Clayton Richard

Sat, 7p: Rich Hill vs. T. Beedee

Sun, 1:30p: Kenta Maeda vs. Jhoulys Chacin

82 to go! Stay on target. Keep the Donga Line going!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Series Thread (Games 80-81): June 28-29 vs Angels



The morning starts with a workout and a view.  Its hot.  Two more games with the Angels to finish out this freeway series.  We split the first two so lets take the series here.  Good times, anytime.  Good times, all the time.  (I hate that commercial by the way, but it is fricken' stuck in my head).

Wednesday, 7p: Ryu vs Meyer
Thursday 7p: Kershaw vs Ramirez

Monday, June 26, 2017

Series Thread (Games 78-79): June 26-27 vs. Angels

Not so much of a Series Thread this time, more like a Mini-Series Thread (hmm, that sounds strangely familiar...). But we get two games against the Angels at home before the long journey down to Anaheim for two more games @ the Big A.

And what a time for us to meet the 40-39, third-place Angels: the Dodgers are absolutely mashing. The Dodgers have won 10 straight games (and 16 of their last 17), and have at least one HR in 17 consecutive games, tying a Los Angeles franchise record (total franchise record is 24 consecutive games, Brooklyn 1956). The Angels, meanwhile, are starting a pitcher Monday night who has seen his team lose each of his last 10 starts. (To be fair, we are starting Blister Boy tonight, so all bets are off.)

Oh, and Mike Trout is out, on the 10-day DL.

With a 2.5 game lead over the Diamondbacks and the best record in the NL, let's hope the mashing continues over the next two games.

Monday: Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) vs. Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23), 7p.
Tuesday: Kenta Maeda (5-3, 4.62) vs. Jesse Chavez (5-7, 5.15), 7p.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bellinger is So Good, He's Turning ESPN Pervy

Not sure whose talents I'd rather see on display - Bellinger's or Teri Hatcher's (circa mid 90s).

Actually, I know the answer... but even if Bellinger couldn't get me to rent Heaven's Prisoners for a ten second "talent" scene:

ESPN's still got it right. He's the real deal.

And when did ESPN's leads turn into second-rate Maxim and Stuff headlines?

Ironically, as the Twitter-verse learned, Cody doesn't even know who Seinfeld is. Not even from Bee Movie.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Series Thread (Games 75-77): June 23-25 vs Rockies

It's the battle for first place! The Dodgers are currently atop the NL West with a 48-26 record and the Rox and Snakes are tied for second place, both teams 1.5 games back. (Like the Dodgers, the Snakes are also 9-1 in their last ten games — what's up with that?) Anyhoo, we have our three best pitchers going this series, away from the Kemp-killing bandbox that is Coors Field. Dodgers have won seven straight. Let's make it eight.

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Kyle Freeland

Sat, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Chatwood

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs German Marquez

note: this series thread is late because Sax hit the wrong button. Sorry.

Dave Roberts Is A Genius

I was at the game last night and saw the Dodgers finish off the sweep of the Mets with a 6-3 victory. The post-game wrapup focuses on Joc Pederson's tie-breaking HR to lead off the bottom of the seventh, making it 4-3 LA. However, from my perspective, the play of the game came later that inning, when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a bold gamble that totally paid off.

As that frame continued, with the Dodgers up 4-3 and two out, Kike Hernandez walked to load the bases (Logan Forsythe had singled; Chris Taylor had walked). Up came Pedro Baez, who got Wilmer Flores to ground out and end the top of the inning, and therefore had only pitched one out.

This would have been a good time to put in a pinch-hitter for Baez, so we could go to another reliever. Instead, Roberts let Baez, who does not have a single hit in his entire major league career, come to the plate. Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, who had already gotten Cody Bellinger out for the second out of the inning, may have been rattled by walking Hernandez. If so, Roberts somehow knew it, and rubbed it in the Mets' face by sending up a relief pitcher in that situation.

Baez then earned a four-pitch walk to walk home the Dodgers' fifth run. And Blevins was so flustered, he proceeded to walk Austin Barnes right after than, stoking LA to a 6-3 lead. Terry Collins had seen enough then, and replaced Blevins with Fernando Salas to get Yasiel Puig to ground out. But the damage was done. The Mets didn't get any closer than that.

The Mets are obviously struggling, 12 games out of first in the NL East, having allowed 15 HR in the four-game series with the Dodgers, and a number of their stars on the disabled list. But Roberts' bravado to make that call in this game was about as insulting, and incredible, a call as you could imagine. Almost 20 hours later, I remain blown away at what a brilliant call that was to leave Baez in the game.

Way to go, coach! What a sweep.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Series Thread (Games 71-74): June 19-22 vs Mets

Mon, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Zack Wheeler

Tues, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Robert Gsellman

Wed, 7p: Rich Hill vs Rafael Montero

Thu, 7p: Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90) vs. Steven Matz (1-1, 3.21)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Series Thread (Games 68-70): June 16-18 @ Reds

Werewolves of London!

4:10p: Alex Wood vs Tim Adleman

1:10p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Asher Wojciechowski

10:10a: Kenta Maeda vs Bronson Arroyo

The Dodgers just swept these guys at home by a combined score of 21-13, and are still hot after taking two of three from Cleveland. Let's continue to take it to OH!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Series Thread (Games 65-67): June 13-15 @ Indians


Three games set with Cleveland.  This won't be the FINAL act for the Dodgers interleague play.  We DUB the first game to be a pitchers duel.  If we can win, we can CURRY (or Kerr-e) favor with the baseball gods.  So lets go out be WARRIORS and get another sweep.

What, too soon?

Also the Dodgers selected an outfielder and a pitcher during the first day of the MLB draft.

Tuesday, 4p: Kershaw vs Bauer
Wednesday, 4p: McCarthy vs Kluber
Thursday, 9a: Hill vs Tomlin

Friday, June 09, 2017

Series Thread (Games 62-64): June 9-11 vs Reds



We will be Seeing Red for a three game set.  Our Master Plan is to Smite them without Holding Back.    Looks like there is some Flexibility with Maeda due to his Settlement and Sacrifice to the bullpen.  Kershaw still has his Fastball Special with Deadly Precision and Colossal Punch - outs.  This team is Full of Surprises with Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger demonstrating Godlike Power.  Hopefully Hill has some Savage Healing but I'm sure its going to be a Give and Take.  Wood needed the Recovery and Recharge with Web Bandages being the Reluctant Hero.  The bats need to rise From The Ashes for an Aerial Assault and Dive Bomb the opposing pitcher.  But is nice to see Roberts be the Uncanny Strategist, say "Everyone With Me", and rally the Combined Forces of the offense before we are Out of Bullets.  

There's also the Reality Crush and Anger that the Rockies are still in first - lets Keep Your Enemies Closer and take A Little Off The Top.  Take a Deep Breath and Bring Out The Best boys!

Whales, Whales, Whales!

Friday, 7p: Garrett vs Hill (Dodgers 7, Reds 2, Maeda Save #1)

Saturday, 7p: Wojciechowski vs Wood (Dodgers 5, Reds 4, Seager's first career walkoff)

Sunday, 1p: Adelman vs Ryu (Dodgers 9, Reds 7, Seager Slam)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Archiving the 2016 SoSG Attendance Record, For Posterity

Okay I don't have time to do the maths on all of this, but I did notice that, two months into this season, we've finally taken down the Sons' 2016 record at Dodger games from our rugged sidebar. I dare say the 2016 record wasn't complete for all the Sons (it was for me!), but for now, it's what we've got.

SoSG 2016 Record: 9-5
4/12 vs. AZ: L, 2-4 (Dusty)
4/15 vs. SF: W, 7-5 (Dusty)
4/17 vs. SF: W, 3-1 (Delino)
4/27 vs. MIA: L, 0-2 (Dusty, Nomo, Orel, Sax)
4/30 vs. SD: L, 2-5 (Dusty)
5/10 vs. NYM: W, 3-2 (Dusty)
5/14 vs. STL: W, 5-3 (Dusty)
6/5 vs. ATL: W, 12-6 (AC)
6/22 vs. WAS: W, 4-3 (AC, Nomo)
8/26 vs. CHC: L, 4-6 (Sax)
8/27 vs. CHC: W, 3-2 (AC, Sax)
9/2 vs. SD: L, 2-4 (Sax)
9/3 vs. SD: W, 5-1 (Gnomes)
9/4 vs. SD: W, 7-4 (AC, Dusty)

The Sons have always done pretty well at Dodger games, to the point that one would think the Dodgers would invite us to every game. Alas, that hasn't come to fruition as of yet.

Prior SoSG attendance records: 2008 (18-15), 2009 (21-10), 2010 (9-8), 2011 (10-7), 2012 (24-18), 2013 (24-16), 2014 (22-12), 2015 (27-13).

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Keeping a Promise to Vin, 2017 Edition



From 2015:


2013 version:


Earlier at SoSG:

Monday, June 05, 2017

Series Thread (Games 59-61): June 5-7 vs Nationals

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Gio Gonzalez
Tues, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Max Scherzer
Wed, 12n: Clayton Kershaw vs Stephen Strasburg

Friday, June 02, 2017

Series Thread (Games 56-58): June 2-4 @ Brewers

Mr. Met has raised the mascot stakes. Whatcha got, Bernie Brewer???

Splitting the series in St. Louis should have been just a push, however ending our six-game win streak, plus dropping the last two games in absolutely anemic fashion, has us going into 29-25 Milwaukee with some concern. In addition, the Dodgers have dropped back into third place behind both Colorado and Arizona.

This series has a lot of early start times (which get earlier through the weekend). So let's get animated!

Fri, 5p: Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.37) vs. Jimmy Nelson (3-3, 3.83)
LAD 2, MIL 1

Sat, 1p: Rich Hill (2-2, 4.09) vs. Matt Garza (2-2, 3.98)
LAD 10, MIL 8. Chris Taylor 9th-inning go-ahead grand slam!

Sun, 11a: Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.21) vs. Zach Davies (5-3, 5.18)
MIL 3, LAD 0

Monday, May 29, 2017

Series Thread (Games 52-55): 5/29-6/1 @ Cardinals

Dodgers fresh off a sweep of the World Champion Cubs after taking two of three from the Cards at home. Lots of odd start times for this four-game series....

Mon, 11:15a: Rich Hill vs Mike Leake
LAD 5, STL 1

Tues, 4p: Kenta Maeda vs Michael Wacha (on ESPN outside of L.A.)
LAD 9, STL 4. First place, baby!

Wed, 5:15p: Alex Wood Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Carlos Martinez (on ESPN outside of L.A.)
STL 2, LAD 1. Still (barely) in first place!

Thurs, 10:45a: Brandon McCarthy vs Adam Wainwright
STL 2, LAD 0. No longer in first place!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Series Thread (Games 49-51): May 26-28 vs. Cubs


Hey, remember the Baseball World Heavyweight Title? My little nerdy pet project had fallen by the wayside for well over a year, until I randomly decided to check on it recently. Shortly after I picked up the thread on Twitter, the Dodgers won the belt ("IT'S NOT A BELT! IT'S A CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, DAMMIT!" - Vince McMahon). Sadly, they immediately dropped it to the Giants. Forgoing any chicanery I've perpetuated in the past, I decided to stick to the rules in tracking title changes this year, and see what legitimate chance the Dodgers had of retaking the title.

Thankfully, the schedule worked in our favor, and the Cubs managed to wrest the belt from the Giants just before arriving at Dodger Stadium this weekend. So, not only do we have an (*exasperated sigh*) NLCS rematch, but THE GOLD IS ON THE LINE as well.

Ring the bell!

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs. Jake Arrieta
LAD 4, CHC 0

Sat, 4p: Brandon McCarthy vs. John Lackey (on FOX!)
LAD 5, CHC 0

Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Lester
LAD 9, CHC 4. Sweeeeeep!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Series Thread (Games 46-48): May 23-25 vs Cardinals

Let's face it, the Cards have been a huge thorn in the Dodgers' side the past few years. I'm not convinced this year's Dodgers squad is championship material, but a good showing against the Redbirds would help build a little optimism that will inevitably be crushed but hey it's a start.

Tues, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Lance Lynn (on ESPN)
LAD 2, STL 1 (13). Forsythe GW RBI in his return from the DL.

Wed, 7p: Rich Hill vs Mike Leake
STL 6, LAD 1

Thurs, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Michael Wacha
LAD 7, STL 3. Ryu: 4-inning save

Grill with Dad

This Friday, folks! From the Dodgers:

"GRILLING WITH THE GARV" SET FOR CHICAGO CUBS OPENER AT DODGER STADIUM, FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT KING’S HAWAIIAN GRILL IN LEFT FIELD PLAZA

Dodger Great Steve Garvey to Provide Fans With Grill Tips & Samples

The Los Angeles Dodgers and King’s Hawaiian will host their first “Grilling With The Garv” event prior to the Dodgers’ series opener with the World Champion Chicago Cubs on Friday, May 26.

The event will be held at the KING’S HAWAIIAN Grill in the left field plaza beginning at 6:15 p.m. It will feature Dodger great Steve Garvey helping to grill up samples of the game’s delicious BBQ specialty item, as well as provide Dodger fans with tips on how to take their summer grill-outs to the next level. Garvey will also be taking photos and signing autographs for fans at the event leading up to the 7:10 p.m. first pitch.

This is the third in a series of events with Garvey and KING’S HAWAIIAN. Garvey has also hosted a “Way We Were” series, where he talks with other baseball legends before a game outside the KING’S HAWAIIAN Grill. Garvey has already talked with Dodger greats Tommy Davis and Ron Cey at two games earlier this season, and will host the next “Way We Were” conversation on Saturday, June 10th against the Cincinnati Reds.

Love for An Old Friend

Broxton takes the mound, and twitter comes alive.

Thankfully, so do the Dodgers bats!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Series Thread (Games 42-45): May 18-21 vs Marlins

Thurs, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Edinson Volquez
LAD 7, MIA 2

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Justin Nicolino
LAD 7, MIA 2

Sat, 7p: Julio Urias vs Dan Straily
MIA 10, LAD 6

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs TBD Vance Worley
LAD 6, MIA 3

Things were looking to be improving last week, but the Dodgers now come home to a class reunion with Donnie Baseball 's Marlins after a lackluster road trip that saw them eke out a split with Colorado before receiving the usual treatment at AT&T Park. Kershaw isn't scheduled to go this series, so they'll need to find something extra from the supporting cast to get things back on track.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Series Thread (Games 39-41): May 15-17 @ Giants

Mon, 7p: Brandon McCarthy vs Matt Cain
SF 8, LAD 4

Tues, 7p: Rich Hill vs Ty Blach
SF 2, LAD 1

Wed, 12:45p: Clayton Kershaw vs Johnny Cueto
LAD 6, SF 1. All hail Clayton!

The 22-16 Dodgers take on the 14-24 Giants at AT&T. Giants took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers at the beginning of the month but the Giants headed to the NL West basement while the Dodgers surged....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Series Thread (Games 35-38): May 11-14 @ Rockies

Always relevant.

Thurs, 5:30p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Tyler Anderson
COL 10, LAD 7

Fri, 5:30p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Chatwood
LAD 6, COL 2

Sat, 5p: Alex Wood vs TBD Tyler Anderson
LAD 4, COL 0

Sun, 12n: Julio Urias vs Antonio Senzatela
COL 9, LAD 6

Dodgers are on a bit of a hot streak right now, but at the expense of bad teams (Phillies, Giants, Padres, Pirates). The Rockies are a good team — top of the NL West, in fact. Let's find out what bends and what breaks in (ugh) Coors Field.

Photoshop via i1274.photobucket.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Andrew Toles Is Out for the Season

Fan favorite and scintillating interviewee Andrew Toles has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Which totally sucks...even though it means Cody Bellinger is guaranteed a well-earned major-league spot for longer, it also puts pressure on Adrian Gonzalez to speed up his rehab. Remember, this front office is all about working the DL and having options, but Toles' injury just cranks the difficulty up to 11.
photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP

Monday, May 08, 2017

Series Thread (Games 32-34): May 8-10 vs Pirates

Read about the journey of the Pirates' Gift Ngoepe here.

Mon, 7p: Alex Wood vs Trevor Williams
LAD 12, PIT 1. Chris Taylor 1st-inning GS.

Tues, 7p: Julio Urias vs Ivan Nova
LAD 4, PIT 3 (10). Austin Barnes (!) GW RBI-double scores pinch runner Ross Stripling (!!) from first (!!!).

Wed, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs vs Chad Kuhl
LAD 5, PIT 2. Maeda 8.1 IP, 2R. Sweep!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Series Thread (Games 30-32): May 5-7 @ Padres

"I'm looking forward to Saturday's matchup!"

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Jhoulys Chacin
LAD 8, SD 2

Sat, 5:30p: Clayton Kershaw vs Clayton Richard
LAD 10, SD 2

Sun, 1:30p: Brandon McCarthy vs Trevor Cahill
Game postponed — rescheduled for Sept 2, 12:30p. So...sweep!?

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Star Wars Night T-Shirt Compendium

Year Nine (2017).


May the Fourth be with you! Here for your convenience are all the Dodgers' Star Wars Night T-shirts in one place.

Year One (2009).

Year Two (2010).

Year Three (2011).

Year Four (2012).

Year Five (2013).

Year Six (2014).

Year Seven (2015).

Year Eight (2016).

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Series Thread (Games 27-29): May 1-3 vs Giants

Mon, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Johnny Cueto
SF 4, LAD 3. Kershaw's first home loss in his last 12 starts.

Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Matt Moore
LAD 13, SF 5

Wed, 7p: Julio Urias vs Jeff Samardzija
SF 4, LAD 1 (11)

May the 2nd Be With You

From Your Pals - Orel, Delino and Da' Hoff

Monday, May 01, 2017

Hear Dad Speak

This is tonight, folks! From the Dodgers:

STEVE GARVEY AND KING’S HAWAIIAN TO HOST “WAY WE WERE” EVENT WITH RON CEY MONDAY AT KING’S HAWAIIAN GRILL IN LEFT FIELD PLAZA

Q & A Series Continues for Fans Prior to Dodgers-Giants Series Opener

The Los Angeles Dodgers and King’s Hawaiian will continue its “Way We Were” series on Monday, May 1 as one half of the great Dodger infield—Steve Garvey and Ron Cey—will be the featured guests.

The event will take place prior to the opening game of the series with the San Francisco Giants, featuring KING’S HAWAIIAN spokesperson and Dodger legend Steve Garvey hosting a Q & A session with another Dodger great—former third baseman Ron Cey—between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the KINGS HAWAIIAN Grill located in the left field plaza. [...]

Garvey will continue to host special events at the KING’S HAWAIIAN Grill throughout the season. In addition to the “Way We Were” series, events such as “Grilling with the Garv” and the “Legends Baseball Clinic” will provide fans the opportunity to interact with one of the franchise’s most celebrated players. After Monday, the next event is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Dodgers-Cubs game.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Series Thread (Games 24-26): Apr 28-30 vs Phillies

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Jerad Eickhoff
LAD 5, PHI 3

Sat, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu Brandon McCarthy vs Zach Eflin
LAD 6, PHI 5. The 3+Whoops Game!

Sun, 1p: Clayton KershawHyun-Jin Ryu vs Nick Pivetta
LAD 5, PHI 3. Sweep! Dodgers end April at 14-12.

The 3+Whoops Game




Remember when?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Softball Tourney Today - Wish Us Luck Beer!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Series Thread (Games 20-23): Apr 24-27 @ Giants

"And now...pitching for the Giants...."

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Matt Cain (!)
SF 2, LAD 1

Tues, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Ty Blach
LAD 2, SF 1. Bellinger debut.

Wed, 7p: Alex Wood vs Johnny Cueto
SF 4, LAD 3 (10)

Thurs, 12:45p: Julio Urias vs Matt Moore
LAD 5, SF 1

We didn't put a thread for yesterday's game AND NO ONE COMPLAINED. But it's Kershaw Day today so let's do this shit right! Matchups to come...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Series Thread (Games 17-19): Apr 21-23 @ Snakes

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Taijuan Walker
ARI 13, LAD 5. Ugh.

Sat, 5p: Kenta Maeda vs Robbie Ray
ARI 11, LAD 5. Ugh.

Sun, 1p: Brandon McCarthy vs Shelby Miller
LAD 6, ARI 2. Yay.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Series Thread (Games 15-16): Apr 18-19 vs Rockies

4/18, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Kyle Freeland
COL 4, LAD 3

4/19, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Tyler Anderson
LAD 4, COL 2

Are we back in time? Did we jump in the DeLorean and punch it to 88 mph and travel all the way back to...2016? Because all this seems awfully familiar: flailing vs. lefties, pitchers not named Clayton unable to go past five innings, a bullpen taxed with nigh-impossible expectations. Heck, even Ethier and Hill are back on the DL. Will a brief two-game series against the first-place Rockies cure what ails us? Did Marvin Berry and the Starlighters write "Johnny B. Goode"?