Monday, October 09, 2017

NLDS Game 3 Thread: 10/9 @ D'backs, 7p

Dave Roberts says the Dodgers won't jump in the Chase Field pool if they win, but there's always this....

Yu Darvish vs Zack Greinke.

Yeah, we may be getting ahead of ourselves in dreaming of pool antics, but what a huge freakin relief it is to be in this position, up 2-0 in the NLDS, after getting shellacked in our last six regular-season games against the Snakes.

How did we do it? Above-average starting pitching — your turn, Yu Darvish. Offensive production from the top of the lineup in Game 1 and the bottom half in Game 2 — how about some Wonder Twin power uniting tonight, guys? Oh, and more defense like in Game 2 (zero errors) rather than Game 1 (2 errors).

Listen: Old friend Zack isn't going to roll over for his old team, so let's hope we take a page from the Rockies' playbook and chase him early. Nine more victories!

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Steve Sax said...

Taylor CF
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Bellinger 1B
Puig RF
Barnes C
Granderson LF
Utley 2B
Darvish P

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Utley, who has only PH this NLDS (game 1, 0-for-1), gets a start. Forsythe, who finally is hot, sits.

Even more surprising, Granderson gets another start.

No Grandal.

Steve Sax said...

Diamondbacks mirroring the Wild Card game order:

Peralta LF
Marte SS
Goldschmidt 1B
Martinez RF
Lamb 3B
Pollock CF
Descalso 2B
Mathis C
Greinke P

Ianetta, who does not have a hit this NLDS, sits.

Steve Sax said...

Darvish vs. Martinez: Darvish has struck out the slugger out in six of 11 career at-bats. Martinez has two hits, including a home run, along with a walk against the right-hander.

Hideo Nomo said...

Butt clenched. Let's go!

Steve Sax said...

Laxative not taken. Let's go!

Steve Sax said...

career vs. Greinke:

Chris Taylor: 0-for-7 with 1 K
Corey Seager: 6-for-11 (.545) with 2 HR, 5 BB and 3 Ks
Justin Turner: 7-for-22 (.318) with 1 HR, 1 BB and 4 Ks
Bellinger: 3-for-9 (.333) with 2 Ks
Puig: 1-for-6 with 2 BB and 1 K
Barnes: has not faced
Granderson: 15-for-69 (.217) with 2 HR; 4 BB and 14 Ks
Utley: 6-for-26 (.231) with 1 HR, 1 BB and 7 Ks

Does not speak well except for Seager

Steve Sax said...

Yasmani actually bats .250 (7-for-28) against Greinke

Steve Sax said...

Ethier bats .222 (small sample size of 2-for-9), but it is ahead of Curtis Granderson

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers have the fourth-highest OPS of any opponent vs. Greinke. Greinke's career ERA against the Dodgers is in the bottom half of all teams.

Steve Sax said...

The Dodgers have the fifth-highest WHIP of any opponent vs. Greinke, and it's the highest among all NL teams.

karen said...

Remember the 'sponge worthy' glamour shot we used to run on Greinke's starts? As time passes I think more and more he looked like Caitlyn Jenner.

Steve Sax said...

Who is not so spongeworthy.

Orel said...

CT dubs!

Orel said...

How the tide has turned, Karen!

Orel said...

Corey hackin

Orel said...

TWO ON NO OUT WHAT COULD GO WRONG

karen said...

BAD CALL Jerry Davis

Orel said...

In play, run(s)!

karen said...

Orel...I am an older, wiser, fickle, fickle woman.

Orel said...

Makin Zack work

Orel said...

Puig hackin!

Orel said...

1-0 Dodgers after 1. Made Greinke throw 29 pitches

Orel said...

Gotta jump. See you on the other side!

Steve Sax said...

Only one run—should have been more—but a nice AB by Puig takes Greinke to 30 pitches. Nice to see Belli get on the board. 1-0 LA through 0.5

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, Orel is right: 29 pitches

karen said...

Does it make me a bad person if I'm hoping Marte is hurt?

QuadSevens said...

1-5 making Zack work. I like it.

QuadSevens said...

Darvish has been taking lessons from Kershaw. Fouling off pitches before going down swinging.

karen said...

Lovin' Zacko's pitch count.

Steve Sax said...

Utley works back a two-out walk. And even Yu Darvish was hacking up there, so now Greinke is at 48 pitches through two. (It may be 49 but Gameday hasn't updated yet.)

Steve Sax said...

Looks like ti's 54 pitches through 2. Wow.

Steve Sax said...

^it's

QuadSevens said...

Darvish is looking good through two.

karen said...

Okay Boys! Lets ride 'ol Zack hard and bring the boy back wet.

QuadSevens said...

Puig smells his bat, then walks.

QuadSevens said...

Loaded for Barnes!

Steve Sax said...

Why is Barnes swinging at the first pitch there?

Bases loaded ground out. 1-0 through 2.5

Steve Sax said...

Greinke is laboring. And Barnes swings at the first pitch. Wtf

Johnny Blanchard said...

Poor old Greinke

karen said...

Work the pitcher Blue! No more freaking 1st pitch swings!

Johnny Blanchard said...

work the pitcher for some, tiny American flags for all!

QuadSevens said...

All three outs that inning were on first pitch swings.

Johnny Blanchard said...

yeah were they bad pitches though

Johnny Blanchard said...

oh sorry I'm not arguing just sitting at the bar being a contrarian... we're doing quite well

QuadSevens said...

These announcers are terrible. Game 1 it was "Sager" and now it's "Grey Fox".

Steve Sax said...

Grey Fox standing by

Red five standing by

QuadSevens said...

Not sure if they were bad pitches, but none were hit hard.

Orel said...

HEY GREINKE'S STRUGGLING EVERYBODY SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH

Steve Sax said...

Greinke at 88 pitches through four.

Darvish has 41 pitches but to be fair he has not finished the fourth.

Johnny Blanchard said...

do it! Hit the shit out that ball

Steve Sax said...

I do agree with the sportscasters that AZ, with its bats, can open this up at any time.

Orel said...

Darvish!

Johnny Blanchard said...

This Darvish kid might have something

karen said...

Siddown douche.

Steve Sax said...

Yu gets Martinez swinging! Darvish strikes out the side in the fourth.

1-0 LA through four.

Johnny Blanchard said...

Darvish is filthy... I know he seems to always lose it in the 4th... but didn't this time

Orel said...

Seager FIRST PITCH SWINGING WHAT THE HELL

Steve Sax said...

Again a first pitch swinging AB, this time from Seager to start the fifth. WHAT THE FUCK GUYS

Steve Sax said...

Turner if you swing on the first pitch I am shaving this red beard off.

Steve Sax said...

@Orel 8:41, amazing how I channeled you one minute later

Steve Sax said...

We are letting Greinke groove again

Johnny Blanchard said...

you guys are killing me... Seager's had some success with first pitches

Orel said...

Way to let him back in the game, guys

Orel said...

I know Johnny but Greinke's at 90+ pitches...make the guy work!

Orel said...

CODY!!!

QuadSevens said...

Bellinger!

karen said...

BELLI BOMB BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Blanchard said...

I've got a ticket for tomorrow... will I need to drive or not guys

Orel said...

We got this. Rest easy, Johnny

Steve Sax said...

Cody rocking a solo shot. There we go! 2-0 LA.

Orel said...

In fact, just shred that ticket right now to make sure

Orel said...

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
J. Clam

Johnny Blanchard said...

this is ridiculous... sorry everyone, no matter what happens oru roster is way better. Lovullo trusts no one but Archie in the pen... I guarantee you he'd kill for Baez

Johnny Blanchard said...

I shredded my "I-phone" that had the ticket they tell me

Orel said...

Good job Johnny. Win ensured.

Orel said...

Baez for Goldschmidt who says no?

Johnny Blanchard said...

Goldschmidt is balding severely and thus losing his power. Only if he agrees to JT's hair tonic

Orel said...

Descasshole

Johnny Blanchard said...

whoopsie daisy

Orel said...

AGon doesn't make that catch...

Johnny Blanchard said...

wow into our dugout---little piece of destiny right there!!!!

QuadSevens said...

It's the Cody show today boys and girls.

Orel said...

Greinke back to start the 6th. Let's shell this fuckin guy already

Orel said...

BARNESBURNER!

Johnny Blanchard said...

Barnesy bomb!!!!

Orel said...

Hahaha enjoy the bench Grandal

Orel said...

Was that on a first pitch...?

Johnny Blanchard said...

yeah, what a jagoff that Barnes is lol

Johnny Blanchard said...

no no no Orel if there's something I love more than Riverside catchers, it's sweet framing lunkhead Cuban catchers!

QuadSevens said...

Second pitch. Rocket shot on an inside fastball.

Orel said...

Kiké ground-rule double!

Johnny Blanchard said...

Boricua baby!

Orel said...

Thanks 7777

Orel said...

I wonder how good of a framer Barnes is

Johnny Blanchard said...

fucking Puig

Orel said...

lotta boob bashin there

Johnny Blanchard said...

I love the de la Rosa thing... he was mildly annoying 10 years ago as a Rockie and now he's what? a lefty ace for the Dbacks?

Steve Sax said...

Kike delivers where Granderson cannot

Steve Sax said...

Utley advances the runner to third. One out.

Steve Sax said...

AZ goes to the pen, 3-1 LA with Kike on third and one out in the top of the sixth.

Orel said...

Let's not strand this guy maybe

Johnny Blanchard said...

Kike, political firebrand

Johnny Blanchard said...

is there some techy thing I'm doing wrong that makes me keep having to identify which pictures have cars in them?

Steve Sax said...

Just saw the highlight, hell of a catch there from Bellinger to end the fifth. hope he's okay.

Steve Sax said...

#1 story on ESPN.com's middle column: Dodgers-D'backs game.

#2 story on ESPN.com's middle column: new trailer for The Last Jedi.

Synergy > Sports news

Steve Sax said...

Also, Michael Phelps threw out the first pitch.

We had Don Newcombe and Maury Wills.

I'd say that's a big difference. At least get Luis Gonzalez or something!

Orel said...

Looking to see if I can turn off the captcha, Johnny. In the meanwhile try bypassing the robot box and just hit the Publish button

Steve Sax said...

Taylor, caught looking to end the inning. 3-1 LA, mid-six

Orel said...

test

Steve Sax said...

Hey Johnny, sorry about that. I thought you mentioned earlier that you're an automobile enthusiast. I can talk to our IT department to change that back!

Orel said...

That's strange. Word verification is already off

Steve Sax said...

(Orel, maybe the problem is that Johnny Blanchard is a robot.)

Johnny Blanchard said...

what's everyone drinking... I'm with the gentleman Samuel Grant, hoping he wasn't a reb

Johnny Blanchard said...

good synergy, Saxy!!!

Orel said...

Red red wiiiiiine

Johnny Blanchard said...

no fucking way he was hit with that reaction

Steve Sax said...

Diamondbacks PH Christian Walker is claiming a HBP, though he didn't take first nor make any call about his hand hurting, when he was "hit." Now under review.

Steve Sax said...

Nope, it's a foul ball. Confirmed.

Steve Sax said...

@Johnny, where are you watching the game?

Steve Sax said...

@Orel, you too?

Steve Sax said...

Funny, for a guy who was just "hit on the hands by a pitch," he seems to be swinging just fine.

Orel said...

Darvish is losing it?

Johnny Blanchard said...

go to the replay!

Steve Sax said...

Well, he's hit by a pitch now. Ouch.

Steve Sax said...

Okay we got five from Yu. Let's have a short leash here.

Johnny Blanchard said...

I'm at home battling my wife whose hearing is way too good (and my daughter)

Steve Sax said...

And, Roberts is already calling it. Yu is out.

QuadSevens said...

I haven't bothered with the robot box ever. Comments still go through.

QuadSevens said...

That was a pretty scary way to get to first base.

Steve Sax said...

Nice job, Yu. We need a little bit longer start from you next time, but we'll take it.

Darvish: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks, 0 BB.

Greinke: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 1 Tiny Head.

Steve Sax said...

Quad, this is a bad night to have a two-day MPQ story round, eh?

Steve Sax said...

Tying run at the plate, none out, B6

Steve Sax said...

Tony Cingrani on the mound.

Johnny Blanchard said...

oh, shit it never occurred to me the robot thingy might not need to be done

Johnny Blanchard said...

well hot damn it don't need to be done, you guys are like from Silicon Valley

Orel said...

Cingrani induces the GIDP!

Johnny Blanchard said...

booyah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fucking A Cingrani!!!!

Steve Sax said...

BELLI DOUBLE PLAY! Love it.

QuadSevens said...

@Sax 9:33 I played every node 4 times before lunch. Now just waiting.

Orel said...

Disregard the rules, Johnny. It's anarchy!

Steve Sax said...

To-Morrow!

Orel said...

Glad Corey didn't airmail that return flight

QuadSevens said...

Choosing the 8pm start time helps out too.

Steve Sax said...

@Q7 9.37p: Wait, didn't you play them yesterday? I waited for a full restore and now hope to get two more rounds on each node

Steve Sax said...

@Quad 9.38: Oh yeah. Got it.

Orel said...

Damn Bellinger is all over it tonight

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger has arrived in the postseason, ladies and gentlemen.

Wow.

karen said...

Belli is on fire. Love that kid!

Johnny Blanchard said...

I still would like to go the game tomorrow but I guessssssss I'll get over it

Johnny Blanchard said...

Dbacks fans always look like Sand People, all leathery and dehydrated

Orel said...

Thanks for taking one for the team Johnny

Orel said...

D'back fans always ride single-file to hide their numbers.

Steve Sax said...

That was no Bantha. That was my wife.

Steve Sax said...

Archie giving up a two-out walk to Belli!

Here's that tongue-wagging guy that the opposing team's fans love

Steve Sax said...

low strike for Bradley, 97 mph but looked low

Steve Sax said...

High and inside, AZ fans. Why are you groaning on that?

Steve Sax said...

2-1 count to Puig.

Orel said...

R. Chi Brad Li

Orel said...

Puig's a bundle of nerves

Steve Sax said...

That's the key stat: Dodgers have had a man on for 20 of the 23 innings this series. It seems unrelenting again. I love it.

Orel said...

Back-to-back walks

Steve Sax said...

Up at Puig's head! Ball four.

Puig on first, but Belli on second so he can't go unannounced for second base.

Or can he???

Steve Sax said...

Barnes takes a first-pitch breaking ball. Unusual start to the AB for Bradley.

Steve Sax said...

Good eye there Barnes. 2-1 count

Steve Sax said...

AZ 310 pitches thrown by the pen in two games; Dodgers threw 91 pitches in the first two games (acc to TBS)

Orel said...

Ugh feels like Barnes is going to K here

Steve Sax said...

2-2 count

Orel said...

FULL COUNTIENDO

Steve Sax said...

3-2 count

Orel said...

Bradley's first curve?

Johnny Blanchard said...

haha that was a filthy breaker from Bradley!!!

QuadSevens said...

Damn. You were right Orel.

Steve Sax said...

Barnes looking fastball, Ks on a curve.

3-1 LA, mid-7

QuadSevens said...

Think I picked up their signs on that last pitch. 4-1-3-2-blah. Fourth sign is the real sign. 2. He threw a curve.

QuadSevens said...

First sign tells you which sign is the real sign.

Orel said...

Pretty tricky, Quad!

Orel said...

This is it, heart of the order right here

Orel said...

Goldy down!

Steve Sax said...

Goldschmidt flies to deep right. Let's try to not see him again.

Orel said...

Martinez down!

Steve Sax said...

Martinez, 5-3 ground out.

QuadSevens said...

Two quick outs for Morrow. I like it.

Steve Sax said...

@Quad, you gotta radio into Bob Geren's apple watch

Oh wait, wrong team.

Orel said...

Clam down!

Johnny Blanchard said...

the D is shining tonight

Steve Sax said...

Lamb grounds to first unassisted.

3-1 LA through 7 full.

Steve Sax said...

Wow, Gameday just showed a Tomcat advertisement for dead mice. Pretty intense there.

Steve Sax said...

And who the hell is Doosan anyway? Weird sponsor, MLB.

Orel said...

What is a Tomcat?

Orel said...

Bradley mowing thru us in the 8th

Orel said...

Forsythe batting for Morrow. This means Maeda in the 8th? Yikes.

Orel said...

WE WANT BAEZ

QuadSevens said...

Looks like Maeda will come in for the 8th. Not Baez. So much for trusting Petey.

QuadSevens said...

Dammit!

karen said...

Gulp...looks like Maeda is coming in. I may need to throw up...

Steve Sax said...

@karen: Maeda did great in Game 2 though...

Steve Sax said...

Here we go, bottom of the eighth. Kenta Maeda on the mound.

Orel said...

Someone hold Karen's hair

Orel said...

One down!

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