Monday, June 18, 2018

Series Thread (Games 71-73): Jun 18-20 @ Cubs

Memories: Our last visit to Wrigley Field.

Monday 6/18 5p Tuesday 6/19 9a: Maeda (4-4, 3.61) vs. Chatwood (3-5, 4.12) LAD 4, CHC 3; Kyle Farmer wins it in the ninth
Tuesday 6/19 5p: Hill (1-2. 6.30) vs. Montgomery (2-2. 3.31)
Wednesday 6/20 11.20a: Stripling (6-1, 1.76) vs. Lester (8-2, 2.28)

The Dodgers are rolling, having not lost a series in their last nine series (8-0-1), climbing back to 1.5 games behind Arizona with a 37-33 record. But the Cubs are also gaining momentum in their chase with Milwaukee, where they're only a half-game back and a much more formidable 40-28 record.

But we haven't seen this team since...oh yeah. And remember this guy? Well, he's on the DL and won't be pitching this series. And his replacement, whom we'll see Saturday, is complicating plans for Darvish's return.

A win in this series would portend great things before traveling to New York for the LOLMets, and then coming back home for four straight against this Cubs team again. Let's see if we can put our opponents in their cubby holes.

UPDATE 6/18 5p: The weather isn't cooperating for this first game, however (and Kris Bryant looks pretty bad in shorts; see below). No start time announced as of yet.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Series Thread (Games 68-70): 6/15-18 vs Giants


Fri, 7p: Derek Holland vs Ross Stripling
Sat, 5p: Madison Bumgarner vs Alex Wood
Sun, 1p: Chris Stratton vs Undecided

Bumgarner's back from the DL but they lost Longoria to a broken hand. The Giants are 15-24 on the road yet only one game under .500 and two games back of the Dodgers in the standings.

Yet the Dodgers of June are a vastly different team compared to the Keystone Kopps (see above) of April. Will they go forward, not backward? Upward, not forward? And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom (see below)?

UPDATE 6/16: Dusty and Sax will both be at Saturday’s game. Separately. But together in spirit and soul, brother!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Series Thread (Games 66-67): June 12/13 vs. Rangers

The Rangers' two starters, in a recent photo shoot.

Caleb Ferguson (0-0, 21.60) vs. Bartolo Colon (3-3, 4.16), 7p
Kenta Maeda vs. Cole Hamels (3-6, 3.86), 7p

In a short two-game series, The Dodgers are seeing very different starting pitchers from the visiting Texas Rangers. Tonight, we see a gargantuan mound of flesh so large, his belly can withstand a 102-mph comebacker and simply reverberate like a jello mold. In tomorrow's game, we see a spindly toothpick who fancies himself a runway model when he's not pitching.

And that's the long and the short of it. Or, the fat and the skinny of it.

It shouldn't matter much for the Dodgers, whose recent clawing back to a one-game-over-.500 record reflects a starting rotation held together with duct tape and fishing line (not to mention an overworked bullpen). But we had a day off yesterday, following our seventh-straight series without a series loss (6-0-1 record). So go ahead, Texas, throw whatever you've got at us.

Just don't throw that big fat guy too far, or you'll strain your back.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Series Thread (Games 63-65): June 8-10 vs. Braves

Fri 6/8: Buehler vs. McCarthy, 7p
Sat 6/9: Wood vs. Sanchez, 6p
Sun 6/10: Stripling vs. TBD, 1p

Finally, a good team worthy of facing the red-hot Dodgers, winners of 15 in their last 20 games and having not lost any of their last six series (5-0-1). With the Dodgers stroking the bats and sending in a phalanx of relievers to plug holes in the injury-ridden starting rotation, we now go up against the NL East-leading Braves, 10 games over .500 (unlike our pedestrian 31-31 record that has us out only a game and half in the mediocre NL West).

Manny Mota Bobbleheads for the taking this weekend. Let's go get 'em, Blue!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Series Thread (Games 60-62): 6/5-7 @ Bucs

Plaque from Truman; professional photoshop work from SoSG Sax

Tues 6/5: Ross Stripling vs. Joe Musgrove, 4p
Wed 6/6: Caleb Ferguson vs. Trevor Williams, 4p
Thu 6/7: Dennis Santana vs. Jameson Taillon, 9.30a

The Dodgers have won their last three (sweeping Colorado) and have not lost any of their last five series, going 11-5. And yet I see names like Caleb Ferguson (no MLB experience) and Dennis Santana (12.27 ERA, though one "win"), and I'm worried as all get out. The Bucs are above .500, unlike the Dodgers. Can we eke out another series win?

(We're up 2-0 in the first game, through two innings, thanks to a Joc Pederson HR which scored Matt Kemp. So that's a good start.)

late series post by Sax

Our Newest National Hero

Padres fan (their only fan) catches ball in beer and does the right thing, cementing LEGEN - wait for it - DARY status.

 

No word if she's single, but the line starts here!

Keeping a Promise to Vin, 2018 Edition

From 2016:



From 2015:


From 2013:


Earlier at SoSG:

Friday, June 01, 2018

Series Thread (Games 57-59): 6/1-3 @ Rox

Fri, 5:40p: Scott Alexander vs Tyler Anderson LAD 11, COL 8
Sat, 4p: Walker Buehler vs German Marquez LAD 12, COL 4
Sun, 12p: Alex Wood vs Chad Bettis

Monday, May 28, 2018

Series Thread (Games 53-56): 5/28-31 vs Phils

Sorry for the late thread...posting this for no particular reason....

Mon, 5p: Brock Stewart vs. Vince Velasquez LAD 5, PHI 4
Tues, 7p: Jake Arrieta vs Kenta Maeda PHI 6, LAD 1
Wed, 7p: Zach Eflin vs Ross Stripling LAD 8, PHI 2
Thurs, 4:30p: Aaron Nola vs Clayton Kershaw PHI 2, LAD 1

Friday, May 25, 2018

Series Thread (Games 50-52): May 25-27 vs. Padres

Friday, 5.25, 7p: Ross Stripling vs. Clayton Richard LAD 4, SD 1
Saturday, 5.26, 7p: Alex Wood vs. Lyles SD 7, LAD 5
Sunday, 5.27, 1p: Walker Buehler vs. TBD LAD 6, SD 1

With the Dodgers taking two of three from the NL West-leading Rockies, and winning six out of their last seven games, the Dodgers amazingly find themselves only 3.5 games back of first. This is despite having one of the worst starts in franchise history, and playing absolutely maddening baseball when it comes to RISP.

Those two wins against the Rockies were impressive, with one a comeback victory and the other a Kenta Maeda 12-strikeout gem. But now it's out of the frying pan, into the friars. Wait, that pun doesn't work so well here, so maybe I'll use it on Monday when we face the Phillies (why isn't this a four-game series for the Memorial Day weekend? This makes no sense).

It all starts with you, Chicken Strips.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Series Thread (Games 47-49): 5/21-23 vs Rox

Monday! Pepto! Acid reflux!

Mon, 7p: Walker Buehler vs German Marquez COL 2, LAD 1
Tues, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Chad Bettis LAD 5, COL 3
Wed, 7p: TBD vs Kyle Freeland LAD 3, COL 0

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Series Thread (Games 44-46): 5/18-20 @ Nats

Sat, 11:05 AM: Ross Stripling vs Tanner Roark (Game 1 of doubleheader caused by rain 5/18). We won! (we won) We won! (we won)
Game 2, 5:05 PM: Rich Hill vs Max Scherzer We won! (we won) We won! (we won)
Sun, 10:35 PM: Alex Wood vs Stephen Strasburg We swept! (we swept) We swept! (we swept)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Series Thread (Games 41-43): 5/15-17 @ Fish

Tues, 4:10p: Alex Wood vs Wei-Yin Chen We lost. To the Marlins. Who have the second-worst record in the NL.
Wed, 4:10p: Walker Buehler vs Caleb Smith We lost. To the Marlins. Who have the second-worst record in the NL.
Thurs, 9:10a: Kenta Maeda vs Dan Straily We l—we won??????

Loyal SoSG reader/softballer Johnny Blanchard, to paraphrase the immortal Def Leppard, has got something to say! Take it away, Johnny B!

WHO TO BOO?

Who’s responsible for this garbage?

This has been just a fascinating start to a season. The Dodgers have an absolutely loaded roster, full of players that the hoi polloi have dreamed of having for decades. This, of course, stands in direct contrast to whatever the hoi polloi say.

Currently, the Dodgers still have a positive run differential. Therefore the team is not the Reds, Marlins, or Padres despite the fact that those teams are literally right next to the Dodgers in the standings. The hoi polloi are not known for their collective intelligence.

That said, the Dodgers baseball club is not winning games at a high rate, so it must be asked: who is to blame?

The culprits are as follows:

    1. Cody Bellinger. This cocky m’fing Millennial is missing all the balls and I have heard from back channels, because you know I have access, that there are people in the Dodger organization that don’t believe in this guy. I guess it’s not entirely germane to the discussion, but worth noting since he’s stinking up the joint right now. The Dodgers could’ve done a blockbuster trade and sold this guy high maybe. What do I know.

    2. Yasiel Puig. A man who has shown a great degree of resiliency to hang in mentally and improve his approach to the sport of baseball, has been an abject failure at the dish so far this year. Puig continues to play excellent right field so he is still a net positive, but the club was counting on a solid bat from old number 66.

    3. Kenley Jansen. Our big man, the most lock-solid dependable player on the roster, alongside Justin Turner & Clayton Kershaw, has been absolutely awful this year. One wants to believe things will improve inevitably, but one needs to wait until Mr. Jansen actually starts throwing pitches like Dodgers fans are used to seeing before the faith increases. To whom much is given, much is expected.

    4. Scott Alexander. The Dodgers count on the guys they have designated to be their breakout performers based upon careful analysis of sabermetric principles to be actual breakout performers. This guy can’t stop walking people. Now, another time-tested Dodger method is to send underperformers to the bush leagues and get their act together. Mr. Alexander has just returned from his sojourn to Oklahoma so perhaps he will repent of his prior ways.

    5. Chris Taylor. He’s lower on the list because one shouldn’t actually believe in a guy that has no reason why one should believe in him other than one year’s good production. Mr. Taylor is like Mr. Bellinger — missing the ball all time but at least he plays premium defensive positions like shortstop and center field with his weak bat.

    6. Austin Barnes. This is another young man designated to be awesome by the front office. Mr. Barnes has not done so. He is making lemonade out of lemons through super on-base powers but he isn’t hitting the ball well. Plugging him in the lineup with last year’s productivity makes this team much better.

    7. Rich Hill The New Englander is scuttling. He’s still striking guys out, but watching him, Mr. Hill is obviously giving up too much hard contact. Fortunately, this red-ass plays the game the right way and beats himself up nightly to be better at playing baseball so he should improve.

    HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Forsythe, who doesn’t make the list because he’s injured and has struggled with injuries and it’s not nice to pick on guys whose bodies aren’t working right.

All this said, and believe me, it’s annoying to watch all this craptastic baseball happen, this team is not nearly this bad. The Dodgers have given up a .300 BABIP and a 14% Home Run per Fly Ball rate; both of those numbers are in the bottom 10 in baseball.

In other words, the Dodgers are suffering bad luck on the pitching side. To further illustrate, Tony Cingrani has stuck out 22 and walked 4 in 14 innings, and has a 5.79 ERA.

My recommendation is to go out and watch the baseball team you love and boo them when appropriate. It has been fun in 32 years of being a Dodger fan to hear people argue about the validity of booing, but finding the appropriate members of the roster to boo is of vital importance.

We are not in the salad days of Juan Pierre & Andruw Jones & 2011-2012 Juan Uribe. The guys we have to boo are much better players and they are the guys listed above.

Thanks Johnny! Oh, by the way...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Series Thread (Games 37-40): May 10-13 vs. Reds

Thu 5/10: Walker Buehler vs. Tyler Mahle, 7p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Fri 5/11:: Kenta Maeda vs. Brandon Finnegan, 7p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Sat 5/12: Ross Stripling vs. Homer Bailey, 6p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.
Sun 5/13: Rich Hill vs. Luis Castillo, 1p We lost. To the Reds. Who have the worst record in the NL.

With a 16-20 record, fourth place in the division and back a full eight games of surprisingly hot Arizona, the Dodgers haven't had much about which to be happy of late. (Especially if you saw Kike Hernandez' woeful 0-fpr-5 with 2 Ks, 8 LOB, and misplay in the outfield leading to a Diamondbacks inside-the-park home run last night.)

But one of those few bright spots seems to be Walker Buehler, who is 2-0 in 3 games (16 IP), with a 1.13 ERA and 19 Ks. He takes the mound tonight to start a four-game series against one of the only three teams who have a worse record than the Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants already lost today (to the Phillies) and are in Pittsburgh this weekend; the NL West-leading Snakes host the Nationals starting Friday.

Maybe this is the series where the Dodgers get some timely hits for a change, and we make up some ground in the standings before the quarter-season mark hits?

Or, maybe things get even worse.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Series Thread (Games 35-36): 5/8-9 vs Snakes


Tues, 7p: Rich Hill vs Zack Godley ARI 8, LAD 5
Wed, 7p: Alex Wood vs Patrick Corbin LAD 6, ARI 3

Like the Offspring says you gotta kick him when he's down — and the fourth-place Dodgers (15-19) are definitely down:

And since the first-place Snakes (23-11) are trending up, this two-game series promises to be uggggggly.

And we promise to bitch and moan about it! Join the (crying) in the comments section!

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Hilo del Juego (5 de mayo) contra Padres, 4p

¡Hola, compañeros! Bueno, funcionó ayer, puede funcionar hoy. Si Karina escribe, los Doyers ganan. ¡Vamos a probar esto otra vez! -Stubbs


Felicitaciones para Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia y Adam Liberatore en su juego sin hits ni carreras. Brindaremos en su nombre todo el fin de semana, ¡gracias! y ¡salud!

Los Padres esperaban que sus influencias religiosas los ayudaran a vencer a los Doyers, pero no tomaron en cuenta que los Doyers son ateos este fin de semana. Pensaron enfrentar a un amateur y encontraron a un niño bomba, seguido de un bullpen con toda la clase y poder de Danny Trejo. Chris Taylor y Kike Hernandez trajeron dinamita en sus bates y los Doyers salieron victoriosos 4-0, en una noche inolvidable para la amplia historia de buen pitcheo de nuestro equipo.

Esperemos que los Padres sigan viendo sombras en el juego de hoy. ¡Fondo blanco!

*Imagen: Baby Says "No!", Alisa Coburn

Friday, May 04, 2018

Hilo de la Serie (Games 32-34): 4-6 de mayo contra Padres

Bienvenido al fin de semana! En esta serie, seremos los Hijos (y Nuera) de Steve Garvey, porque estamos en América Latina, invitamos a nuestra latina favorita, Karina, para que fuera nuestra escritora invitada. ¡Adiós, y buena suerte a todos! - Stubbs

Viernes, 6p: Walker Buehler vs Joey Lucchesi, LAD 4 - SD 0 Combined no-hitter!
Sabado, 4p: Kenta Maeda vs Bryan Mitchell, SD 7 - LAD 4
Domingo, 1p: Rich Hill vs Eric Lauer, SD 3 - LAD 0

En las inmortales palabras de los geniales Molotov, ¡VIVA MÉXICO, C*BRON*S!. Empezamos el fin de semana del 5 de mayo en Monterrey, México, con el inicio de la serie Doyers-Padres (pronounced PadRRes). En México no se celebra el 5 de mayo, pero nosotros lo usaremos como excusa para tomar margaritas y micheladas, si los Doyers ganan, celebramos...si pierden, ¡se nos olvida! Fondo blanco, damas y caballeros, ¡SALUD!


Casi veintidós años han pasado desde la primera vez que un juego de Grandes Ligas se celebró fuera de las fronteras de EE.UU. y Canadá, el 16 de agosto de 1996, precisamente en Monterrey, el escenario de hoy. Fernando (<3) lanzó el primer pitcheo y también se desempeñó como el lanzador de los Padres, quienes derrotaron a los Metropolitanos 15-10 (¡disculpa, Delino! Quizá los Metropolitanos pensaron que era una práctica de bateo).


En aquella oportunidad, el único jugador mexicano en ambos rosters era Fernando (<3<3), en esta serie, tenemos al Padre bebé, el nativo de Guadalajara, Christian Villanueva. Sin embargo, los Doyers tienen dentro de las filas del circuito radial en español a Fernando (<3<3<3), así que de antemano les hemos ganado la partida a los Padres porque si Fernando (<3<3<3<3) está con nosotros, ¿quién puede contra nosotros?


El encargado de abrir por los Dodgers será nuestro bebé Doyer, Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.80 ERA), quien se estrenó en Grandes Ligas demostrando lo que se espera de su talento, mientras que el responsable de la lomita por los Padres será Joey Lucchesi (3-1, 2.78 ERA).

Me despido, agradecida con mis cuñados de SoSG por invitarme a escribir la introducción para el juego de hoy. Les dejo con buena música proveniente de Monterrey: Plastilina Mosh con “Mr. P Mosh”

*Imagen: Plastilina Mosh

Monday, April 30, 2018

WELP

Series Thread (Games 28-31): April 30 - May 3 @ Snakes

Mon 4/30, 6:40p: Ross Stripling vs. Zack Greinke ARI 8, LAD 5
Tues 5/1, 6.40p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Matt Koch ARI 4, LAD 3
Wed 5/2, 6.40p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Zack Godley LAD 2, ARI 1
Thu 5/3, 12.40p: Alex Wood vs. Patrick Corbin LAD 5, ARI 2

April 2018 has been pretty depressing for the Dodgers, capped by a horrible performance in losing three of four in San Francisco this weekend. Between dropping the two series to the Marlins and Giants, we've also come away with even more injuries not to mention players like Cody Bellinger getting benched for lack of hustle.

The LAT's Houston Mitchell has already had enough (especially regarding the Bellinger benching. And if you're a Dodger fan watching any of these games, you've probably had enough, as well. This team lacks consistency, drive, batting with runners in scoring position, a decent bullpen, and Justin Turner.

We've got four games against the NL West leader, Arizona, who is seven full games ahead of us and on track to be something like 59 games ahead of us by year's end (my math may be off there). I'd like to think it's put-up-or-shut-up time, but that incentive certainly hasn't motivated Pedro Baez of late. So why would it motivate any of the rest of the Dodgers?

I"m depressed. (And anxious.)

Note: We are trying everything here at SoSG HQ, including bolding our starter but not the opposing pitcher. What the hell, why not. Better than trotting Pedro Baez out there each time.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Series Thread (Games 24-27), 4/27-29 @ Giants

Fri, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Derek Holland Orange 6, Blue 4
Sat, 1p: Walker Buehler vs Chris Stratton Blue 15, Orange 6
Sat, 7p: Alex Wood vs Johnny Cueto Orange 8, Blue 3
Sun, 2p: Kenta Maeda vs Ty Blach Orange 4, Blue 2

WELP.

Donnie's Revenge is complete, the Marlins having taken two of three from us to boost their record to a scintillating 7-17. Meanwhile, the third-place Dodgers (11-12) visit the fourth-place Giants (11-13...how are we ahead of them in the standings?) in a series that includes a doubleheader that makes up for a rainout in San Francisco earlier this month.

The Dodgers went 12-17 last September, so maybe they're just getting their shitty month out of the way now? If so, brilliant plan, guys!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Series Thread (Games 21-23), April 23-25 vs Marlins




Monday 4/23: Garcia (1-0, 0.86) vs Buehler (0-0, 0.00) LAD 2, FLA 1

Tuesday 4/24: Peters (2-2, 6.98) vs Maeda (2-1, 3.77) FLA 3, LAD 2

Wednesday 4/25: Richards (0-2, 6.16)) vs Kershaw (1-3, 2.45) FLA 8, LAD 6 Boooooo-urns!


Welcome back to the show Walker Buehler!  His major league STARTING debut is tonight and the hype train is real.  Remember when Cody come up in April?  That turned out pretty good.  However the word on the street is that Buehler pitches two games then goes back down.  Nonetheless, here a glimpse of the future.

Its also welcome back Don Mattingly and company (including Miguel "let me save Kershaw's no hitter" Rojas).  He's dealt a raw deck by Jeter and the management - remember the lame duck manager status in LA?  De ja vu.  Welp, here's to getting well against a struggling team.  GO BLUE!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Series Thread (Games 18-20), April 20-22 vs. Nationals


  • Friday 4/20 7p: Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 1.73) vs. Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.33) WSH 5, LAD 2
  • Saturday 4/21 6p: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.87) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 3.08) LAD 4, WSH 0
  • Sunday 4/22 5p: Alex Wood (0-2, 3.91) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.86) LAD 4, WSH 3

After weeks of stumbling through the NL (and AL) West, and finally getting the groove back in San Diego (outscoring the Padres 30-10 in the three-game series!), we finally meet a formidable opponent from another division predicted to go to the playoffs...and they too are one game below .500. The Nationals have spent this year getting swept by the Mets and losing three of four to the Rockies, both of which came at home. But Bryce Harper is still mashing home runs (a league-leading 8 on the year), even when he breaks his bat in the process; and they are throwing two of their best arms against us in this series.

But we're rolling now too, right? Grandal is batting .352 with a 1.046 OPS; Matt Kemp is .347 and does look better at the plate than expected; and Corey Seager, 4-for-5 Wednesday vs. the Padres, finally looks locked in. Even Max Muncy got into the action with a 2-run HR on Wednesday; he's batting .400 with a 1.500 OPS, a small sample size, and a large waistline. Hey, we'll take it.

In personal news, I'll be at the Stadium tonight to watch the fireworks fly. It's set to 80's music. I'll be right at home.

Oh, and for all the rest of you: be careful out there.

Finally, some tips on what to do with pesky gNats (it's amazing what you learn when searching things on google):

Monday, April 16, 2018

Series Thread (Games 15-17), 4/16-18 @ Friars

Dodgers are so horrible the homiez at SoSG have already stopped game threads 2 weeks into the season.

Mon, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Robbie Erlin Dods 10, Pads 3
Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Bryan Mitchell DODGERS 7, PADRES 3 (12);
Jansen BS, but Grandal and Farmer win it in the 12th
Wed, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Tyson Ross LAD 13, SD 4 Sweep!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Series Thread (Games 12-14), 4/13-15 vs Snakes

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Zack Greinke Snakes 8, Dodgers 7
Sat, 6p: Rich Hill vs Taijuan Walker Snakes 9, Dodgers 1
Sun, 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Zack Godley Dodgers 7, Snakes 2

OH MY GOD WE SUCK WHY EVEN WATCH

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Series Thread (Games 10-11), Apr 10-11 vs. A's


Dodgers and A's to meet in the first-ever Sewage Series.

4/10: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Sean Manaea, 7p LAD 4, OAK 0
4/11: Alex Wood vs. Daniel Mengden, 7p OAK 16, LAD 6


The Dodgers return home for a brief two-game set with the Athletics before *checks notes* another off day. Counting last Friday's rainout, that's four off days in the last eight days. Though, lately, maybe it's a good thing that the Dodgers are not playing more than they're playing.

They are coming off a win over the Giants on Sunday, which, hand to God, feels like a month ago. This season has started off super weird, so maybe this series will being some normalcy.

(Then again, I used a picture of actual shit for the series thread, so...*shrug*)

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Not To Instill Panic...

But we're tied with them!

Marlins 2018 Starting Roster

Friday, April 06, 2018

Series Thread (Games 8-10): 4/6-8 @ Giants

Fri, 7:15p postponed until 4/28: Kenta Maeda vs Derek Holland
Sat, 1p: Rich Hill vs Chris Stratton SF 7, LAD 5 (14)
Sun 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs Ty Blach LAD 2, SF 1 (10)

Fear not, Dodger faithful! Our front office's extremely proactive off-season is about to pay off!

I know, it's hard to believe Stan Kasten loosened the purse strings so the Dodgers could trade a few scrub prospects for mega-slugger Giancarlo "Don't Call Me Mike" Stanton, but he did! Now Stanton is playing for the team he grew up rooting for!

And what luck we had when double threat Shohei Ohtani decided to pick the Dodgers to play for, joining his countryman Yu Darvish, who was signed when Friedman & Farhan dug in the couch cushions to find some spare change to shore up the rotation.

And thank god the Dodgers finally cut bait on deadweight Pedro Baez and re-invested in a real middle reliever, Brandon Morrow.

We're locked and loaded! It's going to be a great year, Dodger fans! Let's play — WAKES UP

DAMMIT

(cries)

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Dodgers 4-for-4 on Free Chicken McNuggets

Yeah, sure, we ended up 2-2 this weekend with the Giants. But the upside of the Dodgers' impressive pitching display in the Opening Weekend four games?

When the Dodgers throw a shutout in the sixth inning, fans get a free six-piece Chicken McNuggets with any $1 purchase at McDonalds.

And damned if I didn't get my free McNuggets after watching that crappy Opening Day:

McNuggets! I mean, it's not Free Shevacado, but I'll take it. (And I'll keep going, all year long, baby! I'm bankrupting McDonald's, with Clayton Kershaw's help!)

(Not sure if this works for away games.) UPDATE 4/3: Based on the Dodgers' shutout sixth last night vs. AZ, and the lack of that deal in my McDonald's app inbox, I am assuming it's not in play for away games. Drat.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Series Thread (Games 5-7): April 2-4 @ Diamondbacks

  • Monday 4/2: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. T Walker, 6.40p ARI 8, LAD 7 (15)
  • Tuesday 4/3: Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 1.50) vs. Godley (N/A), 6.40p ARI 6, LAD 1
  • Wednesday 4/4: Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) vs. Tyler Corbin (1-0, 3.18), 12:40p ARI 3, LAD 0

In our opening series, we outscored the Giants 14-2 but we ended up splitting the four-game series, a mathematical improbability and honestly a pretty pathetic outcome. Though none of Saturday's starters ended the game with a batting average above .200, Sunday's game saw a number of players wake up and shatter the Mendoza line: Chris Taylor (2-for-5, now batting .267 in the leadoff spot); Yasiel Puig (3-for-4, .231); Yasmani Grandal (2-for-4, .400); and Kike Hernandez (2-for-4, .333). Cody Bellinger got his first hit of a year, a two-run HR in the sixth off of Josh Osich. And it was fun to finally spank a team on national television, driving Osich's ERA to 10.80 and Robert Gomez' ERA to 36.00.

And now we go to the valley of the Snakes, who beat the Rockies in their opening series two games to one, and got to spend Easter Sunday hanging out with their families and coloring dyed eggs. (What to do with those eggs?) The Diamondbacks' 2-1 record now leads the NL West, with the Dodgers a scant half-game behind.

These Snakes are happy! We can't score runs consistently, and we haven't rested! What could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Post-Game 4 Thread: Dodgers Outscore Giants 14-2 in Series, Escape with Split

DODGERS 9, GIANTS 0

Not much to recap — just wanted to use that title.

Игра 4 Тема: 1 апреля против Гигантов, 5:30p


Рич Хилл (0-0, -.--) против Криса Стрэттона (0-0, -.--)

Счастливой Пасхи!

Это также День дураков, но кажется, что Доджерс получил жестокие шутки с раннего пути. Две вялые потери, чтобы начать сезон. Хороший, ребята!

К счастью, вчера они отпустили нас от крючка и вернулись в колонну победы. Кента Маэда выглядела потрясающе, но его явная задняя боль в пятом была тревожной.

С обезьянами работает с их спины, теперь они могут сосредоточиться на получении победы сегодня вечером и избежать этой причудливой серии открытия с расколом.

Пойдем!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Game 3 Thread: 3/31 vs Giants, 6p (Bullshit NL Ring Ceremony)

Kenta Maeda vs Derek Holland.

Welp, yesterday yesterday and the day before happened. For many of us, the immediate thought was that Game 1 of 2018 was a mere extension of Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Hitters swinging at bad pitches and watching good pitches, everyone swinging wildly for the fences, stranded RISP out the ass...not he way we wanted or needed to start the new season by any measure.

We'll have another chance to get back to winning ways, though. Tonight is Opening Night a bullshit NL Championship Ring Ceremony, and we don't have to face a no-name pitcher who turns into Cy Young -- a setup that always seems to vex Dodger hitters.

In many ways, we can just consider this a do-over for Opening Day Games 1 & 2. Hell, maybe Chris Taylor will get another chance to cream a hanging slider pitched right down the middle.

Thanks to Dusty for the OG post.

WHEN WILL OUR BINARY NIGHTMARE END?!?!

At least I've been able to watch all of the Dodger's many runs on local TV. The over/under for our first score is the third inning. Until then, we are nothing but 0s in search of 1s (or imagine... possibly even the mythical number 2!) Justin Turner, please come back soon!

On a happier, plaguier front, good to digitally see all of you SOSG-maniacs again. Chag Sameach / Happy Easter to most of you!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Game 2 Thread: Opening Night (March 30, 2018) vs. Giants, 7p

Alex Wood vs. Johnny Cueto

Welp, yesterday happened. For many of us, the immediate thought was that Game 1 of 2018 was a mere extension of Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Hitters swinging at bad pitches and watching good pitches, everyone swinging wildly for the fences, stranded RISP out the ass...not he way we wanted or needed to start the new season by any measure.

We'll have another chance to get back to winning ways, though. Tonight is Opening Night, and we don't have to face a no-name pitcher who turns into Cy Young -- a setup that always seems to vex Dodger hitters.

In many ways, we can just consider this a do-over for Opening Day. Hell, maybe Chris Taylor will get another chance to cream a hanging slider pitched right down the middle.

Post-Game 1 Thread / At-Game Recap: Dodgers Opening Day 2018, 60 Year Anniversary

The 2018 Dodgers take the field.

The Dodgers had their 2018 Opening Day yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and it was without a doubt the worst Opening Day I've attended in probably a decade. I remember Orlando Hudson hitting for the cycle on Opening Day 2009. I remember 2012 when Matt Kemp hit a home run in the home opener. I remember 2013 when we shut out the Giants, Clayton Kershaw outdueling Matt Cain.

And of course, I vividly remember watching the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, for the MLB season opening series.

2018 Opening Day? It was not fun. The Dodgers lost, 1-0 to the Giants, despite a great Clayton Kershaw outing that was blemished by a cheapie Joe Panik shot that just slipped inside the right field foul pole. It wasn't Clayton's fault, though; he went six innings and had seven Ks, scattering eight hits and yielding just the one earned run.

The Dodgers' offense, though, was simply woeful. The top five in our lineup: Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Kike Hernandez, and Cody Bellinger, all went a collective 0-for-17 with two walks (both Hernandez) and eight Ks (two each from the other four players). All of them looked like they were trying to swing for the fences and lost patience. Taylor was caught looking (a la Carlos Beltran) with the Dodgers' last best chance (runners at the corners with two out in the seventh). (To be fair, Taylor knew it, and looked really pissed off after that wasted opportunity.)

Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 but also was swinging mightily. It's so bad, Kershaw himself leads the Dodgers in batting average, having gone 2-for-2 (and showing more patience than most of the other guys in the lineup).

Do we miss Justin Turner? Absolutely. This team had none of the complexion of the 2017 National League Champions. In fact, they looked a little like the Dodgers teams in the late 2000s where they could barely eke out runs, so much so that when we got behind, it felt like it was over.

Really, a bad performance by the Dodgers yesterday. The sewage spill from Tuesday's preseason game might have been repaired, but the product on the field still had a little bit of a stench.

The Dodgers' 60-year anniversary logo, on the left field edifice.

On top of all that, the pageantry that is normally incredible for Opening Day, felt a little bit...muted. The national anthem was passable but the flyover came late (bad timing). The pre-game montage honoring Kirk Gibson, who threw out the first pitch, was compassionate, but didn't feel inspiring. In fact, the 60 years anniversary that the Dodgers are celebrating in Los Angeles, made the team feel more steeped in history rather than currently relevant.

I didn't like this Opening Day.

They fixed the padding on my seat (which is good!). However...

...the new netting that extends to the edge of the dugout will take some getting used to.

So about this extended netting. I get it, I appreciate the need for improved safety, and I have to say, it was nice to finally not have to freak out every time a left-handed batter was going up against Kershaw, just in case a late swing on a fastball would have a ball come rocketing into my section (I've seen it happen, and that's why you have to pay attention to the game!). And I agree with Deadspin, the NYT Op-Ed piece complaining about the netting is lame.

But the netting did make it more difficult to see the right field scoreboard from our seats; the new upper-and-lowercase fonts for the team lineups is particularly difficult to make out. Plus, the left field scoreboard was so busy prompting factoids about the batters (would have loved to have seen "Buster Posey's name anagrams to 'Oyster Pubes'!"), that it didn't show the key relevant fact recapping prior at-bats that game.

The pregame video montages were fine--and we saw a lot of them, arriving at the stadium two hours before first pitch--but behind the netting, it all just felt a little...distant.

At least the player introductions were sweet:

Yeah, it's always great to be at Dodger Stadium for Opening Day. This one was just not as cool as the other ones I've been lucky to attend. And of course, the outcome sucked; we shouldn't be losing to the Giants, like, ever. It was nice to have a 4p start, even if it did seem like everything was a little off, all day.

But man, we miss Turner. Get well soon, JT.

Archiving the 2017 SoSG Attendance Record, For Posterity

Okay I guess it's time to archive the 2017 attendance sidebar. Sigh.

My god, we went to a lot of games last year.

No maths on this, just the details:

SoSG 2017 Record: 27-13 / 5-2
4/3 vs SD (W, 14-3): AC, Dusty
4/4 vs SD (L, 0-4): Stubbs
4/15 vs AZ (W, 8-4): Dusty
4/17 vs AZ (L, 2-4): Nomo
4/19 vs COL (W, 4-2): AC
4/29 vs PHI (W, 6-5): AC, Dusty
5/1 vs SF (L, 3-4): AC, Dusty
5/3 vs SF (L, 1-4): Dusty
5/18 vs MIA (W, 7-2): AC
5/20 vs MIA (L, 6-10): Stubbs
5/23 vs STL (W, 2-1): AC
5/27 vs CHC (W, 5-0): Sax
5/28 vs CHC (W, 9-4): Dusty
6/6 vs WAS (L, 1-2): AC, Stubbs
6/10 vs CIN (W, 5-4): AC, Sax
6/16 @ CIN (W, 3-1): Dusty
6/17 @ CIN (W, 10-2): Dusty
6/18 @ CIN (W, 8-7): Dusty
6/21 vs NYM (W, 8-2): AC, Dusty
6/22 vs NYM (W, 6-3): Sax
6/26 vs ANA (L, 0-4): AC, Orel, Sax
7/6 vs ARI (W, 5-4): AC
7/20 vs ATL (L, 3-6): AC
7/22 vs ATL (W, 6-2): Sax
7/23 vs AT: (W, 5-4): Dusty
7/26 vs MIN (W, 6-5): AC
7/29 vs SF (W, 2-1): Sax
8/12 vs SD (W, 6-3): AC
8/13 vs SD (W, 6-4): Dusty
8/15 vs CWS (W, 6-1): AC
8/25 vs MIL (W, 3-1): AC
8/26 vs MIL (L, 0-3): AC
9/5 vs AZ (L, 1-3): Dusty
9/6 vs ARI (L, 1-3): AC
9/7 vs COL (L, 1-9): Sax
9/8 vs COL (L, 4-5): AC
9/9 vs COL (L, 5-6): AC
9/15 @ WAS (W, 7-0): AC
9/24 vs SF (W, 3-1): Dusty, Orel, Sax
9/25 vs SD (W, 9-3): Dusty
9/26 vs SD (W, 9-2): AC

10/6 NLDS Game 1 vs ARI (W, 9-5): AC
10/7 NLDS Game 2 vs ARI (W, 8-5): AC, Sax

10/14 NLCS Game 1 vs CHC (W, 5-2): Stubbs
10/15 NLCS Game 2 vs CHC (W, 4-1): Dusty

10/24 WS Game 1 vs HOU (W, 3-1): Dusty, Orel, Sax
10/25 WS Game 2 vs HOU (L, 6-7 (11)): AC, Sax
11/1 WS Game 7 vs HOU (L, 1-5): AC, Dusty

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), 2016 (10-5).

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Game 1 Thread: Opening Day (March 29, 2018) vs. Giants, 4p

Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner Ty Blach

I haven't been able to post anything on this site since Game 7. The wound is still open and man, it still hurts.

But today writes a new page. Today is a new Opening Day, a new baseball season, a new chance to spend the next seven months riding the volatile emotional waves of major league baseball.

I think I'm ready. I hope I'm ready. I'll be there at the Stadium, in any event (post a comment if you want to say hi; I'll be on field level, third base side). SoSG AC and Dusty will be there as well!

The Dodgers open at home against the team with the second-highest payroll in baseball. Do we even stand a chance, pitted against a team with such fiscally excessive spending?

Only Clayton Kershaw stands in the way. We'll see.

Your Opening Day 2018 Lineup (courtesy SoSG Dusty):

Chris Taylor CF
Corey Seager SS
Yasiel Puig RF
Kike Hernandez 2B
Cody Bellinger 1B
Matt Kemp LF
Yasmani Grandal C
Logan Forsythe 3B
Clayton Kershaw P

Confession time, here's what I got

When hope was highest: pre-game ceremonies for World Series Game 1.

It's tiiiiiime for Dodger baseball!

And I'm not ready.

The baseball fan in me has been suspended in cryonic stasis since November 1, 2017, the day the Dodgers' championship drought officially reached 29 years.

As you all know, it hurt like a bitch. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who dealt with it by burying the pain deep, deep inside (plus booze).

When the Dodgers made the playoffs, I purposely didn't attend any games because I wanted to save my shekels for the Big Dance. And once the Dodgers made it to the World Series, I smashed my piggy bank and bought tickets for Game 1, the first World Series game in Los Angeles in, well, 29 years.

Hours before gametime, SoSG Sax and I had settled into our seats in Reserve 5 when I got a text from my brother, a Dodger fan unfortunate enough to live in the Bay Area:

That's nice, I thought. He must be going to Game 2. Wrong. He was on his way to Game 1, lateness be damned. That's what 28 years of waiting will do to a fan.

So while my brother was racing down to L.A., Sax & I were giddy and in tears after one helluva National Anthem by Keith Williams Jr.:


The high final note, the flyover...it was electric.

Honestly I don't remember a lot of details from the game itself because every out, every pitch, felt like life or death. Especially without listening to play-by-play and color commentary, it was too easy to get way inside my head while watching the game.

Somewhere during the middle of the game, my brother landed and was hectoring a taxi driver to get him from LAX to Dodger Stadium in rush-hour traffic — ASAP!

We took a two-run lead in the 6th but it might have well been a tie game for how nervous we were.

My brother arrived in the 7th but he would have to wait. Our section was packed and I couldn't afford to miss a single beat of this experience.

The crowd was exemplary. No bullshit waves, no bullshit beachballs on the warning track. Constant cheering and standing and screaming for every two-out at-bat.

After Kenley slammed the door in the 9th: GIGANTIC EXHALE. The loudest I've ever heard Dodger Stadium. Awkward hugs and high-fiving folks I had never met before and will never see again. We finally found my brother and chilled in our section to savor the afterglow and let traffic ease up (it didn't help).

And that's the sum total of my in-person World Series experience. We had an awesome viewing party for Game 4 at Casa Orel but after Game 7...numbness. The Astros aren't even a really hateable team (Gurriel excepted, honorable mention to Reddick).

The Dodgers' extreme inactivity during the off-season reinforced my moribund mindset, although it's nice to have Matt Kemp back, for purely sentimental reasons.

So ready or not, we'll see how this season goes. We'll still do game/series threads (I think) but I know some of us are still looking for a hangover cure.

Go Blue (I can still muster that)!

Amen, SoSG Dusty.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

He's a closer, a scoundrel. You'd like him.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

GAH!!!




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