Monday, April 30, 2018

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.

82 comments:

QuadSevens said...

Here's some more bad news to add to the pile. Just got an alert saying that Corey Seager is having Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

QuadSevens said...

With this new development, I'm guessing Kike will play SS most of the time. The only question is, do we fill Seager's spot with Verdugo or a pitcher?

Orel said...

They called up Valera

QuadSevens said...

Welp. Let's see how this goes.

karen said...

I can't believe we're in a place where we are starting ChickenStrip against the athlete formerly known as Sponge Worthy. Almost sounds like a joke,

karen said...

(sighhhh) ChickenStrip gives up a solo shot to Pollock. 1-0 snakes with no out in 2.

karen said...

CT3 in for Corey and I think Kike is in center. I don't know for sure because there is no posted lineup. Looking at you Orel!!!! :)

karen said...

The Strip gives up 2 more before getting out of 2nd. 3-0 snakes.

Orel said...

GAME 1
not Corey Seager because he's hurt and should have had his elbow rebuilt right after the World Series SS
Utley 2B
Grandal C
Bellinger 1B
Pederson LF
Verdugo RF
Hernández CF
Muncy 3B
Stripling P

karen said...

THANKS OREL!!!!

Orel said...

You got it kid

karen said...

Bad strike 3 call on Joc.

karen said...

Whoever said there's no crying in baseball (Tom Hanks) obviously was not a Dodger fan. 4-0 snakes through 4. T_T...

karen said...

This is getting hard to watch. What if it's like this the whole summer?? 5-0 snakes.

Orel said...

It's going to be like this the whole summer. Sorry.

Steve Sax said...

But we scored two!

karen said...

Very nice catch by the Silver Fox to end the 6th. now 5-2 snakes.

karen said...

I finally get Matty back and we suck. This is not good.

karen said...

Muncy makes it 5-3...maybe this will get interesting.

Orel said...

Maybe we will lose by one?

karen said...

7-3 snakes through 7.

Orel said...

Um.

QuadSevens said...

Joc with a sac fly. 7-4 now in the 8th. Kemp about to pinch hit.

karen said...

Matty pinch hits a rbi in the 8th...7-5 snakes.

QuadSevens said...

Kemp battled and won! RBI single. 7-5 Kiké up now.

QuadSevens said...

The home plate ump has been garbage.

karen said...

Pollock hits his third solo tonight. 8-5 snakes.

QuadSevens said...

Losing streak! Shit.

Orel said...

GAME 2
Taylor SS
Pederson CF
Grandal C
Bellinger 1B
Kemp RF
Utley 2B
Verdugo LF
Muncy 3B
Kershaw P

QuadSevens said...

Bellinger hits a two run bomb! Kershaw has a lead? 2-1 after three.

Orel said...

Dodgers lead 3-1 in the 4th. Buckle up, Goldschmidt is up

Orel said...

Who is Christian Walker?

Cliff Beefpile said...

I missed the first few innings, looks like Kersh is scuffling a bit...for him, that is.

Orel said...

Or is this the new Kershaw? (cries)

Orel said...

The bullpen has showed up with gas cans

Cliff Beefpile said...

Boy howdy, is this bullpen terrible. I'm not an advocate for going after Machado...but some bullpen help seems necessary for this season to be anything other than a total wash.

Cliff Beefpile said...

foie grois gets the Blue out of a jam with minimal damage.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Bob's Boxburgers?

karen said...

Last night Alanna was reporting on the bench in the visitors dugout. How the snakes had it built on a downward slant so visitors never get comfortable and that's why Clayton never sits on it when pitching. Last night he was sitting on a folding chair.

Orel said...

Gamesmanship.

Orel said...

GAME 3
Pederson CF
Verdugo LF
Grandal C
Bellinger 1B
Kemp RF
Utley 2B
Hernández SS
Muncy 3B
Ryu P

Orel said...

Dodgers up 1-0 but Ryu is removed from the game with an injury

QuadSevens said...

Ryu leaves the game with an injury so of course th first guy up is Baez.

QuadSevens said...

Baez strikes out two? Baez strikes out two!

Steve Sax said...

We are winning 1-0.

We've got this one in the bag.

Cliff Beefpile said...

What fresh Hell is this?! Why is Baez in in the 4th?

QuadSevens said...

Baez with two and two thirds scoreless. Hudson with one scoreless.

karen said...

What kind of injury for Ryu?

QuadSevens said...

Left groin strain.

QuadSevens said...

Hudson strikes out Goldy and Pollack for a clean 6th. Still up 1-0.

karen said...

Daniel Hudson looking impressive so far

karen said...

Thanks Q7

Orel said...

How is the score still 1-0.

karen said...

Orel...Luck and good living?

QuadSevens said...

Anytime Karen.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Ugh, here comes Fields...

QuadSevens said...

First and third one out as Kenley starts to get loose in the pen.

QuadSevens said...

Holy shit we survived! Double play!

QuadSevens said...

2-0 Dodgers going to the ninth.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Kee-kay saves the day with the double play!

karen said...

Buckle up

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Kenley throwing harder tonight.

Orel said...

So close...

Orel said...

Kenley's on, what, three weeks' rest?

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Dammit! Can’t we have a nice clean ninth and call it a night?!?!

Orel said...

Never.

karen said...

Win. Win? WIN!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

We make anxious party

Steve Sax said...

I can't believe we won

I'm still drunk

Orel said...

WIN

Orel said...

GAME 4
Taylor SS
Hernandez 2B
Kemp RF
Bellinger 1B
Barnes C
Farmer 3B
Verdugo LF
Locastro CF
Wood P

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Is that he OKC or LAD lineup? I can’t tell anymore.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Crazy top of the 8th!

Steve Sax said...

How many GIDPs is Verdugo gonna have? He's tracking for at least one per game

Steve Sax said...

5-2 LA, mid 9. Dodgers score four in the eighth, two off of Jorge De La Rosa WPs

Steve Sax said...

WE WIN!

Steve Sax said...

Chargois with the win, Jansen with this fifth save

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers 1-0 on Facebook Watch

Orel said...

WIN

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

SOSG's IT department needs to create some live game/comment stream like Facebook's. That was kinda cool.

You can even sell our personal info to Cambridge Analytics and make a little cheddar on the side!

Steve Sax said...

Wait it’s Cambridge Analytica? Oh shit, we just signed a deal with Camembert Analytica.

No cheddar for us.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Better than Cambridge Anal-leakytica.