Friday, September 21, 2018

Series Thread (Games 154-156): Sept 21-23 vs. Padres

This picture doesn't have anything to do with my GT, but I did think of this game when looking at the Padres' starter for Sunday.

Fri 9/21 7p: Stripling vs. Lauer
Sat 9/22 6p: Hill vs. Nix
Sun 9/23 1p: Ryu vs. Lucchesi

This is it, the last home series of the year! The Dodgers are coming off a head of steam, sweeping Colorado for the first three games of this short homestand, seizing a 2.5 game lead on the division with nine games left. Hackneyed articles about the Dodgers' bloated payroll be damned; we are now a "blue-collar" team, according to Mike Lupica of mlb.com. So we need to keep grinding away at our magic number, currently at 8 for the division title.

There's more baseball to play.

That said, we always seem to do poorly against the bad teams (exhibit a: 1-6 record vs. Cincinnati this season), so do you think we'll keep up the grinding against a team that's not even .400 on the season (61-92)?

112 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers lineup still unavailable...hmm.

Orel said...

GAME 1
Hernández CF
Turner 3B
Machado SS
Freese 1B
Kemp LF
Puig RF
Grandal C
Dozier 2B
Stripling P

Orel said...

Strip cruises thru the 1st. Dodgers waste a JT double

Orel said...

Kiké makes a great diving catch to end the 2nd!

Orel said...

I don't know how we justify handing Machado $300M+ when he hasn't made an impact offensively this season

Orel said...

COL 2, ARI 2, bot 6

Orel said...

Strip gives up a 2-run HR to Renfroe. 2-1 Pads

Orel said...

Stripling is fool's gold. At 74 pitches in the 4th and struggling

Orel said...

Here's our chance. Two on, two out in the fifth...but Machado's up

Orel said...

Surprise surprise...he strikes out

Steve Sax said...

Madson grooves one and the Padres go up 3-1

Steve Sax said...

And Colorado is winning, B9

Orel said...

unbelievable

Steve Sax said...

@Orel, you’re all over Machado.

Orel said...

Wood in. Game over

Orel said...

That situation in the 5th with Machado is why we got him

Orel said...

So many weak fly balls to right

Orel said...

Good things happen when every guy doesn't try to hit a 5-run HR every AB

Steve Sax said...

Two RISP and JT flies out. 3-1 SD through seven.

Orel said...

Manny continues to be useless

Steve Sax said...

Machado doesn’t get on base to lead off the eighth.

Orel is gonna be pissed.

Steve Sax said...

Machado’s OPS+ with BAL this year: 163

With LAD: 116

Orel said...

Life! 3-1 now, 2 on with 2 out in the 8th

Steve Sax said...

Puig singles home Joc from second. 3-2

Orel said...

Death! Cody strikes out after working a 3-1 count

Steve Sax said...

John Axford, ladies and gentlemen. Watch him turn a one-run deficit into a three-run gap.

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Steve Sax said...

Hey, nice RBI for Machado in the ninth to make it a 5-3 loss!

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Panda Jenn said...

What's wrong Orel?

QuadSevens said...

GAME 2

Machado with a 3 run bomb on his bobblehead night! 6-0 in the third.

Steve Sax said...

Orel is still not impressed.

6-0 LA

QuadSevens said...

Joc opened the game with a bomb as well.

Steve Sax said...

Yasmani is SO BAD

Steve Sax said...

And, of course Yaz hits a HR

QuadSevens said...

He heard you again.

QuadSevens said...

Or was that Barnes last time?

Steve Sax said...

7-2 LA win. Magic number is 7

Orel said...

ugh I mean WIN

Orel said...

GAME 3 FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE SWEEP
Taylor LF
Turner 3B
Freese 1B
Machado SS
Hernández CF
Kemp RF
Dozier 2B
Barnes C
Ryu P

Steve Sax said...

Machado in cleanup! Orel is gonna be psyched

Steve Sax said...

Meanwhile, Dozier + Barnes in the 7-8 holes means we are giving away every other inning or so

Orel said...

Maybe bat Machado 8th?

Steve Sax said...

Machado HR! 1-0, B2

Steve Sax said...

Kemp celebrates his 34th birthday with a HR! 2-0 LA, B2

Steve Sax said...

Bases get loaded, including a Dozier wild pitch K on which he reaches, and a Ryu single.

But JT flies out with the bases juiced. 2-0 through 2.

QuadSevens said...

Couple of great looking swings for the HRs.

QuadSevens said...

With Wil Myers coming to the plate, Dieter plays the Halloween theme on the organ. Love it.

Steve Sax said...

Barnes with a HR? Holy shit

QuadSevens said...

Barnes!!

Steve Sax said...

4-0 LA

Daniels Jewelers is going out of business

QuadSevens said...

Ryu with his second hit now!

QuadSevens said...

Freese knocks in Ryu. 5-0 Dodgers!

Steve Sax said...

Machado with another RBI

Steve Sax said...

6-0

QuadSevens said...

Kemp with 2 more RBIs! 8-0!

Steve Sax said...

You’re totally right, Kemp! I need to know the future of water

Steve Sax said...

Kemp and Machado are having great days here

Steve Sax said...

Dozier, not so much

Orel said...

Maybe I need to become a Dozier hater now

Steve Sax said...

AJ Ellis sighting!!!

Steve Sax said...

Ryu had four hits all season, and has three this afternoon.

Steve Sax said...

Yes Rick Monday, we understand what “making observations” means

Steve Sax said...

Muncy 2-rbi PH single!

10-0 LA

Steve Sax said...

Machado just misses a XBH

Orel said...

WIN

Orel said...

Snakes eliminated hahahahahaha

Steve Sax said...

I credit Machado