Sunday, September 30, 2018

Series Thread (Games 160-162): Sept 28-30 @ Gnats


Fri, 9/28 7:15p: Ryu vs. Bumgarner
Sat, 9/29 1:05p: Kershaw vs. Rodriguez
Sun, 9/30 12:05p: Buehler Hill vs. Suarez

(Quick note: I've paid so little attention to the Gnats this year that I have no idea who Rodriguez and Suarez are.)

Hey, remember last Saturday? 2.5 games up in the division with 7 to play? So cool, right? It's amazing what going 1-3 against out-of-contention division rivals will do to your spirits. (Not the spirits we've ingested since then, but those are in play this weekend too.) In that same span, the Rockies have gone 5-0 and now sit 1 game up in the division going into the final weekend.

But just how final will this final weekend be for our beloved, but, let's be honest, wholly mediocre 2018 Dodgers? Well, they'd have to be truly, spectacularly awful in San Francisco to miss the postseason entirely. They do have a 1 game lead on the Cardinals for the second Wild Card, so only getting swept by the Giants, combined with the Cardinals sweeping the Cubs, would mean the Dodgers season would end on Sunday. Not outside the realm of possibility, but let's think a little more positively. (SoSG Patron Saint of Positivity Karina and old friend Yvonne Carrasco would have it no other way.)

The best way for the Dodgers to play past Sunday is to JUST WIN, BABY! A sweep of the Gnats would guarantee a Wild Card spot and maaaayyybe secure a division win, if the red-hot Rockies pick this weekend to up and die. Two out of three isn't as great, but would guarantee at least a tiebreaker game with the Cards for the WC.

So, yeah, this season, which started with a river of shit, is coming to a potentially painful finish. But it could also be the start of something AMAZING. What are you going to do, not watch? Well, I mean yeah, you're not, because you don't have Spectrum. But you're going to at least pay attention, right?!

GO BLUE! (Pretty please?)

UPDATE 9/30 9a (Sax): With the Dodgers and Rockies tied after 161 games, Rich Hill will take the mound today for the Dodgers. Holy shit, I'm freaking out here.

124 comments:

Orel said...

GAME 1 THE GIANTS WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE THE GIANTS
Hernández RF
Turner 3B
Freese 1B
Machado SS
Kemp LF
Taylor CF
Grandal C
Dozier 2B
Ryu P

Orel said...

Dereck Rodriguez has been pretty good from what I can tell

Orel said...

Nats leave the bases loaded in the top of the 2nd. Rox GIDP with two on in the bottom of the 2nd. 0-0 after 2

Steve Sax said...

That's a damn good GT, Gnomes!

Orel said...

Nats leave the bases loaded in the top of the 3rd

Hideo Nomo said...

Thanks! Back on that horse!

Hideo Nomo said...

Nats are Dodger-esque with RISP.

Orel said...

COL 1, WSH 0, bot 3

Orel said...

Turner 2-RBI triple makes it 2-1 Nats, top 4!

Orel said...

ugh

Orel said...

ugh

Orel said...

Rox winning, Dodgers losing

Orel said...

Rox won, Dodgers tied

Hideo Nomo said...

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT

Orel said...

Rox win, Dodgers winning

QuadSevens said...

Turner!!

QuadSevens said...

Kiké owns MadBum! 3 for 3 and 2 runs.

Orel said...

Let's see some small ball now

Orel said...

Not like that, Manny

spank said...

we ahead in runs and everyone split? what the fuck,man?! come on fuckers. FUCK THE GNATS!!

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

To quote pet Sematary... sometimes, dead is better!
But to also quote Monty python “we’re not dead yet!”

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Oye. Muncy Mia

spank said...

oh shit. no wonder. te chingastes pinche Doyers. you were two games ahead last time i checked. I'm in a Rams bliss at the moment. forgive me,bishes.

Orel said...

WIN

Orel said...

C'mon Spank we got this. Maybe.

spank said...

i hope so,Orel. i really do.

Steve Sax said...

Two games to play. One game back.

Steve Sax said...

Early game today, too: we play before Nats@Rox

Orel said...

GAME 2 KERSHAW'S LAST STAND???
Pederson LF
Turner 3B
Muncy 1B
Machado SS
Bellinger CF
Puig RF
Grandal C
Hernández 2B
Kershaw P

Orel said...

STL 2, CHC 1, bot 6

Orel said...

STL 2, CHC 1, top 9

Orel said...

Goddammit Cards win

Hideo Nomo said...

I like this lead off every inning with a home run strategy.

QuadSevens said...

Gnats take the lead in the 3rd. 3-2.

QuadSevens said...

Kiké ties it up with a double to right center! 3-3!

QuadSevens said...

Kershaw with a 2 RBI single! 5-3 Dodgers!

Hideo Nomo said...

Grandal drops a relay at the plate. Must be a day ending in y. 5-4 Dodgers.

QuadSevens said...

Gnats tie it up on a sac fly.

QuadSevens said...

Kershaw due up second. He’s gonna try to hit a bomb.

QuadSevens said...

Kiké with a leadoff single. Toles batting for Kershaw.

Orel said...

Manny triple puts the Dodgers ahead in the 8th!

Orel said...

Back-to-back 2-out singles by Kiké and Kemp in the 9th

QuadSevens said...

Geico!!

Orel said...

CT3 insurance! 7-5 Dodgers

QuadSevens said...

Bases loaded for Muncy now.

QuadSevens said...

Muncy places it perfectly down the left field line! 2 run double!

Orel said...

So much insurance! We're gonna need it

Orel said...

Kenley allows the inherited runner to score in the 9th. 10-6 with two out

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Please... end. this. thing.

Orel said...

WIN

QuadSevens said...

Wild Card! Now we need the Nationals to win.

spank said...

right on!

Orel said...

5-0 Nats, still batting in the 2nd!

Orel said...

6-1 Nats in the 5th

Orel said...

6-2 Nats, bot 6

Orel said...

9-2 Nats, still batting in the 7th

Orel said...

10-2 in the 8th!

QuadSevens said...

Love that the Nationals decided to wake up.

Orel said...

12-2 going into bot 9

Orel said...

(they) WIN

Steve Sax said...

Holy smokes this sets up a crazy day tomorrow, with all games starting at the same time!

QuadSevens said...

Sherzer doesn’t get my vote for the Cy Young anymore.

Steve Sax said...

Just updated the post: we're starting Hill (10-6, 3.87) vs. San Francisco's Suarez (7-12, 4.22).

Nationals start Fedde (2-3, 5.24) vs. Colorado's Anderson (6-9, 4.76).

Panda Jenn said...

THIS IS KAREN!!! I had to hi-jack my daughter's laptop because I CAN'T STAND not posting every game.

Watching last nights game was like being on a roller coaster with a bad hangover.

Fuck the Phillies for rolling over for the Rox. What happened to fielding your best team when there are Post Season implications??? Karma is a bitch Phiwwies and it's coming your way.

Finally, I am both surprised and totally beyond myself with excitement about where we are in the standings today. I am not saying anything more because i don't want to go anywhere near the whole jinx thing.

I will be with you all in spirit today and living and dying with every single freaking pitch.

Orel said...

GAME 3 FOR ALL THE MARBLES, OR MAYBE HALF OF THEM
Taylor LF
Turner 3B
Freese 1B
Machado SS
Hernández CF
Kemp RF
Grandal C
Dozier 2B
Hill P

Orel said...

Karen!!! Feel free to chime in more via your Panda alter ego. Yes, fuck the Phillies...but thanks to the Nats? We'll see...

Orel said...

CT3 leadoff IBB!

Orel said...

JT RBI double makes it 1-0!

Orel said...

Freese RBI makes it 2-0!

Orel said...

Manny GIDP and Kiké grounds out. Good start!

Orel said...

Blackmon triples in the Rockies' first AB. Gonna be that kinda day

Orel said...

K

Orel said...

Dozier can't hit but he can field! Nice play for the 2nd out in the 1st

Orel said...

Pop foul to Grandal, who caught it and didn't drop it! 1-2-3 in 11 pitches for Hill

QuadSevens said...

Good start for the Dodgers. Let’s keep it up now guys!

Orel said...

Arenado homers. 2-0 Rox in the 1st

Orel said...

Kemp leadoff single in the 2nd

Orel said...

Dozier BB

Orel said...

Hill GIDP

QuadSevens said...

Dammit Hill! Terrible bunt!

Orel said...

Another 1-2-3 inning for DM!

QuadSevens said...

Btw...Love the individual game titles Orel.

Orel said...

3rd: JT HBP, Freese 2B

Orel said...

Machado RBI-single makes it 3-0!

Orel said...

Kiké RBI-single makes it 4-0!

QuadSevens said...

Kiké has been hot!

Orel said...

Kemp RBI-double makes it 6-0!

QuadSevens said...

Can the NL West tie breaker be run differential?

Orel said...

WP brings in Kemp. 7-0!

Orel said...

You're on the same page as Gnomes, 7777

Orel said...

Dozier HR! That's how you know things are going our way. 9-0!

Orel said...

Rox lead 4-0

QuadSevens said...

Gnomes knows what’s up!

Orel said...

Another 1-2-3 for DM

Orel said...

TEN TO ZERO

QuadSevens said...

Kiké with another multi hit game.

Orel said...

ELEVEN TO ZERO

QuadSevens said...

I hope the Rockies see this score in their stadium and start to worry.

Steve Sax said...

But Rox still up, 4-0

Steve Sax said...

Wow even Dozier has RBI today

Orel said...

TWELVE TO ZERO

QuadSevens said...

Splash bomb!!!

Orel said...

FOURTEEN TO ZERO

Orel said...

Rox lead 7-0

QuadSevens said...

Muncy with a pinch hit homer makes it 14-0!

QuadSevens said...

Kiké with a triple and he’s now 9 for 12 in this series.

Orel said...

Kiké > Yelich?

QuadSevens said...

Maybe. All I know is, every time Kiké comes up I expect a hit. And he delivers.

QuadSevens said...

1-2-3 fifth inning on only 6 pitches for Hill.

Steve Sax said...

7-0 COL

Orel said...

Will be nice to get the Rox out of Coors

QuadSevens said...

Especially since we just swept them in LA.

Orel said...

WHAT COULD GO WRONG

QuadSevens said...

For game 163, do both teams buy champagne and beer? Or is there just one supply that can wheeled from one clubhouse to the other?

Orel said...

Quad asking the hard questions!

QuadSevens said...

Hill with 7 shutout innings on 75 pitches. Awesome!

Steve Sax said...

9-0 Colorado.

Steve Sax said...

Quad has dibs on the unused champagne

Orel said...

Austin Barnes hit a HR. Quick, bottle this fairy dust!

QuadSevens said...

I’ll bring the excess champagne to any SoSG gathering.

QuadSevens said...

Pence 0 for 4 in his final game. Love it.

QuadSevens said...

Win!!

Orel said...

WIN

Orel said...

Buehler starts tomorrow