Monday, October 01, 2018

Game 163 Thread: Oct 1 vs. Rox, 1p

Buehler (7-5, 2.75) vs. Marquez (14-10, 3.76)

Unsatisfied with playing 162 games this season, the Dodgers opted to go one more round with the Colorado Rockies, in a matinee game today that will determine who goes to a best-of-five series vs the Braves, and who goes to a winner-take-all one-game series against an NL Central team.

And these are some hot rocks we're up against today, winners of nine in their last ten.

But wait, say you: didn't four of those games come against a Phillies team whose manager, still probably sore about losing the Dodgers job to Dave Roberts, might have told his Phillies to roll over and get pounded, 39-7 over four games?

And didn't two of the Rockies' wins over the Nationals this past weekend come against mediocre pitching, whereas they were routed 12-2 when they finally faced a real starter (Stephen Strasburg: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER)?

And weren't the Rockies' last seven games at home in hitter-friendly Coors Field?

And aren't the Dodgers 12-7 this year vs. the Rockies, punctuated most recently by a sweep at home in mid-September?

Well, we'll see how hot these rocks really are, I suppose, in this critical game. Sure, German Marquez struck out the first eight batters in his last start, but again, it was against the Phillies. And he's 2-0 against us this year in three starts, but that third start lasted only six innings, was a ND, and the Rockies lost 12-4.

On our side, Buehler struck 12 Rockies over six innings on September 19 (two starts ago), so he'll be no slouch. In fact, I think I can already hear him greeting the Rockies this afternoon:

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

Woo woo!

Note: You want some bulletin board material for this game? Try this article from today's Denver Post, in which they liken Justin Turner to Randy Newman's "big nasty redhead." Hmm.

120 comments:

QuadSevens said...

That Denver Post article is crazy/hilarious.

"If the Dodgers played Russia," Rockies fan Brian Outzen said, "I would sit in the stands dressed in red with a bottle of vodka and start the chant: 'Let's go comrades.'"

spank said...

Tim Kurkjian needs to be put out to pasture. dudes voice is worse than water boarding.

Orel said...

GAME 163! GODDAMN GAME 163!
Pederson LF
Turner 3B
Muncy 1B
Machado SS
Grandal C
Bellinger CF
Puig RF
Hernández 2B
Buehler P

Hideo Nomo said...

DAMMIT

Orel said...

MIL 1, CHC 1, bot 6

Orel said...

blows smoke from gun

Orel said...

Keith Williams Jr. is singing the national anthem!

spank said...

and Keith Richards is still alive....go figure.

Orel said...

It's those heroin-friendly genes

Pride of Dong said...

Work Streaming and playing MPQ, no one bit of work is being done today!

spank said...

Lets Go Heroin!!

Orel said...

HERE WE GO

Orel said...

Wouldn't have it any other way PoD

Orel said...

13 pitches for Buehler in the 1st

spank said...

uneventful top of first.

Orel said...

Joc Ks

Orel said...

That wide outside pitch not being called for a strike?

Orel said...

JT grounds out

Orel said...

Muncy Ks on a nasty curveball? Slider?

Steve Sax said...

Obligatory derision from the ESPN broadcasters, about unfilled Dodger Stadium.

Unbelievable.

Steve Sax said...

0-0 through 1.

Marquez looking good.

Steve Sax said...

Great grab of Muncy in foul territory, to take out Arenado for out #1 in the 2nd.

Orel said...

Buehler 23 pitches thru 2

spank said...

noice Buehler

QuadSevens said...

I'm going to be taking a lot of water breaks here at work. Game is on in the kitchen.

Orel said...

Manny singles to start the bottom of the 2nd!

Steve Sax said...

leadoff single for MANNY MACHADO

Orel said...

Bake some cookies, Quad. You can linger in the kitchen and no one will complain

Steve Sax said...

@Quad 1:31p: Move to the kitchen

Steve Sax said...

Nice catch by Dahl, but it's as good as a sacrifice for Grandal

Steve Sax said...

Manny takes second base. One out.

Orel said...

At least Sciambi is an enthusiastic play-caller

Orel said...

Replay shows Bellinger safe, but the out call is upheld

spank said...

weak sauce umps. Belli safe

spank said...

Puig you suck,holmes.

Steve Sax said...

Puig Ks after Bellinger sacrifices Machado to third.

0-0 through 2.

QuadSevens said...

Puig chasing some bad pitches there. Looked like the old Puig.

Steve Sax said...

Desmond HBP to start the third.

Steve Sax said...

Dylan Hernandez also laments the empty stadium.

Steve Sax said...

Machado with a sweet play to get the first out.

Orel said...

Manny still bringing the D!

QuadSevens said...

A move to the kitchen is probably in my future. Cookies, probably not.

Orel said...

Buehler walks Blackmon. Two on, two out

spank said...

looks like a picked the wrong time to stop drinking booze.

Orel said...

May I suggest oatmeal & chocolate chip, Quad

Orel said...

phew

Steve Sax said...

Buehler escapes the third with two on.

0-0 through 2.5

Orel said...

Buehler!

Orel said...

Walks!

spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Orel said...

Yeah, JT thoroughly fooled by Marquez there

QuadSevens said...

There's cake in the kitchen. Yum!

QuadSevens said...

I'm using the sweets to distract myself from the terrible hitting.

Orel said...

Buehler is overthrowing

Orel said...

Grandal with the rare CS!

Orel said...

Great AB by Manny but he strikes out

Orel said...

Grandal Ks on a ball in the dirt

Orel said...

CODYBOOM

spank said...

Woo Woo!!

Orel said...

Puig follows with a double!

Orel said...

Gotta jump from the GT. Hold down the fort, folks!

QuadSevens said...

Joc with a leadoff double in the fifth.

Steve Sax said...

Damn, JT is cold.

QuadSevens said...

Muncy!!

QuadSevens said...

4-0 Dodgers!

spank said...

Funky Muncy with a bomb

Steve Sax said...

Buehler finally cedes one hit.

Steve Sax said...

In the sixth no less

spank said...

KeyKay double

QuadSevens said...

Buehler with an RBI single!

spank said...

and Ferris brings KeyKay in. 5-0 Doyers. Woo Woo

QuadSevens said...

Buehler is giving his best Kershaw impression. Doing it with the bat and on the bump.

QuadSevens said...

Buehler earns a great ovation as he's pulled after 6.2 IP. Baez coming in.

QuadSevens said...

JT and Muncy with back to back singles in the bottom of the 7th. Nobody out.

Steve Sax said...

Just got back from a meeting, and re-wound the DVR to watch the five runs. Wow.

And then I caught back up to live to see Machado GIDP. Ugh.

Steve Sax said...

Oberg chased. JT still on third. Two out, B7

QuadSevens said...

Machado GIDP. Turner still on third.

Steve Sax said...

The cricket fuzzy mascot is really creepy.

Steve Sax said...

Mila Kunis, not so creepy.

Steve Sax said...

Jake McGee in to pitch for the Rockies.

Steve Sax said...

Really good chatting with all you guys today. Especially since I wanted to be there today, but work schedules held me back.

Steve Sax said...

Grandal up. Get JT home, Yaz.

Steve Sax said...

Yasmani is 0-for-3 but his last AB was better

Steve Sax said...

3-0 count.

Pride of Dong said...

Does Kike get to play catcher?

Steve Sax said...

And, Yasmani works it back to a K. Oh well.

5-0 through 7.

Steve Sax said...

Iannetta lines out to JT. One out.

Steve Sax said...

That's it for Baez. Alexander gets the call.

QuadSevens said...

I like the new and improved Baez!

Steve Sax said...

Fangraphs blog is saying Colorado should now preserve its bullpen for tomorrow's WCG. That doesn't seem to be how Bud Black is playing it, as he's on his fourth pitcher.

Steve Sax said...

@Quad: Just remember, the Baez giveth, and the Baez taketh away.

Steve Sax said...

I'd not heard this group of Boog Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, and David Ross. Interesting.

Blackmon beats the shift, one-out single.

Steve Sax said...

Alexander yanked, Maeda coming in to pitch.

QuadSevens said...

Time to head out. Going to finish this one on the radio.

Steve Sax said...

Super-smooth play by Turner to get LeMahieu at first.

Ross is bringing up the shadows, and Kaz Ishii getting hit on the head. I don't like that memory (even more so with Maeda on the mound right now).

Steve Sax said...

LeMahieu out after review. Two out. Blackmon on second.

spank said...

noice Maeda

spank said...

Pepe LeMahieu

Steve Sax said...

Kenta's K of Dahl was sweeeeeet

Steve Sax said...

McGee gets Bellinger and Puig to both ground out, and then Black goes to DJ Johnson in the pen. What is up with that?

Why would he want to use another arm in this situation?!

Steve Sax said...

Kike grounds to third on one pitch.

5-0 LA, we go to the ninth.

Steve Sax said...

One pitch from Kenley --> HR from Arenado. 5-1 Colorado.

Steve Sax said...

Kenley with a 1-2 count on Story, this looks shaky again.

Steve Sax said...

Kenley missed badly, 2-2 count.

Steve Sax said...

Kenley keeps shaking off signs. And now it's 5-2 on a story HR.

spank said...

Kenley you mutt

QuadSevens said...

Oh shit!

Steve Sax said...

CarGo, unassisted groundout to first. One out.

Steve Sax said...

0-2 count to Desmond, but that second strike was a gift.

Sutcliffe saying Kenley has no command on his cutter, so he's just throwing heat.

Now 1-2 count.

Steve Sax said...

shadows shadows shadows shadows

Steve Sax said...

Jansen is missing BAD here

Steve Sax said...

2-2 count

Steve Sax said...

Great called strike three there to Desmond.

Steve Sax said...

GOT HIM!

Steve Sax said...

SIX CONSECUTIVE NL WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

spank said...

that's a division wrap

Steve Sax said...

OH, IS THAT "i LOVE LA" PLAYING???!!!

QuadSevens said...

Take that Denver Post! Woohoo!

Neeebs said...

Kenley is not so friendly to my nerves.

Orel said...

WIN