Saturday, October 20, 2018

NLCS Game 7 Thread: Oct 20 @ Brewers, 5p

Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62) vs. Jhoulys Chachin (15-8, 3.50)

For almost a full year now, I have lived in fear of the baseball gods.

These baseball gods have not been kind to me, a diehard Dodger fan. They have denied me playoff joys so many times during my lifetime, crescendoing in the last six years of consecutive NL West division crowns, which were followed by brutal disappointments. The 2013 NLCS loss to the Cardinals, followed up by an even worse dispatching in the 2014 LDS by the same team. Zack Greinke falling short in the 2015 LDS to the Mets. The NLCS loss to the eventual world champion Cubs in 2016. And the worst one, the gut-wrenching World Series loss in Game 7 last year.

I went to 2017 World Series Game 1 (with SoSG Orel; one of the best games of my life and needing a much overdue blogpost), as well as Game 2 (with my wife; probably the best baseball game I have ever witnessed if not for the sad outcome).

And then I had a shot to go to Game 7.

And I passed. I figured that the downside of the potential loss was much greater than the upside gain of the potential win. SoSG AC went without me. I was sad, but I was hoping the baseball gods would appreciate my sacrifice.

They didn't. The Dodgers lost in excruciating fashion. And I was sentenced to this past year of absolute baseball hell.

In 2018, I've tried even harder to be deferential to these baseball gods, following my Dodgers' many travails along the way. Losing three of four to the Giants in April. The depths of nine games below .500. The early loss of Corey Seager. The early bouts of ineffectiveness of Kenley Jansen's cutter. Justin Turner's wrist injury. Another Clayton Kershaw DL stint. Sitting in fourth place in the division, in June. Dylan Floro's walk-off balk loss. Kike Hernandez throwing BP to lose a critical game. The string of bullpen collapses. Chris Taylor's league-leading 178 Ks. The 1-6 record against the Cincinnati Reds. Brian Dozier. The river of shit on the Dodger Stadium field. Multiple power outages. The ignominy of having to play a game 163 against the Colorado Rockies, just to advance to the LDS. Having to listen to Joe Buck and John Smoltz' anti-Dodgers banter this whole fucking series.

Enough.

I'm breaking free of these shackles that the baseball gods have tried to place upon me. I'm not bowing to them any more.

The Dodgers are winning. I'm calling it.

I'm not even going to talk about the Brewers, as I'm moving forward. I'm not even giving this Milwaukee team the courtesy of a label for this blogpost. I'm already preparing for the World Series matchup with the Red Sox, whom we last saw in 2016 (we went 2-1). We're 12-8 this year in interleague play, which may not be as good as Boston's 16-4, but they haven't seen us yet. And we'll have a well-rested Clayton Kershaw, who won't be needed in today's blowout victory.

Fuck you, baseball gods. We're winning this Game 7, and going on to Boston.

Hasa diga eebowai.

(and speaking of LDS:)

132 comments:

Orel said...

No Brewers label. Saxy ain't fuckin around

Orel said...

No Knebel label either. Eat it, Brewers

Orel said...

Pederson LF
Muncy 1B
Turner 3B
Machado SS
Bellinger CF
Puig RF
Taylor 2B
Barnes C
Buehler P

QuadSevens said...

Great GT Sax!

And now I need to find tickets to The Book of Mormon. Hilarious song!

Orel said...

Totally worth it Quad

Steve Sax said...

“Does it mean ‘No worries for the rest of your days’?”

“Kind of......”

QuadSevens said...

Loved that part!

Hideo Nomo said...

I BELIEEEEEEEEEEVE!!!!

Steve Sax said...

We need a big game from Puig

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Great GT Saxy! I’m pumped! Let’s go!

Alex Cora said...

Lets GOOOOOOOOOOO!

Orel said...

HERE WE GOOOOOO

Orel said...

One pitch one out. Great

Franklin Stubbs said...

Burn the mofo to the ground.

Orel said...

Muncy walks

Franklin Stubbs said...

5 minutes of SmoltzBuck was too much. Rolling with Don Jaime once more

spank said...

epale y'all. im just gonna sit here and act as if there isnt a pair of big tits with a lady attached to them behind home plate

Orel said...

JT GIDP

Orel said...

Stay strong Spank

Orel said...

When's the last time JT came through?

Orel said...

K

Franklin Stubbs said...

Balls

Orel said...

Yelich HR. Game over

QuadSevens said...

So glad i sat down to see that crap.

Orel said...

What's more disappointing, pitching or hitting?

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yes

QuadSevens said...

Keeping it positive here. We knew we’d have to score at least one. Let’s do this!

Franklin Stubbs said...

No runs, no wins. Might as well get to it

Steve Sax said...

Johnny Hustle!!!

Orel said...

Manny bunt single???

QuadSevens said...

Ballsy bunt there by Machado!

Orel said...

MOTHERCODYFUCKINGBELLINGER

QuadSevens said...

Bellinger!! 2 run bomb!!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Boooooom!

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

BELLIMOMB!!!

Orel said...

Puig doubles. Crotch chops for everyone!

Steve Sax said...

Heder is up!

Orel said...

C'mon Barnes, clear the pitcher here

Orel said...

Oh wait 1 out anyway

Orel said...

Way to score the guy in scoring position. But we got the lead

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I’ll take a lead.

Orel said...

Buehler touching 98. Just needs command

Orel said...

KK

Steve Sax said...

Big K there from Buehler on aguilar

Orel said...

Heart attack on that 2nd out of the 2nd

Orel said...

Buehler doesn't have it tonight

QuadSevens said...

I hate Arcia.

QuadSevens said...

He’s missing up with a lot of pitches. A little too amped up I think.

Orel said...

Just throwing heaters. Two men on, we could be down two in a second

Orel said...

Hader time

Orel said...

Hader throws just as fast as Buehler but has much better command

QuadSevens said...

His arm angle makes the slider impossible to hit if you don’t recognize it early.

Orel said...

KK

K

I think

Orel said...

Slightly less frustrating seeing our hitters get owned by Hader as opposed to Miley or Chacín

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I’ll take Bueller over Hater any day! Fuck that guy!

QuadSevens said...

Still sucks seeing a lead off single get stranded.

QuadSevens said...

Well, not stranded in this case. But not scoring.

Orel said...

Puig is killing us. First GIDP then misplays a fly ball

QuadSevens said...

Buehler saves Puig.

Orel said...

Buehler strands the leadoff double. He's settling down...?

Orel said...

KKKKKK

Orel said...

CT3BB

Orel said...

Hader is as advertised. 3 scoreless

QuadSevens said...

I hope it’s only 3 scoreless.

Orel said...

Yup. Santana PH for Hader

Steve Sax said...

AC and I are wondering what Buck and Smoltz are going to talk about, now that Hader is out

Orel said...

KKKKKKK

Orel said...

Wonder why Counsell didn't save Hader for later innings

Orel said...

Cain knocks Buehler out with two out in the 5th

QuadSevens said...

They’ll second guess everything Doc has done.

Orel said...

Sax @6:47: Hader

Orel said...

Urias vs Yelich

QuadSevens said...

CT3 with a game saving catch! Holy shit!

Steve Sax said...

TAYLOR!!!

Orel said...

Holy shit that CT3 catch!!!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Whew!

Orel said...

We're into the rest of their bullpen and have 1st & 2nd with no out in the 6th

Orel said...

Now 1st & 3rd with 2 out

QuadSevens said...

PUIG!!!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

Buck and Smoltz sound like they are at a funeral, those fucks

Franklin Stubbs said...

PUIGIGIGIGGIGIG

QuadSevens said...

They really are terrible announcers.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Jefress = Dodgers’ Bitch

Orel said...

12 MORE OUTS

spank said...

holy motherfuckiung shit that puig homerun was rad.i went all butt wild up in this bitch!

Franklin Stubbs said...
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Franklin Stubbs said...

Loved the bat flip.

Orel said...

9 MORE OUTS

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

9 more outs baby!

QuadSevens said...

Kiké needs his bat to wake up. Maybe this infield single will be the start.

Franklin Stubbs said...

Maybe not.

QuadSevens said...

Kenley already up in the seventh?

QuadSevens said...

Kenley coming in with two down in the seventh.

Steve Sax said...

Kenley NOW?!!!

Orel said...

Wow Kenley in the 7th with two out, one on

Steve Sax said...

Why Kenley now?

QuadSevens said...

I’m guessing Kershaw is the next guy up unless we score some more runs.

Steve Sax said...

I guess it’s because we are at the #9 batters now?

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Someone explain this Jansen thing cuz i’m too drunk

Franklin Stubbs said...

Maybe to for the heart of the order? I mean, 7 outs isn’t crazy, but ai’d day Kenley for the 8th and Kershaw to close out

Orel said...

Where's Baez?

Orel said...

6 MORE OUTS

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

6-pack more outs!

Orel said...

JT is really struggling with the high cheese

Orel said...

Woodruff just sawed through the heart of our order

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Woodruff is the real deal. He’s solid.

Orel said...

Kenley facing the top of the Brewers' order in the 8th. This is why he's in

Orel said...

Kenley gets Yelich to chase a high fastball for strike three!

Orel said...

THREE MORE OUTS

QuadSevens said...

Kenley looked great! 4 up 4 down.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

3 Tres Three iii

Orel said...

1st & 3rd with no out in the 8th!

Franklin Stubbs said...

Not puig’s proudest slide, but OK.

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Orel said...

welp

Franklin Stubbs said...

Yikes. Hope we don’t need any of those

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

3 mas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QuadSevens said...

Let’s do this Kershaw!

Orel said...

TWO MORE OUTS

Franklin Stubbs said...

One more

Orel said...

ONE MORE OUT

Franklin Stubbs said...

Kershaw is AMPED even by his standards

Franklin Stubbs said...

World Series Bishes

QuadSevens said...

WOOHOO!! WORLD SERIES BOUND!!

Orel said...

HOORAY WE'RE GOING TO GET CRUSHED BY THE RED SOX

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

WE MAKE PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!

Orel said...

Oh — WIN

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

I love you guys! Happy World Seriers! Thanks SOSG for giving us a platform to come together and share the good and the bad.

spank said...

good stuff fuckers! salud! see yall tuesday

QuadSevens said...

Well said DBT! Cheers to all the Sons and Readers! Love you all!

Orel said...

You guys are the best! Love having your friendly faces around for these moments

Steve Sax said...

WIN!!!!

Wow I am so getting drunk