Wednesday, October 09, 2019

NLDS Game 5 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Stephen Strasburg.

Well, this is it: a LDS Game 5 (just like two of the other three LDS this year). And after four games of NLDS play, the Dodgers' chances to win are...not that changed from when the series began: 51.5% chance of winning (sorry, just updated to 57% on Wednesday morning). These best-of-five series are just so crazy, anything can happen--and the better team, let alone the better regular-season team, doesn't always win.

So it rests upon the shoulders of Walker Buehler, who owned the Nationals in Game 1, for the Dodgers; while the Nationals go with Stephen Strasburg, who shut the Dodgers down in Game 2. We have Clayton Kershaw available in the bullpen, not to mention Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen, neither of whom pitched in Game 4. SoSG AC and Dusty will be at the Stadium tonight to watch us win and advance.

Clench those sphincters. It's gonna be crazy tonight at the Stadium.

Go Dodgers!

UPDATE 10.30a: I just had a vision. Corey Seager is going to hit a big HR tonight that will be meaningful to the game's outcome. It's going to happen.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

NLDS Game 1 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Patrick Corbin.

Still with us? After dropping off the Game Thread treadmill earlier this year, I figured I had better put up a NLDS GT for posterity. The Nationals come in with a head of steam after beating Milwaukee in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday, but using aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the process. Today's LAT indicated that if Washington loses today, "the Nationals are in real trouble."

Well, the same could be said for the Dodgers with a Game 1 loss today. The Dodgers only wield a 52% chance of winning this first best-of-five series, in which randomness can play a HUGE part. I'm nervous. Strap in.

Go Dodgers!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Post-Game Thread (Games 115-117): Cards Sweep

Whoops, I was so excited by watching Sunday's walk-off victory at the Stadium (vs. San Diego), that I forgot to put up a post of us sweeping the Cardinals this week. Sweep card (since I couldn't find "card sweep"), above.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bunch Of Series Threads: July 26 - August 4, @ Nationals, @ Rockies, vs. Padres

The perfect picture for these three series: Wash Rocks, Father!

July 26-28 @ Washington Nationals: Fri 4p (Ryu), Sat 1p (Kershaw), Sun 10a (Buehler)
July 29-31 @ Colorado Rockies: Mon 5.30p, Tues 5.30p, Wed 12n
Aug 1-4 vs. San Diego Padres: Thu 7p, Fri 7p, Sat 6p, Sun 1p

Sorry, I'm going out of town so this is all I can do for these ten games. I'll be at the Sunday game with SoSG Orel, though.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Serieseses Threads: July 19-24 vs. Marlins, Angels

Fri 7/19 7p: Ryu vs. Gallen
Sat 7/20 6p: Kershaw vs. Alcantara
Sun 7/21 1p: Buehler vs. Yamamoto
Tue 7/23 7p: Maeda vs. TBD
Wed 7/24 7p: Stripling vs. Barria

Sorry, I'm going to be out of town this week. The Dodgers have two games off in this crazy homestand, and then get back on the road Thursday to face the Nationals. I don't anticipate I am going to have a ton of time to post comments. But at this point, I think I'm largely doing these game threads for myself anyway, which is still cool by me.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Series Thread (Games 96-99): July 15-18 @ Phillies

Not much of a video here, sorry

7.15 4p: Kershaw vs. Eflin
7.16 4p: Buehler vs. Velasquez
7.17 4p: Maeda vs. Pivetta
7.18 9.30a: Stripling vs. Nola

I didn't think we'd win two of three in Boston, but here we are. Much was made of the Los Angeles fans coming in force to Fenway Park this past weekend. Will we show up in Citizen's Bank Park as well, for four against the third-place Bryce Harpers?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Series Thread (Games 93-95): July 12-14 @ Red Sox

7/12: Maeda vs. Rodriguez
7/13: Stripling vs. Sale
7/14: Ryu vs. Price
all games, 4p PT

Nothing but doom and gloom for the Dodgers here. We dropped three of four against the Padres heading into the All-Star Break. We probably permanently jacked up Joc Pederson's swing thanks to his valiant, albeit unsuccessful, Home Run Derby entry. Clayton Kershaw took his second All-Star Game Loss on Tuesday. Walker Buehler gave up an earned run as well in that game. And Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both 0-fered in two AB, amassing three strikeouts between them.

Perfect timing to go get stomped by last year's World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox.

The decline is real.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

2019 All-Star Game Thread

Where's the NL starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu? What's so wrong about having two Dodgers out of the three players?

Game time, 4.30p.

Dodgers have five on the All-Star roster: Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Let's go, Blue! This time, it doesn't count!

Monday, July 08, 2019

2019 Home Run Derby Thread

Let's all watch Joc Pederson screw up his swing again at the Home Run Derby!

Yeah, I know MLB wants us to remember five reasons to root for Joc tonight. But let's recall 2015 when Pederson last competed in the 2015 HR Derby:

Pederson before 2015 All-Star Break: .230 BA, .851 OPS, 20 HR.
Pederson after 2015 All-Star Break: .178 BA, .617 OPS, 6 HR.

Here we go again.

UPDATE 2:55p PT: None of the ESPN pundits even mentioned Joc.

UPDATE 7/9: Joc lost in the second round, but that head-to-head competition against Vlad Guerrero Jr. was the event's highlight.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Series Thread (Games 89-92): July 4-7 vs. Padres

7.4 6p: Ryu vs. Lamet
7.5 7p: Kershaw vs. Lauer
7.6 7p: Maeda vs. Paddack
7.7 1p: Stripling vs. Lucchesi

Five consecutive walk-off victories at home! Apparently this is the first time since the 2004 A's. And all I can find is a music video entitled "Walk On". Oh well...

Happy Fourth of July, people!

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 87-88): July 2-3 vs. Snakes

7.2 7p: Stripling vs. Clarke
7.3 7p: Buehler vs. M Kelly

18 straight games brought us a 12-6 record, and now we get five more games at home before the four-day All-Star Break (except if you're Cody Bellinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, or Clayton Kershaw). I'm sorry, I don't have anything for this one. I'm exhausted. This ASB can't come soon enough. I just want to be left alone.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Series Thread (Games 83-86): June 27-30 @ Rockies

I just wanted you to you watch me dissolve
In a pool (in the right field pavilion of Chase Field)

Thu 6/27 5.30p: Buehler vs. Lambert
Fri 6/28 5.30p: Ryu vs. Senzatela
Sat 6/29 5.15p: Kershaw vs. Gray
Sun 6.30 12n: Maeda vs. Gonzalez

Remember all that momentum we had, from three straight walkoff wins against Colorado at home? Well in Arizona, The Dodgers were lucky to get away with one win, but still dropped the series and looked like crap along the way. And here's a sample of some of the Dodgers' worst:

Pederson: 1-for-5 with 2Ks, DNP, 1-for-4 with a K. He is batting .232.
Hernandez: 1-for-3 with a K, 1-for-4, 0-for-3 with a K. He is batting .212.
Barnes: 0-for-2 with a K, 0-for-2 with 2Ks, 0-for-0. He is batting .214.

These are not good numbers. You've gotta think that in Coors Field, these should improve.

They'd better, or this NL West lead is going to dissolve, real quick.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Series Thread (Games 80-82): June 24-26 @ D'backs

Greinke, constipated

Mon 6.24 6.30p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Greinke
Tue 6.25 6.30p: TBD Ross Stripling vs. Ray
Wed 6.26 12.30p: TBD Tony Gonsolin vs. Clarke

The Dodgers' pitching rotation has some holes, with Rich Hill's forearm keeping him out until at least August, not to mention workload concerns for Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler. Luckily, the Dodgers' power bats from unlikely sources have kept our winning momentum alive. And we start this roadtrip in the Arizona desert, against a 39-40 team that has only won three of its last seven games.

Speaking of pitchers, remember Zack Greinke, Monday's starter and former Dodger? Well, here's how things have gone since Zack departed us for warmer climates: Zack Greinke with the Dodgers (three years): 51-15, 2.30 ERA, 156 ERA+. Greinke with the Diamondbacks (four years): 53-28, 3.44 ERA, 130 ERA+. Maybe that's the natural decline of a pitch in his 16th year. Or maybe it's the desert air getting to Zack.

And since we just announced Wednesday's starter, triple-A call-up Tony Gonsolin, here's Sting sort of singing a song about his name.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

What. A. Weekend.

Three games against the Rockies. Three straight walk-off HRs, all by rookies (Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo, and Will Smith). Series sweep over the second-place Rockies, who fall to 13 games back. The Dodgers are 54-25, which is an insane 29 games over .500.

"I can't believe it. A 25-man roster is not big enough for the talent in this organization."--Orel Hershiser, following the Will Smith walkoff HR

All three games had over 50K in attendance, including Friday's sell-out.

Maybe it's time for a bigger celebration?

Other coverage:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Series Thread (Games 77-79): June 21-23 vs. Rockies

A tempered celebration, if you will

Fri 6.21 7p: Walker Buehler vs. Marquez
Sat 6.22 4.15p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Lambert
Sun 6.23 1p: Kenta Maeda vs. Senzatela

Following a harrowing escape in Thursday's 9-8 victory over the Giants and Madison Bumgarner, saved only by a killer throw to nab Stephen Vogt at third for a game-saving force out, we're able to catch our breath and realize that the Dodgers just dispatched our rivals with three straight victories in which we scored 9 runs to win. Let's celebrate! Hence the video up top. We're 6-2 on this homestand with three more to play against Colorado.

The Rockies may be a small item in the rear view mirror (10 GB, in second place), but objects in mirror may be closer than they appear. Colorado is 7-3 over their last 10, and recently scored 48 runs in a four-game series vs. San Diego. No letting up here, Dodgers (like you did at the end of Thursday's game). Maybe we hold Josh Sborz's next appearance for the following series. Let's go, Blue!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Series Thread (Games 73-76): June 17-20 vs. Giants

A late addition to the Game Thread, from SoSG Nomo before Game 4

Somewhere down there lies Oyster Pubes and the Giants

Mon 6.17: Kenta Maeda vs. Beede
Tue 6.18: Clayton Kershaw vs. Anderson
Wed 6.19: Rich Hill vs. Pomeranz
Thu 6.20: Walker Buehler Julio Urias vs. Bumgarner

all games at 7p

It's going to be difficult to improve upon our last four-game series (three of four at home vs. the Cubs, spoiled only by a game-winning ninth-inning Anthony Rizzo HR in Saturday's game). At 48-24, the Dodgers are at least six wins ahead of any other NL team, so what more could we ask of them? Kenley Jansen pitching to form? Starting pitchers not having a shaky first inning? Offense showing up consistently throughout the series?

At this point I'm just nitpicking. We're 10.5 games up on Colorado and Arizona, and a stunning 16.5 games up on the Giants (the largest lead in the league).

But I'll be there Thursday to watch Walker Buehler Julio Urias duel that other guy, just to make sure:

Friday, June 14, 2019

9.5 Games Up - What A Way To Make A WINNING

NL West, how's our tailpipe look?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Series Thread (Games 69-72): June 13-16 vs Cubs

Thu 6.13 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Lester
Fri 6.14 7p: TBD vs. Hendricks
Sat 6.15 6p: TBD vs. Darvish
Sun 6.26 4p: TBD vs. Quintana

Summertime just got a lot less easy (and not just because of Lana Del Rey and the lack of video there).

Two-game series, how I hate thee. Let me count the ways: A momentum-killing sweep at the hands of the Orange County Angels. Another bullpen flameout thanks to Dylan Floro and Joe Kelly. An injury to Corey Seager just as he was getting red-hot (Justin Turner even commented that Seager's hot bat might have actually contributed to the hamstring strain, as Seager had to run more bases lately). And then a full day to stew about the losses (and possibly recuperate). Two-game series suck!

All that, and we start the series off with a Joe Kelly bobblehead that no one wants. As I'm going to Thursday's game, all I can think about is how early I'll have to leave now, to make it to the game (since bobblehead giveaway games are typically shitshows for traffic, but who knows, maybe this one won't have the same draw).

Meanwhile, the Cubs have the second-best record in the league, and (unlike the Dodgers), are making moves to fortify their bullpen. Our bullpen is our achilles this year. Let's see how bad we get exploited against a good team, now that a sub-.500 team has already taken us to town.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 67-68): June 10-11 @ Angels

6/10 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Canning
6/11 7p: Kenta Maeda vs. Peña

Series win against the Giants in San Francisco! Max Muncy talking smack to Ashley Madison! And Joe Kelly pitching an inning of no-run, 3 K ball (Saturday)! What could possibly go wrong?

Gotta love this summer so far. Part 2 coming next.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Series Thread (Games 64-66): June 7-9 @ Giants

not much of a video here, black keys

Fri 6/7 7.15p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Pomeranz
Sat 6/8 4.15p: Rich Hill vs. Samardzija
Sun 6/9 1.15p: Walker Buehler vs. Bumgarner

The Dodgers took only two of three in the Arizona desert, thanks to another bullpen implosion (this time from Scott Alexander) in the final game. But the big winner was SoSG Sax here, who put down a whole $20 on the Dodgers to win the Ryu game (Saturday, a 9-0 win), at -210 odds, and netted a cool $9.55 in profit for that wager. I still have no idea how those odds are calculated, but I was excited to win money. Thank you, Hyun-Jin!

No bets this weekend on the Dodgers for Sax. My stomach can't handle those his and los.

Fun fact: Clayton Kershaw has 22 wins against the Giants and Rockies (22-10 and 22-7, respectively); 23 would be the most against any opponent.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Keeping a Promise to Vin, 2019 Edition

Vin Scully, from 2008:

Normally on the telecast we talk about "This Day in Baseball." I don't mean to sound grumpy or grouchy, but I can't believe what I didn't hear. I listened to the news on the radio for about an hour and fifteen minutes today—did not hear one word about what this day really means. June the 6th, 1944. Do the names Omaha, or Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, do they mean anything? They're the beaches at Normandy. Sure, today was D-Day, the invasion of Europe, when thousands of soldiers gave their lives so that we could be free. I'll be darned if I saw any real publicity about it at all. Please don't let that happen again next year. Please? Yeah, this day.

Vin Scully, from 2009:

It's about quarter of nine in Los Angeles. That makes it about quarter of six on the beaches at Normandy, in France. And 1944, June the sixth, tomorrow, that was the invasion of Europe.

We heard the names: Sword, Gold, Juno, Utah and Omaha. Those were the names of the beaches as the British, Canadians and the United States invaded Europe.

Let's go back to this one.

At quarter of six on the beaches of Normandy sixty-five years ago, something like forty thousand fell in the invasion that was called Operation Overlord. The bloodiest beach was Omaha.

And then of course there was that area called Pointe du Hoc. You probably saw that in the movie The Guns of Navarone, where the GIs had to try and climb thirty-foot cliffs and the Germans were on top of the cliffs shooting down at them.

So, do us older guys a favor. If you have children, would you please take time out tomorrow and tell them the sacrifice that was made sixty-five years ago?

Freedom is not free. Boy, a lot of fellas gave their lives so that we could be sitting here watching a baseball game.

Please don't forget it.

Vin Scully, from 2010:

...but I think we've been friends long enough, you'll understand.

Today, to me, is a far more important day than a baseball game. It is extremely important for those of us who have lived through it to make sure the kids in the country are extremely aware of it. And what took place on this day, June the sixth, 1944.

Oh yeah, you could just sum it up and say oh sure, Allied forces invaded Normandy. There is so much more, as Troy Glaus checks in. Ely's pitch, fastball inside, ball one.

First of all, "D-Day." The "D" in front of "Day" doesn't mean anything. It just meant the day of a military operation.

The one-oh pitch on the way, outside.

And it used to be D-Day for any military operation, but as the years have gone by, when you say "D-Day," they're talking about this day in 1944.

The two-oh pitch, fouled away.

It actually had two names. It was Operation Overlord and Operation Neptune. Overlord was the complete plan. Neptune was the assault phase.

The two-one pitch to Troy Glaus, waved at and missed, two and two.

Now before they could invade, they had to supposedly soften up the area. In April and May, Allied air forces lost twelve thousand men and over two thousand airplanes just trying to get things ready for the invasion.

Two-two, Glaus takes inside, ball three.

And then the day came, June the sixth, 1944. There were five beaches involved, in the, I think it was the Cotentin Peninsula.

Here's the three-two pitch and Glaus swings and misses and strikes out. One away.

Basically the Canadians had three beaches. They had Sword, Gold and Juno. And the United States forces had two beaches, Utah and Omaha. And of all five beaches, without a doubt, the bloodiest was Omaha.

Now, while the ground forces were going on, again, there were huge battles in the air. And there were over fifteen thousand killed, Allied, in the battle in the air.

The one-oh pitch, inside to Eric Hinske, who is hitting .323. Two and oh the count.

When D-Day finally concluded, when you include all of the people involved, the enemy, the Germans, and the Allied forces — and the pitch to Hinske inside — 425,000 men were killed.

As far as casualties are concerned — well, I shouldn't say just killed. The three-oh pitch, that's high, ball four. That included dead, wounded and missing in action.

For the United States, on D-Day, there were twenty-five hundred Americans killed, about several thousand seriously wounded and MIA.

And what is left of that gray day if we don't talk about it, if we don't convince the kids to take a moment and realize the unbelievable sacrifice that was made on this day? We would be really guilty.

The pitch at the plate is whacked to center. Kemp has a play and Matt makes the catch, and Hinske goes back to first base.

Well, I tell you what, make the trip over to Normandy, there are twenty-seven cemeteries, from Normandy straight up towards Belgium. There are 77,000 Germans buried along the way. Ninety-three hundred Americans have left themselves over there. Seventeen thousand Britons, over five thousand Canadians and another 650 Polish soldiers.

That's what they did and that's what happened on this day.

The pitch at the plate, ground ball by the diving Carroll into left field, so Melky Cabrera a single and that'll bring up Tim Hudson.

So anyway, I realize it's an intrusion, maybe you don't want to hear about something negative, but that's not negative. Any time we talk about a sacrifice in baseball, you can just about break down and laugh. The sacrifices that were made on this day in 1944, heartbreaking but at the same time inspirational.

So if you have children, please don't let the day go by. 1944, D-Day. The invasion of Western Europe.

Okay, let's get to the ballgame. Here's Hudson, two out, two on, no score, second inning....

Monday, June 03, 2019

Series Thread (Games 61-63): June 3-5 @ D'backs

Mon 6.3 6.30p: Walker Buehler vs. Ray
Tue 6.4 6.30p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Clarke
Wed 6.5 12.30p: Kenta Maeda vs. Duplantier

Count it out, count it out. 1-2-3-4-5-6 wins in our latest 6-1 homestand, bringing the Dodgers to an amazing 41-19 record on the year, at a time when no other team in the NL exceeds 34 wins. We have a nine-game lead in the West (over the Rockies, who have won eight in a row). The host Snakes are 11 games back, at .500. No getting snakebit here, please.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Series Thread (Games 58-60): May 31-June 2 vs. Phillies

Don't tell me I lost a step
Criss-crossed in the wrong direction
Found myself in a conversation
From a missed connection

Fri 5.31 7p: Kenta Maeda vs. Arrieta
Sat 6.1 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Eflin
Sun 6.2 1p: Rich Hill vs. Pivetta

It may not exactly be Harper's Folly, what with the Phillies in first place over Atlanta by three games in the NL East. But the Dodgers' decision to pass on off-season gem Bryce Harper definitely kept us away from long-term (13-year, $330M) constraints, and possibly also kept us from short-term disappointments as well ( just re-graded the off-season transactions, and Bryce Harper's acquisition by Philadelphia earned a C- grade):

There are a lot of positives here as the Phillies are in first place, attendance is up more than 9,000 fans per game and Harper has played every game. His defense has been vastly better than last season and he has hit three of the 30 longest home runs of the season. On the other hand, he is hitting .243/.364/.475 with 10 home runs -- a relatively soft number considering 69 players had already hit 10 before Harper reached double digits Wednesday -- and was tied for the major league lead in strikeouts entering Wednesday. He ranked 84th in the majors in wOBA and the Phillies didn't give Harper $330 million to be the 84th-best hitter in the game.

Holy shit, it's a blockquote! We haven't used one of those for a while now!

So maybe Harper is feeling like Los Angeles is...a missed connection?

Anyway, this weekend we get a chance to see Harper again, and while we won't be trotting out our own offseason acquisition (five years, $60M; D-grade), staph-infected A.J. Pollock, we seem to be rolling pretty well nonetheless: most wins in the majors; best record in the NL; 8.5-game lead on the Padres. Let's keep it rolling.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Last Night's Comeback... in Chart Form

Not pictured in chart - an emotionally spent and beer-laden Delino.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

This is Newman’s Town!

We just drink 18 dollar beers in it

Happy 30th Anniversary to Seinfeld. I guess the Soup Nazi was busy. (Apologies if that actor is in fact deceased)

when will the Dodgers do a What’s Happening themed night?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Series Thread (Games 54-57): May 27-30 vs. Mets

Mon 5.27 5p: Clayton Kershaw vs. deGrom
Tue 5.28 7p: Rich Hill vs. Matz
Wed 5.29 7p: Walker Buehler vs. Syndergaard
Thu 5.30 7p: hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Vargas

Happy Memorial Day! And why schedule a four-game series logically over the three-day weekend, when one can make the Dodgers travel all the way back from Pittsburgh (where they swept the Pirates), just to play an early evening Monday game at home? I suppose the only upside is that we're facing the .500 LolMets, starting with a very well-rested Clayton Kershaw. Let's do this.

Sax will be at the Stadium tonight and Tuesday, so drop a line if you'll be there. And dress for the cold front, it's chilly out there!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Series Thread (Games 51-53): May 24-26 @ Pirates

this is a better song than it is a video

Fri 5.24 4p: Walker Buehler vs. TBD
Sat 5.25 4p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Musgrove
Sun 5.26 10.30a: Kenta Maeda vs. Archer

The Pirates are coming off a losing series at home vs. Colorado. Okay, that's bad (salvaged by a 14-6 win Thursday). What's worse? Well, the Dodgers are coming off a disastrous meltdown in the second game against Tampa Bay, in which Dylan Floro and Caleb Ferguson joined forces to collectively shit the bed (not that they were in the same bed, per se). This came one night after Pedro Baez was hit by a wicked comebacker, expelling him from the game and now he's out indefinitely.

We ended up splitting that series against the Rays, but we fly into Pittsburgh with the weaknesses of our bullpen unveiled for everyone to see. So sure, we still hold the best record in the NL (32-18). But it's a worry.

It doesn't matter why we're known. We're just known.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 49-50): May 21-22 @ Rays

Tue 5/21: Clayton Kershaw vs. TBD
Wed 5/22: Rich Hill vs. TBD
Both games at 4p PT

A two game series? In Tampa? The only thing weirder than this scheduling anomaly would be if Tampa had to travel west to play the Diamondbacks, as that would be Rays In Arizona. Alas, we get a chance to rest for this two-game picnic soiree in Tampa, with off-days before and after this "series."

And we'll probably need it, given the Rays have the best ERA in the majors @ 2.98 (the Dodgers are in second, at 3.38), as well as the second-best batting average against (.214); the Dodgers are third-best with .221. As of this post's press time, the Rays had not named their starters, to duel against Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, but we know it won't be Charlie Morton or Blake Snell (who pitched this past weekend vs. the Yankees). Let's see if all that rest can do our bats some good.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Series Thread (Games 46-48): May 17-19 @ Reds

Fri 5.17 4p: Rich Hill vs. DeSclafani
Sat 5.18 1p: Walker Buehler vs. Mahle
Sun 5.19 10a: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Roark

In a series marked by ever-earlier game start times, the Dodgers see the Reds for the second time this year. And this time, the Dodgers can't say "I see you" to Matt Kemp, who has already been let go by Cincinnati (the Dodgers are still on the hook for $3.5M of the $21.75M Kemp receives in salary this year).

But the Dodgers will see former Dodger Yasiel Puig, who despite beating the Cubs with a walk-off recently, still has struggled to a measley .206 BA this year. Now that we've got an excitable outfielder of our own with a more potent bat, to replace Puig's spot, it appears (early on) that the Dodgers may have timed this deal with the Reds pretty well. Then again, another series sweep would also make the point just fine.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"Series" Thread (Games 44-45): May 14-15 vs. Padres

Tues 5/14: Kershaw vs. Paddack
Wed 5/15: Maeda vs. Strahm
Both games at 7p

It's good to be done with Gerardo Parra, who torched us for a game-winning grand slam on Saturday, and then came back Sunday to break up Hyun-Jin Ryu's no-hitter bid with one out in the eighth. That guy has always killed us.

So now we move on to see the pesky Manny Machado, who got to Clayton Kershaw last time they met, with a two-run HR to start the game going (the Dodgers ended up winning, 4-3). The Padres, who started out the season hot, have regressed to third place (behind the Diamondbacks, 3.5 GB), four games back in the NL West. Will the Padres claw their way back into the race? I'd say it's a longshot.

Oh yeah, and there's this, on Wednesday:

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Series Thread (Games 40-43): May 9-12 vs. Nationals

Thu 5/9 7p: Rich Hill vs. Corbin
Fri 5/10 7p: Kenta Maeda vs. An Sanchez
Sat 5/11 6p: Walker Buehler vs. Scherzer
Sun 5/12 1p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Strasburg

The husk of the team once known as the Washington Nationals, now gutted with the loss of Bryce Harper, sit at 14-22 with the second-worst record in the National League. Given our opponent, this might be the series where we extend our three-game lead over Arizona by starting three good arms as well as Kenta Maeda (whose 4.66 ERA is not as bad as Walker Buehler's, but his 3-2 record sits at the bottom of the four).

Some might say this is pessimistic, coming off of a great sweep of Atlanta earlier this week, capped by a 9-4 spanking last night. Joe Kelly even pitched a full inning with 2 Ks and no runs scored. I'm a bad liar, you say? Oh, I've been askin' for / Oh, I've been askin' for problems, problems, problems.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Series Thread (Games 37-39): May 6-8 vs. Braves

This is not only an appropriate (and good!) song, but it's a cool video as well

Mon 5/6: Buehler vs. Gausman
Tues 5/7: Ryu vs. Fried
Wed 5/8: Kershaw vs. Foltynewicz
all games at 7p

We took two of three against the Padres, but all the air was let out of the tires after Kenley Jansen loaded the bases with none out, and then got two out...only to give up a walkoff grand slam to lose the game 5-8. Upon that kick to the nuts, it also became clearer that our two comeback wins Friday (4-3) and Saturday (7-6) were probably more fluky luck rather than division dominance. We easily could have dropped all three in San Diego. As it is, we leave the weekend with a narrow one-game lead over Arizona and 2.5 games over San Diego.

Welcome the new, great depression.

Sure, everyone will tell you, we've got more wins than anyone in the majors. That's partially because we've also played more games than any other team in the majors (our 36 games are tied for first with three other teams); the Cubs have played FIVE fewer games than us (and are only three back in the wins column). So I'm not buying into the optimism just yet, and especially not when Jansen's labored delivery and heavy pitch load with each batter seems to indicate something is amiss.

We host a Braves team who is only 1.5 games behind the Philadelphia Bryce Harpers in the NL East, and are hungry. I'm hungry as well--for Dodger Dogs--so I'll be attending Monday and Wednesday's game. Shout out if you're at the Stadium as well (I'm talking to you, Quad!).

Friday, May 03, 2019

Series Thread (Games 34-36): May 3-5 @ Padres

No jokes for the Padres' third weekend starter.

Fri 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Lauer
Sat 5.30p: Rich Hill vs. Lucchesi
Sun 1p: Kenta Maeda vs. Margevicius

After dropping two of three in Birdshit Park, the Dodgers go to warmer climes to face the Padres, surprisingly +4 games over .500 and only 1.5 games behind the Dodgers, in third place. Manny Machado has been busy pulling hijinks, and Fernando Tatis Jr. is on the IL. But San Diego is still 7-3 over their last ten (along with the Snakes, who have moved up to second place in the division).

So let's roll, Dodgers! Are you ready to let go?

I'm kind of disturbed by this video, though.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Fan + Foul > Fries + Freschetta

We dropped the series last night, but at least we ate heartily. Unlike this guy.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Series Thread (Games 31-33): April 29-May 1 @ Giants

Mon 4/29 6.45p: Kenta Maeda (3-2, 5.20, 25K) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-1. 3.00, 24K)
Tue 4/30 6.45p: Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.25, 18K) vs. Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 3.65, 28K)
Wed 5/1 6.45p: Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.96, 33K) vs. Ashley Madison (1-4, 4.30, 35K)

Fresh off a sweep of the Pirates at home, the Dodgers head north into the belly of the beast to face three starting pitchers with a decent amount of strikeouts, but not a lot of wins to show for it. Still, the team is compelling enough to have stolen Farhan Zaidi to join them, despite the fact that the Giants will lose 180 games over the next two years.

The Giants' -20 run differential is second-worst in the NL only to the Marlins; their farm teams are barren; and it took the team 26 games to score a run in their first inning. Oh yeah, and seagulls still shit all over their park. Let's hope the Dodgers can get out of here with some wins, and without any histoplasmosis.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Series Thread (Games 28-30): April 26-28 vs. Pirates

Fri 7p: Ryu vs. Archer
Sat 6p: Kershaw vs. Musgrove
Sun 1p: Rich Hill vs. Williams

Winning only one game in Chicago by the skin of our ass isn't very promising. But as SoSG Nomo reminded me over What's App, it was a winning road trip! Yeah, so there's that.

At least we're back home now, and tonight we face an alcoholic secret agent who is also a starting pitcher. I had tickets to tonight's game, but had other priorities. I hope tonight's game is at least...animated.

And who's that new guy pitching on Sunday?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Series Thread (Games 25-27): Apr 23-25 @ Cubs

This is Chicago. It's our 25th game. I predict a 6 to 4 victory.

Tue 4/23 5p: Kenta Maeda vs. Jose Quintana
Wed 4/24 5p: Walker Buehler vs. Cole Hamels
Thu 4/25 11.30a: Ross Stripling vs. TBD

Somehow, the Cubs are 10-10, and we have played four more games than they have this year. Some desk research reveals that, unlike the Cubs' cushy schedule so far (with four days off and one postponed game vs. the Angels), the Dodgers have been forced to keep their nose to the grindstone, and they've responded by mashing all the way. Taking three of four in Milwaukee this past weekend (including an incredible Cody Bellinger performance Sunday!), the Dodgers are now six games above .500--and this includes that six-game losing streak when we couldn't get anything right. Imagine if we had just gone .500 over those six games; we'd be 18-6!

I don't recall Wrigley Field being "friendly confines" for the Dodgers (we went 1-2 last year there, including a walk-off, tenth-inning loss). The Cubs have won seven of nine, keeping pace with our winning seven of our last eight. And we haven't fared well against NL Central teams. This series should be a dogfight. So let's get some inspiration, please (note Russell Martin is in the house for this clip!):

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Series Thread (Games 21-24): Apr 18-21 @ Brewers

Thu 4/18 5p: Julio Urias vs. Zach Davies
Fri 4/19 5p: Ross Stripling vs. Jhoulys Chacin
Sat 4/20 4p: Hyun-Jim Ryu vs. TBD
Sun 4/21 11a: Clayton Kershaw vs. Brandon Woodruff

Since we licked our wounds by taking a lickin' to the Reds in a series sweep, we've recovered from the prior series loss against the Milwaukee Brewers. So now we face them again, with their slugger Christian Yelich on a tear, he with his nine HR on the year to lead the National League.

But wait, don't we have a slugger of our own, with nine HR to his name as well? Cody Bellinger returns (actually, he started Wednesday and went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk), after sitting for a game and a half with a bruised knee. Well, we're laughing like it didn't hurt / I'm in the dirt, I'll make it work though. We won Monday (the game where Belli got hit), and then substitute Alex Verdugo had his first three-hit game on Tuesday, and now Bellinger is back.

Yelich. Bellinger. Last year's NLCS opponents. Both teams leading their respective divisions. This looks to be a good one.

I'm going to go stock up on groceries for this weekend.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Post-Game 18 Thread / At-Game Recap: Happy Jackie Robinson Day (April 15, 2019)

The Goodyear blimp above the Stadium last night, in honor of Jackie Robinson.


I haven't done an At-Game Recap for a while now, so forgive me if this is rusty or choppy (and, I'm on a conference call right now to which I should be listening).

I could write about the horrible traffic into the Stadium, which denied me my Jackie Robinson jersey (despite being there in the top of the first). I could write about Yasiel Puig's welcome back and game-leading two-run HR off of Clayton Kershaw. I could write about how I didn't see a video tribute for either former Dodger Puig or for Matt Kemp--possibly because they didn't want to obscure the majesty of Jackie Robinson night, but strange as we recently made a video montage to celebrate Yasmani Grandal's return to Dodger Stadium last series (Yasmani Grandal, for pete's sake!).

But instead I want to write about how fun it is to be at a baseball game alongside an Australian who is trying to understand this crazy sport.

I had had the benefit of learning Australian Rules Football (AFL) from this same individual when spending time in Australia. AFL is an awesome game, with rapid gameplay that seems a little like what full contact ultimate frisbee would be, if run on a gargantuan field (a cricket pitch). The scoring is at NBA levels (100+ per team on a game, counted in six-point goals and one-point "behinds"). And the constant movement is very fun to follow, with momentum shifts like volleyball matches; and full-contact hits between huge people without pads (which is terrifying, and somehow also more safe than NFL).

Trying to understand AFL is difficult and takes time. So I can appreciate what it must be like for an Australian, at his second MLB game ever, trying to understand how this game is played.

I got a lot of questions about why players weren't running on fly balls (they have to tag up); at how a pinch runner must be the ultimate job (Chris Taylor entered for David Freese after Freese walked to start the ninth); and how crazy it was to stop the game to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame (my favorite baseball tradition, probably ahead of even drinking beer). It was great to see Clayton Kershaw back to form (despite that first inning).

I also was delighted to get appreciation for the tension of each pitch during the high-leverage situations of the game (he had heard about this tension in his first game, but in this game he really understood it). And we both were delighted for full-strength beer (which is not available @ most of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, btw).

The Australian was also adamant that if you strike out to end the inning, as Max Muncy did twice during the game, he should have to go back to the dugout and grab his own defensive gear, rather than have a teammate bring that out for him. Frankly, watching Muncy flail at the plate last night (A.J. Pollock was also no better), I would agree.

And the best part, of course, was the game's finish.

My Australian friend was aghast at the people who left the game after Kemp's bloopy single off of Kenley Jansen in the top of the ninth. "Why are these people leaving?", he asked. I explained that there was probably an ~80% chance at that point that the Dodgers would lose (my math was pretty close); and with the crowds for this game (did I mention I didn't get my Jackie Robinson SGA jersey?), these early departers probably wanted to beat the traffic.

But we stayed. David Freese walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth. And then...Joc!

Gotta love how the walkoff HR lands right in front of the only guy wearing a Reds jersey in that section.

What a way to end this game, on Jackie Robinson Night, on a night when the opposition's RBI came from former Dodgers, and yet the new Dodger squad prevailed. The Australian loved the game, and we stayed late to buy a lot of merchandise. And we drove home very happy.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Series Thread (Games 18-20): Apr 15-17 vs. Reds

With Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp back in town, will the Dodgers step up and bury a friend?

Mon 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Luis Castillo (1-1. 0.92)
Tue 7p: Kenta Maeda (2-1, 4.76) vs. Tyler Mahle (0-0, 0.82)
Wed 12n: TBD vs. Sonny Gray (0-2, 2.03)

I guess I should have used last week's series thread photo for this series, given we're seeing the Reds and everything. But I suppose I'm just too surprised that we actually won a game Sunday, our first win in seven games against NL Central teams, who seem to be more formidable opponents than the cushy NL West teams we've played. Amazingly, the Dodgers' plummet to Earth still has us only 2.0 GB the league-leading Padres (I can't believe I just typed those last three words in succession), so it's not inconceivable that we could find ourselves back in first before the end of this homestand Wednesday. (The Padres host the 4-12 Rockies for a quick two-game two-step.)

This series also gives us the opportunity to see an inevitable video montage of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp on Monday night; after all, the Dodgers gave passed-ball king Yasmani Grandal a video tribute on Friday. Both Puig and Kemp were so instrumental to the Dodgers' 2018 run, not to mention the Dodgers' teams over the past years, that it's inevitable to be a little nostalgic. Let's hope A.J. Pollock, whose batting average has slipped from .324 to .242 over the past 8 games (excluding Sunday's game, in which he went 2-for-5), continues to get back on track and make us forget about these two outfielders.

Oh, and we've got some new guy making his first start of the year on Monday night, Jackie Robinson Day. Good luck to him!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Series Thread (Games 15-17): April 12-14 vs. Brewers

Oh, that series sweep by St Louis makes me mad.

Fri 7p: Julio Urias vs. Corbin Burnes
Sat 6p: TBD vs. Zach Davies
Sun 1p: TBD vs. Jhoulys Chacin

What a shitshow. Meeting our first non-NL West opponent of the year, the Dodgers got absolutely spanked in St. Louis, both on the field (outscored 26-12 across four straight losses) as well as off the field (Russell Martin, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Corey Seager all felled by injuries). Our starting rotation is now up in question for this series--as I post the starting matchups, two of the three are filled by the infamous "TBD" (whom I don't think can start on consecutive days!)--and we look discombobulated coming back to Los Angeles against the division-leading Brewers, our formidable 2018 NLCS opponent.

Speaking of which, remember that Game 7 of the 2018 NLCS in Milwaukee? Cody Bellinger's two-run HR; Chris Taylor's amazing catch in centerfield; Yasiel Puig's mammoth three-run shot to break the game open; and Clayton Kershaw's relief appearance in the ninth?

As inspiration for this series, let me remind you:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Eugenio Velez - Still Number One In Our Hearts!

Which score on an exam is more impressive: 100 or 0?

DiMaggio had his streak. The Undertaker too. But I'd argue that Eugenio Velez's was even more impressive: 0 for 46, including 37 in Dodger Blue. Getting zero hits is not the impressive part. His being allowed to go up for his 46th futile at bat and still have a job - that's a f'ing miracle.

Then along came Chris Davis and his $23 Million plus contract. Thus far, his season has been the most consistent we've ever witnessed.

At least Journeyman Eugenio's "0 for" came at a discount: back then, he got paid in Blimpie coupons.

When you tack on the last few games from Chris Davis's equally lackluster 2018, he's reached a LEGEN (wait for it) DARY O for 50! (as of SOSG's press-time)

As you can see, he's more than ready for his closeup.

Rest assured, Eugenio Velez - Dodgers nation will always remember you as the People's Champion of Futility.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Series Thread (Games 11-14): April 8-11 @ Cardinals

A sweep of the Rox; but are the Cards stacked?

Monday 4/8 4.45p: Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.08) vs. Miles "I'm not Spider-Man" Mikolas (0-1, 7.20)
Tuesday 4/9 4.45p: Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.31) vs. Dakota Hudson (0-1, 5.40)
Wednesday 4/10 4.45p: Kenta Maeda (2-0, 3.09) vs. Jack Flaherty (0-0, 3.86)
Thursday 4/11 10:15a: Walker Buehler (1-0, 6.75) vs. Michael Wacha (0-0, 1.54)

These are honestly the most bizarre game times I have seen in years. What the hell is going on here?!

I mean, besides the Dodgers going 8-2 on the season, and now 2-2 in games in which Joe Kelly appears (Kelly actually picked up the win Sunday in Colorado, with his ERA lowering to 14.40 on the year). The Dodgers have mashed at least one HR in all 10 games, all of which have been against the super-cush NL West. Now we head to St. Louis for four against our first non-NL West opponent of the season, the 4-5 Cardinals. Let's keep on mashing, Dodgers!

Friday, April 05, 2019

Series Thread (Games 8-10): Apr 5-7 @ Rox

Does "chocolatey" have an "e"? Wegman's doesn't think so, but then again they're ending sentences in prepositions, so screw them.

Fri 4.5 1p: Kenta Maeda (1-0, 4.05) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1, 9.00)
Sat 4.6 5p: Walker Buehler (0-0, 15.00) vs. Jon Gray (0-1, 4.05)
Sun 4.7 5.30p: Julio Urias (0-0, 0.00) vs. Chad "Jerome" Bettis (0-1, 9.53)

The NL West-leading, 5-2 Dodgers would be 7-0 if not for Joe Kelly's missteps--and maybe it's the googly-eyed glasses, but I'm pretty convinced that he's going to recover from these issues, boos understandable. So we move into Colorado with a decent amount of steam, coming off of two series wins in our first homestand of the year. Will it be a rocky road there? With the mile-high ERAs of those opposing starters, I doubt it.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Series Thread (Games 5-7): Apr 1-3 vs. Giants

Monday 4/1 7p: Julio Urias vs. Drew Pomeranz
Tuesday 4/2 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 1.50) vs. Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 2.57)
Wednesday 4/3 7p: Ross Stripling (0-0, 0.00) vs. Derek Holland (0-1, 6.75)

Happy April Fools Day!

And at this early part of the season, it's like the Dodgers and Giants are Superman and Bizarro Superman, just like the Ed McGuinness cover above.

The Dodgers are 3-1, leading the majors in OBP (.439), SLG (.647), and then obviously OPS (1.086). The Dodgers only trail the Seattle Mariners (who have played two more games than the Dodgers) with 14 HR on the season. Cody Bellinger is tied for first with three others in HR (4), and Joc Pederson is tied for fifth in the majors with 3 HR. The Dodgers have scored an amazing 42 runs this season in only four games. This opening series had a disappointing loss, but it also had two beatdowns of the Snakes, capped by a Sunday comeback victory after Walker Buehler went awry in the fourth.

Meanwhile, the 1-3 Giants are indeed the ugly and less articulate reflection in this metaphor. San Francisco ranks 26th in the majors for average (.177) and OPS (.516). And in losing three of four against the San Diego Manny Machados, the Giants also demonstrated how they're the oldest team in the major leagues, creaking their way to a total of five runs over the four games, tied for last in the major leagues.

So while the Dodgers are having an Opening Week, the Giants are Opening Weak.

Dodgers: Good! Giants: Bad! Let's keep this theme going to finish out the homestand, okay? This series kicks off with Julio Urias getting his first start since 2017.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Series Thread (Games 2-4): Mar 29-31 vs. D'backs

From before Thursday's game. Maybe the HR balls were taking the evacuation plans to heart.

Friday 7p: Ross Stripling vs. Robbie Ray
Saturday 6p: Kenta Maeda vs. Zack Godley
Sunday 1p: Walker Buehler vs. Luke Weaver

It's going to be hard to top yesterday's Opening Day extravaganza. But since they've painted "Opening Week" on the field, we may as well keep up the festivities.

Sax is going to be out of town this weekend, so I'll need you guys to keep the comments going while I'm gone.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Post-Game 1 Thread: Dodgers On Pace For 1,296 HR This Season


What a magical Opening Day game. I was so excited to have attended today's game, which was incredible. Will have to write more later, but for now, I'm basking in the glory of such a monstrous start to the 2019 campaign.

Let me upload the Dodgers starting lineup introductions from today, though. It sends chills up my spine. I remember thinking to myself, if Cody Bellinger is batting sixth, how strong is this lineup? Man, I had no idea... our seven- and eight-holes contributed three of the eight HR!

Let's go, Dodgers!

Game 1 Thread: March 28 vs. D'backs, 1p

Does that bunting look jagged to you, too?

Zack Greinke vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu.

All right, we're back.

After a second straight offseason spent licking our deep wounds after another heartbreaking World Series loss, the Dodgers are back to start a new season, with largely the same cast of characters, just a little bit older now. Oh yeah, and this time, there's no Manny Machado to saunter his way up the first base line on an infield grounder; no, we have Corey Seager back, after a preseason batting .182 across five games. And Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp are gone, too; with our outfield regimen now welcoming Bryce Harper A.J. Pollock, who batted .286 this spring with three HR. And finally, Yasmani Grandal--whose 9 passed balls last year fell one short of what would have been his second consecutive year with the league PB title--won't be allowing through balls behind the plate for the Dodgers this season (good luck with that, Milwuakee!), thanks to our exhumation of Russell Martin from an old-folks home (dome?) in Toronto.

Not to mention Clayton Kershaw isn't ready, Rich Hill has a MCL strain, and Kenley Jansen needs to recover from a tough 2018.

So why wouldn't we be psyched for Opening Day 2019? The fourth-place power-ranked Dodgers are the team most predicted by ESPN pundits to win the NL West, not to mention the National League, before succumbing to the Astros again in the 2019 World Series.

At the very least, the sun will be shining, the flyover will be magnificent, and once again, SoSG Sax will be in the house for Opening Day.

The 2019 campaign starts now, injuries and uncertain pieces notwithstanding. Let's go, Dodgers!

(P.S. This post may serve as the series thread, depending on how sober I am Thursday evening.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Archiving the 2018 SoSG Attendance Record, for Posterity

Okay I guess it's time to archive the 2018 attendance sidebar. God, that's depressing, again.

No maths on this once again, only the details:

SoSG 2018 Record: 9-7 (3-2 playoffs)
3/29 vs SF (L, 0-1): AC, Sax, Dusty
4/1 vs SF (W, 9-0): Dusty
4/20 vs WAS (L, 2-5): Sax
5/13 vs CIN (L, 3-5): Sax
6/16 vs SF (W, 3-1): Dusty, Sax
6/29 vs COL (L, 1-3): Orel
8/2 vs MIL (W, 21-5): AC, Sax
9/1 vs AZ (W, 3-2): AC, Orel, Sax
9/3 vs NYM (L, 2-4): Sax
9/18 vs COL (W, 3-2): Orel
9/22 vs SD (W, 7-2): Dusty, Sax

10/4 NLDS G1 vs ATL (W, 6-0): AC, Orel
10/5 NLDS G2 vs ATL (W, 3-0): AC, Orel, Sax

10/26 WS G3 vs BOS (W, 3-2 (18)): AC, Dusty, Sax
10/27 WS G4 vs BOS (L, 6-9): AC, Orel
10/28 WS G5 vs BOS (L, 1-5): Dusty, Sax

Prior SoSG attendance records: 2008 (18-15), 2009 (21-10), 2010 (9-8), 2011 (10-7), 2012 (24-18), 2013 (24-16), 2014 (22-12), 2015 (27-13), 2016 (10-5), 2017 (27-13).

Monday, March 25, 2019

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Opening Day Pitcher By Default

With Clayton Kershaw injured, and Rich Hill hobbled by a strained knee, Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the nod to start Dodgers Opening Day 2019.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and now Rich Hill have left Hyun-Jin Ryu to start Opening Day for the Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts announced on Friday. Ryu's start will come against the D-backs next Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

"At least we have clarity with that," said Roberts.

Hill suffered a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee in Sunday's start, and he is expected to miss two weeks, Roberts said, joining Kershaw on the injured list to open the season.

Hill said he felt the injury four pitches from the end of his outing while dropping down to throw a sidearm pitch. He tried to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, but he experienced discomfort. An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain.

"Right now, it's more optimistic than anything," Hill said. "Two weeks will save you three months of rehab and recovery. I don't want to go down the road of surgery. This is just the smart way to approach it and not derail the season."

Hill had planned to pitch on Saturday as a final tuneup for Opening Day. He compared the discomfort to a turned ankle, only in his knee.

"We kept hoping he would avoid the injured list," said Roberts. "He threw a bullpen [session] and felt it with the 33rd or 34th pitch, and we felt we had to take a step back. I know there's no structural damage from the test [MRI], I've heard. A couple weeks is fair."

Roberts, who originally gave Kershaw a ninth consecutive Opening Day start until his left shoulder came up sore, had been coy about naming an Opening Day replacement, it turns out, because of Hill’s injury. Kershaw is also expected to be sidelined several weeks.

I'll be there on Thursday.

Who knows, I might be asked to start the game.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Kershaw Not Likely To Start Opening Day

Not Kershaw. I hope.

My god, the news just keeps on getting worse.

Kershaw won't start Opening Day 2019:

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Dave Roberts all but conceded on Monday that Clayton Kershaw won’t be ready to start Opening Day for the Dodgers.

“That’s fair,” Roberts said, when asked if the 24 days between now and March 28, plus the left shoulder injury that has kept Kershaw off a mound, equals a likely change in plans.

“The main thing is he’s trending in the right direction, and when he’s game ready is when he’s game ready,” said Roberts.

Is it FAIR, Doc? FAIR???? After two World Series losses, is anything in this life fair at all anymore?!

The last non-Kershaw Opening Day starter was...Vicente Padilla, in 2010. And we lost.

I need a drink.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dodgers Do Not Sign That Big-Name Outfielder We've Been Coveting All Off-Season

Bryce Harper agrees to terms with the Phillies. 13 years, $330M.

Oh, well.

I guess all we have is this memory.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dodgers Sign That Big-Name Outfielder We've Been Coveting All Off-Season

Welcome, Bryce Ha.... oh, wait a second here.

Free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a four-year deal, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

The Athletic first reported the agreement. The total value of the deal is $55 million and has a player option for a fifth year at $10 million, with a $5 million buyout, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Los Angeles adds the best center fielder on the market to a team that was seeking a right-handed bat to complement its deep lineup.

Pollock, 31, hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, but he missed nearly two months with a broken left thumb. It was the latest in a line of injuries that have prevented Pollock from playing more than 113 games in a season since his breakout All-Star turn in 2015. He passed his physical with the Dodgers.

Well, I suppose the Top of the Park store can start selling hats saying "let's make baseball fiscally responsible again."

Welcome, A.J. Ellis Pollock!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dodgers Say Hello to Martin (Again)

photo: Chris Carlson/AP