Friday, September 24, 2021

Series Thread (Games 154-146): Sept 24-26 @ Diamondbacks

Fri 9.24 6.40p: Gonsolin vs. Castellanos
Sat 9.25 5.10p: Kershaw vs. Gallen
Sun 9.26 1.10p: Urias vs. H Mejia

Nine games left, one game back. And we visit the Snakes, the worst team in the National League, while the Giants head to Colorado (where the Rockies, who dropped two with us last series, have usually been good at home).

The good news for this series: we face three starters with ERAs all over 4.00, and none of which have more than two wins this year.

The bad news: our starters have been uncharacteristically pedestrian of late, including consecutive shaky starts from normally solid Walker Buehler; five runs scored off of our ace Max Scherzer; and a concerning dip in fastball velocity from 18-game winner Julio Urias, who is well over his season-high innings count.

My expectation is that we don't make up ground this weekend. Sigh.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Series Thread (Games 151-153): Sept 21-23 @ Rockies

Tue 9/21 5.40p: Urías vs. Senzatela
Wed 9/22 5.40p: Buehler vs. Márquez
Thu 9/23 12n: Scherzer vs. Freeland

Twelve games left. One game back. For us, it will come down to whether we can take care of business against weaker teams, instead of playing down to their level (as are oft to do), before ending the season hosting the Brewers (who hopefully will have nothing for which to play by then, with their 11.5-game lead in the NL Central). For the Giants, it comes down to whether they can produce against the Padres, whom they see six of their final 12 games (SF is 7-6 in the head-to-head matchup).

In this series with Colorado: Senzatela is 1-2 against the Dodgers this year, but dominated us for seven scoreless innings in the win on Aug 29; Marquez is 1-0 against us but that win was back on April 1; and Freeland is 1-2 against the Dodgers but also picked up a win recently on August 27.

Again, looking at Fangraphs and Fivethirtyeight, it's basically a 50-50 tossup despite the fact that we start the final push one game behind. This is nail-biter time.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Series Thread (Games 148-150): Sept 17-19 @ Reds

Fri 9/17 4p: Buehler vs. L Castillo
Sat 9/18 11a: Scherzer vs. S Gray
Sun 9/19 10a: Kershaw vs. Miley

It's down to a one-game deficit. And both Fangraphs playoff odds, and Fivethirtyeight playoff odds, have the Dodgers now with a very slight edge to win the NL West.

I'm not believing it, though. Sure, the offense heated up quite a bit over that last 6-0 homestand (in which even Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux got hits!). And Tony Gonsolin came back with a strong starting performance, earning a win. And Julio Urias notched his 17th and 18th wins.

But there's still a lot of baseball to be played. So while we visit Cincinnati (one game out of the second wild card spot), the Giants host the Braves (three games up in the NL East). Playoff implications abound for all four teams, and this time, the Dodgers play their game earlier in the day. Should be a fun weekend of scoreboard watching (and chili eating)!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Series Thread (Games 145-147): Sept 13-15 vs. Diamondbacks

Mon 9/13: Kershaw vs. Gallen
Tue 9/14: Gonsolin vs. Weaver
Wed 9/15: Urias vs. TBD

Congratulations, Max Scherzer!

Right on the heels of Scherzer's 3,000-K milestone (and third immaculate inning!), another former Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, kicks off this series with the Snakes. Kershaw has not pitched since July 3 (@ Washington, 4.0 IP ND), and is only 347 Ks short of the 3,000-K milestone himself. I want to celebrate Clayton's return to the mound, but I'm guessing he is much more focused on helping the team claw back ground against the Giants, still 2.5 games ahead after sweeping the Cubs this weekend (and matching our sweep of the Padres). FanGraphs' Playoff Odds gives us a 44% chance of winning the division, starting this series.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Series Thread (Games 142-144): Sept 10-12 vs. Padres

Fri 7p Urias vs. Musgrove
Sat 6p Buehler vs. Paddack
Sun 1p Scherzer vs. Snell

Remember when we were playing for first place back in San Francisco? Yeah, it seems like an eternity ago. Since then, we left Birdshit Park down one game, then split with the Cardinals (while the Giants swept the hapless Rockies), so now we're 2.5 GB and barely any time left on the clock. With AJ Pollock injured, Cody Bellinger has been thrust back into the starting lineup...and since gone 0-for-13 when asked to step up (Cody is 0-for-19 in September, across seven games. Fangraphs finally has the Giants favored to win the NL West this season. And now we're facing the Padres who are hungry for a Wild Card berth (against us, to boot), while the Giants feast on the defeated Cubs.

We are probably fucked. But hey, I guess I'll watch anyway.

Monday, September 06, 2021

Series Thread (Games 138-141): Sept 6-9 @ Cardinals

Mon Sep 6 1p: Scherzer vs. Mikolas
Tue Sep 7 4.45p: TBD vs. Happ
Wed Sep 8 4.45p: TBD vs. Wainwright
Thu Sep 9 10.15a: TBD vs. Kim

Albrt Pujols returns to St. Louis, but we've got more pressing things to which to attend, after dropping the rubber match to the Giants and dropping back ou tof first place by a game. I'm posting this late (after Monday's win), in which Scherzer dominated but the Giants won as well, so we just kept pace (one back). And we don't have a starting pitcher named for the rest of this series. Hoo boy. I don't know if House of Cards refers to Busch Stadium, or our precarious attempt to summit the NL West.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Series Thread (Games 135-137): Sept 3-5 @ Giants

Fri Sep 3 6.45p: Price vs. TBD
Sat Sep 4 6p: Urias vs. TBD
Sun Sep 5 4p: Buehler vs. TBD

After 126 days, we've finally made this a race again. We hadn't tasted first place since April 28. And we were stalled at five games back on August 12. But here we are, back in first place in the NL West following a sweep of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, having ascended back to the top thanks to a 16-3 record over the last 19 games taking us back to that August 12 nadir.

And the Giants aren't going away; they took the fourth game of the series to avert the sweep to the Brewers, and make it all tied up at the top, going into this head-to-head series, where we won't have Mad Max Scherzer. Will Mookie Betts, fresh off a four-K night on Wednesday, rise to the occasion yet again?

Monday, August 30, 2021

Series Thread (Games 132-134): Aug 30 - Sep 1 vs. Braves

Mon Aug 30 7p: Urias vs. Smyly
Tue Aug 31 7p: Buehler vs. Morton
Wed Sep 1 7p: Scherzer vs. Fried

Talk about missed opportunities. We lose two of three to the worst road team in the league, forgoing an opportunity to make up ground on the Giants. And now we face the Braves (who beat the Giants two of three this weekend, as playoff-hungry teams tend to do). We sit 2.5 games back (still), with the Braves and Giants all week. This rock just went from a pushover to a Sisyphean task.

BTW don't look up "guy squished by rock" as the results aren't comforting.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Series Thread (Games 129-131): Aug 27-29 vs. Rockies

We need to push these Rox.

Fri 8.27 7p: TBD vs. Freeland
Sat 8.28 6p: Price vs. Jn Gray
Sun 8.29 1p: TBD vs. Senzatela

The good news: the Dodgers, who can only name one starting pitcher for this three-game series, are going up against three Rockies starters who each have losing records and ERAs over 4.00. The bad news: we tend to under-perform against losing teams (though against the Rockies this year, we are 10-3). Meanwhile we still sit 2.5 games behind of the Giants, who are in Atlanta (we went 1-2 when we traveled to the Braves). But if our sweep against the Padres couldn't make us up any ground in the race, do we expect this weekend to be any different?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Series Thread (Games 126-128): Aug 24-26 @ Padres

Tues Aug 24 7p: TBD vs TBD
Wed Aug 25 7p: Buehler vs. Snell
Thu Aug 26 6p: Scherzer vs. TBD

We're 2.5 games back now, having improved a half-game over the weekend (thanks to an extra win over the Mets). But with Joe Kelly, Julio Urias, and Mookie Betts all potentially set to return to the lineup this series, I have high hopes for another nine-game (or more) win streak. Let's get Mr. Mojo Risin' with this quick series in San Diego!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Series Thread (Games 122-125): Aug 19-22 vs. Mets

Thu Aug 19 7p: TBD Knebel vs. T Walker
Fri Aug 20 7p: Buehler vs. Carrasco
Sat Aug 21 1p: Scheerzer vs. R Hill
Sun Aug 22 1p: Price vs. Stroman

Now three games back of the Giants, having made up a game with the sweep over the Pirates. But the Giants get a rest and massage day Thursday, before skipping across the Bay to face the Athletics, who might be the first competitive opponent that the Giants have seen in eons. Can we make up some more ground?

Monday, August 16, 2021

Series Thread (Games 119-121): August 16-18 vs. Pirates

Mon Aug 16 7p: TBD vs. Brault
Tues Aug 17 7p: Price vs. Crowe
Wed Aug 18 7p: TBD vs. Brubaker

Oh man, this is indeed the PITs. About three weeks ago, we were two out. Now, even after a 5-1 road trip back east, we're even worse, at four games back. And with the Giants not looking like they're going to slow down (they get a wearied Mets team for three, starting today), our divisional chances look pretty horrid. Not to mention we've only got one real starter named across the three-game series. Yikes.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Series Thread (Games 116-118): Aug 13-15 @ Mets

And now, we are five games back. This isnt going to happen, is it?!

Monday, August 09, 2021

Series Thread (Games 113-115): Aug 10-12 @ Phillies

Still four games back. Now only 50 games to play. Nervous time!

Friday, August 06, 2021

Series Thread (Games 110-112): August 6-8 vs. Angels

Friday: Price vs. P Sandoval
Saturday: Urias vs. Barria
Sunday: Buehler vs. Detmers

Just over 50 games left in the season, and the Dodgers are four games back with only a 62% chance to win the division. Sure, new recruit Max Scherzer delivered in his debut; Corey Seager is finally back from his IL stint and went 2-for-4 on Wednesday (with Trea Turner, still out for COVID-19 reasons, waiting in the wings); and Mookie Betts is also back and looking spectacular both offensively and defensively. Will this be enough to get the Dodgers over that four-game hump? (And do we even care about winning the division?)

There's a school of thought that, if the Dodgers can stumble to the second-best record in baseball while suffering all of these injuries this year, that this stocked lineup will perform when it comes back. No worries.

And there's another, more realist perspective, that the Dodgers are who their record says we are: four games back of a divisional rival that shouldn't even be there. Case in point: Cody Bellinger, who in only 50 games this year is batting .168 and a 54 OPS+ (over 100 points worse than his MVP performance year in 2019).

Maybe we're just not that good. I still think we need to win the division, given the capriciousness of the wild-card play-in format. The Giants still have a slightly higher strength of schedule for here on out, contributing toward the Dodgers' projected wins of 97.7 (about a game and a half ahead of the Giants' projected finish).

We'll see.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Series Thread (Games 108-109): Aug 3-4 vs Cheaters

Oh, this series should be fun. Especially seeing the re-stocked Dodgers team take the field against the cheating Astros: Let's GO!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Series Thread (Games 105-107): July 30-Aug 1 @ D’backs

I'm sorry but I have to throw this post up for now.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Series Thread (Games 102-104): July 27-29 @ Giants

Tues 7/27: Urias vs. Webb
Wed 7/28: Buehler vs. DeSclafani
Thu 7/29: Price vs. Cueto

Two series ago, San Francisco came into town for a four-game series, and were one Will Smith walk-off HR away from a series sweep. This time, the Dodgers head up north hoping to whittle down a two-game divisional deficit. Mookie remains on the IL, Corey Seager isn't back yet, and our bullpen is still shaky. I'm not hopeful.

But let's give it one more try.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Series Thread (Games 99-101): July 24-26 vs Rockies

Really, after those shit shows the last two nights: what is the point?

Monday, July 19, 2021

Series Thread (Games 95-98): July 19-22 vs. Giants

Mon 7/19: Gonsolin vs. Gausman
Tues 7/20: TBD vs. Alex Wood
Wed 7/21: Urias vs. Webb
Thu 7/22: Buehler vs. DeSclafani
all games 7p

It's an old-fashioned showdown in the West, except not against the team that we thought would be the challenger. San Francisco, not San Diego, sits one game up on the Dodgers, who closed the gap coming out of the All-Star break, but missed an opportunity to make it a tie atop the division when we fell in extra innings to Colorado, 6-5. (The Giants lost two of three to the Cardinals.)

Despite the Dodgers being without Clayton Kershaw (likely out until August with elbow inflammation) and Trevor Bauer (he who cannot be named), we match up okay in this series. We've just got to get through the first two games of this series.

Mathematically, we can't end up this series tied with the Giants. But we'll need to take at least three if we are to emerge with the NL West lead.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Series Thread (Games 90-92): July 16-18 @ Rockies

Fri 5.40p: Urias vs. C Gonzalez
Sat 5.10p: Buehler vs. C Gonzalez
Sun 12.10p: Price vs. Freeland

Either Friday or Saturday's Rockies starter is not correct.

But then, we don't have Bauer pitching either, so who's counting.

(Sorry, still on vacation)

Friday, July 09, 2021

Series Thread (Games 89-91): July 9-11 vs. Diamondbacks

Fri 7/9: TBD vs. Widener
Sat 7/10: Buehler vs. C Smith
Sun 7/11: Gonsolin vs. M Kelly

The Dodgers stumble into the All-Star Break having lost three of four to Mattingly's Marlins, so we didn't gain any ground against the Giants and we still sit a game back. Now here's one more series before the break (except for Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, and Chris Taylor), but with the Giants playing the sub-.500 Nationals, and us down to bullpen bullets in the gun, I'm not hoping for first place.

Monday, July 05, 2021

Series Thread (Games 85-88): July 5-8 @ Marlins

Mon 7/5: Buehler vs. Rogers
Tue 7/6: Gonsolin vs. P Lopez
Wed 7/7: Urias vs. TBD
Thu 7/8: Kershaw vs. Alcantara

Fresh off a sweep of the Nationals and streaking to their ninth win in a row, the Dodgers move on for one more foursome in Miami. And even with the administrative leave of Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers keep chugging along and are only a half-game out of first place in the NL West. Which is just amazing, given the injuries we've had, both accidental and self-inflicted.

This is all I've got for this GT, as the whole SoSG offices are shut down for the holiday. Let's go, Blue!

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Series Thread (Games 81-84): July 1-4 @ Nationals

7/1 Thu 4p: Gonsolin Gonzalez vs. Corbin
7/2 Fri 4p: Urias vs. Scherzer
7/3 Sat 4.15p: Kershaw vs. Espino
7/4 Sun 8a: Bauer vs. J Ross

The Dodgers, fresh off a successful two-game win over the Giants, now head off for the first of two foursomes on the road. We've got three night-time soirees followed by a morning breakfast session. And with Los Angeles only 1.5 games behind the league-leading Giants, it's imperative that we get out there and be aggressive. Let's have some fireworks this weekend, Dodgers!

Monday, June 28, 2021

"Series" Thread (Games 79-80): June 28-29 vs. Giants

Mon 6.28: Bauer vs. DeSclafani
Tue 6.29: Buehler vs. Gausman
both games, 7p

We took three of four from the visiting Cubbies this weekend, including a walk-off ending on Saturday (I was there!), followed by a beatdown early on Sunday. These 4pm start times are favorable for the Dodgers!

But don't, don't, don't let's start. This is the worst part. Now we face the league-leading Giants for two; the Giants sit 3.5 games ahead of us and have shown no signs of letting up, almost halfway through the season. The Giants' surprising strength has been their starting rotation: DeSclafani is 8-2 with a 2.77 ERA (slightly worse than Trevor Bauer's 2.57), and Gausman is 8-1 with a 1.49 ERA (much better than Beuhler's 2.51). The Dodgers have basically split the season series with the Giants to date (LA four games to SF 3). so these two duels are going to be critical if we are going to make up ground.

They might be Giants? We'll see.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Series Thread (Games 75-78): June 24-27 vs. Cubs

Welcome the new great depression.
(also used May 6, 2019)

Thu 24 7p: Buehler vs. Davies
Fri 25 7p: Gonsolin vs. Arrieta
Sat 26 4p: Urias vs. Mills
Sun 27 4p: Kershaw vs. Alzolay

Honestly, I just can't on this team right now. We absolutely sucked vs. the Padres, and now we face a Cubs team that swept us in Chicago. We're doomed.

Yeah, Cody Bellinger is back, as is Max Muncy. But our offense is still a steaming pile of crap. We have no one with a batting average over .300 (only Justin Turner is above .280), and only Muncy is in the top 10 OPS. We strand tons of players. And from a pitching perspective, we are giving up a ton of first-inning HRs.

I'm going to go to the Stadium today and Saturday to try and fire up our team. You'll hear me yelling.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Series Thread (Games 72-74): June 21-23 @ Padres

screenshot from the WSJ, 4/15/21

Mon 21: Urias vs. Darvish
Tue 22: Kershaw vs. TBD
Wed 23: Bauer vs. TBD

Fernando Tatis Jr. is day-to-day, having re-aggravated a shoulder injury.. But we still have Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy ailing (both are apparently "on track" to come back later in this SD series, but we'll see), not to mention Corey Seager hasn't even started a rehab assignment yet.

The Dodgers may have swept the lowly Diamondbacks this weekend, but the Padres pulled off a four-game sweep of their own against the .500 Reds (rather than a team that has lost 17 in a row). With the Dodgers only 3-4 against the Padres this season, I am guessing we'll drop this series. Prove me wrong, Dodgers!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Series Thread (Gamea 69-71): June 19-21 @ Diamondbacks

Happy Father's Day!

Fri 18 6.40p: Bauer (6-5, 2.64) vs. TBD C Smith (2-2, 3.61)
Sat 19 7p: Buehler (6-0, 2.38) vs. TBD Peacock (2-4, 5.26)
Sun 20 1p: Gonsolin (0-0, 3.38) vs. TBD

Wow, that's a lot of TBDs there (Update: edited)! But before we get cocky about visiting the last-place Diamondbacks, losers of 14 straight and 24.5 games out of first place, let's remember that the Dodgers tend to play down to their opponents. And the Diamondbacks are due to hit a hot streak--maybe even win their next series.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers should have done better than a 4-2 homestand (especially with full stadium capacity over the last two Phillies games, which were split including a depressing shutout loss (2-0) on Wednesday). 11 Ks from Clayton Kershaw and the pen didn't make that Jumbo Jack go down easier, not when we're 0-for-6 with RISP and 10 LOB. At least on Sunday, when we see if Tony Gonsolin can get into the fifth inning for the first time this year, we'll have Father's Day to distract us.

Dodgers start the weekend 2.5GB the Giants (hosting the Phillies this weekend). The Dodgers have the second-best record in the NL.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Series Thread (Games 66-68): June 14-16 vs. Phillies

Mon 6.14: Gonsolin vs. Howard
Tues 6.15: Urias vs. Eflin
Wed 6.16: Kershaw vs. Wheeler
All games 7p

The Dodgers sit one game back of the Giants for first place in the NL West, but still have the second-best record in the league as well as the biggest run differential in the NL. But the Phillies are a > .500 team and it doesn't take an arthouse film afficionado to understand that the series will only go our way if Gonsolin can ensure Howard's End in Game 1. From then on, the series should be a breeze: an Eflin' layup for Julio Urias, followed by Clayton Kershaw dueling a loose Wheeler. Let's go, Catman.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Series Thread (Games 63-65): June 11-13 vs. Rangers

Fri 6.11 7p: Kershaw vs. Foltynewicz
Sat 6.12 7p: Bauer vs. Allard
Sun 6.13 1p: Buehler vs. Dunning

Dodgers leave a rainy Pittsburgh (the first two games' starts were delayed by rain; Thursday's game was ended early due to rain) with a sweep, so that gave us a 4-2 road trip. Which looked a hell of a lot worse after dropping turds in Atlanta, but hey--I'll take it.

So now we come home to start a series with Texas, last place in the AL East and 13 games behind the A's. More importantly, though, it finally gives me the chance to hype Sunday's game as WALKER / TEXAS RANGERS.

Thank you, Hollywood! Good night!

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Series Thread (Games 60-62): June 8-10 @ Pirates

Tue 6.8 4p: Buehler vs. Brubaker
Wed 6.9 4p: TBD vs. T Anderson
Thu 6.10 9.30a: Urias vs. M Keller

Dropping two of three in Atlanta bodes poorly for this series @ PNC Park. I thought we could take the series, but instead we couldn't establish any sort of momentum save one 8-run inning in the first game of the Braves series. Now, on to the Pirates, worst in the NL Centra (9.5 games out of first). But we're now three games out of first place in the NL West and fading fast, despite a league-leading run differential. Not feeling good here.

UPDATE 6/9: Dodgers win Game 1, 5-3. But it would have been closer, had Ke'Bryan Hayes' HR not been overturned after he forgot to step on first base:

Friday, June 04, 2021

Series Thread (Games 57-59): June 4-6 @ Braves

Fri 6/4 4.20p: Julio Urias vs. Anderson
Sat 6/5 4.15p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Morton
Sun 6/6 10.20a: Trevor Bauer vs. Fried

Ah, the Braves, who took us to seven games in the 2020 NLCS but dropped the last three games of that series to send us to the World Series. Marcell Ozuna isn't in the lineup. But the Braves are still in second place in the east (to the Mets) despite their 26-28 record, and we know they've got a bone to pick with the Dodgers.

I predict we'll win the series. Watching those highlights again gets me as pumped as our 11-run first inning on Wednesday (but keep your shoulder in its socket, Cody!).

Wow, I still get chills watching those highlights. Amazing.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Recapping the Dodgers' Amazing 11 First-Inning Runs (June 2, 2021)

screenshot stolen from Spectrum SportsNet last night

Last night, en route to a 14-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dodgers mashed out 11 runs in the first inning. It was the most runs scored in an inning since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Cody Bellinger finally broke out of his return-to-the-majors somnabulation and crushed a one-inning franchise record 6 RBI.

Here's a recap of the whole bottom of the first:

In fact, it reminded me a lot of the last 11-runs-in-one inning outburst by the Dodgers, which came in the 2020 NLCS vs. the Braves:

More important than winning the series with the Cards and moving 1.5 GB the divisional lead, this game showed that the Dodgers' offense might actually be back. We can't depend on Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and a recent coming of age from Gavin Lux. If we can get Bellinger healthy, Mookie Betts back to a prolific leadoff hitter...who knows how we might look when Corey Seager comes back from the broken hand, around the All-Star break.

But for now, let's celebrate the bottom of the first inning, batter by batter:

  • Mookie Betts hits a ground-rule double (17) on a fly ball down the right-field line.
  • Max Muncy walks.
  • Justin Turner singles on a sharp ground ball to left. Betts scores, Muncy to third, Turner to second. Throwing error by left fielder Tyler O'Neill. LA 1, STL 1
  • Cody Bellinger singles on a sharp line drive to right. Muncy, Turner score. LA 3, STL 1
  • Chris Taylor walks, Bellinger to second.
  • Gavin Lux singles on a sharp fly ball to center. Bellinger scores. Taylor to third, Lux to second. Throwing error by shortstop Edmundo Sosa. LA 4, STL 1
  • Zach McKinstry singles on sharp ground ball to right. Taylor, Lux score. LA 6, STL 1
  • McKinstry steals (1) second.
  • Austin Barnes walks. This is eight straight batters without an out recorded.
  • Walker Buehler strikes out on a foul bunt. One out.
  • Betts singles on a line drive to left. McKinstry scores, Barnes to second. LA 7, STL 1
  • Muncy flies out to right. Two out.
  • Turner walks. Barnes to third, Betts to second.
  • Jake Woodford replaces pitcher Carlos Martinez.
  • Bellinger hits a grand slam (1) to right-center. Barnes, Betts, Turner also score. LA 11, STL 1
  • Taylor lines out sharply to short. Three out.

Wow, what an inning. Between this, and Chris Taylor's 14-pitch AB in Monday's game (below--people, this AB takes over nine minutes!!!), this series might have the turning point for the Dodgers' season. We're in third place in the division, but with the third-best record in the NL (and fifth-best in MLB). Let's GOOOOOOO!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Series Thread (Games 54-56): May 31 - June 2 vs. Cardinals

5.31 Mon 6p: Bauer vs. Flaherty
6.1 Tue 7p: TBD vs. Gant
6.2 Wed 6p: Buehler vs. C Martinez

So the Giants came back into our house and spanked us back into third place. Mookie is almost certainly hurt, not just slumping.. Urias picked an inopportune time to drop the biggest turd of his career, with Roberts leaving him out there to hang for six innings (including trotting Urias out there for an inexplicable and impotent B6 AB, despite relieving him before the top of the seventh).

And the Dodgers are back to an offensive malaise, just scoring enough to make the final margin close(r) but not enough to win the game (see Friday's Austin Barnes B9 tying three-run HR, only to be followed by Kenley Jansen giving three runs right back in the top of the tenth).

St. Louis leads the Central with a record very close to the Dodgers' record (StL 30-23; LAD 31-22). This could easily be another series where the cards aren't in our favor.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Series Thread (Games 50-53): June 27-30 vs. Giants

Thu 5.27 7p: TBD vs. Alex Wood
Fri 5.28 7p: Walker Buehler vs. DeScalfani
Sat 5.29 4p: Julio Urias vs. Webb
Sun 5.30 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Gausman

It stands to reason that, if the Dodgers could saunter up to Birdshit Park last weekend and sweep the first-place Giants, that San Francisco could pay the same favor back to us in Los Angeles this weekend. Starting out the series with a bullpen game vs. the Wood, 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA, would be a good start for the Giants to regain momentum.

The Dodgers are coming off a thumping against the Trashtros Tuesday, but a loss to Houston on Wednesday, only our second loss in our last 14 games. I'm sanguine as always, though--but as a bonus, I'll be at the ballpark on Saturday for the first time in over a year and a half. And I can't wait.

Dodgers Dominate NL West Ballpark "Best Features" just posted a "one great thing about each MLB ballpark" article. And the funny thing was, the Dodgers are mentioned not only for Dodger Stadium, but within two other NL West team's best thing:

D-backs (Chase Field): The pool
I’ve never been in this before, during or after a game. But the Dodgers have.

Dodgers (Dodger Stadium): The "old Los Angeles" feel
Every time I’m in Dodger Stadium, I feel like I’m in early '60s Los Angeles, like Bob Hope is going to show up and do a USO show. (With Vin Scully as the emcee, of course.)

Giants (Oracle Park): McCovey Cove
In the words of Max Muncy, “Go get it out of the ocean!”

Wow, the Dodgers' impact is everywhere--even establishing mere relevance to other teams' ballparks. I guess this saved Will Leitch from mentioning Oracle Park's sixth-inning seagulls and birdshit bombs.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

"Series" Thread (Games 48-49): May 25-26 @ Cheaters

Tues 5.25 5p: Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 3.18) vs. Zack Greinke (4-1, 3.77)
Wed 5.26 4.30p: Trevor Bauer (5-2, 1.98) vs. Luis Garcia (2-3, 3.38)

Houston has lost its last three games, but they've still cheated their way to 26 wins this season and a +59 run differential (second-best in the AL). They're throwing some guy with a very tiny head in the first game against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

As for the second game in this "series", the Dodgers' Bauer is probably still fired up from his excellent outing in San Francisco, leading the Dodgers to their first of three victories this weekend, and enjoying hearing the crowd's boos as he powered his way through 126 pitches and 7.1 effective IP. Not sure if Bauer will be able to hear any boos over the banging of trash cans in the ballpark formerly known as Enron Field (also noted because of cheating!), but the arena is supposed to be at capacity attendance levels. Who says cheaters never prosper?

With the sweep over the Giants, the Dodgers have won 11 of their last 12 games despite fielding a lineup that inexplicably continues to feature Sheldon Neuse. If we can take care of business in Houston, that would be great momentum before a four-game series at home vs. San Francisco.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Kirsten Watson Is All About The Feels

We are almost about two months into the Kirsten Watson SportsNetLA tenure, and us Sons of Steve Garvey are at the end of our ropes with regards to Dodgers reporter / host Kirsten Watson.

The shoes of Alanna Rizzo, who left the Dodgers role last year, are pretty difficult ones to fill; Rizzo was knowledgable, insightful, and a good interviewer that built questions during the conversation, instead of just parroting things written down on a notepad prior to the cameras rolling.

But Watson's post-game interviews with the Dodgers players inevitably meander toward understanding their feelings. Rather than focusing on strategy, or picking up on some insight from watching the player's actions or expression during the game, Watson is obsessed with understanding how the player is feeling. I sometimes feel like I'm listening to a psychiatric therapy session.

Let's pull some examples.

May 23, to Gavin Lux, "How big did this one feel?"

May 20, to Will Smith: "Do you feel like things are going in the right direction?", and "Are those 'pinch-me' moments for you?"

May 19, to Kenley Jansen: "You got the save incredible was that feeling for you?"

May 14, to Austin Barnes: "How have you been feeling, offensively, in the batter's box." (I suppose, versus how it might feel offensively in the on-deck circle)

May 11, to Max Muncy: "Did it feel like this was the next step for you all?"

All these FEELINGS! I can't take it. I'm emotionally wrought hearing about feelings all the time with Kirsten, rather than getting any particular insights about the game or adding any statistical knowledge to the conversation. Feelings feelings feelings! Feelings, woah woah woah, feelings:

I'll try to keep adding Kirsten Watson feelings clips. For now, though, I just need to hug my teddy bear for a while.

Other Kirsten Watson lowlights:

May 21, to Chris Taylor: "What was it like watching Trevor Bauer, from your standpoint (all the way back in center field)." I really wish that CT3 would have responded, "he seemed very tiny in the distance, and I didn't have binoculars on me."

May 21, to Max Muncy: just watch Muncy's body language as he cringes his way through this interview. It's comedy gold, especially when Watson characterizes our rivalry with the Giants as "going back awhile now" (thanks, SoSG Dusty, for catching that one!).

Friday, May 21, 2021

Series Thread (Games 45-47): May 21-23 @ Giants

Fri 5.21 6.30p: Bauer vs. Wood
Sat 5.22 4p: Buehler vs. TBD
Sun 5.23 1p: Urias vs. DeSclafani

The Dodgers are coming off a 8-1 homestand where they seemed to have restored some offensive spark, not to mention some foundation in the bullpen. We've won our last four games.

The Giants are still in first place, by two games over the third-place Dodgers, and have won their last five games.

Game 1 starts out with new Dodger Trevor Bauer against former Dodger Alex Wood (5-0, 1.75 ERA this year).

Let's go!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Series Thread (Games 41-44): May 17-20 vs. D-backs

Mon 5.17: Buehler vs. Bumgarner
Tue 5.18: Urias vs. TBD
Wed 5.19: Kershaw vs. TBD
Thu 5.20: Bauer vs. TBD
(all games 7p first pitch)

We finally won a second-straight series, against the hapless Miami Marlins, who took Sunday's bullpen game by preying on a cast of nobodies on the mound for the Dodgers, plus an ineffective offense (and defense!) anchored by Sheldon Neuse (we were 6-11 with Neuse in the lineup, but I haven't looked again lately as I'd start crying).

Worst of all, Corey Seager was hit in the hand with a pitch on Saturday, and his broken metatarsal will keep him out for at least a month if not more. So you look at all those TBDs on the 18-23 Diamondbacks' plan, and it's hard to feel very positive. We're still two games out of first place and sitting squarely in third place, but this series against Arizona isn't going to change anything.

Stop believing in hope. It's only going to depress you.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Series Thread (Games 38-40): May 14-16 vs. Marlins

Fri 5.14 7p Kershaw vs. Alcantara
Sat 5.15 6p Bauer vs. TBD
Sun 5.16 Buehler vs. P Lopez

It's a two-game series, so it hardly counts as a "series win." Or a winning streak. Except for the fact that the Dodgers haven't won two games in a row in almost a month, so suddenly, those wins over the Mariners seem to carry more weight. Call it...a new hope.

Gavin Lux saved us in Game 1. Max Muncy used his bat and his glove to propel us in Game 2. And now the Dodgers face a sub-.500 Marlins squad whose 1980s era neon colors may be the brightest part of their fourth-place standings in the NL East.

So--to quote a wise man--let's fucking go, Dodgers!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Series Thread (Games 36-37): May 11-12 vs. Mariners

Tue 5/11: Buehler vs. Kikuchi
Wed 5/12: Urias vs. Dunn

The Dodgers' slump keeps getting longer (and Leon's getting larger!, just like I told you it would. And with the Dodgers wasting opportunities all over Sunday's wet fart of a game (going 1-for-11 with RISP, not to mention striking out 10 times against a sub-.500 team), the question is, is this three-week stretch really a slump? Or are we actually that bad of a team?

I'm starting to think we may actually be that bad, certainly from an offensive perspective. Neither one of our catchers can hit. Max Muncy takes walks but is batting .219, not fit for a cleanup or #5 hitter. And Doc Roberts is trotting out the same lineup every day that hasn't produced in almost three weeks.

We've got two games against the Mariners, also a pathetic 18-17 (and also in third place in their division, though Seattle is only 2.5 games behind rather than a full three games like the Dodgers). The best we can realistically hope for, with this crappy offense, would be a split. And splits lead to more wet farts.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Series Thread (Games 33-35): May 7-9 @ Angels

Fri May 7 6.30p: Urias vs. Canning
Sat May 8 6p: TBD vs. Bundy
Sun May 9 1p: TBD vs. Quintana

13 losses in the last 17 games. A sweep at Wrigley Field, inlcuding two losses in which the Dodgers blew extra-inning leads. Preceded by losing three of four in Milwaukee, with the three losses by margins totalling four runs.

This team is unwatchable. Edwin Rios can't hit. Corey Seager can't field. Our starting rotation is down to four arms. The bullpen can't get the last out. And RISP is like kryptonite to this lineup, which Doc Roberts refuses to alter at the top despite Mookie Betts, Seager, and Max Muncy all hitting below .250 (only Justin Turner has an OPS above 1.0). We are an airplane disaster, just on a baseball field. (Hey, that might make for a good movie!)

At least we've sent Rios...somewhere (why they haven't sent him to the minors, given his current 0-for-32 streak extending all the way back to April 13, is beyond me; they settled for the 10-day IL instead). But Seager, who has made four errors already this year, is so awful fielding to his right (or throwing) that I've gotta think he's hurt as well. And maybe Mookie too (just guessing here).

Our last stop of this road trip from hell is in Anaheim, who has just cut future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols with a year left on his contract.. Anaheim must be a little depressed to have to make this decision, with Pujols never really achieving the level of play he had in St. Louis, and with no spot left for a 41-year old. So the Dodgers' visit to the big A should be just the tonic they need to get back on track.

You can thank us later, Joe Maddon.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Dustin May Out Until 2022 (and probably 2023)

Oh man. If you were watching Saturday's game in Milwaukee, the third straight loss to the Brewers, it wasn't the extra-inning 5-3 blown lead in the 11th inning that crushed your heart. No, it was the loss of Dustin May, who exited in the second inning in the middle of an at bat, which is never a good sign.

Today's MRI in Chicago (because who would trust an MRI in Milwaukee, anyway?) indicated that the news was indeed depressing:

The worst-case scenario was confirmed Monday when an MRI exam revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. May will undergo Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ligament on May 11 in Los Angeles. The club didn’t disclose if May has a complete or partial tear. Rehabilitation timetables are generally 12 to 16 months. Anything longer and there’s a chance he doesn’t pitch for the Dodgers again until 2023.

“When you’re developing and now you get the year cut short, that impacts development,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “What Dustin has done is he’s just matured more as a major league ballplayer. His work in between starts has been way more focused, way more consistent, there’s a routine in there, and he’s been pitching really well. To not be able to build on that is really unfortunate.”

May posted a 2.74 earned-run average and 0.957 WHIP in 23 innings across five starts this season. He compiled 35 strikeouts to six walks, striking out 13.7 batters per nine innings.

“That’s a significant loss for us,” third baseman Justin Turner said before the Dodgers announced May’s impending surgery. “That’s a significant arm that we’ve relied on and we were planning on relying on. Just feel terrible for Dustin.”

Of course, first and foremost, all the best to Dustin it what will be a long and arduous recovery. He's gonna be missed.

Secondly, what's left of the Dodgers' pitching squad will have to pick it up if we have any shot of getting this World Championship team back on the rails. It's almost absurd to think that, one month into this season, we've already slipped from first place and we are quickly running out of arms (thanks to injuries to Caleb Ferguson, Tony Gonsolin, Corey Knebel, Brusdar Graterol, and David Price). I always thought that Price, who started the year in the bullpen, would slot back into the starting rotation at some point; I just didn't expect it to be now. Not that Price is ready now; he's still nursing a hamstring injury sustained in the Dodgers' first of three series losses, against the Padres.

Can you imagine if we had not signed Trevor Bauer this offseason?!

As it is, I am pretty depressed. This season already looks like a disaster; come what, May?

screenshot from LAT

Series Thread (Games 30-32): May 3-5 @ Cubs

UPDATE 5/3 11:49a: Saw this mural near Philippe's the Original, and decided I needed to post this up top to fire up our boys (both teams!). Let's do this! Defending Champions!!!

Mon May 3: Walker Buehler vs. Hendricks POSTPONED TO MAY 4--SEE BELOW
Tue May 4: Clayton Kershaw vs. Alzolay
Wed May 5: Trevor Bauer vs. Arrieta
All games at 4.30p PT

Momentum is a funny thing. The Dodgers lost the first three games of the series in Milwaukee, losing by one run in two of the games, and then two runs in the other game. We lost Dustin May to what appears to be a bad injury (MRIs coming this week). Our bullpen can't hold a lead if it had handles. Offensively, we looked absolutely awful, whiffing 10+ times in games, looking totally lost.

And then there's Sunday's laugher, with grand slams from A.J. Pollock (first inning) and Matt Beaty (second inning), leading us to a 16-4 victory in which we actually looked like a potent lineup again. It was a mass of runs, that's for sure. And then the team hopped on the bus with some velocity to head to Chicago for this series.

So do we come into Wrigley Field with any momentum? I'm hopeful, even though Edwin Rios' 0-for-27 streak still looks insane (Rios worked a walk Sunday, so that's a positive step). This would be a nice stop to climb out of second place (back 0.5 games from the Giants), and start playing like the team we should be.

UPDATE 5/3 7:30p: With the rainout, the new schedule is:

  • Clayton Kershaw vs. Hendricks, 11:20A Tues 5/4;
  • Trevor Bauer vs. TBD, 4.40p Tues 5/4;
  • Walker Buehler vs. Arrieta, 4.40p Wed 5/5.
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 26-29): Apr 29 - May 2 @ Brewers

    4.29 4.30p: Bauer vs. Lauer
    4.30 5p: TBD vs. Peralta
    5.1 4p: May vs. Woodruff
    5.2 11a: Urias vs TBD

    After a shitshow of a homestand, the Dodgers no longer sit alone at the top of baseball (tied with the Red Sox), not to mention the NL West (tied with the Giants). We still have the highest run differential at +34, which doesn't salve the wounds any.

    The Dodgers average less than three runs per game over our past 10 games, which is reflected in our statistics: only Justin Turner has an OPS over 1.0, and we've got Gavin Lux (.189), Luke Raley (.206), Austin Barnes (.216) all sitting around the Mendoza line (Muncy is batting .227, but at least he can work a walk sometimes). Bernie Brewer might be pretty happy this series. Drink up!

    Monday, April 26, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 23-25): April 26-28 vs. Reds

    (possibly the least diverse video of all time)

    Mon 7p: Urias vs. Mahle
    Tue 7p: Buehler vs. Hoffman
    Wed 1p: Kershaw vs. S Gray

    We're broken, people.

    The Padres just spanked us three out of four games, including a 8-7 victory that came only after we choked away a 7-1 lead by letting the Padres score two runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. The Dodgers and their depleted lineup not only have a bullpen that sucks, but we also have Edwin Rios batting .103 and looking totally lost. Oh, and we're 1-5 when Sheldon Neuse is in the lineup (despite the fact that he has hit two home runs).

    Sure, we've got tbe best record in baseball, the widest run differential in the majors, and we still are atop the NL West (barely, by one game over San Francisco). But screw it, man. With Cody Bellinger, Corey Knebel, Dennis Santana, Zach McKinstry, and Gavin Lux all on the Injured List, we're toast. 3-for-17 with RISP ain't gonna get it done.

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 19-22): April 22-25 vs. Padres

    Mookie Magic last week, in San Diego

    Thu 4.22 7p: Walker Buehler vs. Weathers
    Fri 4.23 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Darvish
    Sat 4.24 6p: Trevor Bauer vs. Snell
    Sun 4.25 4p: Dustin May vs. Musgrove

    The Dodgers just took two of three in San Diego, got rewarded with a split and vacation in Seattle, and now come back to play host to the pesky Padres. Get ready for Hype Fest Round 2 of 6 (with the last two series against San Diego both played at Dodger Stadium). And just as Dodger fans turned out in numbers for each of the three Petco Park games; will San Diego fans travel north for this four-game set (if so, might I suggest the Pacific Surfliner, which is a convenient alternative to getting stuck on the 5 in traffic)?

    Before jumping on the "rivalry" hype train, though, please take a quick look at the standings. San Diego (10-10) isn't even second in the NL West; the Giants (11-7) are ahead of them. So everybody, take a breath.

    One of the neat things about this series is how this shapes up from a pitching matchup perspective: all three of the same starter pitcher matchups we saw last week in San Diego, plus an extra game (against a guy who had the Padres franchise's first no-hitter, earlier this year). And this time, the Dodgers are at home, where we haven't lost a game all year.

    One of the scary things about this series, though, is how poorly we are batting going into this. With both Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts (potentially) out, that leaves the burden to guys like Edwin Rios (.129 BA), Will Smith (.195), A.J. Pollock (.220), Chris Taylor (.222), and Austin Barnes (.222). Not a lot of confidence there, with everyone slumping besides Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Corey Seager, and this year's bolt from the blue, Zach McKinstry. Time to get serious, guys! Hope you used your Wednesday day off to hit the batting cage!

    photo: K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    "Series" Thread (Games 17-18): April 19-20 @ Mariners

    Mon 4/19 7p: Dustin May vs. Justus Sheffield
    Tues 4/20 1p: Julio Urias vs. Marco Gonzales

    The Dodgers dropped the finale with San Diego but still won the series, and their 13-3 record is still best in baseball. So now it's up to Seattle for a quick two-game turnaround against...the second-best team in the American League, the 10-6 Mariners (who lead the AL West by a half-game over the Angels). And yet just one week ago, the Mariners were 24th out of 30 in ESPN's MLB power rankings, and now sit 2.5 games ahead of the then #4 Houston Cheaters (in fourth place)!

    Even the local Seattle newspaper is aghast ("Just like weather, clouds could form on Mariners’ season, so enjoy it while you can"), reminding us that the M's weren't picked to win more than 80 games this year, they've lost starter James Paxson for the season already, and 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis hasn't played a game yet this season (right knee injury from spring training). Lewis could be back for the Dodgers games. (We still won't have Bellinger, of course; and now Gavin Lux is also on the 10-day IL.)

    I'm still just chuckling about the Mariners' 2021 logo, #SeaUsRise, which happens to be the same name as a Florida non-profit using music to address and motivate global climate action. Is a rising SEA supposed to be a good thing, or a bad thing? I'm totally confused now.

    Friday, April 16, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 14-16): April 16-18 @ Padres

    "Yes, if the leak in the dike was about six feet high, I'd plug it like this."

    Fri 4/16 7p: Walker Buehler vs. Carl Weathers
    Sat 4/17 5.30p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Yu Darvish
    Sun 4/18 1p: Trevor Bauer vs. Blake Snell

    The hype machine has hit new levels, as ESPN is calling this MLB's hottest new rivalry. Sure, last year's sweep of San Diego in the 2020 NLDS was emotional. But let's keep this in perspective: San Diego is 2.5 GB; and Fernando Tatis Jr. is still recovring from a shoulder injury (he may be reactivated for this series). This April series might lack the fireworks that last year's playoff series had.

    On top of this, Dodger pitcher Trevor Bauer completely admits that former Dodger and sometimes-motivated Manny Machado "has his number" (.588 / .667 / 1.412 in 21 plate appearances). The three ESPN pundits say the Dodgers--red-hot off a 6-0 homestand--win this series. We'll see.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 11-13): April 13-15 vs. Rockies

    Tues 4.13 7p: Trevor Bauer (1-0, 4.15) vs. Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 5.56)
    Wed 4.14 7p: Dustin May (1-0. 0.00) vs. Jon Gray (1-0, 1.54)
    Thu 4.15 7p JACKIE ROBINSON DAY: Julio Urias (2-0, 2.84) vs. Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.89)

    The Dodgers' first homestand of 2021 has gone pretty well, halfway through the games. Following a tight 1-0 win fueled by a majestic ring ceremony, the Dodgers romped through Saturday's game 9-5, and then watched Clayton Kershaw (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 Ks) outduel Max Scherzer (also 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 Ks) for a 3-0 Sunday victory. So that's a sweep of the pesky (g)Nats!.

    But all of those victories have our 8-2 Dodgers only a half-game ahead of the Padres, who boast a 8-3 record (second best in the majors; they got their first franchise no-hitter over this weekend, and won yesterday against the Pirates while we were idle). While San Diego feasts on the woeful Pirates, we get the Rockies for three at home, starting with the scrutinized Trevor Bauer, the rested Dustin May, and the lights-out Julio Urias. We've gotta keep the pressure on here, boys!

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    Archiving the 2020 SoSG Attendance Record, For Posterity

    The 2020 SoSG attendance record was a lot easier to compile.

    SoSG 2020 record: 0-0

    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) 2018 (12-9), 2019 (12-5).

    Archiving the 2019 SoSG Attendance Record, For Posterity

    After procrastinating on this for almost 18 months, I suppose it's about time for me to archive the 2019 SoSG attendance record, for posterity.

    I have a feeling that we attended 2019 games after August, including the playoffs--but I am pretty sure that I didn't get to the 2019 playoffs (a loss in the NLDS vs. Washington).

    SoSG 2019 Record: 10-5
    3/28 vs AZ (W, 12-5): Dusty, Sax
    3/30 vs AZ (W, 18-5): Dusty
    4/13 vs MIL (L, 1-4): Dusty, Sax
    4/15 vs CIN (W, 4-3): Sax
    5/6 vs ATL (W, 5-3): Orel, Sax
    5/8 vs ATL (W, 9-4): Sax
    5/10 vs WAS (L, 2-5): Sax
    5/27 vs NYM (W, 9-5): Sax
    5/28 vs NYM (L, 3-7): Sax
    6/13 vs CHC (W, 7-3): Sax
    6/15 vs CHC (L, 1-2): Stubbs
    6/20 vs SFG (W, 9-8): Sax
    8/4 vs SD (W, 11-10): Orel, Sax
    8/24 vs. NYY (W, 2-1): Dusty, Sax
    8/25 vs. NYY (L, 1-5): 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) 2018 (12-9).

    Sights from 2021 Opening Day @ Dodger Stadium (April 9, 2021)

    Sax wasn't able to make it to Opening Day ceremonies @ Dodger Stadium this year, but I did get some great shots from the seats thanks to a trusty stringer in the family. Enjoy!

    JT at the plate:

    Muncy at the plate:

    The new scoreboards wre "very difficult to read"--perhaps more difficult in the daylight?

    Here's the new 2020 World Championship flag (no room for the California state flag now!):

    Thanks, trusty stringer!

    Friday, April 09, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 8-10): April 9-11 vs. Nationals

    Fri 4/9 1p: Walker Buehler vs. J Ross
    Sat 4/10 6p: Julio Urias vs. TBD
    Sun 4/11 1p: TBD vs. TBD

    Happy Home Opening Day! Your World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers make their first appearance at Dodger Stadium with crowds since the 2019 season, which ended with a difficult playoff series loss to...the Nationals. This time, the Nationals come to town with a depleted lineup, having been racked by a COVID-19 outbreak in their ranks that has sidelined starting pitchers Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, first baseman Josh Bell, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, left fielder Kyle Schwarber, and reliever Brad Hand: all of whom are on the injured list with unspecified injuries.

    So it's totally understandable that we've got, at time of writing this Game Thread on Thursday morning, two of this weekend's starters as TBD. Heck, the Nationals might be holding tryouts in the parking lot before the game (right next to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution center; might not be such a bad idea!).

    For those of you going to the Stadium on Friday--and, cross your fingers, at least one SoSG family member should be in attendance!--be careful around all those parking cones! The Stadium might be at 25% capacity, but the parking is (as always) still going to be nuts!


    Monday, April 05, 2021

    Series Thread (Games 5-7): April 5-7 @ Athletics

    Monday 4/5 6.30p: Dustin May vs. Frankie Montas
    Tuesday 4/6 6.30p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Bassitt
    Wednesday 4/7 12.30p: Trevor Bauer vs. Jesús Luzardo

    Four games into the season, and we're already neck and neck with the Padres, a theme we'll probably hear all season long. And while San Diego gets to feast on a 1-2 Giants team for their next series, we get our 1988 World Series opponent A's (who are 0-4 this season, having been swept by the Astros). Boy, the Bay Area is off to a poor start this year.

    Dustin May gets his first start of the year, having earned the spot over Tony Gonsolin and David Price (the latter of whom looked awful in a relief appearance against Colorado). I'm sure Kershaw will be itching to get back in the win column after his frustrating Opening Day loss.

    Thursday, April 01, 2021

    2021 Opening Series Thread: April 1-4 @ Rockies

    Thurs 4/1 1p: Clayton Kershaw vs. Germán Márquez
    Fri 4/2 5.30p: Trevor Bauer vs. Antonio Senzatela
    Sat 4/3 5p: Walker Buehler vs. Jon Gray
    Sun 4/4 12n: Julio Urias vs. Austin Gomber

    This is the first Game Thread for your WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES DODGERS! And yes, even though many of the players who got us here last year have returned (most notably, Justin Turner at third base), some have departed (Kiké Hernandez, whose jersey outsells Mike Trout's!; Joc Pederson; and Pedro Baez, among others). And then there's that Bauer guy that we picked up and have slotted him in at the #2 spot in this season-starting rotation.

    And this re-stocked team has some pundits predicting the Dodgers will win 118 games this season, en route to a World Series.. Which will never happen, mind you, even if it may be fun to speculate. No, the Dodgers will face more difficult opposition this year from a investment-happy Padres team (adding Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, and locking up Fernando Tatis Jr. for 300 years); a bitter and hungry Braves team who narrowly lost the 2020 NLCS; and a new entrant Mets team who just plunked down $341M for 10 years of Francisco Lindor..

    And then there's the whole American League, by the way--even if this year's wackball schedule doesn't have us playing anyone beyond the AL West during the regular season.

    Me, I'd love to see the 2021 season be incredible again for the Dodgers, so we can put an end to the 156-day drought since our last World Championship. I won't be there for Opening Day this year, but I know I'll be gunning for the Dodgers for all 162 regular season games this year.

    And this time: as reigning World Champions!