Kershaw CLXXIX: Kershawma Mia

(Bob here, although Jon wrote the headline)

Back in 1988, I spent much of the baseball season living up in Berkeley, where I was attending library school. [No we didn't have a class in shushing. That was for the doctoral candidates.] By the time I was done with my studies and moved back home, baseball season was nearly over.

On the Saturday before I started worked at my first ever fulltime job, I went to go see the Dodgers penultimate game of the year. The Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 in a brisk 2:09.

Tim Belcher started for the Dodgers and went five innings before being pulled to give Fernando Valenzuela, who was recovering from a shoulder injury, four innings of work. Fernando gave up one unearned run in four innings and got the save.

I sat way up in the top deck and I recall it being a fairly hot day with some nasty air quality. I was showing off Dodger Stadium for the first time to a friend from Berkeley and he couldn’t see why the place was so special. There was a lone Giants fan behind me who chanted “OOOH-RE-BAY” nearly the ENTIRE GAME. (Jose Uribe went 0 for 3 in the game.)

But, I digress.  I felt somewhat sad that Valenzuela, the Dodgers biggest star of the 1980s, had been shunted to the sidelines for the upcoming playoff run. Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson were the big stories. Fernando wasn’t the story of 1988, but he had been the story of 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, pretty much all the other times the Dodgers made the playoffs or came close. But not in 1988.

This leads me to think of the rehabbing Matt Kemp in Glendale. Kemp, who was derided by the media and fans for underachieving and/or having “bad attitude” from 2006-2010, only to have his reputation rehabilitated with his tremendous 2011, has been hurt much of this season (and last season too). He toils away in relative anonymity at Saddleback Cadillac Camelback Ranch (you know, the place in Arizona with the thing). And, for many fans, Kemp is now ready to be tossed to the side.

No one knows for sure if Kemp will even make it back up to the major league roster in the last three weeks of the season. Maybe he will get to make some token appearances in the Dodgers final two series, just like Fernando did in 1988. Or maybe we will just have to wait until 2014. Or face a long term future of: Andre Ethier, centerfielder. How many teams in the majors would be better off with a healthy Matt Kemp in the outfield? All of them.

Dodgers at Reds, 5:05 p.m.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • Bumsrap

    I am pulling for Kemp to make it back this year. This weekend was supposed to be the time where enough was known about his hamstring to take a guess when he would be back. Has anybody heard how Kemp’s weekend went?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Actually BT it’s Camelback ranch

    • btimmer

      I am glad I didn’t call it Cadillac Ranch.

  • btimmer

    The Reds can move into 2nd with a win tonight. After picking up win 81, the Pirates have lost 4 in a row.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      well we are going have to help the Buco’s

    • John_from_Aus

      well lets make sure they don’t !

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dbags lose magic number 10

  • btimmer

    If the Dodgers win tonight, they will eliminate the Giants from the NL West race

  • 4d3fect

    Agree, the prospect of Kemp being tossed on the scrapheap is very depressing.

  • btimmer

    To put in perspective if tonight’s game goes Cincinnati’s way, the Braves were swept in a 3-game series in Philadelphia. And the Phillies, as we know, are just giving away players.

    • ASW1

      Yes, thank-you – a lull in early September isn’t the end of the season to be sure.

      • btimmer

        Tomorrow is also a Hello Kitty Bobblehead giveaway. They won last year’s 8-3. They won a Hello Kitty doll giveaway in 2011 by a 15-1 margin. They did lose a Hello Kitty blanket giveaway against the Padres this year. The key is to give out a roundish Hello Kitty, not a flat one.

  • btimmer

    Immovable object vs irresistible force time

  • 4d3fect

    As soon as K picked Shoo off, he regained his concentration and dropped two killer curves there. Nice.

  • 4d3fect

    Youch.

  • Jack Dawkins

    That one won’t require replay next year.

  • btimmer

    Barry Larkin is making miss Curt Schilling. And Curt Schilling makes me miss food poisoning.

    • Jack Dawkins

      We have had our last Collins/.Lyons game. Vin the rest of the way barring network games like this.

    • scooplew

      I thought we were done with Cincinnati middle infielders who made the Hall of Fame and who are, at best, problematical as announcers.

  • WBBsAs

    Well, Bob, we were in Berkeley simultaneously, as I was a doctoral candidate (received my Ph.D that year).

    • btimmer

      I was the very thin guy. In grad school, I was 6’5″, 170.

      The latter number has gone up.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • scooplew

    Should we be concerned, or is this just a small bump in the road?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      no balk…should be two outs

      • scooplew

        Thanks. I didn’t see it. It sounds like he picked someone off and a balk was called instead.

        • RBI

          Yup. Bad call.

          • scooplew

            Got it. Thanks.

    • Jack Dawkins

      The annoncers even say it wasn’t a balk. So whould be 2 outs and 1st only. And that hit barely made it through.

  • RBI

    Anyone else see that horrible balk call? Jeeze!

  • RBI

    Clayton is a little off, but probably also mad. He needs to take a deep breath.

  • RBI

    Really need a DP here.

  • John_from_Aus

    This is so unlike Kersh, I don’t remember his last balk or him hitting a batter

  • Jack Dawkins

    In the silver lining department, Bailey spent the whole inning out on the base paths.

  • John_from_Aus

    whew, now its time for the bats to wake up

  • RBI

    Or that. Clayton has so much heart.

  • btimmer

    If Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto were on the Dodgers would the average Dodgers fan be as clueless as the average Reds fan as to their respective value? Would Don Mattingly value Phillips more than Votto?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Finally less interesting.

  • RBI

    Gonzo! Yes!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!!

  • RBI

    Got the run back!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Larkin goes to the well and bestows “professional hitting” upon Gonzo.

    • scooplew

      I you use that term, you should also be required to use “amateur hitting” an equal number of times.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just tuning in. The mistake the Reds made? Hitting an early HR to take the lead. At least, that was the Dodgers undoing in the first 2 games of this series.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Wonder if Hanley was getting used to the idea of outfielders missing the cut off man.

    • btimmer

      Hanley was likely giving himself up to make sure Gonzalez scored.

      • RBI

        Certainly looked like that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugh.

  • RBI

    Man. Bruce is hammering Kershaw.

  • btimmer

    Orel Hershiser assumed that Dusty Baker is from the South. I suppose Riverside is the South.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Must be the toothpick.

  • btimmer

    I believe Barry Larkin has made the point about swinging early in the count approximately 20 times so far.

    • RBI

      Larkin is driving me nuts.

  • John_from_Aus

    At least they were only both solo shots

  • RBI

    Do these guys ever stop blathering? There is a game going on, right?

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice AJ

  • RBI

    About to turn off the sound and listen to the radio. There’s a GAME happening, guys!

    • scooplew

      I turned off the sound and the game isn’t on radio where I am.

  • btimmer

    Now Larkin has confused his Ellisii.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Larkin now informs us that “It is a marathon, not a sprint.” We should have made cliche bingo cards for tonight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Gonzo

  • RBI

    Two on, one out. Let’s go, Blue!

  • btimmer

    “Up jumps the devil.”

  • scooplew

    I think they could have turned three on that ground ball.

    • RBI

      According to Larkin, “As tough an at bat as Homer Bailey has faced in his big league career.” Really?

      • scooplew

        Pretty short career then.

  • RBI

    Just saw that the D-backs lost.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Best news I’ve read all day.

  • RBI

    Strike 5!

  • scooplew

    OK, guys, let’s win one for the ace.

  • btimmer

    It’s too bad that John Kruk got sick a couple weeks ago. Because he is a lot better than Larkin.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sad, but true.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hanley baby!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    HANLEY!!!!

  • scooplew

    Hanley is remarkable. How long is he signed for?

    • Bob_Hendley

      FA in 2015.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      they are already talking about an extension

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        smart move — it’s always nice to know you’re appreciated and HAnley is DEFINITELY appreciated!

  • btimmer

    Dear Barry Larkin,
    Andre Ethier won’t sacrifice.

  • btimmer

    Andre Ethier has one career sacrifice. It was in 2008. In a game the Dodgers won 13-1. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/FLO/FLO200804300.shtml

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Help yourself Clayton

  • Spence

    87 pitches for Kershaw I think I’d pinch hit for him with Michael Young.

  • scooplew

    A day in baseball history (Nov. 24, 2005): The Boston Red Sox traded Hanley Ramirez, Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia and Anibal Sanchez to the Florida Marlins for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If Hanley & Bruce were both sitting down, this would be a scoreless game.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • scooplew

    How many batters has Kershaw lost tonight after getting ahead of them 0-and-2?

  • RBI

    Wow, great sequence, Clay!

  • btimmer

    Shin-Shoo Choo has tied Jason LaRue’s Reds record for HBPs in a season with 24.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    3 outs

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s get some runs…get on CC

  • RBI

    Speaking of remarkable…

  • btimmer

    So, why was Neftali Soto pinch hitting for Bailey? The Reds actually have players with some noticeable MLB level hitting skill on the bench.

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Dusty Baker manages the Reds.

  • foul tip

    Well. I’ve been able to watch only 3 segments of about 30 seconds each so far, which I hope to improve upon.

    –First one was just in time to see Bruce’s first HR.

    –Second one was just in time to see him cross home plate after his second.

    –Third was just in time to see Clayton get out of last inning, holding a dangerous team to two runs on what was an obvious off night for him.

    Maybe I’ve reversed a trend and established a new one…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Avoided that walk!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Chris

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • RBI

    One more…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chris! Now get W the W!

  • RBI

    Time for some runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m hoping for at least one!

  • RBI

    102?!?!!

  • ASW1

    Hard to lay off that eye-high fastball, apparently.

  • RBI

    wow

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I know this guy is good, but he’s not the only pitcher the Dodgers have faced lately.
    Can the front office put the Dodger bats on some milk cartons so they can be found before the postseason . . . so there can actually BE a postseason?

    • RBI

      Sorry,but I have to disagree. At least as far as Chapman goes.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I conceded he’s good . . . probably great. But he wouldn’t have faced them if the bats had done their job. And there’s also the Boston series.

        • ASW1

          Bailey is no slouch – over his last 4 games before this one he had a 1.25 ERA

        • RBI

          Ah, I see what you meant. Misread.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Or I miswrote. :)

  • ASW1

    That’s as dominating as it gets.

  • scooplew

    Ethier is 0-for-18 in his career, including tonight, vs. Bailey.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    I think Jansen should get the ninth inning regardless of whether the Dodgers score. He’s suddenly underworked. Plus if it is a quick inning he can be stretched for two.

  • ASW1

    In the understatement category : Reds have been very impressive this series.

    • RBI

      True that.

  • RBI

    Well darn. Glad the Braves have lost four in a row as well!

  • Spence

    Swept! Eeek

  • ASW1

    Two walkoffs in a row – now Dodgers get to go home and get healthy against the NL West – and have this series bothering them in the backs of their minds.

  • ASW1

    Well – looks like Reds fans know to bring brooms to the ballpark for the 3rd game of a series when your team has a chance to sweep – good for them.

  • John_from_Aus

    Deja vu

  • John_from_Aus

    At least the Braves have their own 4 game losing streak going

  • scooplew

    Most losses this season, Dodger pitchers:

    Kershaw, 8

    Belisario and Capuano, 7 each

    Beckett and Ryu, 5 each

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    I’m sick of the no closet in a tie game on the road philosophy. Jansen hasn’t pitched in six days now.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree . . . but if you don’t score, it’s just a tie. And if not for Hanley, these wouldn’t have been 1-run games.

    • Spence

      Yep. Its like your managing for a meaningless individual stat at the expense of the team. Someday there will be an organization that does not have defined ‘roles’ or labels and they’ll have their manager just dispence relievers whenever they see fit

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    *closer. stupid autocorrect.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      the Dodger closer was in the closet

  • ASW1

    Even a half-way-decent throw by Hanley on the relay and the winning run is out at home by 6 feet.

  • foul tip

    Game day says Chapman threw 10 pitches, 9 strikes. Two at 99, two at 102, rest at 101.

    G-day also says Homer Bailey threw numerous knuckle curves. Does G-day know what it’s talking about? And how could it know the difference between a knuckle curve and an ordinary one?

  • Spence

    KT just abandons threads when the Dodgers lose. One can usually tell if the Dodgers are winning or have won by the frequency of his postings.

    • WBBsAs

      So?

  • RBI

    Didn’t we gain a game?

    • ASW1

      Magic # now 10

  • ASW1

    I honestly have no problem giving the opposition props when they earn it – Redlegs outplayed the Dodgers in every game, hence the sweep – you go into GAB and score 2,3,and 2 runs you’re asking to get swept. Dodgers pitching was fine for the most part – the hitting was lacking and a lot of that can be chalked up to great Cincy pitching.

    Right now, at this moment in time, I’d rather not face Cincy in the playoffs – pitching-wise, St. Loo or Pitt would be a more favorable matchup for the Dodgers. Of course, this may change over the last few weeks of the season, but Cincy was the proverbial buzzsaw in this series.

  • RBI

    Going to the game tomorrow. I’m hoping for a win. Also an understatement, ASW1.

  • btimmer

    NPUT